MARRIAGE EQUALITY: “Zach Wahls Speaks About Family to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2011” / Zack Wahls ☮

Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.

HAPPY HARVEY MILK DAY!: “Harvey Milk: Six Powerful Lessons Today’s Activists Can Learn from Milk” / May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978 ☮

In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger officially designated May 22 as Harvey Milk Day––­­­­even though the year before he vetoed the measure. What changed? “Milk has become much more of a symbol of the gay community,” explained Schwarzenegger’s spokesperson Aaron McLear, citing the award-winning film Milk and President Obama’s posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom as reasons for Schwarzenegger’s change of heart.

Today Gus Van Sant’s powerful portrait of the slain gay San Francisco leader still resonates as a profile in courage and a blueprint for social change. Sean Penn––who won an Academy Award for his performance––brilliantly embodies the passion, humor, and humanity of Harvey Milk. In our unsettled political times, the role of citizen-fueled resistance movements is greater than ever. In honor of this gay rights hero––and as part of Focus Features’ 15th anniversary celebration––we look at six powerful lessons modern-day activists can take away from Milk.

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WHITE-WING CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN THEOCRACY: “Rumble – Christian Taliban Now in the GOP Platform” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Crystal Wright, Con Job: How the Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering and Racial Division/Conservative Black Chick & Alex Lawson, Social Security Works & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute all join Thom. The official GOP platform encourages the public display of the Ten Commandments. But why is the GOP pretending that our Constitution establishes a theocracy?

JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY: “Anderson Cooper Confronts Attorney General on Anti-Gay Record” / The Young Turks / John Iadarola, Ben Mankiewicz, and Michael Shure ☮

“On Tuesday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper called Bondi out for her hypocrisy, grilling her about the contradiction between her recent statements and her anti-LGBT rhetoric in defending the state’s marriage ban, when she had claimed in an official court brief that recognizing other state’s same-sex marriages would “impose significant public harm” on Florida. Cooper asked, in light of that work, “Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?”

Bondi responded that her defense of the state constitution “had nothing to do” with not liking gay people. “My lawyer argued a case defending what the Supreme Court allowed the voters to put in our state constitution,” she explained, adding that “those words have never come out of my mouth.”

Cooper observed that, had Florida’s marriage inequality amendment not been struck down, “there would be no spouses [and] boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would not be able, probably even to visit in this hospital.” “Isn’t there a sick irony that you, for years, were fighting that very idea?” he asked her.”