(Just a Few of) The Federal Benefits of Marriage Equality
What we didn’t have yesterday.
THIS IS WHY IT’S HUGE
You mean people didn’t used to qualify for these things?
Married people qualify for these things. Which means in most states, same-sex couples do not.
That’s the joke! Ha ha haHaHaHA! Ha… ha…
I’m sad, now.
But in all seriousness, I’m so happy this is getting around even more. I was excited when I compiled this, though I have to admit, I was a little more optimistic that it would either be 1. legal in all states by now, and/or 2. common knowledge for people. Yes, our rights are significantly less than your average person and it does indeed suck. Our state still inflicts a shitton of red tape upon K’s and my marriage, and we still don’t have basic rights. Tax season is a goddamned nightmare, and that’s the least of our worries in regards to state laws and regulations.
Tagged Posts: lgbtq
August 3rd, 2014
July 25th, 2014
I don’t think I’ve seen any mention of this song (Hozier - “Take Me To Church”) on my dashboard yet which I find sort of baffling. This might be one of the most powerful music videos I’ve ever seen.
(Warning: contains intense scenes of homophobia and violence)
As the song is from a male singer and references a woman it didn’t occur to me that it could be used in this context until I heard a snippet of an interview with him talking about it on the radio (where, on my local station of choice anyway, the song has been getting a lot of play lately). His comments on it (such as here) seem to suggest that the song is essentially meant to be about sex and the church’s history of shaming people for their sexual desires, and “about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love.” From what I understand, as a straight man (inferred from his comments) he’s using his own relationship with a female lover as a personal example in the lyrics but through this video wanted to take an opportunity to make a broader point in the context of anti-LGBTQ violence happening in Russia.
I know in the past these sort of pro-LGBTQ efforts by non-LGBTQ musicians has gotten some backlash, often for being inelegantly handled, but I really like what this guy has to say. (“You have to recognize in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society.”)
June 30th, 2014
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT
QUEER PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THEIR HISTORY
Funny how people conveniently forget what pride is about in the first place.
June 19th, 2014
In 1999, an unplanned, illicit kiss between two Sims characters made the game the talk of a video-game conference.
June 18th, 2014
There is constantly a need for diversity within the representations. It’s just as limiting to say there’s only one kind of gay story, just as it’s limiting to say there’s only one kind of straight one. As for how much being gay is central to the character’s identity or story — as in life that totally depends on who the character is and what he or she is going through. …
I think it’s dangerous to talk about ‘Oh, that character just happens to be gay’ as some kind of goal for us and our literature. The important thing is to show as much of the spectrum as possible, and to continue to investigate it.
David Levithan in an interview with the Associated Press on the representation of LGBTQ teens in YA (via diversityinya)
June 14th, 2014
MADISON (AP) — Same-sex marriages have been put on hold in Wisconsin by a federal judge who last week struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb…
June 9th, 2014
"I never realized that I was like a second-class citizen until I wasn’t one anymore," Karen Ball says of her wedding to Kelly Beckett.
Same sex marriage ruling came just minutes before festival kicked off
Aw I wish I had managed to make it out to Pridefest this year.
June 7th, 2014
Waste no time: 129 same-sex couples got married in the first five and a half hours of legal marriage equality in Wisconsin yesterday. Special shout-outs to the police officers who showed up at the state courthouse with makeshift wedding cake. (via the SF Gate)
In the wake of a federal ruling declaring Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Courthouse would remain open late Friday night to allow for same-sex marriages.