Protesters marched through the streets of Raleigh on Monday to express outrage over Amendment One, a constitutional ban on same-sex unions that North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved, and they plan to march every 14th to change hearts and minds.
Jay-Z has thrown his support behind President Obama’s marriage equality stance, CNN Political Ticker reports. In a CNN interview, the hip-hop mogul said of the issue: "I've always thought it as something that was still, um, holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business.” “It’s is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple,” Jay-Z said.
“We have never gone wrong when we expanded rights and responsibilities for everybody,” said Obama. “That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."
Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee spoke at a statehouse ceremony today and declared that the state will recognize all same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, according to the Associated Press, directing state agencies to essentially treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who was criticized for not donating to fight Amendment One in North Carolina, has pledged $100,000 in Maine. Hughes and his fiancé, Sean Eldridge, who is a senior adviser for Freedom to Marry, are offering it as a matching gift, which means other, small donors will have to step up during the next four weeks if the full amount is to be paid.
“That’s how we achieved women’s rights,” said Obama. “That’s how we achieved voting rights. That how we achieved workers’ rights. That’s how we achieved gay rights. That’s how we made this union more perfect.”
Andrew Sullivan argues that Barack Obama’s biracial identity allows him to understand the “core gay experience” of “displacement” more than any other American president.
"Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people,” Bloomberg said during a Sunday commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro told crowds at Saturday's gay pride march that her father advocates for LGBT rights, and she reiterated her her belief in marriage equality, according to the Associated Press.