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Andrew Sullivan on Marriage Equality and Obama's Landmark Statement Affirming It

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by ERIC BYLER, Coffee Party USA


Thank you Andrew Sullivan for your radio interview on NPR's All things Considered today. Everyone in American needs to hear this beautiful, heartfelt, and nuanced response to President Obama's statement calling for marriage equality.


The interview lasts only a few minutes, and the moment that grabbed me emotionally is in the first few seconds. So please, LISTEN TO THIS!!


I dare not quote from it because I want the words to sneak up on you as they did for me. Mr. Sullivan's voice helped crystallize the issue for me (even though I've been outspoken on equal rights for the gay community since I was in high school).


Let's not look to televangelists, politicians, or high-priced media campaigns in order to share in the cultural shift that we are making as a nation toward equality for all Americans. Let's not rely on our President either, even though his words today are welcome. Let's look into our hearts, our very own human hearts, and ask ourselves how we feel when we hear a fellow American, and a fellow human being express himself this way. [MORE]

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Gay Marriage: Famous Donor Quits Romney, Asks For Refund, Backs Obama

Gay Marriage: Famous Donor Quits Romney, Asks For Refund, Backs Obama | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

by DAVID BADASH, The New Civil Rights Movement

 

A famous donor has dropped his support for Mitt Romney‘s campaign, asked for a refund, and thrown his support to Barack Obama after the President announced his support for same-sex marriage and Mitt Romney derided it at his commencement address at Liberty University over the weekend.

 

Bill White, the former President of  the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, a veterans activist, and founder of the strategic consulting firm Constellations Group, wrote Mitt Romney and expressed his dissatisfaction.

 

“I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year,” Bill White wrote in a letter addressed to Romney, CNN reports:

 

“You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer." [MORE]


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Marriage Equality And Humanist Evoloution

Marriage Equality And Humanist Evoloution | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Jigga speaks:Applauding the president for endorsing same-sex marriage last week, the rapper said, "I think it's the right thing to do ...
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Obama tells ABC interviewer he supports gay marriage, first president to take that position

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Obama tells ABC interviewer he supports gay marriage, first president to take that position. [MORE]

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Amendment One passes in North Carolina

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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Blog


Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:


North Carolina has wandered into treacherous terrain with Amendment One. For all the talk of bolstering families, this measure shamefully shoves them into harm’s way.


Blocking loving couples from forming legal unions like domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage flies in the face of family values. Indeed, Amendment One defies what it means to be a family today. Many North Carolinians, including seniors, single women and children, could be placed in peril because the shrinking definition of family excludes them. Some might even be denied life-saving services like domestic violence protections. This is a brutal step backward for relationship recognition in North Carolina.


We thank all the voters who rejected Amendment One. We stand in solidarity with them and the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families as they build on this effort to make North Carolina welcoming and safe for all.  [MORE]

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An Andrew Sullivan Gastrointestinal Distress Moment

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Andrew Sullivan and I hugged it out at at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner last weekend (and we have witnesses, in case anyone doubts it).
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White House Scrambles to End Speculation on Gay-Marriage Policy

White House Scrambles to End Speculation on Gay-Marriage Policy | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
After Vice President Joe Biden suggested a new openness to same-sex marriage, the administration insists nothing has changed.
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Marriage Equality Guaranteed In Britain By 2015

Marriage Equality Guaranteed In Britain By 2015 | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
That's the word from the Coalition government's Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone: “In the aftermath of a tough set of election results for both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, I couldn’t help but notice a few naysayers popping up in the...
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Why do gay Republicans put up with party's social conservatives?

Why do gay Republicans put up with party's social conservatives? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
You have to wonder why some gay advocates remain loyal Republicans, writes Froma Harrop, even as social conservatives drag the party back to the early 20th century.

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The Freedom to Love Is Not Free

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by GEORGE TAKEI


This struck a deep chord with me. With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, may LBGT soldiers never face such ironies again.

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Senator Kerry Disputes DOMA Deportation

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by Charlotte Robinson, Outtake Online


The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is causing more pain & hardship to a legally married lesbian couple in Massachusetts. One of the women is facing deportation to Pakistan because the federal government doesn’t recognize their marriage.


However, Senator John Kerry has written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in support of the couple. Kerry states that deportation would not only tear apart a legally married couple but would put the Pakistani woman in harm's way, "She is certain that if she is forced to return to Pakistan, her life will be in danger, not only because of her sexual orientation & her marriage to a United States citizen, but for religious reasons as well."


Kerry's March 27th letter comes as the Federal Court of Appeals in Boston considers the challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act that doesn’t recognize same-gender marriages. It seems that the woman lost her student visa because she couldn’t afford to remain in college. Her wife filed a petition to sponsor her for a marriage based green card but the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services won’t approve the petition because it uses the Defense of Marriage Act's definition of marriage as between a man & a woman. Kerry is asking that the couple's petition be put on hold until the Defense of Marriage Act is repealed or the litigation challenging the law is settled. [MORE]

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The American Conservative » Why the Right Can’t Win the Gay Marriage Fight

The American Conservative » Why the Right Can’t Win the Gay Marriage Fight | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

Social conservatives lose to liberal modernity


by DANIEL McCARTHY, The American Conservative


With the war in Afghanistan not yet over and the economy still reeling from the Great Recession, who would have predicted that 2012 would be the year of social issues? But so it is proving to be, between Rick Santorum’s surprisingly strong performance in the Republican primaries, the Obama administration’s mandate for employer-provided health insurance to cover contraception, and—in a series of battles in legislatures from New Jersey to Maryland—the ongoing struggle over same-sex marriage. Where the last is concerned, polls indicate that while more Americans still oppose gay marriage, the majority that does so is dwindling rapidly.


Rod Dreher has made the case that advocates of same-sex marriage are the aggressors on this front of the culture war. But they have presented their argument as a defensive one—a matter of equal rights being unfairly violated—and this has been a masterstroke of propaganda, winning much sympathy for their cause. The thing against which supporters of same-sex marriage have committed their aggression is tradition, specifically the West’s traditional understanding of marriage dating back a thousand years and more.


“Same-sex marriage has only been on the national radar since 1993, when a Hawaii court ruled that the state had to demonstrate just cause for why marriage ought to be denied to same-sex couples,” Dreher wrote on his blog at The American Conservative’s website. “That was fewer than 20 years ago, and in that time, support for same-sex marriage has increased at a pace that is nothing short of revolutionary. According to the trajectory of polling, at some point in the next few years, what had been the settled view of the nature of marriage for millennia will have been rejected by a majority of the American people.”


How has this happened? The gradual triumph of gay marriage is not merely due to a legal change that began 20 years ago or even to the sexual revolution of a half-century past; rather it is a consequence of a shift in the foundations of Western civilization that has been taking place over centuries—a shift from Christian to liberal foundations. So profound is this transformation that even the opponents of same-sex marriage are not exactly fighting to recover the old way of life. [MORE]

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Obama's incrementalism in the marriage equality fight

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Today on the Dish, Andrew made the case for Obama's incrementalism in the marriage equality fight, explained how said case debunked the strongest argument against marriage rights, detailed the reasoning behind the Newsweek cover, dove into the...

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Chart Of The Day

Chart Of The Day | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

About half of Republicans (53%) say they feel less favorably toward Obama because of his support for gay marriage. By contrast, 60% of independents and 52% of Democrats say their view of Obama has not changed. Among independents, as many say they feel less favorably as more favorably toward Obama as a result of his gay marriage decision (19% each). Far more Democrats say they feel more favorably than less favorably toward Obama (32% vs. 13%). [MORE]

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President Obama Announces Support For Gay Marriage

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by SAM STEIN, Huffington Post


In a nod to a dramatic shift in public opinion, Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.


In a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a markedly long and oft-mocked evolution on the matter.


"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told Roberts, in an interview that will air in full on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.


"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he said. [MORE]

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Same-sex marriage amendments: bigotry's last gasp

Same-sex marriage amendments: bigotry's last gasp | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

It's cold comfort to gay couples in North Carolina and Minnesota today, but mainstream America accepts marriage equality


by ANN MARIE COX, The Guardian


The constitutional amendment on the ballot in North Carolina Tuesday is so stridently framed you'd think there was a reason for it. "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state," goes the proposal.


Here's the thing: it's not as though gays can get married in North Carolina to begin with. There's a similar amendment on the ballot in my adopted home state of Minnesota – where gay marriage is also already unrecognized.


There are no pink processionals crowding the streets of Durham, and while my St Paul neighborhood sees a lot of pairs of women pushing one stroller down the street, I have yet to be invited to the big "WE ARE UNDERMINING THE FOUNDATIONS OF YOUR MORALITY" party, which social conservatives seem to imagine taking place just out of sight. The fact is, both of these initiatives are propelled less by the presence of an in-your-face homosexual "agenda" than by the gradual, inevitable, and growing normalization and acceptance of gays and lesbians as complete equals in our society. From the perspective of anti-equality activists, the flood waters – probably consisting of Evian – have already breached the dam. And these measures are life-rafts. [MORE]


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Offensive Shirt Keeps Woman Off Plane

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An unidentified woman claims that she missed her American Airlines flight because staff found her choice of clothing offensive, according to the blog RH Reality Check.


That's because it bore the statement: "If I wanted the government in my womb, I'd f--k a senator." The slogan first appeared on a sign at a rally in Oklahoma in February. Oklahoma Sen. Judy McIntyre (D) famously posed with the sign, telling The Huffington Post, "I saw a sea of signs that caught my eye, but this one in particular -- I loved its offensive language, because it's just as offensive for Republicans of Oklahoma to do what they're doing as it relates to women's bodies. I don't apologize for it."

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Lunch with Louden Thursdays at noon PT

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by JEANENE LOUDEN, Coffee Talk Radio


We seek the truth and speak the facts." Why is it so hard to mine the facts from the spin, opinion, and rhetoric that passes for journalism today? What do you do to find information you trust?


We are going to begin a conversation about what has happened to make this misinformation soup we live in today, and look at what needs to be done to restore our faith in reporting and media in America.


Join us at 12 noon Pacific (3pm Eastern) at 646-929-2495 or click the link to listen in live or on pod cast later.


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“Clear Distinction” Between Romney and Obama on Gay Marriage?

“Clear Distinction” Between Romney and Obama on Gay Marriage? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The White House is still mopping up after Joe Biden’s comments on gay marriage yesterday.
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State's Civil Unions Bill Overcomes Another Hurdle, Gets Closer To Becoming Law

State's Civil Unions Bill Overcomes Another Hurdle, Gets Closer To Becoming Law | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
DENVER -- A bill to allow civil unions for gay couples in Colorado must survive two more votes in the Republican-led House before it gets to the governor's desk, but it appears closer than in any other year to becoming law.
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Grenell a Beginning? Who Else Will Romney Fire at the Insistance of Hate-Based Voters?

Grenell a Beginning? Who Else Will Romney Fire at the Insistance of Hate-Based Voters? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney boxed in by Richard Grenell


by RACHEL WEINER, The Washington Post


Spokespeople are supposed to help candidates out of tight spots. In quitting Mitt Romney’s campaign before he even started working, foreign policy flack Richard Grenell managed to stick his candidate into one.


The former Massachusetts governor is now forced to insist that he didn’t fire an aide for his sexuality, an assertion that could jeopardize his already shaky relationship with the religious right.


In a series of appeareances today, Romney and his top aides sought to beat back the storyline that Grenell’s sexuality — and social conservatives’ unhappiness — influenced him in any way. [MORE]

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Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Reportely Written To Protect 'Caucasian Race'

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The wife of a North Carolina state senator reportedly told poll workers during early voting Monday that an amendment sponsored by her husband was intended partially to protect the Caucasian race.

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First Gay Marriage Proposal on Military Base at Camp Pendleton

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by BETH FORD ROSS, KPBS.org


A Navy veteran and active-duty Marine may be the first gay couple ever to have gotten publicly engaged on a military installation. It happened this week when Cory Huston proposed to Avarice Guerrero at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.


San Diego LGBT Weekly broke the story, and was there when Huston got down on bended knee to ask Guerrero to marry him. Guerrero had just returned from a ten-month deployment to Afghanistan. He told LGBT Weekly:

“I was blown away. I was shocked that after all we’d been through, he would honestly want to spend the rest of his life with someone like me.” [MORE]

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Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset

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by John Seewer, Associated Press


The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays.


Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrrell's sexual orientation well before she took the boys on campouts and helped them carve race cars for the annual Pinewood Derby have rallied to her defense in a case that has re-ignited the debate over the Scouts' policy.


"I teach my children to judge people on their actions," said Rob Dunn, a father in Bridgeport, a village of about 2,000 across the Ohio River from Wheeling, W.Va. "Whether you agree with their lifestyle or not."


The Boy Scouts of America, whose oath calls for members to be "morally straight," maintains that as a private organization it has the right to exclude gays and atheists from its ranks.


That stance was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 but has led many state and local governments to deny support for the Scouts. [MORE]

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