Following the recent news from the White House that the Obama administration would no longer defend the Defense Of Marriage Act has people everywhere wondering about the implications. Does this mean the legalization of same sex marriage is on the horizon? Not necessarily. But a lot of people think that this could be a good start. While this news is on the tip of everyone’s tongues we thought we’d chime in with a list of 10 powerful videos on the subject of gay marriage.
Before we get to our list, here’s the AP video of the White House announcement that the Obama administration will no longer be playing a hand in defending the Defense Of Marriage Act. The act has been determined as unconstitutional. However, it is made clear that a halt to defense of the act doesn’t equal governmental “support” of gay marriage and as far as how Obama feels personally about the issue, he is still “grappling” with it.
This video was uploaded to YouTube on Valentine’s Day by a Mormon woman who supports gay marriage. She writes in the video description, “I put this video on MormonsforMarriage.com during the Prop 8 debate. At the time, speaking out via this video threatened my temple recommend and calling, and I chose to take it down to protect my standing in the church. I regret that decision and put it back up as a tribute to the legend of Valentine.”
This woman is putting herself and her family on the line by making this video public, and I think that makes her message all the more powerful.
Zach Wahls Speaks About Family
Zach Wahls is a 19-year old student at the University of Iowa who spoke out for gay marriage at a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Zach was raised by two moms, and he speaks out about his experience. This video has been viewed over 1.6 million times since it was uploaded on February 1.
Iowa Grandmother Speaks In Favor of Gay Marriage
This Iowa Grandmother, and mother of a gay married man, was inspired by Zach Wahls and created this video to share her views on same sex marriage with the world.
Barbara Bush For HRCs Nyers For Marriage Equality
Earlier this month, George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara spoke out in a campaign for gay marriage. The fact that her father adamantly opposes same sex marriage mean that this must have been difficult for Barbara. Cindy and Meghan McCain also support same sex marriage.
Ellen Degeneres Vs. John McCain: Gay Marriage
Speaking of the McCains, back in 2008 Ellen Degeneres had John McCain on her show and the topic of gay marriage came up (of course). Who do you think made their points more effectively?
Skype Gay eMarriage
Mark Reed and Dante Walkup wanted to get married in their home state of Texas, where gay marriage is not allowed. Luckily, they found a loophole. They were married in Texas by an officiant in Washington, DC via Skype. According to CNN, however, the couple received a letter stating that their marriage was not, in fact, legal. They are currently still fighting for their right.
Force Homosexuals To Marry
Humor is sometimes just as powerful as voicing your opinions in a more serious way. Here’s a campaign to overturn Prop 8 that says, if marriage is Hell then why no force homosexuals to get married. They’ll see how terrible it is and then they won’t want to do it any more.
Alec Baldwin For Fight Back New York
Lots of big-name celebs have spoken out in favor of gay rights and equality, including for gay marriage. One of the best campaigns we’ve seen this year is Alec Baldwin’s campaign for Fight Back New York.
High School Senior “Comes Out” in Assembly
High school student Kayla Kearney came out to her entire school in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly earlier this year. She explains what it’s like to be gay, how she doesn’t have a choice and that she’d like to be treated like everyone else, including having the right to fall in love and marry a woman. This is one courageous girl!
The Golden Girls On Marriage Equality
And finally, we’ll close out this list with a clip from the Golden Girls. Sophia and Blanche have a talk about marriage equality when Blanche finds out that her gay brother is getting married. See– same sex marriage has been a hot topic of debate for years.