compiled by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly
The House Introduces the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2012 (MSET)
Life was so much simpler for military brass when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was in play. But once DADT was struck down, it has hit the defense department with a very unique problem:
“Our nation’s senior military leaders and commanders on the ground are increasingly uncomfortable with administering two classes of recognition, support and benefits for our nation’s service members – one for straight service members and a different one for their gay and lesbian peers,” said SLDN) Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis. “There cannot be two classes of service members, and this legislation addresses that effectively.”
> Read the full story at queerty.com…
The Texas Republican Party Releases a Hilariously Homophobic Platform for 2012
Unlike Oregon’s Republican Party, who removed anti-gay language from their platform last fall, Texas Republicans are digging the grave of “moral conservatives” even deeper with their 2012 platform. Here are a few golden nuggets to chew on:
HOMOSEXUALITY: We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.
FAMILY AND DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE: We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage.
We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman.
Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married.
Ah. Gotta love living in “the bubble.”
> Read the whole thing. I dare you…
Teenage Lesbians Shot in Texas, Nationwide Vigils Planned
Speaking of Texas, a sad story came out of Portland (Texas) when a teenage lesbian couple was shot last weekend in a park:
Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, of Ingleside, died at the scene, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, is listed in stable condition at a hospital. As of Tuesday afternoon, police were still waiting to interview her. Olgin and Chapa were found Saturday morning by visitors to Violet Andrews Park. The shootings mark the first homicide in Portland this year and have left the community in shock.
Sadly, there don’t seem to be any leads. Chilling, because there is a person walking around who is mentally ill enough to believe that shooting two teenage girls just because they’re gay is acceptable behavior.
Of course, in Portland (TX), this story has been heavily santized, tiptoeing around the relationship between the two girls; even suggesting that it wasn’t a hate crime, just a random act of violence in Southern Texas (and if that’s the case, wow, for the first homicide in Portland, who would have guessed it would be a “random” shooting?)
“There’s no evidence to suggest that this crime was committed as a bias against the girls or their lifestyle,” [Portland Police Chief Randy] Wright said.
They were shot at around midnight in the middle of a park. If you have ever been 18 and in love, chances are that if you’re in a park at midnight, it’s not for bible study. If they weren’t getting frisky, then they have more will power than 95% of the teenage lesbians I have known in my life. I guess my hypothesis is, they were probably getting frisky, and someone didn’t like it. But what do I know?
> Read the full story at queerty.com…
Finally, here’s a video to get you through to the weekend (I have played it 374 times already):