Friday, March 6, 2015

Give Alabama the Finger...The Wedding Finger #LuvUAlabama

"Star Trek" icon George Takei is lending a hand -- or, rather, a finger -- to the battle for marriage equality in Alabama by helping to launch a social media effort in protest of that state's recent halt on same-sex marriages.

The actor and outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist shared a photo of himself with his husband, Brad Takei, on Instagram and Twitter calling for his followers to give Alabama "the wedding finger" in response to the state's apparent backtracking on marriage equality.

"I'm going to say it. Alabama is really starting to piss me off," Takei wrote in a separate Facebook post.

In an email sent to The Huffington Post, Takei said:
I was genuinely dismayed to hear that a state's highest court would flout a federal court order, which was left to stand by both the Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. This is grandstanding at its worst, and it is extraconstitutional. 
You know, 60 years ago it wasn't considered a real marriage if a white person wanted to marry an Asian American like me. And now look, I married a white dude. Times change. Attitudes change. And for the better. 
We decided to speak out in this somewhat tongue in cheek way to make an important point. It is all about love, and we, as a same-sex couple, just want the same right to have our love recognized. 
We hope enough couples, gay and straight, join with us to make this point. We'll be collecting up the pics, all tagged with the hashtag #LuvUAlabama plus each couple's home state, to create a mosaic of support for marriage equality. We hope Alabama, too, soon joins the right side of history, as all of America one day will.
Only time will tell if the effort will have an impact in Alabama, where the battle for same-sex marriage has taken some unexpected twists in recent weeks.

In January, a federal judge found that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, while a number of probate judges promptly refused to comply with the ruling.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court refused in February to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples statewide in what has been deemed "a defiant ruling" on March 3.

So let's all give Alabama the finger...the wedding finger.


JiEL said...

As long as RELIGION will be involved in the process, you'll never be out of the problem.

Your moto is «In God we trust» which is not far from what Islamic countries are doing to rule their people. Remember how they treat women and gays.

Your Alabama jurists seems to be living in medieval times as much as Islamic extremists and countries.
USA, LAND OF LIBERTY should be also reviewed if you cannot give EVERYONE this LIBERTY to love and marry WHO you want regardless of RACE or SEXUAL ORIENTATION..
Remember this same issue in your own history when black and white couldn't marry...

So, I'm not very hopeful that this revendication of EQUAL rights to marry will be solved easily and in a short time.... You have so many issues in USA and so many religious opposition that you're not out of the woods this soon.

In Canada, we have EQUAL rights en can marry since 2003.
We have made a «clash» between religion and politic.

Not perfect for sure when we see our Conservative Prime Minister being influenced by religious lobby from the western provinces, BUT he has to be very cautious about those because the rest of the country is watching and critisize him for that..

That said, your «battles» are not all lost because many USA states are open minded and have aknownledge gays to marry.
Two of my best friends of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, got married last May after 12 years of common life as a stable couple even more that many straight couples.. LOL !

Friendly FREE gay man from Montréal, REAL "Land of Liberty"..

JiEL said...

See this..

Strooll down in this page for the video.
This should be as it in EVERY COUNTRIES and on EARTH..

Jay M. said...

It'll be over in June! Other struggles have lasted longer.

Peace <3