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*Take The Pledge* -- 5 Wins for LGBT Acceptance We Can Celebrate Right Now


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Kit
- 736 days ago - takepart.com
Waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans has so far simply resulted in nothing more than months of nail-biting.



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AniMae Chi (458)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:13 am
Hope all the fear will dissolve.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:15 am
(Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images) LGBTQ - Wait in front of Supreme Court


Waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans has so far simply resulted in nothing more than months of nail-biting.

With the session set to end in a matter of days, itís presumed that SCOTUS will finally hand down a ruling of some kind by June 26 or 27, but even thatís not guaranteed.

Nonetheless, in the meantime, a handful of landmark moments in LGBT acceptance have taken place recently.

And while itís frustrating that same-sex marriage still hasnít been federally addressed, itís equally important to recognize all the smaller victories that happened while we were waiting.

Here are the top five wins for the LGBT community this week.

1. Exodus International Shuts Its Doors For Good

The largest ďgay conversionĒ ministry ceased operations and issued a long-overdue apology to the LGBT community.

After decades of providing ďtherapyĒ that was supposed to turn gay people straightóbut really only served to psychologically hurt themóthe groupís leader Alan Chambers released a public statement atoning for his involvement.

In part it read, ďFor quite some time weíve been imprisoned in a worldview thatís neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.Ē

2. The New Civilian Head of the Air Force Is a Proud Gay Man

Quietly this April, Eric Fanning became the highest-ranking, out-LGBT member of the Department of Defense when he was appointed the civilian head of the Air Force.

Fanning is serving as the Acting Secretary of the agency until Obama nominates and appoints a permanent replacement for Michael Donley, who recently retired. Fanning told The Washington Blade that while he has the run of the place, he plans to include sexual orientation in the militaryís official nondiscrimination policy.

3. Soldiers Fired From Military Service for Being Gay May Finally Receive an Honorable Discharge

Representatives Charlie Rangel and Mark Pocan are sponsoring a bill to correct the records of gay and lesbian service members who were dishonorably discharged from the military solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Approximately 114,000 fall into that category, and for some it means they canít vote, collect veterans benefits, unemployment, or participate in the GI bill.

4. The Disney Channel Will Feature Its First-Ever Gay Couple
Next year, during the final season of Good Luck Charlie, one episode will feature two gay moms. Yes, itís only one episode, but itís also Disney and itís about time.

5. A Big Fat Gay Wedding Happened Outside of Westboro Baptist Church Headquarters

Directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Churchís home base in Kentucky, sits Equality House, the rainbow-painted sanctuary of freedom-loving progressives everywhere.

Last week, a five-year-old staged a pink lemonade fundraising event there to gently protest the hate group that lives within yards of the house. This week, Kimberly Caldwell and Katie Short married each other on the houseís front lawn.

Why? Because Westboro, thatís why.
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Arielle S. (316)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:06 am
Awesome - many thanks for the reminders of how much has been accomplished!
 

Pat B. (355)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:38 am
Thanks, KIt for this. I signed.!
 

JL A. (286)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:42 am
signed earlier, noted now
 

pam w. (139)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:20 am
I've sait it before & I'll say it again....I'm so happy to live in a time when gays and atheists can ''come out'' and NOT have to be afraid.

I'm not a fool and certainly recognize the bigotry and hatred which still exists---but laws protect us now and public opinion is turning in favor of equal rights for everyone...NOT just heterosexual Christians.
 

Jim Phillips (3200)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:44 am
Pledge signed.

The wedding video was quite lovely in the visit site. Directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Churchís home base in Kentucky, sits Equality House, the rainbow-painted sanctuary of freedom-loving progressives everywhere.

Ty, Kit.
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Angelika R. (148)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:50 am
I pledged, thx Kit. Yes, the next days might or will bring about a ruling everyone has been waiting for..let's keep the hopes up high.
 

Natasha Salgado (629)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:11 am
ledge taken-thx Kit
 

Sue H. (6)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:33 am
I took the pledge and am sincerely hoping that the supremes will Do The Right Thing.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:42 am

If the decision from today are any indicator of the direction of this court, they will either side step by turning it back to the states bring a decision that we sure do not want.
 

Emma S. (232)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:34 pm
Done! Thanks, Kit.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:32 pm
noted / signed
 

Rose Becke (291)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:20 pm
I pledged
 

Mike S. (86)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:36 pm
Pledged! Thanks Kit.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:51 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Vicky P. (476)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:05 pm
noted, signed
 

Constance F. (429)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:19 pm
Thank you for posting the victories, and the pledge. Signed. Now let's get these people married Amerika !
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:11 pm
Pledge taken. Thanks Kit.
 

Sherri G. (123)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:52 pm
It is always easiest to remember what still needs to be done. Thanks Kit for reminding us of the baby steps it takes to get us there. Noted.
 

Irene S. (69)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:44 am
Good news! Pledge taken.
 
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