I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rainbow-colored lights illuminated City Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday evening after the United States Supreme Court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court handed significant victories to gay rights advocates in both cases, but fell short of issuing a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.
Same Sex Marriage to have Supreme Court Review
The focus in one case is California’s constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage. The other case deals with a federal law that denies to those who can marry legally the right to obtain federal benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples.
Supreme Court cases often take twists and turns that limit the scope of the eventual decision. But the justices’ action on Friday gives them the chance to say whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.
The court is embarked on what could be its most significant term involving civil rights in decades. In the area of racial discrimination, the justices already have agreed to decide cases on affirmative action in admission to college and a key part of the Voting Rights Act. The gay marriage cases probably will be argued in March and decisions in all the court’s cases are likely by the end of June.
- Same-Sex Marriage Cases Get Supreme Court Review (abcnews.go.com)
- US Supreme Court can’t undo Maine’s new same-sex marriage law (bangordailynews.com)
HH: Another reason why I love that man still — I miss him! That he used his fame as a philanthropist was awesome.
At long last … The rainbow officially reaches the White House
“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice” Martin Luther King Jr.
- Pete Seeger and Joan Baez (2nd Photo Pete Seeger Entertaining… (harvestheart.tumblr.com)
TWO SPIRITS, the documentary directed by Lydia Nibley and produced by Say Yes Quickly Productions, will have its world premiere on Saturday, November 21 at the Starz Denver Film Festival.
Two Spirits and the Fred Martinez Project have received the Monette-Horwitz Distinguished Achievement Award for outstanding activism, research, and scholarship to combat homophobia. And the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in Washington has joined more than fifty national organizations as an outreach partner.
The documentary film interweaves the tragic story of a mothers loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen by a young man who bragged to friends that he had bug-smashed a fag. TWO SPIRITS explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl and the essentially spiritual nature of gender and sexuality. The film makes the case that in the twenty-first century we need to return to traditional values.
Reconciliation: Bayard Rustin in Chapel Hill - Painting 22 x 36 in. by Phil Blank
Imagine No Liberals Poster
Activists of the transsexual, gay and lesbian community participate in a protest demanding for the right to choose a name according to their gender along a street in San Salvador on November 15, 2010. The slogans on the T-shirts read, “I choose to be called… Lucero/Pamela”. (Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.Martin Luther King Jr.