I have to admit that I spent a lot of time staring at a blank screen trying to figure out how to write this piece. I do my best, in writing about legal matters, to find a way to cut through the jargon and make convoluted proceedings a little easier to understand. In listening to the approximately one hour of oral arguments released by the Supreme Court today it became quite clear that this wasn’t going to be a particularly easy task, but here goes.
Just over a year ago, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that California’s Proposition 8, passed in November of 2008, was unconstitutional. Proposition 8 took away the right of same-sex couples to marry that had previously been granted by the California Supreme Court.
Unlike most cases, which tend to be straightforward, the Prop 8 case isn’t as simple as your usual win/loss situation. That’s what makes it so complicated. The Supreme Court has a number of options before it, and for any one of those options to be successful, at least five of the nine justices will have to support it. On the side of those who support Prop 8, there is one option for them to win, and that is for the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8 as a valid and constitutional enactment.
You most likely know that the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments regarding gay marriage today and Wednesday, March 27. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read a article submission written by one of our readers. It’s an great read.
Seeing how The Golden Girls are somewhat gay icons and beloved by our community, I thought it was only fitting to revisit this clip. Over 20 years ago, the sitcom tackled the subject of gay marriage in the episode titled “Sister of the Bride.” Definitely way ahead of its time.
If you recall, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) had a gay brother named Clayton (Monte Markham). In a previous episode, he came out to sister. This time around, he was back to tell Blanche about his commitment ceremony with his boyfriend. Sophia (Estelle Getty) in her usual fashion gets Blanche to come around to the idea. Check out the clip below. As a side note, this episode was co-written by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives).
Today and tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases about same-sex marriage. There’s going to be a lot of bluster, but in the end the whole thing boils down to a few key issues. Here are the issues as I see them, and the fundamental logical disconnect that anti-equality forces are hoping nobody notices.
First, they say “it’s intolerant for you not to tolerate my intolerance.” Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is. Using the argument of race, that line of reasoning suggests that the people who were against different water fountains and different seats on the bus were the ones who were really intolerant, because they refused to tolerate the views of those who would deny liberty to everyone. The argument is laughable on its face.
The next argument (that seems to be made in court) is that it’s fine to exclude same-sex couples from marriage because the government has an interest in promoting marriage. Well, that one sounds nice, until you examine it more closely. For a government policy to pass the “rational basis” test, the policy has to have a (you guessed it) rational connection to the purpose it seeks to advance. The problem here is that there’s nothing to indicate that allowing same-sex couples into the institution of marriage compromises or defeats the purpose of promoting marriage as an institution. In other words, the policy and the goal have nothing to do with each other. The people behind these bans know that, so they’ve thrown in arguments like “this is all very new, we don’t know what the impact will be, so we have the right to proceed slowly.” The problem with that argument is what happens when you decode it. What it means is basically that they don’t know whether or not straight people will think marriage is tainted solely because gay people have been allowed in too. That’s called animus, and the Supreme Court held in Romer v Evans that animus against a particular group of people doesn’t count as a rational basis for government policy.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just released a video in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign. She really explains her stance and support for gay marriage really well and you can really get how passionate she is about the issue.
In one part of her message she says, “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law. Embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans.” She continues, “Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith.”
Watch her powerful and captivating message below.
The hilarious people at NonRandomNonSense have just uploaded a video titled “The Ultimate Anti-Gay Marriage Ad” and it’s so over-the-top yet bang on at the same time. The video pokes fun and the ridiculous and ignorant anti-gay marriage ads that have circulated over the past few years.
In the parody ad, a guy comes home from work and his wife greets him. He’s super bummed about something so his wife doesn’t hesitate to ask him what’s wrong. He drops the bomb that gays are trying to get married and she’s beyond shocked and terrified. Listening to the things they whine about is hilarious and things reach a whole new level when their little girl walks into the room.
As a side note, to give you an example of the humor of these guys, their YouTube account informs viewers, “New Video Every Time One Is Uploaded!” LOL. Enjoy the parody ad below.
Back in 2010 Laura Bush appeared on CNN talking about same-sex marriage with Larry King. During her chat with King, she revealed that she disagreed with George W. on the subject of gay marriage. A portion of her interview appeared in a new $1 million media campaign by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign.
Once Bush heard of her inclusion in the clip, she enlisted her spokesperson Anne MacDonald to release the following statement, “Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad.”
When the Respect for Marriage Coalition received Laura’s request, they stated they would release a new ad without the former First Lady. The ad will still feature clips from President Obama, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney, former vice president to George W. Bush. Check out the ad with Laura below while it’s still online.
Since it’s all about love this month, I thought I’d share two more touching and inspirational wedding videos worth checking out. As with the gay wedding video from the Philippines (here) and the gay wedding video from Australia (here), be sure to have some Kleenex handy.
The first video is of a New York gay couple named Randy & Allen that recently got married and their video was only just uploaded to YouTube yesterday. Their wedding looked so beautiful and everyone (including their kids) must have had such an unforgettable day. Of course I got choked up during the speeches, just as they did.
In the second video, a couple named Mara and Elo tie the knot in the Philippines. Elo is a little person, while Mara is not. The things these two say to each other literally had me in tears. Elo says, “You know, I had a lot of questions for God. Why? Why me? I didn’t get the answers then, but now that you’re in front of me, I realize that you are the answer to all of my questions…to all my prayers… and much, much more.” Mara’s vows are just as touching, at one part saying, “My arms and legs are made to be the extension of yours.” It’s so beautiful.
A big thank you to these people for sharing their special day with the world by uploading these videos. We wish them a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy the videos below!
Now, this is how you sell high-priced scented candles!!! It worked on me. LOL. I admit, at first glance I thought the main objective of “Paris Flat” was to promote marriage equality. But after the third close-up shot of the JSD Candle Collection, I realized this was more than just your average product placement. It was a beautifully shot commercial disguised as a story between lovers facing a dilemma due to international passports and work visas.
Directed by John Saint-Denis, “Paris Flat” is about Paolo (Peter Calandra) and his young French partner Marc living in a cute flat in Paris. Everything seems idyllic. Problem is, Paolo is being shipped off to the US but his beau can’t come with him due to same-sex marriage immigration policy. But all is solved when Paolo picks up the newspaper. Splashed on the front page is the answer to everything. How convenient.
Apparently, “Paris Flat” is the sequel to “Il Palazzo.” Though it stars sexy daddy Peter Calandra in both, I think his partner in the Italian-themed clip is someone else. SLUT. Haha. Check out both videos below. Be forewarned, there’s a little bare booty sighting in the vids. It’s a beaut.