North Carolina arrests people who are displeased with the gay marriage ban
You may recall last week that North Carolina cemented its place as one of the more backwards states by banning same-sex marriage. Not surprisingly, a few same-sex couples in Winston-Salem, N.C. went to the city’s Registry of Deeds to protest the ban because it’s stupid and unconstitutional. They all applied for marriage licenses and were all denied. One woman refused to leave until her application was recognized… and since she and her friend (not her partner, a straight friend there to show her support) stayed until 30 minutes after the Registry of Deeds closed, they were arrested. Seriously? You deny people their right to marry their partners and then you arrest them if they peacefully protest the stupid ban? Really?!
It’s like our pal Reluctant Daddy Tod Abrams says, “Each and every one of us should have the right to be as miserably unhappy as our parents.” Read more...
We asked some of our favourite LGBTQ parents what they thought about Obama’s statement
Dana Rudolph, a.k.a. Mombian
President Obama, by stating that he supports my family’s right to equality, has given me hope that my son may grow up in a country where he is not disadvantaged because of anti-gay laws and attitudes. We’re still a long way from that–no laws have changed since he spoke–but I am optimistic that the President has set an example for others to follow. I am also delighted that he mentioned the positive influence of his daughters, who have friends with same-sex parents, and who accept them and their families as inherently equal. I believe many young people feel as they do, and that bodes well for the future.
Billy Hossack, Toronto dad Read more...
What the cool parents are reading today:
1. U.S. President Obama came out in favour of marriage equality yesterday saying that same-sex couples have the right to get married. So what does this mean for Americans on the right side of the political spectrum? Is it going to “rile up the right”? Yeah, probably.
2. The American celebrities are proud of their president! Ellen DeGeneres said, “There have been moments in history when someone has the courage to stand up for what they believe in, and that one action changes everything.” Neil Patrick Harris said, “Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.” and our pal Jane Lynch tugs on the heartstrings with, “Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!” We love you Jane! Your family is beautiful!! Read more...
What we’re reading today:
1. Alicia Silverstone knows that many of us don’t agree with her mama bird-baby bird feeding technique and she doesn’t care. “People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years. It’s a weaning process,” Silverstone told the audience at a Clueless Q&A. Firstly, there was a Cluessless Q&A with Silverstone and director Amy Heckerling?! Secondly, yeah, there are weirder things.
2. It doesn’t make any sense that same-sex partners would have been denied insurance benefits, but thankfully, a judge has ruled that to deny those benefits would be discrimination.
3. Yet another controversial book from France! Feminist author Elisabeth Badinter says that modern progressive parenting is anti-feminist. One of her gripes: breastfeeding. “Advocating on-demand breast-feeding for as long as the child wants it effectively deprives a mother of her time,” she writes in The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women. Read more...
Queer as Moms
Meri Perra blogs about the challenges she and her partner face in trying to raise their girls with feminist values
It could be my twisted sense of humour, but sometimes the news is just, funny. Here is my round-up of queerly-themed parenting stories that I found both newsworthy and laugh-worthy this week.
1. Turns out, same sex marriages aren’t a threat to the whole institution after all
According to a website run by journalism graduate students at Northwestern University’s Medill school, gay marriages don’t ruin straight ones. Hear this out. It’s almost as though we help straight marriages. States that allow same sex marriages have the lowest divorce rates in the U.S, and same-sex couples divorce at slightly lower rates than straight folks. Read more...
What we’re reading today:
1. A new study shows that 6-month-old babies can understand words. Better be sure that baby’s not a secret agent before you go spilling secrets in your house.
2. Woo! New Jersey’s State Senate passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. There is a risk of a veto from Gov. Chris Christie though, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that someone talks some sense into Christie. So congrats to all those gay and lesbian parents in New Jersey whose kids are bugging them to get married! Soon!!
3. Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says that working moms find working outside the home to be professionally and socially gratifying. This is because it’s been “radical feminism’s misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect.’’ Wonder if Robyn has a response to Mr. Santorum… Read more...
Judges’ panel find that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians
Today an appeals court ruled 2-1 that a previous judge’s interpretation of Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriages, as unconstitutional, was correct. According to the Associated Press, backers of the same-sex marriage ban, the haters, will likely appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted,” the ruling states.
So, the good guys haven’t won the battle just yet. No same-sex marriages can take place in California until the haters miss their deadline to appeal. Fingers crossed that they just get some sense and let it go. But that’s not terribly likely. Say the haters, Read more...