Category: ‘Equality Now’

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.

 

Sport Report – From Russia With Love (But No Gay Stuff) – U.S. Speedskating Team

February 16, 2014 Posted by suefairview