Barack Obama: Legalize Gay Marriage Federally Now
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama

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Barack Obama: Legalize Gay Marriage Federally Now

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      G F

      Los Angeles, CA

Barack Obama has been reelected President of the United States of America, and he is our fighting voice for real civil equality! With unified representation of millions of gay Americans, and millions more who support them, and the millions more who are positively affected by true equality, love and understanding - Barack Obama, his administration and supporting Senators and House Representatives can define the future of this great country, and federally legalize gay marriage.

Gay men and women are now a strong, unified voice and vital contributor to American society. Gay men and women own and support great businesses and jobs, which in turn build a great economy. Gay men and women create loving families, with educated and compassionate children. Gay men and women love, deserve to be loved, and want to love the person they want to marry. These American people, with the right to legally marry under Federal Law, will finally be protected and awarded the rights currently enjoyed by a majority of Americans.

With support growing state by state, Barack Obama must continuously petition relevant entities within Federal and State Governments of the United States, work vigorously to repeal The Defense of Marriage Act, and place America as a leader once again as the protector of Human and Civil Rights for all.

Why now? Barack Obama has been reelected for a second term in his Presidency and no longer must appeal to secondary influencers who do not support equality. The President must start this fight for equality now, early in his term, so that he can continue to defend it and prevent devastating anti-gay attacks after his Presidency. We can together urge Barack Obama to be humanity's full representative and forever be remembered as an American President who propelled this country towards true freedom and equality.

Join together to ask our President to petition for the civil rights deserved to all American people, and make this fight a priority early on in his second term so that he will have time to defend his bold and brave stance.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. President Obama's Marriage Miracle

      G F
      by G F
      Petition Organizer
      President Obama's Marriage Miracle

      Not once in 32 previous campaigns were the efforts of marriage equality advocates sufficient. It took presidential leadership -- bravery, guts and plain human decency -- to add the final soupçon of sufficiency to allow us to run the table in a tidal wave of liberation this week.

    3. Reached 5 signatures
    4. Same-sex marriage wins first-ever ballot box approval

      G F
      by G F
      Petition Organizer
      Same-sex marriage wins first-ever ballot box approval - CNN.com

      (CNN) -- For the first time, same-sex marriage has been approved by a popular vote in the United States. Voters in Maryland and Maine passed referendums by narrow margins cementing the right for people to marry, regardless of gender.

    5. Gay Marriage Advocates Win Major Victory

      G F
      by G F
      Petition Organizer
      UPDATE: Gay Marriage Advocates Win Major Victory

      Minnesota has voted down Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as being a union solely between a man and a woman. The state became the first in the country to vote against such an amendment on the ballot when results were announced early Wednesday.

    6. President Obama Reelected While supporting Marriage Equality

      G F
      by G F
      Petition Organizer
      PRESIDENT OBAMA REELECTED WHILE SUPPORTING MARRIAGE EQUALITY

      President Obama's win over Mitt Romney on Tuesday might have changed the political calculus on LGBT rights forever. When the president announced his support for marriage equality during an interview with ABC News in May, pundits rattled off a list of reasons it could have cost reelection.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      "Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."

      — Constance Baker Motley

      (First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge)

      "I think the key is for women not to set any limits."

      — Martina Navratilova

      "People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me."

      —Princess Diana

      "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

      —Eleanor Roosevelt

      "I think it's very important for everyone in America to realize right now the state of our country, not just on this issue but on a lot of issues, that it is time to get active again. People have just sat back and just sort of said, oh, let somebody else do it for a long time, and we're seeing what's happening to the country, even freedom of speech. It's not going well. So I think this is a real opportunity for people to see, yes, if you do get out and you do get active, there are other people there. You just have to seek them out."

      —Mary Steenburgen

      "In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist."

      —Gloria Steinem

      "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn."

      —Gloria Steinem

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    • Cecelia Mullins CHANDLER, AZ
      • 12 months ago

      Everyone should be given equality and choice.

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    • EUGENE RAMIREZ SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 12 months ago

      A letter by Eugene Ramirez

      http://www.facebook.com/eugeneramirezjr

      THE RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY OF HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY OPPONENTS

      HETEROSEXUALS have a 50% divorce rate (I thought marriage was "sacred"?), STRAIGHT women commit murder through abortion at a rate of 1 out 3, HETEROSEXUALS DEFY God's "Ten Commandment" to not "commit adultery," 1 out 5 Women are raped/sexually assaulted by STRAIGHT MEN in their life, HETEROSEXUALS have MULTIPLE marriages (even though they took a vow in front of God 'until death do us part' ...that is, not 1st married, 2nd married, 3rd married, etc.), they marry for wealth/opportunity and for other UN-Christian reasons, 50% of STRAIGHT teens have engaged in oral sex by age 18 (PRE-MARTIAL sex is AGAINST many religions!), and 40% of kids are born "out of wedlock" to UNMARRIED heterosexual parents!

      But, I won't judge "straight people" because I don't believe in judging ANYONE. Further, the opponents sure like to detract from all of THEIR "sins," as a heterosexual group and try to point their finger at me, a gay dude, but before pointing the finger at me, they clearly have LOT to fix within their own heterosexual group! Their hypocrisy is as clear as the light of day. Further, religious persecutionists essentially claim that they worship a God which hates, divides, and is against equality. Thank goodness I don't support "their God." MY GOD, supports ALL Americans (and all persons around the world) no matter who they love, the color of their skin, their faith, or gender, and I celebrate equality and love not religious hate and persecution.

      A HISTORY OF RELIGIOUS DEATH, PERSECUTION, AND HATE

      Moreover, the bible has lead to the slaughter of more people than any and all was combined "in the name of God," the bible has lead to the persecution of Jews for the last ONE THOUSAND years, the bible has been used to prove that Whites can OWN Blacks as slaves, and now ignorant individuals want to get involved in my sex & love life and use the bible to say I can't marry who I want. All of the aforementioned has been sanctioned and is currently being instigated (anti-gay animus) by Christianity by way of using their own religious interpretation (and passed down interpretation) to oppress based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity.

      In his book, "Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness," James A. Haught chronicles a thousand years of religious hate ranging from the witch hunts, to the numerous crusades, to the Holy Inquisition, to the religious anti-Semitic influence, which lead to the persecution of Jews for the last 1,000 years. Also, theologian Richard Rubenstein wrote in his book, “After Auschwitz: Religion and the Origins of the Death Camps,” that the Nazis "did not invent a new villain...they took over the 2,000-year-old Christian tradition of the Jew as a villain. The roots of the death camps must be sought in the mythic structure of Christianity."

      Here is just one biblical passage that fueled Jewish hatred: "You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, "WHO KILLED THE LORD JESUS" and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last." (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

      Throughout history, numerous individuals have pointed to specific passages in the Bible that have been used to validate slavery. One insightful book, "Noah’s Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery," by Stephen R. Haynes, further shows how just "one" biblical passage fueled anti-Black sentiment over the course of hundreds of years. The biblical passage, "A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren," reads Noah’s curse on Ham.

      Ham is later identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and this particular biblical passage is just one that has been used historically to justify African-American slavery. Also many Christian clergymen throughout history were pro-slavery. Historian Larry Hise says in his book, "Pro Slavery," that ministers "wrote almost half of all defenses of slavery published in America." He also lists more than 250 religious men who used the Bible to prove white people were entitled to own black people.

      James A. Haught says, "Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of the coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites." The eloquent quote that comes to mind is: "Do as I say, NOT as I do." Indeed, the finest delusion of all is the hypocrisy of individuals who are always quick to point the finger at others, first.

      FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND FREEDOM "FROM" RELIGION

      The opponents are more than welcome to spew their archaic nonsense, religious hate, and bigoted venom all they want. However, thankfully, as an American citizen who lives in the most free country in the world, I have a right to believe what they believe, AND I have a right to not believe what they believe. It's quite dangerous when I hear frivolous blather by some individuals who seem to indicate that a religious book "trumps" our United States Constitution.

      I would certainly welcome a challenge from the opponents to try to show me where in the United States Constitution that it says Blacks and Whites couldn't marry AND where it says same-sex couples cannot marry. They cannot show me because it doesn't exist. As such, all of their "bible" arguments are worthless, baseless, and unfounded. Our country's bible is the United States Constitution and not some Christian "holy" book that promotes, incest, rape, slavery, and polygamy.

      The "holy wars," on this planet have been going on for centuries! Many religious people think THEIR religion, THEIR God, or THEIR holy book is superior to ALL the others. So, who is right and who is wrong? Is there a right or wrong? Is one superior to another? There are 2.1 billion followers of Christianity and 1.5 billion followers of Islam on this planet. Is one religion better or superior to the other? Is the holy book for Christianity more superior or "right" versus the holy book for those who follow the Islam religion?

      Some individuals are hellbent on forcing their religious beliefs on the masses, but they fail to understand that we have freedom of religion, AND freedom from religion in the United States. I can choose to be a Christian, Mormon, Hindu, Muslim, agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, or I can choose to have NO affiliation or label whatsoever. I cherish that right as an American citizen. I'd be willing to bet opponents would never want to live in the Middle East where many people are forced under a theocratic rule to live by certain religious dictated dress codes and forced "roles" for women. They should be VERY glad we live in a free country where, we as individuals, can decide to have a religious affiliation or NO religious affiliation at all.

      CHERRY PICKING THE BIBLICAL PASSAGES THAT ARE "CONVENIENT" FOR THEM

      While the above mentioned religious persecution experienced in the Middle East is quite extreme, I still experience religious persecution on a smaller scale whenever I have a discussion with these individuals. They almost always point to biblical passages to assert their right to deny me the right to marry the person I want. They archaically use out-of-context and literal interpretations of their bible, and they conveniently cherry-pick and use the bible incorrectly in such a judgmental and hateful manner.

      It's quite interesting that they are always able to pull out a passage to condemn me, but they seem to have "forgotten" about some passages that I will mention below. Clearly, CHERRY PICKING "LITERAL" BIBLICAL PASSAGES to condemn people is what the hate mongers "under the guise of saving someone" do best. These "so-called" Christians hide their homophobia, bigotry, and hatred "couched" under a veil of supposed religious beliefs. WE know VERY WELL, that they PICK AND CHOOSE the passages that they WANT to pick, to fuel their religious dogma. According to "Christian extremists," who believe in "literal interpretations of the bible," the following IS ALSO BANNED AND FORBIDDEN ACCORDING TO THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE!!>>

      Getting Tattoos On Your Body (Leviticus 19:28)

      Shaving (Leviticus 19:27)

      Cursing (Ephesians 5:4)

      Gossip (Leviticus 19:16)

      Football On Saturdays (Exodus 20:8)

      Eating Lobster, Pork, Bacon Ham, Shrimp And Clams (Leviticus 11:10-12)

      Divorcing Someone (spouse Immorality Being The Only "exception") (Matthew 9:19)

      Wearing Cotton/Polyester Blends (Leviticus 19:19)

      Associating With Women Who Are On Their Periods (Leviticus 15:19-20) ….....AND........

      (A) If You Work On The Sabbath (SUNDAY), You Are Supposed To Be Put To Death (EXODUS 35:2)

      (B) Do You Have Any Disobedient Children? ....YOU Can Go Ahead And Kill Them According To (Leviticus 20:9, 21:9, Deuteronomy 21: 20-1, Zechariah 13:3)

      THE INDOCTRINATION AND USE OF RELIGION AS A CONTROL MECHANISM

      Clearly, throughout history, religion has "scared" hundreds of millions of people into behaving, living, and acting a certain way in order to be "saved" or to be one of the persons who will avoid hell, and so much so, that it's caused people (in turn) to be hypocritical, hateful, and prejudice against "others" in the name of God. The truth is, there is no such thing as "hell." We are here in this life to learn the lessons we set out to learn before we entered this life. In all our previous lives, we have all been gay, Black, straight, White, Hispanic, Jew, disabled, rich, poor, Asian and so on and so forth.

      After this life, we will go to what people call "heaven," and see what we did well in this life, what we didn't do so well, and what we need to learn in the "next life" when we reincarnate into another soul. It's all about learning lessons. Organized religion is not God, and God is not organized religion. They can be and ARE separate. However, some believe that they "have" to be together when that is simply not the case.

      Karma is completely real. For every positive thought, word, sentence, gesture, and act we put out, it will come back to us in this life or the next life. Conversely, for every negative thought, word, sentence, gesture, and act we put out, it will come back to us in this life or the next life. At the end of the day, our ultimate lesson is love of our fellow man in all circumstances possible.

      MARRIAGE HAS BEEN REDEFINED AND HAS EVOLVED OVER TIME

      In 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled that interracial marriage bans were unconstitutional, 72% of Americans were against "interracial marriage." Most Americans did NOT want Whites to marry Blacks, Whites to marry Latinos and Whites to marry Asians. Many Americans believed that interracial marriage was immoral, unnatural, and contrary to God's will. Additionally, before the case even reached the Supreme Court, Leon M. Bazile, a trial judge who upheld the ban on interracial marriage (ruled against allowing interracial marriage) quoted Johann Friedrich Blumenbach's interpretation of race in his ruling:

      "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

      Further, marriage has NEVER been between one man and one woman, for polygamy has been practiced on this planet for centuries. In the "Old Testament," Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, and others all had multiple wives. King Solomon, had 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). King David had 6 wives and many concubines (2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3). Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines (2 Chronicles 11:21). In Exodus 21:10, it even says this: "a man can marry an infinite amount of women without any limits to how many he can marry." So, yes, the institution of marriage DID change and has evolved over time.

      MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS INEVITABLE; EVEN OPPONENTS KNOW THIS

      Among 18-35 year olds, support for marriage equality is at 80% and the population in general supports it at 60%! At this rate, marriage equality will be supported by the general population at 70-75% in the next 10 years, so it's not a question of "if" but "when?" The social dinosaurs who are still living in the 1950s, will continue to want to get involved in my sex and love life and dictate who I can and cannot marry, but fortunately, their opinion is now the "minority" in this country. We especially saw that last year, in November 2012, when voters in four states approved marriage equality at the ballot box for the first time ever in the United States.

      WASTED HUMAN LIFE SPREADING MORE HATE INSTEAD OF LOVE

      While millions of children go hungry everyday, millions are in poor health, and millions struggle to get by living in poverty, opponents would rather concern themselves with who I can and can't marry. Perhaps opponents will look back remorsefully on their life (when they pass over) and realize that they spent their time and energy in this precious life demagoguing other human beings who are different based on skin color, sexual orientation, or some "other" characteristic. I'm certain that they will regret wasting their life on things that are NONE of their business, yet they chose to get involved in people's love affairs because they felt it was so important to them.

      I SURELY DON'T CARE ABOUT "YOUR" LOVE AFFAIRS, SO STAY OUT OF "MINE" AS WELL, OKAY?!

      Opponents, if you do not support same sex marriage, I have a very simple solution: don't get married to someone of the same sex! Meanwhile, let other people live THEIR lives and marry the person they want. No one tells YOU who you should marry, right? NO. So, respectfully, leave (me and) others the heck alone! I should be able to control my own love life; I'm not involved in your marriage or sex life, so why do you feel the need to butt into my sex and love life? You WON'T be able to stop me from marrying who I want, and if I don't tell you who you should marry, then don't try to tell me either. Whatever the heck you want to do with your life is your choice, and conversely, it's MY choice to do what I desire for MY LIFE (this includes the ability to marry the person I want), so please mind your own business!

      As we know, every single year, support for marriage equality continues to rise, so those who oppose marriage equality are not only on the wrong side of history, but their beliefs will, fortunately, be a part of history as well! Yes, it may sound cliche, but what the world needs now is more love, not more hate. If more people would live a more open and loving life, we all would be better as a country, as a people, and as a global community. No hate or fear monger will ever tarnish my spirit. They are more than welcome to live a closeminded life; however, the majority of the country (who now support marriage quality) will be spreading more love and light and not hate. Love is the strongest and most powerful vibration in the universe and that's what I will be focused on. WE, are on the right side of history of love, tolerance, and acceptance. The other side is on the wrong side of history and their beliefs will be a part of history very soon.

      A letter by Eugene Ramirez

      http://www.facebook.com/eugeneramirezjr

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    • Mollie Hopkins LAFAYETTE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I have been wondering how long it is going to take for the united states to actually "free" and be equal. I want to grow up, and marry the love of my life, no matter what sex. Why does it matter? if you dont believe in Gay marriage... DONT MARRY A GAY!!

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    • Casey Langston FARMVILLE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is not a religious fight it is an equality fight and until equality is reached this is not the land of the free and equal!

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