Same-Sex Weddings Begin in Indiana #Indiana #Time4Marriage

Same-Sex Weddings Begin in Indiana   #Indiana  #Time4Marriage

After a federal judge in Indiana struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday morning, couples rushed to county clerks’ offices across the state to get married.

Craig Bowen and Jake Miller were the first couple to wed in Indianapolis, according to The Indianapolis Star.

“Our parents don’t know yet, so they might be a little mad at us,” Miller told the Star. “I sent Craig a text and said ‘Hey, do you want to get married today?'”

Couples in other parts of the state, including Hamilton, Monroe, and Marion counties, are also exchanging vows as clerks there have announced they’re processing certificates for same-sex couples. The Indiana attorney general’s office has already indicated it will appeal today’s decision. But in other states, such as Utah, same-sex couples also got married during the window of time between a ruling and a stay while an appeal is taken up.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young is now one of 20 federal and state judges who have ruled state bans unconstitutional. The decision came after a judge ordered Indiana in April to respect the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her partner, who are parents to two daughters.

For the First Time, Starbucks Raises the Pride Flag atop its Headquarters #SeattlePride #Starbucks

Starbucks Seattle Pride Flag

A 38-feet wide by 19-feet tall rainbow flag was raised on top of Starbucks headquarters and will remain through this weekend’s Seattle Pride Parade. Seattle Pride, the Northwest’s LGBTQ rights movement, is marking its 40th anniversary on June 29, 2014.

White House declares June LGBT Pride Month #PrideMonth #LGBT

LGBT rights just got another big push from the president himself.

The White House on Friday issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama calling on Americans to eliminate prejudice “everywhere it exists,” declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

“As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect – our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well,” the proclamation begins.

Obama writes that although the gay rights movement saw a massive victory this month last year with Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, giving gay couples married in states where it’s legal the same federal benefits that straight couples receive, full equality is not yet here.

THE REID REPORT, 5/31/14, 8:17 PM ET
The next frontier in LGBT rights

“Despite this progress, LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” Obama states. “And in the years ahead, we will remain dedicated to addressing health disparities within the LGBT community by implementing the Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.”

Following the example of the bravery during the June 1969 riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn, now widely recognized as starting the gay rights movement, Obama writes “let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity – because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.”

The Normal Heart is a powerful and important movie! #NormalHeartFilm


The Normal Heart is a powerful and important movie!

Metric – Synthetica (Live at Sasquatch) #Metric

I love this song! Metric – Synthetica (Live at Sasquatch)

A Historic Week For Freedom To Marry #MarriageEquality

A Historic Week For Freedom To Marry    #MarriageEquality

Craig Ramsay Got Married! #CraigRamsayFit #RivieraPS

Photo by B. Peterson

One of our favorite personal trainers, Craig Ramsay got married at our favorite hotel, The Riviera in Palm Springs!

What a handsome couple! Congrats guys!

First Openly Gay Player Drafted to NFL #MichaelSam

Today openly gay college football star Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams.

In February Michael Sam made history as the first Division I college football player in history to come out as gay. Sam was named the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-SEC selection during his senior year at the University of Missouri.

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement in response to the news:

“We congratulate Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams on their terrific decision to draft him. Today, LGBT young people can look to Sam as proof that being open and proud of who you are doesn’t keep you from achieving your dreams. Gay people are our neighbors and friends. They’re our United States Senators and, starting today, they’re our professional football stars.”

Today we congratulate Sam and proudly celebrate his success.

Athletes and leaders like him are showing what real courage looks like. Let’s give him a high five and thank him for his bravery.

SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry, the Campaign to Win Marriage Nationwide #ToastToMarriage



‘Toast to Marriage’ is a unique partnership between SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide.

The organization aims to raise awareness and grow public support for the movement to win the freedom to marry in the United States.

During the summer of 2014 the ‘Toast To Marriage’ tour will visit 11 cities, raising awareness and encouraging supporters in each state to publically show their belief in marriage equality by raising a ‘Toast To Marriage’.

Sub Pop Records lands at Sea-Tac #SubPop


Ask out-of-towners what Seattle is best known for, and you’ll get the usual laundry list — rain, great coffee, iconic tech companies.

But a lot of people also mention music, and that’s not surprising, given a history that includes Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, among others.

Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem bizarre that Seattle’s best-known indie label, Sub Pop Records, is opening a brick and mortar store Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

“We became internationally renowned in the very late ’80s and early ’90s as a mecca for music,” said Kate Becker, director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. “Lots of people drink coffee. I bet even more people connect with music.”

The new store, located in the main terminal near the entrance to Concourse C, kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Thursday with a performance by Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen, a singer-songwriter. (You need a plane ticket to go; the store is on the other side of security lines.)

Sub Pop popularized grunge music in the ’90s and has more recently signed neo-folkies such as The Head and the Heart.

“Sub Pop is classic Seattle,” Becker said. “They find great bands, and they’ve diversified their musical portfolio.”

Music has already been a big part of the Port of Seattle’s marketing strategy for Sea-Tac. Working with the Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the port has featured live music, artists reading public service announcements and photographs of Seattle jazz musicians as part of its efforts to brand the airport with local flavor through its Experience The City of Music project.

“Our travelers like a local flavor,” said Deanna Zachrisson, Sea-Tac’s manager of dining and retail management. “We know that from the research that we conduct. Folks that live here have … a sense of familiarity with local concepts, but they also have local pride when folks come to visit Seattle.”

Local flavor doesn’t always guarantee success. In February, Portland powerhouse Powell’s Books was forced to close two of three locations at Portland International Airport, after it failed to agree on a lease renewal.

Sub Pop signed an 18-month lease, Zachrisson said, explaining that the store is part of a move by Sea-Tac to emphasize the concept of the airport as a “gateway to the city.” The arrival of Sub Pop and Metsker Maps of Seattle, which opens next month, are part of an initiative to attract local businesses that typically wouldn’t think to have a shop in the airport.

Last year, Sub Pop opened a temporary “pop-up” store in Georgetown to celebrate its 25th anniversary and previously had two stores in the 1990s, but this is the label’s first permanent residence in years.

Sub Pop designed the store, believed to be the first of its kind, with travelers in mind, said Sub Pop vice president Megan Jasper. It will be open 365 days a year, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bins will feature vinyl records, T-shirts and a listening station for weary travelers to relax with Sub Pop bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Death Cab for Cutie, as well music by non-Seattle artists.


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