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Skipper Trial Verdict

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http://ga4.org/Equalityflorida/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=31265099

"Ryan Skipper's Killer Found Guilty Today, Joseph Bearden, one of the two accused killers of Ryan Skipper, was found guilty of second-degree murder and robbery. On March 15, 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in Polk County, Florida. His death is a bloody reminder of the anti-gay hatred faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our state. Just days ago, a prosecution witness revealed that shortly after the killing, Joseph Bearden, the defendant, said, "He felt he was doing the world a favor by getting rid of one more faggot." The 19 stab wounds that Ryan Skipper suffered are what the FBI calls 'overkill'. That's when the violence in an assault is beyond what would be necessary for a robbery and more than would even be required to take someone's life. Overkill is a key indicator of a hate crime. During his closing statement, State Attorney Castillo said the brutality of Ryan's murder indicated, "hatred, contempt and utter disregard for another human being because he was gay."

Please visit Equality Florida and see how else you could help in Florida.  For a state with such a large gay and lesbian population base in Orlando and a few other counties, we deserve better rights.  We need to stand up for our rights.  If we did, we would have them.

So, I was totally going to blog about the Oscars acceptance speech by the Milk screenwriter.  However, a Dan Lanini beat me to it, so instead I will link to that blog post and insert the youtube video in case you are the type that doesn't like to read.

http://whatadif.blogspot.com/2009/02/one-bright-shining-moment.html


I never thought I would say this, but I wish Schwarzenegger was our governor right now:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-protest10-2008nov10,0,4939340.story


How stupid can somebody be?  They only thing a comment like this will get you, is less money.  Oh well, screw this jackass.

Keith Olbermann on Gay Marriage

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I know, lots of YouTube, but this is great stuff.  A must watch.

"Equal Rights"

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The people will be heard soon


Bitter Sweet Victory

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I was watching CNN today, and they showed an "iReporter" posting a video blog on their website about the passage of all of the amendment across the country to ban gay marriage constitutionally (in their states constitution).  She said that she wanted to ask a gay African American what they feel about the results of the election.  While I am not African American, I am gay.  I was so proud of our country for coming out and supporting Obama, and making history for civil rights.  Racism will still exists, but this is a great step.

However, don't attack me for saying it, but gay is the new black.  We are being persecuted, and our rights are not being provided.  Why is it okay, for Californians and Floridians to say I can't see my loved one if he were to be in the hospital.  Or if heaven forbid, I were somehow on my death bed, why it would be okay to tell Jimmy he can't see me.

We took one step forward in our fight of civil rights for everyone by electing Barack Obama, but we took one giant leap backward by passing Prop 8 and Amendment 2.

I am so excited that the reign of terror an chaos of George W Bush is over.  But I am so sad that this country, which prides itself on its days of overcoming civil rights barriers, has instituted such constitutional amendments.  My gay friends say "its not permanent... it can be undone."  Sure, it can, but now we wait longer, and we reinforce the religious right's attempts to squash minorities.
An interesting and brave statement from Apple was put up on their "Hot News" website publicly stating that Prop 8 is wrong and "Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8."

From Apple's Hot News site:

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Just another reason why I use, love, and promote Apple products and services.

What does amendment 2 say?

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Live in Florida?  Registered to vote?  Here is what Prop 2 will say:


"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."


Amendment 2 will prohibit even the existence of domestic partnerships because it may be considered the "substantial equivalent" of marriage.  This is a bigoted amendment to the Florida constitution, and it must be defeated!



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