Friday FREAK OUT! Update the curricula! #SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality changes everything 

If you had asked me 15 years ago if one day, everyone would be able to legally marry in every state in the country, I would have replied with hopeful skepticism. I am awe-struck and downright giddy about the monumental decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to make marriage accessible to anyone regardless of gender identity. When I started teaching sexuality education in the early 2000s, I thought we would forever be adding statements into lesson plans instructing facilitators to check the state’s laws on who can marry whom. I am absolutely thrilled that from now on, curricula authors get to leave that out! No more special footnotes or instructions, we just get to talk about getting married or not married as a thing for everyone and anyone. 

So, hats off to SCOTUS, for requiring revisions to all published sex ed curricula and making future ones easier to write! 

  

Friday FREAK OUT! A big week for #MarriageEquality

This week has had so many incredible things happen that I can’t limit my post to just one story.

First, on Monday Michael Sam, a strong N.F.L. hopeful, announced that he is gay.

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Dale Hansen, a sportscaster from ABC News 8 in Dallas, TX hits it on the nose with his 2minutes and 15 seconds of commentary about how several officials from the NFL think it would be uncomfortable for someone to be gay in pro football- they wouldn’t be welcome in the locker room.

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This video has gone viral, with nearly 4 millions views on YouTube (and I think at least 5 of my Facebook friends posted it on their walls!) In his video he quotes Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” to which he adds,

I want to beleive there will be a day when we do celebrate [those differences].

AMEN!

Then on Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The ruling states that the government may define marriage and attach benefits to it, but cannot “impose a traditional or faith-based limitation” without a sufficient justification for it.”

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And on the heels of this landmark decision comes another court ruling that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal,” wrote Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk. “Surely this means all of us.” If the decision holds, then it could have significant repercussions in other states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

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Oh and let’s not forget that on Saturday Attorney General Eric Holder announced sweeping changes in the way that federal government treats same sex couples in the criminal justice system. They will no longer be treated differently in terms of filing bankruptcy, testifying in court, and visiting someone in prison.

So this was a BIG WEEK for EQUALITY (one of my favorite words!). And just in time for Valentines Day and #RespectWeek. Woohoo! Now go eat some chocolate and watch a sappy romance movie.