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Outspoken: Joe Biden, CM Punk, Caroline Kennedy and more…

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who does not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)

“There are few things in life more important than being able to marry and build a family with the person you love. This fundamental right should be available to all Americans, including gay and lesbian couples.”

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[Video] N.C. amendment banning gay marriage a win for LGBT equality?

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Southerners on New Ground, which is based in North Carolina and Atlanta, created a video to say it and its members are not defeated by the passage of Amendment 1. The state constitutional amendment states that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

S.O.N.G. works to empower LGBTQ people living in rural areas of the South on such issues as immigration rights and transgender non-discrimination says instead that Amendment 1 unified all people in the state to fight for LGBTQ equality as well as form a movement to work for the rights of all disenfranchised people.

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Meme of the week: Redneck Randal ain’t no homo

Redneck Randal reminds me of a guy I went to high school with who used to walk around saying, “I ain't gay, I drive a truck” or “I ain't gay, look at these arms” as he would flex his biceps in an attempt to impress all of the guys around him.

Yes, bicep size is an indicator of sexual orientation, but I'm sure you knew that already.

While the Redneck Randal meme has mostly picked on the stereotype of a southern, inbred NASCAR fan that likes to speed date at family reunions, this Redneck Randal meme highlights the backward views of marriage equality that some 60 percent of North Carolina voters expressed yesterday when they voted to enact Amendment One.

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N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on Change.org calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.