Posts tagged ‘Marriage’

August 10, 2011

Binational couple: We want equal treatment (CNN Video Interview)

by Accidental Bear

 

ThinkProgress.org reports “This afternoon, CNN hosted Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, a binational couple married in Massachusetts in 2004. Makk — who is an Australian — applied for permanent residency, but his application has been denied since the Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex relationships. Wells had this message for those who support the discriminatory law: “I would like someone to try to uphold the Constitution of the United States. I would like equal treatment. I want my marriage to be recognized just like every other marriage in this country is recognized.” Watch it:

August 9, 2011

S.F. Gay Married Couple Loses Immigration Battle, Every Gay Loses

by Accidental Bear

As gays we are always in the game of 1 step forward two steps backwards. I think it should be made mandatory to look under the ugly masks of republicans to see if they are hiding any devil horns. We all should be sickened by this story. I feel like a good old fashion Harvey Milk riot should occur. AB

via www.sfgate.com

Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.

Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, and Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia, were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. They have lived together 19 years, mostly in an apartment in the Castro district. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Makk’s application to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen, citing the 1996 law that denies all federal benefits to same-sex couples.

The decision was issued July 26. Immigration Equality, a gay-rights group that is working with the couple, received the notice Friday and made it public Monday. Makk was ordered to depart the United States by Aug. 25. Makk is the sole caregiver for Wells, who has severe health problems.

“I’m married just like any other married person in this country,” Wells said. “At this point, the government can come in and take my husband and deport him. It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting. I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”

Husband’s pleas READ HERE

July 23, 2011

I Officially Love New York: First Same-sex couple Legally Marry in the State of New York

by Accidental Bear

I too, hope to look as happy and handsome as they do in my life time. NY thank you for leading the game.

Happy Couple of the Day

At Midnight tonight, Kitty Lambert (left) and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of New York.

“By the power vested in me by the laws of the state of New York I now pronounce you legally married,” said Niagara Falls Paul A Dyster, who presided over the couple’s civil ceremony, shortly after the clock’s struck midnight.

Today also happened to be the 12th anniversary of Lambert and Rudd’s first date.

“This is one of the most incredible moments of my personal life,” Lambert said before the ceremony, “but it’s also an incredible moment for New York.”

[cityroom / photos: ap via tnt.]

July 12, 2011

Gay Activists Use F-Word-Filled Comedy Video with 12-Year Old Boys Sharing Same-Sex Kiss to Raise Funds to Fight Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban

by Accidental Bear

FCKH8.com’s newest F-word-filled video brings together cussing drag queens, two pre-teen boys kissing in it’s attack on the “Top 5 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage”. Group pledges 10¢ for each Facebook “Like” or Twitter tweet up to $10K as part of its latest gay marriage T-shirt sales fundraising effort.

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Los Angeles, CA – July, 12  2010 – Outraged by the upcoming 2012 ballot vote in Minnesota to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, gay activist website FCKH8.com has created another F-bomb-filled Internet comedy video sarcastically slamming the “Top 5 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage.” The new video which is already going viral on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, laughingly attacks bible-based arguments against gay marriage. The video is intended to send a “gloves off” message and to promote fundraising T-shirt sales with a portion of proceeds donated to Minnesota gay marriage equality organizations.

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July 8, 2011

Bachmann Jumps to Sign New Antigay Pledge and Believes Gay is Choice

by Accidental Bear

The best political choice for Bachman’s campaign would be a muzzle. Come to think of it, that would be the best choice for America as a whole. Hey Michele, now that I have decided to be gay and take that hard road, I think now I’m going to choose to have cancer. That sounds like fun. AB

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Rep. Michele Bachmann was first in line to sign a new pledge affirming her belief that gay men are a public health risk, that gay parents are inferior to straight parents, and that homosexuality is a choice.

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July 5, 2011

Handpicked News & Non-News: Without Sex, Marines Caught, New Conservative Agenda, Creepiest Robots

by Accidental Bear

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Obama Appoints Out West Point Alum to Military Academy Board “I’m proud to have the opportunity to support the cadets who will lead our Army in the coming years,” Fulton said in a statement Tuesday. “And I’m pleased that the president is clearly setting the stage for a post–‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military with appointments like this. Most important, I’m looking forward to supporting West Point as it continues to inspire, educate and train leaders of character, as it always has. It is my honor to continue to serve the Academy and the Army that I love.”

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Marines Caught in Marriage Scam Three Marines are facing several charges after it was revealed that they were involved in fraudulent marriages to collect financial assistance usually offered by the military only to opposite-sex married couples.Three Marines are facing several charges after it was revealed that they were involved in fraudulent marriages to collect financial assistance usually offered by the military only to opposite-sex married couples.

On Going Without Sex

A New Conservative Agenda “If you don’t like it, change it or leave. It’s that simple. For me, in politics, I’ve always had that mentality,” theMARGARET HOOVER X390 (GAGE SKIDMORE) | ADVOCATE.COM
Republican political strategist Margaret Hoover recently said with aplomb. 
Hoover is pro-gay and a favored Fox News guest—one of the few unwilling to soft-pedal support for marriage equality. If there will ever be political harmony on whether gay and lesbian couples should have the same marriage rights as other Americans, her influence may be part of the key to consensus.    

Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY OF MURDER After 33 days of testimony, 400 pieces of evidence and more than 90 witnesses, the jury in the Casey Anthony case has reached a verdict. After just a day of deliberation, jurors informed the court at midday that they had reached a decision, and both sides in the case were ordered to assemble in the courtroom.

 Nancy Grace Rails Against Casey Anthony Verdict

23 Creepiest Robots You’ve Ever Seen (VIDEOS)Anyone who has watched a few sci-fi films in the last couple decades knows the human race faces inevitable destruction at the hands of robots. Movies like “The Terminator,” “The Matrix,” and “I, Robot” warn us of the perils of artificial intelligence, but until our technology reaches such sophistication, for now we toy around with sex robots turned dental patients and ridiculous robo-mination.

Lucy Walker, Director of ‘Waste Land’, Follows Her Trash To The Landfill (PHOTOS & VIDEO) Director Lucy Walker spent months filming the stories of garbage pickers working at Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho, one of the world’s largest landfills, for her 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Waste Land. After her Waste Land experience, Lucy set out to learn what happens to Los Angeles’ garbage with social innovators Max Lugavere and Jason Silva. (Make sure to watch the video at the end of the slideshow!)

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         

May 10, 2011

Gay Sailors Will Be Able to Wed on Base

by Accidental Bear

Really? It seems as if our Country has a syncing problem. Part of the US is moving gaywardly forward, while the rest is stuck in the mud. Married gay sailors = HOT! Married gay sailors = a positive role model for the US as a whole. ~AB

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By Michelle Garcia at Advocate Daily

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Following the impending repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Navy chaplains have been given the go-ahead to perform weddings for same-sex couples in states where marriage equality has been legalized.

An April 13 document from the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains was recovered recently, showing that inquiries were made into whether chaplains will be allowed to perform such ceremonies. After legal review “legal counsel has concluded that base use is sexual orientation-neutral. If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage,” the document says.

Chaplains are allowed to officiate same-sex civil marriages if the church they belong to recognizes the union.

May 5, 2011

√ Palm Springs Backs Same-sex Marriage

by Accidental Bear

Palm Springs City Council backs same-sex marriage

via www.mydesert.com

In a surprising unanimous vote Wednesday, Palm Springs’ City Council adopted a resolution that proclaimed its support for same-sex marriage.

The vote came after supporters shared emotional testimonies and opponents voiced their concerns about how the resolution would affect the city.

April 23, 2011

“My Uncle’s Wedding” by Eric Ross

by Accidental Bear

You are not to old or to young, to white or to black, to skinny  or to fat,  to dumb or to smart, to gay or to straight to read and enjoy this book. This is on MY book of the month club (BEAT IT OPRAH!)

Here is a review by Molly McKay (Marriage Equality USA National Media Director)

My Uncle’s Wedding is the sweet story of Uncle Mike and Uncle Steve’s wedding as experienced through the eyes of their nephew, Andy. This children’s book is the perfect gift for any child who loves a good story and especially children with gay people in their family. The author approaches the subject of same-sex marriage with a child’s sensitivity and sensibility, and the beautiful illustrations are sure to be enjoyed by kids and parents alike.”

April 22, 2011

“Jesus Had 2 Dads and He Turned Out Fine.” – Dublin

by Accidental Bear

I want to sit homophobes and religious freaks down on a therapist couch and ask them some questions. I would be reserved and refrain from asking, ” What the fuck is wrong with you!”, and maybe ask, “Who hurt you?”, “Why are you so insecure?”, ” Why did you drop out of school in the 5th grade?”, “What deep dark secrets do you hide in our closet?” Those would just be my warm up questions.

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Poster for Gay March Courts Controversy

By Advocate.com Editors

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Despite the possibility of stirring up outrage, a controversial poster invoking Jesus to promote marriage equality will appear all over buses and trains in Dublin starting today.

The poster shows an illustration of several protesters at a rally, with one holding a sign that says, “Jesus Had 2 Dads and He Turned Out Fine.” The ad is for the third annual March for Marriage, to be held August 14 in Dublin. READ MORE

March 5, 2011

News to me! Donald Trump Hates Gay People

by Accidental Bear

No and if buts about it. You are either with us or against us. We are not discussing a so-so film we are talking about peoples lives. So, Donald and your fickin’ hilarious comb-over can SUCK IT. When someone FAILS so badly at his own personal relationships, they should be given a muzzle and by law not a loud to give their 2 cents.

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If there’s one thing Donald Trump can do, it is out-do Donald Trump. And he’s done it again with regard for his disdain for homosexuals, with the serial divorcée following up his opposition to same-sex marriage with a declaration in Iowa that gay couples don’t even deserve medical civil benefits: “no and no.”

Read more: http://www.queerty.com/donald-trump-doesnt-want-fags-to-have-shared-medical-benefits-either-20110304/#ixzz1FkJFODHw

February 28, 2011

Surviving gay spouse retains marriage rights. Amen!

by Accidental Bear
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Heaven forbid any of us ever have to deal with such things. But the reality is , that this is reality. It is comforting to knows that our backs will be covered and we, as gay people will have the same respect as all human being in such dire times to have our relationship recognized for what they are , LOVE and “MARRIAGE” ( just like the straights but better. Check the statistics) .

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NY court rules that surviving gay spouse retains marriage rights

A New York appeals court ruled that the survivor of a gay marriage could receive the inheritance from his male spouse on Thursday, even though New York does not yet allow legal gay marriages to be performed in the state.

J. Craig Leiby and H. Kenneth Rantfle were legally married in Canada in 2008. Three years ago, Rantfle died of lung cancer and left the majority of his estate to Leiby. But Rantfle’s brother contested the will, saying that Leiby’s inheritance would violate New York law, according to CBS New York.

Gay marriages are illegal in New York, but the state recognizes legal out of state and out of country marriages; therefore the court ruled that Leiby is legally entitled to the inheritance as a surviving spouse.

Lambada Legal said the decision was the first of its kind at an appellate level in New York, according to the Huffington Post.

Lambada’s senior counsel member Susan Somer said the decision “puts to rest the idea that out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples could be vulnerable to attack.”

February 22, 2011

5 year old needs a job before getting married. So Funny! (video)

by Accidental Bear

You tell it like it is little Ms


I think she should run for office. I would totally vote for her for president over Palin.

January 21, 2011

Elton John lashes out at gay marriage opponents

by Accidental Bear

 

YOU TELL IT HOW IT IS SIR ( COUGH) ELTON

Don’t let the sun go down on you ( snap fingers in circle), for you take that golden brick road home and count your bling!

VIA– Entertainment – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Has fatherhood changed Sir Elton John‘s feelings about marriage for same-sex couples?

The 63-year-old singer made several blunt comments on the topic Wednesday night while performing at a private fundraiser for the ongoing legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban.

“It seems so ridiculous I could be with my partner for 17 years and we have a son, and my partner and I can’t get married,” John said during the 90-minute set at a sprawling Beverly Hills estate in which he banged out “Your Song,” “Sixty Years On,” “Levon” and other hits he wrote before he came out as gay.
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January 14, 2011

Canada, Doing So Many Thing Better than “US”

by Accidental Bear
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When I grow up I want to be as smart as Canada. Amazing health ( compared to “US”) and offering equal rights to our gay brothers and sisters. Hard lessons take some time to learn and at times you have to beat it in. Canada, please pick up a club and give us a wack!

Same-sex couples mark 10th anniversary

Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married.Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married. (J.P. Moczulski/Associated Press)Two same-sex Canadian couples who made international headlines and North American history by being the first to be legally married, will renew their vows, along with 50 others, in a 10th-anniversary celebration Friday. 

Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa, along with Anne and Elaine Vautour, were the first same-sex couples to be married in Toronto at Riverdale’s Metropolitan Community Church on Jan. 14, 2001.

Since then, same-sex marriage has been upheld as a constitutional right across Canada. It has also become legal in several other countries and states.

But getting to this point has not come easy. There were court battles right up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“I had no idea how huge this was going to be for so many people. It made a huge difference in the world,” said Anne Vautour.

The couple have buffed up their wedding rings for their big event. “After 10 years they’re looking a little scratchy, so we had them polished,” added Elaine Vautour.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/01/14/same-sex-marriage014.html#ixzz1B3x5OAT9