Equality moves across this great country like molasses.
Yesterday a trial judge ordered the prop 8 case closed which means, what we really already knew, that same-sex couples in California won't have the same right to marry as opposite-sex couples do until the Supreme Court weighs in on the Prop 8 case or overturns DOMA. It's not like they're going to let us have our rights just like that. We still have more hurdles to leap than any of those toned Olympic athletes did in this year's games.
Ironically enough, the Catholic Archbishop who helped mastermind the Yes on Prop 8 campaign was arrested for drunk driving in San Diego on Saturday. Bishop Salvetore Coridileone helped to scare the wits out of straight parents by creating commercials that made parents believe that same-sex marriage was harmful to their children. I know several parents whose lives have been devastated when their children were killed by drunk drivers. However, I've yet to meet a parent, whose child died because of same-sex marriage.
Despite the continued injustice in the US, progress is being made abroad. While campaigning, French President Francois Hollande stated he supported the right of same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. So France may become the twelfth country where same-sex couples' marriages are legally recognized. (Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and soon throughout Mexico, as well as seven states in the U.S.)
Talk about the courage of coming out!
Earlier this month, Uganda held its first gay pride. Coming out in this country means you could be killed by your own government. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in Uganda, and death is probably a welcome relief after some of the torture experienced by Ugandan refugees I've met. I applaud these brave LGBT people who are willing to take such a powerful stand for their own dignity, equality, and worthiness. Thank you for your courage!
In celebrity gossip, Rosie O'Donnell took advantage of New York's same-sex marriage laws and entered into her second marriage with the lovely Michelle Rounds. Unbeknownst to me, she divorced her first wife, Kelly Carpenter in 2007. Mazel tov Rosie!
Io sono gay!
I'm heading to Venice, Italy for a writing workshop I lead once a year and to connect with local LGBT equality activists and allies. Italian activists have just launched a new campaign called "Share the Love" in which a variety of people mix it all up by switching genders, roles, etc. There's a heterosexual couple who announce that they are lesbians, a man who says he is a wife, and a gay man who says he is a lesbian. It's sweet and funny and it ends with a call for marriage equality for all!
Il matrimonio è un diritto di tutti. Marriage is a right for all!
It reminds me I need to dig out my Marriage Equality Italy shirt I had made and wore in Italy the summer of 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California.