In honor of Veteran's Day, Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN today released a video called "Second Skin," a visual representation of how gay and lesbian soldiers, though allowed to be out, continue to be discriminated against under the Defense of Marriage Act.
[On Veteran's Day], 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," said veteran and OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson in a press release. "The video we are releasing today depicts that stark reality painfully well."
Evan Wolfson from Freedom To Marry said the video "viscerally captures the cruelty of treating gay soldiers and their families as second-class citizens under DOMA -- the psychological pain of inequality, on top of physical scars born of service to our country." Because DOMA prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian soldiers continue to lag behind their straight colleagues in terms of benefits, including health care for their spouses.
With like-minded activists behind them, Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN hope to finally end this institutionalized discrimination, and Wolfson remains optimistic that shifting popular opinion will only bolster future legislative and judicial wins on this front.
"Following an election in which voters embraced the freedom to marry like never before, members of Congress and justices of the Supreme Court can have confidence that when they do the right thing, it will not only stand the test of time, but be true to where the American people already are," he said.
Watch "Second Skin" AFTER THE JUMP.
Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment covered the historic marriage equality wins in Maryland, Washington and Maine last night by inviting a "gay couple from Maine" — played by Bill Hader and Fred Armisen — to discuss how they met, the differences between Maine and glitzy New Hampshire and their romantic engagement. Well, romantic for a gay couple from Maine.
Check it out AFTER THE JUMP.
In other SNL news, hostess with the mostest Anne Hathaway's monologue evolved into a spoof on "One Day," a track from her forthcoming film adaptation of Les Misérables, and the actress also had a pretty genius turn doing "the Sloppy Swish" in a bizarre yet oddly addictive digital short called "The Legend of Mokiki."
And she made great "roach warehouse" in the "Girlfriends" sketch, while getting deep in fictional CIA agent Carrie Mathison's insanity during a send-up of Homeland. But it may be Hathaway's revival of her Katie Holmes impression alongside Kate McKinnon as Ellen DeGeneres.
Check out clips of those sketches, save for the Holmes impression, which isn't yet online, as well as two performances by musical guest Rihanna, AFTER THE JUMP. Oh, I've also included the cold open in which Jason Sudeikis plays a sad Mitt Romney.
GAY COUPLE FROM MAINE: ANNE HATHAWAY'S MONOLOGUE: THE SLOPPY SWISH
MITT ROMNEY COLD OPEN
GIRLFRIENDS: RIHANNA'S PERFORMANCES:
Ohio State professor D.G. Myers (pictured) says John Podhoretz, editor of the right wing literary magazine Commentary, let him go over a piece called "GOP Can't Be the Party of Old White Men" in which Myers wrote, "If marriage is everything we conservatives say it is, why should we want to deny its moral benefits to gays?"
An excerpt from Myers' piece:
If the Republicans are going to be the party of married churchgoers, though, they need to change their tune on two key issues. They must drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, and they must quit obsessing over illegal immigrants. These two issues alone are almost entirely responsible for the Republicans’ image and reputation as the party of old white men.
What conservatives do not seem to grasp is that same-sex marriage is not an issue for gays only, but also for the young, who support it overwhelmingly, without question. And if the GOP really is the party of marriage, shouldn’t it be in favor of extending the goods of marriage to as many as possible? If marriage is everything we conservatives say it is, why should we want to deny its moral benefits to gays? The point is to stand for marriage, for an institution that promotes human freedom, and not to barricade ourselves behind the status quo ante. That’s how the party of freedom becomes the party of reaction.
Myers, who was invited by Podhoretz to write for Commentary in 2011, posted another pro-equality message on his own blog the following day — that was called "The Conservative Case for Marriage" — and within hours he received a note from Podhoretz giving him the boot.
Podhoretz, whose father founded Commentary in 1945 as an extremely right-wing literary review, claims there were other tensions between him and Myers and that he had wanted to fire him before the gay marriage article. Podhoretz also noted the article was too overtly political for what is meant to be a publication on letters and described Myers' allegations are an "abominable lie." He also called Myers' support for equality is "goopy and overheated."
Still, he says in a post at Commentary, "The issue was not the content," but Myers' tonal insubordination.
[Myers] did not have the authority to redefine his blog in this fashion. This is something he clearly accepted and understood in the past, because there have been times when he has reverted to his old blog, A Commonplace Blog, as he did tonight, to publish things he clearly understood were beyond the scope of Literary Commentary.
This overstepping—coupled with other, more bureaucratic matters I’ve alluded to here—was not the cause of the parting of the ways between D.G. Myers and COMMENTARY. It was more like the last straw. And I would have done the same if he’d put up a post on tax policy, or China, or Dick Morris’s prognostications.
In another twist that provides further evidence our nation has turned a corner on marriage equality, the New York Daily News reports that Myers' conservative friends are defending him against Podhoretz on Twitter. Wrote one Myers fan, "Why are you homophobic? And why are you so terrified of independent minds discussing gay marriage in @commentary?"