Posts filed under ‘Family’

“Domestic Partnership” Does Not Equal Marriage

An editorial on marriage in the Portland Press Herald laid out in the clearest language possible why the debate around relationship recognition should about marriage and not just the collection of rights and responsibilities accessed through marriage.

A domestic partnership law is the wrong place to start the discussion. Those who object to the state applying family law norms to same-sex relationships see it as a way to sneak gay marriage into the law books.

Those who support same-sex marriage view it as a less-than-equal legal status that does not carry one of the most important benefits of marriage – its universal recognition.

In a school, hospital or courthouse, everyone understands the family relationship of marriage and the rights that go with it. A new institution with an unfamiliar name would not have the same weight.

We support full marriage rights for same-sex couples because we believe they are entitled to equal protection under the law. Marriage is the best building block for stable, supportive families, and families led by same-sex couples should have same legal rights and obligations as those led by heterosexual couples.

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February 5, 2009 at 7:00 am 6 comments

DC Community Prepares for Marriage Fight

Here’s a quick update on efforts to win marriage equality in Washington, DC and info on an upcoming event for folks wanting know more about getting involved.

In this excerpt from a DC community forum on marriage organized by DC for Marriage last month, I outline the challenges and opportunities we face in winning marriage in the District.

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January 9, 2009 at 9:43 am 1 comment

Gays Won’t Let Friends Vote McCain

Just as friends don’t let friends drive drunk, we should declare right here, right now that as LGBT people we won’t let our friends vote McCain. At least not without a fight.

If you think I am overstating the importance of this, watch this video by the Human Rights Campaign on McCain’s long record of opposition to LGBT equality.

I understand that voting is a personal thing, but it is critical that we let our friends, family and co-workers know how much a McCain/Palin administration would hurt us and our families.

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October 7, 2008 at 11:36 am 7 comments

Gay Marriages Haven’t Caused Fall of Western Civilization

In a frenzy befitting the most histrionic of drama queens, anti-gay right-wingers claimed that allowing gays to marry would be the fall of Western Civilization and all life as we know it. As this article from the Houston Post looking at Massachusetts four years after same-sex marriages became legal shows, the homophobic rending of hair and gnashing of teeth was much ado about nothing.

When Michele Frost and Mary Helen Walker enrolled their 3-year-old daughter, Shea, in preschool, it required a change in the school application form. But it was no big deal: Officials simply substituted the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2.”

When they got their marriage license, city employees behind the counter were more interested in the child than they were in questioning the two lesbians about their relationship.

“We have been greeted so warmly,” said Frost, 42, who moved three years ago from Chicago to Quincy, Mass., just south of Boston. “We’ve just had a great experience.”

Nearly five years after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the battle that brought international attention and apocalyptic fears to Massachusetts is all but dead. Since the first marriages on May 17, 2004, more than 11,000 couples have tied the knot. They’re busy mowing lawns and hauling kids to soccer practice, and the sky has not fallen.

Of course, this won’t stop the theocratic right from bashing gay families to raise money and keep themselves in the news all while claiming to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.” They will just have to stew in their bitterness while LGBT people go about our business of building relationships, taking care of our families and fighting for our right to equal treatment under the law.

August 10, 2008 at 10:09 am 7 comments

McCain Opposes Gay Adoption

John McCain would rather kids remain orphans than be adopted by LGBT people. That is the bottom line that comes out of this interview with George Stephanoupolis of ABC News.

So much for McCain being a moderate. This clip proves that all that talk about “family values” is nothing more than hogwash. I guess winning an election is more important to him than helping to ensure that orphaned kids find loving families.

Barack Obama has been clear in his support for adoption, stating in his Human Rights Campaign questionnaire that “a child will benefit from a healthy, loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.”

July 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm 3 comments

Why Marriage?

This is the first week that marriages between same-sex couples were legal in California. If you have wondered why gay couples would fight so hard for that right, check out these clips in which couples explain why it is so important to to them to finally be able to say “I do.”

Thanks to Chris Johnson of HRC Backstory for giving the couples a place to share their stories.

A couple from Pasadena, CA shares why they chose to be among the first to marry in West Hollywood: They’ve been together for 12 years:

Scott and Brian have been together for 19 years:

Couples from Synagogue BCC in Los Angeles share their excitement in getting married:

June 21, 2008 at 11:06 am 3 comments

7 Days to a Better Financial You

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.

That’s more than just a line from Madonna’s latest single, it’s also the sound of the rapidly approaching deadline to file your federal taxes. In preparation for that April 15th deadline the Human Rights Campaign has launched 7 Days to a Better Financial You, an educational campaign to provide you with resources and features to assist you in navigating the complicated tax laws and offer give tips on good financial decision-making.

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April 9, 2008 at 8:41 am 2 comments

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