Thursday, May 15, 2008

California's Supreme Court overturnes CA's same-sex marriage ban, press and HRC continue to perpetuate bi invisibility

California ban on same-sex marriage struck down. As it and all other bans on same sex marriage should be. Equal rights for all.

I also want to say that I appreciate CNN's consistent use of inclusive language (using the term "same-sex marriage" instead of "gay marriage") in both the headline and the article! Unsurprisingly, Fox News has said CA overturned the "gay marriage ban" and, unfortunately, so has the BBC and (MS)NBC and ABC and CBS and 365gay.com and Yahoo! News and Reuters and the Associated Press (note the AP link will bring you to a different AP News-using site each time) and the New York Times and the Washington Post and NPR...
Apparently in their eyes only gays and lesbians want to get married. Or they just don't really think at all about how they phrase it...

THIS is what we're talking about when we talk about bi invisibility!!!

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Edited to add: My friend just received an e-mail from the HRC listserv, written by Joe Solmonese (the president of HRC!) that started like this:

"Same-sex couples win the right to marry in California! Today, California's highest court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, granting loving, committed gay and lesbian couples the dignity and support their relationships have so long been denied."

Come ON, HRC! You are supposed to be a supportive LGBT organization! You could at least sort of try. This sort of crap is exactly why I am not a fan of HRC. Ugh.

Second edit, to add: GLAAD is guilty too... ugh. "The court's ruling on the cases... extended marriage to gay and lesbian couples in the Golden State... committed couples, gay and straight, should not be denied the duties, obligations and protections of marriage..." Etc., etc.

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