Posts Tagged ‘Gay Rights’

QUOTING: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/11/aclu_suing_pentagon_over_separ.html

IIA (me): The ACLU is going to sue the pentagon over members of the US military getting discharged and much less pay than their heterosexual counterparts that are discharged for various other reasons (most of which are probably crazier than bangin your same-sex partner.)

The ACLU is representing former Air Force Staff Sergeant Richard Collins. who only wants to be paid what other members are being paid that are discharged for these other various reasons.

What the fuck is going on here?

NOT ONLY ARE GAY MEN/WOMEN DISCHARGED, but then the US DOESN’T EVEN PAY THEM ADEQUATELY? Apparently, this has been going on since the early 90’s when ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was first introduced… and it seems that Obama’s administration can actually do something about it without going through congress… check this out:

“The Obama administration has repeatedly said the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ statute is wrong, but that it needs to work with Congress to repeal the law,” said Joshua Block, an ACLU staff attorney. “But the separation pay issue is entirely within the administration’s control. The administration can at least take a preliminary step toward backing up its rhetoric with action by addressing this issue promptly and protecting gay and lesbian service members from needless additional discrimination.”

With all this hustle and bustle about even allowing gays to serve in the military, you think we would have been way beyond this by now, but no0o0o0o, we are still here… deciding on the fates of millions – their basic pay and liberties.  I know it’s sad to say, but in this country, this is unacceptable.

 

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San Francisco, California (CNN) — Both proponents and opponents agree that the legal battle surrounding same-sex marriage in California is far from over.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled the state’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. However, Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco granted a temporary stay, which stops his decision from taking immediate effect.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples,” Walker, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Ronald Reagan, wrote in his opinion.

Supporters of Proposition 8 argued, prior to Walker’s ruling, that same-sex marriages would be performed soon after his decision and could be complicated by rulings and appeals farther down the legal road.

via Both sides agree legal battle on same-sex marriage far from over – CNN.com.

IllegalInAmerica says:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Yesterday, I was able to attend the SF Prop 8 Reversal Rally at San Francisco City Hall.

Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I was not able to partake in the actual march that happened from Castro street to City Hall.  When I arrived at City Hall with my roommate Dominic, there was a medium-large size crowd standing outside of City Hall in celebration (please see my videos and pictures below).  Everyone there seemed so impressed and happy that something had finally gone our way.  I felt proud to live in this awesome city of San Francisco during these times.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples”  WOW!  What a statement.. something that I’ve been telling everyone and anyone who will listen.  This has nothing to do with any of the 7,000,000 plus people who feel that it is right to put their views on other people, WHEN WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR PROTECTION AND EQUALIZATION UNDER THE LAW, just like everyone else.  Well, I hope that this is an indication that we will not back down, not from this… don’t hate, GET RID OF PROP 8!  (Yes, I just came up with that one by myself!)

Peaceout Everyone, I enjoy reading your comments!

IllegalInAmerica


Good Ole

Target, practically everyone’s favorite discount retail store, is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. But along with precious bodies of water, Minnesota is home to some pretty rabid anti-gay politicians and groups. Among them include Tom Emmer. And Target, it seems, is apparently filling  his campaign coffers with nearly $150,000.

Follow the money. At least, that’s the message delivered by an article at sfist.com by Matt Baume, who tracks $150,000 from Target’s coffers, through a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward, all the way to Tom Emmer, who himself supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels around the state saying that it’s moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians.

For those into algebra, it looks a little like this: Target + Minnesota Forward + Tom Emmer = Support for a rather dangerous and radical political philosophy that diminishes LGBT people to pests that should be murdered. And Target is cool with this?

Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.

WOW!

What I find funny about this, is that I actually worked at Target for three years.  Also, I just went shopping last night at Target.

While I worked at Target, I realized that Target was a company that actually put money into the community.  Through my job, I was able to work with employees on volunteer projects, fundraise for local non-profits, and work with organizations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

NOW, as I read this information, it really opens my mind to the harsh reality that I was obliviously blinded because I worked there.  Now Now, I know what you’re saying: “But Target is a really good company!”  Well honey, not if they give their money to limit people rights and support some po-dunk red neck who runs around with a freaking band denouncing gays.  That is so 1990’s Target… at least put money into something that ‘matters’… like maybe your employees pockets : – )

I’ll most likely continue to shop at Target… but will be following their contributions a little more closely now.

D