Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

I’ve been meaning to post this.  I know, this video has been out there for a while, but this is such a cute story.


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Hooray! Sean Penn wins his second Oscar for his portrayal of gay rights activist, Harvey Milk.  A well-deserved award.  And a great speech.  He flat out cried for gay rights. Thank you, Mr. Penn.

“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it’s a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that support.  We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”

Well done, Penn.  And thanks for the support.

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Congratulations to ‘Milk’ screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black,  for his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay.  I’m so happy for him.  His acceptance speech was so inspiring and honest.  I’m glad he gave a plea for gay rights.  Here is what he had to say.

“When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married.

I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk.”

Thank you, Dustin!

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Yeah, Beyoncé can stick around for a while.  I wouldn’t mind.

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“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”

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“Without hope, not only gays, but those blacks, and the asians, the disabled, the seniors, the US’s, the Us’s.  Without hope, the US’s give up.  I know that you cannot live on hope alone.  But without it, live is not worth living.  And you, got to give them hope.”

-Harvey Milk

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Good news for families in Florida.  Today, a circuit judge ruled that Martin Gill is allowed to adopt two half-brothers he and his partner has raised since 2004.  This ruling struck down a 31-year-old ban on gays and lesbians from adopting children.

The Judge, Cindy S. Lederman wrote in her ruling, “there is no question, the blanket exclusion of gay applicants defeats Florida’s goal of providing dependent children a permanent family through adoption…It is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person’s ability to parent.”

Florida is the only state that specifically bans homosexuals from adopting children.  The state argued gays and lesbians have higher odds of suffering from depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders.  And the state felt that gay and lesbian households are more unstable than heterosexual ones.  Arkansas voters also recently voted on a measure to prohibit unmarried couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples from adopting children or serving as foster parents.

Although several organizations, such as the National Adoption Center, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics believe gay and lesbian parents do not negatively affect children.

This decision brings some long awaited good news for same-sex couples in Florida.  It’s a step closer for the equal treatment of gays and lesbians.  Their right to form and have a family.  It’s just unfortunate same-sex couples were recently striped from their right right to marry.

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