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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