“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” — Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
This has to be my favorite commercial of all time:
Just one minor issue… why don’t kids shave anymore?
I saw mention of this video on our local news a few minutes ago and immediately knew I had to post it. I never in a million years thought I would see something like this from the Fort Worth Police Department. Enjoy!
Times they are changing!
I was born and raised in Idaho, though I got out as quickly as I could (at age 19… a long, long time ago). I never thought I would see this in my lifetime:
(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it relegated same-sex couples to a second-class status in violation of constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.
The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale was the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges against state bans on same-sex matrimony that, if upheld by higher courts, would sharply broaden access to marriage for U.S. gay couples.
Dale said her decision would go into effect on Friday at 9 a.m. local time, unless put on hold by a higher court.
Marriage rights have been extended to gay couples in 17 states and the District of Columbia in a trend that has gained momentum since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that legally married same-sex couples nationwide are eligible for federal benefits.
That decision, which struck down part of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, has been cited by a number of federal judges, including Dale, in subsequent opinions overturning state bans on gay matrimony.
So, barring a stay on Judge Dale’s decision by a higher court, which has been requested by Idaho Governor Butch Otter (yes, that really is his name), gays and lesbians will be able to get married in that state starting at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.
Amazing and wonderful things are happening in this country. If we’re not careful, we won’t be a third world country for much longer.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday rejected a request from Idaho’s governor to put same-sex weddings on hold while he appeals her ruling from a day earlier that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote that the appeal is unlikely to succeed so there’s no reason to keep the state from granting marriage licenses to gay couples starting Friday.
Dale noted she already found Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s arguments lacked legal merit when she struck down the ban Tuesday evening. The judge said allowing Idaho to continue enforcing its laws against same-sex marriage would irreparably harm the four couples who sued over the ban, along with other gay couples.
“Nor does the public interest favor preserving a status quo that deprives individuals of their constitutional rights,” Dale wrote. “The court finds a stay pending appeal is not warranted.”
BOISE — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s request for a temporary stay while it considers the state’s request for a longer stay pending appeal of the lower court’s ruling overturning Idaho same-sex marriage ban.
“The district court’s May 13, 2014 order is temporarily stayed pending this court’s disposition of appellants’ emergency motions for a stay pending appeal,” declared the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an order released shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.
The temporary stay will remain in effect until the 9th Circuit Court decides whether to issue a full stay pending appeal.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on Tuesday struck down Idaho’s 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages. Her order was to take effect 9 a.m. Friday.
So, at least for the time being, Idaho remains in the dark ages.
I need to run to the store for some graham crackers…
In case you somehow missed the original ad…
Dale Hansen has been the sports reporter on our local ABC affiliate, WFAA, for as long as I can remember. He goes ‘unplugged’ every once in while. He did that last night while discussing Michael Sam, the star collegiate football player and prospective NFL draftee who recently announced to the world that he is gay…
Remember, this is in Texas. Brave words, Mr. Hansen. You have earned my respect.
A transcript of Mr. Hansen’s remarks follows the break.
UPDATE: Ellen invited Dale Hansen to her show yesterday, February 14. Here’s what happened…
History was made at the Grammy Awards tonight…
No amount of right wing hatred will erase what was accomplished this night.
Former Dallas mayor and candidate for the Texas Republican senatorial nomination (which Tea Partier Ted Cruz just won) Tom Leppert has listed his former Dallas home for sale. Asking price is $5.6 million. Only one-percenters need apply.
More pictures here.
The home is located in Preston Hollow, the same neighborhood in which former President and Mrs. George W. Bush now reside.
The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill, which House Republican Leader John Boehner objected to because one’s sexual orientation, unlike one’s religion, is easily changed, has passed the Senate and is one its way to President Obama’s desk for his signature…
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to extend new federal protections to people who are victims of violent crime because of their sex or sexual orientation, bringing the measure close to reality after years of fierce debate.
The 68-to-29 vote sends the legislation to President Obama, who has said he supports it.
The measure, attached to an essential military-spending bill, broadens the definition of federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation. It gives victims the same federal safeguards already afforded to people who are victims of violent crimes because of their race, color, religion or national origin.
One more step forward.
I am sure that by now you have heard about Keith Bardwell, the Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to perform a marriage ceremony for an interracial (black/white) couple. He was interviewed on CBS’ Early Show this morning. He still does not believe he broke any law…
Fifty years ago, this man would likely have been heralded as a hero in most of this country. I have to wonder if, fifty years from now, we will feel the same about someone who refuses to marry a gay or lesbian couple.
P.S. I was somewhat taken aback to learn that the governor of Louisiana is not aware that justices of the peace in his state are elected, not licensed. I can almost forgive the national media for not being aware of or researching that fact, but the governor of the state? It seems that at least he would be a bit more knowledgeable about how government functions in his state.
UPDATE: The couple Mr. Bardwell refused to marry is now suing him, claiming “mental anguish and emotional distress.” They want money. (They may have just hit the jackpot on this one.)