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3 Unmissable LGBT Videos of The Week You Need To See

3 Unmissable LGBT Videos of The Week You Need To See

This week has seen the release of a number of powerful videos that touch on a full range of topics important to the LGBT community. Watch four unmissable videos below.

 

1) 12-Year-Old Daniel’s Letter To Chief Justice Roberts

On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court of the United States will consider two separate marriage equality-related cases. A number of pro- and anti-marriage equality groups have written to the court to try put forth their opinion. One of the most touching from the pro-equality side is the following video from a young boy named Daniel Martinez-Leffew.

Daniel’s two fathers are quite famous on YouTube for running the depfox account where they have recorded their journey as same-sex parents.

Daniel, having heard that the Supreme Court will soon take up the Proposition 8 case Hollingsworth v Perry, decided to record a statement reaching out to Chief Justice John Roberts, who also has two adopted children. Daniel’s plea has now gone viral and he has appeared on ABC and on CNN.

Watch Daniel’s letter to Justice Roberts below:

2) Love Stories: Binational Couples on the Front Lines Against DOMA

The second groundbreaking case before the U.S. supreme court this March is Windsor v United States. The case is a direct challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act that bans the federal government from recognizing state-sanctioned same-sex marriages.

While not directly dealing with the issue of having a foreign-born same-sex spouse and how DOMA prevents them from accessing marriage-based residency, if the Supreme Court of the United States was to find DOMA unconstitutional, binational couples would no longer be separated solely on grounds of their same-gender marriage.

The video below by the Devote Campaign is a trailer for a larger series of short films designed to show the harms of DOMA and the difficulties faced by binational couples.

Watch the video below:

3) Evangelical Mega Pastor Rob Bell Says ‘I Do’ To Supporting Gay Marriage

The marriage equality debate is often framed (usually by those opposing homosexuality) as a fight between gay rights and religious rights. Religious figures voicing their support for gay rights and marriage equality shows this is an errant belief.

Now, New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell, dubbed one America’s most influential Christian pastors, has confirmed he supports marriage equality. Given the Supreme Court cases coming up next week, this statement of support is particularly powerful.

Watch this abridged talk with the Odyssey Network below:

 

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3:16PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

I enjoyed all 3...thanks for sharing.

2:10PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

#1 Daniel's letter is incredibly heartfelt and articulate. I hope Chief Justice Roberts does read the letter, or even better, sees the video and is as moved as many of us are.

#2 I remember years and years ago being told that members of the LGBT community live sexually promiscuous lives. That seemed to be the main argument at the time. Yet that did not jive with my own experience of my gay friends. This is an excellent short video that shows the commitments made to their spouses and some of the real dangers of separation that face these couples. These couples are everyday people with joys, and with fears.

#3 Rob Bell --- In talking about the changes brought on by technological changes such as the internet, he says "You cannot live in your own tribal bubble." How wonderful it is to see an American pastor actually acknowledge Jesus teachings in their intended context --- love, compassion, acceptance.

It is beyond me how anyone, including SCOTUS, cannot stand up for love, commitment and family, whether straight or gay! The time is now --- SCOTUS should rule in the broad sense on Prop 8 making marriage equality the law of the land so that the same battle does not have to refought, state by state. And DOMA must go down to defeat. Personally, I'd like see Boehner and the Republican/Teabaggers repay the federal government for the funds used to fight DOMA.

@ Bill C and Mutiny, here is a link to the pride house opposite the Westboro Baptist Church. I posted it

1:27AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thanks for the article

5:47PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Isn't it telling, that Same-sex couples OFTEN, as we see, adopt "unadoptable" children-with-handicaps - Same-sex couples must have an EMPATHY Vibe, they are not just out to form a "picture-perfect family" to satisfy their own egos. {Not like SOME heteros are, who have definitely mixed feelings about kids they adopt, then expect them to be "perfect". Or, what about heteros who adopt kids and then BEAT them? I don't think you will see that among Gay adoptions!}

Bill, I LOVED seeing the picture of the Rainbow House across the street from Westboro Baptist Church! Wonder who got that GREAT idea!

5:23PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

i think it's so wrong Daniel was deemed unadoptable in the first place b/c of his medical condition. that's just mean. kids don't deserve to hear that. i guess i'm extra sensitive to this b/c i was adopted. i'm so glad he's in a good home. anyway, great vids, great post. thnx.

12:03PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

thanks

12:01PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

thanks

10:19AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Beautiful!

10:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Wow -- if Judge Roberts would only watch Daniel's video, I think this case would be in the bag!

5:02AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks for posting and sharing.

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