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Blast from the Past: Day of Decision Protest 2009 Video

Day of Decision Protest Video – May 26, 2009 – San Francisco, CA

Footage from the May 26 march and rally in San Francisco protesting the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8.

Transcript:

Black Screen with words: May 26, 2009 San Francisco, CA

[Protestor sign: An injury to One is an injury to All. Fight Bigotry. Overturn 8]

Day of Decision Gatherings

The day is nearly here! On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, we’ll learn the fate of the Prop 8 and DOMA cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rulings on these cases are expected to be announced at 7 AM (or shortly thereafter) tomorrow.

“Day of Decision” gatherings are currently being organized across the country to either celebrate or mourn the Court’s decisions. We’re hoping it’s all good news.

My Dream

“I have a dream that when I have my own children one day, I will be able to tell them that things used to be different back then; that not everyone could get married and they would try hard to fathom the idea of denying marriage to anyone, yet never truly understand the sad injustice we had.”  – Justin Jackerson, a 25-year-old Deaf Gay man living in Los Angeles, CA

Photo credit: Dylan Sue

 

 

 

It’s a no-brainer

“It is still kind of mind-boggling to see my marriage still up in the air, leaving it to nine justices to determine the legality of it.  I just hope that they do the right thing for once and all – it IS a no brainer, right?”  -Lisa Marie Wilson

Deaf Lesbians Noreen Yates and Lisa Marie Wilson were one of an estimated 18,000 couples to legally tie the knot in California prior to the passage of Prop 8.

Watch the “Yes to Love” mini-documentary.

Love, Not H8

Photo of DeafQueer Joseph JoJo Lopez of Las Cruces, NM. Photo by Adam Bouska.

More photos of DeafQueers and Allies against hate.

 

 

Hillary Clinton in Support of Marriage Equality

Video has English captions option.

Text for Blind/DeafBlind Visitors:

Gallaudet University

Community Dialogue with Chief Diversity Officer To Take Place

A date for a community dialogue between Gallaudet LGBTQ students and current Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, who was reinstated in her position earlier this month, has finally been set. The dialogue will take place on the evening of February 5th on the Gallaudet campus. Consultants from the Washington Consulting Group have been hired to facilitate the discussion. If you are part of the Gallaudet LGBTQ community and would like to attend, please contact the Gallaudet LGBTQA Resource Center located in HMB N113 for the exact meeting time and location.

*** Update: This event has been cancelled. ***

Gallaudet Take Note: University Within Its Right to Fire Anti-Gay Administrator

As of this writing, the Chief Diversity Officer controversy at Gallaudet University remains unresolved. Will Dr. Angela McCaskill be terminated for signing a petition that was anti-gay in nature? Will she be reinstated or reassigned? Will the University settle the issue by granting the monetary settlement McCaskill seeks? At this time we can only speculate that negotiations between McCaskill’s attorney and Gallaudet continue to take place or have come to a standstill.

Deaf Equality - Love Unites

Supreme Court to Hear DOMA/Prop 8 Cases

Yay! We’ve been waiting for this…

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it will hear DOMA and Proposition 8 cases. According to news reports, we should know their decisions on these cases by June.

The Supreme Court will furthermore have the opportunity to address, should they chose to, whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry *nationwide*, putting this issue to rest once and for all.

We’re two steps closer to LGBT equality.

 

Dawn Ramos + Laurie Ovesen

Dawn Ramos (Deaf) and Laurie Ovesen (Hearing) met in Sacramento, California 14 years ago.  Dawn was Laurie’s ASL teacher and they began dating after the semester ended.  They fell in love and in 1998, the lovebirds tied the knot in Loomis, California. Dawn took on Laurie’s last name and they began a family together a few months after their wedding.  The couple have two children, Jack, age 13, and Meg, age 10, and run a canine boarding and daycare business in Maple Valley, Washington. 

Fairness & Equality Won

FAIRNESS & EQUALITY have won out over FEAR & PREJUDICE.

For the first time, VOTERS have drawn a line in the sand and said to the nation: ALL AMERICANS should have the FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOM to marry the person they love.

Election Results: Marriage Equality Wins!

From the American Foundation for Equal Rights: This election brought us an amazing victory. It’s the best outcome we could possibly have hoped for. Until now, our opponents have kept pointing out that they’ve won every popular vote on marriage. But not anymore. With sixteen national surveys showing a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, their winning streak is at an end. Captioned video.

41 More States to Go!

As of November 7, 2012, nine states plus the District of Columbia have passed marriage equality laws:

1. Massachusetts – May 17, 2004

2. Connecticut – November 12, 2008

"It is about love. Love for all people. Love for humanity. Love for justice and equality for all. Love for basic human rights. Love for civil rights for all people. Thank you Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington and, of course, thank you America for re-electing Obama."
--MJ Bienvenu

Victory in All Four States!

Victory in all four states! Love triumphed bigotry. Thank you allies, those who made monetary contributions and worked tirelessly on the state campaigns, those who spent time educating and informing others why marriage equality and LGBT civil rights matter and of course, those of you who voted yesterday.  We’re four steps closer to marriage equality for all Americans.

Spain Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Breaking News: Spain’s Constitutional Court upholds marriage equality law originally passed seven years ago.  Read more

Deaf Parents Support Their Daughter’s Right to Marry

Blast from the Past

On October 29, 2008, Samuel and Patricia Yates’ daughter, Noreen, legally married her same-sex partner, Lisa Marie in San Francisco. This is how they felt about it.

I Support My Sister’s Right to Love

Blast from the Past

Maureen Yates Burns shares her thoughts on her sister’s same-sex marriage. This was shot shortly after her sister, Noreen, married her partner Lisa Marie on October 29, 2008.

“Yes to Love” – A Mini Documentary

Blast from the Past

October 2008

Deaf Lesbian couple Lisa Marie Wilson and Noreen Yates legally marry in this mini-documentary that was shot on October 29, 2008 in San Francisco. The couple feared their marriage would be declared invalid if Proposition 8 passed in California on November 4th, 2008.

Google Supports Marriage Equality

This November, there are 4 states with marriage referendums on the ballot. Google employees show their support for marriage equality and urge you to add your voice, too. Closed Captioned.

Debunking NOM’s Bigotry/Biology Ad

American Foundation for Equal Rights debunks the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) new video full of the usual crazy claims. Closed captioned.

First Person: Why I Oppose Minnesota’s Marriage Amendment

By Susan Masters

On Nov. 6, 2012, Minnesotans will vote on whether to change our state’s constitution to limit marriage to one man/one woman. As a Christian and Lutheran pastor, I strongly oppose this effort. This video is in ASL and offered for Minnesota’s deaf community to consider.

 

My Civil Rights are Not Up to Public Vote

My Civil Rights are Not Up to Public Vote

Blast from the Past: A protester holds up a sign protesting the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This photo was taken on November 15, 2009 during the National Protest Against Prop 8. Civil rights of a minority should never be voted on by the majority. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what will be happening in four states on November 6.  Be sure to get out and vote for equality and fairness.  Every vote counts!

 

Gallaudet’s SBG Updates Students on Chief Diversity Officer Situation

Gallaudet University’s Student Body Government shares the latest updates regarding to the Chief Diversity Officer situation.

Maryland Marriage Alliance Quietly Removes Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Featuring McCaskill

The anti-gay marriage organization, Maryland Marriage Alliance, has quietly removed the advertisement they posted on YouTube featuring Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill.  The ad, which was broadcast widely on television stations in Maryland, urged people to vote against Question 6.

We last reported that Gallaudet had been working with its attorney to get the ad removed citing that the images and video used in the ad were obtained without permission from Gallaudet’s website and are Gallaudet’s intellectual property and copyrighted.

Gallaudet Protests

Protests at Gallaudet

Check out these news articles and videos for a glimpse of the protests that took place at Gallaudet this afternoon:

Fox 5
WUSA 9
WJLA 7
Washington Post

Should Dr. McCaskill be given her job back? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

 


What part of "unconstitutional" is unclear?

What part of “unconstitutional” is unclear?

What part of “unconstitutional” is unclear? Support marriage equality on November 6th!

Source: The Four 2012


 

Video: Dr. Angela McCaskill Press Conference

Video/Transcript: McCaskill Press Conference

Video: Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, speaks to reporters at a press conference she called on Tuesday.  Watch it over at the Baltimore Sun.

Transcript of Interpreter’s voice-over:

First Person: A Page from Drago's Journal

First Person: A Page from Drago’s Journal

October 15, 2012

Magnus placed his paw on my arm, pushed down firmly and gave me “the look”. This is his way of communicating to me that he needs to go out.  It was time for our nightly walk and he had business to take care of, and like, right now.

Being the devoted doggy dad that I am, I obliged.

Gallaudet University

ODI Advisory Board Issues Statement

**Memorandum**

Date: October 16, 2012
From: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, a diverse group of volunteers representing undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, administrators, community stakeholders, and diversity consultants. 

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Speaks

Is Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, opposed to marriage equality?  She’s not telling.  According to an interview conducted today with ABC7 news, her attorney, J. Wyndal Gorden, stated that McCaskill would not be expressing her personal view on the matter until she was at the voting booth.

“Signing that petition is a right that I have as a citizen of the state of Maryland. It simply means that I want to see this very sensitive issue put on the ballot as a referendum in the state of Maryland,” Dr. Angela McCaskill told Mike Conneen of ABC7 news.

First Person: What We Can Expect from Dr. McCaskill’s Press Conference

By M. Matton

Ever wish you had a crystal ball that could predict the future? I bought a crystal ball at a fair once when I was 10. This morning, I took it out of the attic; I wanted to see if it would give me a glimpse of what we can expect at today’s news conference.  It wasn’t much help but I do have some hunches.

Gallaudet President Issues Statement

Statement from President T. Alan Hurwitz regarding the Chief Diversity Officer:

Dear Campus Community,

I am sending this communication to indicate forcefully that Gallaudet University would like to work with its Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, to enable her to return to the community from her administrative leave.

As many know, Dr. McCaskill exercised her right to sign a petition concerning legislation on gay marriage. Because of her position at Gallaudet as our Chief Diversity Officer, many individuals at our university were understandably concerned and confused by her action. They wanted to know “does that action interfere with her ability to perform her job?”

Vote Yes to Question 6

Check out this blog post from long-time ally, Patti Durr.

[Photo courtesy Jan, Sharon, Candace, and Jehanne]

 

First Person: An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill

An Open Letter to Dr. Angela McCaskill, Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet

Dr. McCaskill, Angela, as I am sitting down to finally carve the pumpkin I had hoped to donate to the Office of Diversity and you, I am moved to set down my thoughts to share with you.  I don’t yet know if I will send it to you, or if I will share it with the community. I only know I need to write these thoughts and still the dizzying whirl of feelings and reactions that have my mind abuzz.  We shall see when the pumpkin is carved and the lines here written what is worth the sharing.  

Marriage News Watch (Captioned)

An anti-gay ad in Washington is re-using discredited misinformation from other states. We’ll have a side-by-side comparison. New polling shows us with a healthy lead in several states, but some of the numbers don’t quite add up. And new protections from the Obama administration could save LGBT couples from forced deportation. — American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage Equality Matters

Get the Facts! Because, Marriage Matters…

Marriage Equality USA: Marriage equality is an issue that often sparks intense emotions, both in those who are working for equality, and in those who oppose it. The institution of marriage is also surrounded by a great deal of assumption and mythology. It behooves us all to Get the Facts before discussing marriage equality. We hope that reading through Get the Facts will prove useful and answer your questions. Learn more

Marriage Is…

Four U.S. states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington) will be voting for or against marriage equality on November 6th.  Encourage everyone you know in these states to get out and vote for fairness.  Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.

 


 

McCaskill’s Attorney to Hold Press Conference on Tuesday

According to the Associated Press, Dr. Angela McCaskill, who was placed on administrative leave by Gallaudet University when it was discovered last week that she had  signed an anti-gay petition while holding the position of Chief Diversity Officer at the University, has hired attorney J. Wyndal Gordon to represent her in seeking reinstatement.

Mr. Gordon has issued a statement saying that Dr. McCaskill is not anti-gay and he would explain her actions in greater detail at a press conference on Tuesday in Annapolis, Md.

Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Office Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Placed on Administrative Leave

Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, has been placed on administrative leave.  The following is an official statement from Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz:

Gallaudet University | Office of the President

Dear Campus Community,

Marriage Equality & Gallaudet University’s Chief Diversity Officer

A great video from Alison Aubrecht of the Facundo Element.

“Facundo Element joins others in calls for a public apology from the Chief Diversity Officer at Gallaudet University for her decision to sign a petition that was sponsored by those who want to remove civil rights of LGBT individuals, specifically the right to marry. We also stand in support of Marriage Equality and encourage all to vote in favor of it on November 6th. Make sure you read the ballot questions carefully! (In Minnesota, the question is “Marriage is for one man and one woman,” so you want to vote NO in Minnesota.)”

Gallaudet’s Chief Diversity Officer Signs Anti-Gay Petition

On November 6th, Maryland voters will decide whether the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was enacted by the Maryland legislature and grants lesbian and gay couples the equal right to marry, is upheld or rejected.

While there are many that support overturning this important civil rights legislation, one person you would never expect to be in favor of doing so is Gallaudet University’s own Chief Diversity Officer and Maryland resident, Dr. Angela McCaskill.

Vote for Marriage Equality

Vote for Equality and Fairness

Be Prepared – Know how to vote in your state to support marriage equality.

In Maine: Vote YES on 1
Marriage for All Families

In Maryland: Vote FOR question 6
Marriage Equality and Fairness

In Minnesota: Vote NO
Don’t Limit the Freedom to Marry

In Washington: Vote to APPROVE R74

Learn more at http://thefour.com

Vote NO on Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Check out this awesome vlog from Barry Segal urging Minnesota voters to vote NO on the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment. Learn more about this Amendment.

Paul + Bob

Paul P. Adams + Robert Rourke

Bob Rourke and Paul Adams were one of over 18,000 couples to legally marry in California prior to the passing of Proposition 8.  They were married at San Francisco’s City Hall on July 28, 2008.  And yes, they wore shorts (as shown)!

The couple, who reside in Alexandria, Virginia, recently celebrated their 4th anniversary.  Like many couples, they chose to keep their last names.

Congratulations!

 

Juan + Tim

Juan Bernal + Tim Mahoney

Juan Bernal and Tim Mahoney were married on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Chicago IL after being together for 11 years. Along with Juan’s three Deaf children, over 125 friends, family and co-workers attended the ceremony.

“The state of Illinois recently announced the passage of civil union marriage,” said Juan. ” The time was right to go ahead and make the relationship legal.”

Congratulations!