- Maggie Quale begins her journey to lesbian motherhood:
We are women obsessed. Yesterday I stuffed a beach ball under my dress and walked around playing pregnant while I vacuumed and paid the bills. I even picture-messaged a photo of myself to Kim at work. We're sick with wannabe-mommy love, but the question remains: How do we parlay these surging maternal hormones into a drooling, cooing bundle of joy?
Queer weekend reader
- Evan Wolfson strategizes for the Democrats on the subject of marriage:
I recently marshaled evidence that politicians can vote right on marriage and prevail, and laid out the best way to answer the marriage question — not just because it's in our interest that they get it right, but because it's in theirs, too. The Democrats will never be anti-gay enough to satisfy the opponents, and there is no evidence that they will lose voters who agree with them on the "what" of "equality" (which they all profess to favor) but then reject an honest stand on the "how" of marriage equality.
- Joe My God argues Merv Griffin had an obligation to stand up for the queers:
He remained silently by the side of the Reagans, his good friends, as AIDS devastated his show business colleagues. His billions, undirected to the fight. His name, unlent. Some may say that no man is required to come out, no man is obligated to come to the aid of his fellow queer, that a life lived quietly - doing no harm - is all that we should ask.
- James Kirchick wants the Democrats to shut up about marriage:
while the president could be a powerful advocate for gay rights, gay marriage's prospects lie with the states, not the federal government, since it is the states that hold the power to issue marriage licenses. Throughout the debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), one of the most important arguments put forth by gay marriage supporters was the federalist one: that the federal government ought not meddle in what has historically been a state issue.
- Ezra Klein takes on Richardson's claim to "pro-growth" economic policy:
We were talking about his support for a balanced budget amendment -- more about that in a second -- when Richardson trotted out his "look, I'm a pro-growth Democrat" line. He says this a lot, and I've always found it curious. "Can you name some anti-growth Democrats?" I asked. "No," Richardson replied. "I'm not going to do that. But I know some." Well, could he tell me what part of the Democratic Party, or strain of progressive economic thinking, he considered anti-growth? "I'm not going to specify," he said.