Gay marriage news;same-sex marriage in the Netherlands, marriage equality vote cancelled again in NY, Age very important for gay marriage

11 11 2009

 

The New York Times has an interesting article about how same-sex marriage has worked in the Netherlands.It has been legal since 2001 here, so there is enough time to see what impact it had on society. First of all there is no evidence that same-sex marriage changed how heterosexuals saw their marriage, an argument often used by anti-gay people in the U.S. I talked to my parents about this and they could not understand how people could say that in the U.S. Those people must not be secure about their own marriage was what my mother said, my parents were really stunned about this argument. The only thing that has changed in the Netherlands is how straight people see gay couples. They encourage gay couples to get married and think they should get married now that they have the opportunity. Unfortunately some states in the U.S are more than 20 years behind.

For the second time a promised marriage equality vote was not held in Albany New York yesterday. This summer it was promised by Patterson and senate and last week as well, but it has been postponed until 16/17 november. The Senate promised (again) they would vote on it this year. I am starting to have my doubts, they are so flaky over there.

According to some statistics it will only be a matter of time though before there is gay marriage in the U.S. Younger people 18-29 are in all but 12 states already in favor of gay marriage. In states like Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island those younger people are in favor between 70-75 %. People over 65 are only for 30-35% in favor of it. In the worst states like Utah, Mississippi and Alabama there is still a long way to go though. Young people favor gay marriage 30% and 65+ favor it with only 10%.

 

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Gay news; Hubby Hubby ice-cream, Whoopi and crazy Fred Phelps church members

1 09 2009

In Vermont since yesterday gay couples can get married and what better way to celebrate this then with some tasty ice-cream. Ice-cream maker Ben&Jerry’s changed their popular flavor Chubby Hubby into Hubby Hubby for a month.

Whoopi Goldberg showed again what a true supporter she is for the gay community. Earlier this year she was at the big anti prop-8 demonstration in New York and now she recorded a message for the citizens of Hungary to make sure the gay pride there will be free of violence. Last year 10 people were injured and people threw eggs and feces at Pride participants. Also a big congrats for Whoopi and the cast of the View for finally winning that Emmy as an ensemble for best day-time talk show hosts. I went to the View once, without reservation, got in, was placed on the first row and saw all the gals from close-by. That was a fun morning. The Netherlands now has their own ” the View” since a week ¬†called ¬†“the table of 5” and even though it’s fun, it’s not as good as the original.

Members of Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church, basically a church devoted to hating Jews, soldiers, Sweden, America, but mostly gays were at it again. This time they protested at an American Idol concert against gay Adam Lambert. With their God hates Fags signs and protests at dead soldiers funeral (according to them they deserve to die because America is pro-gay) what they do is actually helping the gay community. Even not pro-gay people want to distance themselves from such crazy hate speech.