“The thing about history books is that they often do not show all of the detailed setbacks and gains in a historical movement. You do not see the conversations Gandhi, or Harvey Milk, or Martin Luther King Jr. had over coffee the morning after a defeat. And yet history is altered by those who rise all of those mornings, take stock of the fight for equality, restrategize, and then keep moving towards justice. There are the nights and the mornings where we win, which the books and camera crews will document. And then there are the many nights and mornings where we just keep going, keep working, and keep engaging the larger public on why equality must be had now.”—
We Do This. We Do That.: The Zigzagged Arc of History
“You could move.”—Abigail Van Buren, “Dear Abby,” in response to a reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood. (via tsherr)
Fuse | Support equal protection under the law [Link]fusewashington.org
Pledge to Decline to Sign Referendum 71 today. It’s up to the rest of us to ensure opponents of Domestic Partnerships do not take Washington State two steps back on this critical civil rights issue.
Lawmakers took a huge step forward in protecting Washington families when they voted overwhelmingly to expand Washington’s domestic partnership law and gave registered partners all of the same rights as married couples under State law. Referendum 71 was filed to repeal the Domestic Partnership Expansion Law of 2009. If referendum backers are able to collect 120,000 signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, registered domestic partners could lose 250 legal protections in the November election.
My meeting this afternoon very closely mimicked this scene from The Office:
Angela:Phyllis, I need you to pick up green streamers at lunch.
Phyllis:I thought you said green was whorish.
Angela:No, orange is whorish.
Karen:Uh, so I had a couple of ideas to make the Stamford people feel more at home. Each year we have a Christmas raffle ... [Phyllis and Pam nod their heads in agreement].
Angela:It would never work here.
Karen:Ok ... um, another idea was karaoke ...
Karen:A Christmas drinking game ...
Angela:God help you.
Angela:These are all terrible ideas and none of them are on the theme of "A Nutcracker Christmas." I think you should leave.
Angela:You tried this out, and it's clearly not for you. It's time to go. Come on. [Angela gets up from seat] Please. [Karen gets up and leaves] Thank you. OK, thank you very much. [Angela closes door]
“Before, they said that gay marriage would cause bad weather metaphors. Now they’re saying that we can’t have gay marriage because it would confuse the kids. But you know what else confuses kids? Everything: Time zones. Books without pictures. Cargo pants. Certain hair colors. Jello molds. The magic trick with the quarter behind the ear. Mirrors. Mentadent toothpaste dispensers. Everything confuses kids, because they’re kids. So “Will it confuse kids?” is probably not the best litmus test for, well, anything besides toys and Spongebob plotlines (and even then, there’s a lot of leeway).”—Amelie Gillette, This Is Your Kid On Gay Marriage | TV | A.V. Club (via charlieolvera)
LEGO announces Frank Lloyd Wright setsprairiemod.com
Man, i’d love to have the Fallingwater one.
It was only a matter of time. As I’d said in a previous post, $20 is a lot to ask for some of the sets they’re selling, GAHHHH.
So excited for the lego store @ Easton.
EEEEEEEEEK! I love Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright. I think they should have a coffee shop where you can drink coffee and create Lego masterpieces. Someone, please steal this idea and open one in Seattle.
Pentagon: No Plans To Repeal "Don't Ask" [Link]cbsnews.com
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell today said there are no plans to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay troops from serving in the military.
President Obama vowed to repeal the controversial 1993 policy during the campaign, but according to Morrell, there have not been serious discussions between the White House and the military about doing so.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are “aware of where the president wants to go on this issue, but I don’t think that there is any sense of any immediate developments in the offing on efforts to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” Morrell said.
Morrell indicated that the White House has not formally sent a request to Congress to abandon the policy. He said there have only been “initial conversations in their early stages” about the situation.
See something, say something. Let President Obama know some things are not negotiable. As a country, we can do better than this.
“A rape kit is not a medical procedure; it’s a method of forensic evidence collection. They may be performed in hospitals, but there is no reason a victim’s health insurance company (if she has insurance!) should have to pay for a rape kit exam. Hospitals should not be footing the bill, either. Outrageously, the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund had $66,572,261 left over in 2008. Millions of dollars are left unspent whilst rape victims fend for themselves.
Being charged for one’s own rape kit amounts to a rape tax, and in too many cases, police department inaction resembles obstruction of justice.”—
The Pursuit of Harpyness, discussing billing rape victims for rape kits (via robot-heart)
Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Pushes Same-Sex Marriage in New York [Link]nytimes.com
ALBANY — Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell wants desperately to persuade his colleagues to legalize gay marriage. Here is how he has pursued Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball’s vote:
Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who has been at the center of efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, has used force and humor in trying to persuade colleagues to back the bill.
Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
Daniel O’Donnell, Rosie’s brother, is one of four openly gay members of the State Legislature.
He stopped Mr. Ball’s parents while they were visiting the Capitol, and asked them to urge their son to back the measure. He cornered Mr. Ball in a statehouse elevator, and taunted him: vote for same-sex marriage, or you won’t get invited to my engagement party.
Mr. O’Donnell has even told Mr. Ball, a square-jawed former Air Force captain, that he was “the best looking guy in the Assembly, and he owed it to the gays to vote yes.”
“Did I think that overt flirtation was going to get Greg Ball to vote yes?” Mr. O’Donnell recalled. “Didn’t know. But I was going to try.”
As a transplant, my friend Matt notices things locals don’t. He once mentioned that making fun of suburbs is a uniquely Seattleite pastime. At the time he was talking about some ridiculous hypothetical restaurant that would serve spaghetti and cool whip or something equally disgusting. My response: “Where is this place going to be? Fife?” Everyone laughs. And then Matt says, “why Fife?” As in: Why not Federal Way or Auburn or Lynnwood? “I don’t know,” I say, “It’s just Fife’s week”. Later that week I was still thinking about it. “Fife. What is funny about Fife?” I have absolutely no idea so I asked around. All the Seattle metro area locals think Fife makes a hilarious punch line. All the way out to Issaquah, folks are chuckling about Fife but no one can tell me why.
Today I saw a man running downtown with a t-shirt that said Kent Washington. I am going to assume it was a Walgreens purchase because it had that sort of simple, “fill in obscure city name here” look to it. I laughed to myself like Kent was an inside joke and a friend had paid this guy fifty bucks to run past me wearing this absurd shirt. I wonder if Matt has lived here long enough that he might have laughed as well.
DISCLAIMER: TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE IS NOTHING ACTUALLY WRONG WITH OR FUNNY ABOUT FIFE, KENT, AUBURN, FEDERAL WAY OR LYNNWWOD . THEIR ONLY DOCUMENTED CRIME IS A REPUTATION FOR GENERAL UNHIPNESS, THE CONSUMPTION OF VERY CHEAP BEER AND THE POSSIBLY UNFOUNDED RUMOR THAT EVERYONE KEEPS THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS UP ALL YEAR.
“You know, David and I have been together a long time. I can still remember…I tear up a little bit when I think back to that day when I called Ax so many years ago and said, ‘You and I can do wonderful things together,’ and he said to me the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: ‘Let’s go to Iowa and make it official.”—President Obama, White House Correspondents’ Dinner (via apsies)
“Our families are not in trouble because of quote “the gays”. Our families are in trouble because we cannot afford to spend time together. Our families are in trouble because we cannot afford their health care…I’m not sure, how I’m going to be able to afford, if this bill passes…to buy all the wedding gifts that I’m going to have to buy…my wedding gift to everyone is my vote today.”—Maine Legislator (Representative Russell from Portland) supporting her vote for gay marriage (via notthatkindagay)
Yesterday, I closed on a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house in Columbia City. It’s walkable to Seattle’s new light rail, a farmer’ market, a library, a movie theater and a quite a few restaurants. It’s stumbling distance from a couple of great bars.
Saturday will be the the big move so next week is blocked off for napping and wine drinking. After that, the roommate search!
This house will be coming to a craigslist ad near you!
I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage. This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of church and state.
It guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government.
Maine Governor John Baldacci on signing the Equal Marriage Bill. Baldacci is the first governor to sign such a bill. (via theprincessofmaine)
This is mostly everything I have to say on the issue.
Rebecca:Okay, I never really had brothers and sisters so I don't know how big families work, um, maybe this is the normal thing to do you know, just do things in a clump, like you all get together, solve problems.
Kevin:No, no, we tend to make things worse and then blame each other.
Congresswoman Foxx you are the only hoax here. One of Matthew Shepard‘s killers admitted under oath that he knew he was gay, that they lured him from a bar by pretending to be gay themselves. Then they robbed him, pistol-whipped him, fractured his skull, tortured him with sharp implements and they tied him to a fence post in rural Wyoming. He was not found for 18 hours.
There is no excuse for Congresswoman Foxx‘s remarks. She is, at best, callous, insensitive, criminally misinformed. At worst, she is a bold-faced liar. And if there is a spark of a human being in there somewhere, she should either immediately retract and apologize for her stupid and hurtful words, or she should resign her seat in the House.
She is not worthy to represent this country nor any of its parties nor any of its peoples. She is our shame. And adding to our shame, she said all that as Matthew Shepard‘s mother sat in the House gallery. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, fifth district of North Carolina, today‘s worst person in the world.
”—Keith Olbermann, responding to Congresswoman Foxx claims that the Matthew Shepard hate crime was a hoax.
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”—