Equality Roundup: Immigration Reform, X-Men Marry & NAACP Shows Support

May 24, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

x-men homophobia racism naacpWhen Equality California works with other groups in support of immigration reform, sometimes we get asked why. Well, for instance, Takako Ueda and her wife Frances Herbert just supporting the freedom to marry. It’s hard to overstate, and hopefully you’ve already heard about it, but kapow: “‘Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people,’ said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.”

Of all of the comic book heroes, the X-Men have consistently been an all-purpose anti-discrimination metaphor, with “anti-mutant” hysteria serving first as racism, and now as homophobia. Which is part of what gives the current Northstar gets married arc such resonance. Northstar, a speedy Canuck, has been out since ’92, one of the first characters to embrace being gay. Now writer Marjorie Liu is using the recent New York (home of the X-Men) embrace of the freedom to marry in order to tell a story she describes as being, “About love, not politics.”

One of our big priorities this summer is to pass SB 1172, which would end the anti-gay conversion efforts inflicted on minors. NPR’s Talk of the Nation interviews Dr. Robert Spitzer and concludes that everything has changed. We’re working to end this quackery here in California, and it’s great that NPR is reminding people just how damaging and relevant this pseudo-science is.

Mariela Castro is in San Francisco fighting for LGBT rights. The daughter of Raul has a progressive stance that most observers feel is likely to become law once Padre Fidel shuffles off his mortal coil.

The San Francisco suit against DOMA has been denied the fast track that Obama wanted, and instead will get the full 11-judge panel in September.

And finally, that whole freedom to marry thing that Obama’s on board with now? it’s a draw. For every person that says it makes them more likely to vote for Romney, there’s another that says it makes them more likely to favor Obama. Of course, how much of that is noise in the system is hard to track — these voters are being asked a fairly abstract question, and ones likely to favor one side or another probably already had enough reasons. Still, no Obama fallout from freedom.

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