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First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse. Thursday, December 13, 2012 First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse I also like the reflection of background trees in the courthouse windows.

First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse

Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham soon after marriage equality went into effect in Washington State. Posted by Robert Ashworth at 3:47 PM Labels: bellingham, election2012, gay rights No comments: Post a Comment Newer PostOlder PostHome. Whitman County more blue than surrounding counties. Counting late ballots, Whitman County is now (as of last Friday) tipped over into the yes on Referendum 74 to legalize gay marriage in Washington State.

Whitman County more blue than surrounding counties

Hurray. Moot point anyway since 74 won statewide due to the big population in King County that was in favor. Nice to see Whitman join the yes side however. The only county to vote yes east of Cascade Mountains. One type of family that gay marriage could harm. In a family where one of the spouses is a closeted gay person, the advent of gay marriage and more lifestyle choices in society could be a threat.

One type of family that gay marriage could harm

Back in the so called "good old days" lots of gay people stayed in the closet and got married into heterosexual relationships. They often raised families. This is still going on today, but it was very common in the past. In many cases, those families stayed together as people just toughed it out. It wasn't ideal, but in some cases, they stayed together for the sake of the kids. Now days, expectations are higher. Now days, bailing wire and duct tape might be used as props for a Leatherman fetish party, but that's a different story. I'm remembering an old TV show called "All In The Family," with the husband Archy Bunker. These days, people are expecting more. The cat has been let out of the bag. Come to think about it, there are societies where marriage isn't about love anyway. Vancouver Gay Pride Parades - an album on Flickr.

Bellingham Pride Parade & Festival 2004 - 2014 - an album on Flickr. Hillary Clinton's ground breaking speech on GLBT rights as human rights. History in the making.

Hillary Clinton's ground breaking speech on GLBT rights as human rights

Today, I decided to watch the speech by Hillary Clinton on LGBT rights as human rights. It is a significant milestone. Nothing was said, in the speech, about cutting off aid to countries that don't respect GLBT rights or tying that aid to progress on GLBT issues. Instead there was talk about a lot of behind the scenes funding and efforts to support individuals and organizations all over the world who are working for GLBT rights.

From my reading of the news, I do think there is some debate in the United Kingdom about linking foreign aid to GLBT issues. This topic is being discussed around the world in which Hillary's speech is a cornerstone, but her contribution isn't the only energy going into the international discussion. Personally, I often link GLBT issues to world population issues. I see Nigeria as an example of one big worry about foreign aid. Uganda Introduces First LGBT Magazine. For Uganda's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community, daily life can be a struggle.

Uganda Introduces First LGBT Magazine

Yet rather than shy away from the difficulties, some Ugandans are putting it all out there with Bombastic, the country's first LGBT magazine. Distributed nationwide, the publication aims to cover LGBT-related topics and give voice to those who are often too fearful to come out in the socially conservative, landlocked East African country. International Day of Peace at First Congregational Church in Bellingham, WA. Whatcom County's 9nth annual International Day of Peace.

International Day of Peace at First Congregational Church in Bellingham, WA.

Held at the Congregational Church in Bellingham. Celebrating 45 years for the peace vigil which takes place 4-5pm at the downtown Federal Building. Vigil is now oldest continuous peace vigil in USA. We saw a video that was made about the vigil. Video honored Howard Harris who is now 94 and one of the last remaining conscientious objectors from World War II era. There is also a peace vigil in Skagit County, at Mount Vernon and Jerry Summerseth started it, I think.

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