Minnesota is on the verge of joining the future with Delaware and becoming the 12th state in the U.S. to pass marriage equality. Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the marriage equality bill, so next stop is the Senate on Monday! Best part is, it’s expected to pass with bipartisan support.
They’re falling like dominoes!
Marriage equality will pass it’s final vote by Rhode Island’s House Representatives. Right now the House Reps. are giving their arguments for or against the bill. Watch it live here!
State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein, Illinois, decided he will side with history and equality when he announced his support for Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill on Sunday. After previously opposing civil unions and same-sex marriage, what changed his mind? Well we have his mother-in-law to thank. From the Chicago Tribune:
Sullivan, who is chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, said his decision to back same-sex marriage represented a personal and family evolution on the issue. Previously an opponent of civil unions, Sullivan told the Tribune that his mother-in-law, who lives in the southwest suburbs, has been in a same-sex relationship.
The Westboro Baptist Church will be getting an eyeful every time they walk in and out of their front door by being greeted by a big rainbow house. The idea is the lovechild of Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the charity Planting Peace. He wanted to get more involved with gay rights activism but had no idea how. That was, until he popped on Google maps and took a look at where Westboro Group of Hate is located, then found the house across the street was for sale!
A bill in Nigeria’s House of Representatives has unanimously passed it’s second reading that would criminalize same-sex marriage, same-sex public displays of affection, and all gay organizations. Having a same-sex marriage would be punishable with 14 years imprisonment, and anyone who helps could get up to 10 years as well.
“It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported,” House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said during debate, referring to same-sex marriage. “Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it,” she added.
The Colorado State Senate has passed a civil unions bill in an unrecorded vote yesterday, and is expected to pass the recorded vote later this week. Some may balk at the idea of civil unions, but at least it’s a step forward and gets the state to recognize same-sex relationships. Colorado banned same-sex marriage in 2006 by voting an amendment into their constitution.
After the recorded vote in the Senate, the bill will go to the House. Brad Clark, executive director of One Colorado says ”Our toughest challenge is next — getting past the House Judiciary Committee, where we only need one vote to secure passage.”
Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet -
This video discusses the Senate version of the PROTECT IP Act, but the House bill that was introduced today is much worse. It’ll give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill would criminalize posting all sorts of standard web content — music playing in the background of videos, footage of people dancing, kids playing video games, and posting video of people playing cover songs. This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook