"Society’s attitude plays a pivotal role in discouraging people from considering adoption. The idea that gay parents are second best must be challenged. To suggest that a same sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple is at once absurd and unsubstantiated. To continue to discourage potential adopters simply because of their sexual orientation is severely diminishing the chances of securing loving, stable homes for the children who are waiting. This debate needs to be urgently raised and myths surrounding how sexuality, race, marital status and gender can affect your parenting dispelled."
”“Lover” tells a story very rarely told: of the loss endured by partners of gay servicemembers who are killed in battle.
The video features Goss as the bereaved partner of an army soldier (DC actor Ben Horen) killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Among those playing medics who come to the aid of the wounded soldier are several former servicemembers who were discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy: Mike Almy, David Hall, and Danny Hernandez, all of whom are active members of SLDN. Keith Bryant stars as a fellow soldier.”
The American Bar Association on Tuesday unequivocally backed civil marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
In a resolution adopted less than one week after a federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, the group acknowledges that same-sex couples “are only seeking to participate in an equal basis in a foundational institution of our civil life,” former ABA president Tommy Wells told the organization’s house of delegates. “They simply want to share in the legal blessings that we give to married couples. It can only strengthen marriage.”
Text of the ABA resolution is as follows:
“RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry.”
But it is incredibly hurtful and flippant, especially when used against straight ALLIES. You may think it’s funny/silly, but it’s not. It has increasing negative connotations, and stigmatizes people who support the queer community. In fact, they don’t just support it, they are part of it. Our straight allies are part of our queer family.
The derogatory term “breeder” perpetuated the idea that only straight people can have, and want children. This is not true. This has NEVER been true. Same-sex couples have been raising children for all of time, as have same-sex animal pairs. This is damaging, especially when we have fought, and are still fighting so hard for parenting and adoption rights, and the fighting of the dangerous rhetoric that queer persons can’t be parents because they a) don’t want to, b) will damage children emotionally, c) abuse children.
Don’t alienate those straight allies who have children by calling them “breeders”. They are human beings, who give you respect, and deserve to be shown it.
- A service member can still be fired if outed by his or her parents; - A service member can still be fired for revealing his or her sexual orientation while making a statement to the police that would prevent or help solve a crime; - A service member’s middle school teacher can still out the service member 10 years after he came out to her in social studies class; - A service member can still be discharged if he reports that someone has threatened to kill him for being gay; - A service member can still be fired for hugging someone of the same sex; - A service member can still be fired for getting married; and - A service member can still be fired for saying she would like to return from Iraq to care for her dying girlfriend.
Read the whole article and get active or DADT WILL stay for the forseeable future.