In honor of Veteran’s Day (and Remembrance Day here in Canada), the following video was released by Freedom To Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network to highlight the stories of military families harmed by DOMA. This act unfairly denies married same-sex couples the 1,138+ federal protections and responsibilities that the government provides to other married people, dividing Americans into first-class and second-class citizens, with first-class and second-class marriages.
Veteran and OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson explained in a press release, “We remember all who have served our nation so honorably; but we reserve a special remembrance for all those who have provided the same service, taken the same risks, and made the same sacrifices to keep us safe, yet are treated as second-class citizens by the country they are sworn to protect. The video we are releasing today depicts that stark reality painfully well.”
Watch the powerful and effective video campaign below.
Well, that didn’t take long. The day after Maryland voters upheld the legalization of same-sex marriage, Baltimore launched a dedicated microsite promoting the city as the perfect location for happy LGBT couples planning their nuptials. Starting January 1, 2013 couples can obtain a civil marriage license from the state and hold their special day in the “Charm City”.
The city’s stellar array of historic sites, museums and other magnificent spaces can provide the backdrop for your special day to match your personality and style. Whether planning an intimate affair or a full blown gala, Baltimore is doing its best to pitch itself as the ideal location. You can use Baltimore’s tourism board and their free planning assistance to help ease the stress of wedding preparations. They can provide help in securing accommodations and group rates and suggestions for venues and vendors. The microsite also provides practical information on how to obtain a marriage license.
“We encourage the LGBT community to visit Baltimore to celebrate their commitments to one another,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore. “As a city, we have long been proud to support the rights and equality of our visitors, and the legalization of same-sex marriage is another important step forward.”
After 30+ times being rejected at the ballot box, same-sex marriage finally prevailed. Residents in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota cast their votes on the issue. Maryland was technically the first state to declare a win for the LGBT community, and it looks like the other three states will follow suit. Washington’s results won’t be official for a few days until all the mail-in ballots are tabulated, but the prognosis looks good.
“When the history books are written, 2012 will be remembered as the year when LGBT Americans won decisively at the ballot box,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. “The dreams of millions of fair-minded Americans were realized as discrimination crumbled and equality prevailed.”
If that wasn’t enough great news, the election also brought the United States its first openly gay Senator in history. Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin defeated former governor Tommy Thompson to represent Wisconsin in the Senate. Another openly gay politician, Democrat Mark Pocan, is expected to replace Baldwin in the House of Representatives, now that she has a new position.
I’m going to make this post short and sweet. We here at Homorazzi.com urge our readers to encourage voters in Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota to show their support for marriage equality. The four states have the chance to give gay marriage supporters their first definitive victory at the ballot box. In Maryland, Washington and Maine, the question is to legalize gay marriage or not. Meanwhile in Minnesota, voters will decide on whether or not to implement a ban on same-sex marriage. As expected, just like the Presidential race, it’s close in all four battlegrounds.
Of the four, Maine and Washington look the strongest to legalize gay marriage with early polls giving the edge to the pros. Maryland seems pretty deadlocked according to the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post polling, while Minnesota is a bit of a wild card with mixed poll results. Some either have it as a tight race or with the ban being passed easily.
We are the furthest thing from a political blog, but we hope all our readers head to the polls and make their voice heard. If you know anyone voting in these states, spread the word on social media and encourage them to support LGBT rights. I can’t wait for tonight’s results from all the races. Fingers crossed.
With the election happening tomorrow in the U.S. there have been a lot more people speaking up and video campaigns released in favor of marriage and equality for same sex families. This fight for equality is certainly not specific to the U.S. and a campaign in Europe has just been launched called #InvisibleParents and it’s definitely worth watching.
The video shows footage of a family of three, with two dads and their happy daughter. As one YouTube commenter says, “One of the? best clips I’ve seen advocating for family rights. This video beautifully captures the daughter’s perspective as a child and when she is grown. Wonderful message!” I have to agree. It really made me reflect on the sacrifices my parents made and really makes you take some time to appreciate everything they did. You parents are just kids… that grew up.
Watch the touching video below – a heartwarming way to kick off the week.
Not too long ago, several Andrew Christian models (including Colby Melvin) took part in a One Direction parody video done by Full Frontal Freedom to shed some light of some important political issues (namely Mitt Romney).
Now Full Frontal Freedom has released a new video titled “I Am Your Reason To Support Marriage Equality” that pulls on your heart strings as opposed to making you laugh as in the last video. The video is effective at pointing out so many inconsistencies with what people say and do with respect to equality and also the repercussions to not voting to support marriage equality. In addition to the scenario from the video depicted in the header photo, another powerful example from the video is as follows: “I am your cousin. You accepted me when you came out. But, you support candidates who seek to deny my rights.”
Watch the video below. You may need a kleenex. Be sure to support marriage equality when you vote on November 6.
Just in case you forgot, Election Day for our American readers is just around the corner. With gay marriage on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington, it’s important the LGBT community head to the polls in droves to cast their vote for this issue and to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for President. Not surprisingly, a majority of ‘out’ celebrities in Hollywood are endorsing Obama. Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono share why they’re supporting President Obama and why Mitt Romney isn’t the choice for them in a new PSA.
Not only does each celebrity reveal why they’re voting for Barack, but they also share personal stories growing up closeted. The family photos are adorable and stories extremely touching. The five-minute clip also does an excellent job of highlighting Obama’s LGBT achievements ranging from the 2011 repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to his recent interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, supporting gay marriage.
My only negative criticism of the video is the small part where they do a little Romney bashing. I understand that’s all part of the political game, but I just wish they focused on the positives of Obama and the personal stories of each celebrity, and not resort to that tactic. Oh well, that’s just my two cents. Check out the PSA below.
Grab a kleenex and hear seven couples talk about each of their relationships to their partners and beautiful their stories are. They talk about the first time they met and situations that happened that really proved their love and commitment for each other. In the first video, there is Susan & Brandy who have been together 13 years, Bob & John who have been together for 18 years, Susan & Judith who have been together 31 years, and Eliseo & Scott who have been together 4.5 years. They ask the question, “What if you couldn’t marry the person you loved?”
In the second video we meet three more couples and hear their stories of love. There’s Cesar & Miguel who have been together for 2.5 years, Kristi & Tino together for 15 years, and Kevin & Dennis who have been together for over 30 years.
The interviews were produced by Miracle Mile Productions for Marriage Equality USA. The things they say to each other about each other when discussing their relationship just melts my heart. See for yourself below.