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Ha ha, here’s something horrible from the state of Florida, ha. Salon a while back posted about a Florida man, Lazaro Sopena, who attempted to change his last name to his wife’s, in a neat-o reversal of gender norms. Cool! Sweet! Awesome! His wife, Hanh Dinh, is of Vietnamese heritage, and Sopena decided to honor her culture rather than keep his own last name, to which he has “no particular emotional ties,” he told Reuters. But wait. Read More
Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar astounded many conservatives in their home country of Pakistan when they recently married in a civil partnership in the UK. Kausar and Kamar are the first lesbian Muslims to wed, as LGBT groups are scorned (or at least ignored if they're quiet enough) in custom and law in Pakistan. The ladies immediately applied for political asylum, as they'd received death threats from opponents of their decision in both the UK and Pakistan. Read More
As a proud Oklahoman, I will talk your ear off about how much I love my home state. It is full of wonderful people, great food, and really exciting scenes in cities like Tulsa (represent) and Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, most people wouldn't know that for all the idiots who make national press-- and they're usually in the government. Today, my sigh of disappointment comes from the Senate-- yesterday, the Oklahoma government passed a measure banning gay marriage indefinitely as well as a whopping three abortion bills. Read More
It's been an uphill battle for gays and lesbians to get marriage equality laws passed. Even once they get the license, elements of a traditional wedding, like getting a cake, might not be easy either. Recently, Sweet Cakes Bakery, based in Oregon, is facing legal action for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. In the filing, the couple had no problem buying other cakes from Sweet Cakes but when it came to their wedding cake owner Aaron Klein said "no." He says he has no problem with talking to or selling things to gay people but he just won't support their marriage. Read More
The Washington National Cathedral, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly, will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform rites for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral hopes that by performing same-sex marriages and demonstrating acceptance there will be an opportunity to break down barriers and build a more inclusive community. Read More
In the past couple of years, the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage finally surpassed the number of those who oppose it.  Data was compiled by Pew Research Center. The numbers show that in 1996, 65% opposed it, while only 26% endorsed it.   New data collected this past October shows that 49% are actually in favor of it, and 40% oppose it (which is down 4 % from this past July). Still, those numbers widely vary in different regions of the U.S. Read More
The British Government is planning to legalize same-sex marriage by the time next summer rolls around. This means that marriage ceremonies between same-sex couples could be performed as early as 2014. Maria Miller, the Equalities Minister, presented this plan to the House of Commons today. This new legislation includes several particular exceptions, added to pacify opponents of the bill—including a ban on gay marriage within the Church of England and the Church in Wales. Read More
The election is over, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! Besides the re-election of President Barack Obama and “America’s happy warrior” Vice President Joe Biden, this election saw the legalization of gay marriage in Maine and Maryland, the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and more women elected to the Senate than ever before.  I hope you spent last night cheering and hugging random strangers in a bar, but even if you didn’t, here are 10 reasons to get really, really, really excited about the election results:     1. Read More
Today (well, today in Australia), Australian Labor Senator Louise Pratt delivered one of the most eloquent arguments for marriage equality that I’ve ever seen. Read More
  When I first started watching this anti-Obama video, I thought it was satire. Given the hideous acting and low production values, it was a pretty safe assumption. I expected the familiar face of a comedian (maybe someone from the Daily Show) to come on screen and say something that would make it clear that the people behind the video knew how idiotic and ignorant it was. But no, this is a real thing. I'd try to explain how absurd it is, but it’s only 31 seconds long, so just watch it for yourself, and maybe add another “dislike. Read More