anthromommieone submitted this old Sesame Street clip. I had seen this some time ago and forgotten about but LOVE the simple message. So wonderful!\
Thank you so much for sending it over again!!!
Cheyenne Jackson married his longtime partner, Monte Lapka, today in New York, taking advantage of the state’s new marriage equality law.
"It’s official, after 11 years together, Zora’s no longer a bastard," Jackson wrote on Twitter, joking about the couple’s dog, who was there at the beach in the Hamptons for the event.
"Just married the best man I’ve ever known," Jackson wrote.
The Broadway star and member of the 30 Rock cast has been thinking about this moment for a long time. He mentioned it back in 2010 after California’s Proposition 8 ban was ruled unconstitutional in an early court ruling in that ongoing storyline.
"California dreaming, indeed," he wrote at the time. “Makes me feel prouder than ever to be a strong gay man. Now come on, home state of New York … We all know that you’re the ‘concrete jungle where dreams r made of,’ so make mine come true and take the necessary steps to allow me to make it legal with my man. Step up, we believe in you.”
New Yorkers began marrying in June when the state’s new law took effect.
Jackson will continue his activism for marriage equality by taking part in an upcoming reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about the Prop. 8 trial. The one-night-only event happens on September 19.
This was submitted while I was traveling so I hope it’s not to late! Please contact Kelly if you are interested. Sounds like a great project.
Good luck Kelly!!
A New Jersey bridal salon is getting a surge of publicity, but perhaps not the kind it wanted. Here Comes the Bride is making news for refusing to sell a gown to a lesbian who plans to marry in neighboring New York, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this summer.
Alex Genter has complained that the manager at Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, N.J., lectured her about her gay lifestyle after Genter crossed out the word “groom” and replaced it with “partner” and her fiancee’s name on paperwork she filled out for her planned purchase. “She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” said Genter, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’ “
Genter visited Here Comes the Bride this month along with her parents and other family members for a day of dress-shopping, according to the article. She is planning to marry next summer in New York, which in June became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
The decision has prompted thousands of couples in neighboring states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, such as New Jersey, to plan their nuptials in New York. But as Bernadette Coveney-Smith, who specializes in planning gay weddings, explained last month to the Los Angeles Times, it can be a struggle for couples to find dress shops, florists and other vendors who are comfortable working with same-sex couples.
Since the New Jersey incident made news, Here Comes the Bride has been hammered by hundreds of scathing reviews on Yelp, and a Facebook page called Boycott Here Comes the Bride has attracted 433 followers. The woman who refused to work with Genter, and who has been identified as “Donna,” told a Philadelphia Daily News columnist that she had indeed rejected Genter’s business but accused the angry bride of “stirring up drama” by going public about the incident.
Donna said she was trying to arrange a meeting with Genter’s parents in an apparent attempt to smooth things over, the Daily News said, but she didn’t say anything about meeting with Genter herself.
The Yelp reviews, meanwhile, have become so rabid that Yelp reportedly is considering removing those that don’t abide by its policy of commenting on a business, not employees’ beliefs.
Thanks so much!
The photo is actually a cropped version of a much larger view from our wedding in 2002. I am in the white and my wife is wearing the black wedding dress.
It’s one of my favorite photos from the church as the full version shows us, our attendants, the officiant, and all the guests in the amazing Arlington St. Church in Boston. Sadly, I cannot publish the full photo publicly because our officiant defied directives of her church (Roman Catholic) by being a part of our marriage.
Attorney Lavi Soloway writes, “San Francisco Immigration Judge Marilyn Teeter has granted [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] Motion to Administratively Close Deportation of gay Venezuelan Alex Benshimol, ending the nightmare faced by Alex and his American husband, Doug Gentry.”
Soloway — the co-founder of Stop the Deportations and lawyer representing Benshimol — notes that the decision was dated August 11 and received today.
In July, Teeter had put off a decision on the case until 2013, but had given the U.S. government 60 days to decide whether it was going to continue with Benshimol’s deportation.
Soloway writes, “According to the documents received today, ICE moved quickly to notify the court by the beginning of August requesting that the case be dropped. A few days later, the Judge granted the government’s motion and closed proceedings.”
This is at least the second time ICE has taken such an action in a case. Earlier this year, in a case involving another Venezuelan, Henry Velandia, and his husband, Josh Vandiver, the ICE office in Newark, N.J., took a similar action, noting that Velandia’s case “is not an enforcement priority at this time.”
The move appears to be in line with the plan laid out earlier this week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for focusing on the “highest priority” deportation cases.
The state’s largest gay rights group EqualityMaine gathered more than 5,000 signatures on Saturday, the first official day of petition-gathering. To qualify for the 2012 ballot, supporters need to collect the signatures of 57,277 registered voters.
The proposed text of the question reads: “Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”
Those are fantastic first day numbers. Many hopes that they can keep up the momentum and that Mainers continue to be supporters of equality, sign the petition and vote in favor of equality.
Hi Lovely Followers,
Civilly Unioned will be posting a little infrequently over the next two weeks as I travel first for a much needed vacation and then for work. I will cover any big news and answer questions as I have internet access and (likely) posting photos as we celebrate Carnival in the uber gay and fabulous P-Town.
Happy August All!
By Maria Armental
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Pat Baker emerged as a face of the gay-marriage debate in Rhode Island.
Struggling with terminal lung cancer, Baker — a longtime correctional officer at the Adult Correctional Institutions — twice dragged herself, oxygen tank in tow, to the State House in March, where she testified at a Senate hearing.“I worked for those benefits,” Baker said then. “And when I say worked, I worked hard. You name it, it’s happened. I’ve found inmates hanging; I’ve found inmates dead from suicide. I’ve been traumatized mentally and physically, only to get to this point in my life when I’m terminally ill … and I find out my wife is being begrudged $1,861 a month.”
"This kind of bigotry has to be rectified," Baker said in an interview at her home, vowing to fight until her last breath.
Baker, 55, died Sunday at Kent Hospital. She is survived by her wife of six years, Deborah (Baker) Tevyaw, whom she married in Massachusetts; two brothers, Richard Baker and Frederick Divers; one sister, Deborah Baker; and her beloved dog, Hooch.
"Rhode Island has lost a great champion for civil rights and we have all lost a dear friend," said Martha Holt, Marriage Equality Rhode Island Board chair. "Pat Baker personified courage and demonstrated remarkable strength in her lifetime. Her gentle, determined voice became synonymous with the equality movement, and she demonstrated to all that love truly does make a family."
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