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On Wednesday, April 24, the state Senate of Rhode Island passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, with a vote of 26 to 12. Sometime this week, the bill will likely be turned over to Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who has already promised he will sign off on it. Once this happens, Rhode Island will be the tenth state to legalize gay marriage in America, and gay marriage will be a law in every state in New England.
And on Tuesday of last week, just a day before Rhode Island, Delaware also made headlines when the state House passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a vote of 23-18. The bill will now be turned over to the state’s Senate. Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell has announced his support of the bill as well. Several other states are getting closer to legalizing gay marriage, most notably Illinois, whose Senate approved a gay marriage legislation back in February. A few votes are still needed in the House, however, but Governor Pat Quinn continues to support the bill.
Although many battles surrounding same-sex marriage have been won over the past decade, there are still heartbreaking stories of those that have been lost, like Shane Bitney Crone’s. After Shane’s Youtube video about his relationship with late partner and fiancé Tom went viral, it became the inspiration for a documentary called Bridegroom. Directed and co-produced by Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where it was introduced by former President Bill Clinton, who called it, “a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and the substance.” And on Saturday evening, it was announced that Bridegroom won the Heineken Audience Award for the documentary category, as did a drama called The Rocket for the narrative category. The award, as its title suggests, is based on the number of votes received from audience members, and comes with a $25,000 prize.
And in Amherst, New Hampshire, Truman Capote’s 1958 typed manuscript of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was offered for sale online at RR Auction house, alongside hundreds of other Hollywood-themed memorabilia. The manuscript, which also contains some of Capote’s handwritten notations and edits, was expected to net at least $250,000. It sold for roughly $306,000 to a Russian billionaire named Igor Sosin, who plans to put it on display in Moscow and Monaco.
Lastly, after millions of Facebook users changed their profile pictures last month to a pink equal sign over a red background in support of gay marriage, Co.Design has decided to capitalize on the idea by creating a font that integrates this logo into every letter of the alphabet. Dubbed “Equality Font,” the members of Co.Design explain that the font stems from the notion that “the idea of equality supersedes the message, no matter what the literal message is.” Although the font may come off as an annoyance to some, it seems as though the design team has a more profound goal in mind: for those who use and see the font “to be struck, again and again, by that equals sign—the core symbol of the movement.” The font can be downloaded here.