Tag: Equality

Supreme Court decision on DOMA saves gay man in New York from deportation

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Wednesday’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States saved one gay man from deportation as their ruling to over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) came just in the nick of time.

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Sally Field's Emotional Human Rights Campaign Speech About Gay Son (Video)

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Oscar-winning actress Sally Field was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award in Washington D.C. Saturday and gave a heartfelt, emotional speech about her openly gay son, Sam Greisman, who introduced her.  According to the Huffington Post, it was the first time Field had publicly addressed her son’s sexuality saying, “It’s Sam’s business not mine to talk about it.”   She went on to describe her son’s road of discovering himself:

“He grew up wanting to be just like his big brothers — athletic and rambunctious, not to mention a little bit macho.  But Sam was different, and his journey to allow himself what nature intended him to be was not an easy one. As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be part it.”

The “Steel Magnolias” star shared her views on today’s families with gay youth, saying that “there are so many children who struggle to understand and embrace their sexuality in families who do not welcome them, with parents that somehow find it acceptable to shut them out their hearts and their homes, and that I find unacceptable.”

Field received the biggest cheers after she told the HRC crowd, “You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters…and so the fuck what?”

Greisman, an intern at Towelroad, claimed of his mom “that being gay was one more thing she loved about me.”  Field lives just a 10-minute walk away from Greisman in a new West Village apartment and he joked, “She couldn’t be more supportive of me…if anything I wish she was a little less supportive of me.”

You can view the entire speech along with Greisman’s introduction below.

NYC makes $259 million from same-sex marriages

Well here’s another one for gay marriage: New York City made $259 million since New York State legalized same-sex marriages last year, proving that equality can also also lead to a healthier economy.

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Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional!

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A federal appeals court in Boston ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional on the basis that it interferes with an individual state’s right to define marriage.  The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were unanimous saying the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it does not allow them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.  Boston.com reports that this will likely set the stage for same-sex marriage to finally be explored by the US Supreme Court.
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Why I Celebrate Thanksgiving

I celebrate Thanksgiving because I am thankful.

I am thankful to this amazing country that we call the United States of America. My grandparents came here after they survived concentration camp, and they were plenty thankful that they were given a refuge after the hell they went through in Europe. They celebrated Thanksgiving every year, with an elaborate meal shared with friends and relatives. They were more than happy to show their appreciation for this country.

And while everyone always points out America’s faults and goes on about how horrible it is to live here, and yeah, there are definitely plenty of things that need to be changed, I think this country is pretty freaking incredible.

Cool stuff I can do as an American woman without getting thrown into jail or executed:

1. Write articles that criticizes the government and its officials
2. Wear what I want
3. Vote
4. Run for public office
5. Drive
6. Get an abortion
7. Use birth control
8. Pursue a higher education
9. Play in a professional sports team
10. Marry who I want
11. Have a credit card in my own name
12. Own property
13. Get a divorce and have custody of my children
14. Receive equal pay for equal work

I know a lot of these things aren’t as great as they seem. No, there is no WNFL, gay marriage is only legal in a few states, and reproductive rights are being threatened and limited every day (among many other unfair practices). But there are women’s football teams and leagues, same-sex couples can be united in marriage in a few states, and women are able to get abortions and use birth control if they choose. In the nineteenth century (and even the mid-twentieth), most of the things listed above weren’t even dreamed of, let alone enacted. Other countries are, unfortunately, at the same point as America in 1850.

So that’s why I’m thankful to this country, and why I celebrate Thanksgiving. Thank you, America. Please continue improving in how awesome you are.

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