Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 Rainbow Flag by Gilbert Baker


Via JMG: Alcohol Consumption By State


 
Via Policy Mic:
According to a new report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the hardest-drinking state turns out to be New Hampshire. The study calculated per capita consumption of ethanol from alcoholic beverages and found that the average New Hampshire resident consumed 4.65 gallons in 2012 — nearly twice the national average of 2.33 gallons. Among the New England states, Connecticut was the only one that didn't make the top 20 list for per capita alcohol consumption. Alaska, Louisiana, Florida, Delaware and Washington, D.C. are all big drinking regions, as are the Northern states, with the average resident consuming over 2.5 gallons of ethanol in alcohol per year. The NIAAA report also found that overall, per capita ethanol consumption increased by 2.2% — only seven states experienced a decrease.
(Tipped by JMG reader Win)
 
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Philosophy and Religion | May 30, 2014

Separating philosophy from religion does not work well in the case of Buddhism. Trying to tease apart these two strands of the dispensation would have seemed a futile endeavor to most Buddhists over the long history of the tradition. We in the West need to get over this false dichotomy, which has no significance in speaking about Buddhism or other Asian religions. 
 
—Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr., “Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion”
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rudolf Brazda, last of the Pink Triangles, tells his story

Ram Dass interviews Thicht Nhat Hanh

Breathing Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh

We Live Love Mindfully

Via DailyKos: NOM And Oregon's Catholic Bishops: Same-Sex Parent Families Are Not "Genuine Families"

In response to the marriage equality ruling in Oregon, the Oregon Catholic Conference has issued this statement. It has been posted in full on NOM's blog, who say that the group "expressed their strong disapproval" over the decision. While NOM might interpret this to mean resolve and determination on the part of the Bishops, to me it means "it's time to point and laugh again".
But there's one part of the statement that I don't laugh at. The statement is a smear of not just marriage equality, and not just same-sex parents, but their children as well. In part, it reads:
The Oregon Catholic Conference will continue to uphold the true meaning of marriage and advocate for genuine marriages and families in Oregon[.]
None of us would be surprised at their statement that same-sex marriages are not genuine. But saying that families with gay parents are not genuine families shows how little shame they have. Their message to gay parents is that your efforts to raise children in a loving home with parents who love them is not genuine. The message to their children is that your parents aren't genuine parents, and that you don't live in a genuine family. Their message to both is that your families are lesser than other families, not deserving of our advocacy or legal protections to strengthen them.
To both NOM and the Catholic Church: If you're trying to protect children and their rights, you're doing it wrong.

Originally posted to Kossacks for Marriage Equality on Thu May 29, 2014 at 04:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Koscadia and Street Prophets .

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The Buddhist Story | May 29, 2014

We all walk out of the palace of youthful innocence at some point, and we actually see what’s going on. That’s the Buddhist story.
 
—Lewis Richmond, “Aging as a Spiritual Practice”
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Via JMG: Colombian President Endorses Marriage


"Marriage between homosexuals to me is perfectly acceptable and what’s more I am defending unions that exist between two people of the same sex with the rights and all of the same privileges that this union should receive. If these unions are called marriage or not is secondary to me. For me it is important that they have their rights. - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, speaking with El Tiempo. Santos faces a runoff election to hold office next month. Elsewhere in South America, same-sex marriage is presently legal in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. 


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Cow Meditation | May 28, 2014

 
Far beyond 'self and
udder.' With nothing to
attain and nothing more
to prove at last one sits
peacefully serene. Sitting
quietly, the grass grows.  
 
 
—Edward Espe Brown, "The Vision Cow"
 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Via JMG: WaPo Marriage Map


The Washington Post has published an interactive marriage map.  Click on each state for recent developments.


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Peace Will Arise | May 27, 2014

Being a slave to our concerns is like being in debt to them. When we're in debt, we have no real freedom in our hearts. The more we pay off our debts, the more lighthearted we'll feel. In the same way, if we can let go of our various worries and cares, peace will arise in our hearts. 
—Ajaan Lee, “Sowing the Seeds of Freedom”
 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Via JMG: This Month From World Net Daily


 
About the cover story in this month's magazine from World Net Daily:
Newt Gingrich called it an “open, blatant example of the new fascism,” Charles Krauthammer called it “totalitarian,” Pat Buchanan labeled it “the new blacklist” and RedState headlined it as “a fascist purge.” And it wasn’t just conservatives sounding the alarm. Leftist comedian Bill Maher called the perpetrators the “gay mafia,” and even well-known “gay” media personalities condemned it, Andrew Sullivan saying it “disgusts me” and radio talker Tammy Bruce calling out the “gay gestapo.”

They were referring, of course, to the forced resignation of tech prodigy Brendan Eich as CEO of the company he co-founded, Mozilla, developer of the popular Firefox Web browser, all because he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 upholding traditional marriage. Everyone knows the Eich story – and almost everyone, it seems, condemns it, as though it were a singularly egregious injustice in today’s America.

But, as revealed in the May issue of WND’s acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine, Brendan Eich, far from being a unique or especially shocking case, is just one of a growing multitude of Americans whose lives and livelihoods are being intentionally crushed by “THE NEW FASCISM.”
The issue includes articles by Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly, Linda Harvey, Scott Lively, and a cavalcade of other crackpots.


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16 Million Americans Gain Freedom to Marry: May 23 MNW


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The Illusory Division | May 26, 2014

When we eat, we are collapsing the illusory division between self and other. We are breaking down the boundaries between our bodies and the outside world. That’s also what we’re doing when we meditate.
—Nick Nauman, “An Interview with Nick Nauman”
 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies - SUNSET BOULEVARD


JMG HomoQuotable - Frank Bruni


"A kiss is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It’s as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain. And yet a kiss is everything. A kiss can stop the world. The football player Michael Sam recently demonstrated as much. [snip] I still sometimes feel panic when my partner, meeting me in a restaurant, gives me a perfunctory kiss on the lips. And yet I feel robbed — wronged — if I sense that an awareness of other people’s gazes and a fear of their judgment are preventing him from doing that. We shouldn’t be bound that way, and on the day of the pro football draft, in front of the cameras, Sam rightly declared that he wasn’t. He did so with a gesture at once humdrum and heroic, a gesture that connects everyone who has been in love and affirms what every love shares: physical tenderness, eye-to-eye togetherness. It was something to behold. It was something to hold on to." - Frank Bruni, writing for the New York Times.

Read the full essay.


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JMG Quote Of The Day - Elton John


"While The Normal Heart is a product of a specific time, it is not an artifact. There is still an AIDS crisis -- not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but right here in the America, in your state, in your community. And, just as in 1985, it is silence, fear and stigma that continue to drive the epidemic. Today, African-Americans represent 12% of the national population, but they account for 44% of Americans living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gay and bisexual men comprise only 2% of the American population, but they represented 30% of the nation's HIV infections in 2010.

"Around 4,000 Americans are infected with HIV each year because of injection drug use, and one in seven HIV-positive Americans pass through a correctional facility each year. The crisis is particularly acute in the American South, where homophobia is rampant. I hope HBO's production of The Normal Heart will compel a new generation to act up. There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential. The characters in The Normal Heart, living as they did in the 1980s, didn't understand what they or their friends were dying of, and they didn't have treatments to manage the disease. They hardly knew how to protect themselves.

"Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV. Yet AIDS continues to prey upon the most vulnerable in our society: the poor, the incarcerated, sex workers, drug users, and those living in regions where intolerance and stigma are facts of life. Today, as ever, silence equals death." - Elton John, writing for CNN. The Normal Heart debuts on HBO tonight at 9PM.


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Extinguish the Craving | May 25, 2014

Try looking into how feeling gives rise to craving. It's because we want pleasant feelings that craving whispers—whispers right there to the feeling. If you observe carefully, you will see that this is very important. This is where the paths and fruitions leading to nibbana are attained. If we extinguish the craving in feeling, that's nibbana.  
 
—Upasika Kee Nanayon, “A Glob of Tar”
 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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The Spokes of Our Lives | May 24, 2014

The spokes of wheels are like the spokes of our lives: our family, our community, everything that supports us. The center of our existence is the hub. And notice that when the wheel spins, everything is moving except for the center. That’s us, you know. Our wheels need to be true and straight. Be mindful of them, and tighten the spokes in the right way. 
 
—James Veliskakis, “Three Lives: From Biker to Buddhist”
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated


Via PRAIA DO FUTURO / FB:





Nosso diretor Karim Aïnouz fala a O Globo: "A intolerância e o preconceito são manifestações muito tristes da alma humana, e elas em geral são frutos da ignorância, assim como o fascismo e o racismo. Ver um filme onde um monte de gente morre, onde há violência e tiros para cima e para baixo não tem problema. Mas uma história de amor tem? Do que essas pessoas têm medo?". 

Leia a matéria completa aqui: http://bit.ly/oglobo-praiadofuturo

RuPaul Drives... John Waters Part 2


Via JMG: OREGON: Ballot Measure Dropped


Via press release:
Oregon United for Marriage submitted an amicus brief in the Rummell v Kitzhaber marriage equality case, noting that if the judge ruled in a way that allowed for same-sex couples to marry by May 23, the campaign would not submit the 160,000 signatures gathered to put a marriage equality measure on the ballot. Today is May 23—and following Judge Michael McShane’s ruling that extended the freedom to marry to all loving, committed couples in Oregon, a ballot campaign to address the same issue is no longer needed. “We are confident that the freedom to marry is secure in Oregon and that we do not need to move forward with the ballot measure,” said Oregon United for Marriage deputy campaign manager Amy Ruiz. “It is time to celebrate this victory for Oregon.”

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Long Journey to a Bow | May 23, 2014

Learning to make that first bow to ourselves is perhaps a step to realizing that a bow is just a bow, a simple gesture where all ideas of 'self' and 'other,' 'worthy' and 'unworthy,' fall away. It is a step of confidently committing ourselves to realizing the same freedom and compassion that all buddhas throughout time have discovered; it is acknowledging that we practice to be liberated. 
 
—Christina Feldman, "Long Journey to a Bow"
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I Am Harvey Milk Original Cast Recording


10 Tips for Keeping Love Alive in Modern Times



Postedon 2/7/20142:30:00 PMbyDavid Cruz III
[Editor's note: Relationship expert—and current Frontiers cover model—David Cruz knows the importance of love. He shares that importance with us in this fun guide to keeping love alive in a time when most people consider chivalry and love at first sight to be things of cheesy rom-coms.]

1. Be a Warrior of Chivalry

There is much to be said about being a gentleman. Not only should you marry one but you should also be one! Open doors and treat the love of your life like a king. 


2. Write Handwritten Love Notes
Whether it’s a handwritten letter, card or even a Post-it, surprise the one you love with a short and sweet declaration of your love. 

3. Do Something Your Partner Enjoys 
It’s easy to get caught up with what you like in a relationship. Switch things up and make your partner feel special. Maybe tonight’s the night you watch a documentary instead of The Carrie Diaries!

4. Create Traditions with Good Friends
Whether it’s planning a monthly dinner party or a karaoke night, fostering your relationships with friends creates a strong support system. Become the ambassador of good times while catching up with the people you care most about. Remember that friends need love, too, and traditions like these keep everyone feeling special. 

5. Make a Phone Call
When was the last time you actually talked to someone? Connect on a human level and call someone you care about. The general rule should be to replace one text a day with a phone call. Go ahead, I dare you—dial. 

6. Plan Date Nights
Whether you’ve been together for a year or 10 years, remember to keep that flame burning bright. Plan nights out like you did when you first met, and make them fun and sexy. 

7. Embrace “Guys Night Out”
Sometimes it’s good to let guys be guys. Spend time away from your relationship and let loose with the old gang. At the end of the night you will still get to cuddle with your little spoon! 

8. Unplug from Technology 
It’s so important to take a day and simply unplug—no tablets, phones, laptops or Twitter, just human communication. Take this time to make dinner, go for a hike or go to the beach together. Disconnect to reconnect! 

9. Play
Life can be too serious sometimes. People often get so caught up in being grown ups that they forget what it’s like to just play. Take time in your day to read the comics, run in the sprinklers, wander the toy aisle, watch cartoons and just relax. This will help your relationship “breathe” and not be taken too seriously. A relationship can be a lot of things, but it should also be fun. 

10. Be Thoughtful 
Go the extra mile for the one you love. When your significant other is sick, make him soup and put together a special “get well” care kit. When you see his favorite candy, buy it for him. Do something without obligation and surprise him with it. Thoughtfulness is a one-way ticket to a long and happy relationship. 


- See more at: http://www.frontiersla.com/findingcupid/blog/2014/02/07/10-tips-for-keeping-love-alive-in-modern-times#sthash.ZxOOpIR6.dpuf

Gay Bashing: What Would You Do?


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The Path of Reasoning | May 22, 2014

Gold merchants do not merely accept the seller’s praise of his goods; rather, they use a variety of methods to examine the quality of the merchandise before they make their purchase decision. Similarly, the Buddha said, do not accept my teachings out of faith in me, but rather out of your own confidence in my words—confidence that you have reached as a result of your own intelligent analysis.
—Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, “Dissecting Devotion”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Andrew Solomon: How the Worst Moments in our Lives Make Us Who We Are


Via Merepresenta.net: Brasil X Argentina : Perdemos de goleada no combate a homofobia

Por Davi Godoy
Correspondente internacional na Argentina

O Brasil é oficialmente um País Laico (sem a interferência da Igreja no Estado), mas se comparado à Argentina que tem a Igreja Católica religião oficial do país, poderíamos supor que o Brasil teria maior aceitação, tolerância e respeito aos LGBT, certo? Errado. As contradições começam quando percebemos as diferenças no tratamento dispensado aos LGBT em seus respectivos países.

Além de dividirem fronteiras, Brasil e Argentina também dividem uma história semelhante. Ambos sofreram anos de ditadura militar e também sofrem com problemas sociais graves. Ambos têm governos presidenciais inclinados à esquerda e forte presença religiosa em seu povo. Mas são como dois continentes separados por um imenso oceano quando o assunto são os Direitos Humanos para a população LGBT. A Argentina goleia o Brasil neste quesito, aqui os homossexuais, bissexuais, travestis, transexuais são cidadãos plenos com seus direitos protegidos.

Moro na Argentina desde fevereiro deste ano e é visível a liberdade que os homossexuais vivenciam no país. Você não é surpreendido com linguagem homofóbica na rua, quando vai comprar um presente para o Dia de São Valentin ( comemorado dia 14 de Fevereiro em todo o mundo como o Dia dos Namorados, com exceção do Brasil, que comemora dia 12 de Junho) é extremamente comum ser perguntado na loja “Tiene vos novio o novia?” (Você tem namorado ou namorada?), todos os bares e boates (chamados de “boliches”, aqui) são gay-friendly e é raro você ouvir sobre assassinatos por conta da orientação sexual ou de gênero, mas quando acontece o país para; quando um LGBT é assassinado na Argentina tem a mesma repercussão que teve o assassinato do pedreiro Amarildo no Brasil.

Na Província de Rio Negro (equivalente ao Estado de Rio Negro) e na cidade de Buenos Aires a união civil entre pessoas do mesmo sexo já era garantida desde 2003, mas o Casamento Igualitário em vigor no país desde Julho de 2010 substituiu estas leis e garante o casamento a todas as pessoas independente de seu sexo e/ou identidade de gênero, garantindo inclusive, o direito à adoção. Em julho de 2003 Marcelo Suntheim y César Cigliutti se tornaram o primeiro casal de homens da América Latina legalmente unidos. A cerimônia foi transmitida ao vivo por diversos canais de TV da Argentina e teve repercussão em todos os jornais no dia seguinte. Uma multidão se aglomerou em frente o Cartório Civil da Avenida Uruguai em Buenos Aires. Depois, em agosto foi a vez de María Rachid y Claudia Castro históricas dirigentes da “Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans”. No Brasil, desde o ano passado, graças ao STF, os homossexuais podem se casar.

A Constituição Nacional da Argentina contém parágrafo contra a discriminação por qualquer tipo e as cidades de Buenos Aires e Rosário implementaram leis anti-homofobia e as divulgam constantemente. Uma lei que puna a discriminação por identidade de gênero e orientação sexual foi aprovada na Câmara dos Deputados e espera-se a aprovação dela no Senado. Existe forte campanha publicitária anti-homofobia para turistas e a Argentina é uma das rotas de turismo mais conhecidas entre homossexuais da Europa.

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Em 2012 a Argentina aprovou lei que garante alteração do sexo de travestis transexuais em documentos sem a apresentação de qualquer atestado médico, isto acabou permitindo que na Argentina houvesse o primeiro casamento entre transexuais da história da América. A noiva, Karen Taborda, nasceu homem. O noivo, Alexis Bruselario nasceu mulher. O noivo casou grávido e teve seu ventre abençoado pelo Padre Católico Raúl Benedetti. Quando poderíamos imaginar esta cena no Brasil? Gênesis, o filho do casal, nasceu em Dezembro.

Ainda falando sobre travestis e transexuais, Buenos Aires conta com a primeira escola transexual do mundo, a “Escuela Mocha Celis de Buenos Aires”. Esta escola atende principalmente – mas não exclusivamente – travestis e transexuais maiores de 18 anos que queiram estudar e sair da prostituição. A escola têm 25 professores, metade deles é trans, 90 estudantes de diversas minorias sexuais e acreditem, 2 surdos Cis-héteros que se sentem melhor acolhidos na escola do que fora dela.

A Presidente Cristina Kirchner é adorava pela comunidade LGBT da Argentina, mas não é para menos, ela faz por merecer. Cristina Kirchner, em diversas oportunidades que teve demonstrou total apoio e respeito pela comunidade LGBT. Na ultima Parada Do Orgulho Gay em novembro de 2012 (“que é considerada “de interesse social, cultural e para a defesa dos direitos humanos” ) ela foi homenageada em gritos uníssonos pelas ruas de Buenos Aires. Além de defender o casamento igualitário desde a sua discussão no senado argentino, ter sido madrinha de batismo de um filho de um casal de lésbicas, Cristina fez algo mais notável, defendeu um garoto gay da oposição ano passado por conta de xingamentos que ele recebeu no twitter por conta de sua homossexualidade.

Devido à segurança que os homossexuais, travestis e transexuais sentem na Argentina, o país já se tornou rota de “refugiados” por orientação sexual; um casal gay russo realizou em fevereiro, em Buenos Aires, seu sonho de oficializar sua união e anunciou sua decisão de pedir asilo na Argentina, após fugir de seu país e denunciar a discriminação sofrida pelos coletivos homossexuais na Rússia. Alexander, de 47 anos, e Dimitri, de 35, se conheceram pela internet em sua Rússia natal e mantiveram dois anos de namoro até que decidiram sair do país para poder consumar seu amor perante a lei. “Estamos muito felizes por ter conseguido o que estávamos querendo fazer desde que nos conhecemos”, disse à imprensa Alexander, oriundo de Sochi, na porta do cartório civil em pleno centro da capital argentina.

Sem dúvida que ainda existe homofobia na Argentina, sobretudo no interior do país, mas as ações anti-homofobia existentes estão permitindo uma vida cada dia melhor aos LGBT argentinos, turistas e estrangeiros residentes. Minha ideia inicial era fazer um comparativo entre Brasil e Argentina, mas na verdade, já sabemos que o governo do Brasil não faz “propaganda de opções sexuais”. E a realidade brasileira nós conhecemos muito bem! Estamos perdendo por W.O, é bom pensarmos em entrar em campo!

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Larry Kramer Interview: Playwright on 'The Normal Heart' Movie | The New York Times


Via JMG: GALLUP: 55% Back Gay Marriage

 

Gallup reports:
Americans' support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%. Marriage equality advocates have had a string of legal successes over the past year, most recently this week in Pennsylvania and Oregon where federal judges struck down bans on gay marriage. Two successive Gallup polls in 2012 saw support climb from 53% to 54%, indicating a steady but slight growth in acceptance of gay marriages over the past year after a more rapid increase between 2009 and 2011. In the latest May 8-11 poll, there is further evidence that support for gay marriage has solidified above the majority level. This comes on the heels of gay marriage proponents' 14th legal victory in a row.
RELATED: A Politico poll released last week showed that 52% of likely 2014 midterm voters opposes same-sex marriage, but that poll was limited in its scope.
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Fetters of Fear | May 21, 2014

Fear is the basic anxiety that creates separation and fixation. Fear keeps us bound to the past, to our cozy, habitual way of doing things.
—Daniel Naistadt, “The Money Mind”
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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No Essence | May 20, 2014

The wealth of the world is mist on the mountain pass.
My closest friends, but guests on market day.
Uncertain joys and sorrows are last night’s dream.
I think and think; they have no essence.
—Gendun Chopel, "In Memory of My Childhood Friend"

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Via JMG: BREAKING: Pennsylvania's Ban On Gay Marriages Has Been OVERTURNED UPDATE: There Is NO Stay On Ruling


Here's the full ruling.

UPDATE: Chris Geidner reports has an initial report:
“We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country which, when confronted with these inequities in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage,” Jones wrote. Although Pennsylvania has no constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marrying, Jones on Tuesday struck down the state’s 1996 statute banning same-sex couples from marrying and barring recognition of out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.

In concluding, Jones wrote, “[W]e hold that Pennsylvania’s Marriage Laws violate both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Because these laws are unconstitutional, we shall enter an order permanently enjoining their enforcement. By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth.”
UPDATE II: There is NO stay.


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Via JMG: Updated Wikipedia Marriage Map




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Via JMG: The City Of Philadelphia Celebrates




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Same-Sex Marriage Legal In Oregon After Judge Overturns Ban


Gay marriage reaction at Oregon United for Marriage


Monday, May 19, 2014

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Triple-Loss for NOM in Oregon: May 18 MNW


Via Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Marriage equality opponents need genuine 'come to Jesus' moment about their leaders

In case you have been living in a cave under a rock with your fingers in your ears, you now know that Oregon became the 18th state to legalize marriage equality.

Mazel tov!

Now let's get serious for a bit. On election night less than two years ago, many Americans got caught by surprise when President Obama was reelected to a second term. Fox News, just about all of the conservative media and bloggers, and their gut had told them that Mitt Romney would either win in a close vote or a landslide.

As it turned out, what they probably felt in their gut was a brief case of happy gas.  However, when it came to all of the other prognosticators, it was genuinely agreed that these seers, these so-called correct predictors of the election day mood, was taking their audience for a ride. Prominent conservatives and republicans like David Frum and Joe Scarborough had it so correct when they read the riot act to folks like Fox News commentator Dick Morris and talking heads Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin for leading fellow conservatives down a primrose path of destruction fueled by a conservative bubble which shut all reality out of an assured Obama victory.

By that same token, someone needs to yank all of these folks who voted for these statewide anti-marriage equality amendments and give them a good figurative slap. And I'm not talking about a wimpy one. I'm talking one of those infamous Joan Crawford type smacks where you really get your hand in the cheek, leaving a loud noise and a lasting sting.


http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com.br/2014/05/marriage-equality-opponents-need.html#.U3qX__ldVwt

Via JMG: Politico Poll: 52% Oppose Gay Marriage


According to a just published poll conducted by Politico, a thin majority of likely 2014 voters say they oppose same-sex marriage.
Clear generational divides exist on the hot-button social issues of gay marriage and marijuana legalization, a new POLITICO poll of voters who will decide the most competitive House and Senate races finds. That split is starkest on the question of same-sex marriage, which is supported by 48 percent of those surveyed overall. But that number skyrockets to 61 percent among people between the ages of 18-34. Slightly more than half of those between ages 35 and 49 support gay marriage; the figure drops to 48 percent among those aged 50-64 and tapers off to 35 percent among those 65 and older. Overall, 52 percent of those surveyed oppose gay marriage.
The Family Research Council is already tweeting their joy.


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Via JMG: MARRIAGE COMES TO OREGON!


Here's the full ruling.


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