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5 Gay Marriage Stories You Might Have Missed This Christmas

5 Gay Marriage Stories You Might Have Missed This Christmas

We all know 2012 was a massive year for gay marriage in the United States and  as a consequence the festive season saw many of those state level victories coming into force. With the mad rush of the Christmas season, you might have just missed this news and other gay marriage related stories, so below are 5 such stories to cheer you up in the post-holiday lull.

1) Gay Marriage Law Comes into Force in Maryland – January 1 saw the coming into effect of Maryland’s marriage equality law with couples across the state marrying within the very first few minutes of 2013.

One such couple, Jim Scales and Bill Tasker, who have been together for 35 years, allowed themselves to be filmed as the the first to marry at Baltimore City Hall. Watch the heartwarming video below:

 

2) A Very Reddit Marriage — Reddit user Chris Riley and his partner Shawn have made international headlines after Chris invited hundreds of Reddit users to his Maryland wedding which is expected to be held on April 13.

Speaking to the BBC, Chris clarified that he and Shawn had already married in Washington DC, but now wanted to reaffirm their marriage in their home state of Maryland.

Chris posted to Reddit last year that any users who voted in favor of marriage equality in November would be welcome at his 2013 wedding. He didn’t expect this post to garner much attention, but the post quickly went viral.

Riley says that, even so, he still plans to welcome those hundreds of strangers who have taken him up on his offer, saying, “We’ve reached out to a whole larger, more broad audience that we wouldn’t have had necessarily. They can see that we are very real and that we live very normal lives.”

Watch the video here.

 

3) Maine Welcomes Same-Sex Couples to Marriage December 29 saw Maine’s gay marriage law come into force. Watch the first couples take the so-called plunge below:

Maine in 2012 did what many thought still impossible and, indeed, made history when voters initiated and then passed a referendum vote on legalizing marriage equality.

4) President Obama Calls on Illinois to Legalize Marriage Equality — A spokesperson for President Obama, in a rare case of his explicitly lending his support to state level legislation, told the Chicago Sun that Obama would support a bill to legalizing marriage equality in Illinois where he was once a state legislator:

“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

“As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said.

Illinois’ Senate lawmakers convened on Wednesday and it is expected that legislation to legalize same-sex marriage could be introduced within a matter of days. The legislation, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” is set to be introduced by state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), where they hope to bring about a vote during the January lame-duck session.

It remains unclear whether there is enough support among legislators to pass such a bill, but with Obama’s support — which was deemed a significant boost in Maryland — the attempt may find new energy.

Similar moves are rumored to be underway in Rhode Island and even Minnesota where in November 2012 voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

5) A Gay Pro-Bowler Kisses his Husband on ESPN After Dramatic Win — It will soon be that such stories are no longer groundbreaking, but when Scott Norton won the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas, which was held in November but was only shown on TV this Sunday, ESPN did not shy away from commenting, in a delightfully frank manner, on Norton’s husband.

You can read more about the coverage here and watch the video of Scott’s win and celebratory kiss with his partner below:

 

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4:20PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

At some point soon, I hope that my Son and his partner will get married. The problem is that they both grew up "knowing" that marriage was impossible for them because of their sexual orientation. Now that is changing, but they are having trouble believing the change.

5:02PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Not "gay marriage". "Same sex marriage", or "marriage equality". This is about a fight for equal treatment under the law of the land - not "special" rights. Homophobes are continually accusing gay people (as bigots often do with minority groups) of wanting special treatment. The fight for marriage equality isn't about being treated differently from everyone else, it's about being treated the same. In the UK we already have a kind of "gay marriage" in the form of civil partnerships. This is an intolerable state of affairs because the law prevents same sex couples from being married and prevents mixed sex couples from having civil partnerships. We need to get away from calling it "gay marriage" and just calling it marriage. For everyone.

4:06AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Ahhh BMutiny T. your posts just brought a HUGE smile to my face! Thank you for your research, and for sharing yet more evidence that so many have been and continue to be, and to pervade onto others, nothing but DELUSION designed to control the masses!

I'll also add/expound on the origin as Hel as a reference in Mesopotamian/Babylonian culture with regards to, (as you stated) mines that were being worked in regions of Africa which were south of the equator which is one of the reasons (as well as that they were underground of course) why what became the xtian "hell" is considered DOWN THERE.

1:57AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Face it, "Christians" who are Bigots -
Your "interpretation" of the Bible, is nothing but...
FOLKLORE!!!
FOLKLORE!!!
FOLKLORE!!!

It is NOT "fact", or "history", or "science", or "evidence" of ANY kind.
Its "word" would not be accepted as "evidence" in ANY rational and just court.

It is FOLKLORE.
It is NOTHING BUT a set of TRADITIONS, handed down by a particular group of people. Whether that group is Baptists, or Lutherans, or Greek Orthodox, or Catholics, or Jews, or Copts, or Armenian Christians, or WHATEVER... they have a set of TRADITIONS, TRADITIONAL STORIES that they hand down in THEIR group to THEIR children {and converts, if any}.
It is IN THE LIGHT OF THESE TRADITIONS IN THEIR PARTICULAR GROUP, that they "interpret" whatever words they select as having been handed down by supposed "ancestors" {whether it is the Old Testament, the Torah, the New Testament, the Apocrypha, etc. etc.}.
They SELECT the documents. They EXCLUDE other documents, that other groups select. They INTERPRET ancient languages, phrases, concepts, words.
They ADD stuff, without even KNOWING it!!! If you ask them, they THINK IT'S IN THE ANCIENT DOCUMENTS. When it ISN'T!
People, this is FOLKLORE!!! FOLKLORE is not FACT!!! they are ENTIRELY DIFFERENT!

1:42AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

From Wikipedia: In Norse mythology, Hel, the location, shares a name with Hel, a female figure associated with the location. In late Icelandic sources, varying descriptions of Hel are given and various figures are described as being buried with items that will facilitate their journey to Hel after their death. In the Poetic Edda, Brynhildr's trip to Hel after her death is described and Odin, while alive, also visits Hel upon his horse Sleipnir... "Hel-shoes" are described in Gísla saga.
Etymology
The old Old Norse word Hęl derives from Proto-Germanic *khalija, which means "one who covers up or hides something", which itself derives from Proto-Indo-European *kel-, meaning "conceal". The cognate in English is the word Hell which is from the Old English forms hel and helle. Related terms are Old Frisian, helle, German Hölle and Gothic halja. Other words more distantly related include hole, hollow, hall, helmet and cell, all from the aforementioned Indo-European root *kel-.
The word Hel is found in Norse words and phrases related to death such as Helför ("Hel-journey," a funeral) and Helsótt ("Hel-sickness," a fatal illness).
COOL!!! Hell sounds like a VERY COOL {pun!} PLACE, read more in Wikipedia...

1:21AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Oh, and by the way, just WHERE in the Bible does it say stuff about "Hell" anyway???
"Hel" as a place for dead people, is I believe a concept that originated with Nordic PAGANS.....
And before you point to the words "Sheol" or "Gehenna" in the Bible - you've GOT TO RECOGNIZE there are OTHER INTERPRETATIONS given by Scholars; one was just a place {above ground!} where DEAD BODIES WERE BURNED...
{I can look this up, eventually, for more detail...}
MODERN TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE ARE NOT WITHOUT ERROR, OR WITHOUT STRONGLY DISPUTED PARTS, OR WITHOUT THE PREJUDICES AND BIASES OF THE PARTICULAR DENOMINATION FOR WHOM THE BIBLE WAS PREPARED...
The picture we have of "Hell" and all that, comes from ILLUSTRATIONS, from ARTISTS, from Churches and pictures and carvings and illustrated manuscripts and printed material... NOT FROM THE ORIGINAL BIBLE WORDS THEMSELVES.
SURPRISE!!! Big surprise to most people, Xian or not...
And, those parts supposedly condemning Gay people? ALSO SUBJECT TO DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS...
The word "homosexual" was FIRST used in the RSV, in *1946*!
The GREEK word{s} for homosexual, NEVER APPEAR IN THE NEW TESTAMENT... {originally written mostly in Greek and Aramaic}.

12:56AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

continued,
I notice that they/we really worry about that! Uh huh.
[slight mis-calculation in word/space count]

12:52AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

continued, I was going to say: You see why the intelligent beings on Care2 aren't the SLIGHTEST bit scared or impressed by the notion of "Hell"....
Just WHERE is Hell? deep in the Earth? are all the Homos going there? are all the people the various Churches disapprove of, going there? and, since the various quite-different denominations are mutually exclusive in doctrine, are some denominations going there and not others, all except ONE denomination maybe? Are all the Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans, atheists going to Hell? BILLIONS and BILLIONS of people? including BABIES?
Most of the people WHO EVER LIVED OR WILL LIVE ON THIS EARTH, are NOT CHRISTIANS. {Not to mention, not your favorite BRAND of Xian, whichever it is.} What about ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED BEFORE JESUS - are THEY all in Hell {including children and babies}. What about all the people who have never heard of, never WILL hear of, Jesus...
There is this KICKER, that I LOVE, in Xian theology - ONCE YOU HAVE HEARD OF JESUS, AND YOU DON'T "ACCEPT" THE MISSIONARIES' RELIGION, YOU ARE DOOMED TO HELL. So, the missionaries ARE ARRANGING TO SEND PERFECTLY INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE NO WRONG, TO HELL - just because these people won't "accept" something COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY ILLOGICAL BY ANY STANDARD.
So, yeah, all the Homos are going to Hell {what about all those of us who SUPPORT the Homos, and help them to BE who they are - are we going to Hell along with them? I HOPE so!!!}. I notice that they/we real

12:35AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Primitive tribal people noticed that hot lava and gasses came out of volcanoes, and that there were hot springs bubbling up from the ground. When they started mining for metals, they probably noticed that the deeper you got into the earth, the hotter it got. They rightly, and scientifically, figured out from EVIDENCE, that deep, deep in the earth, it was SUPER-HOT.
They also connected that, with dead people being buried under the ground.
With wild imaginations, these primitive ancestors of ours, figured that deep under the ground beneath our feet, there was a SUPER-HOT HELL where BAD PEOPLE got roasted in underground fires! And that there were beings, Demons and Devils, who were in charge of punishing those bad, bad people!
Kings and rulers and the upper classes, to stay in power, used these frightful images to SCARE PEOPLE INTO OBEDIENCE. So that these upper classes could STAY in power without any back-talk from the masses! There were some pretty powerful pictures of this awful, horrible place, portrayed in medieval Cathedrals by insane artists...
Can you BELIEVE that anyone IN THIS 21st CENTURY, STILL BELIEVES THAT KIND OF SUPERSTITION????? Anyone WRITING on Care2?????
WHERE is Hell??? is it still DEEP IN EARTH'S CORE? is it IN OUTER SPACE? on SOME OTHER PLANET OR GALAXY? WHERE???
Do other intelligent beings in other Galaxies {that almost certainly exist} GO TO THE SAME HELL? or HAVE HELLS OF THEIR OWN? or HAVE THE SAME RELIGION WE DO? or...
You see why the intellig

11:59PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Wish all you guys {yes, even the nay-sayers!} could've been with me when I attended a mass wedding reception for newly-married Gay people on the FIRST DAY when it became legal in Washington State. The reception was in Seattle at the historic and elaborate Paramount Theater; every single person there was a complete stranger to me! but I felt I HAD to participate, share the Wedding Cake at least!
You should've seen, with me, the HAPPY COUPLES dancing, many with their kids! all dolled up, the kids were, and some babies-in-arms too! And the photographs taken with the sign held high, "LOVE WINS!" and all the families and supporters sooooo happy...
Yes, LOVE WINS, people. LOVE WINS. At last... long time comin'.
All these happy - VERY happy and loving couples were not people I knew, but I HAVE worked hard to see the day of Marriage Equality arrive!
Gosh, what grouches, to BE AGAINST LOVE! Just INCONCEIVABLE, really! to BE AGAINST HAPPY FAMILIES, to be the ENEMY OF CHILDREN having LOVING PARENTS... !!!! What has [part of] this world come to!!!!!

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