32 Of The Best Brand Tweets Celebrating Marriage Equality

#LoveWins.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.buzzfeed.com

In my book, BuzzFeed has all the newsworthy gravitas of Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Duck Dynasty, and Entertainment Tonight, but this is worth sharing, and here’s why.

 

When corporations start using a cause in their marketing, it’s game-over for the other side.

 

There’s one reason and one reason only they do this. Money. We shouldn’t give them more credit than they’re due for doing this. They still have a long way to go to prove that they’re humanists. It is, sadly, still the extremely rare exception that a corporate leader – remember, these are people who run corporations capable of making different decisions – who isn’t motivated primarily by money and the selfish accumulation of vast amounts of wealth and power.

 

The point here is that gay marriage can now and finally begin to be considered as mainstream. Soon, it will be no more interesting or curious or culturally charged than inter-denominational or inter-racial marriage, and that is how it should be.

 

But for now, there’s this.

 

Corporations recognize that those opposed to gay marriage are the minority. They don’t really care if that minority is pissed off at them or decides not to shop in their stores or buy their products. The reason is simple. Because there are more of us in support of our LGBTQ family, friends, and strangers than there are who don’t.

 

And, that is how it should be, too.

 

#MarriageEquality #LoveWins

 

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snopes.com: Obama Kissing a Man

Photograph shows Barack Obama kissing David Cameron?

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For the easily duped and punked who just can’t stand the thought that people different from them exist let alone now can legally be married.

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Take It Down! Why the Stars & Bars Should Shine Bright In Your Church, Yard & Concerned Organization

Peaceful Patriot:

Rhett nails it. Why can’t everyone see this?

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The Jefferson Davis Memorial Obelisk at Pembroke, KY. (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015) ..

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PEMBROKE, Kentucky – As a child I used to visit The Jefferson Davis Kentucky State Memorial Park and Historic Site with my family.

My father and I were active members, once, in the Sons of the Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.) – The General Lloyd Tilghman Camp (an infamous Confederate States of America General) in Paducah, KY.

We participated in what the S.C.V. called, “encampments” at the park, along with annual birthday commemorations of Jefferson Davis, rallies and meetings, along with other camps from across the country and around the world, for years.

And in so far as I know all S.C.V. Camps and offshoots still make regular pilgrimages to the birthplace of the first, last…

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It’s way past time for that flag to come down

The people opposed to the taking down of the Confederate flag need to explain their opposition to the rest of us.

I just can’t understand why some people are going so far as to make this some kind of violation of Free Speech. This isn’t about the Constitution, it’s about symbols, and embracing the Confederate flag is symbolic of a violation of common decency and empathy for those who see the Stars and Bars for what they truly symbolize; racism, slavery, and secession from the Union.

If you’re a Caucasian like I am, you and I will never, ever, ever fully understand what it must mean to our fellow human beings whose ancestors were brought to this country in chains to have to see that symbol still on display by their government.

Let’s be clear. That’s the issue. The Confederate flag being flown by the government.

That’s why we can’t allow people to try to side-step or deflect the question about this or any other symbol. No one would stand for a government office flying the flag of another nation. The Confederacy attempted to be a separate nation, and that attempt failed. The symbol belongs in a museum, and nowhere else when it comes to government actions funded by our tax dollars.

To my fellow Americans who call themselves Southerners and who want to attach romantic notions of bravery and heroism and sacrifice to the symbols of the Confederacy, let me ask you this. Isn’t it time to acknowledge that secession in defense of slavery can never be admired or defended? Your ancestors fought and died for what they believed was right, but that doesn’t make it so. Haven’t we finally arrived at a point in our cultural evolution when we can acknowledge that the symbol of the Confederacy is not a symbol that ought to be displayed by any governmental body?

Let me wrap up by trying to be as absolutely clear on this last point as I can be.

To all the defenders, admirers, and fliers of the Confederacy and its flags:
I defend your right to fly whatever flag you like. You are not a government agency or entity. Just as I defend the rights of skinheads to march in Jewish neighborhoods, to do so while flying Nazi flags, and for the Klan to gather at night to burn crosses on private land, I am a strong and vocal proponent of free speech.

This issue never was and still isn’t an argument about free speech. It’s about the symbols our government adopts and displays.

On a personal level, it’s about empathy and, yes, being on the right side of history. It’s about demonstrating our humanity regardless of how anyone chooses to interpret a 227-year old document written by a privileged few white men mostly for their own benefit and which is in serious need of a 21st century update.

It’s about what our elected officials choose to use as symbols of the power and authority we bestow on them, and what that power and authority means to each and every one of us. It should never be used to extol any virtues that are so undeniably and inextricably tied to the enslavement of millions of people.

It’s time for us to acknowledge the mistakes of the past, and to put the symbols of those mistakes in places where we can be reminded of them so as not to repeat them.

A state capitol’s flag pole is not one of those places.

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