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Celebrities on Marriage Equality

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

you tube bigWe’ve got a slew of new celebrity endorsements and comments on marriage equality for you.

MATTHEW MORRISON SHOOTS PSA FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

Let’s start with Glee’s Matthew Morrison – he’s doing a video for HRC, releasing a new album, and donating part of the proceeds to fight for marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:

Earlier today, he released new video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in which he speaks out for gay marriage… ‘I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,’ Morrison said in a statement. ‘At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.’

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROES SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The folksy rock group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes also came out for marriage equality today. Dot429 reports:

The band isn’t only influential on a musical note but in the political sphere as well. Drummer, Orpheo McCord, and accordion player and keyboardist, Nora Kirkpatrick, revealed their opinions on same-sex marriage in an interview with 429Magazine. “I think anyone should do what they want” Nora said. Orpheo continued, “I think it’s awesome.” Although the two band members couldn’t act as the spokes-people for the whole band, Nora took 429Magazine aside to say that if she had to guess, “everyone is for it.”

I’ve liked them since I heard “Home” in a local coffee shop a few years back. Now I have a another reason.

NFL ALLY CHRIS KLUWE LANDS NEW TEAM, WILL STILL PUSH FOR EQUALITY

Gay ally and NFL player Chris Kluwe just got picked up by the Raiders, and is still speaking out for marriage equality. TwinCities.com reports:

“I’m excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California,” Kluwe told Brendon Ayanbadejo, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker who now writes for FoxSports.com. The former UCLA punter added that “Now, my family can actually come to games.” … “I’m still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans,” Kluwe said.

Maybe he’ll bring us luck on Prop 8 here in California. 🙂

ZACHARY QUINTO SAYS MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME

Star Trek star and openly gay actor Zachary Quinto put in his own two cents o marriage equality – SDGLN reports:

“Being the first sitting president in the history of the United States to acknowledge his support for marriage equality is a huge step and is not to be underestimated,” Quinto said. “I think we have a lot more work to do, but I think everybody’s unified behind the cause. You can see now we have 13 states in the union that have adopted marriage equality, and that’s an unstoppable wave as far as I’m concerned,” he added. “Whether it comes from the federal government or all 50 states just find their way to it, I feel like it’s only a matter of time at this point.”

ALL LIVING DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES NOW BACK MARRIAGE EQUALITY

With the addition of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, every living democrat who has run for President of the USA now supports marriage equality. Think Progress reports:

Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis told ThinkProgress this week that they support marriage equality. With their endorsements, every living former Democratic presidential nominee is now on record in support of same-sex marriage. Every other living Democratic nominee had previously made their support explicit.

BOY GEORGE WISHES MARRIAGE EQUALITY HAD BEEN MENTIONED IN QUEEN’S SPEECH

And finally, Boy George wishes Prime Minister David Cameron had mentioned marriage equality in the Queen’s Speech. Pink News reports:

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the Culture Club star said: “I am shocked we are still having debates like gay marriage. On one hand, I think it’s very conservative to want to get married, that it’s a case of ‘if we’re more like them, they’ll like us more’. But on the other hand, who cares? The idea that it is somehow going to destroy civilisation is so retarded. Nigel Farage said Cameron was ‘wasting his time’ on gay marriage. Is he stupid? Why should we feel privileged to have equality? I would never vote Tory but I wish Cameron had put it in the Queen’s Speech.”

What Marriage Equality Supporters Are Doing and Saying: 4/22/13

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Gay WeddingWe have a bunch of updates today on the marriage equality supporters side. Let’s start with Bill Clinton at the GLAAD Awards. On Top Magazine reports:

“You have helped me come to the place where I am today,” Clinton said in accepting the award. “That’s why you are the true agents of change. But we have all learned in our interdependent society, in our increasingly interdependent world that whenever people anywhere are denied any rights, it diminishes us all. That’s why we were so gripped to our television after those bombs exploded at the Boston marathon. That 8-year-old child was our child. And the same is true here. I believe you will win the DOMA fight. And I think you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the next day,” he said to a round of applause.

Clinton, of course, was the man who signed DOMA into law, but has since had a change of heart, and along with Hilary Clinton now fully supports marriage equality.

Glee’s Darren Criss was also at the GLAAD Awards, and did a gay version of Carly Raye Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”. On Top Magazine reports:

“We still wish we could go; The law said don’t ask, don’t tell; Then we watched as it fell; It’s a brand new day; So, now I have a new wish; Two guys, two chicks they can kiss and feel that true wedding bliss; ‘Cause it’s a brand new day; You start proposing, feel that big emotion for life-long devotion; This is where we’re going baby.” Hey, hey Supreme Court we say no; Hey, so goodbye DOMA, and so long Prop 8; Send out your invites for the wedding day; So long DOMA, and goodbye Prop 8.”

In Arizona, former Congressman Jim Kolbe is calling on the Senate to add same-sex couples to the immigration reform bill. Kolbe was the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress. Towleroad reports:

The 11-term congressman from Arizona is expected to talk about the hardship of the current system on his relationship with his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, a Panamanian native. Alfonso is now in the U.S. on a green card, but the couple were forced apart for a year because a previous visa expired and the federal government doesn’t grant any legal status to gay couples. Kolbe is planning to marry on May 18, in Washington D.C.

Another proud, out gay man, actor Neil Patrick Harris, wants to move his family to New York after the final season of his sitcom. StarPulse.com explains:

Currently NPH lives in California with his partner, David Burtka, and their two-year-old twins, but they are planning to sell up and move to the East Coast as soon as Harris’ hit TV comedy comes to an end next year. Harris admits he wants to live in a state which recognizes gay marriage and hopes to make the move soon so his children can be enrolled in school in the Big Apple.

And finally, gay activist and former presidential candidate Fred Karger and several pro-marriage equality NFL players are joining a boycott against Amway for supporting The National Organization for Marriage. Edge Boston reports:

In 2012, Karger turned his sights on the Amway, the giant direct-sales conglomerate that some have called a cult. Its conservative owners, the powerful DeVos family, have given a recorded $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage. Karger’s vocal protest to Amway has gotten some big-time results: Top NFL players have noticed and vow to join his boycott… Actress Jane Lynch, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo have all lent their names and star power to the cause.

Minnesota, USA: Chris Kluwe Records Radio Ad for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In September, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took aim at Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) for his opposition to marriage equality, pointing out that loving gay and lesbian couples “won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster.” Now, that colorful turn of phrase has been incorporated into a new radio ad against Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment.

Authored by Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Minnesota, USA: Chris Kluwe Holds His Marriage Equality Debate With an Empty Chair

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Chris Kluwe Holds His Marriage Equality Debate With an Empty Chair in MinnesotaBy all accounts, Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe wiped the floor with his opponent at Friday’s debate on marriage equality in Minneapolis.

Of course, he was debating an empty chair.

The marriage ally was once again standing up for the rights of the gay community, but since Matt Birk, Michele Bachmann and the folks from Protect Marriage Minnesota were too chicken-shit to show up, he had to bust out some philosophical kung fu on an empty Louis XIV.

Authored By Dan Avbery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Minnesota, USA: Viking Player Chris Kluwe to Debate a Chair on Marriage Equality

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Go ahead, make his day.

After a whirlwind media tour on the issue, which we detailed here Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continues to put himself in the spotlight as an advocate for marriage equality. For his next move, Kluwe plans to take a page out of Clint Eastwood’s recent playbook and debate an empty chair on the subject Friday afternoon.

Billed as “Chris Kluwe vs. The Chair,” Kluwe will take the stage at downtown Minneapolis’ The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre to share his views against Minnesota’s Same Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1, which if passed, would limit legal marriage in that state between a man and a woman.

Authored By Chris Strauss – See the Full Story at Freep.com

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Minnesota, USA: NFL Player Kluwe Ready to Debate Marriage Equality

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Minnesota Vikings Player Kluwe Ready to Debate Marriage EqualityVikings punter Chris Kluwe has a message for Minnesota politicians: He’s ready to be James Madison to anyone’s Alexander Hamilton.

Kluwe has been a vocal proponent of gay marriage and has taken heat from politicians across the USA. Recently, Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) pointed out Kluwe as an opponent of traditional values.

The punter, who has shown a great sense of humor in his writing, has used his Twitter account extensively to make his counter arguments.

Authored By Reid Cherner – See the Full Story at USA Today

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USA: Chris Kluwe Says the NFL is Shifting on Gays and Marriage Equality

Monday, September 24th, 2012

USA: Chris Kluwe Says the NFL is Shifting on Gays and Marriage EqualityAn NFL footballer has spoken out again, since sending an impassioned letter to a delegate who had asked for a fellow footballer in Baltimore to be silenced over his pro-equal marriage stance.

At the beginning of September, Chris Kluwe, of the Minnesota Vikings, penned a letter to Delegate Emmett C Burns Jr, who had written to the Baltimore Ravens’ owner, Steven Disciotti, asking him to stop Brendon Ayanbadejo from speaking out in favour of marriage equality.

The letter read: “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level”.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Minnesota, USA: Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Supports Marriage Equality

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has never been afraid to speak his mind. Over the last few years, Kluwe has poked fun at NFL training videos on permissible hits, took shots at the owners during labor negotiations and the league’s 2011 memo regarding the faking of injuries.

Kluwe’s preferred avenue for speaking against injustices has been on Twitter, where he’d post white board drawings and messages to get his point across. The 30-year-old punter now is taking a more direct approach, standing up for marriage equality in Minnesota, which has a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages on the ballot this November.

“Someone (from Minnesotans for Equality) contacted me on Twitter and asked if I’d be interested,” Kluwe recently told Outsports.com. “I said yes. I’ve always believed that people are inherently the same and should have the same rights and equal protection under the law. It really doesn’t matter what you do with who or whom as long as you’re not infringing on someone else’s rights. Everyone should be free to live their own life however it makes them happy.”

Full Story from NFL.com

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