Tuesday, May 10
by Sue on Tue 10 May 2011 10:20 PM EDT
Other good stuff happened ...
In New York, openly gay State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell has announced the introduction of a marriage equality bill. He announced it by Twitter. You can follow him @DanielJODonnell
How can you not follow this guy? It would be like denying yourself a breath of fresh air. I just nearly gassed myself with weed killer in a death match with poison ivy so the fresh air analogy is the best you are gonna get from me right now.
So New York is a battleground. More than 1,000 folks turned out for a lobby day on Monday and the Governor supports the legislation. There's always a but ... however, today we are just going to bask in the good news.
Next, we have word from The New York Times
And then some very sad news from Uganda which is reportedly set to pass their anti-homosexuality bill. The one that includes "punishment by death."
It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that were I living in Uganda, I could be executed. I strongly encourage you to follow the link and delve into some of the nuances of that legislation.
Then come back and tell me that I have nothing to fear from those right wing Christians who SUPPORT this legislation. They may not be trying to kill me, but ... they are unabashedly denying my humanity.
Hurrah for New York and the Presbyterian Church. Prayers for the people of Uganda as they struggle for their very lives.
Friday, May 6
by Sue on Fri 06 May 2011 02:37 PM EDT
It is hard to keep up with the good stuff, but I'm sure you want to know about it ....
Wednesday, May 4
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 09:06 PM EDT
(scroll down for links to the 2011 Blog for Equality participating blogs)
I'm sad that we need to rally the troops once again to stand up against yet another attempt to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in order to "protect marriage." Sigh. But I'm happy the troops are there to be rallied.
Here's how it works
- Your post should be up before or on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
- Any blogger can participate.
- Write a blog post on any angle of the issue that you like (or don't like). Length is not important.
- Contact me (email, twitter, facebook) with a link so we can track participation.
- Spread the word to other bloggers who might want to chime in.
In my recent half dozen posts, you'll find more details including the 5 Western PA legislators serving on the relevant committee alongside the legislation's sponsor and committee chair, Daryl Metcalfe - R, Cranberry. Let me know if you need more details.
- This is the Equality Pennsylvania petition to which you may want to direct your readers.
- This is the link to the actual bill should you find that helpful.
That's it! Once your post is up, please use your social media tools to spread the word. I can attest that these "swarms" are read over and over and over again throughout the year. Together we can send a message to Pennsylvania that the lives of LGBTQ persons are not political fodder.
Thanks to Maria at 2 Political Junkies for logo design.
FWIW, there are four separate pieces of legislation that are LGBTQ+ on hate crimes, civil unions, marriage equality and civil rights protections. I am looking forward to sprinkling some of that goodness into the conversation.
2011 Participants **New contributors for 2011
Einstein's Desk ** Blog for Equality Day
Angels of Sodom ** Blog for Equality '11
2 Political Junkies - Dayvoe Blog for Equality Day
2 Political Junkies - Maria Signs of Spring in PA
The Pittsburgh Comet Trib is Succinct, Eloquent on Topic of Liberty
Burgh Baby ** An Equal Opportunity to Suck Face
topherhoff ** Blog for Equality Day 2011 - Pittsburgh
intense chaos ** Blog for Equality
Thomas C. Waters ** LGBT Equality in PA: Far from a reality
Examiner.com (A.J. Mayowski)** Equality and the Killer
Six Kitties (Ledcat) Blog for Equality Day 2011
A Spork in the Drawer The Thing Is, They're Losing and They Know It
After the Bridge Blog for Equality Day
PGH is a City Blog for Equality Redux
Three Rivers Anthology ** Blog for Equality Day
Amadi Talks Blog for Equality Pittsburgh 2011: Here We Go Again
Ms. Mon's Salon A Reminder That We Are All Created Equal
Deal Snob Pittsburgh Blog for Equality Day May 10, 2011 (Blog for Fairness)
The Radical Middle In Honor of Blog For Equality Day
Here's What I Have To Say ** Blog for Marriage Equality Day
The Narrative in the Blog sent in this submission a little late, but very welcomed! Blog for Equality Day 2011
Other links of note:
The Tribune Review Editorial Board: "But constitutions are not for denying rights; they're for enumerating them. This is poor form, the antithesis of liberty, and the effort should be rejected."
Other shout outs to note:
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 11:23 AM EDT
They have a fancy new website which makes it easier for me to find the press releases since they keep kicking me off their email lists ...
On HB 1434
The word "marriage" is the issue. Marriage a legal term used to describe a civil institution. I want access to that institution. I don't give a hoot about the religious constructs of marriage. But there's no way to parse the word and people who think we can magically come up with a solution which satisfies everyone are thinking desperately. No one is coming to take over the church ceremonies. Relax and save your hysteria for the natural gas companies where it is well deserved.
Setting aside the other LGBT legislation, I just shake my head that so many issues will go unaddressed while elected officials rally around this. I'm sure it will be the toast of Cranberry Township tomorrow night when Metcalfe, the Pennsylvania Family Institute and rightwing darling Lila Rose will be gathering for the PFI Annual Dinner. I wish I had ability to infiltrate. With a Flip Cam.
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 10:49 AM EDT
UPDATE: I didn't dig deep enough when I originally posted. Western PA Reps Krieger and Mustio also cosponsor this legislation. My apologies.
Metcalfe's plan to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution begins in the State Government Committee of which he is the Majority Chair. As Chair, he has the power to bring the amendment to a committee vote. It would be best to squelch that and you can help by contacting the other members of the committee.
The message is very clear. There are many more important issues than this and we need our elected officials to focus their time and energy on them -- the economy, transportation, taxes, health care, the environment, etc.
Note that there are several Southwestern PA committe members. It is not too early to galvanize your networks to make the calls and make it personal -- people in our neighborhoods need jobs, healthcare, focus on energy issues, education, etc. The links will take you to the reps contact page - phone, email, webforms, etc. Just a few clicks if you live in Moon or Penn Township and you can help put this divisive issue aside to focus on your family priorities.
Seth Grove - York County
Jim Cox - Berks County
Matt Gabler - Clearfield and Elks Counties
Linda Schlegel Culver - Northumberland and Snyder Counties
George Dunbar - Westmoreland County (Jeannette, North Huntington, Penn Twp, Irwin, North Irwin, Penn)
Eli Evankovich - Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties (New Kensington, Penn Township, Murrysville, Upper Burrell, Lower Burrell, Allegheny Township, Arnold, Export, Bethel Township, Cadogan Township, Parks Township, and Gilpin Township)
Glen Grell - Cumberland County
Marcia Hahn - Northampton County
Rob Kauffman - Cumberland and Franklin Counties
Jerry Knowles - Berks and Schuykill Counties
Timothy Krieger - Westmoreland County (Greensburg, Hempfield Twp, Delmont Borough, Hunker Borough, New Stanton Borough, Salem Township, South Greensburg Borough, Southwest Greensburg Borough. Unity Twp, Youngwood Borough) **COSPONSOR**
T. Mark Mustio - Allegheny County (Aleppo Twp, Ben Avon Heights, Collier Twp, Edgeworth, Findlay Twp, Haysville, Kilbuck Twp, Moon Twp, North Fayette Twp, Ohio Twp, Osborne, Robinson Twp, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills) **COSPONSOR**
Brad Roae - Crawford County
Jerry Stern - Blair County
Babette Josephs (Minority Chair) - Philadelphia County
Tony Payton, Jr. - Philadelphia County
Steve Samuelson - Lehigh and Northhampton Counties
Greg Vitali - Delaware County
Tim Briggs - Montgomery County
Eugene DePasquale - Montgomery County
Florindo FaBrizio - Erie County
Kenyatta Johnson - Philadelphia County
Eddie Day Pashinski - Lucerne County
Steven Santarsierio - Bucks County
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 09:40 AM EDT
From the Trib ...
It is a bit challenging to come up with someonething new about this one other than quiet disgust. John Morgan at The Pennsylvania Progressive plans to out closeted legislators who cast any affirmative vote on this one.
While we can hope this illustrates the distance between Metcalfe and the "rest" of the Republicans, I suspect this will not go quietly into the good night. Democrats have voted for this in previous terms so we can take nothing for granted.
Please take a moment to sign the petition up at Equality Pennsylvania's site.