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Afternoon equality round-up: July 5th, 2011


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By Adam Bink

Around and about:

  • Over at the Minnesota Independent, Andy Birkey has a look at the top five donors who helped put the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot. He also has a great primer on the amendment.
  • Via AMERICABlog Gay, Jonathan Rauch makes the point that gays can’t get married in 45 (soon to be 44) states, bullying is endemic, still cannot serve in the military, etc. etc… and Brian Brown and his ilk are the ones complaining about being oppressed?
  • NYC same-sex couples can startapplying for marriage licenses today.
  • CNN picks up the story of the Wilfahrts:

Here’s a longer text version. A few months ago, the Wilfahrts recorded a special Testimony video for the Courage Campaign and OutServe:

They were later invited to Mother’s Day Tea at the White House, and now CNN covers their story. The kind of story-telling we try and do with the Testimony project, and it’s nice to see their story get more eyeballs. This is the work we do! To record your Testimony, please sign up here.

  • Courage’s Rick Jacobs pens an op-ed for The Advocate on what happened when he visited the White House last week for the Pride month celebration.
  • This headline and lede is a little overblown, but here are statistics on women in same-sex relationships marrying more than men in same-sex relationships.
  • If you haven’t signed up to be a daily voter for Courage Campaign to fund our Camp Courage trainings around the country, please do so here. Each morning you’ll get a short reminder to vote for us and the four other good groups on the slate. Log in, vote, and you’re down. It takes less time to vote than to read this post, I’ll wager. You can also text “107728” to “73774” on your mobile phone!
  • And if you drink Pepsi (or have it around the office, or home, or wherever), look for Power Voting Codes under the cap or inside the cardboard 12-pack boxes. You can then enter the code here for up to 100 votes all at once… or, simply e-mail the code to and we’ll take care of it!
  • The Advocate‘s Andrew Harmon updates us on the push to repeal the same-sex marriage law in New Hampshire that is rearing its ugly head again. If they’re going to take up this fight again, we’ll be ready to jump in again. And, by the way, another reason to vote for us in the Pepsi contest: during the first push, we sent our staff there to run five Camp Courage trainings there in the cold, cold winter (Arisha’s teeth are still chattering) that local folks on the ground used to get others in the game. Camp Courages teach story of self and community organizing skills.
  • Via Pam Spaulding, Lambda Legal analyzes the impact of the DOJ brief arguing that DOMA is unconstitutional, filed a few days ago.

What are you reading?


  • 1. LCH  |  July 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Also today in CA: The California Assembly just passed the FAIR Education Act with a 49-25 vote. Now waiting to be signed by Gov. Brown.

    The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act would amend the Education Code to include social sciences instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This bill would also prohibit discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials from being adopted by the State Board of Education.


  • 2. Cat  |  July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I was reading:

    It's a plea to end DOMA and restore (at least increase) federal tax sanity. I'm all for it!

  • 3. Bill  |  July 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    We should be lobbying in every state for a campaign financial disclosure laws like Minnesota's. Like my Mom told me: There's nothing like sunshine to whiten dirty laundry.

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  July 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Pat Robertson’s “Sodom” Comments Are In Line With Those Of NOM, FRC:

  • 5. Ronnie  |  July 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Exclusive First Look: Dave Koz's "This Guy's In Love With You"

    Out musician (Saxophonist/vocalist) Dave Koz premiers his video for "This Guy's in Love With You", as the article states, "On the heels of the Empire State legalizing gay marriage". He & director Graham Streeter created the video to show their support for marriage equality.

    "It’s a simple statement of love. That's what this song is all about. Being bold enough to love whoever you wish, show some vulnerability and truly celebrate moving beyond our fears.” ~ Dave Koz

    The video was shot on location in Ventura, California & "features the first ever city-sized "love mob" filled with people of all colors, shapes, sizes, and sexual orientations" (h/t Out magazine &

    Enjoy….. <3…Ronnie

  • 6. Sheryl_Carver  |  July 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for posting the link, Ronnie! Loved it!

  • 7. Gregory in SLC  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Voices of America: Gay Marriage Fight Sparks US Debate Over Meaning of Marriage:
    (good video with article)

  • 8. Sagesse  |  July 6, 2011 at 5:01 am

    A lesson in tolerance.

    Stonewall DFL Chair criticizes chatter about Marcus Bachmann’s sexuality

  • 9. Sagesse  |  July 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

    i did not get the email notification for this post.

  • 10. Gregory in SLC  |  July 6, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I like hearing balanced marriage news from non-liberal sources.
    The Voice of America (VOA), a dynamic multimedia broadcaster funded by the U.S. Government, broadcasts accurate, balanced, and comprehensive news and information to an international audience.

  • 11. Gregory in SLC  |  July 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

    FEEL-HAPPY video…lovely way to start the day : D thx Ronnie x2

  • 12. Ronnie  |  July 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    You're welcome… ; ) …Ronnie

  • 13. Rich  |  July 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Loved it! Can't wait to share it with everyone.

  • 14. Angela  |  July 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    This is the same guy who said that the people of Haiti "made a pact with the Devil" and that's why the earthquake happened there. As if he has any clue what the true religion of Haiti was and how it worked (read Wade Davis "The Serpent & The Rainbow"). I couldn't believe Robertson said that and got away with it without any reprocussions… but I guess it didn't reach enough people for it to matter much LOL.

  • 15. Angela  |  July 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Awwwwwww how amazing is that!!! That's a great song btw I have Rod Stewart singing it I think as part of his Great American Songbook CDs.

  • 16. Gregory in SLC  |  July 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I suppose it gives a possible explanation for Ms. Bachmann's anti-gay stance. I do have some empathy for the heterosexual spouse who lives with a gay person….it leaves much hurt in its wake.

    one of the articles I imagine Stonewall chair is criticizing:

  • 17. Gregory in SLC  |  July 6, 2011 at 9:00 am


  • 18. MarcosLB  |  July 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for that Cat! Any attorneys out there willing to do a pro bono class action lawsuit against the IRS?

  • 19. Nyx  |  July 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Here is more on the topic:

    The Bachmanns' Lifelong Anti-Gay Crusade

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