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We tied the knot four years ago today

By pams
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 19:42 EDT

July 1, 2004

Eleven o’clock in the morning at the

Apricot Cat and Black Dog Bed & Breakfast

in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Who knew that we would see the day when our marriage would be recognized in the United States? Our marriage is recognized in a few states (and as a civil union or domestic partnership in others), but we’re second class citizens here in NC. Here at home we still have no hate crimes or employment protections (never mind benefits); there isn’t even an anti-bullying law that protects LGBT students yet (more on a critical vote today here).

As Kate and I take time to celebrate our union, we also celebrate all the recent marriages in California; may the voters in that state turn away the disgusting amendment that will be on the ballot in November and preserve marriage equality in the Golden State. Good luck as well to Arizona and Florida advocates of our right to marry — may those voters turn away the hate amendments at the polls as well.

Marriage equality continues to thrive in small pockets in our country, and one of the best ways we can cultivate support and effect change is to bring those marriages back home where these commitments are not legally recognized. Not to challenge the legal wrong, mind you (it’s going to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the end), but to become visible married couples in our communities – living marriage out of the closet before our friends, neighbors, and work colleagues.

Visibility challenges assumptions; show willingness to explain to potential allies how your legal-somewhere-else marriage is denied where you live.

The fact is we will prove by example that our relationships will not cause an end to anyone else’s marriage or destroy society, and it will move all of us closer to full civil equality.

Here’s our blast-from-the-past photo album.

Congratulations Are In Order

By Jesse Taylor

Quick mid-day note: the PandaMom is now PandaMom, M.B.A. Congratulations, Mom!


NC Congressman: military vets ‘religiously disenfranchised’ in chapel

By pams

Here we go with the “Christian nation” and religious persecution complex again. (OneNewsNow): North Carolina Congressman Robin Hayes says some officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are engaging in anti-Christian discrimination. Last year officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs ordered the VA Hospital in Fayetteville to remove all…


Teenage succubi taking birth control because they want to get pregnant

By Amanda Marcotte

One of the worst problems in American politics is that once a wingnut myth takes off, it never dies, no matter how much evidence you can marshal against it. There are people who will go to their graves believing that there was a good reason to think that Saddam Hussein…


Kristol needs to lay off the crack pipe; more Jindal hilarity

By pams

Via Think Progress, this is the kind of bullsh*t being fed to the sheeple watching Fox News. Neo-con Bill Kristol shares a peek inside his crystal ball to clue viewers in on not only who McSame is going to pick for VP, but that this person’s selection will somehow miraculously…


Findlay Fights Back

By Jesse Taylor

The Findlay Courier interviews the subjects of yesterday’s Washington Post article, and finds a lot of shock and surprise, and a lack of memory of what was in the story. It almost makes you feel sorry for the folks, until you read the paper’s editorial, which may as well be…


You Take The Good, You Take The Bad

By Jesse Taylor

David Brooks is full of revelation today: As in other recent campaigns, lawyers account for the biggest chunk of Democratic donations. They have donated about $18 million to Obama, compared with about $5 million to John McCain, according to data released on June 2 and available at OpenSecrets.org. People who…


Doomed To Make The Same Not Mistake

By Jesse Taylor

Wesley Clark keeps not insulting John McCain’s military service. With this lack of assault on McCain’s service to our country, one wonders what Clark won’t do next. What’s not going through that mind of his? What could he be not plotting, not scheming? I dread what isn’t coming next, my…


Like A Thief In The Night

By Jesse Taylor

Did you know that Barack Obama is leading a crypto-messianic, quasi-fascist movement? Moreover, this kind of reaction — an emotion-driven response utterly devoid of coherent ideational content, a response that leads far too many people to be enthusiastically willing to believe virtually anything that Obama might proclaim and to follow…


Men Speak Out and much is learned

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, June 30, 2008 23:53 EDT

Not too long ago, a friend of a friend joking-aggressively asked me while we were out and about what the difference between misogyny and sex is. Mind you—we were sober. So I kind of blinked at him and was like, “Come again?” I know the game Bait The Feminist, but…