Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pride 5K Benefits Triangle Foundation

Start out Pride Month by joining us this Sunday, June 1st, at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids for the Grand Rapids Front Runners & Walkers Pride 5K Race.

Triangle Foundation's GenerationOUT Scholarship Fund is one of the beneficiaries of this event. Race starts promptly at 9 a.m. For more information or to register,
click here.

From there, head to
Motor City Pride in Ferndale -- Michigan's largest Pride celebration!

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Motor City Pride -- June 1st!

Mark your calendars!
Gather your carpool buddies!

Next Sunday, June 1st

Downtown Ferndale will be transformed into the largest Pride event in Michigan and you won't want to miss it!
For list of events, click here. See you there!

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

VICTORY!

Today the California Supreme Court has struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.

In 2000, California passed the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act.” The court ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the “fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship.” The Justices ruled that the state’s “one man/one woman” marriage laws violate the civil rights of same-sex couples. (Twenty-seven states have passed discriminatory marriage amendments.)

The California marriage decision will affect over 36 million people – well over 10% of the nation’s total population – including more than 100,000 same-sex couples in California – one quarter of whom have children (according to the US Census).

In a 4-3 decision, drafted by Chief Justice Ronald George, the court stated: “In light of the fundamental nature of the substantive rights embodied in the right to marry — and their central importance to an individual’s opportunity to live a happy, meaningful, and satisfying life as a full member of society — the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all individuals and couples, without regard to their sexual orientation.”

The California Supreme Court ruled that domestic partnerships are not a substitute for marriage and that same sex couples should be permitted to marry. The court also noted: “Furthermore, in contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights. We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.” The court’s decision takes effect in 30 days.

California has a rich history of establishing fairness for all. In 1948, the California Supreme Court was the first court in the nation to overturn a state ban on interracial marriage. The California legislature has twice passed bills to allow marriage equality. Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed both. Today the California Supreme Court Justices did their job to ensure all citizens equal treatment under the law.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who argued the case for San Francisco, stated “Today the California Supreme Court took a giant leap to ensure that everybody – not just the state of California, but throughout the country – will have equal treatment under the law.” Most Americans believe marriage equality will be a reality in their lifetimes. Two people in a committed, trusting and loving relationship deserve the dignity and support that come with marriage.

Sadly, here in Michigan, our Supreme Court took a different turn when faced with the opportunity to respect families. Just last week, the Michigan Supreme Court came to a decision that jeopardizes the health care of families in committed relationships. We look forward to the day when committed couples in Michigan have the same chance to legalize their relationships. Triangle Foundation will continue to work for fairness for all families in our state. We are inspired by California and look forward to the day when ALL citizens of Michigan will have the opportunity to realize their hopes and dreams by marrying the person they love.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Collateral Damage

It's interesting ... the more our kids go through, the tighter they tie their boats together. Our oldest son Nate charts the course.

Here's
Nate's most recent blog post in response to several anonymous comments:


Setting the Record Straight


So, I’m going to take a break for a minute from my usual fun and ‘this is what’s cool in our lives’ blog entries and talk about something that is pretty important to me: Family.

As most of you already know, my brother Ari came out as being gay some years ago. What happened in our family and in our lives after that can only be described as awesome, as we began a new journey of self-discovery and awareness. I’m not going to go into any more detail than that, because for each of us, that journey was different.

When Colette became the West Michigan Field Organizer for Triangle Foundation, we were of all extremely proud of her, and we still are. Her work there is amazing and it has been an honor to support her as she continues to bring support and awareness to people both in and out of the LGBT community.

But with this new job came some unexpected (at least to me) publicity. I have to admit, it’s been fun to watch it happen. Listening to the radio shows, reading the news paper articles, the blog entries, and even getting the chance to participate a little bit. It’s exciting!

Unfortunately, there are some people out there who would prefer we all “go back in the closet”. Some harsh things have been said. Most of it I ignore; I prefer just to read the positive things. And besides, no matter what is said and no matter who says it, I believe it is important to remember that each and everyone one of us is on our own journey. I will try my best to not make judgments.

That being said, I want to at least make one thing clear about the moms, dads, brothers and sisters in my life.
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