The world is moving forward and Im so very excited to see it.
"Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), along with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), with a total of 91 original co-sponsors to date, introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the House of Representatives."
The act basically acknowledges gay and lesbian marriages on a federal level (read: nation wide). It wont tell a state that they have to allow marriages or that any city, church or person is obligated to marry or celebrate the marriages but it DOES treat existing/future same sex marriages exactly the same as heterosexual marriages. So you can be married in a state that allows it and the federal government will acknowledge your marriage even if you move to a different state.
This is a HUGE step for our country. If this act passes, its only a matter of time before all the states allow same sex marriages as well
And how did this come about? Well...
"The introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act responds directly to a call from President Obama for Congressional action on the issue. As the President recently confirmed: "I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It's discriminatory, it interferes with States' rights, and it's time we overturned it."
Well done Mr. President, well done indeed.
For those of you who don't know, the Defense of Marriage Act is an existing law established in 1996 that "singles out legally married same-sex couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law, selectively denying them critical federal responsibilities and rights, including programs like social security that are intended to ensure the stability and security of American families."
"Supporters of DOMA argued in 1996 that the law is necessary to promote family structures that are best for children, but every credible medical, social science and child welfare organization has concluded that same-sex couples are equal parents. Married gay and lesbian couples pay taxes, serve their communities and raise children like other couples. Their contributions and needs are no different from those of their neighbors. The Respect for Marriage Act would ensure that couples who assume the serious legal duties of marriage are treated fairly under federal law."
So there you have it.
Keep your fingers crossed and your heads held up high because no matter what, change is coming and it's about damn time.
And now for something completely unrelated.
Starring Gaara, Kimi, Sakura, Naru and myself as Chippendales. Buwahahahahahaa
Enjoy the stupidity XD!
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