23 June 2015, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva speaks with AlJazeera regarding the history-making marriage equality vote in Ireland!
When asked if the vote in Ireland might have any effect on the outcome at SCOTUS here in the U.S., Silva responded, "Every win helps to build a stronger case for states here; for other countries in the world."
Talking about Ireland's history and tradition of Catholicism, Silva noted, "What we're showing is that people can still have their faith and be strong in it, but you can also have a country that treats people equally. Those two things are not mutually exclusive, they don't have to be in opposition."
Video courtesy of AlJazeera on MEUSA's YouTube Channel.
On 17 March 2015, MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva and Liberty Counsel's Roger Gannam were featured on Jorge Ramos' show AMERICA on Fusion. Watch the video and read the article: What’s going on with marriage in Alabama? MEUSA Director Brian Silva & Liberty Counsel's Roger Gannam discuss - By AMERICA With Jorge Ramos, Fusion
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"Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution."
Marriage Equality USA national leaders, Director of Legal & Policy John Lewis and his husband Communications Director Stuart Gaffney, are featured in this video news story reported by Jodi Hernandez 16 January 2015 on NBC Bay Area News.
In the final segment of MEUSA’s interview with Edie Windsor, Edie recalls the real-life consequences of being denied the right to marry and her transition from a community outsider to advocate. From legal obstacles during her 40+ year relationship with Thea Spyer to a whopping tax bill of approximately half a million dollars after Thea’s death to her embrace of “those queens” she saw marching at her first pride parade, Edie’s journey embodies the transformation of gay and lesbian Americans over the last half-century.
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In part two of MEUSA's three-part interview with Edie Windsor, Edie recounts the struggles of gay life before Stonewall and her persistence pursuing her eventual wife, Thea Spyer.
One year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since then, every single one of the 13 court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision.
All this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York (now MEUSA) volunteer decided she wouldn't take "no" for an answer. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Edie Windsor - and her late wife Thea - for standing up for all of us. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Windsor decision and in appreciation for all of your support for Edie, Thea, MENY, MEUSA and the entire marriage equality movement, today we launch our first in a series of intimate MEUSA interviews with Edie.
As the Multimedia Lead for MEUSA, Paul manages our Flickr and YouTube resources to showcase the past and present stories and work of the organization. He is a professional project/program manager, and has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years. During that time, Paul has been instrumental in corporate changes for the LGBT community, including establishing Employee Resource Groups, Domestic Partner Benefits, developing Leadership Seminars for LGBT employees, developing Recruiting/Mentoring programs, and assisting with Corporate Policy development around LGBT issues.
Externally, Paul has been involved in a number of LGBT and AIDS services organizations, including serving as a board member of a locally based pediatric AIDS foundation, developing IT programs for LGBT youth, and other volunteer engagements.
Paul currently lives in Manhattan with his husband, Juan Carlos Fernández. When in town, they are avid theatre goers, and support non-profit theatre organizations in New York. They enjoy traveling the world (34 countries and counting), enjoying the food and arts of many cultures and documenting their experiences through photography.
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MEUSA is proud to announce our award-winning PSA is being featured on LogoTV! Set to Jen Foster's dance anthem "She," the original YouTube video has been viewed almost a half-million times online. Now with the reach of LogoTV, millions more will see the message of universal love and marriage equality!
Brian Silva of Marriage Equality USA was on MSNBC's Hardball discussing the growing support for marriage equality and the decision before the Supreme Court as they hear challenges to Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).