Postedon Jan 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
Dede Scozzafava is an American Republican politician in New York. She has represented District 122 in the New York State Assembly, which includes most of St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties in the North Country and a small portion of Oswego County since 1999.
A pro-choice supporter, she has also consistently made the case when it comes to marriage equality that supporting loving couples should not be a partisan issue. She voted in support of the freedom to marry when it first came up in the New York State Assembly in 2007, and has stood her ground ever since.
Postedon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:11 pm
January 22, 2010
Voice for Equality, Jane Lynch, recently told the Guardian, a UK publication, that she is in a committed relationship and she told a Golden Globe red carpet interviewer that she was at the awards with her girlfriend. Then the New York Times Carpetbagger blog reported: “Jane Lynch, who saw her Fox show Glee win a Golden Globe and who told us she was marrying her partner, Lara, in May, summed up the night’s victories for Fox: 'It’s good to be on the winning team.'” [Link]
Postedon Jan 22, 2010 at 10:00 am
A longtime gay rights advocate, Menzel was an Honorary Chair of the Imperial Court of New York's Annual Charity Coronation Ball, Night of A Thousand Gowns on March 21, 2009. The International Imperial Court System (IICS) is one of the oldest and largest predominantly gay organizations in the world. The court raises money for charity through large annual fancy-dress costume balls in cities throughout North America and numerous smaller fundraisers each year. [Link]
Ms. Menzel's third, mostly self-penned album, I Stand, features a song called Gorgeous about a gay couple experiencing marriage difficulties. Menzel wrote the song based on her own relationship with her husband, African-American actor Taye Diggs. She and her husband have had to face threats and verbal abuse directed at them for being an interracial couple. The song is about trying to maintain a relationship while dealing with obstacles and resentment from the world outside. "I see it even more with my gay friends. I wanted to write a song about pursuing something you really believe in despite what others think." Before a performance at the WaMu Theatre in New York she said, "This song is about loving someone no matter what anybody else thinks - no matter what the world thinks, the government, your mother, your father, your church, your temple." [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Idina Menzel as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.
If Ms. Menzel's support inspires you - get involved.
**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!
Postedon Jan 21, 2010 at 10:00 am
In a piece she wrote for The Nation in October 2009, Ms. Harris-Lacewell stated:
Today, many same-sex couples in the United States live in a fraught, contingent space of loving attachment, unprotected by state recognition. My fierce commitment to marriage equality derives, in part, from my personal biography as an interracial child, descended from American slaves, and raised in Virginia, beginning less than a decade after the Loving decision. Even though I am heterosexual, marriage equality is personal. I learn from the history of racial and interracial marriage exclusion that the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples is wrong. [Link]Freedom to Marry salutes Melissa Harris-Lacewell as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.
If Ms. Harris-Lacewell's support inspires you, get involved!
**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!
Postedon Dec 21, 2009 at 11:55 am
Good As You
December 21, 2009
Blogger Jeremy Hooper announces the profile of his wedding in the Winter 2010 edition of Martha Stewart Weddings, the first wedding of a same-sex couple to be featured in the magazine. (Link)
Congratulations Jeremy and Andrew!
Postedon Dec 15, 2009 at 10:00 am
Annise Parker is the first openly gay mayor of Houston, Texas, the fourth most populous city in the U.S.
"...Texas lost marriage a few years ago. I really take the long view. We lose battles, but we're winning the hearts and minds of this war. And we just have to keep chipping away, coming out, being visible, integrating our concerns into the issues of our society at all levels, and we're going to get there."
Postedon Dec 05, 2009 at 05:14 pm
New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of Mount Vernon represents the 36th district of New York, which covers Morrisania, West Farms, Williamsbridge, Co-op City, Wakefield, Baychester and Mount Vernon.
On December 2, 2009, Senator Hassell-Thompson was one of twenty-four senators who voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Bill on the Floor of the NYS Senate Chamber, and she was one of several senators who spoke personally and powerfully in support of the freedom to marry during the pre-vote debate.
Postedon Dec 03, 2009 at 06:32 pm
Stephanie Miner is an attorney, Democratic politician, and the mayor of Syracuse, NY.
In its 2009 General Election Voter Guide, the Empire State Pride Agenda wrote: "A longtime supporter of LGBT equality, Stephanie Miner was the original sponsor of a resolution to raise the rainbow flag during Pride celebrations at Syracuse City Hall. She will be the first Mayor of Syracuse to support marriage equality and joins the ranks of many other large city New York state mayors who have pledged to work toward equality and justice for all LGBT New Yorkers."
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 Aug 07, 2009 at 09:35 am
Tammy Baldwin is currently serving her fifth term as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd district, which includes her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Smith College and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986, while still in law school, Tammy began her foray into politics by serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994. Tammy subsequently served on the Madison, Wisconsin City Council and then the Wisconsin State Assembly, until assuming the office of U.S. Congresswoman in 1999. Congresswoman Baldwin has been a trailblazer on many fronts. She is the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she was the first ever openly gay non-incumbent and first lesbian to be elected a U.S. Representative. She has been a strong voice for equality for gay Americans and serves on the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.