Marriage Equality Update …. Alabama!!


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~~February 9, 2015~~

STATE #37 … 13 STATES TO GO

Same-Sex Marriages Proceed in Alabama as State Judge’s Order Is Defied

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amid conflicting signals from federal courts and the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, some Alabama counties began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, February 9, in a legal showdown with echoes of the battles over desegregation in the 1960’s.

In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, gay couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened, and emerged smiling, licenses in hand, after being wed by clerks or by the judges themselves.

At the Jefferson County Courthouse here, Judge Michael G. Graffeo of Circuit Court officiated, at times tearfully, at the civil wedding of Dinah McCaryer and Olanda Smith, the first to emerge from the crowd of same-sex couples who lined up Monday morning. “I now pronounce Olanda and Dinah are married spouses, entitled to all rights and privileges, as well as all responsibilities, afforded and placed upon them by the State of Alabama,” Judge Graffeo said.

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The freedom to marry in Alabama!

It’s going to be an exciting day for the freedom to marry in Alabama!

A federal judge’s stay in favor of the freedom to marry expires today, Monday, February 9, ushering in the freedom to marry state-wide in Alabama. As news comes in today from Alabama – including wedding photos, clarifying orders from the U.S. Supreme Court or federal judge Granade, etc. – Freedom to Marry and Equality Alabama will be updating this live blog, embedding tweets, reporting on the latest news and sharing photos.

You should also follow along on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMarriage!

“As it appears in … full read”

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/live-blog-the-first-day-of-the-freedom-to-marry-in-alabama

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~Alabama: All Families Deserve Respect~

~Published on Jan 31, 2015~

Freedom to Marry is running this TV in Alabama to highlight the urgent needed for the freedom to marry in the state.

For more information on our campaign to win marriage nationwide, go to http://www.freedomtomarry.org.

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To start the day …. “Wisdom of Youth”!!


~~September 22, 2014~~ 

“In the 1950’s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term — the generation gap.

In the 1960’s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest — church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970’s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion …. It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980’s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990’s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.

In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”

~~Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder~~

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~~Wisdom Of Youth~

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~~Published on Apr 4, 2013~~

An inspirational speech from the late Alan Watts on what can be learnt from younger generations.

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Remembering the Stonewall Riots …. June: LGBT Pride month!!


~~June 20, 2014~~

A participant of the riots standing up to the Police

~THE STONEWALL UPRISINGS~

The history of the gay rights movement can be traced to the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village, which is considered by many to be the launch of the modern gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

June is celebrated all around the world as LGBT Pride Month everywhere.

Here is the reason why. 

In the 1960s, LGBT people in USA faced a lot of discrimination in society. They were fired from jobs, kept on watch by police, harassed and arrested, publicly humiliated and sometimes some were sent to mental hospitals. Men wearing women’s clothes were also arrested regularly. Bars where gay men would visit would also be regularly raided and people would be arrested. LGBT people were used to living a life of fear and oppression.

But on 28th JUNE, 1969, Saturday, something different happened.

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The police arrived in the STONEWALL INN, a gay bar in New York City to raid the place. As they started lining up the people, some started fighting back. Slowly, the little fights turned into a mob against the police and the oppressed LGBT people in the locality started fighting back. What started as a little scuffle, turned into a series of spontaneous riots and demonstrations around the city over the next few weeks. For the first time, LGBT people were openly out in the streets in such large numbers demanding acceptance and liberation. For the first time, such huge number of people took to streets to protest against oppressions on LGBT people. The riots show huge participation and role of cross dressers, transgenders and homeless feminine men too.

The riots gave birth to a new LGBT movement in USA. Soon, many openly gay organizations had been formed to fight for the rights of LGBT people. 

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On June 28th, 1970, exactly a year after the riots started the first LGBT Pride March was held in New York City. 

45 years after the Stonewall Uprisings, we still continue to fight for the right of all people to live with dignity. June is celebrated as International LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. The entire month of June sees hundreds of events and prides all over the country. Some events are also organzised in the first week of July.

Let us remember Stonewall today.

Let us remember the day few people decided that they had enough. That they would not be pushed back.  
They day we decided to fight back. 

“Do You Think Homosexuals Are Revolting? You Bet Your Sweet Ass We Are!”

(This appeared on a flyer after the Uprising)

~The Gay Wizard~

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~~SOURCE~~ 

https://www.facebook.com/satrangindia

 https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/as-a-recap-of-yesterday-the-44th-anniversary-of-the-stonewall-inn-riots/

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We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Stonewall Inn Riots in Greenwich Village, New York