Postedon Mar 30, 2010 at 10:50 am
Megan Kinninger, Program Manager at Freedom to Marry, reports on last Thursday's online town hall meeting hosted by Equality California, as part of Let California Ring, a marriage public education campaign. This town hall was the first in a series of events to get input from activists on messaging to help repeal Prop 8. Details on upcoming events are listed later in this post.
Postedon Mar 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm
People of color and people of faith are often charged with blocking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights. But DC's recent marriage equality victory showed that organizing people of color and people of faith was crucial.
Two panels - one at Georgetown University and another at Howard University - will examine the role race and faith played in securing marriage equality in Washington, D.C.
Postedon Mar 19, 2010 at 04:42 pm
There is a large battle looming in Washington over legislation to reform our nation’s immigration laws. This coming Sunday, March 21, many LGBT immigrants, their families, and allies will march in support of immigration reform. Now is the time for us, as LGBT individuals, families, and communities, to understand why immigration reform is so critical.
Postedon Mar 09, 2010 at 10:17 am
By Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in Washington D.C. to receive marriage licenses are celebrating their legal marriages.
D.C. now officially joins the five states and eight countries that have ended exclusion from marriage. Marriage in our nation's capital marks a significant victory not only for D.C. couples who no longer need to leave home to secure the protections and responsibilities of marriage, but also for the national movement to win the freedom to marry.
Postedon Mar 05, 2010 at 11:26 am
A study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles predicts a financial windfall for Washington, D.C. as a result of the legalization of the freedom to marry.
Postedon Feb 15, 2010 at 01:52 pm
Steve Ralls, Director of Communications for Immigration Equality, tells the story of Shirley Tan, a mother of two, originally from The Philippines, who answered a knock on her door at 7am in January 2009. She was getting her 12-year-old twin sons ready for school, and preparing to see her partner of 23 years, Jay Mercado, off to work. When Shirley answered, ICE agents produced an order of deportation, which Shirley had never seen before, then handcuffed her and threw her into a waiting van.
"The lack of recognition for lesbian and gay couples under immigration law is, literally, ripping loving families apart," said Rachel B. Tiven, Immigration Equality's executive director. "For every day that passes without action from Congress, another family faces separation and another child is put in jeopardy of losing a parent." Beginning today, house parties across the country will screen the group's new documentary, which is premiering exclusively on HuffingtonPost Impact. You can make an impact in the lives of Shirley, Jay and their sons - and tens of thousands of other families like theirs - by watching the video, passing it along and visiting www.immigrationequalityactionfund.org to learn more.
Postedon Jan 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm
January 22, 2010
An official proponent of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Thursday that he was involved in disseminating claims that marriage equality could cause children to become gay and spark legalization of sex with children, incest and polygamy. [Link]
Postedon Nov 09, 2009 at 03:12 pm
November 3, 2009
Karin Wang: In last year's Prop 8 vote, California voters narrowed the gap by 14 points in eight years from the 2000 Prop 22 decision, the ballot measure that created a statutory ban on marriage equality – but Asian Americans narrowed the gap by 30 points in the same period of time. "I look at that data and I realize that not only is change possible, but that together we can make change. And most importantly -- we as Asian Americans can make change." [Link]
Postedon Oct 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm
Padma Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, and model. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two.
Ms. Lakshmi was photographed wearing a White Knot at the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA on February 21, 2009. The White Knot for Equality organization is dedicated to the promotion of marriage equality.
Postedon Sep 16, 2009 at 03:57 pm
September 16, 2009
Openly gay actor George Takei and his husband Brad Altman will appear in a special upcoming celebrity episode of The Newlywed Game. The couple was married last September in California and have been together for 22 years. [Link]