Day: June 30, 2013
With the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon will move “as soon as possible” to make all the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, the nation’s top defense official announced Wednesday.
It amazes me how people are turning the death of the Defense of Marriage Act into a religious debate (6-27, A1, “Closer to equal”). I am not asking for you or your God’s approval, forgiveness or acceptance. I don’t want or need you or your God’s tolerance.
I’m not asking you to advocate for me to go to heaven. I can advocate for myself.
I work every day. I pay taxes. I support charity. Im a good neighbor. I just want the same rights you have as a human being. Rights given to you by other human beings. Just give me what you got.
SAN FRANCISCO — The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday, about an hour after an appeals court cleared the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.
State Attorney General Kamala Harris presided at the wedding of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, of Berkeley. The couple sued to overturn the state’s voter-approved gay marriage ban along with Jeff Katami and Paul Zarrillo, of Burbank, who planned to marry Friday evening at Los Angeles City Hall.
“They have waited and fought for this moment,” Harris said. “Today their wait is finally over.”
Harris declared Perry, 48, and Stier, 50, “spouse and spouse,” but during their vows, they took each other as “lawfully wedded wife.”
Known globally as the “The Human Rights Church,” Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) convenes in Chicago, July 1-5, to mark 45 years of marriages and human rights for LGBT people and to support MCC’s ministries in 40 countries. Their 25th General Conference is at the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel—200 North Columbus.
Celebration of the historic US Supreme Court decisions is on the docket, but MCC leaders are committed to lifting up ongoing persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the US and in the more than 70 countries where being gay is illegal and sometimes punishable by execution.
On Wednesday, at 1 p.m. (Central), Bishop Christopher Senyonjo – ardent opponent of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill – and US Ambassador Dan Baer will join top MCC leaders in a press conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the worst arson attack against LGBT people in US history. Thirty-two people – almost all MCC members – died, but it was ignored for decades. Through recent documentary, theatre and television productions, this fire is becoming a milestone in the history of violence against LGBT people. If you cannot join in person, please call in: (605) 477-3000, Access Code: 774241#
MCC has been a driving force for decades to provide an alternative to shame-based churches. Nearly two thousand members and supporters from the USA and around the world will build on the 45 years of MCC ministries under the 2013 banner, “Believe!”
Keynote speakers and workshop leaders include:
MCC was the first to marry same-gender couples in 1968, first to legally wed a Colorado couple in 1993, and provided key leadership for marriage equality in Canada. MCC has been in the White House and on the steps of courthouses for over four decades. MCC leaders are still risking their lives in Eastern Europe where they have been attacked and arrested at pride events. They are on the ground in Uganda, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, South Africa, etc. living out the future of equality before God and the law.
MCC’s human rights and justice work addresses the rights of women, people of color, sexual minorities and other groups facing challenges. MCC members and leaders work to empower and effect change by building bridges that liberate and promote sacred respect for all people. Calls to action and global dignitaries will drive the agenda for this policy-setting meeting, which now happens once every three years.
“Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history…. Just as Jesus did, we are called to: Do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8) – From MCC’s Statement of Vision.
For more information about the MCC and their affiliates, please visit www.mccchurch.org.
Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.
“The liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause contains within it the prohibition against denying to any person the equal protection of the laws. While the Fifth Amendment itself withdraws from Government the power to degrade or demean in the way this law does, the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment makes that Fifth Amendment right all the more specific and all the better understood and preserved.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy