Articles tagged with: Marriage Equality
One year ago I accompanied my girlfriend to a Holcombe Waller show in Portland, Oregon. I wasn’t terribly familiar with Holcombe’s music but my girlfriend was a long-time fan who had waited years to see him perform live. Two hours later I was a devoted fan. Holcombe is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and performance artist, and one of the most captivating performers I’ve seen in years. His latest album, Into the Dark Unknown, was released earlier this year. Tracks from the album were featured on NPR’s Song of the Day and Starbucks Pick of the Week.
Holcombe took some time out of his extremely busy schedule to talk to TNG about his music, inspiration and how he feels about the state of gay rights in our world.
For some reason pundits and policymakers haven’t grasped the reality that debt ceiling debates and promises of job creation won’t spur young people (generations Y, Z, etc.) to political action.
My generation was born in the era of Bush, Clinton and Bush – more importantly in the time of the rapid growth of televised news, a method of ‘learning about the world’ that is so clearly and laughably dogmatic to anyone under the age of 40. Our political environment is not real to us, we have not experienced in a direct way how changes in Washington affect our lives.
One element to this is a rote learning process that has affected every generation: Why should 21 year olds give up late night binge drinking to organize to ‘Save Medicare’?
To be crystal clear, I think “loss of innocence” is not about “discovery of shame,” and I am not equating same-sex marriage with anything shameful, wrong or naughty. But let the lessons be taught by real-world couples who live with dignity, out of love, and with the occasional marriage license. Let the lesson be taught because OUR neighbors live life honestly, in the open. This is our fight, this is our opportunity. Do we really want to hand the job over to, well, hand puppets?
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TNG is really tired of having to pretend this shit is funny. After the announcement of another American semi-recession and levels of growth sluggish enough to make Gore Vidal’s erections seem spirited, congressional Republicans are days away from Hindenberging/Titanicking/American Airlines Flight 11ing/Other Insensitive Historical Collision Referencing our economy into the debt ceiling and gutting the social safety net that decent caring civilized human beings took a century to build. What does this mean for the average queer working stiff? Rail drinks, and lots of them, because you won’t be able to afford anything else for another decade or so. Better yet, buy the cheap stuff and mix at home – make sure you spring for the glass bottle, though, because plastic doesn’t fragment effectively in Molotov cocktails.
Sunday morning, I woke up early, packed up my bag with water and granola bars, and hopped on the subway toward Manhattan to fulfill an obligation commanded by my God and my religion.
I exited at City Hall and started walking toward Worth Street. It was about 8:30 in the morning, and already muggy. Turning the corner and walking toward the NYC clerk’s office, I soon saw the telltale signs of what was happening where I was heading.
Some things are too important to be pushed at from behind; they must be led, kicking and screaming if necessary, from the front. The president’s failure to identify marriage equality as a civil right, not something for the states to muddle stopping one step short of an unqualified embrace of all Americans’ rights to enter into the sanctioned marriage of their choice – that, in a word, is cruel. It’s small, it’s weak and it’s cruel.
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Crossposted with permission from Matt Baume.
It’s been a relatively quiet week: the anti-gay industry is planning to protest gay couples’ weddings, Senator Leahy will hold hearings on DOMA …
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The Fourth of July is upon us, the time when jaded queers all over the United States get to take a vacation from their studied ironism and indulge in those two most potent and unfashionably sincere of guilty pleasures: nationalism and Katy Perry. It’s also a chance for Young Americans to ask themselves the kind of fundamental questions too often ignored in the miasma of politics-as-usual : Have we really ordered our society, government, and economy in such a way as to guarantee equality and liberty for all? Are we truly living up to the promise of radical democracy implicit in our nation’s history? Ain’t there a child I can love without judging? Ain’t there a pen that will write before they die? Ain’t you proud that you struck our faces? AIN”T THERE ONE DAMN SONG THAT CAN MAKE ME BREAK DOWN AND CRY?
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This weekend something amazing happened – I started thinking about marrying my boyfriend. When, in the past, I considered the possibility of marriage equality in New York I, of course, expected to feel happy, but what I hadn’t anticipated was how it would change the way I feel about my relationship.
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We did it! New York Marriages can start in less than a month. That success gives us new leverage in the 44 states that have yet to enact marriage equality. We also won victories this week in Wisconsin and Maryland, but gay couples in Illinois are just discovered a dangerous new civil unions loophole. And phony anti-gay polls could skew voting in Minnesota.