Gay Marriage

Olga Wolstenholme's picture

Don’t Fuck With my Gay Friends

One of my friends posted the FCKH8 video on facebook yesterday and since then I’ve watched it a half dozen times. I don’t know what I love more, the anti-hate message or the use of the word fuck. It’s a tough call.

The Video

Awesome, I say!
The T-Shirt

WE’RE GAY. WE’RE STR8.
WE’RE STANDING TOGETHER TO FCKH8!

SOME DUDES
MARRY
DUDES.
GET OVER
IT.

SOME CHICKS
MARRY
CHICKS.
GET OVER
IT.

What’s this Prop 8 business?

Proposition 8 (or the California Marriage Protection Act) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008, state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.“

arvan's picture

[FCKH8.com] Straight Talk About Gay Marriage

There may never be a video or PSA that is better suited for this website.

Prop 8 is H8. F-bomb the forces of H8 and help fund the fight for equal marriage rights. Get your T-shirt - do good and look good doing it. $5 from each shirt goes to groups working to make sure everybody has the right marry who they love.

(h/t The Ultimates)

Alex Karydi's picture

Save your Gay soul before you get RIGHTS!

I'm writing in anger and frustration! I am saddened by the world I live in and the social ignorance I am surrounded by. People have asked me if I want my face on my article or want the fact that I am gay broadcasted, wondering if I worry about people finding out.

Are you serious?  You think I should hide because I am gay, because I love women? Because I want the same rights as everyone else and one day MARRY the woman of my dreams.  Do you want me silent and deaf to your cruel and uneducated remarks?  You have another thing coming!  Not only will I not stay quite, not only will I not hide, I will stand proud and strong and I will fight for everything I am and for my community!  I will fight for a life I want and deserve.

But more than anything I will fight for my child, so that she never has to hear in her lifetime someone tell her that her mother has a mental illness, is brain-damaged, or is choosing to be a homosexual and will go to hell (which unfortunately has been told to me on several occasions.)  I am going to fight so the women, human beings I connect with and love can share my life with me and without worries about not having the same Privileges and Rights as every other committed married couple.

arvan's picture

Nepal 'to stage gay weddings on Everest'

Nepal is set to stage same-sex weddings on Mount Everest as part of a bid to promote the country as the homosexual tourism capital of Asia.

By Dean Nelson [Telegraph]

Nepal's homosexual community, which is led by Asia's only openly gay member of parliament, will next month host a tourism conference to explore how to attract wealthy gay visitors to boost the country's war-ravaged economy.

The country's new constitution will legalise homosexual marriage in May this year, when "Pink Mountain" will begin offering luxury honeymoon and wedding packages.

Sunil Babu Pant, a Communist legislator and leader of the country's homosexual rights movement, has launched a travel company dedicated to promoting the former Hindu kingdom to gay tourists in an effort to tap the so-called "Pink Pound" and dollar.

arvan's picture

Melissa Steyn: On Defining - and Defying - the 'Most Proper Way' to be Sexual

Christi van der Westhuizen interviews MELISSA STEYN, author and professor of diversity studies

CAPE TOWN, Jan 16, 2010 (IPS) - "The Prize and The Price - Shaping Sexualities in South Africa" is the first book of its kind in South Africa to unpack the ideology behind the enforcement of "acceptable" versions of sex, gender and sexuality.

The book's editors, Melissa Steyn and activist Mikki van Zyl, take aim at the system of "hetero-normativity": the institutions and norms that enforce exclusive heterosexuality.

Christi van der Westhuizen spoke to Steyn, who is the director of Intercultural and Diversity Studies of South Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Q: Why study hetero-normativity?

A: Because hetero-normativity is so powerful in the way it structures social behaviour, expectations and our identities. It is invisible, so we tend not to be conscious of the extent to which it shapes our society.

This is true for most dominant ideologies. But hetero-normativity is even less within our conscious understanding day-to-day than, for example, how whiteness operates to shape the racial order.

arvan's picture

Love Takes Over: A new national campaign for same-sex marriage



One week.  One unified voice.  Let’s take over America’s local newspapers.

What to do:

Write an Opinion Piece to your local newspaper in support of same-sex marriage.  All across the nation, others will be doing the same.

Articles are to be printed at any point during the week of Sunday, January 3rd - Saturday, January 9th.

Note: Please email your article to ltonewspapers@gmail.com so we can post it up on our blog (http://lovetakesover.tumblr.com)

Things you might discuss in your article:

- Why this issue matters to you (your personal story)
- Why Civil Marriage is a Civil Rights issue
- Rights and protections granted through marriage
- Why Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships are not equal to marriage
- How inequality affects the families and children of same-sex couples

- A suggestion from Jude Stevens and blogger SecondClassCitizens: Consider writing a letter to your hometown about your experiences growing up LGBT or being a straight ally.  How does inequality affect LGBT youth?  How will marriage equality help them?

- College Students: If your college is on winter break during this event - please write an Opinion Piece to your hometown newspaper. You may then submit the article to your school newspaper upon returning to campus. You might also consider writing about any responses or reactions you receive and sharing them with your campus.

Please also alert your local newspaper of the fact that your piece is part of a nationwide effort.  This will enhance the chances of your piece being published.

arvan's picture

New law shuts door to gay weddings in Kenya

By Dave Opiyo [Daily Nation]

Those wishing to marry partners of the same sex still have to seek countries where such marriages are allowed, before they can tie the knot.

Same sex marriages will not be allowed if proposals in the harmonised draft constitution become law.

Only marriages between opposite sex will be recognised despite spirited attempts by the gay community to have their relationships legalised.

Opposite sex

According to the document, every adult will have the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, but this will be based on the “free consent of the parties”.

It reads: “The parties to the marriage are entitled to equal rights at the time of marriage, during and at the dissolution of their union.”

The proposal by the committee of experts comes exactly a month after two Kenyan men became the first gay couple to openly wed in London, sparking a huge debate on morality issues in the country.

It also elicited sharp responses from religious organisations, who described the union between Mr Chege Ngengi, 40 and his bride, Daniel Chege Gichia, 39, as “unacceptable and unnatural.

arvan's picture

Shelly Goldstein sings: Stupid Callous Homophobic Hateful Legislation

Shelly Goldstein sings a comic parody about gay marriage equality.

Lyric by Shelly Goldstein, Piano: Gil Leib. Videographer: David Shine, Graphics by Rob Fiedler. Bark by Bella Lyczkowski.

ALL RESPECT TO THE ORIGINAL GORGEOUS SONG by RMS and RBS. No insult or infringement intended

Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/groovyshelly

marzipan's picture

Dear Maine

dear maine,

arvan's picture

Chege and Ngengi; the accidental gay rights trailblazers

By Charles Onyango Obbo 

After the Sunday Nation broke the story of the gay wedding of Kenyans Daniel Chege and Charles Ngengi in London, hardly any other subject could get attention on call-ins into FM stations, the Kenyan blogosphere, and in Nairobi pub conversations.

Chege and Ngegi are the first Kenyan gay couple known to have publicly wedded. Chege has been in a previous gay partnership that broke up.

Most of the comments were, predictably, critical—and some downright hostile.  By almost a ration of 10 to 1, Kenyans thought what Chege and Ngegi had done was disgraceful, a shame upon the country, their families, an affront to God and good old African values.

But then something that no one seems to have paid attention to happened. In a follow-up, KTN TV station went to the village of Chege’s parents, and in one scene that has proved particularly controversial, stopped a very elderly relative of Chege along the village path, flashed the photo of the gay couple, and wanted to know her views.

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