Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hawaii Civil Unions

So many good things going on today! One of the biggest DOMA, and then Hawaii! I am so pleased to announce Hawaii has taken a step towards marriage equality. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law a civil unions bill!  This new law is comparable to an everything but marriage law. It affords all of the legal rights and obligaitons of marriage to couples entering into a civil union.

This is great news, It is not marriage but it is a step in that direction! Lets keep in mind this law does not take effect until January 1, 2012. It is likely the bigots will come out in force to repeal this law in any way possible, so we have to be ready. If or someone you know lives in the great state of Hawaii please take the time to thank the leadership!

Its a good day to be gay!

BIG news on DOMA!

 DOMA (Defense of marriage act) is a discriminatory act passed in the nineties to "protect" traditional marriage. The act created a permanent ban on the recognition of same sex couples in federal benefits and laws. There are about 1000 rights and benefits currently denied under this awful law! It also states no state need recognize other states same sex marriages.

Legally married same sex couples recently challenged the law in Massachusetts.  These couples where legally denied the rights and benefits of the federal government for no reason other then they where gay, in love, married, and the same sex! Thanks to the good folks at Gay Lesbian Advocates and Defenders they had their day in court and won!

We always expect an appeal  and that is exactly what we are seeing in this case. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the possession of the president today!

Today President Obama decided today to finally NOT defend DOMA in court any longer!  It was repulsive the last time the Department of Justice defended this law. Thank you Mr. President, now all we need to do is get you to support same sex marriage.

Time Away

Just wanted to write a quick note to all of my blog followers. Just wanted to let everyone know I am back. I have had a lot going on in my life and I am sorry to have gone away for so long. So much has taken place in my absence! After today however I am not going anywhere!