Valentine’s Day 2014 is shaping up to be one of the happiest for many gay and lesbian couples in America.
Abetted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that repealed part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine more states legalized same sex marriage in the past year, bringing the total to 17 states and D.C.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 22.
Here is the text, as prepared for delivery:
Join the jeers for Liz Cheney, who threw her lesbian sister onto the tracks in craven pursuit of a U.S. Senate seat that she will never win. Liz, who denounced same-sex marriages like that of her sister Mary, needs to get a clue about real family values.
Seven months after 68 U.S. senators overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration bill, House Republicans respond with a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation’s immigrants.
We said at the beginning of 2013 and we reiterate at the beginning of 2014: A roadmap to citizenship is vital to protecting working families’ rights and keeping families together. In 2013, Americans made clear they support a path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans. So should House Republicans. Half-measures that would create a permanent class of non-citizens without access to green cards should be condemned, not applauded.
For a brief time, marriage equality existed in Utah.
While I couldn’t be happier for my friends at our sister organization Equality Utah, I was as shocked as many of you to learn that Utah achieved full marriage equality before Wisconsin.
I was born in Wisconsin and have spent time in Nebraska, where my mother’s vast set of relatives gathers every year to celebrate family and place. Although today I call California home, I’m always happy to return to the region of the country where I was born. Just recently, I traveled to Chicago for Equality Federation’s Midwest Leadership Summit, the annual gathering of our Midwest Cohort.
Looking back at 2013, I am proud to say that we have a more unified movement for equality than we had in Wisconsin one year ago.
Despite my hard-earned rep as an atheistic radical commie lesbian, I turn into a hopeless ball of schmaltz when the holiday season begins. Every year, I succumb to the sentimentality of Christmas movies.