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Vivian and Alice Get Married…After 72 Years Together

Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP)

(Image: Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP))

DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times.

“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the small group of close friends and family who attended.

The women met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, while growing up. Then they moved to Davenport in 1947 where Boyack taught school and Dubes did payroll work.

Dubes said the two have enjoyed their life together and over the years they have traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice.

“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.

Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.

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“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”  What an understatement.  Anyway, congratulations Vivian and Alice!

September 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM Leave a comment

When Homophobia Causes a Person to Make a Complete Ass of Himself

This is really something.  I’m thinking Clarke Woodger has no business running an English language school.  He apparently thinks “homophonia” has something to do with gay people.  I wonder what he thinks about homogeneous or homogenization.

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(Image via NomenGlobal.com)

Paul Rolly: Blogger Fired From Language School over ‘Homophonia’

Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.

This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.

But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.

Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.

As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.

“Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.

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The guy is blinded by his homophobia.

July 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM 1 comment

Colorado’s Obsessed Anti-Gay Marriage Republican AG John Suthers Finally Shuts Down Boulder Gay Marriage Licenses

It’s good to know that Colorado is such a crime-free, graft-free, corruption-free state that the number one priority of the Republican Attorney General is to stop the Boulder County Clerk from issuing marriage licenses to people of the same sex who love each other and want to get married:

Coloardo AG via Colorado attoreygenraal.ggov

(Image via ColoradoAttorneyGeneral.gov)

 

The Colorado Supreme Court today ordered Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The order was issued in response to a filing by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Friday asking the court to stop Hall — who was the only clerk in the state at that time giving marriage licenses to gay couples — from issuing the licenses.

The Supreme Court said it will take up the case and ordered a stay on Hall while the case is resolved.

[…]

In Friday’s filing, Suthers argued that Hall issuing licenses was causing “statewide confusion and legal chaos.”

Suthers has previously tried to stop Hall in two other courts and was unsuccessful both times.

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ARE YOU HAPPY NOW JOHN?  What an idiot.  He’s obviously pandering to the Tea Party while trying to position himself for a run for governor but by the time that happens he’ll look like a dinosaur.   Gay marriage will likely be legal in the U.S. next year.

Kind of funny actually.  Guys like Suthers live in such a bubble.  When you only watch Fox and you only listen to Rush you think the whole world thinks like you do.

 

July 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM Leave a comment

Colorado Clerks Ignoring Republican Secretary of State — Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

I’m so proud of the Boulder and Denver County Clerks:

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The Denver County clerk’s office on Thursday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a Boulder judge rejected a bid by the state to block a similar move there.

The first couple, Samantha Getman, 33, and Victoria Quintana, 23, got their license shortly before 2 p.m. They were far outnumbered by reporters, photographers and activists.

Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson’s decision came after a Boulder County judge said he would allow Boulder’s clerk to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, rejecting a request from Attorney General John Suthers to issue an injunction.

Johnson said on her Twitter account: “FINALLY! We can issue marriage licenses to ALL loving couples here in CO. Our Office will be issuing licenses till 4:30 pm today.”

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The Boulder ruling Thursday gave Denver legal cover, in officials’ view.

“Now, thanks to Clerk Hall’s bravery, we can issue licenses today,” Porter said.

In the Boulder ruling on a temporary restraining order request [filed by Colorado’s Republican Attorney General, John Suthers], Judge Andrew Hartman wrote that the validity of any marriage licenses issued by the Boulder clerk’s office to same-sex couples was conditional ultimately upon courts finding Hall had the proper authority.

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No word yet on whether Suthers is going to ask for a restraining order against Denver’s clerk too.  I hope not.  Poor guy.  This train has left the station but he keeps trying to pull it back.

 

July 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM 2 comments

So Proud of Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall

Hillary Hall via boulderCounty.org

Hillary Hall (Image via BoulderCounty.org/gov)

This is happening in my town today:

A left-leaning Colorado county defiantly issued marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday, emboldened by a landmark same-sex marriage ruling by a regional appeals court, even as the state attorney general warned such nuptials would not be valid.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled on Wednesday that conservative Utah cannot ban same-sex couples from marrying, pushing the issue of gay marriage a step nearer the U.S. Supreme Court. [ID:nL2N0P619V]

The appeals court, whose decisions apply to six states including Colorado, stayed its ruling in anticipation of a legal challenge by Utah. Within hours of the verdict, the clerk’s office in Boulder County, Colorado, began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

“Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized,” County Clerk Hillary Hall said in a statement. “I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers [a Republican] said in a statement late on Wednesday that a state constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remained in effect.

“(The) decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was stayed by the Court and has not gone into effect even in Utah, let alone in Colorado,” Suthers said.

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The marriage licenses Hall’s issuing might, in the end, be invalidated but I’m sure the couples getting them know that.  What I love about what Hall’s doing is that she’s acting up, making noise, and doing the morally right thing.

 

 

June 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin Republicans Move to Block Overturned Same-Sex Marriage Ban

This is happening right now:

Gay couples began marrying in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Look at these awful people:

WI Gay marriage ban overturned re john nichols on twitter

(Image via NicholsUprising on Twitter)

 

As the marriages took place, the state’s [Republican] attorney general moved swiftly to stop them.

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Republicans are craven ideologists who can’t see the tsunami of change that’s already happened. This is a done deal nationwide.  But oh no, they’ve got to appeal to those 28%ers (as in the Teabaggers).

Fools.  Just freakin jackass fools.

(My brother is gay and has been since the day he was born. He came out in 1977.  I am so done with this issue.  Full rights to everybody already and then, to those of you who want to fret endlessly about this?  Get a life.  Get a hobby.  Do wood carvings or sand paintings or something.  Geezus.  Let people be!)

June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM Leave a comment

People Acting Up — Love It

Sign Holders 5-12-14

(Image Matt Culver via AddictingInfo.org via WoodTV)

This happened yesterday:

In honor of Mother’s Day, Christine Weick an anti-gay woman from Grandville, Michigan, chose to stand on a corner holding a sign that said

“Thank your Mom today, for not being gay.”

Weick claims she’s not a bigot and that hers isn’t a message of hate. She just feels compelled to go out on Mother’s Day and offend as many people as possible – in the name of her God, of course.

Weick soon had company, as another sign barer arrived on the scene, to offer a counter message.

“Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot.”

Somewhere along the line someone threw a slushie at Weick which is unfortunate but imho, that’s a whole other story.

People joined the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign holder:

After the slushie incident, more counter protesters arrived, including Zach Hoag, who brought a sign that read:

“But two moms can be great.”

During a short interview with Wood TV, Hoag said:

“Love one another. I think that two moms or two dads can love and nurture a child just the exact same way a mother and father could,”

Later in the day another man showed up with a sign that said:

“F*** her. I disagree,”

Another woman also came out to hold a sign that read:

“I [heart] gays.”

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The reason I love this is because obviously it is Weick’s right to hold a sign that said what her sign said, but I’m willing to bet she surrounds herself with like-minded people and like minded so-called news organizations and like-minded radio talkers and that she thinks she’s in the (vast) majority in her thinking.  The conservatism in the MSM is overwhelming.

And I’m willing to bet she thought she’d be a bit of a local hero. So congratulations to the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign guy, to Zach Hoag, to the man who held a sign that said “F*** her, I disagree” and to the woman who proclaimed “I [heart] gays.”  I love seeing people act up against resistance to change, to people who don’t want to let others live and let live and to this notion that conservative thinking dominates.

Look around. It doesn’t!

The folks who want to keep things as they are and/or take us back to the ’50s get way too much attention.  Bravo to three sign-holders for not taking it anymore and for being so cool about it.

May 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM Leave a comment

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