Marriage Equality: April 2007

Qomics for Queers watches the fine line between "soap opera" and "fisting porn"

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2007 | 12:56 PM | comments

I don't know about you all, but I can't get through the day without a shot of Beetle's crotch. Right there, center stage. Yep. Here's my weekly post on the queerness in the daily comics, where I do a little...Read More


A Personal Farewell

Filed by Chris Douglas | April 28, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

This spring marks the 10 year anniversary of the day that I was fired from the position for which I had long prepared myself, managing exports of Indiana manufactured goods to Asia. That manufacturer fired me because I had taken...Read More


The wrath of God?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

Did anyone else notice yesterday's clip in the Indy Star's business section about SJR-7? Emphasis mine... An attempt to revive Senate Joint Resolution 7, the so-called Defense of Marriage amendment, failed again this week. You'll recall the proposal faltered after...Read More


Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2007 | 1:30 PM | comments

GOP Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky says he'll call a special session of the General Assembly to prevent two state universities from giving DP benefits. He thinks they violate the state's anti-marriage amendment. (Lexington Herald-Tribune) Barbara Walters will host special...Read More


Giuliani changes mind on civil unions

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 11:23 AM | comments

Presidential hopeful Rudy Guiliani has reversed course. The candidate, who had previously endorsed civil unions while opposing marriage, issued a statement yesterday after the New Hampshire Senate passed a civil unions bill. "Mayor Giuliani believes marriage is between one man...Read More


ENDA will help GLBT people

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

(Ed. note: The following is a guest post from HRC Regional Field Director Stuart Rosenberg in response to Marla Stevens' post on the ENDA. Enjoy.) In light of recent posts on this blog regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which...Read More


Developments around the Nation

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 26, 2007 | 1:25 PM | comments

Earlier today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a civil unions bill by a vote of 14-10. The bill, which has already passed the House, now goes to the Governor, who has already vowed to sign it. Yesterday, the Iowa legislature...Read More


SJR-7: The sore losers just won't go away.

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 26, 2007 | 9:08 AM | comments

Advance Indiana has reported a last minute attempt earlier this week by State Representative Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville) to blast SJR-7 out of the House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee and under a suspension of the rules get it to the...Read More


It's Just a Matter of Time

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 24, 2007 | 7:53 PM | comments

Now that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced in the House, watch for Christian fundamentalists to reintroduce their tired rhetoric. I'd like to dispel some of their arguments right out of the box: rhetoric: ENDA will turn groups...Read More


NY Times' editorial on Spitzer's marriage plans

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2007 | 12:47 PM | comments

Earlier today I linked to yesterday's NY Times article on Governor Elliot Spitzer's plans to introduce a bill to recognize same-sex marriage in that state. Today's Times doubts his sincerity:But if he is going to make a real difference, rather...Read More


New York governor to seek gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2007 | 9:42 AM | comments

From the NY Times:Gov. Eliot Spitzer will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, his spokeswoman said Friday, a move that would propel New York to the forefront of one of the most...Read More


James McGreevey loves the male form

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2007 | 7:31 AM | comments

The NY Post reports that former NJ governor James McGreevey's soon-to-be-ex-wife is seeking him to be declared an unfit parent because of this nearly life-size photograph in his bedroom (no box, of course). She's says it's obscene; he says...Read More


Rightwing propaganda tour

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2007 | 2:53 PM | comments

(Click to enlarge the ad. I left it a large image so you could read the full text. But, seriously, it's a really big image.) The American Family Association of Indiana PAC continues their popular Propaganda Tour 2007 with stops...Read More


Why queer people (including gay men) should definitely be upset by the recent Supreme Court abortion decision

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2007 | 1:39 PM | comments

As I've said before, I'm not a lawyer, I only play one on the internet. But reading Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart, the recent decision that upheld the federal D&X ban (aka partial-birth abortion and intact D&E),...Read More


Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Also this past week: Ted Haggard's moving to Pheonix! I know why: the boys are so much hotter in Phoenix, and they wear so much less. (Denver Post) Cameroon is going to start providing free HIV/AIDS treatment to its citizens,...Read More


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Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | April 19, 2007 | 6:03 AM | comments

"Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been utterly wasted on 'abstinence-only until marriage' programs. Why? To appease a rabidly vocal minority that cares more about getting our government to promote their religious ideology than they do about the health...Read More


Westboro Baptist "Church" odds and ends

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2007 | 11:45 PM | comments

Well, you've probably heard by now that our good friends at the Phelps Klan have decided to protest the funerals of the Virginia Tech victims. This is one of those, you've gotta be kidding me moments. They have been protesting...Read More


One step forward: Two steps back

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2007 | 4:14 PM | comments

Isn't life in Indiana great? You just can't do much but shake your head in disbelief. After all, science is the breeding ground of liberals... Maybe next we'll be able to pass those "No working on the Sabbath" and "Don't...Read More


Cheney impeachment possible?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2007 | 3:12 PM | comments

The Washington Post's The Sleuth blog is reporting that Rep Dennis Kucinich is planning on filing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. He sent out a letter yesterday morning to House colleagues to inform them of his intent....Read More


Puerto Rican archbishop OK with domestic partnerships

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2007 | 3:07 PM | comments

From El Nuevo Dia:In an unexpected turn, the archbishop of San Juan, Roberto González Nieves, will appear today for the second time before the commission to revise the Civil Code in order to propose a variation of current marriage, which...Read More


Whining and moaning

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2007 | 5:16 PM | comments

Yes, I know. It's finally time to stop with the SJR-7 coverage. But those pesky fundies just can't rest - their whining and moaning continues in today's Indy Star with a guest editorial by Republican Representative Woody Burton. Other local...Read More


SJR-7 Fly Story II: The Backlash

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 16, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

A few days ago I attempted a bit of what I thought would be universally taken as innocuous law-related humor in telling a tale about a Statehouse fly whose last living act was to make a small comma-like deposit onto...Read More


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Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | April 15, 2007 | 6:36 AM | comments

"Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of...Read More


Attn: Civil Union Pipedreamers

Filed by Ed Team | April 13, 2007 | 1:12 PM | comments

"Apparently the civil union law gave us all the rights of marriage, except the ones we really need." -- Timothy Zimmer, New Jersey Civil Union Law Victim, quoted in a New York Times article about the failures of civil union...Read More


More toodles for SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2007 | 10:53 AM | comments

Am I the only one tired of SJR-7? By this point in the game, I'm tired of blogging about it, worrying about it, and reading about it. While today's Indy Star has two more articles about the demise of the...Read More


SJR-7: Of NUVO, the Indy Star, saying "thanks", and some other thoughts

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 12, 2007 | 8:50 AM | comments

The welcome demise of SJR-7, at least for this year, as well as the unwelcome demise of hate crimes legislation in the General Assembly has prompted a number of items in the Hoosier print media these past few days. I...Read More


In God We Trust our civil liberties

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 8:26 PM | comments

Bruce Hetrick has another great column in the Indianapolis Business Journal this week that you have to go read. (This link goes to the column on Hetrick's site - which is much easier to navigate.) Echoing some of the thoughts...Read More


Bigots are Bad Sports

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | April 11, 2007 | 11:09 AM | comments

The day after SJR 7 failed to emerge from a House committee, effectively killing it for this session, the Indianapolis Star carried a number of vitriolic quotes from far-right activists--led, as has become usual, by former Speaker of the House...Read More


John Edwards wants you to know he's gay friendly

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 11:04 AM | comments

John Edwards released a list of 25 prominent LGBT leaders yesterday who support his campaign for the presidency. The former Senator from North Carolina who ran in the Veep slot with John Kerry in 2004, is making a serious play...Read More


AFA attacks Terri Austin

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2007 | 10:16 AM | comments

You'll remember Representative Terri Austin from her tearful commentary when she voted not to recommend SJR-7 for passage at the House committee vote: "I have cried over this. I have prayed over this. I have sought advice from everyone I...Read More


Get out more, Roseanne

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2007 | 11:34 PM | comments

Bil beat me to posting Roseanne's comments, but I have to add something, and that something is: No, Roseanne, you're flat wrong. Just speaking about blogs here, since that's what's easily accessible, most of my politically active queer friends care...Read More


Better late than never

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

The Corydon Democrat printed an editorial against SJR-7 this week, shortly after it died in committee. Ah, the joys of being a weekly publication, eh? The site is a little hard to navigate, but drop about most of the way...Read More


Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Here are some headlines that we didn't cover this week:Mary Cheney's having a boy. (The Washington Post) Just a pinch of prejudice... An upcoming biography shows Julia Child's changing attitudes towards gays and lesbians. (Boston Magazine) Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick...Read More


Romney calls for FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2007 | 9:37 AM | comments

Considering that Republicans for some reason don't like McCain and Giuliani's campaign will implode (mark my words), I'm thinking there's a really good chance that we'll have a Romney ticket. And he did the best of his party in the...Read More


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Unfortunate

Filed by Bil Browning | April 04, 2007 | 3:29 PM | comments

It's not very often that I remove a blog from the blogroll for something other than inactivity. Unfortunately, today is not the case. I'm removing Kenn Gividen's blog after a reader pointed out the homophobic posts on his front page....Read More


What's everyone saying?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 04, 2007 | 10:33 AM | comments

With SJR-7's defeat in committee, the blogosphere and online news sources exploded. Here's a quick roundup of stories I've found. I've tried to clip a few bits and pieces from each one to give you a feel of the tone....Read More


"The Hell We Do"

Filed by Chris Douglas | April 04, 2007 | 7:34 AM | comments

When I took the phone call yesterday afternoon informing me that the attempt to amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana had died in committee, these raspy words came to me. They come from an Indiana institution, attorney Mark...Read More


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Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | April 04, 2007 | 6:36 AM | comments

"To be brutally honest with you, I really don't see what the big deal has been about this issue. I had no idea that gay marriage was such a threat to Indiana families. When a young, pregnant mother in Indianapolis...Read More


Profiles in Courage: The Fab Five

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 03, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

From left to right: Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) r36@in.gov Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago) r2@in.gov Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) r9@in.gov Rep. Russ Stilwell (D-Boonville) r74@in.gov Rep. Bob Kuzman (D-Crown Point) r19@in.gov It's rare in politics to find even...Read More


Ding Dong: SJR-7 is dead!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2007 | 6:59 PM | comments

History has been made, folks! SJR-7, the proposed amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions, has been defeated in committee. The amendment is dead. The committee deadlocked in a 5-5 vote. (All democrats except for Rep Dennis Oxley voted...Read More


Don't forget!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2007 | 12:41 PM | comments

Don't forget that The Indiana Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the American Values Alliance and Lambda Legal are sponsoring an evening discussion with Paul Smith. Smith, the legal council for the plaintiffs in Lawrence vs Texas, will be...Read More


AP: Queers = Lions

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2007 | 8:38 PM | comments

Apparently the most complex narrative that the established media can handle with regards to GLBT people and religion is "the Christians versus the gays". Apparently, there can't be non-homophobic Christians, religious queers, or secular homophobes. Or anything else. That's the...Read More


Will this happen here too?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 01, 2007 | 10:24 AM | comments

As I was going through the web yesterday a story out of Minneapolis caught my eye. It would seem that the state Senate is considering a bill that would guarantee hospital visitation rights to LGBT couples. No one would oppose...Read More