Postedon Feb 16, 2010 at 11:26 am
Ballot initiatives have been used to mislead the public and trample on the rights of minorities, says Carlos Moreno, a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality and the only California Supreme Court justice who voted to overturn the state's ban on the freedom to marry. "It's of great concern to me that certain basic rights, such as equal protection, the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, can be subject to change by simple majority vote," Moreno said in an interview last week while preparing to accept a gay-rights group's Equality Leadership Award.
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 13, 2010 at 10:00 am
Ms. Perez 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 idea of marriage equality. One of their quotes is “Everyone should have the right to tie the knot,” and they illustrate this point by producing and distributing White Knots nationally and worldwide. They encourage marriage equality supporters to “wear the White Knot every day to show support and to create conversation. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows." [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Rosie Perez as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.
If Ms. Perez's support inspires you, get involved.
**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!
Postedon Dec 18, 2009 at 10:00 am
Mr. Cruz served on the Host Committee for a Hollywood fund-raising party organized by political consultant Chad Griffin and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen which was held on October 20, 2009 to help support the marriage equality campaign in Maine. The invitation read:
While the fate of marriage equality in California makes its way through the Federal court system, the voters of Maine will decide whether or not to take away marriage rights, granted in May by the legislature, on November 3rd…OF THIS YEAR. That is why I am co-chairing, along with Bruce Cohen, a fundraiser for NO ON 1/PROTECT MAINE EQUALITY at Bruce’s house on Tuesday Night, October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm, and we are so hoping you will join us and/or contribute to help fight this important battle. [Link]
Postedon Dec 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm
December 11, 2009
A study released Friday by the found that 40 percent of young Hispanic immigrants and second-generation Hispanics living in the U.S. say they favor marriage equality, compared to 52 percent of Hispanics from the third generation and higher. [Link]
Op-Ed: The Catholic Church allows straight couples to divorce and re-marry in civil unions, so why c
Postedon Nov 22, 2009 at 03:46 pm
November 21, 2009
A Catholic can remarry under civil law without leaving the Catholic Church. He or she cannot have a second marriage by the Catholic Church, but a civil ceremony is allowed, granting all the state and federal rights and benefits associated with matrimony. In that case there is separation of church and state. Why does this not apply to same-sex couples seeking a civil marriage? [Link]
Postedon Nov 13, 2009 at 01:25 pm
November 9, 2009
El portavoz del National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Pedro Julio Serrano, es entrevistado sobre la igualdad en el matrimonio para las parejas del mismo sexo por la periodista Birmania Ríos en el programa Despierta América. [Link]
Carlos Moreno, California High Court Justice, Has Raised His Independent Profile by Dissenting on Pr
Postedon Sep 26, 2009 at 09:51 pm
September 26, 2009
Embracing a novel theory, Moreno said he "legally and morally" believes that a measure (Prop 8) that strips a minority of a key right cannot be approved as a constitutional amendment by a mere majority in an election. [Link]
Postedon Sep 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Postedon Jul 31, 2009 at 07:47 am
July 31, 2009
Brazil Attorney-General Deborah Duprat asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Thursday to honor marriages between same-sex couples, with the same rights as all other marriages. Duprat argued that denying marriage equality is a breach of constitutional rights. [Link]