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NC's 18th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The 18th annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run from August 9th to 18th. I've been going to this annual event off and on for several years now. It's a little hit or miss, but there are always some gems in the selections. I'm excited to see that North Carolina will be featured, at least briefly, on the big screen given that it's the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film festival.

Celebration of progress towards equality

There was a great array of speakers in Raleigh tonight at the celebration and info session around today's marriage victories at the Supreme Court including legislators, speakers from Equality NC, and the ACLU. My very preliminary understanding of the ruling is that there wasn't standing for Prop 8 which means marriage equality returns to California and puts about a third of the country's population in marriage equality states. And with the ruling against DOMA that means federal benefits will now be extended to same-sex married couples in states that recognize marriage equality.

Decision day is coming this week

Decision day is coming this week. We don't know which day, but we know it's coming. Discriminatory laws like DOMA and Prop 8 could both be put to rest by the Supreme Court this week. Even though that would leave a long ways to go on the marriage equality issue and other LGBT equality issues, it would still be the biggest advancement for LGBT equality thus far in my lifetime.

This week's Marriage News Watch

Johnson's reversal leaves only three Democratic senators who still oppose same-sex marriage: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Pryor (D-AK) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

3 days left

The countdown continues. Only 3 days left until this historic Supreme Court freedom to marry case. Lines have been forming out side the Supreme Court for days now. The polling is moving in our favor at a rapid pace. Even a hundred some prominent republicans have made the jump to supporting marriage equality. There are some big events in DC, but you don't have to go that far to have a piece of history with this landmark case, because events are being held all across the country and across North Carolina.

SCOTUS taking Winsdor DOMA challenge and Prop 8 cases

The Supreme Court is taking up the Winsdor DOMA challenge and the Prop 8 Case. Depending on the ruling, and how broad or narrow it is, this could potentially end amendment 1, DOMA, and marriage discrimination all across the country.

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On Saving Us From The Immoral, Or "Ready, Fire...Aim!"

It was about a week ago that we saw the ruling throwing out California’s Prop 8; that decision has now been appealed, and we will see, at some point in the future, how the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handles the matter.

A couple of days later, I had a story up that walked through the ruling, describing the tactics used by the Prop 8 proponents, which, in the opinion of the Judge who looked at the evidence, were basically to try to scare Californians into thinking that gay people, once they’re able to get gay married, will somehow now be free to evangelize your kids and make them gay, too.

In the course of answering comments on the several sites where the story is up, I noticed that there were those who felt the Bible should be guiding our thinking here...that if it did, we would be better off than where we are today, with all those immoral gay people running around free to do all those immoral gay things.

This led me to an obvious question: are those who have been using the Bible as a sort of “divining rod” to figure out who is immoral and who is not...actually any good at it?

On organized fearmongering revealed, or, “Lock up the kids … it’s the gay!”

The airwaves (and the print and blog waves, for that matter) are filled with the news that a Federal Judge in California has declared that State’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, which could clear the way for the resumption of same-sex weddings in the State.

Ordinarily, this would be the point where I would present to you a walkthrough of the ruling, and we’d have a fine conversation about the legal implications of what has happened.

I’m not doing that today, frankly, because the ground is already well-covered; instead, we’re going to take a look at some of the tactics that were used to pass Prop 8, as they were presented in Judge Vaughan’s opinion.

CA Supreme Court upholds Prop 8

The California Supreme Court has upheld Prop 8, but did not dissolve the 18,000 marriages that took place between same sex couples last year in the state. The decision was expected, but is still disheartening.

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