Gay rights gains piling up; battles still ahead

There are 15 comments on the Albany Times Union story from Nov 5, 2013, titled Gay rights gains piling up; battles still ahead. In it, Albany Times Union reports that:

In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers girded for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

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“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#44 Nov 6, 2013
Wondering wrote:
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Besides eating too many doughnuts, NJ has the second highest tax burden in the country. Only CT is worse. They rank 41st in unemployment, 1 is lowest rate, 50 is highest.
And their Holland Tunnel doesn't even go ANYWHERES NEAR Holland ! It's a gyp !

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#45 Nov 6, 2013
Wondering wrote:
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Besides eating too many doughnuts, NJ has the second highest tax burden in the country. Only CT is worse. They rank 41st in unemployment, 1 is lowest rate, 50 is highest.
And yet 8.86 MILLION people still live in New Jersey, and MORE people keep coming.

There is no explaining stupid.

Unlike Michigan where the people have been abandoning the state in droves because our economy is in the crapper. We are the only state to actually have a net population LOSS over the past decade. And everyone who CAN get out continues to leave when they get the chance. Virtually no young person stays in this state after they graduate from college. All we have left are retired people & those on welfare. And the minute they try to touch even a penny of my pension in taxes I'm outta here too.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#46 Nov 6, 2013
TerryE wrote:
Being "Trans" myself, I doubt whether it will change much in the TGLB world. I really don't know how "Cool" it is.
Regards Terri
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Actually, I think that there WILL be major changes when we finally get our equal rights recognized legally. Some will happen right away and others will take time to happen. But they'll happen.

I have several very close friends who are trans (they call themselves trannies, but they're from New Zealand--that's the common term there). You, obviously, are correct that the trans community is lagging behind the gay and Lesbian communities when it comes to equal rights and the prejudices you face. No doubt about that.

But the more open and, frankly, common, it becomes for people to see GLBT folks being open and GLBT families to be visible, the less scary we'll ALL be to them. Marriage equality will be a dramatic advance forward for all of us in that regard because I think it takes people becoming more familiar with us FIRST before the real changes and acceptance happen.

Certainly we've seen that with the marriage equality issue. Ten years ago, most of the country was panicking and screaming and crapping their pants because people they'd never known, would never know, and knew nothing about were going to get married in some other place, miles away from them. Now, more than 1/3 of the country lives in marriage equality states and well over 50% of the population supports us. That's huge!

I've also seen it in the local GLBT community here in Ann Arbor. When the first few trans folks showed up, none of us really knew what to do our how to react. We knew they were fine, and, fortunately for all of us, they were lovely, kind, and respectful people (the trans folks way more than us gay folks!), so little by little, as we all got comfortable with each other, things changed.

I will admit right up front--when I first became friends with the woman who was my first and is my closest "tranny" friend, I was nervous. I didn't want to say the wrong thing or offend. I didn't know what to ask or not ask, which was weird because I was 40 years old and had been an out gay man for 25 years by then. But I'd never known, or even really seen, anyone that I knew was trans, so it was new and different to me. Just like it is for anyone else that meets a trans person for the first time. And I was well aware in my head that there's nothing or weird or icky about trans people, I just didn't know any yet. Lots of other people aren't so enlightened beforehand.

We'll get there. All of us. I'm sure we will. All we really need to do is keep being ourselves and be open about how we are, and things will slowly get better for all of us. That's doable, right?

;)

Since: Mar 09

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#47 Nov 6, 2013
Wondering wrote:
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Besides eating too many doughnuts, NJ has the second highest tax burden in the country. Only CT is worse. They rank 41st in unemployment, 1 is lowest rate, 50 is highest.
And Christie is just the man for them. lol

Since: Nov 13

Philadelphia, PA

#48 Nov 6, 2013
Hello

Since: Aug 11

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#49 Nov 6, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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um. I think you're infringing on my copyright there.
Good Golly Miss Molly!!! Too bad for you.

Since: Aug 11

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#50 Nov 6, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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And yet 8.86 MILLION people still live in New Jersey, and MORE people keep coming.
There is no explaining stupid.
Unlike Michigan where the people have been abandoning the state in droves because our economy is in the crapper. We are the only state to actually have a net population LOSS over the past decade. And everyone who CAN get out continues to leave when they get the chance. Virtually no young person stays in this state after they graduate from college. All we have left are retired people & those on welfare. And the minute they try to touch even a penny of my pension in taxes I'm outta here too.
They don't build cars there any more do they? What good is it then?

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#51 Nov 6, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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They don't build cars there any more do they? What good is it then?
We have excellent fishing and abundant natural beauty.

That's all I need.

The less people the better.
Akim Von Sigurd

Noviand, Germany

#52 Nov 6, 2013
You homosexuals are sticking it to you !

Apparently, your liberals prefer anal sex to normal sex.

Since: Aug 11

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#53 Nov 6, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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We have excellent fishing and abundant natural beauty.
That's all I need.
The less people the better.
That sounds pretty good.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#54 Nov 6, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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We have excellent fishing and abundant natural beauty.
That's all I need.
The less people the better.
"WELCOME TO EARTH. POPULATION: 0"

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Since: Jul 13

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#55 Nov 8, 2013
Righteous Won wrote:
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But sweety honey,you weren't distracted laughing last night! You can swallow now,and get back to the cafe where you belong! No one gave you permission to leave there anyway! LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Ewwwww! Are you some kind of redneck power ranger?

Since: Jul 13

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#56 Nov 8, 2013
Greetings power rangers. I don't have any cookies to sell and I wouldn't sell them to people who abuse sugar gliders anyway. Is it true Jade has gone into the gerbil breeding business? Mr. Straight Shuter told me so I assume it's true.

Since: Jul 13

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#57 Nov 8, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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We have excellent fishing and abundant natural beauty.
That's all I need.
The less people the better.
As long as you don't have any homocrats.

Since: Apr 12

Al-jubail, Saudi Arabia

#58 Feb 24, 2015
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