Lots of gay news and gay-related observations of note today.
First, the obvious:
Vermont’s House has overruled Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of the same-sex marriage bill both legislators passed. That officially makes Vermont the fourth state (and second in the past few days) to legalize gay marriage, makes same-sex marriage legal in 8% of the USA, and makes 13,623,047 Americans citizens of decent and just governments.
DC legalized recognition of out-of-state marriages just a few hours later.
Anyone remotely passionate about this should take a look at the below video of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, giving a concise, touching response yesterday to Iowa’s Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley’s efforts to amend the Iowa Constitution to reverse their legalizing gay marriage.
Here’s the text:
One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country.
Any my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: You guys dont understand. Youve already lost. My generation doesnt care.
I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And Ive talked with other people about it and thats what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that.
Is that so wrong? I dont think thats so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know Ive been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.
No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you.
And then there’s this ridiculous, blatant backpeddling interview with Rick Warren on Larry King Live:
Warren’s words: “I am not an anti-gay marriage activist. Never have been, never will be.”
Oh, yeah, Rick? Wasn’t this you, just last November?
And wasn’t this interview you too?
Beliefnet Editor Steve Waldman: Now one of the controversial positions you’ve taken is your support of Proposition 8 in California.
Rev. Rick Warren: Yeah, Yeah
Waldman: A couple questions about that. First, just to clarify, do you support civil unions or domestic partnerships?
Warren: I don’t know if I’d use the term there, but I support equal right for everybody in America. I don’t know if we should have unequal rights depending on particular lifestyles, so I fully support equal rights?
Waldman: What about domestic partner benefits, hospital visitations?
Warren: You know, not a problem with me. I’m not opposed to that, so much as I’m opposed to the redefinition of the definition of a 5,000 year definition of marriage. I’m opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage, I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and getting married.
Waldman: Do you think those are equivalent to gays getting married?”
Warren: Oh, I do.
Finally, for some fun asides, here’s Jon Stewart’s hilarious take on Iowa’s decision from last night’s Daily Show:
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And.. a classic Yahoo! Answers question a friend sent me today:
The “best answer” as chosen by Yahoo! readers:
Poor, naive Bethany responds with “additional details”:
Bethany, may I alert you to the trailer for Lifetime classic Prayers For Bobby?