Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gay Marriage in the United States at a glance.

as of 3/2/2012
Maryland allows same sex marriage.

"Forty-nine percent favor allowing gay nuptials, and 47 percent oppose it. O'Malley is expected to introduce a bill legalizing gay marriage next week. Should it pass in the General Assembly, most believe it will be petitioned to referendum and put to the voters on the November ballot."

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder refuses to discuss LGBT issues: “The Governor represents and works on behalf of all Michigan residents and he’s ignoring a significant portion of the population,” said Michael Gregor, communications director for Equality Michigan. “He is accountable to LGBT voters, who have a stake in Michigan’s success but are also deeply concerned about how the government treats their families. Ignoring the media that represents particular groups of constituents is an irresponsible way to govern.”

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The most dangerous man in America: Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum's wife is now voicing her hatred. When asked a question by a mother of a gay son: she wanted to know how she should support Mr. Santorum after her son was hearing that Mr. Santorum hates gays from his friends, etc., Mrs. Santorum said that these comments about her husband were just "backyard bullying" perpetrated by "the gay activists". This a typical redirectional approach, blame it on someone else.
Mr. Santorum's beliefs are a threat to every man, woman and child, every gender identity and sexual preference.

Mr. Santorum's own hate speech regarding LGBTQ is well documented. He doesn't believe that gays should marry, because marriage is between one man and one woman and he says that marriage has been around forever. Being a Catholic he should know that: "Historically speaking, it was not until the 12th century that marriage took its place among the other ritual actions which we now name the seven sacraments. Throughout the Middle Ages there was no singular wedding rite for Christians. The Catholic wedding ceremony that you might witness today dates in large part from about the 16th century."

Exerpts:US News
"Rick Santorum is but the most extreme expression of the Republicans' inexorable march to the fringe on women's healthcare and reproductive rights."

"It's not enough to oppose abortion, even to protect the life of the mother or for survivors of rape or incest. Rick Santorum and all his fellow supporters of "life begins at conception" even oppose the most commonly used forms of birth control. This includes the top choice, the pill, since birth control can work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Santorum opposes contraception in general, telling the blog in October, "It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

"Santorum also opposes the predecessor to Roe v. Wade, Griswold v. Connecticut, which established a constitutional right to privacy in 1965. Griswold negated a Connecticut state law banning the use of contraception by married couples. The day before the Iowa caucuses, Santorum told ABC's Jake Tapper, "It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have."

"Perhaps realizing this could be a problem, Santorum has already contradicted himself, telling CNN's John King on January 4 that he would not have supported the Connecticut anticontraception law because, "The government doesn't have a role to play in everything that, you know, that either people of faith or no faith think are wrong or immoral." This will undoubtedly come as news to the gay community and anyone who served in the Senate with Rick Santorum."