One was in Bessemer, Alabama, where the first Gay Pride in the city's history was celebrated. Word is, this will be covered in this week's Western Star, so I won't upstage them. But if they print a story, I will copy it here. If they don't, I will report.
The other was in New York. This is my favorite picture of that event.
Photo credit Vivieene Gucwa flckr
The Pride in New York was historic in that they were celebrating marriage equality!
The following are reactions from crazy folk about the victory (all are from JoeMyGod over the last few days)
Pat Robertson says that God will destroy America because of this.
The Catholic League's Bill Donahue says it will lead to multiple husbands.
But unless there is a constitutional amendment, we will continue to have an uneven playing field, one that is ripe for further exploitation. Once marriage is separated from procreation, and Tom and Dick are allowed to marry, there is no principled reason why Tom, Dick and Harry can't do so. After all, wouldn't it be discrimination to say no to Harry?
Bryan Fischer, American Family Radio host, said we have fangs.
'The gay-rights groups have shown their fangs. They want to silence, yes, destroy those who don't agree with their agenda.' Homosexuals are rapidly cementing their position as the number one perpetrators of hate crimes in American today."
Linda Harvey, World New Daily writer, says
"This 'freedom' will include much more than a perpetual pansexual pagan party. It will, and already does, include libel, slander, intimidation, corruption of youth, revolt in congregations, suppression of parental rights, revision of language, disease, loss of employment and loss of life. Oh, and did I mention public sex, the porn explosion and public nudity? Welcome to entitlement sex."
Jason Adkins, Minnesota Marriage Coalition spokesperson, lied,
Marriage between one man and one woman has served mankind for all of recorded history...
Peter LaBarbera tweeted
Every homosexual activist victory (eg, same-sex *marriage* in NY) is a rebuke to our biblical heritage. Why should 'God Bless America'?
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said
The so-called religious protections that were tacked on to the bill will ultimately do nothing to protect the religious rights of New York citizens.
On twitter, @almightygod tweeted
Gays will be getting married in NY, so I guess I'll need to send them some tornadoes. Hope I don't miss and hit Kansas
Maggie Gallagher, in the National Review said,
"The National Organization for Marriage has committed $2 million to persuading Republicans: Voting for gay marriage has consequences. Sad that the N.Y. GOP has caved. Consequences to be continued."
Matt Barber of Liberty Council tweeted
Gay "marriage" silliness: sad for NY. Sad for America. Yet not unexpected. We mock God & He obliges. Buckle in. Rough ride ahead.
But, here are the facts.
New York marriage more than doubles the number of Americans who live in states where marriage equality is. This chart comes from Box Turtle Bulletin.
In 50 years we have come from being a nation where homosexuality was criminal in every state, to where our relationships are recognized as equal in 6 states. But still only 11% of the country (by population) is treated with equality. We still have a ways to go. Maybe we can move faster now. More than half of Americans support marriage equality, and there is no good reason to believe otherwise. None.