ca. 1889, [cabinet card, montage portrait of J.H. Short and J. W. Shanklin, co-owners of “The Daily Republican”], Rifenburg & Dowe
via Luminous Lint, from a private collection, LL/39495 

ca. 1889, [cabinet card, montage portrait of J.H. Short and J. W. Shanklin, co-owners of “The Daily Republican”], Rifenburg & Dowe

via Luminous Lint, from a private collection, LL/39495 

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of two gentleman; one seated on the other]
via Andrew Daneman’s Northern Light Gallery ApS, Tintype Collection

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of two gentleman; one seated on the other]

via Andrew Daneman’s Northern Light Gallery ApS, Tintype Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [gem tintype portrait of two ladies embracing, backs to the camera]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [gem tintype portrait of two ladies embracing, backs to the camera]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]

via Ebay

Same-Sex Marriage

deadpresidents:

(I wrote something on my Facebook about what I was feeling in the wake of Amendment 1’s passage in North Carolina yesterday and President Obama finally stating his support for same-sex marriage.  It was a little lengthy for Facebook, so this is a better platform.)

I’m happy that the President has finally voiced his support for same-sex marriages. His hesitance on the subject in 2008 was frustrating, but the very act of progress requires standing up and stepping forward, and that’s far more important and influential than however long he sat still on the issue. Marriage equality is not a moral question, it’s not a spiritual question, and it’s not a religious issue: it is civil a rights issue. If it is a matter of faith, it’s faith in humanity, not in your deity. …

So I don’t normally get into politics on my blog simply because I get enough of them elsewhere. However, it warms the fucking cockles of my heart to see all the marriage and gender equity support from non-gays and dudes everywhere. (Also though, I naturally appreciate the female & gay support, as well!)

As a lady who’s been in a relationship with another lady for over four years and with an eye on marriage, this is a super personal issue. I’ve always refrained from talking about my sexuality because I always assumed it to be the polite thing to do. Why should anyone know who I’m fucking? But I think I understand now. We need to be heard. We can’t continue being this invisible minority, we need everyone who can safely do so to fucking shout that they have a right to love and commitment without the fear of oppression or violence.

This isn’t about politics and this isn’t about rhetoric or votes. This is about my life as a responsible American citizen in a lesbian relationship.

That being said, right now I do not feel like an equal and I do not feel free in the country I call home; the country I’m dedicating my fucking academic studies to. I do not feel like an equal when I have to consider among only a handful of states to reside, on the sole basis of adoption rights, in the case we decide to expand our family. If it came to it, I would not feel like an equal having to question whether spousal privilege could be upheld in court. I would not feel like an equal anxiously wondering whether I could trust that my next of kin rights will be honored. —Having to plead with doctors to allow me to visit my partner in the hospital. Mostly, I do not feel like an equal when I have to rely on bigoted whims and ambiguous statutes to live my life.

We also need people like Anthony Bergen here to continue speaking up. If you feel it, say it. Please!

Anyway, I just wanted you guys to know how much I personally appreciate your voices.

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