kelliem: = sign (Equality)
( Jun. 26th, 2013 08:57 am)
DOMA8

Fan-Freaking-Tastic!!

As George Takei said: "Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love--the desire of all people not only to find, but to value and affirm, a lifelong commitment to another person."
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kelliem: plates of food (plates)
( Jun. 16th, 2008 02:24 pm)
I've always liked Tom Colicchio on Top Chef- he has always seemed down to earth and intelligent. And after reading his finale blog for this season, "A Woman's Place" I'm even more impressed. Here's a quote from the blog entry: The bottom line is our society does not yet provide women in the workplace with the type of social supports, like high-quality subsidized child care or extended parental leave, that allows them to fully go for it, and the impact this has on the scope and depth of a career is profound.

Yes, it is. Still. Despite the idiot commenter 'Rob' who said Are we still in the Sixties???? Please, please, please, give this womens movement thing a rest.

Yeah, 'Rob', I'm still a feminist. And not ashamed to say so. And the Sixties aren't that far away.
kelliem: Canadian flag (canada)
( Jun. 28th, 2005 09:04 pm)
http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/06/28/samesex050628.html

Same-sex legislation passed

The Liberals' controversial same-sex marriage legislation has passed final reading the House of Commons, sailing through with a vote of 158 for and 133 against. Supported by most members of the Liberals, the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP, the legislation passed easily, making Canada only the third country in the world, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to officially recognize same-sex unions.


It makes a girl proud to be a Canadphile.

In other news, someone at People magazine apparently has a sense of humor.

BPAL #7

ECLIPSE
All the glory, warmth and majesty of the sun -- darkened. A delicious blend of bitter almond, vanilla, frankincense and heliotrope, with a drop of cinnamon.

Well, apparently it was the sun on a cloudy day or in a northern clime, because it was a tad weak. The scent itself is delicious, spicy and complex, but faded much too fast. I forgot that I react to cinnamon oil, so I had to deal with red spots on my inner elbows for a little while, but they went away, no harm done. I really do like the scent, but I'd have to refresh it a couple of times a day, I suspect. And not put it in sensitive areas.
In honor of Inauguration Day, on behalf of myself and a goodly percentage of my fellow Americans, I hereby apologize to all of my international friends in advance for the next 4 years. :-P

(And I hope we Americans still have some rights left at the end of that period.)

In other, more positive news, the Canadian military has okayed gay weddings.

OTTAWA -- Gay and lesbian army couples can now get married on military bases. The Canadian Forces has quietly drafted a policy calling for military chaplains to formally bless same-sex weddings. Guidelines - considered "interim" until the federal government passes a law redefining marriage - outline the process for pre-nuptial counselling and using the on-base chapel for same-sex ceremonies.
Canada's Supreme Court okays same-sex marriage.

I was expecting this ruling, based on what I had read about the case, but it is still nice to see.
Senate Scuttles Gay Marriage Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate dealt an election-year defeat Wednesday to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, rejecting pleas from President Bush and fellow conservatives that the measure was needed to safeguard an institution that has flourished for thousands of years. The vote was 48-50, 12 short of the 60 needed to keep the measure alive. Six Republicans joined dozens of Democrats in sealing the amendment's fate.

Unfortunately, as we all know, they will be back.

:-(
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