The latest Gallup pole published May 22 suggests that Americans are tightly divided in their reactions to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 50% of Americans say they would favor such an amendment, while 47% are opposed.
This line falls strictly along party lines. According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey conducted May 8-11, two-thirds of Republicans (66%) favor a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a heterosexual institution, while a majority of Democrats (55%) oppose this.
Although only half of all Americans favor a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages, the same poll finds a solid majority (58%) opposed to granting such marriages the same legal rights as traditional marriages.
However, distinct generational and gender differences characterize these attitudes, suggesting that the future of the marriage equality movement rests in the hands of young American women.
A majority of women ages 18-49 say marriage between same-sex couples should be legally valid compared with only about 30% of women over 50. On the other hand, young men ages 18-49 were less likely to think same-sex marriage should be legally valid than their older counterparts, men ages 50 and older.
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Marian Anderson (pictured) was one of the finest contraltos of her day. She sung before heads of Europe. A piece “Solitude” was written especially for her by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, one of the most internationaly popular composers of the late 19th and early 20th century.
But when Anderson tried to rent Constitution Hall in 1939 for her Washington, D.C. dubut, the all-white women’s society and building’s owner, the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), denied her because she was African-American.
When D.A.R. member and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (pictured) learned of this shameful discrimination, she promptly resigned from the D.A.R. in her syndicated newspaper column and brought in Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes (pictured) to arrange a performance for Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial.
75,000 people attended that performance, enough to fill several Constitution Halls. Four years later, the D.A.R. invited Anderson to sing at a benefit for the American Red Cross.
On January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. In 1958, she was officially designated delegate to the United Nations. She was awarded the UN Peace Prize in 1972.
Eleanor Roosevelt was appointed delegate to the United Nations in 1945.
Gay Rights Takes To Radio Airwaves
(Washington) The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization is launching a weekly radio show that will mix talk with celebrity news and feature a phone-in segment.
The show will be hosted by Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and heard on XM Satellite Radio.
“The Agenda with Joe Solmonese” will premiere on Monday, July 17, on XM LIVE (XM channel 200) from 6 – 8 pm. There will be additional encore broadcasts airing throughout the week.
“This is a unique opportunity to engage millions of Americans in a real conversation about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender today,” said Solmonese.
“Our goal has always been to engage more Americans in a dialogue about fairness and equality, and XM’s more than 6.5 million subscribers give us an incredible reach into rural as well as urban American homes and cars.”
“The Agenda” will mix current events with lifestyle topics and feature audience interaction through live listener calls.
Solmonese said that he’s working on getting guests, like Cyndi Lauper, George Takei and political leaders like Sens. Russ Feingold and Lincoln Chafee.
He also plans on bringing on religious leaders like Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and national and local community leaders “who are fighting for equality on the front lines.”
The program will be broadcast live from XM’s Washington, D.C., studios.
Solmonese will be joined each week by “The Agenda” executive producer Mary Breslauer of Boston, a former radio talk show host, former HRC board member and longtime GLBT activist.
Coinciding with the Gay Games in Chicago, the debut episode of “The Agenda” will feature live coverage of the games, as well as a look at being GLBT in the Windy City.
“Joe Solmonese is a remarkably articulate and authentic voice for our community. Joe’s new show feeds an audience that craves more voices, more entertainment and more diversity of programming. And that’s the perfect recipe for success in entertainment.” said Lisa Sherman, General Manager of Logo, the nation’s leading LGBT cable channel and entertainment source from MTV Networks.
How much is your life worth…
“A chilling report from the Boston Globe on Thursday reveals that the amount of cash the U.S. military has paid to families of Iraqi civilians killed or badly injured (during) operations involving American troops ‘skyrocketed from just under $5 million in 2004 to almost $20 million last year, according to Pentagon financial data.’ The payments can range from several hundred dollars for a severed limb to a standard of $2500 for loss of life.”
From today’s Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2006, 6:43AM
Grandma worried relative may be gay
Universal Press Syndicate
I have reason to believe that a young man in my family may be gay (he is 15).
I have been thinking a lot about it lately, and have been wondering if circumcision would cure it. What do you think?
GRANDMOTHER in Missouri
Dear Missouri Grandmother:
Homosexuality is not an illness, and therefore there is no need for a “cure.” I predict that your family will be happier if you accept your relative exactly the way he is, love him, support him, and stop trying to think of ways to cure him.
P.S. Circumcision is a sacred rite of the Jewish religion. If your theory were valid, then there would be no Jewish homosexuals. And yet, among the successful, gay, Jewish men who are “out” are Harvey Fierstein, Michael Feinstein, Barney Frank, Isaac Mizrahi and David Geffen — to name a few.
Could it be……SATAN!
The U.S. Senate killed a bill backed by President George W. Bush that would have permanently repealed estate taxes.
The Senate vote of 57-41 was three shy of the 60 needed for the measure to advance. The House of Representatives had previously passed a bill to wipe out what Republicans call the “death tax.”
As Oprah Winfrey’s character “Ms Sofia” says in THE COLOR PURPLE, “dey is a gawd, dey is a gawd!”