Marriage Equality: March 2008

From today's comics

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2008 | 9:02 PM | comments

Today's For Better or for Worse: Ah! The return of Lawrence, FBOFW's gay character who earned himself a mention in a Michelle Malkin column (she wasn't pleased). I wonder about Connie, though, and whether or not she's learned anything from...Read More


From a different perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

I had lunch today with a conservative active in the marriage amendment push. As we spoke, I was shocked at some of the assumptions he made. It is always fascinating to see through someone else's eyes. When we don't know...Read More


DOMA, Obama, and Pennsylvania

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Jeremy Bishop is Executive Director of Pride At Work, the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers. Pride At Work does not endorse candidates on any level. In my job as Executive Director of Pride At...Read More


Celebrating Women's History Month, Victoria Woodhull and Sexual Freedom

Filed by Ricci Levy | March 31, 2008 | 8:02 AM | comments

"A very large proportion of present social relations are commendable. Do you not perceive that the law has nothing to do in continuing the relations which are based on continuous love?" Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927) The first woman to...Read More


Quaker women: "She Hangs There as a Flag"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 30, 2008 | 8:19 AM | comments

We spend so much time complaining about religions that persecute us that we sometimes forget about the religions that support the cause of human rights for LGBT people. The Quakers certainly should be recognized for being probably the first religion...Read More


Coming out to my host family

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 28, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

When I came here to France, besides my coworkers, I knew nobody. That was OK since I immediately signed up for unlimited phone to the US and high-speed internet (all for 30 euro a month with basic cable included, thank...Read More


Married gay man denied passport over his name

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 28, 2008 | 11:24 AM | comments

Jason Hair-Wynn got married to his partner in Massachusetts and then legally added his partner's last name to his own. But when Jason applied for a new passport in order to go to Africa to do HIV/AIDS education work for...Read More


Indiana Censorship Law: an attack dog in sheep's clothing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 27, 2008 | 4:54 PM | comments

Indiana HB 1042, which requires anyone selling "sexually explicit" material to pay a licensing fee to the state, has a lot of Hoosiers hopping mad -- but it's not a new idea. It's an attack dog in sheep's clothing that...Read More


Gay cheerleaders

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 27, 2008 | 4:37 PM | comments

Check this out from Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill: Many argue otherwise. They say that if we want to end the war, we should simply pick a candidate who is not John McCain and help them win: We'll sort out...Read More


Vasectomies and the Second Amendment: a looming constitutional crisis?

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 27, 2008 | 1:38 PM | comments

I see where government officials in a remote section of India have come up with an idea to incentivize men to have vasectomies: make it easier for them to obtain gun permits. I'll resist the temptation to speculate about the...Read More


Norway to get Full Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 27, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Norway has announced plans to open marriage to same-sex couples. The nation has had a domestic partnership registry since 1993 that gives gay couples some of the same rights as marriage. Anniken Huitfeldt, the Minister of Children and Equality, said:...Read More


Pregnant Man the Tip of a Much Deeper Iceberg

Filed by Donna Rose | March 27, 2008 | 12:20 AM | comments

The media frenzy begins.... It was only a matter of time. Thomas Beatie, the Oregon trans-man who has publicly come out as pregnant in the current edition of The Advocate represents all the reasons that trans-people have a difficult time...Read More


Breaking Down the Bedrock

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 26, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Today has been pretty quiet. Not a lot of news, so I was catching up on some blogs, email, even managed to tackle an enormous pile of laundry... You know, casually practicing my "sinful nature," as Sally Kern, and the...Read More


Pamela Anderson Honors Sanctity of Marriage by Getting Divorced, Again

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 26, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson's most recent marriage has been annulled after less than three months on Monday. She cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed for divorce from entrepreneur Rick Salomon. This was Anderson's third marriage. She was previously married...Read More


Just me, or is Chuck Norris kinda dim?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Chuck Norris's column this week is rather funny if you share in my sick sense of humor. He lays out three items, one on each guns, God, and gays, and asks how crazy we've become because we aren't doing what...Read More


Civil union, domestic partnership... mutual commitment?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2008 | 10:43 AM | comments

From the great state of Utah: Salt Lake City is dumping "domestic partners" for "mutual commitment." Restrictions imposed by the Utah State Legislature has led to name change for the city's domestic partnership registry, a mechanism by which employers voluntarily...Read More


The "new Religious Right" frame gets more ridiculous

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 25, 2008 | 2:36 PM | comments

This is just getting silly. I know that after 2006 it's fashionable for these people to say that they're part of a revitalization of the evangelical movement - not so focused on gay marriage and abortion; more so on poverty,...Read More


I Support Medical Marijuana Use

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 25, 2008 | 12:13 PM | comments

I wrote a commentary on this crucial subject for my column in a recent issue of A & U Magazine. Since the piece isn't available online to link to, I'm reprinting it here. Earlier in 2007, when I ran for...Read More


Is Bill Clinton Defending DOMA?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 24, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Bill Clinton gets more than a little testy with MTVu reporters when asked about the Defense of Marriage Act which he signed into law. Clinton claims that it was a "reasonable compromise." He later says that Melissa Etheridge was "rewriting...Read More


Vitter Scores!

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | March 22, 2008 | 1:22 PM | comments

This month's Church and State from Americans United, tells how Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter has scored a 100% rating from the Family Research Council. This just shows, once again, the hypocrisy on the right and the proof that right-wing...Read More


Jamie Kirchick ADVOCATES for McCain

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

It is another example of why the Advocate no longer represents or advocates for the LGBT community. The magazine ran a ridiculous article in the latest issue by Jamie Kirchick, an editor at the New Republic, stating that the LGBT...Read More


Solmonese: No Means No on ENDA vote

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

I was completely flummoxed by the Human Rights Campaign's gala in Los Angeles last Saturday - lots of tuxes and spots of inspiration but no real take-away message, except something about The Big Picture. This is a critical election year...Read More


Bart Peterson - A True Indiana Hero

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 20, 2008 | 2:35 PM | comments

Indiana (and particularly Indianapolis) has seen better days. We're in economic recession across the state. Indianapolis has seen property taxes skyrocket and foreclosure rates here are the highest in the nation. Jobs are stagnant and the price of everything is...Read More


June Jordan: Boundary Crosser

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 20, 2008 | 10:21 AM | comments

When asked by a friend what would I write my column on this week in celebration of Women's History Month, I turned to him with my usual grimace of uncertainty and said, "Perhaps, it will be on one of my...Read More


Is the Wall Street crisis a "gay issue"?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 20, 2008 | 1:54 AM | comments

So far, no chilly onrush of the new tidal wave hitting Wall Street can be felt on Bilerico. But the outline of the towering wave can definitely be glimpsed at media like Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this...Read More


If Obama can throw his pastor under the bus, what will he do to us?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 19, 2008 | 10:42 AM | comments

When the religious narrative you tell about your life to the American public is revealed to be vastly different than the one you actually lived, you have more than a credibility problem - you have a dilemma as Obama is...Read More


The Marriage Narratives

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | March 18, 2008 | 9:24 AM | comments

Have you seen David Patterson, brand-spanking new governor of New York admit to an extra-marital affair during his marriage? I love the candor - and even more I love what a different picture he's painted about marriage than what the...Read More


Wife of N.C. state Senator pens hate-filled op-ed

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post was written by Matt Comer who blogs at Interstate-Q. Matt is the editor of Q-Notes, the paper of record for the Carolinas. The wife of a conservative North Carolina state senator sponsoring an anti-gay, anti-family...Read More


Apology Accepted?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 16, 2008 | 3:58 PM | comments

I don't know if this counts as a trend or not, but I didn't expect to see something like this so soon after the previous post. This time is the Lutheran Church, which still opposes marriage equality but expresses regret...Read More


Gay Groups Protest Naugle's Prayer Breakfast

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

A group of around 30 LGBT activists and supporters carried picket signs with pictures of hate crimes victims and bearing placards that called for an end to hate speech by public officials outside of the March 13 prayer breakfast hosted...Read More


Your Pastor, My Pastor, and Barack's Pastor

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | March 15, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Have you noticed the recent media kerfuffle surrounding the former pastor of Barack Obama's church? Last night, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly featured video of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright venting some extremely unpopular opinions about the causes of 9/11. The Atlantic...Read More


I Hear A Fat Lady Singing......

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 14, 2008 | 7:55 PM | comments

The current session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned today, and that means that SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" (many prefer "Marriage Discrimination Amendment") to the Indiana Constitution is finished. Good Riddance! I'll be posting a few thoughts concerning...Read More


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I get mail: This could be a regular feature

Filed by Bil Browning | March 14, 2008 | 11:10 AM | comments

It's funny. As the blog has grown, so have the number of e-mails I get every day. Our editor inbox also is quite the draw to many publicists and promoters (self and paid). I've started a catchphrase in my house...Read More


Tell it like it is, Fox News viewers

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2008 | 12:05 AM | comments

Check out what Greta van Susteren had to say on Fox News' website (via Hullabaloo): No doubt these days are extremely painful for Governor Spitzer's wife Silda. In addition to her own pain, she has 3 children -- and no...Read More


Should the rules be changed?

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 13, 2008 | 9:35 AM | comments

In September of 2006 I told the Washington Post's Mary Ann Akers that I had decided to no longer report on staffers and instead focus on elected officials and high-level political appointees. Recently, a surprisingly large number of tips have...Read More


Mike Sodrel: Any wedge issue necessary

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

What do you do when you're a four time Congressional candidate with a thirst for office? Mike Sodrel got lucky once before being pitched out on his ear, but the losing politician is trying hard to regain his holier-than-thou street...Read More


How Eliot Spitzer screwed the gays

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 11, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

When I worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in the mid-90's I used to say that the last generation busted open the closet and that this generation's challenge is to secure marriage rights in at least one...Read More


How often should you update your will?

Filed by Nina Smith | March 10, 2008 | 7:59 PM | comments

"A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes" - Mark Twain Over the weekend, my new Hollywood insider, Bronson Page tipped me off that Heath Ledger's will named his parents and sister without...Read More


Oklahoma's Sally Kern is defiant as ever

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 10, 2008 | 5:29 PM | comments

After all the calls and emails, take a look at this reaction from unrepentant homophobe Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (sallykern@okhouse.gov). (Via Oklahomans for Equality's Laura Belmonte): Oklahoma House of Representatives Media Division March 10, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:...Read More


10 questions for Indiana state senator Brent Waltz

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Since the state Senate's most effeminate straight legislator is going before the Indiana Election Commission to answer questions about his residency, I thought I'd throw out ten questions I'd also like to ask the not-gay Senator. I hope he responds...Read More


Christian identity politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 09, 2008 | 3:05 PM | comments

The Nation has a great article up about the changing Religious Right movement, about how the Old Guard (Robertson, Dobson, et al.) are losing power and the next generation is less focused on gays and abortion and more on the...Read More


What'd I Miss?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | March 09, 2008 | 10:56 AM | comments

Do you ever feel like you've just walked in on the middle of something and you missed something? Well, here's your weekly roundup in case you missed something on TBP last week. Monday We Are Not Helpless - Nadine Smith...Read More


Carson vs Elrod II

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 08, 2008 | 8:31 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post is from Chris Douglas, a noted Indiana republican LGBT activist. Chris is following up on his last guest post, "To my friends in the LGBT community: Elrod vs Carson." In response to the post...Read More


Jaded young queen

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 08, 2008 | 10:53 AM | comments

Earlier this week, I posted about an article in FOTF's Breakaway magazine that attempted to turn the Q(uestioning) boys straight, or at least self-hating, in a convenient myth/fact format. I wrote in parentheses: Myth #3: Gays are capable of love...Read More


A Farewell to Cussing?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 07, 2008 | 11:09 AM | comments

"No Cussing Week" just ended in South Pasadena. No, I'm not making this up. Mayor Michael Caccioitti of the staid California foothill community proclaimed the first week of March, now and hereafter, as a time when citizens will hopefully refrain...Read More


To my friends in the LGBT community: Elrod vs Carson

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from former Bilerico contributor Chris Douglas. Chris is a longtime Republican LGBT activist. In the special election on March 11th, we will be presented with a decision which previously has been all...Read More


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Getting back to our (net)roots locally

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2008 | 9:20 AM | comments

For all those Hoosiers who've complained about Bilerico Project going national and wanted more local coverage of politics from a queer perspective, I'm happy to announce the launch of Bilerico-Indiana. We'll be focused on local and state-wide issues just like...Read More


Hypocrisy Watch: add two more to the list

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 05, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Stories about right-wing antigay figures saying one thing and doing quite another seem to come forth at a regular, if not accelerating, pace. These two deal with two important events in GLBT legal history before the U.S. Supreme Court: The...Read More


LGBT community to gain new advocate in Statehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2008 | 8:25 AM | comments

Mary Ann Sullivan will talk your ear off. The state legislature candidate can talk about all of the regular Democratic talking points and then some. She may be a newbie to the political scene, but she knows her stuff and...Read More


LGBTQ Community Too Sharp For Recycled Propaganda

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 04, 2008 | 8:45 PM | comments

If Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's recent flood of campaign literature can be believed, then his recent media buys in Ohio and Texas might be a sign of "a change of heart" or, as we say in religious language, a "conversion,"...Read More


The Arguments and Politics of Marriage Equality in California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 04, 2008 | 5:41 PM | comments

As the nation tries to read the political tea leaves in Super Duper Tuesday Part Deux, Californians are trying to guess which way the state Supreme Court is leaning after hearing oral arguments this morning on marriage equality for same...Read More


A Tale of Two Weddings

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 04, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

My wife and I often joke about the fact that we will just keep getting married "until it sticks." Not for us, mind you, we are 110% committed to each other, our family, our daughter and all that comes with...Read More


No Defending John McCain on Gay Issues

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 04, 2008 | 8:18 AM | comments

Queen please! That's the first thought that came to mind when I read the sycophantic opinion piece called In Defense of John McCain by Scott Tucker, communications director for Log Cabin Republicans, making excuses for John McCain's weak record on...Read More


The story behind the reporting

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2008 | 12:01 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Eric Resnick. Eric is a reporter for the Gay People's Chronicle, Ohio's LGBT newspaper of record. Eric recently interviewed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Occasionally, the stories behind what went into reporting...Read More


TransLaw at Harvard: Discussions of Law, Justice and Equality

Filed by Donna Rose | March 02, 2008 | 10:40 PM | comments

I'm in chilly Cambridge, MA at Harvard Law School this weekend (yes, that Harvard) participating in a Trans Law conference organized by Harvard Law School Lambda. It's comprised of a number of panels led by an impressive array of nationally...Read More


Pope Cheers on Gay Haters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 01, 2008 | 12:42 PM | comments

Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that he appreciates efforts of "the many Americans ."opposed to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage." This was reflected, he said, "in the efforts of so many of your fellow citizens and government leaders to ensure...Read More