Posts Tagged: same sex marriage

May 11


While fully agreeing with this article from the New York Times, I have to say that Jaye Cee Whitehead leaves out the best examples of her own argument and analysis.

Basically, she says it is dehumanising to argue for equality on the basis of economic competitiveness or the revenue a booming wedding industry brings in.  True.

But the biggest economic gains are not from weddings, they are actually from the better health that people have throughout their life when someone is there to care for them – they live longer, healthier etc and are therefore also not a big fat burden on the state.

And secondly the best reason for equality isn’t because we are citizens, even if that sounds the most idealistic reason (children are citizens too; fathers and daughters are citizens but not good marriage partners); it’s because we are as capable of fulfilling the obligations of marriage as any other adult.

Finally, after what the banks and their leaders just did to our economies, supporting marriage equality is the least they can do.

May 11


Sean Avery, an ice hockey star, is not a person I knew about until this spot for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. But his common sense and possibly brave decision to speak about the equality he expects for himself, and supports for others, makes me wonder where the other sports stars are in this debate. Cristiano Ronaldo is a notable other example.

I don’t think sports stars are special people – but they do have large followings and a way of connecting with more macho and less political crowds that we needs as supporters of equality.

How about Ian Thorpe doing an ad for Australian Marriage Equality? Just saying …

Apr 11


Great website from the Human Rights Campaign here:

Apr 11


Brilliant video here, looking at developments in France.  If you’re at all confused – check the channel description for the explanation.

Mar 11


Elizabeth Taylor (apparently she hated Liz), was a woman of depth on-screen and off. Here is her early and brilliant speech in favour of gay marriage at the 2000 GLAAD awards in California, with thanks to Rex Wockner for reminding us of this vision. Taylor fought for equality long before it was sexy, and we’ll remember her long after we finally achieve it.

“All of my life I’ve spent a lot of time with gay men — Montgomery Clift, Jimmy Dean, Rock Hudson — who are my colleagues, coworkers, confidantes, my closest friends, but I never thought of who they slept with! They were just the people I loved. I could never understand why they couldn’t be afforded the same rights and protections as all of the rest of us. There is no gay agenda, it’s a human agenda.

“All of us should be treated the same, and GLAAD knows that. Why shouldn’t gay people be allowed to marry? Those against gay marriages say marriage should only be between a man and a woman. God, I, of all people know that [the remainder of the sentence was inaudible due to an audience outburst]. I feel that any home where there is love constitutes a family and all families should have the same legal rights, including the right to marry and have or adopt children!

“Why shouldn’t gay people be able to live as open and freely as everybody else? What it comes down to, ultimately, is love. How can anything bad come out of love? The bad stuff comes out of mistrust, misunderstanding and, God knows, from hate and from ignorance … the bad things never came out of loving acts, loving gestures or loving relationships. That’s why I’m here tonight — to celebrate you and your families. And to tell you to hang in there and to say, once and for all of us, long live love.” Continue reading →

Mar 11


OK, so I was asleep when Pat Robertson, the American evangelist and Bill O’Reilly the FOX TV guy came out with their views that legalising gay marriage and prosecuting hate crime is the step before encouraging sex with ducks. But I am glad that these comediennes (Garfunkel and Oates) have brought me up to speed. Enjoy.

Mar 11


Paul Haggis

Photo credit: Mary Ellen Mark for the New Yorker

Fascinating New Yorker article here, one I’ve been meaning to blog about since returning from holiday. About how Hollywood high-flyer and Oscar winner Haggis abandoned the organisation he now calls a cult, over their refusal to disown Proposition 8 and treat his gay daughters as equals.

Feb 11


Will Lady Liberty shine on the gays and their marriages?

I often find a big reaction to a string of gay marriage new events in the US – a reaction that often generates more heat than light. And while the US is by far the most organised gay marriage movement, it also the most self-obsessed. So, I try not to report everything in up to the minute dramatic style. To be useful to my global audience, it helps to rest up for a couple of days and then reflect on what has really changed!

This week quite a lot did happen, as this Village Voice summary by Steven Thrasher explains. You need to get up to date with progress in
in Washington DC, Maryland, Hawaii, New York, California and more.  The predictions about what it all means for the 2012 Presidential election are also coming in thick and fast and full of contradiction.

Tomorrow, I will give my thoughts on what difference the Obama Administration intervention will really make and why/

Feb 11


map of libya

The ridiculous and ridiculously evil Libyan leader n 2003, Moammar Gadhafi, started bombing his own people today.  This is also the same man who outlawed homosexuality and told a 2003 regional African conference that heterosexual people cannot get HIV-AIDS.
For an idea of how gays are treated in Libya, read about this recent arrest story from

I hope that the very brave Libyans keep up their fight and stay on the long journey to true freedom and equality.

Feb 11


yoweri museveni Ugandan president

The noted homophobe Yoweri Museveni, sailed into a fourth term in office as President of Uganda last weekend, with 68% of the vote after suggestions of armed pressure on voters.

Museveni is not the worst of Uganda’s homophobe politicians. For pragmatic reasons he eventually put distance between himself and the notorious “anti-gay bill” of 2009/10 which called for the death penalty for homosexual acts. Essentially, he didn’t wanted Uganda’s aid cut off. That of course doesn’t change 20 years of active homophobia while in public office, as is noted in this article.

Some key quotes: “Look for homosexuals, lock them up and charge them” and “the continent will end up eaten by homosexuality if they (the clergy) relax”

Reuters noted that the election result offers “continuity for investors,” one could also speculate that it offers continuity for violent homophobia too.  After all, it took just a few weeks after his name and face were printed in a notorious anti-gay tabloid newspaper with the headline “Hang Them”, for activity David Kato to be killed in his own home with a hammer.

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