Marriage Equality: April 2008

Newsweek Contributor Spins eHarmony bias

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | April 30, 2008 | 7:16 AM | comments

Newsweek's Religion and Society Editor/Contributor Lisa Miller has a piece in this week's issue explaining the PR problem that eHarmony is having. Most of the piece is just an overview for most of us, but then in one sentence Miller...Read More


Married for health care

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

The LA Times reports that people marry for health care: WASHINGTON -- Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now comes another reason to get hitched: health insurance. In a poll released today,...Read More


Woody Myers reaches out to LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

Congressional candidate Woody Myers will be holding a GLBT community reception at his campaign headquarters on Wednesday evening at 7pm. The office is located at 30 South Meridian Street. Topics for discussion include ENDA, the federal marriage amendment and Don't...Read More


The Dollar Purple

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2008 | 10:31 AM | comments

I was reading that lengthy article in the NY Times about young gay couples who are getting married, but at about page 6 I wanted to jump out the window so I could run around the street screaming, so I...Read More


Support San Diego Mayor Sanders!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Stampp Corbin works for the Mayor Sanders Reelection campaign and Nicole Murray-Ramirez is a San Diego City Commissioner. There is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show that we support those who support us. That opportunity is...Read More


SJR7 Revisited: Why Micah Clark Is Throwing His Own Legal Experts Under the Bus

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

There's a lively debate between me and the American Family Association's Micah Clark going on at Veritas Rex, the blogsite of the Indiana Family Institute. Micah started with the usual blather blaming the Democratic leadership in the Indiana House for...Read More


HRC releases endorsements, mum on NC U.S. Senate race

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 28, 2008 | 4:28 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) put out its first wave of endorsements as it touts its Election 08 website, where voters can gauge the political landscape of each state, donate to candidates, access the latest news and information on LGBT...Read More


David Orentlicher profiled in Indy Star

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Friday the Star did a profile on Carolene Mays, the homophobic state representative running in the 7th Congressional District primary. On Saturday, it was Rep David Orentlicher's turn to be featured. The article points out David's willingness to speak...Read More


Queerview Mirror- Sesame Street Review

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 27, 2008 | 11:59 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Queerview Mirror is a review from two of our editorial team, Serena Freewomyn and Waymon Hudson. If you'd like something reviewed, feel free to pass it on. If they like you, they might look at it, otherwise- suck...Read More


Starting From Scratch:The Death of United ENDA Part II

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In March I said: Essentially it's business as usual for HRC. Nothing has substantially changed in their lobbying efforts. They've had no "'rehabilitative"' moment or change of heart. If you take Keisling's words to heart, the only other conclusion that...Read More


So which is it?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Congressional candidate and state representative Carolene Mays is talking out of both sides of her mouth these days. In today's Indianapolis Star, Brendan O'Shaughnessy features Mays' campaign and highlights one segment of voters that have a huge problem with electing...Read More


North Carolina expands hospital visitation

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

North Carolina hospitals will have to let in more visitors: A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule adds a provision to the Patients'...Read More


Identity doesn't equal politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2008 | 12:56 PM | comments

I was going to post about that Out magazine article about closeted Republican staffers in the village that got a few responses from a few gay blogs like Gay Patriot, Chris Crain, and Box Turtle Bulletin. I agree with them,...Read More


AZ Anti-Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 23, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's a bummer, but today the Arizona State Legislature moved a bill through the House that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. From the Arizona Daily Star: Without comment, lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a measure to...Read More


The Danger of McCain

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 23, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

Many are all atwitter trying to spin for their Democratic candidate today. They continue the in-party attacks and have taken their eyes off the big prize. While we bruise up each other, we are leaving a dangerous candidate to tour...Read More


Anti-Marriage Amendment Vote Delayed

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 22, 2008 | 5:57 PM | comments

Last week I reported on an anti-marriage amendment working its way through the AZ State Legislature. Today, the Arizona House of Representatives, acting as the Committee of the Whole, moved the anti-marriage amendment (SCR 1042) forward. However, House leadership did...Read More


Elaine's Wild Ride on the Sapphic Slip 'N Slide

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 21, 2008 | 10:23 PM | comments

There she goes again. Elaine Donnelly, the ever-so-coiffed defense-department-damsel-in-distress, is having Sapphic visions of a Slip 'N Slide ride with openly lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. And of course, it has something to do with Tammy's mile-high adventure with a woman....Read More


Money Changes (Almost) Everything

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM | comments

Recently, there's been much discussion about how we go forward in dealing with the Human Rights Campaign as a community, where the popular opinion of the greater LGBT community, and probably of nearly all of those who identify as transgender...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Don Sherfick

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 20, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note:You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. This week's featured contributor is Don Sherfick. Don Sherfick is a retired Navy civilian attorney who...Read More


Florida Amendment sponsors roll out new campaign of hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 18, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

The group behind the Florida "Marriage Amendment" has launched a new website and media blitz. Not surprising, all of the press conferences announcing the effort took place at churches around the state. It seems they aren't even trying to hide...Read More


Sometimes Even Soldiers Get the Blues

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 18, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

A new report from the Rand Corporation shows that 300,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental illness. The co-leader of the study by the Rand Corporation, Terri Tanielian, calls the situation "a major health crisis" that could have...Read More


Israel: At the Forefront of Gay Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 17, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Michal Slawny is a member of the communications team of The Israel Project (TIP). TIP works to educate the press and the public about Israel. Resources are at the bottom of the post. At only 60...Read More


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4 out of 5 caucasians are marriage racists

Filed by Ed Team | April 17, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In 2006, one in five white people said they would marry outside of their race. Taking it as a given that people respond in a more socially acceptable way to public opinion polls, and given that only .4% of white...Read More


A Call for Congressional Leadership and a Word on Barney Frank's ENDA Compromise

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest Blogger Ed Fallon is a candidate for US Congress in Iowa's 3rd District. He's a former state legislator and is known widely for his 1996 speech in opposition to Iowa's anti-gay marriage bill. He faces Representative Leonard...Read More


Black History: Overseers

Filed by Storm Bear | April 16, 2008 | 9:12 AM | comments

click to enlarge As the nation expanded west, so did the cultivation of cotton and the institution of slavery. Historian Peter Kolchin wrote, "By breaking up existing families and forcing slaves to relocate far from everyone and everything they...Read More


Ridiculous transphobia in the Boston Globe

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2008 | 3:47 PM | comments

He's not a man, this Jerry. He's not even married like I am.--Milos from Seinfeld Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, in true gasbag form, has decided that he knows more about transgender experiences and Gender Identity Disorder than transgender people...Read More


Pope Brings His Pradas to the US

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pope Benedict XVI is making his first tour of the US this week. He will only be stopping in Washington, DC and New York, but he is hoping the visit will rally Catholics around the US. According to NPR: At...Read More


No GSA for you

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 15, 2008 | 11:20 AM | comments

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former student at Okeechobee High School in Florida who said she was wrongfully denied the right to start a Gay-Straight Alliance on campus. Since the student has now graduated...Read More


Right Wingers Push for AZ Marriage Amendment

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Members of the Arizona legislature are making another concerted effort to place a measure on the November ballot that would amend the state's constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. As proof positive that this is really just about how much...Read More


Black History: The Native Americans

Filed by Storm Bear | April 14, 2008 | 12:23 PM | comments

click to enlarge The first Native American group encountered by Christopher Columbus were the Island Arawaks (more properly called the Taino) of Boriquen (Puerto Rico), the (Quisqueya) of the Dominican Republic, and the Cubanacan (of Cuba). It has been...Read More


Republican Did Not Rape, But Had Lots of Gay Sex on Tape

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 14, 2008 | 7:40 AM | comments

It has been clear for a long time that Republicans are far more obsessed with gay sex than any of us card-carrying, militant homosexuals. In the light of day, Republicans foam at the mouth about The Gay Agenda to destroy...Read More


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Stewie Griffin on Gay Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | April 13, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Did you hear that Meg? Guys can marry other guys now. So...this is awkward, but I mean, if they can do that, that is pretty much it for you, isn't it? I mean you as well pack it in. Game...Read More


What's on Your Gay Agenda?

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 12, 2008 | 3:27 PM | comments

The ever enterprising guys behind the gay men's health blog Life Lube are not sitting around waiting to see who the next president is going to be. They are busy putting together a document of what our federal elected officials...Read More


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Gay parents are like brain tumors?

Filed by Ed Team | April 12, 2008 | 6:50 AM | comments

"You know, just this week, a report came out that said using cell phones is more dangerous than smoking, but the effects are very long-term. If there's going to be a brain tumor, it might not be discovered for 10...Read More


Schwarzenegger Opposes Antigay Marriage Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 11, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Whooping news: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has always referred to Prop. 22 and the "will of the people" as one of the reasons for twice vetoing the California marriage equality bills, came out against the antigay marriage constitutional amendment initiative...Read More


Fort Lauderdale rolls out the rainbow carpet for the U.K.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a pink campaign into the British market aimed at bringing in gay travelers. This PR launch comes in conjunction with Zoom Airlines beginning a new direct route from London to...Read More


NC-Sen: Kay Hagan refuses to answer questions about LGBT legislation

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 09, 2008 | 1:29 PM | comments

I trust that the LGBT community and its advocacy orgs will not ignore this. --Pam I've blogged extensively about the U.S. Senate race in the state of North Carolina at my pad. Bush rubber-stamping Elizabeth Dole absolutely must be unseated,...Read More


7 Days to a Better Financial You

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 09, 2008 | 9:40 AM | comments

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. That's more than just a line from Madonna's latest single, it's also the sound of the rapidly approaching deadline to file your federal taxes. In preparation for that April 15th deadline the Human Rights Campaign has launched...Read More


Tax Time Deliberation: Married or Not?

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 08, 2008 | 3:55 PM | comments

As married, heterosexual couples across America pull out their tax forms in the last minute rush to file by April 14th at seconds before midnight, same-sex couples are slapped in the face one more time with their second-class citizenship. No...Read More


What Cha' Gonna Do For Me, Hillary?

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 08, 2008 | 1:40 PM | comments

I've said before that I'm not supporting either Clinton or Obama in the Democratic primaries, and I'm still not. (Though, as the contest wears on, one campaign is seriously trying my patience.) In part, that's the differences between them, for...Read More


Look what Timothy Kincaid found....

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2008 | 2:21 PM | comments

With all this talk about Obama's pastor, it's interesting not only how McCain is getting away with pandering to the Religious Right's lowest common denominator, but how no one in the mainstream media has even cared to look up what...Read More


Barack Obama on gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2008 | 7:33 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Barack Obama gets asked about same-sex marriage, answers with the same old civil unions blah blah blah. Bonus urban schools question....Read More


Clinton supporter gone wild

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2008 | 7:56 PM | comments

The image there is the cover of Philadelphia Gay News, with a big blank space where the interview with Barack Obama should be. It directs readers to editor Mark Segal's tirade against Obama on pages 11 and 21. I have...Read More


John McCain Won't Oppose Anti-Gay GOP Platform

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 03, 2008 | 1:03 PM | comments

John McCain's campaign advisers say that he will not seek to "soften" anti-gay and anti-choice planks in the Republican Party platform. McCain associates told The Washington Times that his operatives are not going to work behind the scenes to eliminate...Read More


What DOMA's repeal still wouldn't do

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

A couple of days ago guest poster Jeremy Bishop, Executive Director of Pride at Work, discussed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an impediment to marriage equality. I fully agree with almost everything he says and commend him for...Read More


If not you

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 02, 2008 | 10:20 PM | comments

Dear Senator Kennedy: I understand you are going to support a non-gender identity inclusive ENDA. As a constituent, as a lesbian but mostly, as a mother, I am asking you to reconsider. It's a bad choice, Senator Kennedy. And one...Read More


We did it!

Filed by Jim Neal | April 02, 2008 | 1:20 PM | comments

We did it! I wanted to drop by and tell you that I was just named the Favorite eQualityGiving Endorsed Candidate. eQualityGiving hosted this contest, pledging to give a $1,000 campaign contribution to the candidate who earned the most votes....Read More


They Aren't Fooling Us In April or November

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 02, 2008 | 10:37 AM | comments

Dennis Patrick, his partner, Tom Patrick, and their four adopted children lost their family health benefits after Michigan passed a constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex partners. Those backing the amendment promised voters it would not hurt unmarried couples....Read More


Pelosi helped Baldwin's relationship get recognized

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2008 | 7:09 AM | comments

The Politico's reporting that Nancy Pelosi helped get Tammy Baldwin's partner on a fact-finding trip to Europe: Under House guidelines, members of Congress may take their spouses with them on military flights if there is room for them and when...Read More


I am done, and so begins my new life as an ex-lesbian

Filed by Cathy Renna | April 01, 2008 | 7:55 AM | comments

With my 43rd birthday looming like the iceberg that took the Titanic, I made a very important decision this morning. I am done. This whole lesbian thing is just too stressful. I guess Peter LaBarbera was always right; I just...Read More