Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014









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Gay couples in Arkansas will not be able to get wedding licenses, even though the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage, because a separate law that prevents clerks issuing the licenses to same-sex couples is still on the books.


The justices, in their decision, offered no direction to the county clerks, who knew before the ruling came out that guidance for clerks was still on the books. They had wanted to know what to do with the conflicting findings: the gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional, but clerks aren't authorized to do anything about it.


After Piazza's decision last Friday, clerks in five counties responded by issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Through Wednesday evening, 456 gay couples in Arkansas had since received permission to marry, according to an Associated Press canvass of county clerks. Pulaski and Washington counties issued licenses Wednesday, but said after the ruling they would stop.


Couples that already have licenses can still get married.


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I was so proud of my birth state for pushing this through. And in a Bible-belt state no less! Allowing same-marriage is an on-going fight that is slowly but surely making it's way across this great land.

Then, of course the state backpedaled and put everything on hold. Surprised? No. Disappointed? You bet. But it was a small step in the right direction...

Small, steady steps. :)

Marriage is being redefined as society's attitudes evolve, and the majority of Americans now support gay marriage. As of Jan. 6, 2014, gay marriage has been legalized in 17 US states (CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, and WA) and the District of Columbia. 33 states have gay marriage bans through either laws or constitutional amendments or both.















Three people will win one of my ebooks! 

They will get to pick one of the following: Shadows in the Night, Wrapped in Leather, or The Harvest:Taken.

Just leave a comment to enter and an email address. The hop ends late on the 24th.  I'll announce the winners on the 25th.

~M







36 comments:

  1. please count me in

    leetee2007@hotmail.com

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  2. This is very moving for me. Just lost my sister who was a lesbian. I miss her so much. No matter what people said to her about being with someone of the same sex she proudly held her head up. She was a great inspiration to all of us. This is a wonderful blog post and hop <3
    kittyissweet@gmail.com

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  3. I have never understood why it is anyone else's business who someone is with, as long as all are consenting adults.
    Oh, any idea on when Harvest Part 2 will be out?
    shhp61@aol.com

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  4. Love the post! Thanks for the chance!

    crystal_2_18(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. You're right it takes slow steady steps to win the race to equality. I am proud to live and vote in one of the 14 states to recognize marriage equality is a basic principle for all people. Thanks for sharing in this blog hop the opportunity to win one of your fabulous stories! eventingmom2@gmail.com

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  6. Your state is still ahead of mine in that regard. I know that slow and steady wins the race, but it feels so unfair to people who have waited their whole lives for the freedom to love as they choose to love, and may never get the chance.

    Don't count me in the contest, I have everything, of course :)

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  7. Ten years ago today, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage. I'm hoping that it won't take as long for the rest of the states to get on board. I live in CA and we rejoiced when Prop 8 was overturned last year!

    lgrant1@san.rr.com

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  8. *waves* Hi MA!! Awesome post. I already own all your books but one and it's not on the list lol. Good luck to everyone. The books are fantastic. marsh10(at)netzero(dot)com

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  9. Great hop & giveaway.
    rockybatt@gmail.com

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  10. Same thing is happening in Idaho - federal courts claiming ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional but the state has put a hold on same-sex marriage licenses. I hope it's only temporary. As for me, I'm thrilled to see the courts rule the ban unconstitutional. It gives America so much hope for the future.

    Thanks for taking part in the hop :)

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

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  11. Okay, as a completely hetero girl this doesn't directly affect me, but as an American it so does concern me. According to our forefathers, "All men are created equal" and the fact that equal rights is still an issue in this country is a great affront to me. I'm hoping for the day to come, in my lifetime, when no form of discrimination is still legally sanctioned.
    Kathy
    katcleve25 at gmail.com

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  12. The changes may have temporarily stalled but they will happen faster and faster for all the states :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. It's wonderful to hear that your state now legalizes same-sex marriage. I'm a little saddened that my own state hasn't done so considering that the surrounding state have. At the moment the state I live in doesn't even recognize same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships or civil unions from other states. It's extremely frustrating.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  14. Hi, MA! Great post! Every time a state makes a step forward, my hope for total marriage equality in my lifetime grows.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I loved The Harvest but haven't read the other two yet.

    sabrinasmadrina@gmail.com

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  15. Great post! Every time they strick down a marriage ban, I get a bit more hope. The clerks not getting direction is annoying though.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jczlapin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I am happy to say that my state (Maryland) has passed and maintained a marriage equality bill - I am so pleased that I was able to vote and help pass that bill. BTW - loved your book The Harvest - Taken. Thanks for participating in this HOP.

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  17. Thanks so much for participating!

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  18. Changing minds and hearts day to day. Thanks for the chance to win. Lgwilliford@gmail.com

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  19. slow and steady is always best. thanks for being a part of the hop. lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

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  20. This has been a great hop! My state still doesn't allow same sex marriages, but we're working to change that! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Mhupp20032003@yahoo.com

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  21. I was very proud when my state (NY) made it legal for gays to marry but we can't rest until this right is given to everyone. Marriage is a legal right not a religious one. Thanks for the great post MA!

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  22. It's exciting to see the states as they go rainbow. Thanks for the contest. caddyauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Each blog in this hop may be a "small step," as you call it, yet those steps are so important. Thanking you for making it. :)

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  24. Great post! & those "small steps" count to in the long run.

    Deborah H
    Deborahhansen52@yahoo.com

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  25. Love is love!
    Great post
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. Love is for all. It doesn't matter what form it is...
    Hoping that in the near future there will be equality in all genders: either in positive or negative form...

    maria_lhaine@yahoo.com

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  27. Great Post..thanks for the chance to win!
    raynman1979(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. thank you for being on the hop. rojoroaors@yahoo.com

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  29. Thanks for the chance! Lori

    loriwarwick220@yahoo.com

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  30. Nice of you to share and participate

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  31. Thanks for hop and giveaway.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  32. Yes, please.

    Sadie @ sadieforsythe dot com

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  33. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  34. I'm always telling my family it's not any of our business who someone loves.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  35. Thank you for the chance to enter and for participating! wendynjason04@gmail.com

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