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Keith Olbermann on Gay Marriage

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I have come to love Keith Olbermann. I love his ideologies, his bluntness, and just how he tells us what’s going on. He amazes me, and he amazed me even more recently. I found this little video over at Oh, You’re a FEMINIST?! and I thought how freaking awesome it is that he could so perfectly relate my sentiments on the issue of gay marriage. Although, I did have someone very close to me who was gay. I saw “was” only because he is no longer with is, and I miss him terribly, and I feel very strongly that it was the issue of his sexuality and what he’d suffered because of whom he loved that he is no longer with us. If there’s one thing you do today, make sure it’s watching this video. Also, before you go watch the video, make sure you head on over to Join the Impact and see about the protests that will be going on all over the nation this Saturday regarding Proposition 8 in California and 2 in Florida.


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November 13, 2008 at 11:40 pm

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Congratulations California!

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Today marks a day where gay couples in California are legally allowed to marry! Read the CNN article on this as well as an article on them over at NOW. My favorite part about this is listed in this quote:

Lesbian rights activists Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in San Francisco on Monday, with Mayor Gavin Newsom presiding over their wedding ceremony. [emphasis mine]

True love has finally reigned.

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June 16, 2008 at 10:57 pm

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History in the making

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Today, I am proud to be a democrat. I am proud to be a woman. I am proud to be watching history in the making. I sat here and watched Hillary’s concession speech on CNN and I felt proud because for the first time in the history of the United States we had the decision to either elect a woman or a black man to run for presidency. For the first time ever we have a black man running to be president of the United States. This is a moment that I am proud to be able to see, and I am proud to be able to share the importance of it with my stepson and explain to him what a big deal this is and how this is going to open him up for many choices in the future. I’ve been saying from the very beginning that should Hillary not win I would vote for Obama, because regardless of what the differences between them is, and regardless of how I feel about him personally, the issues are still there and they will not away easily and we need to tell the government about how we feel about this issues. The biggest way we could tell the government is to vote for the person that addresses these issues and promises to change the way the government is controlling our rights.

McCain, I feel, will be the worst person to run this country. Allowing him to serve a term would be the equivalent of giving Bush a third term. He’s wishy-washy. He has no enthusiasm for what his issues are, he goes up at to the podiums to make his speeches and I fall asleep. There’s no chemistry, no passion, nothing. He’s like a wet fish. Obama has passion.

I have to comment about something because after her speech they were interviewing random people on the floor and they were all saying that if Obama would not pick Hillary as his running mate, they were not going to vote for him, and I’ve heard rumors of people not going to vote at all because they don’t want to have to vote for the lesser of two evils. I have this to tell them: YOU’RE STUPID! Barrack Obama believes in basically the same issues that Hillary believed in. Both Hillary and Obama are about instituting social change in our country that has already been crippled by a president who’s more concerned about his pride, his ego, and his pockets, then the real issues at hand, and I see the same thing in McCain.

Here’s McCain on the Ellen Degeneres show. Watch and I’ll comment below.

This man starts off as saying that he feels a contract is ok between people of the same sex, but what gets me is what is the different between said contract and actual marriage? Why not just go ahead and say “I agree with gay marriage”? In truth, you can’t force the church to allow this, and that’s their decision as a private, religious institution, I just won’t support that religious institution. Simple. But when it comes to the government, if they’re willing to allow “contracts” that give gay couples the same rights as married couples, just go ahead and call it a “marriage” already, because that’s what it is. At this point it’s just a play on words. Even after Ellen made some incredibly good points to him on how segregated his thoughts are, he stands by his point but almost embarassingly. This is not a man who stands by his convictions.

McCain was just here in Miami talking about conserving the Everglades, but he’s the one that voted against funding conservation efforts to begin with. Why now does he have an interest in the Everglades? I can tell you why. Because he wants the hispanic vote here in South Florida, and he’s also trying to get the conservationists to support him, but in truth-at least for me- his words are not enough. His actions have said loud and clear that he’s not about supporting the Everglades, and he can’t backtrack now.

His issues on the gay marriage, I don’t agree with. His issues on women’s rights, I don’t agree with. I get the sense that he wants to go back to a time that is outlined in the Feminist Mystique, and I am not for that at all. Women have more brains then men give us credit for. We are capable of thinking for ourselves, we are capable of working and making decisions when it concerns our lives, our futures, and the future of our children. We do not need a man to hold our hands and tell us what to do, because we can and will do that for ourselves, and people like McCain will try to turn back the clock so that we aren’t allowed to make our own decisions. Bush already tried to start the ball rolling when he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Act, which is an inaccurate term, and on top of that, they don’t even take into consideration the true facts about the procedure!

Under state law, abortions are permitted for up to 24 weeks or six months after pregancy. It is also permitted after 24 weeks if the woman’s health or life is in danger. [emphasis mine]

The partial-birth or IDX abortion procedure is usually done in the second trimester, from 18 to 26 weeks.[emphasis mine]

What is incredibly disturbing about this isn’t so much the process in which it’s done, or the act itself, it’s the fact that the government is not taking into consideration the risk that not doing this procedure may place on the woman’s life who’s trying to have the procedure done. What they’re doing is setting rules as to what we can do with our bodies, and in essence what they’re saying is that a life that most probably can not survive outside of the mother’s body for more than a couple hours or maybe even a couple of days is more important than a living, viable life that has been established for a good couple of years already.

I know this post is all over the place, but the thing is that these issues are the topics that need to be addressed during this election. This and many more are the reasons that I will be voting for Obama come November because I know I don’t want anyone telling me what to do when it comes to my body or any other decision I make, and should I have a daughter in the future, I do not want that decision being taken away from her either. I want my daughter to have all the same rights that I do and more. I want my daughter to be President of the United States if she so wishes. I want my daughter to be able to have an abortion if something were to happen and she were to have an unwanted pregnancy, and most importantly, I want my daughter to have easy access to birth controls until the time comes when she does decide to have children, and that choice needs to ultimately be up to her and her partner-male or female-NOT the government, therefore I will be voting for Obama because he stands for these issues and he stands for these changes. I really wish I could have seen a woman in office, but I’m not dead yet and won’t be for a very long time, so I’m sure the day will come when I will see a woman in office, and I will be proud when that day finally comes.

Written by Lissette

June 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm

So What: Lindsay Lohan in the news

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I’m pissed. I’m beyond pissed. I’m sitting here watching Inside Edition and they’re making this REALLY BIG DEAL about Lindsay Lohan possibly nuzzling with another woman. Here’s what they have to say:

It’s the photo that’s got everyone talking! Lindsay Lohan seemingly nuzzling the neck of another woman.

Now People magazine is reporting the bombshell news that the woman, Samantha Ronson, has moved into Lindsay’s home in Los Angeles.

“They are together but this is not about sexuality,” People quotes a friend of Lindsay as saying.

Last week they were holding hands and showing public affection at the Cannes Film Festival, where the controversial photo was taken.

When INSIDE EDITION caught up with Lindsay’s father, Michael Lohan, in New York City, he didn’t want to look at the photos.

Us Magazine quotes Lohan as saying a romance between his daughter and Ronson “is evident to anyone with half a brain.” But he adamantly says that is not true, and that he was misquoted.

Lohan and Ronson, a well-known DJ, both deny their friendship is romantic.

My biggest response is SO FUCKING WHAT?! Why is this such a big deal?? What does her sexuality have to be a matter for public debate??? What pisses me off even more is that her father is not only standing there denying any relationship, but seem genuinely upset that his daughter might actually be having a fling with another woman. If this girl really was bi-sexual or a lesbian, what is this doing to her self esteem? She already has a shaky self-esteem at best, and now this.

Not to mention, the media is again reinforcing that being anything other than a heterosexual human being is a bad thing.

Written by Lissette

May 29, 2008 at 4:15 am

Gay Marriages OK in California

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I caught this  on eCanadaNow.com, gay marriages in the many counties in the state of California can begin as of June 14th.  See the article below.

Same-Sex Marriages Set To Begin In California

Washington (eCanadaNow) – Many counties in California will allow same-sex marriages starting on June 14.

Same-sex couples who simply cannot wait to get married may be able to do it as soon as this coming Saturday.

Many counties will allow for marriage licenses to be handed out as soon as this coming Saturday, exactly 30 days since the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of making same-sex marriages legal.

The decision of the court will take 30 days to go into effect and they waited exactly 30 days to allow the marriages to go through.

Those who oppose the same-sex marriages are working hard to allow voters to decide whether or not they should be legal on a planned November ballot.

This would overrule the decision and ban same-sex marriage.

This was from a decision on May 16th by the California Supreme Court.  The article I read in the LA Times reads:

The 4-3 ruling declared that the state Constitution protects a fundamental “right to marry” that extends equally to same-sex couples. It tossed a highly emotional issue into the election year while opening the way for tens of thousands of gay people to wed in California, starting as early as mid-June.

This is such a big step and I’m really hoping other states will follow suit.  I firmly believe that any individual should have the right to marry whom they choose regardless of their sexual preference.  For me, it’s not even about the marriage, but about all the benefits that follow along with that title.  I personally would want my partner to be able to make life decisions for me if need be, I would want him to be the first one that is called should and accident happen, and I would want us to have the same benefits as every other couple out there.  Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about it because we are a hetero couple, but if we were not I would demand the right, just like I’d demand it now for those out there who don’t have that right.  

I would not want to be told that I’m not allowed to marry the person I love simply because of my sexuality or gender preference, and I would hope that the rest of the nation starts to see it this way too.

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May 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm

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