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Equality news round-up: NAACP President Ben Jealous on marriage equality, and more

Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston

- Signorile on Dharun Ravi’s sentencing.

- NAACP President Ben Jealous on the decision to support marriage equality:

“I’ve spoken to many clergy who feel differently, different sides, different theologies, different doctrines. All are very clear that if this is a difference, it is a difference, not a division. If this is a contrast, it is a contrast, not a conflict.”

“To a one, they understand that they are a well…,” he said, pausing as he choked up.

“You have to excuse me,” Jealous explained, his voice trembling. “I’m a bit moved. My parents own marriage was against the law at the time and they had to return here to Baltimore after getting married in Washington, D.C. And the precession back was mistaken for a funeral precession because it was so quixotic to people to see all these cars with these headlights on, having to go from one city all the way to the next just so they could have a party after they got married in their own home. This is an important day.”

- Michelle Malkin vs. Courage Campaign.

- Do gay people have the fastest accelerating civil rights movement in history?

- A pastor in North Carolina has figured out “a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers

- Buenos Aires will allow foreigners to obtain same-sex marriages.

- Zimbabwe rejects gay rights.

- On gay rights in Iran

4 Comments

  • 1. Phillip K  |  May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I hate that 'put them on an island' argument.

    If you put all the heterosexual men on an island and all the heterosexual women on an island as well, they'd die out too.

    Plus, he seems to be forgetting that heterosexuals continually produce homosexuals. We don't need to recruit..they do all the work for us.

  • 2. Bob  |  May 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    love the international aspect of this round-up,,,, especially enjoyed reading about gay rights in Iran,,,, and issues in Zimbabwe,,,, leaning about the global battle against homophobia,,, and the brave people,,,, in those countries,, very inspiring

    woot woot to Buenos Aires

  • 3. Juli  |  May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    He also forgets that if you kill off all the gays, the straight people will just make more gay babies. Throughout history gay people have been here, even when we are eliminated, there we are again, in the same small numbers in the next generation. We aren't going anywhere.

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