Did You Celebrate Valentine’s Day Breaking Your Marriage Vows?

THE SHOT — Just like he did last year, the Rev. Billy Talen yesterday got a bunch of couples together to "unmarry" in New York's Central Park to protest the state's discriminatory marriage laws. Participants un-exchanged their wedding vows. It was cold. [via]


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Ireland’s Gays Will Celebrate New Year’s With (The Registration Of) Civil Partnerships

On Jan. 1 Ireland's Civil Partnership Act takes effect and "dozens" of gay couples are "making plans" to file paperwork, but the first civil partnerships won't take place until at least April, after a mandatory three-month waiting period after couples register. (Well, unless a couple files an appeal for an "urgent" union.) Civil partnerships, approved with President Mary McAleese's signature in July, will carry nearly identical rights and privileges as marriage, and foreigners from countries were civil unions and same-sex marriage is on par with Ireland's new law will be legally recognized there. To move beyond civil partnerships, lawmakers would have to amend Ireland's constitution to permit marriage.


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Signorile: Celebrate ‘DADT’ Repeal, but Heed the Lesson

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Radio host Michelangelo Signorile discussed Obama's victory on 'DADT' repeal this week, and why a lot of other folks deserve the credit too.

Writes Signorile on his blog:

"In the end, through a series of fateful events — from Harry Reid pulling the government spending bill, clearing the schedule, to Senators Lieberman and Collins creating a stand-alone bill — "don't ask, don't tell" repeal passed. In addition to fate and timing, it was because DADT repeal took on a life of it's own thanks to activists' relentless pressure, disrupting the president's events, protesting Congressional leaders. It's not a coincidence that other promises made by the president, where there was much less pressure from the left early on, didn't pan out. And that's the lesson of the DADT repeal saga for the LGBT movement and for all progressives."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Q of the day: What do you think Sen. John McCain is doing to “celebrate” tonight?

Let’s watch this shame of a nation one more time…

Liberals will celebrate DADT repeal in the “salons of Georgetown”

Q of the day: What do you think Sen.JohnMcCain is doing to “celebrate” tonight? Any suggestions for him?
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Thousands Celebrate Gay Pride In Indian Capital

About 2,000 people marched in Delhi's gay pride parade today, the first such march since India legalised homosexuality in 2009.

 The Hindustan Times reports on the parade:

IndiaAccording to the organisers, the crowd at this time's parade was much larger than the previous two as it was the first one after the Delhi High Court's historic judgment decriminalising consensual homosexual relationships.

"Not only lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders participated, many other people also came out. The most heartening thing is that families of many members of LGBT community also came to support them. Slowly things are changing," said Mohnish Malhotra, one of the organisers.

However, he said the march was not just about celebration but a protest against discrimination faced by the LGBT community.

"We are protesting against discrimination faced by the LGBT community. The community is often subjugated to violence by police and thugs. They are blackmailed and forced into marriage by families, which leads to suicides," he said.

"It is a big celebration after the Delhi High Court judgement last year. It is the biggest turnout. By looking at it we know that things are changing. It's a great feeling to be yourself and not pretend to be someone else," said Mahashweta Das, one of the participants.

Also, Pepsi has produced a gay-themed television ad that is currently running in India. Watch that video (sorry I haven't been able to find an English translation), AFTER THE JUMP.


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Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day!

How, exactly, does one celebrate National Bisexuality Day? Because that's what today is (or rather, it's "Celebrate Bisexuality Day"), I have just realized in a glaring oversight of my bi brothers and sisters. It's the 19th annual celebration of Malcolm X, Marlene Dietrich, and Lord Byron types, and a chance for heterosexuals to insist there's no such thing as bisexuality. So do whatever it is us queers are supposed to do on holidays that celebrate our queerness: get drunk and take somebody home. Or is that just the proper behavior for gay pride parades? Ugh, sometimes I have no idea how to be LGBT.


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DC Marriage Equality Advocates Gather to Celebrate and Continue Progress

The following post comes from HRC Field Organizer Nick McCoy:

An air of excitement moved through the Equality Forum at the Human Rights Campaign last week.

A diverse crowd of forty, including couples, seasoned community advocates, and excited neophytes, gathered for a couples meet and greet hosted by HRC and the DC marriage collaborative. The cause, to galvanize support for a continuing marriage equality education initiative, is entrenched in a broader undertaking by the DC marriage collaborative and HRC, to make inroads, build relationships and overcome differences within the community.

As such, the evening was an opportunity for dialogue between the DC marriage collaborative, HRC and all coalition partners, and residents of the broader DC Metro area. Jasper Hendricks, the new director of the DC Civil Marriage Collaborative, was introduced to the guests who provided feedback about what they need in their own communities to make progress on equality and justice, with a focus on LGBT issues.

The first same-sex couple married in the District, Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend, lit up as they told the attendees of the encouraging message they received from neighbors, District employees and officials since exchanging their nuptials. The picture of marital bliss, the newlyweds, who married in the same room five months ago, expressed pride in their ability to finally enjoy the same rights and bear the same responsibilities as their fellow citizens.

The event was a rousing success and the DC marriage collaborative and HRC look forward to the next opportunity to engage the community with its mission.

Special thanks to the National Black Justice Coalition, Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and the DC Civil Marriage Collaborative.


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