Delaware joins the ever-increasing list of marriage equality states.
UPDATE: Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law moments after it passed the Senate. Marriage equality goes into effect July 1. “I do not intend to make any of you wait 1 minute longer,” he said.
A local “occupy” moment in Visalia, California. Activists made a raid overnight on the local Habit Burger sign. It didn’t last past opening, but the morning commuters (that were paying attention) saw it. The chain’s slogan is “There’s no substitute for quality”.
Jennifer McGuire, of Visalia, joined three others from California’s vast Central Valley, driving 250 miles to attend the now-annual Valentine’s Day protest at San Francisco City Hall. Since Proposition 8 took away the right to marry the individual of their choice, members of the LGBT community have taken part in “right-to-marry” protests each year. Jennifer posted this to her Facebook today, and it is reprinted here with her permission.
Am I Willing to Look Down the Nozzle of a Fire Hose?
Yesterday I was detained by the SFPD at the County Courthouse with fifteen other peaceful, nonviolent protesters as part of the annual marriage equality Valentine’s Day protests nationwide. The day, like the courthouse in San Francisco, was beautiful; the rally and protest were well attended, well organized, well covered by the media, and well laced with powerful speeches and voices for LGBTQ equality.
The experience was amazing. I drove up the from the Central Valley of CA, one of the most conservative areas of the country, with 3 friends to participate in the action in San Francisco, one of the most liberal, gay-friendly cities in America. We knew we were driving 8 hours to be arrested, yet our conversation centered around organic farming, relationship status’, and ensuring cupcakes were being delivered to children’s Vday parties we were missing.
It looks like the anti-gay amendment that will come to a vote in 2013 or 2014 will be voted down, polls show if put to a vote in New Jersey, the people will pass same-sex marriage, and support for marriage equality is on the rise in Oregon.
The Montana State Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that gay “domestic partners” are not entitled to the same benefits as those of straight married couples.
The court wrote in Monday’s 4-3 decision the request was “overly broad” and sided with a lower court’s decision last year to dismiss the lawsuit. But the Supreme Court left the door open for the couples to modify their request and try again.
Today has been difficult to say the least. And not to detract from the tragedy in Connecticut, but hopefully this bit of lighthearted news from South America will give you a reason to smile. This time from a more modern corner of the continent: Uruguay.
The progressive country is well on its way to legalizing marriage equality – one of the legislators’ only remaining reservations? What to call the happy couples’ kids. They’ve come up with an interesting solution.