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USA: Dan Savage Says Straights Should Be Offended By Anti Marriage Equality Arguments

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Dan SavageGay columnist and “It Gets Better” creator Dan Savage thinks heterosexuals should be offended by some of the arguments being made against marriage equality. The Advocate reports:

“Literally, what they are arguing in the DOMA case right now before the Supreme Court is that we need to reserve marriage rights for straight people because only straight people get pregnant by accident,” Savage said. “I don’t understand why straight people aren’t offended when people who claim to speak for traditional marriage… go to court and say, ‘we straight people are so irresponsible and heartless that if we don’t have the inducements of a wedding ceremony and a delicious cake, we will abandon our children by the side of the road.’ This is the last argument that they have – that straight people suck.”

I hadn’t thought of it that way – but he’s right – they’re basically saying that straight people can’t be trusted, because old men will have sex with young people and people will get pregnant out of wedlock if marriage isn’t reserved for straights to keep them in line. It is kind-of offensive, when you think about it.

Unfortunately, straight people aren’t used to thinking about themselves as a group, as the LGBT community is, so I’m sure it’s easy to say “oh, they don’t mean me, they mean those other straight people over there.”

Washington, USA: Dan Savage and Partner Get Marriage License

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Among the first round of couples to get their marriage licenses as soon as allowed by Washington State are Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

The founders of the It Gets Better campaign were married in Canada in 2005 and had said they spent thousands on legal work needed to secure some of the rights afforded married couples, including living wills and power of attorney. But for the first time they were able to take a real step toward marriage in their home state.

State law requires a three-day waiting period from getting a license and having a ceremony, so the first day same-sex couples can actually be wed is Sunday.

Authored By Lucas Grindley – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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USA: Brian Brown’s Most Hilariously Hypocritical Statement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The best and most hilariously self-unaware quote from Brian Brown’s debate with Dan Savage.

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Three Interesting Moments From the Dan Savage/Brian Brown Dinner Debate

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Remember when popular sex columnist and gay marriage advocate Dan Savage spoke to the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, prompting some Christian students to walk out after he asserted that there is some “bullshit” in the Bible? Recall that Brian Brown, an opponent of gay marriage, responded by issuing a debate challenge, saying, “You want to savage the Bible? Christian morality? Traditional marriage? Pope Benedict? I’m here, you name the time and the place and let’s see what a big man you are in a debate with someone who can talk back.”

The debate has now happened. Video at the top of this post. Journalist Mark Oppenheimer served as moderator. The whole thing runs about an hour with ample time for each man to speak. Too many ideas were exchanged to summarize them all. Here are three moments I found noteworthy.

The Biblical And Homosexuality

Dan Savage pressed his interlocutor to explain why many Christians have no problem rejecting much of what’s in the Bible, but cannot bring themselves to conclude that it got homosexuality is wrong.

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Dan Savage Pissed About Being Divorced by Canada

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

When Guy Herrington and Jason Athen took their vows in Tofino five years ago, they had every intention of being married for life. Now the federal government is saying they may not be married at all.

Seattle-based relationship columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller are one such couple. Savage and Miller were married in Vancouver in 2005. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Washington state, but the law there does recognize couples married in jurisdictions where it is legal as domestic partners. This status affords all the same rights, responsibilities and protections the state provides for married couples, Savage said.

“If we’re not legally married in Canada, we’re not domestic partners in Washington state, which means this memo from these lawyers potentially stripped Terry and I overnight of the protections and rights that we enjoyed for the last seven years,” he said. If the federal lawyer’s contention is, in fact, government policy, Savage noted that he and his partner would also not be considered married in Canada.

Full Story from Vancouver Sun

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Dan Savage: Will President Obama “Evolve” This Year on Marriage Equality?

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

President Obama to Evolve on Marriage Equality?Sex advice columnist, author and founder of the It Gets Better Project Dan Savage has predicted an “evolutionary leap” on gay marriage for President Barack Obama following the 2012 general election.

Obama, considered the most gay-friendly president the nation has ever elected, has repeatedly dodged the question of whether he supports giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, saying only that he’s “evolving” on the issue.

During a National Public Radio (NPR) All Things Considered story broadcast Saturday, Savage said the biggest issue of 2012 for the gay community will be the presidential election.

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Dan Savage: A Gay Agenda for Everyone

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Dan SavageI’m not an idiot: Now that the Republicans hold the House, only wishful thinkers and the deeply delusional expect to see any movement on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legislative agenda this year or next. Nevertheless, President Obama should address gay rights in his State of the Union speech this week, and he should tackle the biggest, most meaningful right of them all: the right to marry.

When he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Mr. Obama told a gay publication that he supported “legalizing same-sex marriages.” Twelve years later, right about the time he decided to run for president, he came out against marriage equality. But, as the president likes to say, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Where a Gallup poll in 1996 found that just 27 percent of the nation supported equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, a CNN poll last summer found that a majority now supports marriage equality.

The president- perhaps after introducing Daniel Hernandez Jr., the openly gay intern credited with saving Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s life – should declare that the trend is clear: this country increasingly believes that Mr. Hernandez and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans should have all the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens.

Full Story from The NY Times

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