With so much happening, and at such an awesome pace lately, marriage equality advances one more step across the world, and it’s a thrill to watch.
France’s president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalize gay marriage. On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He said: “I have taken [the decision]; now it is time to respect the law of the Republic.” The first gay wedding could be held 10 days after the bill’s signing. But Parliamentary Relations Minister Alain Vidalies told French TV he expected the first ceremonies to take place “before 1 July”.
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Clam chowder, sourdough bread and butter, and sangria. The Indian Pacers just knocked off the New York Knicks and final four of the NBA has been decided. The Knicks square off against the Miami Heat in the East and the Memphis Grizzlies tangle with the San Antonio Spurs. Woot!
This short film (a bit over 8 minutes) has YouTube star Brandon Rogers, and here is how the makers describe it:
“A young man spends his time drawing sketches and daydreaming of a life he wishes to have.”
I found it charming and entertaining. Have a look!
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In honor of IDAHO, we have some more international news. ILGA Europe launched it’s Rainbow Europe package, assessing how well our Queer brothers and sisters are treated. In America, we typically view Europe as very progressive, free-loving people. Well if you’d seen the news recently you’d know that’s not really the case. From death threats, to riots, to vicious beatings, Europe isn’t as safe as what many of us think it is.
The map ILGA Europe released goes from dark green, representing full equality and respect, to dark red, gross violations of human rights, discrimination.
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO), and while we may not have Susan Rice as Secretary of State, she is the US Ambassador to the United Nations and she commemorated IDAHO with a stern video message. Check it out after the jump.
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