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VIDEO: Gay Marriage On Graham Crackers


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Remember how Coca-Cola introduced a gay family in their Superbowl ad? Although it was just a glimpse, the fact that a major corporation actually included a gay family was (and is) huge. Now Honey Maid is upping the ante by unveiling their “This Is Wholesome” campaign, which features a gay family and their two kids. The sweet clip about ‘Dad and Papa’ is a ‘documentary’ clip from the actual ad set to air soon on TV. The new campaign will feature all types of families and puts out a powerful message.

What’s so cool about this clip is that the product – Honey Maid graham crackers – is almost absent from the video. Chances are you completely missed the product placement when first viewing the clip. The ad is more about showcasing the values of the company and showing their support for gay and equal rights.

And what’s really cool is that the video is so unpolitical and just shows a happy family, which happens to be gay. You can watch the actual ad below and the little ‘documentary’ specifically about the gay family. Even though both clips are in fact advertisements, they’re sweet, reassuring and touchingly powerful.

Source: slate.com

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Underwood Endorses Gay Marriage In A Truly Christian Way


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

In light of recent events regarding the anti-gay freedom of religion bill that was vetoed in Arizona, is still pending in Georgia, and is now gaining momentum in Mississippi, we thought we’d pick up on a story that may be a couple of years old, but holds just as great importance today.

In 2012 country singer Carrie Underwood made headlines when she came out in support of gay marriage. Now, there is nothing new about a celebrity endorsing gay marriage, but the twist with Underwood was that she based her reasoning and endorsement on her Christian faith. Initially, she stated:

“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Carrie Underwood then went on to say that God wants Christians to love others, and that she and her husband (pro hockey player Mike Fisher) attended a gay-friendly church.

Her statement is worth repeating in a time where it seems many people of faith feel that their freedom of religion is under attack, and where religious groups feel the need to fight back – and the weapon seem to be discrimination and fear. Because isn’t Carrie Underwood way of reasoning the truly Christian way of going about the whole thing? Doesn’t it say repeatedly throughout the Bible that you should ‘love thy neighbor’? Even though the world is changing at a rapid pace, it is possible to fuse religion with more progressive ways of thinking – just take a lesson from Carrie Underwood.

Source: The Blaze

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Breaking News: Texas (Almost) Legalizes Gay Marriage


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has ruled that Texas’ ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples is unconstitutional in the lawsuit brought by Cleopatra DeLeon, Nicole Dimetman, Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss who were represented by the law firm Akin Gump. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the state.

In a statement released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the federal ruling striking down texas same-sex marriage ban, Rea Carey, who is the Executive Director of the organization says:

“Everything is bigger in Texas and this ruling is an enormous leap forward for same-sex couples in the Lone Star State. Every time a judge strikes down a same-sex marriage ban, is yet another nail in the coffin of discrimination. It also hastens the day when all loving couples who simply want the ability to share the benefits and responsibilities of marriage can. While this ruling will now go to a higher court, and marriages in Texas will not happen immediately, this is a great day for love, freedom and justice.”

Source:  the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, HRC

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Judge Declares Virginia’s Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


By D. David Kinney

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Twitter Thursday evening that a federal judge has declared his state’s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. Here is the tweet he sent:

Last week FENUXE wrote about the legal battle in Virginia and wondered if it would be the first Southern state to see same-sex marriage legalized. It looks like the state, known for being for lovers, is well on its way. However, it has competition for the title from Oklahoma where a federal judge recently made a similar ruling. In fact, Virginia now joins a growing list of states that have had federal judges declare their bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional. 

Despite Thursday’s victory for marriage equality in Virginia, gay couples can’t start get married just yet. An injunction in the case has been stayed which will prevent gay couples from marrying until after the ruling is appealed.

Virginia Attorney General Herring released this statement on Facebook following the ruling:

Source: Politico, USA Today

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Which Southern State May Get Gay Marriage In 2014?


By D. David Kinney

Who would have imagined just a decade ago that a Southern state could be on the precipice of gay marriage becoming legal? Gays in the South know that it will take voters here a lot longer to approve gay marriage than other states. However, what happens if our rights are no longer subjected to someone else’s vote of approval? What happens if our rights are upheld in the same fashion as a straight person’s rights? Well… it could lead to Virginia becoming the first Southern state where same-sex marriage is legal.

After last year’s monumental decision on DOMA by the U.S. Supreme Court, gay Virginians Timothy Bostic and Tony London filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage. After they filed the case Virginians Carol Schall and Mary Townley joined the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen is hearing arguments in the class-action lawsuit Tuesday. Normally there would be pro gay marriage arguments from the plaintiffs and the attorney general would argue against them by defending Virginia’s constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage. However, the plaintiffs aren’t going up against the Virginia attorney general in court on Tuesday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told the Norfolk court last month that he would not defend Virginia’s discriminatory constitutional amendment.

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow often says, “Elections have consequences.” No where is that more true today than in the state of Virginia. In an ugly election for Viriginia governor last year Democrat Terry McAuliffe eventually won. McAuliffe put the Virginia governor’s mansion back into Democratic control and he quickly appointed Democrat Mark Herring as attorney general.

When Virginia’s previous governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, was still in power he selected Republican Ken Cuccinelli to be attorney general. Cuccinelli fiercely defended his state’s anti-gay constitutional amendment. Want to know the kicker? Virginia’s new governor, Terry McAuliffe, defeated Ken Cuccinelli in the election for the governorship. If Ken Cuccinelli had won the governor’s mansion for the Republicans the future of Virginia’s marriage equality case would be rockier.

But… seriously. Did you think the Viriginia Republicans would take this lying down? Not a chance. The Virginia House passed a bill on Monday that would give lawmakers legal standing in cases where the governor and attorney general were choosing not to participate. Standing in these cases would allow lawmakers to essentially act like the attorney general in defending the laws and constitutional amendments they created. 

So what is going to happen? Will Virigina gay couples see marriage equality realized in their state? Well… Viriginia is for lovers. So why can’t it be for gay lovers? We’ll have to wait and see what the U.S. District Judge decides, but the recent cases out of Utah and Oklahoma have us incredibly hopeful.

Source: Reuters, USA Today

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Video Recap: Beyonce, Gay Weddings And P!nk Takes Flight At The Grammys


By D. David Kinney

Beyonce proved that family life hasn’t slowed her down one bit in a show opening performance that was dripping with curvaceous sexuality. Just as she got the audience worked into a frenzy Jay Z joined his wife on stage to finish out the song. Last year Jay Z performed “Suit & Tie” with Justin Timberlake during the Grammys. Which one do you like better? 

Some people were groaning that P!nk was did another aerial performance during an awards show. But I was simply mesmerized. The singer proved that she’s got incredible breath control and physical stamina to spare. I’ve been a fan of “Try” since it first dropped and seeing her reinterpret the music video was a treat. Check it out below and see what you think:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used the Grammy spotlight to once again shine a light on marriage equality with their 2013 hit anthem “Same Love.” During their number Queen Latifah officiated gay and straight weddings for 33 newlyweds. Joining in on the awesome moment was Madonna, Mary Lambert and Trombone Shorty. Warm your heart a bit with this beautiful performance:

 Please note: the flash videos above may not display properly on Apple devices. 

Now let’s take a look at the outfits from this year’s pre-Grammys party with Clive Davis:

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke 

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

John Legend

John Legend

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

Miguel

Miguel

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth

Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Photos: Photo Works / Shutterstock.com

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Supreme Court Stops Same-sex Marriage In Utah


By D. David Kinney

The AP is reporting that the Supreme Court “has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.” This means that gay couples in Utah who gained the right to get married last December 20th have now lost that right (at least temporarily). 

The Supreme Court’s order will continue to prevent gay couples from getting married in Utah until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, CO can issue a decision. 

This isn’t the first attempt Utah has made since December 20th to block loving gay couples from tying the knot. When lawyers for the State of Utah asked Federal District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby to stay his landmark decision allowing gay marriage in Utah he flat out refused. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit also refused to stay Judge Shelby’s decision. However, in stark contrast, the Supreme Court decided to block same-sex marriages until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals can fully consider the legal issues at hand. 

One Utah “politician’ Trestin Meacham, “who once ran for a state senate seat as a member of Utah’s extremist Constitution Party, is now drawing attention to himself by saying he will not eat until Utah’s legislature willingly disobeys the federal government by reinstating its ban on same-sex marriages,” ThinkProgress is reporting,” Meacham says he has not eaten since December 21st, and has lost 25 pounds.” 

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Gay Marriage Declared Legal In New Mexico


By D. David Kinney

According to news reports out of New Mexico the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal. 

KOB in New Mexico wrote: “The state Supreme Court will now define “civil marriage” as the voluntary union of two persons to the exclusion of all others. In addition, all rights, protections and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples.”

Source: ABC News, USA Today, KOB

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Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage


By D. David Kinney

Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage this week.  Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill on Wednesday after it was passed by the Hawaii Senate the day before. Many expected Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage; however, Illinois’ governor has not signed the bill yet. He is expected to do so on November 20th. 

“Hawaii’s gay marriage debate began in 1990 when two women applied for a marriage license, leading to a court battle and a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision that said their rights to equal protection were violated by not letting them marry,” the Washington Post explained Wednesday. 

FENUXE spoke to gay Hawaiian resident Cody Stewart who said, “I would say that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been a big step in continuing to show the world the Aloha Spirit; that we are all one family, and we must treat ALL people with respect and love. This is something that is ingrained in the Hawaiian culture and is still very much alive today.”

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Three States Want Gay Marriage For Christmas


By D. David Kinney

Legalizing gay marriage would be a wonderful Christmas present for Georgia, but we don’t stand a chance of getting it so soon. However, there are three states that could see gay marriage legalized by Christmas: New Mexico, Hawaii, and Illinois.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is arguing a case today before the New Mexico Supreme Court regarding marriage certificates issued to gay couples earlier this year. Eight county clerks in New Mexico took it upon themselves to issue marriage certificates to gay couples and now the ACLU is asking New Mexico’s highest court if their unions are legal. 

New Mexico is a state to watch because it doesn’t have a constitutional gay marriage ban and “its the only state where laws regulating marriages don’t have references to specific genders,” the Washington Post reported. Marriage equality advocates believe that this unique set of circumstances will allow them to soon realize success.

So, what is New Mexico’s chance for success? They’ve got a good chance of getting a positive court decision; however, their chances aren’t quite as good as Hawaii’s. 

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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie

Further west in Hawaii a special legislative session is planned so legislators can debate and actually vote on a same-sex marriage bill. The special session was called by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and starts next Monday. Hawaii’s Governor is a Democrat and its House and Senate are controlled by the Democrats. Governor Abercrombie supports the legislation and gay marriage advocates believe Hawaii will be the 15th state to legalize gay marriage. Michael Golojuch, president of the GLBT Caucus of the Hawaii Democratic Party told Hawaii News Now, “It’s not if we win — it’s how big we win.”

Hawaii’s chances? They’re great! This is a state to watch closely next week.

Marriage equality supporters back East in Illinois are once again urging lawmakers to approve gay marriage. Advocates this week marched around the Capitol in Springfield and rallied with speeches from U. S. Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois’ Governor Pat Quinn. The Illinois Senate previously passed legislation legalizing gay marriage; however, the bill failed in its House. Marriage equality advocates hope that enough representatives in the House will support the legislation during their fall session. 

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Giving hope to Illinois’ marriage equality supporters is Governor Pat Quinn who not only rallied in support of gay marriage, but also publicly promised to sign the legislation if passed by the House and Senate. Yet, the success of gay marriage legislation in Illinois is completely dependent on timing. “Lawmakers will start filing re-election paperwork at the end of November, so casting a vote for gay marriage now would leave a month or so for challengers opposed to it to gather enough signatures to get on the March primary election ballot. That’s left some lawmakers pushing to delay a vote until after January, when they will know who they are running against,” the Chicago Tribune explained.

Will Illinois see marriage equality before Christmas? Probably not. 

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