Participants march in Chicago’s 2014 Dyke March. Organizers of the annual event work to create a space that is radical, inclusive and safe for criminalized individuals. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)
Kelly Hayes | Transformative Spaces | Truthout | June 28, 2015
I think this excerpt from an exchange with a friend best explains my feelings, as a queer woman of color, about the Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges:
“I hope it [marriage] eventually ceases to exist as a legal construct, and that we all have the rights it affords by virtue of our humanity, but today, I’m really glad for my gay friends, and I know you’re not one of those people who would ever stop fighting for those left behind by such victories, and I love you for that.”
But to add to those thoughts…
I appreciate that my friends who will benefit from the decision are not the kind of people who would leave anyone behind, and as much as the exclusionary language SCOTUS opinion offends me, I am happy for those of you who will now have the same rights that I was afforded by virtue of choosing a man as my primary life partner. I’m glad that if you become seriously ill, like I did years ago, you may now be able to seek the benefits of each other’s health insurance – a privilege that literally saved my life. I’m glad that you may get the chance to claim other benefits that have been wrongly channeled toward a select segment of society, and I’m glad that you will be able to put a little more space between yourselves and the dark history, and for some, current realities, of how this country has treated you.
Bill Bertowitz | Truthout | July 1, 2015
Never known for being particularly gracious losers, Christian Right leaders and organizations issued statements that didn’t mask their frustration and outrage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended marriage equality rights to gays and lesbians. Behold some of the headlines:
* “Rogue Court Rejects Rule of Law: American Family Association Says SCOTUS Decision Abandons Rule of Law, Imperils Religious Liberty” — American Family Association.
* “Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted” — Family Research Council
* “SCOTUS Marriage Decision Opposes Biblical Truth and Religious Liberties; America Will Suffer Consequences” — Dr. Alex McFarland. v
Jorge Rivas | Fusion | July 1, 2015
Jennicet Gutiérrez says her heart was racing when she interrupted President Obama as he delivered a speech at a White House LGBT reception on Wednesday.
Gutiérrez delayed the president’s speech for two minutes, demanding that he end the practice of detaining LGBT immigrants in immigration detention centers.
“President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention,” Gutiérrez told the president.
Initially, the crowd seemed confused and perhaps a bit shocked. Dozens of phones had been raised in the air to photograph Obama. The moment Gutiérrez started speaking, the phones came down. “Shame on you,” Obama said while he pointed at Gutiérrez, who said she was an undocumented trans woman. “You’re in my house.”
Gene Robinson, former first openly gay Episcopal bishop
Brady McCombs, Rachel Zoll | Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | July 1, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings.
Still, the church hadn’t changed its own laws on marriage.
The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination’s national assembly.