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June 30, 2015

Worry about this for a second

LGBT Texans carry on the fight

With help from their friends, of course.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

Justice Scalia, not moving on

Dear Nino, rant away to your heart's content.

SCOTUS allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Some good news, if temporary, on the reproductive choice front.

Striking a blow for community-police relations

A playful moment from NYC Pride. Breitbart isn't happy at all.

Charles M. Blow: My murdered cousin had a name

An eloquent piece that reminds us of those who did not live to see this day, and of the disparate impact of hatred.

After marriage ruling, Southern states fall in line

"These are the days of miracle and wonder." (Paul Simon, "The Boy in the Bubble," Graceland)

Bristol Palin, abstinence evangelist, preggers with second baby out-of-wedlock

Inquisitr reports. I would show you a pic of Ms. Palin, but it just seems distasteful.

Our friend Charlie Rounds writes on FB:

This is the face of the gay haters - a woman who has lied over and over again about "abstinence" while having sex with multiple partners and then saying that gay people are disgusting. She is the face of the child-raping, multiple divorce, inter-racial gay hating Republicans and I am tired of all of you! As Margaret would say "Let's feed the poor" Clarence Thomas.

The wishful thinking of David Brooks

I see no evidence that this claim by David Brooks is more than wishful thinking: "Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace." There is nothing loving, dignified, nor graceful in their anti-gay slanders. Nor do I recognize my community in the description by Brooks.

Billo not feeling the rainbow

Please remind me of what O'Reilly said about the wrong-and-insulting guy waving a big Confederate flag outside the White House a while back.

Marriage equality arrives in Alabama as Roy Moore sows confusion

As Roy Moore sows confusion, love goes on.

June 27, 2015

Confederate flag takedown, Columbia, SC

@NYDailyNews reports. The flag was quickly replaced. But I applaud this well-planned act of civil disobedience. Even if there is a backlash by supporters of this treasonous banner of slavery, the act of domestic terrorism by Dylann Roof has stirred revulsion that will not easily be repressed.

June 26, 2015

A more perfect Union

Tonight, in honor of today's historic Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, the White House is lit up with the colors of the rainbow.

Bonfire of the homophobes

It looks like some folks are getting ready to start a bonfire. Time to break out the marshmallows and weenies! But don't get too close to the fire. We don't want to get Santorum on our marshmallows, and certainly not on our weenies.

President Obama's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

Beautiful.

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings National Anthem after SCOTUS ruling

I am so proud today to be a co-founder of this chorus. Thanks, guys.

President Obama: 'Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt'

Thank you, Mr. President.

Supreme Court rules for marriage equality, cites Fourteenth Amendment

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We won marriage equality this morning by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court of the United States, and we won in a big way. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the majority:

The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs....

Applying these tenets, the Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution. For example, Loving v. Virginia....

The right of same-sex couples to marry is also derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause are connected in a profound way....

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

June 25, 2015

SPLC Wins Fraud Suit Against New Jersey 'Ex-Gay' Torture Group

Hillary Clinton: All love is equal

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All love is equal. It's time for marriage equality. Stand with Hillary Clinton in the fight for all LGBT Americans to be able to live, learn, work, and marry free from discrimination: http://hrc.io/1SHZPDR

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Right-wingers call for rainbow flag to be taken down after Charleston shooting

Because it's, like, totally the same. I mean, racial terror on one hand, and equal rights for a minority on the other. They were separated at birth! Or not.

Next up at OED: Cisracial?

The Gayest 36 Hours You Can Possibly Have in New York

Impatient Nation Demands Supreme Court Just Get To The Gay Stuff

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The Onion reports.

Comic Book Fans Adamant That Human Torch Be Played By Actor Whose Body Actually Engulfed In Flames

Michael B. Jordan came to many people's attention with his Oscar-worthy performance in "Fruitvale Station." The fan complaints about his casting as the Human Torch are silly and racist.

'Etched into American law for a genereration'

Will Kwame Brown challenge Yvette Alexander?

CAP: ACA decision saves lives and affirms the rule of law

Kyrgyzstan's anti-gay bill, even worse than Russia's, will become law

The definition of 'traditional marriage'

Matt Baume of AFER explains it all for you.

Anti-gay conservatives threaten secession, civil war and civil disobedience over marriage equality

The Devil made me do it.

Right wing cries Apocalypse over ACA ruling

Good for some laughs.

#SCOTUS upholds ACA subsidies 6-3

OPM to ban trans-exclusion in federal health plans

What? The Obama administration is working to advance transgender equality? Outrageous! Interrupt the president at the Pride Month reception!

Dear GetEqual: If you can't get some manners, get a frigging clue.

Black gay group receives death threat

Very disturbing.

Boorishness-as-activism interrupts LGBT Pride Month reception

Here is the video from yesterday's Pride Month reception at the White House, GetEqual heckler and all. The Blade reports. The heckler explains herself. Our friend Ernest Hopkins wrote on FB about the heckler:

Over the line. Protest is an honorable way to make a point and be heard. However, this was no way to treat the LGBT community members at the White House to mark LGBT Pride Month and the advances that we have achieved together with this Administration. The question can be reasonably asked: What do I get by being your friend if you treat me as badly as people who don't give you the time of day?

Holding principled positions because they are right is one thing, but inviting individuals to the White House for cocktails and lovely food and dessert is not a prerequisite. Respectful engagement is preferred when talking with friends, even when we disagree. Too bad this planned protest was timed for this celebratory event at the White House. The cause is just, the tactic was lousy.

Amen.

June 24, 2015

Grief

Feds Order Federal Employee Health Plans To Cover Transgender Health Services

Our friend Dana Beyer writes on Facebook:

Good story by Geidner on the continuing progress towards trans equality in the administration. We're now at the stage where muscle needs to enforce the words as they're being clarified.

June 28 - Sir Derek and Sirina are NYC Pride grand marshals

That these two are among the most distinguished actors working in our language makes this almost surreal, in the happiest possible way. Kiss kiss.