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A movie trailer for the film ‘I Do‘ has been released, showing the emotional and heartbreaking reality of a gay couple that faces being torn apart because of inequality in America. As the description reads, “This new feature length narrative indie film takes a look at the human cost of DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act), the law that bars same sex couples full federal level rights in America.”

A British gay man living in New York finds himself fighting for love, family and a green card. Because he cannot legally marry his partner and have it be nationally recognized, he faces deportation. Even though gay marriage is legal in a few States in the U.S, married same-sex couples unfortunately have no Federal level rights. That’s over 1300 rights, many of them dealing with heartbreaking, life changing issues like immigration, hospital visitation, social security benefits, pensions and taxes.

The film stars Jamie Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, and David W. Ross. Check out the emotional trailer below.

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Well I’m not Jewish but OI!!!

Take a breather before you read this one because it might get ya’ as angsty as I am right now. And breath and…

SO! One Million Moms is on another hate mongering campaign and this time they’re not even going after real gay people. For anyone who missed the Ellen debacle , pretty much in a nutshell, a nutcase group of women tried to petition against our power lesbian and all around good person Ellen Degeneres as a JC Penney spokesman. And they lost. Which ruled.

Well now, following suit with Kirk Cameron, Anne Coulter, Westboro Baptist Church, and every other homophobic douche canoe that can’t keep their outdated redneck pieholes shut, O.M.M. is on yet another rant but this time trying to put Toys ‘R’ Us in the hot and hateful seat.

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It looks like discrimination against gays is alive and well in the state of Missouri. Al Fischer, an openly gay music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in North St. Louis County was fired from his job in mid-February. The reason? Discussing future marriage plans to his partner of over 20 years.

According to reports, church officials had learned that Al was planning to marry his partner in New York, one of a handful of states that allows for same-sex marriage. This coming on the heels of a January 11 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that gives churches and their schools broad powers over employees.

Al released a letter to the media that was given to the kids in his classes and their parents which tells of “my joyful news, and my sad news.” The first being that he plans to marry his longtime partner in New York, the latter that he will no longer be teaching at St. Ann’s. According to one parent at the school, many are disappointed in the school’s decision as his sexuality was open and well known.

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In a triumphant move for gay rights in Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley who is a democrat, signed a bill just a short week after its legislative passing to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill would take full effect in January 2013. But, like many of these exciting stories begin, there are a large number of oppressors petitioning to take this to a referendum on the November ballot.

Religious freedom was the very reason for our state’s founding and at the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience,” O’Malley said just before adding his signature to the bill. Despite O’Malley’s efforts to tie the church into his decision, opposers are in search of 56,000 signatures to send the measure before voters in November. The groups are relying heavily on churchgoers who feel same-sex marriage is against their religious beliefs. Even gay rights activists expect they will succeed and that a referendum will take place.

Donald Norris, chairman of the department of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said black churches could heavily influence the referendum, but liberal voters who come out to support Obama’s re-election could offset the votes against same-sex marriage. But, is it inappropriate to leave what is considered a civil rights issue to the discretion of voters? “It’s sad to me that anyone would think that it’s OK to put up the rights of a minority to a popular vote,” said Lisa Polyak, chairwoman of the board of directors for the gay rights organization Equality Maryland. “We have children, we have lives, we have jobs and we just want to go about them with integrity.”

Check out the battle on same-sex marriage in a map of the U.S. below.

Who knew Oklahoma was so progressive? I certainly didn’t. First of, I had no idea they even had an openly gay member in the state legislature. State Rep. Al McAffrey was elected to the House of Representatives back in 2006. He was then reelected in 2010. In a special election for a Senate position, McAffrey won and became the first openly gay state Senator. Two snaps. McAffrey replaces Senator Andrew Rice who resigned in October 2011.

“Al’s election to the State Senate is another milestone for LGBT Oklahomans, and we are proud to support his campaign,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  ”There are still a number of states that have never elected any openly LGBT state legislators, so Oklahoma can be proud that Al has been elected to both the House and the Senate.”

read how the Empire State Building got in the gay spirit after the jump

Prop 8 Analysis: What Happens Next?

In: Saturday Submissions

Last Tuesday, equality advocates across California and around the world celebrated the decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit that deemed unconstitutional California’s Proposition 8, which stripped gays and lesbians of the right to marry. Since then, there have been many questions about what the ruling means, and what happens next.

It’s useful to begin with a little bit about the history of the battle for marriage equality in California. In 1977, the Legislature of California amended its family laws to make it clear that marriage in that state was restricted to opposite-sex partners only. The provision drew little attention at the time, since the movement for marriage equality had not yet begun.

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A Valentine’s For Homophobes

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!, Videos

“Roses are red, violets are blue. Got a problem with gay marriage? What the f*ck’s wrong with you!” That how the Snarky Drag Queen Bride kicks off this awesome video titled “A Valentine’s For Homophobes” by the FCK H8 campaign. With the hashtag #OccupyValentines, the video speaks to people who “R Cool w/ STR8s Divorcing but Say GAYS Will Destroy Marriage!”

So how does this campaign help support gay marriage (aside from the great messaging)? FCKH8.com will give 5¢ for every Facebook “Share” & Twitter tweet of this video – up to $5,000 – to http://H8Sux.com, a project that will give thousands of free “OK4U2BGAY” T-shirts to school kids to fight bullies, suicide and H8 in schools! FCKH8.com has raised over $250,000 for the fight for equal rights through T-shirt sales! Tees start at $9.99. Get yours at http://FCKH8.com!

Some of the lines in the video are freaking hilarious and the drag queen is amazeballs. Watch the video below, get a t-shirt, and tweet away the homophobes!

Check out FCKH8’s newest video after the jump.

It’s already a gorgeous day today where I am, but this video just brought a little more sunshine to my day. On Thursday, a 15 year-old girl pleaded to the New Jersey lawmakers to let her dads marry so that she may feel equal. Her speech is from the heart and it is incredibly touching.

Her fathers, Michael and Jon Galluccio, testified in front of the New Jersey Assembly Committee in support of the bill that would make New Jersey the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. They have been together 30 years and have three children together: Madison, Adam and Rosa. “On April 16, Jon and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary,” said Michael. “For 30 years I have loved, honored, respected, cherished in sickness and in health. And I can guarantee to you, it will be until death do us part.”

Their daughter Madison then shared her feelings on the matter. She began, “I do have to say that New Jersey has made me feel discriminated, like I’m some sort of outcast…” Watch her full speech below.

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