Alexis on The Age of Puberty
As you already know, Gay Marriage is legal in New York State and several other states, including Vermont and Hawaii, to name a few. A record number of gay marriage ceremonies took place in July and August. This is just the beginning of equal rights for the LGBT Communities, but something is still missing. Equal rights for Spousal Benefits for Gays is not equal to that of married heterosexuals because of (DOMA) the Federal definition of marriage. “Marriage is a civil union between a man and a woman.” This statute is totally “unconstitutional,” and must be repealed.
Gay marriage is finally a new law that was passed recently in the state of New York. The LGBT communities there celebrated its passage by thanking legislators and their constituents for their overwhelming support. On July 24, 2011 multiple marriage ceremonies were performed in Greenwich Village in Washington Square Park to celebrate the occasion. This was a great step in gaining civil rights for Gays everywhere in the state.
The Boston Red Sox announced the “It Gets Better!” video against anti-gay Bullying. They join the Giants and the Cubs to become the third team in professional sports to join the campaign to take a stand against anti-bullying and homophobia. More than 9,000, mostly Red Sox Fans, who signed twelve year old Sam Maden’s “Change.org” petition did so on behalf of the team.
Sam Maden’s efforts began after his Seventh Grade teacher asked him to come up with a project that would make a difference in the world. A reflection upon his late uncle, who was a passionate believer in anti-bullying, Sam pushed forward on this mission. He felt that this was something that he could do to honor his uncle.
Through “It Gets Better” videos, President Obama, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Corporations like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pixar, and other major organizations have provided hope to Kids struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity!
Dharun Ravi, ex-roommate of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers pleaded “Not Guilty” to 15 counts of criminal charges,Today, after he cyperbullied him to committing suicideby jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Ravi is charged with invasion of privacy, witness and evidence tampering after he, surreptitiously, watches Clementi’s Rendezvous with a man in their Dorm room.He pleads “Not Guilty,” and is free on $25, 000 Bail.