Tagged: relationship recognition

Paraguay Politician: If My Son Marries a Man I’ll Shoot My Balls Off

horacio_cartesAnd now, in the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department —

Horacio Cartes, the frontrunner in the Paraguayan presidential election, has caused quite the controversy in this landlocked South American nation after making a series of bizarre anti-gay remarks in a recent radio interview.

According to a clearly uncomfortable New York Times, Cartes “theatrically threatened to inflict harm on his own private parts if his 28-year-old son were to seek to marry another man.”

Cartes’s actual words when the host asked for his views on same-sex marriage were even more direct:

I would shoot myself in the balls, because I do not agree. I’ll shoot my own balls, sincerely! [My son] isn’t short of anything in life.

Mr. Cartes, I’d like to offer this response on behalf of the LGBT community:

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Civil Unions Now Law in Colorado

colorado_capitolJohn Hickenlooper, Colorado‘s Democratic governor, signed a civil unions bill into law today as dozens of same-sex couples looked on.

Colorado joins eight states that have civil unions or other non-marital relationship recognition structures for same-sex couples. The law goes into effect on May 1.

Obviously, while anything short of full marriage equality, even separate-but-unequal civil unions, is not ultimately an acceptable solution for same-sex couples, Colorado is taking a wonderful step towards equality. Congratulations to all those in that state who worked so hard to make this important day possible!

Relationship Recognition Update: Colorado, Minnesota

Today has been another big day for relationship recognition, with major news coming out of Colorado and Minnesota.

colorado_capitolFirst, Colorado: thanks to its new Democratic majority, the Colorado House of Representatives gave final approval to Senate Bill 11, which establishes civil unions for same-sex couples that provide them with the same legal protections as those enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples. Two House Republicans joined all 37 House Democrats in voting for the bill, which passed on a vote of 39-29.

The measure has already passed the Colorado Senate and now goes to Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, who plans to sign it into law.

As I’ve said before, while anything short of full marriage equality, even separate-but-unequal civil unions, is not ultimately an acceptable solution for same-sex couples, Colorado is taking an important step in the right direction.

Next, Minnesota: the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a marriage equality bill this afternoon by a 5-3 vote. It now advances to the full Senate. The House Civil Law Committee is hearing testimony today on the same bill; marriage equality proponents are optimistic that it will also approve the measure for a full debate in the House.

Civil Unions Coming to Colorado; Illinois Marriage Vote Due Within Days

DOMA_2Today was a big day for news related to same-sex relationship recognition.

In Colorado, the House gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples to form civil unions. The Denver Post reports:

The House gave initial approval to Senate Bill 11 and will take a formal, recorded vote Tuesday on the measure, which already has passed the Senate. Democrats control the House 37-28, so the outcome is not in doubt.

Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the measure into law if (although it’s looking like when) it reaches his desk this month. It would go into effect on May 1.

And in Illinois, a final House vote on SB 10, which would legalize marriage equality in that state, is expected any day now. The vote is likely to be close, but Rep. Greg Harris, the bill’s sponsor, told the Windy City Times that freedom-to-marry advocates were “very” close to securing the 60 votes necessary for passage. Governor Pat Quinn strongly supports the measure and has vowed to sign it if it passes this final vote.

If you live in Illinois or have friends or relatives who do, now would be the time to contact elected officials and tell them to vote YES on SB 10, the marriage fairness act.

Alaska Republicans Laugh at Civil Unions

alaska_gop_laughterAlaska’s GOP House Majority Caucus held a press conference on Friday to unveil a list of so-called “Guiding Principles,” which it says it will use as a “moral compass” during the current legislative session.

Reporter Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire brought to the panel’s attention a recent Public Policy poll that found only 30% of Alaskans opposed to any form of relationship recognition for same-sex couples; he then asked if Alaska’s House Republicans would support the legalization of domestic partnerships or civil unions.

The panel responded by literally laughing at Miller’s question. (Acknowledging same-sex couples and families? How absurd!) Once House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was able to contain himself, he responded that no, they would not. After all, Pruitt said, the Republican House Majority Caucus is concerned with “the things that really allow people to have a great life,” not discussion of “what happens inside [one’s] home.”

Because remember, it’s not about basic protections like hospital visitation, the ability to inherit a partner’s estate in the absence of a will, or the right to take family medical leave to care for a sick partner. Domestic partnerships and civil unions are all about sex.

Enjoy your laughter while it lasts, Alaska Republicans, because the truth is that equality is coming — not just domestic partnerships or separate-but-equal civil unions, but full marriage equality. Relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples may be a controversial issue now, but demographically, it’s a done deal. Years from now, your poor children and grandchildren are going to be incredibly ashamed at the way you so haughtily stood on the wrong side of history.

Watch Alaska’s House Republican leaders laugh at the thought of recognizing same-sex couples:

h/t: Andy Belonsky, Towleroad
Cross-posted at Back2Stonewall.

Relationship Recognition on the Move in Colorado

colorado_capitolDelaware, Illinois, Minnesota — the list of states making progress on relationship recognition for same-sex couples seems to be getting longer every day. Also on this illustrious list is the state of Colorado, which has been experiencing a flurry of activity lately.

Last week, the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee advanced SB 11, a bill that would establish civil unions for same-sex couples, on a 3-2 vote. SB 11 was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today, and it moves next to the full Senate. The Denver Post says the civil unions bill, which would confer many, but not all, of the rights and responsibilites of marriage, is expected to pass. Stay tuned!

However, Zoe Mandelski thinks her state can do better than separate-and-unequal civil unions. The 17-year-old high-school senior believes all Coloradans, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve the freedom to marry, so she drafted a ballot proposal for her civics class project that would overturn the state’s 2006 marriage discrimination amendment by making the following change to the Colorado constitution:

Be it enacted by the voters of the State of Colorado: Article II Section 31 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado is amended to read: A union of one man and one woman, one man and one man, and one woman and woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.

According to the Denver Post, Mandelski’s proposal will receive its first hearing by Legislative Council staff on February 11 at the state capitol building.

Mandelski intends to continue work on her proposal for as long as it survives, even if it means working remotely from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she’ll be studying in the fall. She remarked to the Post about the well-documented generation gap on the marriage equality issue:

It seems like a nonissue to me, but I guess that’s my generation’s view on it. I do personally support gay marriage, but my parents don’t.

Remarkable, right? Equality is coming, folks. Thanks to people like Zoe Mandelski, the Millennial generation will make it so.