emmagrant01: (I heart NY)

I've always thought that a certain number of people just had to get old and die before gay marriage would become just marriage, and nothing more. Maybe we'll be there by the time my son is a teenager. Maybe even here in Texas, it won't be a big deal anymore. :-)


Jun. 25th, 2011 01:11 am
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
I ♥ Matt. So damn much!

And I ♥ New York!
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
I don't know how many of you have already done this, but the website Change.org has been holding a "Ideas for Change in America" competition since election day, and the final round of voting just started today. The top ten vote-getting ideas will be presented to the Obama administration a few days before the inauguration, and the top idea at the moment is to pass a Marriage Equality Rights Act to ensure that all people have the right to marry, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, etc.

You have to register with the site to vote, but please go do so! There are lots of other interesting ideas there, and you can vote for ten in all. I'm pretty sure you don't have to be an American to participate. We can help make this idea something that will be put on the President's desk!
emmagrant01: (HRC)
It was awesome! There were 3000 people there at City Hall, and it was such an amazing feeling to be in that crowd. And it wasn't just gay folk, either -- lots of straight families were there, many of whom said they wanted their children to see the fight for civil rights in action. Cars were driving by and honking like crazy, with people hanging out the windows and shouting their support. There wasn't a single protester that I saw.

I left feeling very positive about the future. I really, truly believe it's only a matter of time before we have marriage equality. It may not come as soon as we want, but it's coming. We just have to keep fighting.

Pictures beneath the cut )

Something really cool happened to me on the way home. BG fell asleep in the car and I decided to go through a Chick-Fila drivethrough to get a sandwich. When I was in line, I saw the woman in the huge SUV in front of me looking at me in her rear view mirror. I still had my HRC hat on, and she had an HRC sticker on the back of her car, so I thought maybe she was just looking at my hat. When I got up to the window to pay, the cashier told me that woman had paid for my food! I was stunned! The only thing I could think of was that it was the HRC hat. Isn't that amazing? :-D
emmagrant01: (Cho knows Harry's gay)

It's a powerful image, right? Especially for Americans of a certain generation. But is it a fair one? Are these two movements, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s which fundamentally changed US society, and the current gay marriage/rights movement really analogous? I've heard compelling arguments both ways, and I'm not sure what to think.

[Poll #1294352]

Yes, I'm making you pick a side, but remember that you can change your vote if your position is swayed later on. Please comment with your reasons!

Anon comments are screened, but I will unscreen them if they contribute positively to the discussion.
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is happening everywhere, Saturday November 15, at 10:30am PST, a massive nationwide simultaneous protest of anti-marriage amendments! To find the meeting point near you, go HERE. Pass it on!

I will be there in Austin with my son, in his rainbow-colored babylegs. Who wants to march with me?
emmagrant01: (LJ drama)
For about ten minutes this morning, a story I heard a blip of on CNN had me LIVID.

In Washington, a ballot initiative (#957) has been proposed that "would limit marriage in Washington to couples willing and able to have children. The measure would also dissolve the union of those who remain childless three years after marrying."

And then I looked up the story online, and it turns out it's basically a joke:
"Gregory Gadow, of the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance, said the group hopes to make a point by parodying a state Supreme Court ruling last year that denied gays the right to marry because, among other reasons, such unions don't further the purpose of procreation."

So basically, they're trying to see if people get the hypocrisy of banning gay marriage for the sole reason that procreation is, well, not impossible, but certainly more difficult in the context of a gay union. It is clever, but part of me doesn't trust people enough to believe that they'd get the joke. Ya know?

Story here.
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is a great article about Brokeback Mountain and why conservatives should see it.

A quote: Socio-cons probably have sidestepped this so-called gay cowboy movie. Too bad. While it hardly screams, "family values," "Brokeback" engages profound issues that merit consideration by those who think seriously about the challenges that families face. [...] "Brokeback Mountain" should prompt social conservatives to ponder whether it is good family policy to encourage gay men to live lives that are traditional yet untrue. Would honest gay marriages be less destructive than deceitful straight ones? I think so. Many disagree. Even if they oppose it, however, seeing this film may give heterosexual marriage proponents a better insight into why so many Americans advocate homosexual marriage.

[Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] wranglers.]

Now with a working link!
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
From a local TV station's web site:

The results are in from Tuesday night's election, and Proposition Two passed. Effective immediately, the Texas Constiution will now define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Proposition Two passed by a huge margin. However, the majority of voters in Travis County voted against the amendement [sic]. [I ♥ Austin so FUCKING much!]

Here's a look at a breakdown of the numbers: 76 percent voted for Proposition Two, and 24 percent voted against.

As you can imagine Tuesday night, both sides of the issue had a lot to say.

"Ninety percent of the young people have voted against this amendment. That shows me that we got our message out," Anne Wynne with No Nonsense in November said. [Things are changing. We may have to wait for the bigots to die, but...]

"I don't know if God has spoken, but I know that when Glen Maxey says something that God is not involved in this type of issue or does not address this issue, he really clearly has about 8,000 years ago," David Contreras, Justice at the Gate, said. [Okay, what? I'm still not sure what he was trying to say. Separation of church and state mean anything to you, asshat? Oh, and Glen Maxey rocks. SO much.]


Dude. 0_0

Nov. 1st, 2005 09:59 pm
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is a gift from God, I swear.

KKK to march in Austin this weekend in support of Constitutional Ammendment 2.

A quote: No one was available to speak on camera, but a representative with the Imperial Klans of America speaking for the American White Knights says in a statement. "We believe that as Christians we have an obligation under god to take a stand against homosexuality. Homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God and goes against our Lord's plans for the human race."

Heh. To quote Mr. Bush, you're either with us, or you're with the KKK!
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
For those of you who live in the San Antonio area, there will be a special prayer service conducted tonight by [livejournal.com profile] jedirita. If you can make it, go and support her, her congregation, and the cause of equal rights for everyone. :-)

Prayer Service for Justice and Compassion in support of Equal Marriage Rights for All
October 30 at 5:00 at First Unitarian Church, 7150 IH-10 West, across IH-10 from Crossroads Mall
Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
The Human Rights Campaign is a great organization that promotes GLBT equal rights. If you aren't on their mailing list or a member, you should consider it, because it's a great way to get involved in these important human rights issues.

They have an interesting new interactive resource for talking about GLBT issues with family, friends, and co-workers. There are some good ideas there for responding to comments people might make. They make it sound a lot easier than it is, of course, but it's still an interesting read.

They are promoting it with an ad campaign called Tom, the Token Gay Friend, and they have a selection of the ads on the website. They're pretty funny and feature a guy trying to engage his straight friends in conversations about GLBT equality issues -- and failing miserably. They're kind of fun to watch. :-)
emmagrant01: (liberal)
I was surprised to get a bit of a negative response to my argument in support of gay marriage -- from people who agree that gay marriage should be legal. The response was aimed at my strategy for presenting my case, and it made me think about a really important issue I've been meaning to post about here for a while.

Disclaimer: The intention of this post is not to point anyone out in a P/A manner, so I've screened the relevant comments on the old post.

Liberals really need to understand that you can't argue with conservatives. So what do you do? )
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
For those of you who live in Texas and want to help with the campaign against Amendment 2: )


Waah, I'm out of town this weekend so I can't go! I'll have to find out what happened from someone.
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is copied directly from [livejournal.com profile] jedirita's journal. Go vote in their stupid poll, and then pass it on.

Dear friends,

My local Clear Channel-controlled media outlet is doing one of those stupid online polls on the proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only "one man and one woman."

If you want to participate in a largely meaningless but fun act of sabotage, please go to http://www.woai.com and vote NO in their instapoll "Do you support the gay marriage ban?"

Avast ye! Prepare to be boarded! Arrrr!!!

--Jedi Pirate Rita

PS If you are a registered voter in Texas, please vote AGAINST Proposition 2 on November 8. Voting in an online poll means nothing. Voting in an election counts.

ETA: It was 65% for when I voted, and now it's only 61% for! We rock, y'all. Oh, and because it isn't clear, this is a very conservative website running the poll. We're just trying to fuck up their results. ;-)

ETA 2: Now only 56% for!!! God, I love fandom!

ETA 3: 54%! Mwahaha. Not much further, and we'll be the majority!

ETA 4: They took the poll down and I can'r find it -- of course, it was 50.5% NO by then. Mission accomplished, folks! *grins*


Sep. 30th, 2005 08:05 pm
emmagrant01: (God)
In direct defiance of God's law, I am having mussels in white wine for dinner. Who's going to hell with me?

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wook77 for the link. ;-)

ETA: Because it doesn't seem to be clear, that website is a joke.

Oh, and another reason I'm going to hell? The first picture on this page. I'll start making room in my handbasket now for the rest of y'all...
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
It's time to start fighting, folks. We have a little more than a month to convince our friends and neighbors to vote NO on Prop 2, a hateful amendment to our state constitution that would not only deny loving couples the right to marry simply because they are gay, but would also ELIMINATE many legal and medical rights and benefits other non-married couples currently hold.

If you live in Texas, you can start by putting a sign in your yard, a sticker on your car, and a t-shirt on your body.

Under the cut is a list of places where you can get them. )

And then go talk to your neighbors!

I attended a rally at the state capitol tonight, and there were several hundred people in attendance. One of the speakers told us that what happens here will affect the whole country. I mean, just imagine what it would be like if Texas voted this thing down!! We could turn the tide of hatred and discrimination right here and now -- we just need to talk to people, and encourage them to vote.

See the editorial in the Houston Chronicle here
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
For anyone who is curious about how the press conference in San Antonio went Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] jedirita has a post about it here.

If you live in Texas, go to http://www.nononsenseinnovember.com/ to sign up as a volunteer and to pledge to vote against prop 2. This isn't just a law, folks -- they're trying to rewrite our state constitution to discriminate against people, FOREVER. We can't let it happen. We just can't.

There will be a vigil at the Capitol on September 29. I'll post more on that when it gets closer.

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