Today, June 26, is the first anniversary of Decision Day here in California. It’s that day that U.S. Supreme Court struck down Prop 8 as unconstitutional and paved the way for legalizing gay marriage in the Golden State.
Yesterday, the Obama Administration unleashed a list of new benefits for married same-sex couples, including those who reside in states where gay marriage is against the law. One allows for time off to care for an ill spouse, others include Social Security and Veterans benefits. All this, a year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages.
The change in Americans’ views about equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) is unprecedented, and the changing views on gay marriage is the best example.
In 2004, popular support for same-sex marriage was 30-40 percent. Now polls show support around 55 percent. Gay couples can now wed in 19 states. Laws prohibiting gay marriage in 30 states are being challenged, leaving North Dakota as the last holdout.
For religious people who view opposition to LGBT orientation as discriminatory and an example of bigotry, the use, or rather misuse, of the Bible is particularly disturbing. Two brothers recently had their HGTV program cancelled, due to past anti-gay remarks, and cited their “faith” as the reason.
Here in Oregon, we are finally one step closer to having gay marriage legalized. Today, a judge denied the request by NOM (National Organization for Marriage) to defend Oregon’s amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. This is welcome news, especially since states like Arkansas now allow gay marriage. Honestly, as someone who thinks of Portland and Oregon as very progressive and liberal, it has been quite embarrassing that we don’t yet have gay marriage. Here’s to, fingers crossed, hoping that this will change soon.
My long time friend Ryan Bacon got married today so I sojourned to Fresno, California. It was a Japanese style ceremony at the Shinzen Gardens in Woodward park.
A red state which just had some drama surrounding their “right to discriminate” bill is showing support for gay marriage. According to a poll conducted this recent Tuesday, 66 percent of Arizona residents disapproved of the anti gay law. Only 22 percent (which is too many in my opinion) showed support for the bill.
From our friends at GLAAD: