Proposition Love and Moovz Celebrate Pride

Happy Pride Month, everyone!

June is a time to encourage equality and celebrate love in all its forms. This year we teamed up with the LGBT global social network Moovz to show how easy it is to erase hate and spread love. Three members of the LGBT community shared their stories with us and tested the kindness of strangers in this daring experiment.

Watch how powerful love can be below.

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Justice Ginsburg Eviscerates The Case Against Marriage Equality In Just Five Sentences

Justice Ginsburg Eviscerates The Case Against Marriage Equality In Just Five Sentences
BY IAN MILLHISER POSTED ON APRIL 29, 2015 AT 8:54 AM
CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL
During Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments in the Supreme Court, several of the Court’s conservative members suggested that same-sex couples should not be given equal marriage rights because these couples have not enjoyed those rights for most of the past. As Justice Antonin Scalia summed up this argument, “for millennia, not a single society” supported marriage equality, and that somehow exempted same-sex couples from the Constitution’s promise of equal protection of the law.
Not long after her conservative colleagues raised this argument, however, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained exactly why marriage was long understood to be incompatible with homosexuality in just five sentences:
[Same-sex couples] wouldn’t be asking for this relief if the law of marriage was what it was a millennium ago. I mean, it wasn’t possible. Same-sex unions would not have opted into the pattern of marriage, which was a relationship, a dominant and a subordinate relationship. Yes, it was marriage between a man and a woman, but the man decided where the couple would be domiciled; it was her obligation to follow him.
There was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn’t egalitarian. And same-sex unions wouldn’t — wouldn’t fit into what marriage was once.
Justice Ginsburg’s point was that, until surprisingly recently, the legal institution of marriage was defined in terms of gender roles. According to Sir William Blackstone, an eighteenth century English jurist whose works are still frequently cited today to explain the common law principles we inherited from our former colonial rulers, “[t]he very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband; under whose wing, protection and cover, she performs everything.” As late as 1887, fully one third of the states did not permit women to control their earnings. And married women could not even withhold consent to sex with their husband until shockingly recently.
Under the common law, “by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract the wife hath given herself up in this kind unto her husband,” and this consent was something “she cannot retract.” The first successful prosecution in the United States of a husband who raped his wife did not occur until the late 1970s.
So American marriage law, and the English law that it was derived from, presumed that the wife was both financially and sexual subservient to the husband. In a world where marriage is defined as a union between a dominant man and a submissive woman, each fulfilling unique gender roles, the case for marriage discrimination is clear. How can both the dominant male role and the submissive female role be carried out in a marital union if the union does not include one man and one woman? This, according to Justice Ginsburg, is why marriage was understood to exclude same-sex couples for so many centuries.
But marriage is no longer bound to antiquated gender roles. And when those gender roles are removed, the case for marriage discrimination breaks down.

EXCLUSIVE! Lisa Vanderpump Marries Gay Couple – See The Vander-perfect Pics!

EXCLUSIVE! Lisa Vanderpump Marries Gay Couple – See The Vander-perfect Pics!

Restaurateur, reality TV star, and… ordained minister?! Yup, Lisa Vanderpump officiated her first gay wedding, and only perezhilton.com has the Vander-perfect pics and wedding day details. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wed Magno and Dominic Salva (above far left to right) on November 8 in the garden of her newest restaurant PUMP.

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Proposition Love Jewelry Designers Talk Subsidizing LGBT Equality Huffington Post Gay Voices

Proposition Love Jewelry Designers Talk Subsidizing LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

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2014-11-05-HuffProp.jpgThis week I talked with Sam Street and Jonathan Tack about their exquisite jewelry line, Proposition Love Jewelry, which donates 10 to 20 percent of proceeds to LGBT-related causes. Jewelry industry veterans Street and Tack were married in California just a few days before Proposition 8 was voted into law. They were part of the lucky few who never had their right to marry taken away, but it made them realize how precious such a thing can be and motivated them to become active in the fight for LGBT equality.

I talked with them about what inspired them to create Proposition Love Jewelry and their spin on LGBT issues. When asked about their personal commitment to LGBT civil rights, Tack stated:

We launched a new collection called Love Is Love because we believe that everyone has the right to love whoever they want to love, and it should be their choice and their civil right. We did a big launch party for Love Is Love, actually, in Beverly Hills, in which we designed various rings for numerous celebrities. For example, we did a ring for Kathy Griffin; we did one for Perez Hilton; we designed one for Melissa Rivers, Tori Spelling — the list goes on and on. It was so heartwarming for us because when we reached out to these celebrities, you know, in their busy lives, we said, “Hey, listen, we would love to design a ring for you to support gay marriage and LGBTQ rights, and we would like to auction the ring and donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale to the charity of your choice that would obviously correlate to what we’re looking to support here.” It was just overwhelming how many celebrities jumped on board and just said, “Hey, we love it. We’re going to do it.”

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Sam Street and Jonathan Tack founded Proposition Love Jewelry in 2011 as a symbol of love and commitment to one another and a pledge to support the rights of all. Proposition Love Jewelry proudly donates 10 percent of profits to organizations that support marriage equality, LGBT rights, LGBT youth anti-bullying initiatives and HIV/AIDS activism. They increased their donation to 20 percent for all purchases made in the states where marriage equality has recently become law. For their Countdown Collection they have created a wedding ring for each state to symbolize the historic moment that marriage equality became law. Recently their exquisite LGBT jewelry line has become available at Macys.

For more information, visit propositionlove.com.

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