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‘If You Want To Get Married With Them, You Should’: Adorable Kids Explain Logic Of Marriage Equality

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What do children think about same-sex marriage? Apparently, they think everyone should just be happy. 

In just a few days, during Pride month, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on marriage equality. Companies like Apple, Coca-Cola, Google, Levi Strauss, Nike, the Walt Disney Company, and many more have voiced their support in favor of equal marriage rights for all. Now, Esurance has released a new video on the topic, but focuses on the perspective of children.

“Sometimes children can make complex issues so simple,” said Brian Shembeda, EVP, Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago, the advertising company that made the video for Esurance. “They remind us what it’s like to have dreams. Their words, as heard in the video, help us understand why equality is important. Because all children deserve the same right to pursue their dreams.”

The video titled, “#EqualDreams,” was filmed at a real wedding in Chicago on June 13, 2015. It features children who were asked to describe, in their words, what their future wedding day would be like. The result is pure adorableness as the children tackle the topic in the most simplistic way.

“Everybody should be allowed to get married,” one boy says with an enormous smile, “because if you love them, and they love you back, and you want to get married with them, I think you should get married with them.”

A young girl at the wedding sums everything up by adding, “everybody’s dreams should be allowed to come true because everyone should be happy.”

Esurance didn’t just create the video to make a political statement. Marriage actually has a direct impact in the company’s products. “We created this online film to show, in an emotionally compelling way, our belief that all dreams should be equal,” said Esurance Chief Marketing Officer Alan Gellman. “But it’s not just a belief. As a modern company, we act on that belief through our products and insurance offerings.” Gellman is referring to the opportunity for couples to combine policies, the potential to get multi-car discounts, and other opportunities for married couples.

According to PR Newswire, back in 2011, Esurance was one of the first car insurance companies to extend married rates to LGBT customers. In states where they’re allowed to, Esurance extends their special rate to married gay couples, domestic partners and those in civil unions—even in states that do not allow same-sex marriages.

While Esurance supports marriage equality, there are still opportunities for improvement in regards to their support of the LGBT community. Esurance is a unit of Allstate Insurance, a company that has a score of 85% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. They were dinged for their lack of transgender-inclusive health care.

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Watch: Florida Dems Walk Out After DeSantis’ Surgeon General Refuses to Say if Vaccines Work

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Democrats on a Florida state Senate committee walked out of the confirmation hearing of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a far right-wing anti-science extremist after he refused to answer if vaccines are safe and effective, and why the Dept. of Health has stopped publicly posting COVID data.

Ladapo, who has been in the position for months, has ties to an infamous conspiracy theorist doctor who talks about alien DNA, demon sperm, and pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure.

Asked if the COVID vaccines are effective, Ladapo refused to say “yes” or “no.” The Tallahassee Democrat reported Ladapo’s answers were “long-winded, indirect,” and that he “gave murky answers about his criticism of the Biden administration and his ability to work with the federal government, and whether he had a plan for ending the pandemic in Florida.”

“I would say that, that the, the question is a scientific one and it’s one that is answered with data. So, so, the, the question, the question is informed by data on specific outcomes and specific, specific therapies. So that’s a that’s the, that’s the scientific question.”

The Senator, polite but frustrated, pushed back: “Just a yes or no. Do vaccines work? In fighting against COVID-19? Yes or no?”

Related: DeSantis Vows to Fight FDA After COVID Treatment His Top Donor Invested in Is Found to Not Fight Omicron

“Senator,” replied Ladapo, an anti-vaxxer who opposes testing for the deadly coronavirus. “I just, I as a scientist, you know, I I, I am compelled to answer the scientific question, and I’d be happy to answer any specific scientific question that you have related to vaccines and COVID-19.”

So she tried again.

“Scientifically, does the, do the vaccines work against preventing COVID-19? Yes or no?”

“So, yes or no questions are not that easy to find in science,” Ladapo obfuscated. “So, I will I understand I think I have better clarity about your your question at this point. So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States, which would be the the Pfizer product and the product that was was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.”

Later, he was asked why the state has stopped publicly releasing COVID data. He again obfuscated.

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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.

Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.

NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

 

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21ST CENTURY VERSION OF A BOOK BURNING

Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’

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Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.

In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.

McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.

The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.

“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.

Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.

On Twitter, Judin adds more details:

Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”

No word yet on if the funds will be released.

 

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