Monday, July 21, 2008

looking good...


reuters.com

A recent Field Poll in California found 51 percent of voters oppose the measure to define marriage as only between one man and one woman, while 42 percent were in favor. Read more here.

I think we're going to win. This is very exciting. Once same-sex marriage is established on both coasts, Federal rights won't be long behind. Then Kelley and I can marry. Which means presents! I just hope we don't have to have our heads cut off first :)

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16 comments:

  1. Fantastic! One little step at a time. And you're right...another excuse to get presents! I'm all for that.

    Also, if you haven't already, check out this article: "Massachusetts Senate Expands Gay Marriage Rights To Out-Of-State Couples" found here.

    Maine DP laws are not good enough; if Mass laws can help, I'm going to take that 5-hour drive with my partner.

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  2. Will you register somewhere? (Presents are Good.)

    As far as I'm award the Mass. thing still has to get through the House. Assuming it does, I wish you joy.

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  3. I am optimistic as well, but cautiously so; we here in CA need to keep getting the word out. That poll showing postive at 51% has margin of error of 3.9%.

    I read a couple of articles on the MA thing last week; it seems likely to go through soon. What amuses and kinda annoys me is that the primary driving force behind it is the economic benefit of having a bunch of gay people go to MA to get married.

    http://tinyurl.com/6as9lw

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  4. Presents are Good(TM)

    If I had my druthers, I'd register at a really good home renovation supply store, REI or Cadillac Mtn Sports, and a really nice kitchen supply store (we joined two households of kitchen supplies from long-ago college years, and I'd like to send those items into orbit). If we could register at a solar-panel supply place, we could go off electricity.

    Can you tell we just bought a home? :) Oh! And my partner and I have the same appreciation for wood furniture that Aud has...so if she were real, I'd ask her for a recommendation.

    Wow. I'm more practical than I thought. I'd go crazy at REI, though.

    Go Massachusetts!

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  5. It's weird to be hearing all this good news and still be hurting because my state (AZ) is voting to amend its constitution to ban gay marriage. (There is already a statute in effect banning gay marriage).

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  6. jennifer, yes, it could still all go south. Cautious optimism and vigilance. Why does the money thing piss you off? Trade is the biggest engine of change in history. I'm all for the gay dollar/pink pound/beefiness of bucks. Whatever it takes.

    janine, I can recommend the furniture at Harmony Cedar. We bought a black walnut dining table and chairs there a few years ago and have nothing but praise for the product and service.

    jesse, I'm so sorry about your situation in Arizona. Is there an organisation fighting the good fight there whose URL you'd like to bring to our attention?

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  7. Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say pissed off, but it is mildly annoying . I agree with you about the money/trade thing. It just seems to me that it would be nice if they just wanted their fellow human beings to enjoy the same rights and privileges as they do. What if it wasn't a financial benefit? Then they wouldn't do it? What happens when half the states do it, and it's of no big financial benefit for the remaining ones? The thing that makes it a significant money maker for them is having people from many other states go there to do it. Maybe by then they will forget why other states did it and just want to join in the fun...

    I also read somewhere that Las Vegas/NV is looking to get in on the action.

    I really don't give a damn as long as we get what we want.

    Isn't AZ the same state that refuses to recognize Martin Luther King Day? They don't sound very friendly.

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  8. Once half the states have same-sex marriage, the other half will suffer financially: corporations will move, because they'll get tired of talent refusing to take jobs in discriminating states, etc.

    Yep, it would be lovely if everyone was just nice to each other to start with, but for now it's money will change the world.

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  9. Thank you for your good wishes and the Harmony Cedar link. WoW. The furniture there is glorious.

    Will you register? ;)

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  10. We registered at Macy's in 1993 when we got married before family and friends in our garden in Atlanta. We were the first same-sex couple to be announced in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But those are both whole other stories...

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  11. Stephanie TreloganJuly 21, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    It's about fucking time! As a Californian, I'm ashamed that the numbers aren't better.

    Personally, I'm waiting to pop the champagne until Federal rights are granted. But still, it's good news.

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  12. Nicola, Equality Arizona is a good organization:

    http://www.equalityarizona.org/

    Jennifer, AZ did not recognize MLK day for a very long time. What's worse is we only started recognizing it because the state wanted to host the superbowl.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXVII#Arizona.27s_Martin_Luther_King_Day_controversy

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  13. Well, there you go, even AZ fell to the economics of it all. I guess Nicola is right (we've already established she's never wrong), and it's only a matter of time for it to happen on this issue too. Good.

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  14. stephanie, my motto: never wait to pop champagne. You can always buy more. Pounce on every opportunity to celebrate: oh, look, a cloud, champagne! Oh, look, a bird, champagne!

    jesse, thanks for the link.

    jennifer, I'm always right, yep, except when Kelley's right...

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  15. PS

    Found more info on the underhanded, gross tactics the AZ GOP used to get the anti-gay amendment on the ballot.

    These guys are like the anti Mr Smith. :(

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/07/21/20080721ethics0721-ON.html

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  16. After the Supreme Court decision about the vote in 2000, Republicans started thinking they were above the law (because, well, they were). It will take a decade to unravel the knot they've tied in this country.

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