Wednesday, 26 June 2013

RIP DOMA! Victorious Day!!

Today will go down in history. 

The news that we have all been waiting for is finally hear, and it definitely is music to our ears!! DOMA (The Defense Against Marriage Act) has been struck down by the Supreme Court. This is a massive victory for American LGBT rights, it now means that married gay couples are legally recognised with rights and benefits under Federal Law. LGBT families are now protected. We are no longer viewed as second-class citizens. This does not mean that marriage is legal in all states; it is still only legal in 12 (now 13!) states. Questions is- does this apply to immigration rights of bi-national couples?.. YES! Until now, many couples like Whitney and I have never had the option to move to America with her sponsoring me as her wife. We can now get sposored for a green card! There is a bunch of information flying around the internet at the moment, so we advise you go to the experts. The best article we have read so far is by Immigration Equality- go read now!

We’re still trying to gather all the information we can, and figure out what this means for us as a bi-national couple not living in the states that have gay marriage. It appears that as long as you marriage is valid from whatever state OR country that you have it in, then your partner can sponsor you for a green card! HOORAY!! We are beyond ecstatic that DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional- about bloody time! It means that we now have a choice of where we can live. One day, maybe we will relocate to America!

There has also been a second great victory in America today, with the over turn of Prop 8 which banned gay marriage in California. It is now legal again!! Congrats Ellen and Portia, and the many gay couples who were married and who are going to get married!!

I think it’s time for champagne, don’t you?

Cheers to Equality in America!

We were invited by Youtube to take part in their 'Proud to Love' campaign, so check it out and let us know- what or who are you proud to love?

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Video Update & Articles Galore!

We're busy working on our visit to the South blog post, but in the mean time we thought we'd bring you semi-up to date with some of our videos starting from Xmas through to Valentines day! Witness Whitney's hair getting caught on fire and Whitney flexing her muscles in more arm wrestling! Let us know what are your favourite parts? I particularly love "I LOVE WHAT I MADE" and Rich Tea Dance Time! Haha.

Last weekend we had our first ever follower come up to us and say hi! We were so pleasantly surprised, and even more so considering she is from Italy and was visiting the UK for just 4 days! She asked us to do more videos, and we're trying to do just that! I'm busy trying to catch up on all of our videos so that we can be up-to-date. Our next videos will be when we met the lovely Luclyn AKA Lucy & Kaelyn, as well as Rose & Rosie! 
“We fall victim to heteronormativity and heterosexism: the notion that heterosexuality is the preferred and normal sexual orientation. We are presumed to be heterosexual by both communities, which leads to the feeling that we don’t belong to either,” Evans told AlterNet.
I was also interviewed for a brilliant article on AlterNet to do with Femme Visibility, Lesbian Myths Debunked is worth a read, and not just because I'm featured in it! Honest!

Awareness towards gay bi-national couples and our plight to gain immigration rights in America rose this week when a video about David and Jason's story went viral. 

Relating to their story 100% we reached out to them, as well as writing an article on the Huffington Post. Thank You David & Jason- From one same-sex bi-national couple to another. 
"Being in a binational, and long-distance, relationship is never going to be easy. But we should be afforded the same rights as any straight binational couple, to be recognized as wife and wife, or husband and husband, in David and Jason's case. It's not fair that we only have the maximum of 90 days that we could ever spend together in America. We all deserve a lifetime." Megan Evans, Gay Voices, Huffington Post
It's not all me, me, me! Whitney has finally written another blog post on her Whit's Critiques blog. You know how much we love Starbucks right? Well imagine how upset Whitney gets when her Starbucks is done WRONG! I wish I could film her reaction, I really do! For now, read Whitney's critiques of what she thinks Starbucks UK needs to do!.. you will also die at the amount of $$$ Whitney has spent on Starbucks! Start guessing...

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Happy 25th Birthday Whitney!!!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife Whitney!!! 

Today marks her 25th birthday... Look at this little cutie, how could you not love her??

This is our 2nd time actually being together on your birthday, and our first as wife and wife! I'm sooo happy that we have kissed long distance goodbye and that we get to share many, many birthdays together!! I hope that I manage to make your 25th a special year, and look forward to the many memories that we will make.

I love you more than life itself!!

M xxx

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

One Step Closer To Gay Marriage!

Congratulations to the UK are in order, as it took one further step towards equality for all with gay marriage passing through the House of Lords! It will now move on to the committee stage at the House of Lords, so we're not quite there yet but just a few more steps and we will have finally achieved equal marriage in the UK! 
We best get planning our big Wegging for 2015 then!!

To find out more information about gay marriage in the UK, visit Stonewall's website.
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