1. Minutes after the marriage equality bill passed in the House - Governor Lincoln Chafee made it official at 6:50 pm eastern daylight time, on the south steps of the state House, in Providence, Rhode Island, when he signed the historic legislation legalizing gay marriage.
Hundreds of people looked on and cheered, and the law will take effect on August 1, 2013. Governor Chafee said:
I want to say a few words to our many, many LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors all across Rhode Island. I know that you have been waiting for this day to come. I know that you have loved ones who dreamed this would happen, but did not live to see it. But I am proud to say that now, at long last, you are free to marry the person you love.
Congratulations Rhode Island!
2. Gay New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni wrote a good column entitled “Basketball’s Gay Paragon” about Jason Collins ‘coming out.’ He relates that three short sentences’ impacted and stayed with him after reading the Sports Illustrated piece, and discusses the importance of the news, and society’s reaction. Frank writes:
I’m a 34-year-old N.B.A. center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
The gay part will now define him, in the public eye, more than any other. It will be the prompt for the loudest cheers he basks in and the nastiest jeers he sloughs off.
But in the opening paragraph, it comes after his age and occupation and race, getting no more space, in that one passage and for that brief moment, than other aspects of his identity. It’s a detail among many, but not the defining one.
That’s the integrated way that things should be, the unremarkable way a person’s sexual orientation ought to be lived and perceived. And that’s precisely what Collins and his fellow trailblazers are trying to move us toward: not a constant discussion of the rightful place and treatment of L.G.B.T. people in America, but an America in which the discussion is no longer necessary. He’s letting us focus on his gayness precisely so we can focus less on others’ down the road.It’s worth reading - click the link above to check it out.
3. In “Edith Windsor Takes Back What She Said About Topless Gay Activists,” New York Times reporter Andrew Goldman interviews Edith Windsor, 83, the trailblazing plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States gay marriage case.
He asks her what she thought about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Bill Clinton, flamboyant gay men, and reparative therapy.
Andrew Goldman: Rob Portman, a Republican senator, was recently criticized for changing his view on gay marriage solely because he learned that his son was gay.
Edith Windsor: That’s how everybody who’s not gay decides to support gay marriage. They discover that somebody they know and love is gay, and they say, “Oh, Jesus, I had no idea.” Dick Cheney, same thing.Edith has an opinion, and I like that. If she wins the Supreme Court case, she also reveals how she’ll celebrate. Right on Edith! The interview is linked above.
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