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Governor Deval Patrick has declared today—the seventh anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts—to be Marriage Equality Day in the Commonwealth! We’ll be celebrating this evening in Cambridge—and you’re invited to join us!

We’ll recognize couples who applied for licenses in the Commonwealth on May 17, 2004, and we’ll celebrate with cupcakes, dancing and entertainment from The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band a raucous, 15-piece stomp-your-foot-and-belt-out-the-choruses New Orleans-style street band.

We’ll also present D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk for Cambridge, with our inaugural Visionary Award. Seven years ago, Drury exemplified the true spirit of public service when she opened up the doors of Cambridge City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on May 17, 2004 so same-sex couples (some of whom had been waiting for decades) could apply for marriage licenses. Her unwavering support for marriage equality (at a time when then-Gov. Mitt Romney was ordering city and town clerks to post public notices about previously obscure state laws in order to discourage some same-sex couples from marrying) exemplifies the values MassEquality champions.

The Community Celebration goes from 7 to 10 pm at Club Oberon in the American Repertory Theater, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge! Individual tickets are $25 and sponsorships are $100 (includes 2 tickets) and $250 (includes 4 tickets). We will also host a VIP reception earlier in the evening at Upstairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Tickets are $500 (admission for 2 at both VIP Reception and Community Celebration), $1,000 (admission for 2 at VIP Reception and for 4 at Community Celebration) and $2500 (admission for 4 at both VIP Reception and Community Celebration). Click here to purchase tickets at all levels.

Please note that there will be FREE parking in the lot immediately adjacent to Old Cambridge Baptist Church at 1151 Mass. Ave., across the street from Club Oberon at 2 Arrow Street in Harvard Square—though it will be first-come, first-served. Ignore signs advising that your car will be towed. Your car will NOT be towed. Street parking at meters is also an option; most metered spaces run from 8am–6 pm, but pay attention to the signs because some metered spaces run from 8am–8 pm.

Sincerely,

Kara S. Suffredini, Esq.
Executive Director

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FL Appeals Court: Anti-Gay Adoption Law Violates Equal Protection
Great news!

By a unanimous decision, an appeals court has upheld a Miami judge who ruled that Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban is unconstitutional.

The Third District Court of Appeals three-judge panel agreed with Miami Judge Cindy Lederman who ruled in 2008 that there is “no rational basis to prohibit gay parents from adopting” and that the law violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents.

The opinion reads in part:

“We affirm the judgment of adoption, which holds subsection 63.042(3), Florida Statutes, violates the equal protection provision found in article I, section 2, of the Florida Constitution.”

“Given a total ban on adoption by homosexual persons, one might expect that this reflected a legislative judgment that homosexual persons are, as a group, unfit to be parents,” the opinion states.

“No one in this case has made, or even hinted at, any such argument. To the contrary, the parties agree ‘that gay people and heterosexuals make equally good parents.'”

You can read the full decision here.

This is an historic day but the fight is not over yet. The case may now head to the Florida Supreme Court and anti-gay extremists are expected to seek a ballot measure putting this discrimination into the state Constitution. Equality Florida will continue working with our team across the state to be ready to defend this victory.

What a phenomenal day for Martin Gill and his family who have challenged this ban head on. A big congratulations to the legal team at the ACLU of Florida who worked so hard on this case. Thank you to all the Floridians who have helped to expose the bigotry of this ban.

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Hetersexual Survey

1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?

2. When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual?

3. Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase that you may grow out of?

4. Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?

5. If you have never slept with a person of the same sex, is it possible that all you need is a good gay lover?

6. Do your parents know that you are straight? Do your friends and/or roommates know?

7. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can’t you just be who you are and keep it quiet?

8. Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex?

9. Why do heterosexuals feel so compelled to introduce others to their lifestyle?

10. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers?

11. Just what do men and women do in bed together? How can they truly know how to please each other, being so anatomically different?

12. With all the societal support marriage receives, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships between heterosexuals?

13. Statistics show that lesbians have the lowest of sexually transmitted disease. Is it really safe for a woman to maintain a heterosexual lifestyle and run the risk of disease and pregnancy?

14. How can you expect to become a whole person if you limit yourself to compulsive, exclusive heterosexuality?

15. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?

16. Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective? Don’t you feel that (s)he might be inclined to influence you in the direction of his/her own orientation?

17. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you change if you really want to. Have you ever considered aversion therapy?

18. Would you want your child to be heterosexual, knowing the problems (s)he would face?

From GayJokeoftheDay

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The GAY AGENDA:
-Gay Marriage
-Civil Rights Protection
-Fleet Week expanded to Fleet Year
-FEMA assistance for when it’s raining men
-Kathy Griffin to host everything
-Nationwide ban on pleated pants

Jon Stewart hosts the Daily Show on Comedy Central. A little humor can sometimes say a lot.

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