1. Minnesota Marriage Equality Legislation
Star Tribune reporter Baird Helgeson wrote about the marriage equality battle looming in the state legislature:
This new fight puts Minnesota squarely in the cross hairs of a swiftly changing national debate over the rights of gay Americans. Earlier this week, the National Organization for Marriage pledged $500,000 to defeat any Minnesota Republican legislator who votes to legalize same-sex marriage. But on Wednesday, in preparation for when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on same-sex marriage late next month, 200 of the largest corporations in the country publicly signaled their support for such unions. So have a number of nationally prominent Republicans.
After Minnesota’s November defeat of the GOP-led constitutional ban and the ouster of Republicans from legislative leadership, advocates now believe they have their best shot at overturning the state’s statutory ban. Minnesota would then join the nine states where same-sex marriage is legal.
2. Colorado Civil Unions Bill Advances
The Colorado Civil Unions bill advanced in the state House Judiciary Committee by an 8-3 vote. The legislation is headed to the House Finance and Appropriations committees, and it is expected that the final bill will reach the floor of the House during the week of March 11, 2013.
The Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels described the emotional journey that a Republican state legislator went on before she decided to support the bill.
A Republican lawmaker from one of Colorado's most conservative counties voted Thursday to support civil unions, the latest signal that attitudes toward gays have changed drastically in recent years.
Rep. Carole Murray of Castle Rock said some might be surprised that a politician with a voting record that she said has been described as "to the right of Attila the Hun" would support such a measure.
"There's not a gun that I don't love, but I believe our party is the party of independent thinkers, and I'm one of them," she said.
Murray joined with the seven Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to pass Senate Bill 11, which gives gay couples many but not all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
3. Blue Chip Corporations File Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality in Proposition 8 Case
Dozens of US Corporations agree that it’s a business imperative to support marriage equality. Blue chip technology companies like Apple, Amazon, Intel, Google, Microsoft and eBay, have signed an amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case. Oral arguments will take place at the end of this month.
Roger Parloff of Forbes magazine writes:
According to a draft copy obtained by Fortune, the companies argue that such laws "send an unmistakeable signal that same-sex couples are in some way inferior to opposite-sex couples, a proposition that is anathema to amici's commitment to equality and fair treatment to all."
"By singling out a group for less favorable treatment, Proposition 8 impedes businesses from achieving the market's ideal of efficient operations -- particularly in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talented people who are in the best position to operate at their highest capacity. Amici are competing domestically and internationally with companies inside and outside the United States in places where all couples, regardless of whether they are of the same sex, are afforded equal access to marriage."
4. Perez Hilton Is A Dad!
I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy - with lots of hair on his tiny head!
My family is overjoyed at this newest and most cherished addition.
Thank YOU for welcoming PerezHilton.com into your homes, offices, classrooms, cell phones and wherever else you may read my five websites.
And thank you for welcoming ME into your lives!
I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his.
5. The Hundred Moms Complain About A Talking Pig
There’s an anti-gay organization that’s been in the news over the past year for taking silly and comical homophobic positions over the past year. I’ve covered many of the hate groups out there, because they targeted me with death threats and their anti-gay public relations campaigns. I haven’t written about this group because they’re small and especially ineffective - but this is too funny not to share.
The group that call themselves one million Moms but have no evidence that they even consist of 100 Moms, and called for a boycott of JC Penney last year, because they employed Ellen Degeneres as a celebrity spokesperson, is in the news again.
Their latest campaign? They’ve accused the insurance company Geico of promoting bestiality by airing their television commercial with Maxwell, the talking pig. Bestiality. Right.
And I’m Tinkerbell.
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