Pink News – Michael Sam signs 4-year contract with St Louis Rams

Michael Sam has signed a four-year contract with the Rams
Michael Sam has signed a four-year contract with the Rams

Openly gay NFL player Michael Sam has signed a four-year contract with the St Louis Rams.

Sam, who came out in February this yearwhile playing for the University of Missouri, made history when he was drafted to the St Louis Rams in the seventh draft last month, becoming the first openly gay NFL player.

This week, Sam has officially signed onto a contract with the Rams, which Fox Sports reports is worth $2.65 million over four years, with $46,000 guaranteed.

Sam tweeted today: “Grateful, humbled, and motivated after officially signing with all my Rams rookie brothers. Let’s do this!! #RamUp”

Queerty -Picking The States Where Marriage Equality Will Happen Next

Picking The States Where Marriage Equality Will Happen Next

Heads up Illinois, Hawaii, New Jersey and Oregon. Marriage equality may be coming your way and soon. Freedom to Marry, the advocacy group that has been at the forefront of the marriage battle, has unveiled a new strategy that targets those four states as the best chances for marriage equality in 2013 and 2014. The plan, called Roadmap to Victory, aims by 2016 to make marriage equality legal for the majority of Americans and push public support to marriage equality to 60%.

“The key to winning is, as it has always been, that when we get to the Supreme Court with the next marriage cases, we go with more states and more support creating the climate for the justices then to do the right thing,” says Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson.
The strategy will vary among the states. Illinois, Hawaii and New Jersey will be battles fought in the legislature. In Oregon, a ballot measure will be introduced to overturn the state’s ban on marriage equality, to which Freedom to Marry has committed $250,000. In the meantime, advocates will be priming for battles in six more states in 2015 and 2016: “some combination” of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Meanwhile, the battle in the courts is expanding. The ACLU has announced that it will be filing legal challenges in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and (in conjunction with Lambda Legal) Virginia.
In response, opponents of marriage equality are whistling past the graveyard. ”They’re hugely overplaying their hand,” said Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage. ”These are states where gay marriage advocates have been saying for months, if not years, that gay marriage is inevitable and they’ve made no progress.”
Of course, the same could have been said for Minnesota, Rhode Island or any of the other states that approved marriage equality this spring. Or perhaps NOM didn’t notice.
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ADVOCATE.COM – Minnesota Senate Adds Its Blessing to Same-Sex Weddings

Minnesota Senate Adds Its Blessing to Same-Sex Weddings
In a vote of 37-30, the state Senate approved a marriage equality bill. The governor is expected to sign the legislation Tuesday.
BY SUNNIVIE BRYDUM MAY 13 2013 3:59 PM ET

Following several hours of often emotional testimony, the Minnesota state Senate voted in favor of marriage equality Monday. The final vote was 37-30.

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the legislation on Tuesday, The Star Tribune reports. Gay and lesbian Minnesotans can begin getting married August 1.

A far-reaching amendment that would have allowed individuals and organizations to refuse goods, services, and accommodations to same-sex couples based on sincerely held religious beliefs was overwhelmingly defeated by a vote of 42-25.

Senators opposed to the bill evoked fearful rhetoric about the endangerment of religious freedom and the “unknown consequences” of “redefining marriage.”

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One senator, who introduced a failed amendment to make sure the words “mother” and “father” were universally codified i

n state statutes, hoped the chamber would step 16 years back, to when the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“I think this is a wrong step in history, a step that we should not be going down,” said Sen. Torrey Westrom. “I think we should affirm what the legislature did in 1997. … If marriage is about marrying who you love, where does that stop?” asked Westrom, before his mike was cut, presumably because he ran out of his allotted speaking time.

Sen. Roger Reinert, a member of the Democrat-Farmwe-Labor party from Duluth, spoke movingly about the love the

unmarried senator hopes to find in his own life.

“I vote today to give something that is not really mine to give,” he said. “I vote today to recognize for all the very same desires that I have for myself. I vote today to ratify the right for all to life, liberty, and the pursuit of public happiness.”

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the bill Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 75-59, including “aye” votes from four Republicans. In November, Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage for same-sex couples, only the second time an electorate had rejected such an antigay proposal.

NEW NOW NEXT – Lucky 11: Delaware Senate Passes Marriage-Equality Bill, Governor Signs Into Law

Lucky 11: Delaware Senate Passes Marriage-Equality Bill, Governor Signs Into Law
May 7, 2013 ● by NewNowNext Staff

Photo: Equality Delaware
The Delaware senate just approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making it the 11th state to extend the right to marry to gays and lesbian couples. Governor Jack Markell signed the the bill into the law, saying “I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer.”

State Senator Karen Peterson came out as a lesbian for the first time publicly during debate on the bill today, saying ”no one chose to be gay–we are what God made us. We don’t need to be fixed. We aren’t broken.”

Freedom to Marry’s Marc Solomon said in a statement that the passing of this legislation “sends yet another message to the Supreme Court that it’s time for marriage for all Americans.”

The First State follows Rhode Island, which legalized marriage equality last week, and Washington, Maryland and Maine, which passed voter referendums in November.

Up next: Illinois and Minnesota!