Marriage Equality: September 2007

Don't Fear the Whip Count

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 30, 2007 | 11:21 AM | comments

It is important to remember the dynamics of a whip count. It is a tool of political gamesmanship and often a very bad idea when faced with a bill that has a slim majority or hard won support. It is...Read More


Maryland Marriage and its Discontents

Filed by Fannie Fierce | September 28, 2007 | 10:33 AM | comments

Dear Fannie, I’m a 35 year old lesbian, happily partnered living in a DC suburb in Maryland. I just heard about the recent court ruling in Maryland. My partner and I have been thinking about having children, and with...Read More


Here We Go Again...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 28, 2007 | 3:52 AM | comments

...and it's just oh-so-familiar, isn't it? Of course, by now you've heard that House Democrats are expected to strip protections for Transgender-American citizens from ENDA. You've probably also heard that the Human Rights Campaign and the Leadership Council on Civil...Read More


Edwards on DenialOMA: Four Tiny Words = One HUGE Statement

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | September 27, 2007 | 5:13 PM | comments

Presidential candidate John Edwards at last night's debate at Dartmouth said that he supports DenialOMA repeal. Read More


Hangin' with the Supremes

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2007 | 11:40 AM | comments

You may remember Bill Groth from his frequent comments here on The Bilerico Project or you might know him from his own blog at the American Values Alliance (where Sheila Kennedy and I blog also). By far, Bill has one...Read More


Jena 6’s black leadership splits queer community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 25, 2007 | 2:10 PM | comments

The Jena 6 case - in which Southern white law enforcement in Jena, La., unabashedly doled out biased treatment against six African-American high school students - harkens backs to this country’s era of Jim Crow. And it is a no-brainer...Read More


Challenging the right wing - one person at a time

Filed by Bil Browning | September 25, 2007 | 1:55 PM | comments

Box Turtle Bulletin's Jim Burroway has a post up today that will literally make you want to stand up and cheer. He suffered through the Family Impact Summit held in Tampa, Florida recently and describes an incident that stuck out....Read More


Opportunities to Accept

Filed by Michele O'Mara | September 25, 2007 | 9:46 AM | comments

This is a must-see video clip of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who explains "I just could not bring myself to tell an entire group of people in our community they were less important, less worthy or less deserving of...Read More


The Very First Diva-In-Chief?

Filed by Steve Ralls | September 24, 2007 | 9:06 AM | comments

Why do we love Hillary? It’s a question being debated in the LGBT community in advance of a much-talked-about Advocate interview with the junior Senator from New York. Clinton does not, the article points out, support same-sex marriage. (And, according...Read More


San Diego Mayor changes mind on gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

Republican Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, was expected to veto an ordinance in support of gay marriage. Instead, he had a change of heart. This is why coming out and sharing your stories is so darned important. (Many...Read More


Nothing Says Patriot Like Hiding... Your Children

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 21, 2007 | 2:23 PM | comments

That ever popular bastion of Jesus freedom, WorldNetDaily, is hiding a Transgender Patriot! In their "Letter of the Week" they showcase the anonymous patriot. She starts out by saying: "First, before I begin, I just want to let you know...Read More


Angelina Jolie, Queer Theory, and the Gods of Neoliberalism

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 21, 2007 | 10:51 AM | comments

I once sang in a choir. No, really, I kid you not. I was raised by atheists, but sent to the kind of institution where you sang hymns every morning. Singing the praises of the Lord and his sexy, rock...Read More


Rick Santorum, faux-outrage, and the tragic sitcomedy known as American politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2007 | 8:24 AM | comments

The gym I go to has several dozen televisions throughout it, each turned to one of three channels: ESPN, NBC, and Fox News. Since the sound isn't turned on, you can't really tell what's going on, but imagine my surprise...Read More


Gays and Lesbians Denied Social Security Benefits

Filed by Nina Smith | September 21, 2007 | 7:48 AM | comments

“Younger people can feel confident that Social Security will still be around when they need it to cushion their retirement.” – Ronald Reagan, 1982 Whenever I receive my Social Security Statement, I typically just scan the estimated benefit and toss...Read More


James Dobson slaps Freddie Thompson

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2007 | 3:13 PM | comments

The good doctor wrote up an email that was obtained by the AP where he says he's not down with the Freddie. It's funny what he thinks about the GOP savior: Isn't Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a...Read More


Is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a “Girlie-Man?”

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 19, 2007 | 7:42 PM | comments

About 200 demonstrators laughed and cheered Tuesday night when Lorri Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, stuck a fake pen in the hand of a fake Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and urged him to sign California’s same-sex marriage...Read More


Mitt Romney Radio Ad Attacks Gays

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 18, 2007 | 9:13 PM | comments

Mitt Romney is running a new radio ad in Iowa touting his support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage between same-sex couples. He and the oh so perky announcer blather on about the need to defend traditional marriage,...Read More


Maryland High Court Upholds Marriage Ban

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 18, 2007 | 10:46 AM | comments

The Maryland Court of Appeals upheld the state's ban on gay marriage in a decision announced this morning. The decision reverses a lower court ruling by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock, who held in January that the 1973...Read More


More fundie follies

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2007 | 4:02 PM | comments

Curt Smith, head of the Indiana Family Institute, blogs today about same-sex civil marriage and trots out the usual fundie talking points for the sheeple. After all these years of using the LGBT community as a fundraising tool, you'd think...Read More


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Homotextual: Michael Reynolds

Filed by Ed Team | September 17, 2007 | 7:37 AM | comments

"I can find biblical justification for shooting you as you walk out of a McDonald's carrying a cheeseburger. Literally. The Bible is quite clear on the subject of mixing meat with any other product of the same animal. Like beef...Read More


Alan Keyes announces presidential run

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2007 | 4:36 PM | comments

Alan Keyes, five-time failed candidate, has decided that he needs another failed campaign to make an even half-dozen. America's favorite PFLAG dad unproud father of a "selfish hedonist" has announced his run for presidency on Janet Parshall's radio show. He...Read More


Macking it with a Married Man

Filed by Fannie Fierce | September 14, 2007 | 11:11 AM | comments

Dear Fannie I’m a 25 year old gay male. I live in a small city in the South, where it’s kind of hard to meet guys. I have to admit to using the internet to meet new guys, because...Read More


Why tolerate "tolerance?"

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 14, 2007 | 10:41 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Waymon Hudson. Waymon is President and Co-Founder of Fight OUT Loud, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) individuals fight discrimination and hate. He...Read More


"America needs to take a stand" - At least we can all agree on that much.

Filed by Bruce Parker | September 14, 2007 | 1:35 AM | comments

So I am slowly falling in love with the moisture in the air, the brightness of the sun, the warm and welcoming Southern smiles and the rigor of my program at Louisiana State University. I am finding something very queer...Read More


Contest: Inlaws & Outlaws tickets

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2007 | 11:41 PM | comments

It's time for another Bilerico Project contest! This time we'll be giving away two pairs of tickets to see the movie Inlaws & Outlaws. The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) has generously donated the tickets especially for Bilerico Project readers....Read More


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Marriage Equality: A Cause and Conversation That Won't (and Shouldn't) Stop

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 13, 2007 | 10:40 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Evan Wolfson. Evan is Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Before founding Freedom to Marry, Evan served as marriage...Read More


Well, duh, marriage is about the regulation of sexuality

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 13, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

-I don't think were talking about love here. We're talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N. -Sex Cauldron! I thought they closed that place down! Brummett, a local Arkansas columnist, has just written about the upcoming legislation in that...Read More


Another smack-down delivered to the ADF

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 12, 2007 | 1:48 PM | comments

A challenge to the New York state comptroller's decision that retirement benefits will not be denied to same-sex couples married outside of New York got turned down today. The challenge was led by none other than the Alliance Defense Fund,...Read More


Bar exam flunkee drops suit

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 12, 2007 | 10:16 AM | comments

Remember that guy in Massachusetts who was suing the state board of Bar examiners for asking a question on the exam that referenced a lesbian couple and the state supreme court justices for ruling in favor of same-sex marriage? Well,...Read More


By backing Obama, Oprah leaves queers behind

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 11, 2007 | 9:05 PM | comments

Queen of daytime talk Oprah Winfrey is omnipresent and omnipotent. Her monthly oracle — O, The Oprah Magazine — pontificates the principles of self-help, self-love, and self-giving. Her image floods newsstands. Bookstores stockpile their inventory with her choice for the...Read More


Are Gays the New Blacks for GOP?

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 11, 2007 | 6:16 PM | comments

The Boston Globe has a smart op ed pointing out the similarities between how the Republican Party is using LGBT issues now and the way that it used racial doublespeak to solidify its support amongst white evangelicals and appeal to...Read More


Indiana gears back up for same-sex civil marriage fight

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2007 | 12:36 PM | comments

LGBT people are back on the minds of Indiana's conservatives, but you can bet your bottom dollar they're not concerned with treating us fairly or equally to themselves. No, instead we get more of the same - extreme rhetoric, lies...Read More


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Homotextual: Fred Thompson

Filed by Ed Team | September 11, 2007 | 7:11 AM | comments

"I would support a constitutional amendment which says some off-the-wall court decision in one state that recognizes the marriage in one state, like Massachusetts, just to pick a state, cannot go to another state and have it recognized in that...Read More


Known Unknowns

Filed by Steve Ralls | September 10, 2007 | 7:02 PM | comments

It is only slightly shorter than War & Peace, but oh so much more entertaining. It is, of course, GQ's exclusive interview with Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defense. Rummy, who was said to set the hearts of women...Read More


Questioning the Candidates on Civil Unions - The POTUS and a Primer Part VI

Filed by Don Sherfick | September 10, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

Over six installments (see the end of this post for links to each) I've pursued the issue of what the six Democrats seeking the nation's highest office are NOT saying when they reject same-sex marriage but say they're all for...Read More


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Venezuela: Is President Hugo Chavez - gulp! - gay?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 10, 2007 | 8:25 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Andrés Duque from Blabbeando. Born in Colombia, South America, Andrés is a proud immigrant to the United States. He was a co-founder of the Colombian Lesbian and Gay Association (COLEGA),...Read More


Another GOP gay scandal brews in murder-suicide case?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 09, 2007 | 3:09 PM | comments

There is a bizarre story swarming blogtopia, laced with unconfirmed (and confirmed) sources that could lead to another Republican Sexual Hypocrite "outing" and scandal. First, some facts about the weird murder suicide in Orlando in late August that kicked off...Read More


Do it for Joan, and for all of us

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 07, 2007 | 4:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post is from Lee Carpenter, Legal Director for Equality Advocates Pennsylvania. She also supervises Equality Advocates' legal clinic, and acts as an adjunct clinical instructor to Temple Law students who each semester assist Equality Advocates'...Read More


Marriage passes legislature in California (again)

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2007 | 3:56 PM | comments

From 365gay: A second showdown between the California legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looms following the passage Friday in the Senate of a second bill to allow same-sex couples to wed. The measure already has passed the Assembly and now...Read More


Being for Civil Unions: how big of a deal is that? The POTUS and a Primer Part V

Filed by Don Sherfick | September 07, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

In early August six Democratic hopefuls for their party's presidential ("POTUS") nomination on an HRC/Logo forum prompted me to think about how much candidates really DON'T say when they talk about gay marriage and civil unions. Mike Gravel and Dennis...Read More


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Homotextual: Jason Cianciotto

Filed by Ed Team | September 07, 2007 | 7:38 AM | comments

"Through his advocacy of ex-gay ministries, Kennedy called for the 'transformation' of LGBT Americans while ignoring scientific truths about the lack of efficacy and gross mental, physical and spiritual harm caused by so-called 'conversion therapy' programs. He used his media...Read More


An Arizona State of Mind

Filed by Steve Ralls | September 06, 2007 | 7:55 PM | comments

If you're looking for a destination to replace Fort Lauderdale on your vacation list, you might want to consider the increasingly gay-friendly state of Arizona. After making history as the first state to reject an anti-gay marriage amendment, one community...Read More


On display for the public in all of its ugliness

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 06, 2007 | 7:30 PM | comments

I was just reading a column by William Rusher, of course on Larry Craig, and here's what he had to say in defense of the Senator: No doubt about it, the inconsistency is toothsome. But does it really follow that...Read More


Peyton Manning: Republican?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 06, 2007 | 5:24 PM | comments

From former Indianapolis Star columnist Ruth Holliday's blog I gleaned this tidbit about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning: Manning also donated money recently to Fred Thompson's GOP presidential campaign, $2,300. Their tie is Tennessee, Thompson's home state. Manning graduated from...Read More


The "ENDA" of Discrimination?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 06, 2007 | 1:40 PM | comments

Or just another end-run? It's that time again. Time for another congressional hearing on the Employment Non-Discriminintion Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination baed on sexual orienation; of course, that's with exemptions for religious organizations, the armed forces, businesses...Read More


Enough is Enough

Filed by Mike Rogers | September 06, 2007 | 12:46 PM | comments

The time when politicians can stand with one foot on the platform of homophobia and the other in the closet has come to an end. Over three years ago -- within a month of the launch of my site,...Read More


Republican Candidate Booed for Supporting Marriage Ban

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2007 | 9:13 AM | comments

At last night's Republican presidential debate on Fox News Noise, the New Hampshire audience booed Senator Sam Brownback when he voiced strong support for a constitutional amendment banning marriage between same-sex couples. Meanwhile, a voter was asked if there is...Read More


A watershed moment

Filed by Matt Foreman | September 05, 2007 | 3:24 PM | comments

This week, a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Given that the bill has been languishing for 17 years -- in spite of overwhelming public support -- a collective "whatever" would be understandable. But folks,...Read More


Bill O'Reilly To Join Crusade for LGBT Equality

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 04, 2007 | 4:44 PM | comments

Okay, you gotta love this. Bill O'Reilly, conservative talk show host extraordinaire, claims that a man's sex life is a private thing. I'm serious. "We're uneasy about this kind of exposition," O'Reilly said. "Somebody's sex life should have nothing to...Read More


State Constitutional Amendments on Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Unions: The POTUS and A Primer Part IV

Filed by Don Sherfick | September 04, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

On Monday of last week in the third post of my current discussion of marriage and civil unions, and what aspirants to be President of the United States are saying/can do with respect to them I went into some detail...Read More


Will Gays Matter in '08? It's Up to Us

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 03, 2007 | 7:56 PM | comments

UPDATED Thank heavens for bloggers and the LGBT press. Granted: I didn't see ALL of the media coverage on the Larry Craig sex scandal, but I did see A LOT and not much included reaction from openly gay people. Yes,...Read More


Hypocrisy isn't such a good thing

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2007 | 6:41 AM | comments

(Here's an old post I wrote about Ted Haggard back in January on my old blog. It seems relevant to the whole Larry Craig debacle. Gawsh, my blogging's changed a lot since back then when I had just gotten started,...Read More


Saying 'I Don't' in Iowa

Filed by Steve Ralls | September 01, 2007 | 8:27 PM | comments

The 24-hour gay marriage marathon has come to an end in Iowa, thanks to an activist judge's intervention in the matter, but the day-long experiment in equal justice has already turned into a marathon race by Republican presidential contenders,...Read More