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Supreme Court Legalizes Same Sex Marriage

June 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Today, the Supreme Court ruled that every state in the country is now required to license and recognize same-sex marriages. Marriage equality is now officially the law of the land.

The court was charged with the task of answering two questions: “Does the 14th Amendment require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and does that same amendment require a state to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere?”

They answered yes to both questions, granting same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Interestingly enough, the 14th Amendment, the one which this historic decision hinged upon, was originally adopted to ensure to come to the aid of another minority group in this country: African Americans.

As you may know, the 13, 14, and 15th Amendments are known as the Reconstruction Amendments, meant to ensure the former slaves would be granted the same rights and privileges of citizenship as Whites. And since marriage is the civil right of every American citizen, a person cannot be denied the right to marry based on a same-sex union. 

The way the media frames and spins things, you would think everyone in the Black community opposes same sex marriage. We’re not the only ones. There are people all over the world who struggle with the idea.  Still, I won’t pretend that Black folks, with some of our strong Christian backgrounds, haven’t been some of the loudest dissenters. Which is why I find it beautifully poetic that the very same amendment that was used to help us obtain the fullness of our freedom is being appropriately applied here to help those who simply want their love to be recognized and affirmed by their country’s government.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the majority 5-4 decision.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Beautifully stated.

Remember this day ladies and gentlemen, it’s a historic one for our country and for human rights.

Poll Reveals People Believe Businesses Should Deny Gay Couples For Religious Reasons

February 5th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From The Grio 

While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll.

That view of the same-sex marriage issue echoes that of the Mormon church. Last week, the church called on state legislatures to pass new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination but also to protect the rights of those who assert their religious beliefs.

David Kenney, a self-employed Catholic from Novi, Michigan, said he’s fine with same-sex marriage being legal. He’s among the 57 percent of Americans who said wedding-related businesses — such as florists — should be allowed to refuse service if they have an objection rooted in their religion.

“Why make an issue out of one florist when there are probably thousands of florists?” asked Kenney, 59. “The gay community wants people to understand their position, but at the same time, they don’t want to understand other people’s religious convictions. It’s a two-way street.”

Kenney isn’t alone. About a quarter of those who favor legal same-sex marriage also favor religious exemptions for those who issue marriage licenses, the poll finds, and a third say wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service.

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‘We’re Not Against That At All:’ Stacey Dash Says Republicans Support Gay Marriage

June 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Stacey Dash just loves talking politics. TMZ recently caught up with the “Clueless” star and she spoke on behalf of Republicans in regard to same-sex marriage. According to Stacey, Republicans are definitely in favor of gay marriage.

“We are for equal marriage,” the 47-year-old actress said. “We’re not against that. We’re not against that at all. We believe everyone should have the same rights.”

Stacey went on to say that she doesn’t get why folks believe that the GOP are against same-sex marriage in the first place.

“That’s just propaganda, that’s not true. That’s just a certain amount of people. You can’t just throw a blanket over everyone because certain people have one opinion.”

Though most naturally roll their eyes when Stacey opens her mouth to discuss politics, we’d have to agree with what she says about making generalizations about everyone in a particular party. However, at the same time, it’s important to note that the official stance of the Republican party on same-sex marriage is that they’re against it. Not to mention that the party’s national platform calls for a ban against it.

As you may recall, last month it was announced that the controversial star would be joining the FOX News team as a regular contributor.

“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” said Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming, in a statement. – See more at: “We’re pleased to have her join Fox News.”

This should be interesting.


Black Clergymen Threaten Illinois Lawmakers Who Are Poised to Legalize Gay Marriage

November 11th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Celebrating gay marriage in Illinois. via Getty Images

Celebrating gay marriage in Illinois. via Getty Images

Legalizing gay marriage seems to be picking up momentum in America — but not without a few bumps in the road. Illinois is on its way to being the 15th state to allow marriage equality with Gov. Pat Quinn saying he will sign into SB10 into law on November 20 at 3:30pm now that it has passed the state’s legislators. But African-American pastors in the state  just won’t let it happen without a fight, CBS Chicago reports.

Last Tuesday, the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly passed the bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 61-to-54 vote. An hour later, the state Senate followed suit with a 32-to-29 vote in favor of marriage equality. “Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” Gov. Quinn said.

According to the Washington Post, President Obama was pleased with Illinois’ push for same-sex marriage: “As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law,” he said in a statement. 

Black clergymembers, however, are threatening Illinois legislative leaders to put a stop to the passage of this law. And they aren’t too impressed with Obama’s statement.

“We love him,” said Bishop Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago. “We want him to be a great president. But on this issue we differ. It’s unfortunate that he is our hero, he is a hometown boy, but I think he needs to understand that when he speaks for this he’s not speaking for the majority of people.” Bishop Trotter, who has 10,000 members in his congregation, and Bishop Lance Davis of New Zion Covenant Church, who has 500 members, are promising that “there will be consequences for those lawmakers who support same sex marriage,” CBS Chicago notes.

“What we’re here to do is not only protect the sanctity of the Word of God, but to also tell our legislative leaders that they can’t take the role of God,” Davis said.

“I think that they will feel the crunch. I think that they cannot take for granted that they can come to the church; and get the church’s sanction, and votes, and signatures; and then go to Springfield, and don’t speak what the people want them to speak. And so now, if that’s how we have to be heard, we will be heard,” Trotter said.

Davis and Trotter, who are backed by 100 other African-American clergymen, noted that if the lawmakers do not carry out the wishes of the people, then re-election will be quite challenging for the supporters of gay marriage.

Should Gov. Quinn sign the bill, same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by June 1.

Quiet As It’s Kept, ‘Gay Is The New Black,’ State Experts In Documentary

June 12th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: 'The New Black' Documentary

Source: ‘The New Black’ Documentary


From BlackVoices 

While nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that legal recognition of gay marriage is inevitable and an increasing number of states are proving their belief to be true, a new documentary is telling a different story about support for same-sex marriage in the U.S.

Produced by award-winning filmmaker and journalist Yoruba Richen, “The New Black” takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community, the film’s website explains.

According to Richen, the documentary, a follow-up to previous works that includes “Promised Land” and “Take It From Me,” is fraught with politics and personal stories on both sides of the same-sex marriage campaign. And at the core of it, the black church’s homophobic tendencies, she says.

“The reality is that the African-American community and the black church is diverse and opinions on this issue have reflected that,” Richen told POLITICO. “There were some black public figures who took stances very early on in support of gay rights — look at Jesse Jackson’s rainbow coalition in the 80’s — while others spoke out against it. Also in terms of polling, African-American support (like other groups) has varied depending how you phrase the question and the religiosity of the respondents.”

In one such poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this month, 66 percent of African Americans said that they believe being gay is a choice, a lifestyle that gay men and women decide to lead.

The poll also revealed that fewer Americans would be upset if their son or daughter were gay or lesbian, and that more people favor gay and lesbian couples raising children, findings that Pew attributes to the fact that most Americans now say that they know someone who is gay or lesbian. As Pew noted, “even holding demographic factors constant, those who have many gay acquaintances, or close gay friends and family members, are more likely to favor same-sex marriage than those who do not.”

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When You See Love, You Know It: The Story Of Gail and Audrey

March 27th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Hopefully, when you see love, you’re able to recognize it quickly. And there’s nothing but love that emanates from Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz. The couple who appear to be opposites clearly compliment each other upon further observation. They finish each others’ sentences and profess the devotion they have for each other and laugh at the way the met, even though they’ve been together for nearly 14 years.

Marquis and Smaltz were one of the few same-sex couples who were able to solidify the commitment they have for each other by marrying in a quaint ceremony in Central Park. Be sure to peep Audrey, the former model’s, sunglasses during her wedding ceremony. The woman is still fabulous at all of 76 years old. Gail Marquis, a former Olympic ball player is 58 years old.

Audrey Smaltz, who had never dated a woman and had been married for 14 1/2 years before she met Gail, sat down with FreedomToMarry to talk about their love.

Check out this adorable video of these wives and let us know what was your favorite moment from their precious story.

‘If You Like It, You Should Be Able To Put A Ring On It:’ Beyoncé Shows Support Of Gay Marriage

March 27th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Last night Beyoncé Knowles-Carter voiced her stance on the gay marriage debate when she posted a photograph of one of her infamous handwritten notes to her Instagram page. The note read:

“If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it. We will #unite4marriageequality. B,”

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

In addition to the note, she posted a photo of the Human Rights Campaign’s red equal logo.

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

She captioned the photo with a message that read:

“It’s about time #equality #prop8 #marriageislove ❤❤ show your support!!”

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Bey reiterating her stance on the marriage equality debate is significant as both messages were posted in very close proximity of two major pending gay marriage cases being brought before the Supreme Court. Yesterday’s case addressed California’s Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage in the “golden state.” Today, the courts will address whether or not the Defense of Marriage Act, which is an act that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, is constitutional.

Last spring, Jay-Z also revealed that he was in support of gay marriage.

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple,” he told CNN.


‘If A Woman Tells You She’s 20 And Looks 16, She’s 12:’ Chris Rock’s Most Hilarious Quotes

February 7th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Happy birthday to Chris Rock who turns 48 today. In honor of one of the funniest, most thought-provoking comedians of our generation, we take a look back at some of Rock’s most memorable and hilarious quotes.

In 2005, Rock snagged the job as host of the Academy Awards ceremony. During the opening monologue and throughout the show, Rock poked fun at many of the famous movie stars that were in attendance and Nicole Kidman wasn’t safe from Rock’s wrath:

“The only acting you ever see at the Oscars is when people act like they’re not mad they lost. Nicole Kidman was smiling so wide, she should have won an Emmy at the Oscars for her great performance. I was like, ‘If you’d done that in the movie, you’d have won an Oscar, girl.’”

Who’s Having The Worst Week Ever?…Fantasia Barrino

January 4th, 2013 - By Renay Alize
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Source: WENN

Poor Fanny. Lord knows I root for her but this past week it’s become increasingly difficult to stand by and watch her sink deeper and deeper into that hole she’s hellbent on digging for herself. In case you missed it, in her original rant, she whined explained the unfairness (?) in the fact that people were judging her life when gay marriage and marijuana are legal in some places in the U.S.

Fantasia was further outraged when she noticed that the media ran with and misinterpreted her words. She released another error-laden message about how her words were incorrectly being used against her. I’m not exactly sure how those words could not be interpreted as homophobic; but Fantasia justified them by playing the same cliche card a whole lot of bigoted people play: “I have gay friends.”  In Fantasia’s case it was gay fans and a predominately gay management team.


What can we say that we haven’t already?

What we do know is that this has not been Fantasia’s week. While, I would bet she doesn’t have a problem with homosexuality as a practice, she maybe, probably definitely has a problem with them being able to legally marry…and smoke that ooo-wee.

I would bet that she’s probably pissed off a few of those gay fans she was claiming.

I’m not sure if Kid Fury was ever a fan of Fantasia but he definitely had a few choice words for the songstress. Though I won’t endorse his particular word choice, I will say that the sentiment behind his words is something I can agree with and it is certainly enough reason for Fantasia Barrino to be having the worst week ever.

We’re hoping she pulls it together by Sunday.

Oh Fanny…Fantasia Goes Off On Her Instagram About People Judging Her, But Condoning Gay Marriage And Marijuana

December 31st, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I know Fantasia is just another celebrity who can’t wait for a fresh start in 2013, because after her recent comments, she’s caught some heat. Via her Instagram, Fantasia decided to go on a rant about people unfairly judging her for what she does in her private life, but condoning and doing many things ourselves that the bible says is wrong. While I can understand her wanting to get some things off of her chest about people consistently coming at her head about her decisions, the talented singer and former American Idol winner probably went about it the wrong way. She had this to say, with a picture of herself in a “graceful” ballerina pose, which has now been taken down:

“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!”

Clearly these comments weren’t given the “AMEN!” she was looking for, because as I stated, she deleted the comment. But on top of that, word spread about her comments, giving the impression to some that maybe she’s against gays, so her manager, Brian Dickens, put out a statement to clear the air about her actual support of the LGBT community:

Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.

And in an effort to clear her own name from those coming at her head about her comments, Fantasia saw fit to take to Instagram one mo’ gin to set the record straight about what she really meant:

“It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context,” she wrote. “I Fantasia Monique Barrino don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as well as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.”

I don’t think Fantaisa really meant any harm in her comments, but in the future, seeing as how she just can’t win with those who just don’t approve of her, she should just stop talking about her private life to “give people the facts.” Seriously. It’s not helping whatsoever, and you would think she would have learned that it doesn’t help to try and explain why you do what you do with your life to strangers. Just ask Alicia Keys and Gabrielle Union. As someone who exposed a majority of her life on TV, there’s really no going back from what people saw and decided to take judgment with when it comes to Fantasia.  Just continue to make music, take care of your family and live your life, Fanny. And oh yeah, next time, just stick to posting pictures on Instagram, because these long rant-ish captions just get you in trouble it seems…