BY SAM GREISMAN
With less than a week until the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, Ari Waldman takes a closer look at what these cases really mean for the day-to-day lives of average gay people. Pew Research broke down the numbers behind the support for marriage equality and perhaps unsurprisingly things seem to break down along generational lines. Also the CEO of Starbucks recently told a shareholder that if they don't like the company's support of same-sex marriage, they can take a hike!
If you happen to be in Utah look out for the Osmond Family's big rally against gay marriage. It seems that the Family Research Council are turning to prayer to combat marriage equality, as the group is ordering followers to pray that pro-gay rights arguments in front of SCOTUS are "inept" and "unconvincing". Senator Saxby Chambliss says that he has no plans to marry a gay. Or maybe he just hasn't found the right guy yet. And a bullied 7th grader in Illinois doesn't want to go back to school after a bully wrote "fag" on the back of his neck. Who can blame the kid?
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Local Paper Publishes Racist, Homophobic Letter After Lesbian Teacher's Dismissal in West Virginia: VIDEO
Last week, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to fire lesbian teacher Kelli Burns after three separate hearings, the Lincoln Journal reports:
In a series of claims regarding the situation, Burns told The Lincoln Journal, late last week, that she was comfortable exposing what she termed the "completely inexcusable trashing” of her sexuality and her "so-called lifestyle” by the school system. She further alleged that students had been forced to write submissions saying that she had "tried to turn them gay.” Burns expressed her overall dismay regarding the process in her comments to The Lincoln Journal. "What has this process taught our youngsters? Every day they stand and recite an anti-bullying pledge right after the Pledge of Allegiance. And then they watch for months one of their favorite and most successful teachers be bullied by some staff and administration. The fact is some students actually went on record to teachers and administrators, saying that they were tired of watching me be trashed and slandered and bullied in the classroom. It was brave of them and I admire them for that,” Burns said late last week.
The Journal itself is now coming under fire for publishing a letter it received regarding Burns' dismissal.
Said the letter, which was transcribed from a voicemail the paper received:
"We were really glad to hear that School Board is getting rid of them queers. The next thing is we need to get rid of all the n****rs, the spics, the kikes and the wops....You know even them Catholics, they are wrong as baby eaters...We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations....We'll keep Lincoln County white and right. Thank you."
The Lincoln Journal posted a lengthy interview with Burns online about the letter and the dismissal.
Watch the interview, and a news report on the printing of the letter, AFTER THE JUMP...
Here's the Lincoln Journal speaking with fired teacher Kelli Burns:
Following Santa Fe Mayor David Coss's proclamation earlier this week that same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico, things are starting to heat up there.
Today, two same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry filed a lawsuit in Albuquerque’s district court after they applied for and were denied marriage licenses by the Bernalillo County Clerk. The lawsuit claims that the New Mexico marriage statutes and New Mexico Constitution do not bar same-sex couples from marrying, and therefore the State of New Mexico should issue civil marriage licenses to any same-sex couple who applies for one. The couples are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of New Mexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Albuquerque law firm Sutin, Thayer & Browne, APC, and local cooperating attorneys Maureen Sanders, Lynn Perls, and Kate Girard.
New Mexico is the only state in the country that does not either explicitly recognize same-sex relationships through marriage or civil unions or ban recognition of same-sex relationships by statute or constitutional amendment.
The couples are Miriam Rand, 63, and Ona Porter, 66, and Rose Griego, 47, and Kim Kiel, 44. Miriam and Ona currently live in Albuquerque, while Rose and Kim reside in Santa Fe.
More on the couples and the lawsuit here.
Rhode Island's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the marriage equality bill is underway. Watch it live HERE.
House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, a gay Denver Democrat who backed the bill, said in prepared remarks:
"With the Governor's signature here today, the protection of Colorado's laws will now extend equally to all. Thousands of Colorado families will now be able to receive the recognition they deserve. "Ladies and gentlemen, the Colorado sun now warms all our people."
Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, released the following statement:
“In every corner of Colorado, same-sex couples have been waiting for 10, 20, and sometimes even 40 years to have access to critical legal protections that can help protect their families. Now, they finally do -- thanks to the courage and leadership of Governor Hickenlooper and our state lawmakers. This historic victory belongs to the thousands of loving, committed couples across the state who have worked tirelessly for years to make it possible for their families, and all families, to have these important legal safeguards. For them, this moment was long overdue. But today, we also know that our work is not yet finished; our journey to full equality is not complete. Like so many others here in Colorado and across the country, I grew up with the hope of one day falling in love and making a lifelong promise to the one I love. We know that this promise is called marriage — not civil unions.
"While our state has an amendment from 2006 that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, in the time that has passed, Colorado voters have shown they are ready for a conversation about the freedom to marry. Polls show that a majority of Coloradans support marriage for same-sex couples — part of a broader and undeniable shift in public opinion that we've seen across the country. Moving forward, as more and more Americans consider what it means to extend the freedom to marry to all loving, committed couples, we look forward to beginning an important conversation with Coloradans about why marriage matters to all families — straight and gay alike.”
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