Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, via Getty Images
New Zealand passed marriage equality with a 77-44 vote in its third and final reading. Two things happened around the time of the vote that should get special attention: First, before the vote New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson gave an outstanding speech that deserves extra special attention; and second, right after the vote passed the parliament and the observing crowd broke out in song, singing “Pokarekare Ana,” a New Zealand love song in the indigenous Maori language.
Both videos are after the jump.
Hands down, Bill Clinton has got to be my favorite president of the last century. From giving the states a surplus budget, to his philanthropic work after his presidency, and to his speech at last year’s DNC, he really helps me believe in the system. In case you didn’t catch it, last week Bill Clinton wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post titled It’s time to overturn DOMA. In the article Clinton declares DOMA as unconstitutional and discriminatory, and urges the Supreme Court to overturn this filthy excuse for discrimination (my words).
Like much of what Bill Clinton says, the article is brilliantly thought out and well written. I highly suggest clicking through to read it.
True to his word, Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s newly re-elected President, apologized to the LGBT community for using homophobic language a second time during his victory speech.
It all started last year, July 28th, when Correa read a reader’s comment on El Commercio’s Facebook page repeatedly calling the president a fag: “The fag thought that faggotry was part of the Olympic games and thought he could bring a gold medal in homosexuality – which is his strength… Degenerate fag.” (As you can tell, this reader was quite articulate.)
Correa later responded to the comment in kind: “If anyone knows this gentleman let me know. And I’ll invite him and only him to tell me these vicious things face to face. To see who’s the real fag.”
Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day as Sectary of State. Today is a bitter-sweet day. Bitter for the fact she’s leaving. Sweet for all of the fantastic work she’s done, not just for GLBT rights, but throughout her career. Sweet because now she get’s to have a well-deserved break. Sweet because, and lets whisper so we don’t jinx it, she might run for president once again.
As Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton visited 112 different countries, spent 2084.21 hours (86.8 days) traveling, and racked up nearly a million air miles. Earlier today, she said farewell to the State Department:
I, like many others in the LGBT community, was very happy that President Obama made the courageous step of including LGBT history and rights a part of his inauguration speech. I’m proud of him for doing that. As impressive as that is, there’s always more work to be done, and more disenfranchised people to be recognized and protected.
Barack Obama won, and it was a beautiful moment. However if you had to go to bed before watching his victory speech, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And added bonus, we even have Romney’s sweet and delectable concession speech. Check out the videos after the jump!
This is well worth watching.
I’ve always liked Sally Field and after watching this video, I absolutely love her. Watch it and I think you will too.