Dusty Smith of the Ashburn Patch has a nice article up about reaction to the coming out of Wizards center Jason Collins. He interviewed the co-founders of Equality Loudoun for a local perspective.
Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has won much praise for his decision to publicly acknowledge that he’s gay, including from President Barack Obama and Equality Loudoun, a local LGBT advocacy group.
“I was very impressed with Jason Collins’ story in SI, really thoughtful and articulate,” said David Weintraub, a spokesman for Equality Loudoun. “I always think primarily about what these things mean for young people who feel they need to hide who they are, and who aren’t sure they can have a future as that person. This is an enormously significant message for those kids.” Weintraub said he particularly liked a line from the story, written by Collins with Franz Lidz, in which Collins wrote, “I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”
“That’s exactly how it is, and that simply expressed truth will resonate powerfully,” Weintraub said. “It’s ultimately a waste of time to tell ourselves that the sky is red, and no one should have to waste that time.”
Click to download this flyer (.pdf)
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling has always been a great friend to Equality Loudoun and the LGBT community. We are pleased be co-sponsoring this event with them, along with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, St. James United Church of Christ, and Loudoun Out Loud.
The concert will benefit the outreach work of People of Faith for Equality in Northern Virginia, a subset of the People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV). POFEV is an interfaith collaboration that seeks equal rights for all citizens through prayer, education, organization, and advocacy while challenging those who equate religious faith and intolerance.
It’s unfortunate that there are people who do equate those things (!), but it’s clear to most that it’s all over but the shouting. So let the bitter folk shout and whine while the rest of us sing. Hope to see you there!
Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can “produce unplanned and unintended offspring,” opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court.
By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, “substantial advance planning is required,” said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans.
In their opening briefs, this was the reasoning offered by both Clement in defense of Section 3 of the “Defense of Marriage” Act and Charles Cooper in defense of Prop 8: Because opposite sex couples are burdened with the “unique social difficulty” of frequently producing children by accident, and same sex couples “don’t present a threat of irresponsible procreation,” same sex couples and their children should be excluded from the security and benefits of marriage. This is what anti-equality American taxpayers are getting for $3 million in public funds?
Update: An inquiry from Public Citizen explains Mr. Farris’ quick retraction of his threat.
Supervisor Ken Reid’s widely reported remarks in which he called members of a local atheist group and others “terrorists” has reignited contention over the use of the courthouse grounds just in time for the joyous season. Happy holidays!
As it happens, the “preeminent constitutional lawyer” advising the committee tasked with designing the county-sponsored religious display now on the grounds is none other than founder and chancellor of Patrick Henry College, Mike Farris. The chairman of that committee boasted of having had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Mr. Farris, and assured everyone involved that what they had planned was legally defensible.
Over the weekend, Mike Farris issued a threat to QueerPHC, the LGBT student/alumni group at Patrick Henry College we introduced readers to here. In a comment posted to QueerPHC’s Facebook page, Farris claims that the group is in violation of PHC’s “copyright,” and demands that they take down the page “at once.”
Voters watch election returns in Washington
It feels weird to be standing in line with people who are going to vote up or down on my humanity, my civil rights.
That’s the sentiment I heard from friends in Maryland and Maine, states where The People got to approve or disapprove equal marriage rights for all couples. That shouldn’t have happened. No one’s basic civil rights should be subject to popular vote. But that’s how things played out, and now those who oppose marriage equality have played their final card:
Courts finding a fundamental constitutional right to marry the person of your choice? Judicial activism! Usurping the role of the legislature! Elected representatives enacting marriage equality legislation? They can’t decide that! Let the people vote!
I will confess, I never even entertained the thought that we would go four for four on the states with measures on the ballot to decide our status as citizens in this country. I expected to win Maine and possibly Washington, and was guardedly hopeful about Maryland, but expected Minnesota (the only one of the four with a negative constitutional amendment rather than a positive measure enacting equal marriage), to be another for the defeat column.
But we won all four. By popular vote. The “but the will of The People..” argument from the anti-gay right was ended Tuesday night.