Results tagged “same sex marriage” from Last Word

"When I say equality, I mean equality for everybody. Why are you telling people who they can and cannot marry? This is 2014." -- Pharrell Williams, speaking with Ellen Degeneres on her daytime talk show. Pharrell, who earned an Oscar nomination for his song "Happy," also opined on the issues facing women in society. "At the same time there is ... [Read]

"This is a unique precedent for our country. It is the first time that a gay marriage has been recognized in Italy." -- Sergio Lo Giudice, Italian Senator and former president of Arcigay, Italy's largest national gay organization, speaking with Reuters. Sen. Guidice's statement refers to Stefano Bucci and Stefano Chigiotti, an Italian couple who married in New York in ... [Read]

"The amendment serves no purpose but to institutionalise discrimination against LGBTI people. As equality is the defining element of a civilised and inclusive society, I call on the Georgian Parliament to vote against this homophobic amendment and continue on the road to equality." -- Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the European Parliament's LGBT Intergroup, in a statement. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli ... [Read]

"For the second time Judge Black has affirmed that the marriages of committed and loving same-sex couples must be recognized by the state of Ohio." -- Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, in a press release. Judge Timothy Black will strike down a constitutional amendement preventing the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are ... [Read]

"Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure." -- Part of a statement issued by the free online dating website OkCupid. The statement pops up whenever someone uses the web browser Firefox to reach the site. Controversy emerged when the Mozilla Foundation appointed Brendan Eich, ... [Read]

As news today came that U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman had found Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, it brought with it the end of a two-year legal battle for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer. The ruling was the culmination of a lawsuit that originally began as an attempt to overturn Michigan's ban on joint adoptions ... [Read]

"In a Post-ABC poll in March 2004, 38 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal, while 59 percent said it should not, the same percentage now in favor of allowing gays to marry." -- The Washignton Post, reporting on a poll conducted with ABC News which has found that 59% of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry. ... [Read]

“By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child’s psychological adjustment.” -- Henny Bos, Ph.D., principal investigator of a study that compared 51 Dutch children born to lesbian couples with 51 demographically similar ... [Read]

"Freedom Nevada is a campaign to share stories and foster conversation — showing that every gay and lesbian person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and respect." -- Laura Martin, director of communications for Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, in a statement at the launch of the Freedom Nevada campaign. Freedom Nevada, which is supported ... [Read]

"The government does not need to recognize the rights of same-sex couples in an official way. Gays chose what they want to be, and the government needs to respond but doesn’t need to recognize them." Uri Ariel, Israeli Construction and Housing Minister, responding to a question on Meet the Press on Israel’s Channel 2 regarding a bill that would ... [Read]

"Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to ... [Read]

"We hope that the Irish Churches will embrace the message of inclusion, which is shared by many Christians, and will not oppose the extension of full civil rights to gay and lesbian persons.  In particular we hope that the minority Protestant churches in Ireland will empathise with the minority gay community and support legal equality for all the people of ... [Read]

"I've gotten pushback from a number of things I've stood up in the pulpit and said, but almost none about sexuality. I think we have a functional consensus in the Episcopal Church...'Schism' is kind of a big word, because it assumes that a lot of people left. The number of people who left were pretty small. It was under 10 ... [Read]

"Now people cannot but call us as a married couple as we have had a wedding. It is important whether or not we become a legally bound couple. But more importantly, we want to let people know that gays can marry too in our society." Kim Jho Gwang-soo, a gay Korean film director, speaking to reporters just before marrying his ... [Read]

“Regardless of sexual orientation, 'husband' or 'wife' is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. ‘Spouse’ or ‘partner’ may be used if requested.” Associated Press, announcing today that its AP Stylebook, used widely as a media guide, will include an inclusive entry for “husband, wife” in its next edition, which counters a recent AP memo ... [Read]

"We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves 'husband' and 'wife.' Our view is that such terms may be used in AP content if those involved have regularly used those terms ('Smith is survived by his husband, John Jones') or in quotes attributed to them. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in ... [Read]

“The oddest of the strategies to condemn and isolate homosexuals is to propose that homosexual marriage is opposed to and a threat to heterosexual marriage, as if the marriage market is about to be cornered and monopolized by homosexuals. If this is not industrial capitalist paranoia, it at least follows the pattern of industrial capitalist competitiveness. We must destroy ... [Read]

"[W]e would believe that same-sex relationships are profoundly harmful both physically, biologically, mentally, emotionally and I have to say spiritually to those involved. No society should facilitate or encourage anyone to enter into a same-sex relationship." Peter Kearney, spokesperson for the Catholic Church, to BBC Radio 5's Dominic Laurie. Kearney was discussing the church's dismay over the Scottish government's bold ... [Read]

"We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships -- we believe that this is the right thing to do. The Scottish government has already made clear that no religious body will be compelled to conduct same-sex ... [Read]

"Target is focused on diversity and inclusivity." Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, on the company's new same-sex marriage greeting cards. The cards are placed under the headings "For two special men" and "For two special women." According to the Star-Tribune, the cards are "made by Carlton Cards, a unit of American Greetings, whose spokeswoman Patrice Sadd ... [Read]