New York City’s Congressional Delegation Assure LGBT Youth ‘It Gets Better’ [Video]

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Jerry Nadler appearing in the "It Gets Better" video. (Photo: YouTube)

Several members of New York City’s Congressional delegation released an “It Gets Better” video today in an effort to stop Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth from committing suicide. Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Joe Crowley, Ed Towns, Eliot Engel and Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney all appeared in the video.

All of the members in the Congressional delegation make brief remarks in the video describing recent gains by the gay rights movement and assuring LGBT youth “it gets better.” Mr. Serrano recorded his remarks in Spanish. Mr. Nadler finishes the video by reciting the number for the Trevor Project Lifeline, a hotline for suicidal LGBT youth who are seeking help.

The video is part of the “It Gets Better Project,” an online initiative started by alt-weekly columnist Dan Savage and his husband in 2010. Several politicians and celebrities have recorded “It Gets Better” videos including President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe. Mr. Savage’s other well-known online political project was “Spreading Santorum,” an effort to promote Rick Santorum’s last name as a scatological euphemism in Google search results in response to the then Senator’s anti-gay comments. We doubt New York City’s House members will be making a “Spreading Santorum” video any time soon.

Watch the Congressional “It Gets Better” video below.

Federal Appeals Court Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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Opponents of Proposition 8 celebrating outside the 9th Circuit Court today. (Photo: Getty)

Proposition 8, the ban that ended California’s brief, four-month-long flirtation with same-sex marriage in 2008, was struck down today by a federal appeals court. The three judge panel of the ninth circuit court ruled 2-1 in favor of overturning the voter-approved measure.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the ruling.

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For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over

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Same-sex marriage supporters marching on Washington in 2009. (Photo: Getty)

On Sunday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and over 400 other guests looked on, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell married John Banta, his partner of over three decades. For Mr. O’Donnell, the wedding was the culmination of a more-than-four-year fight—which included numerous lawsuits and the introduction of five bills to the State Legislature—that finally resulted in same-sex marriage’s finally being legalized in New York last June.

“I began this battle when Eliot Spitzer was elected governor,” Mr. O’Donnell told The Observer. “I used to wake up every day thinking about how many votes I had or didn’t have. Now it’s like, what do I do now?” Continue reading “For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over”

Daniel O’Donnell’s Wedding Invite Includes a Nod To Same-Sex Marriage Fight

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Daniel O'Donnell (Photo: NYS Assembly)

After introducing five bills to legalize same sex marriage over the past four years, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell is marrying his partner, John Banta, on Sunday now that New York State passed the marriage equality law. Their invite contains a reference to their long wait for a wedding. Continue reading “Daniel O’Donnell’s Wedding Invite Includes a Nod To Same-Sex Marriage Fight”

Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote

 Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote
Stephen Saland (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

Casting the decisive vote in the State Senate legalizing gay marriage last June evidently paid off for Stephen Saland. According to newly released campaign finance disclosures, Senator Saland raised a whopping $425,202.50 in contributions since last summer. During the same period last year, he raked in only $5,684.41. Continue reading “Stephen Saland's War Chest Swells After Gay Marriage Vote”

Newt Gingrich: 'There's a Lot More Anti-Christian Bigotry Today Than There Is Concerning The Other Side'

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Newt Gingrich (Getty)

During the discussion of gay marriage at the Republican presidential debate tonight, Newt Gingrich interjected to make the point that religious Christians face far more discrimination in this country than gays and other groups. He also accused the media of ignoring “anti-Christian bigotry.”

“Since weve spent this much time on these issues, I just want to raise a point about the news media bias,” Mr. Gingrich said. “You don’t hear the opposite question asked.” Continue reading “Newt Gingrich: 'There's a Lot More Anti-Christian Bigotry Today Than There Is Concerning The Other Side'”

Rick Santorum Wants To Invalidate Marriage Licenses Issued To Gay Couples

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Rick Santorum (Getty)

If Rick Santorum becomes President, he plans to pass a federal Constitutional amendment banning gay marriages that would invalidate marriage licenses that have been issued to couples in the states where same sex weddings are currently legal. Mr. Santorum outlined his position on gay marriage during the Republican presidential debate tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“I believe the issue of marriage itself is a federal issue, that we can’t have different laws with respect to marriage, we have to have one law,” Mr. Santorum said. “Marriage is … a foundational institution of our country and we have to have a singular law with respect to that, we can’t have somebody married in one state and not married in another.” Continue reading “Rick Santorum Wants To Invalidate Marriage Licenses Issued To Gay Couples”