On a completely unrelated note:

I would like to point out that Prop 8 was kicked in the pants by California, and Statute 3 of DOMA was elbowed aside by the Supreme Court.

These are both amazingly amazing things.

And no, as has been pointed out, this does not solve all the issues of the LGBT community, especially those who are not White and/or upper-middle-class.

And no, as it’s also been pointed out, this does not make up for the ugly-nasty decision on the Voting Rights Act.

However.   It is still a Big Fucking Deal.  Same-sex marriage doesn’t fix ALL OF the problems, but it fixes A LOT OF the problems, and it is a step in the right direction.  As long as we’re moving in that direction, I’m going to celebrate.  If the movement is slow and halting and incomplete, it is STILL movement in the right direction, and I am still glad of it.

Go have a drink on me, kids.  This is incredible news.

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Open Letter to Rick Perry

This is the text of a message that, yes, I have sent to Rick Perry.  If you would like to do the same, you can send a message here or here.  (I used both.)  I wish I could give you a direct email, but if he’s made that available to the public, I can’t find it.  (If you do, please tell me in the comments!)

For those who don’t know – Perry is calling another special session for SB5.  He says, and I quote, “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”

My response is below the cut.

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The day the mainstream news media just laid down and accepted their fate

So last night was goddamn historic.  Wendy Davis talked, with no food, water, breaks, or support, for 12 hours straight (and then stayed standing for the last hour.)  The state Capitol was filled to capacity with people in orange shirts opposing the bill.  The supporters of the bill shut her down (ignoring their own rules to do so – as she only had 2 points of order on “germane-ness” and one on aid, not three on germane-ness which means legally she should have STILL BEEN TALKING.)

But we wouldn’t give up.  Her allies stalled.  And stalled.  And called the… speaker?  Guy in charge?  Mr. President – anyway, called him out on his bullshit and his twisting of the rules time and time again. And were ignored and talked over and had mikes cut off.  Senators debated whose turn it was to talk.  With mere minutes left to go before midnight one woman – whose name I do not know but her father had just died but she was there anyway – literally asked, “At what point must a female senator raise her voice or her hand to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room?”  And the room fucking EXPLODED.  (Leticia Van De Putte – that is her name and she is AMAZING.)

They tried to talk over her.  They tried to take a vote.  They couldn’t.  People were chanting, screaming, singing.  It was amazing and it was beautiful. He kept banging the gavel and asking for order and everyone was like “NOPE!”  And then… and then it was midnight.

And they took the vote on the bill anyway.  And reported the result to the AP.

They even tried to change the official timestamp, forgetting somehow that the internet is a THING now and there’s about a million and a half screencaps of the original floating around.

People were arrested.  There are pictures of little old ladies being led off in handcuffs.  They blocked the doors while the Senate had a private caucus,  and state troopers confiscated the water donated to the activists inside.  Until more than 3 hours later, when the Republicans finally, grudgingly admitted that they’d lost – the bill was dead.

And through it all, we watched.  We watched hours of official Senate proceedings, and when they turned those cameras off, we watched 3 hours of shaky blurry phone-camera footage of people milling about in the rotunda, just waiting for results.  Nearly 100,000 people, in Texas and out of Texas and around the world, watched.  Friends of mine who are amazingly nonpolitical under normal circumstances stayed up and watched.  This was historic.  This is going to be a story for years to come.  This was a triumph of democracy, of the people forcing their voices to be heard despite leaders trying to silence them.  It was inspiring and humbling and amazing.

…meanwhile, CNN talked about the caloric content of blueberry muffins.

So… have they just given up the fight?  Has mainstream news media just ceded to the internet, is that what’s happened??  Cuz that… that’s kinda sad.

Filibuster, part deux

This has been an emotionally wringing evening.

I listened to the extremely triggery personal stories being read out during the filibuster.  I sent in one of my one, in which I dwelt more on the subject of my own depression than I really felt comfortable doing.  (Denial may not be a healthy long-term plan, but short-term it’s often better than the alternative.)  There was hope and despair and hope again and anger and pride and an AMAZING swell of heart-bursting joy there at the end…

And now this.

We won.  We WON, gods dammit all to hell.  And then they pushed the vote through after midnight, and released it to the press as if it were valid.

Trying to console others – trying to console myself – with the fact that it is AMAZINGLY fucking illegal.  Which means even if they do win tonight, it ain’t over.  They held us to the letter of the law every step of the way, while they played fast and loose with it – every step of the way.  It WILL be fought.  It will be brought before the courts, every court that will hear it, until it is defeated.  And those senators who forswore their duty and betrayed their constituents, every eye was on them tonight and they WILL reap the rewards for their mealy-mouthed dishonesty.  It’s not especially comforting right now, I know.  But it absolutely goddamn will happen.

I believe.  I still believe.  I believe in the rule of law, and I believe in justice, and I believe that those who have right on their side will win in the long run.  And FUCK anyone who tries to take that belief away.

EDIT:  Lol, some douchecanoe on Twitter goes “We had terrorist in the Texas State Senate opposing SB 5”  Yeah, ok, buddy – people using their voice and participating in the American democratic process, trying to uphold the rule of law, those are TOTES the same thing as terrorists.

Update: as of 6 minutes ago, Sen. Watson said they’re still in chamber trying to figure out what happened.  It ain’t over til it’s over, folks.

Update 2:34 – Senate called a caucus, folks.  It is still up in the air.  People are still there.  STAY FOR WENDY!

3:04 – announcement coming up.  Stay tuned.

3:14 – rumor has it bill is dead but I have yet to get confirmation from a reliable source.

 

3:20 – holy shit holy shit.  the bill is dead.  It is officially dead.  We just got an official announcement from Cecile Richards.  The crowd in the rotunda is chanting “WENDY! WENDY!” and the bill is officially dead.

…and now they’re chanting “The people united will never be defeated” and i am tearing up.

Ok kids.  I am officially out of emotions.  I am going to bed.  We goddamn won.  Democracy won one tonight, folks.  And it was amazing.

Late-night filibuster watch

If you haven’t been following it so far – we’re in the final home stretch of the Texas filibuster.  She has to keep going another, what, 2 1/2 hours to kill the abortion bill?

But!  She’s running out of stories.  Please, please, if you have ANY story that is even remotely abortion-related, that will help highlight how harmful the bill Texas is trying to pass is to women and humanize the women it will affect, send it to http://wendydavisforsenate.com/standwithwendy/  asap.

Seriously.   It doesn’t even have to be a good story.  Just something “on-topic” that she can read.  She’s been going since 11 am w/o water, food, bathroom break, ANY break, without leaning on her desk, nuthin’.  Help her out.

Susannah’s Playlist

I am amused at the musical tastes we are instilling in our child 🙂

Favorite lullabies:

  • “Stay Awake,” from Mary Poppins
  • “Feed The Birds,” from Mary Poppins
  • “Beauty And The Beast,” from Beauty and the Beast
  • “Sweet Baby James,” by James Taylor
  • “Sarah Maria,” by James Taylor (…except we stretch the 3-syllable “Susannah” to take the place of the 5-syllable “Sarah Maria” :P)
  • “Oh Susannah,” traditional – of course! (but sung very gently)
  • “Vincent,” by Don McLean
  • “Angel,” by Sarah MacLachlan
  • “Good Night,” by the Beatles
  • “Scarlet Ribbons*,” traditional (we think.  My grandmother sang it to my mother who sang it to me; where it originated, I have no idea)
  • “Everything’s Alright,” from Jesus Christ, Superstar
  • “At This Point In My Life,” by Tracy Chapman
  • “The Call,” by Regina Spektor
  • “You’ll Be In My Heart,” from Tarzan (sung to her by her godfather!)

Favorite stuff to listen to:

  • “Some Nights,” by Fun
  • Clannad
  • Great Big Sea
  • System of a Down

Theme song (commissioned from a composer friend and written specifically for her):

 

 

*This lullaby is ostensibly about a little girl praying for hair ribbons, and miraculously receiving them – something I’m not 100% on board with.  However, even as a little kid I identified far more with the parent – trying desperately to find the wished-for ribbons in the night so their child wouldn’t be disappointed, failing, and dreading the loss of faith and trust and innocence to come in the morning when the child discovers her prayers weren’t answered… only to find that somehow, the ribbons came anyway.  It still brings a tear to my eye, even now – not to mention the family association!