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cismesis:

waltass:

VIRGINIA JUST LEGALIZED GAY SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FIRST STATE IN THE SOUTH 30 MINUTES AGO HELL FUCKIN YEA TURN THE FUCK UP IN THIS STATE FUNCTION

source, source

But I don’t want a gay same-sex wedding. A simple same-sex wedding will suffice. :\

I’m reblogging this because it’s a tiny shred of hope in an otherwise miserable week of unbelievable, almost outlandish, bad news.

A same-sex couple who have been together for nearly 40 years finally got married at a local hospital. NBC10 was there for the emotional wedding.


After being together for nearly 40 years and in the midst of a health crisis, a local same-sex couple finally tied the knot at a local hospital.

Staff members at Riddle Hospital in Media, Delaware County held a wedding ceremony for Carol and Bobbie Wednesday afternoon. The couple, who have been together for 38 years, say they’ve wanted to get married for awhile but were unable to do so due to Pennsylvania’s marriage law.

Thirty-eight years. FOUR FRIGGIN DECADES!!! That’s longer than most of the people on Tumblr have been alive.
While I am touched by the humanity of the Riddle Hospital staff, I’m really pissed off that these women had to wait until one was on her deathbed before their four decade long relationship was finally recognized by the state. The audacity of people who so selfishly cling to their own wants that they insist on interfering with the lives of others just blows my fn mind.
Congratulations to Carol and Bobbie. I’m hoping that Carol gets well enough that maybe they can spend some time together as a married couple.
Damn. Now my eyes are watering. Stupid allergies. :\

mercedeslezzies:

I think this speaks for itself. Accepting a person doesn’t mean you get to put limits on their freedom. You can’t be an ally and want us to stop talking, or labeling, or demanding to be heard.  

Acceptance has no exceptions. Period. 

Nothing to add.

claudiaboleyn:

Cishets take note. 
This is victim blaming and not how you should ever speak to my community. 
This sort of speech puts the blame for LGBTQIAP+phobia on our community for simply being out. 
A basic translation is: 
We will only treat you as human if you pretend to be straight. 
If you don’t think our community has tried everything to stop the hatred and abuse against us then you need to think harder. 
The reason we still face this unacceptable bigotry is not because we refuse to be ashamed of our identities, it’s because of bigots like the tweeter above. 
Cis straight people have the privilege of being able to ‘flaunt’ their identities (aka live their lives without fear of hatred and harm on the basis of that identity) every single day. 
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people fear holding the hand of their significant other in public.
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people are denied the right to marry. 
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about friends and members of my community being made homeless by their bigoted cis heterosexual parents. 
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about members of my community being bullied, beaten, and even killed, for simply being who they are.
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people stop calling my sexuality a ‘disease’ I need to be cured of. 
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people, as a collective, can get their shit together and learn to treat me and my community like human beings. 
Cis straight people made my sexuality relevant the moment they started denying me rights and discriminating against me and my community on the basis of it. 

"I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about members of my community being bullied, beaten, and even killed, for simply being who they are.”
I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about Trans Women of Color being targeted for hate and murdered in the streets.

claudiaboleyn:

Cishets take note. 

This is victim blaming and not how you should ever speak to my community. 

This sort of speech puts the blame for LGBTQIAP+phobia on our community for simply being out. 

A basic translation is: 

We will only treat you as human if you pretend to be straight. 

If you don’t think our community has tried everything to stop the hatred and abuse against us then you need to think harder. 

The reason we still face this unacceptable bigotry is not because we refuse to be ashamed of our identities, it’s because of bigots like the tweeter above. 

Cis straight people have the privilege of being able to ‘flaunt’ their identities (aka live their lives without fear of hatred and harm on the basis of that identity) every single day. 

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people fear holding the hand of their significant other in public.

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people are denied the right to marry. 

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about friends and members of my community being made homeless by their bigoted cis heterosexual parents. 

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about members of my community being bullied, beaten, and even killed, for simply being who they are.

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people stop calling my sexuality a ‘disease’ I need to be cured of. 

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment cis straight people, as a collective, can get their shit together and learn to treat me and my community like human beings. 

Cis straight people made my sexuality relevant the moment they started denying me rights and discriminating against me and my community on the basis of it. 

"I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about members of my community being bullied, beaten, and even killed, for simply being who they are.”

I’ll stop making my sexuality relevant the moment I stop hearing about Trans Women of Color being targeted for hate and murdered in the streets.

secularhumanist2:

natskep:
 

And here it is, in a nutshell, the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.
Nicholas Coppola - Always open about his sexuality, Coppola was also an active member of St. Anthony’s, visiting home-bound members, teaching fifth-graders on the way to confirmation and serving as a member of the Consolation Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul, according to the GLAAD.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Coppola said he attended a mass at St. Anthony’s celebrating justice and equality. After the homily, he was summoned into the office of his pastor, Father Nicholas Lombardi, where he was told an anonymous letter complaining about his sexuality had been sent to Bishop William Murphy. 
GLAAD obtained a copy of the complaint, which reads, in part…

"This letter is to inform you of a serious situation at St. Anthony’s in Oceanside. I have made numerous calls to your office which I believe have fallen on deaf ears.
Nicolas Coppola … is a homosexual. He was recently married to another man. He does not hide this or keep it silent.
With all that The Catholic Church has been dealing with and trying to stop, WHY IS THIS PERMITTED?”

Meanwhile, Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy worked at a renowned school for deaf children from 1950 to 1974 and molested upwards of 200 deaf boys.
“I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” Father Murphy wrote.

secularhumanist2:

natskep:


 

And here it is, in a nutshell, the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.

Nicholas Coppola - Always open about his sexuality, Coppola was also an active member of St. Anthony’s, visiting home-bound members, teaching fifth-graders on the way to confirmation and serving as a member of the Consolation Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul, according to the GLAAD.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Coppola said he attended a mass at St. Anthony’s celebrating justice and equality. After the homily, he was summoned into the office of his pastor, Father Nicholas Lombardi, where he was told an anonymous letter complaining about his sexuality had been sent to Bishop William Murphy.

GLAAD obtained a copy of the complaint, which reads, in part…

"This letter is to inform you of a serious situation at St. Anthony’s in Oceanside. I have made numerous calls to your office which I believe have fallen on deaf ears.

Nicolas Coppola … is a homosexual. He was recently married to another man. He does not hide this or keep it silent.

With all that The Catholic Church has been dealing with and trying to stop, WHY IS THIS PERMITTED?”

Meanwhile, Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy worked at a renowned school for deaf children from 1950 to 1974 and molested upwards of 200 deaf boys.

“I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” Father Murphy wrote.

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

Holy iSht! This is HUGE!!

(Source: showthemwhat)

President Barack Obama has done more to advance LGBTQ rights and marriage equality than all previous U.S. presidents combined.

odinsblog:

ednaisdrowning:

theskaldspeaks:

odinsblog:

Period.

And yet so much could have been done.

You expect me to give him kudos for doing almost nothing for LGBTQ rights simply because everyone before him did actually nothing? Yeah, naw.

How. typical.

People just can’t seem to admit that PBO ended DADT, successfully fought against & ended DOMA during a hotly contested election, made assaults against LGBTQ people a federal hate crime, is fighting for ENDA, was and still is a vocal advocate for marriage equality, spoke out against the discrimination of the Boyscouts of America, has tried to put the most number of *openly* lgbtq people into positions of political power…but somehow none of that counts because…? Why exactly?

Hmpf. I wonder

And claiming that the presidents before PBO have “done nothing” is highly disingenuous…because many of them actively fought AGAINST marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights

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FWIW, HERE’S what Obama doing “almost nothing” looks like

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Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king. There is a House of Representatives, a U.S. Senate and a Supreme Court of the United States who also get some say in the matter —unfortunately even when that means unprecedented obstruction

Just to recap: we now have one of the most partisan Republican congresses in recent American history, and the previous 43 presidents have either dragged their feet or outright fought against lgbtq rights…so no, I do not even remotely agree that we should somehow just go on about how it’s Barack Obama, and Obama alone, who “hasn’t done anything” or it’s only he who could have “done so much more”

"Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king.”

Preach!

BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan until at least Wednesday, citing the injury to bigots and homophobes.

(via teapartycat)

How dare those homosexuals think “Liberty and Justice for All” pertains to them! :\

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!

Abby, we moved here from a conservative community where people were pretty much the same. If people were “different,” they apparently kept it to themselves. While I understand the phrase “when in Rome,” I don’t feel we should have to compromise our values just to win the approval of our neighbors. But really, who is the true bigot here? Would you like to weigh in? — UNHAPPY IN TAMPA

DEAR UNHAPPY: I sure would. The first thing I’d like to say is that regardless of what you were told in your previous community, a person’s sexual orientation isn’t a “lifestyle choice.” Gay people don’t choose to be gay; they are born that way. They can’t change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual.

I find it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment.

From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do. But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don’t blow it.

Dear Abby responding to a question about a conservative couple unable to accept same-sex couples as neighbors. NAILED IT. (via Yahoo)  (via gaywrites)