Category: ‘Equality Now’

Alice, there is no Santa Claus

October 24, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Letter: Linares Debate Response Misunderstood

To the Editor:

I attended the debate between State Senator Art Linares, Emily Bjornberg, and Colin Bennett on October 8th at Valley Regional High School. With regard to the letter from Sue Huybensz, who also attended the debate, I am certain that she misunderstood the discussion. In particular, she completely misinterpreted the response by Senator Linares regarding his stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision. In no way did Senator Linares say that he is opposed to a woman’s right to choose. He pointed out that this issue is not germane to candidates running for the State Senate. If he were running for the United States Senate or were in line for consideration for a position on the Supreme Court, the issue of what methods of birth control must be paid for by a private enterprise would be a worthwhile topic for debate. At a debate for election to State Senator, the issue is a red herring. When Art shared that he was raised Catholic, he was pointing out that nobody’s personal and religious beliefs supersede the laws of our country. The aim of Senator Linares on the evening of October 8th was to bring the debate’s discussion back to issues that are germane to CT residents, issues that a state senator is empowered to do something about: returning prosperity and top-notch educational and  professional opportunity to the residents of our state.  As a CT woman, I plan to cast my vote for Senator Art Linares.

Sincerely,

Alice van Deursen

Essex

 

Here is my response:

I completely agree with you that Mr. Linares was stating that the SCOTUS decision was not applicable to his candidacy. Its just that I completely disagree. I think that we need strong advocates for women’s rights in the capitol as well as in all elected/appointed public positions. Most moderate Republicans would fit this bill. Have a look around you at what is happening in this country. States, such as Texas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Ohio are making it more difficult for women to obtain abortions. Those decisions are all being made in state senates.  The Hobby Lobby decision a distinct slippage of women’s rights. Are you aware that women earn 23 cents less on the dollar than men, that fewer women enter STEM studies than men, that women are still discriminated against in our country? Across the board, women’s rights are threatened by right-wing extremists such as Mr. Linares seems to be and it is a constant fight to maintain what women have won. His views are not in keeping with this district or the times we live in. These reasons are why women’s issues are not a “red herring”.

If his comment about his religion was to say that religion doesn’t matter, then why didn’t he just say that? Are his debating skills that lacking, or was he just hedging or being disingenuous? Whether I misinterpreted his meaning or not, why couldn’t he just be honest and open about his feelings on this issue and women’s rights like the other candidates were? Perhaps women’s issues don’t matter that much to Mr. Linares. But, we’ll never know because he won’t agree to another debate.

You can thank your long gone sisters for your right to vote for a candidate that might take rights away from you.

Sue Huybensz

Deep River

Recent letter to the editor re: State Senator Art Linares

October 22, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Here is a recent letter to the editor that I wrote about CT State Senator Art Linares:

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AN OPEN LETTER TO REPUBLICAN WOMEN ON ELECTION DAY

I am a fellow Republican woman who always wanted to be married, but I wanted a career instead of children. Thankfully, when I headed to college in 1974, I had access to birth control and due to Roe v. Wade I also had access to what could be a very excruciating choice. [Thankfully I never had to make that choice.] So it was time travel for me to hear Art Linares’ answer to this question at the debate held on October 8 at the Valley Regional High School: “Where do you stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision?” Linares only stated that “he was raised Catholic and isn’t up for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.” In other words, Linares is against a woman’s right to choose even birth control!

Haven’t we already dealt with this issue 40 years ago? This extremely right-wing view could have totally changed my life and taken my choice to have a career away from me. Also, I would note that extremist views such as Linares’ are not a fit with his own district’s constituency.

Birthing a child sometimes can be life-threatening. Linares doesn’t care: “No exceptions.” I have had a colleague who died from a brain hemorrhage while she was trying to have a child.

I may have wanted to hear more on Linares’ stances, but it seems he doesn’t like to show up to debates.

Please, if you value your choices as a woman, do not vote for Art Linares.

Sue Huybensz

Deep River

So far it has been published in valleynewsnow.com and Lymeline.net.

Gay Marriage progress and statistics in the USA

June 6, 2014 Posted by suefairview

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This marriage map is from the Washington Blade, where there are details on the state of marriage in the US.

Here is a gif that shows the progress of gay marriages state-by-state.

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Below is the Wikipedia US marriage map [full details there]:

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State laws regarding same-sex partnerships in the United States*

  Same-sex marriage allowed1
  Domestic partnerships or civil unions granting privileges similar to marriage for same-sex domestic partners2
  Limited/enumerated privileges granted by state
  No prohibition or recognition of same-sex marriage or unions
  Judicial ruling against a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and similar unions stayed pending appeal
  Judicial ruling against a ban on recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages stayed pending appeal
  Statute bans same-sex marriage
  Constitution and statute ban same-sex marriage
  Constitution and statute ban same-sex marriage and similar same-sex unions
Rapid progress is being made on the state of same-sex marriage ever since the US Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. As can be seen from the Washington Blade map, legal rulings are taking place in all states and are planned in North Dakota. The Washington Blade reports that Pride season may bring many more rulings making same-sex marriage legal “either because they

they’ve completed oral arguments or they’ve been asked to issue judgment in the cases. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf

have completed legal arguments, or they’ve been asked to issue judgement in the cases”.

Soon marriage equality will be nationwide – which is a great thing because all people should be free to be with the one they love!
Marriage equality is advancing through the judicial system at breakneck speed, and the rulings are expected to keep coming in the near future as Pride season begins — and some cases will make history as the first rulings at the appellate level since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf
Marriage equality is advancing through the judicial system at breakneck speed, and the rulings are expected to keep coming in the near future as Pride season begins — and some cases will make history as the first rulings at the appellate level since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.Since that historic decision almost a year ago, a total of 14 federal courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality as a result of litigation in various states in addition to four state courts in New Mexico, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas, which makes a total of 18 rulings.The most recent decisions came late last month. Over the course of two days, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who’s gay, struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, and U.S. District Judge John Jones III struck down the ban in Pennsylvania.

All in all, more than 70 cases are estimated to have been filed throughout the country seeking to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. The only state without a pending marriage equality lawsuit is North Dakota, although litigation is expected soon there.

It’s only a matter of time before one of these cases reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, which could issue a nationwide ruling on marriage equality. At the rate that cases are advancing through the federal judiciary, observers predict the high court will take up a case at the start of its next term in the fall, and make a decision in June 2015.

In the days and weeks ahead, numerous district and appellate courts are poised to make rulings on same-sex marriage, either because they’ve completed oral arguments or they’ve been asked to issue judgment in the cases.

– See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf

Marriage equality is advancing through the judicial system at breakneck speed, and the rulings are expected to keep coming in the near future as Pride season begins — and some cases will make history as the first rulings at the appellate level since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.Since that historic decision almost a year ago, a total of 14 federal courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality as a result of litigation in various states in addition to four state courts in New Mexico, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas, which makes a total of 18 rulings.The most recent decisions came late last month. Over the course of two days, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who’s gay, struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, and U.S. District Judge John Jones III struck down the ban in Pennsylvania.

All in all, more than 70 cases are estimated to have been filed throughout the country seeking to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. The only state without a pending marriage equality lawsuit is North Dakota, although litigation is expected soon there.

It’s only a matter of time before one of these cases reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, which could issue a nationwide ruling on marriage equality. At the rate that cases are advancing through the federal judiciary, observers predict the high court will take up a case at the start of its next term in the fall, and make a decision in June 2015.

In the days and weeks ahead, numerous district and appellate courts are poised to make rulings on same-sex marriage, either because they’ve completed oral arguments or they’ve been asked to issue judgment in the cases.

– See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf

Marriage equality is advancing through the judicial system at breakneck speed, and the rulings are expected to keep coming in the near future as Pride season begins — and some cases will make history as the first rulings at the appellate level since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.Since that historic decision almost a year ago, a total of 14 federal courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality as a result of litigation in various states in addition to four state courts in New Mexico, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas, which makes a total of 18 rulings.The most recent decisions came late last month. Over the course of two days, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who’s gay, struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, and U.S. District Judge John Jones III struck down the ban in Pennsylvania.

All in all, more than 70 cases are estimated to have been filed throughout the country seeking to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. The only state without a pending marriage equality lawsuit is North Dakota, although litigation is expected soon there.

It’s only a matter of time before one of these cases reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, which could issue a nationwide ruling on marriage equality. At the rate that cases are advancing through the federal judiciary, observers predict the high court will take up a case at the start of its next term in the fall, and make a decision in June 2015.

In the days and weeks ahead, numerous district and appellate courts are poised to make rulings on same-sex marriage, either because they’ve completed oral arguments or they’ve been asked to issue judgment in the cases.

– See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf

Marriage equality is advancing through the judicial system at breakneck speed, and the rulings are expected to keep coming in the near future as Pride season begins — and some cases will make history as the first rulings at the appellate level since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.Since that historic decision almost a year ago, a total of 14 federal courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality as a result of litigation in various states in addition to four state courts in New Mexico, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas, which makes a total of 18 rulings.The most recent decisions came late last month. Over the course of two days, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who’s gay, struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, and U.S. District Judge John Jones III struck down the ban in Pennsylvania.

All in all, more than 70 cases are estimated to have been filed throughout the country seeking to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. The only state without a pending marriage equality lawsuit is North Dakota, although litigation is expected soon there.

It’s only a matter of time before one of these cases reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, which could issue a nationwide ruling on marriage equality. At the rate that cases are advancing through the federal judiciary, observers predict the high court will take up a case at the start of its next term in the fall, and make a decision in June 2015.

In the days and weeks ahead, numerous district and appellate courts are poised to make rulings on same-sex marriage, either because they’ve completed oral arguments or they’ve been asked to issue judgment in the cases.

– See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/06/04/marriage-roundup-forcast/#sthash.6Rx2Luh0.dpuf

Conchita Wurst WINS Eurovision 2014!!!

May 10, 2014 Posted by suefairview

 

 

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From CBCNews:

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a grandiose James Bond-theme-like ballad Rise Like a Phoenix, before an international TV audience of around 180 million people in 45 countries.

Wurst, sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, won the competition, defeating the Netherlands’ modern country duo The Common Linnets.

It was Austria’s first victory since 1966.

The unabashedly over-the-top contest was initially conceived in the 1950s as a fun way to unite Europe following the Second World War. Still going strong, the pioneering TV singing contest (now also seen online) continues to draw an audience of more than 125 million viewers every year.

Here is Conchita singing Rise Like a Phoenix:

Michael Sam Is The First Openly Gay Football Player Drafted Into The NFL

May 10, 2014 Posted by suefairview

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From the Huffpo:

…The first-team All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri became the first openly gay player ever drafted into the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, waited until the eighth-to-last selection to hear his name called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday…

In a powerful scene broadcast by ESPN after the Rams’ selection was announced, Sam could be seen overcome with emotion. As he celebrated the historic moment, Sam shared an embrace and kiss with his boyfriend.