Marriage Equality: August 2008

Better Know a Contributor: Rev. Irene Monroe

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 31, 2008 | 6:00 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. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More


Open Letter to Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | August 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

First, congratulations on your upcoming convention and the historic choice of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) now faces the important decision of endorsing, or not, the McCain-Palin ticket. We applaud that LCR supports...Read More


An Extra-ordinary Night

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Thursday night was extra-ordinary (I include the hyphen to emphasize what has been lost in the overuse of the word). I've been...Read More


Del Martin, and What Makes a Meaningful Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


Queering The Youth Vote

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the youth vote has been a hot topic this election cycle. I can appreciate that...Read More


Looking Back on Katrina

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: These posts were originally published in The Advocate in 2005 and in 2006, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rev. Irene has agreed to let us reprint them on the third anniversary. It's sad to say that...Read More


Crist names Ultra-Conservative to Florida Supreme Court

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 29, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gov. Charlie Crist has selected Charles Canady to sit on the Florida Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by Justice Raoul Cantero III. According to WMNF Radio: Canady, a former GOP congressman, is best known as being among those who...Read More


Arizona marriage ballot initiative wording changed

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The state attorney general, Terry Goddard, who approves wording for initiatives that will appear on the ballot, has required the marriage amendment in that state to add on a sentence explaining that "the measure would 'have the effect of retaining...Read More


McCain picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin for VP slot

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updates after the jump! The New York Times and CNN are reporting that the scandal-ridden Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has been tapped for McCain's running mate. From georgia10: CNN's Dana Bash just described her as a "young female John McCain."...Read More


Proposition 8 in California lacking support, gay prisoners to marry

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two stories out of California now about marriage in that state. The first is that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the California constitution, is down 40-54, according to . This is about the same as...Read More


Queering The Youth Vote

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

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the youth vote has been a hot topic this election cycle. I can appreciate that...Read More


Great Polling News on California's Proposition 8

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 29, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

The Public Policy Institute of California recently conducted a poll of California voters on a battery of issues (warning: pdf) and the results suggest that Californians are overwhelmingly prepared to reject Proposition 8, a proposed amendment to the California constitution...Read More


Barack Obama knocks it out of the park with his speech at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2008 | 2:45 AM | comments

Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination before a crowd at INVESCO Field telling them that there is much work to be done and that Americans cannot turn back and must march into the future. People were weeping all around...Read More


Tributes to Del

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 28, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

There has been an outpouring of public statements about the far-reaching impact of activist Del Martin's life on the LGBT community. Gavin Newsom, who attended yesterday's LGBT caucus, and learned of Martin's death minutes before, released this statement: For over...Read More


Massachusetts Equality Opponents At It Again

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Seems the folks in Massachusetts that are against equality- you know, the ones who think marriage is only for them, not everyone, the laws and systems cannot be shared equality without having them get cooties- have successfully petitioned the Attorney...Read More


Potecting marriage in Idaho...

Filed by Mike Rogers | August 28, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Apparently blow jobs in train station and airport bathrooms is not enough to put Larry Craig's marriage on the rocks... But a same-sex wedding card? Whoaaaaaaaaaah! Hallmark stores refuse to sell company's own wedding cards: NAMPA, Idaho - A manager...Read More


HRC Rock To Win concert

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Yesterday when I was waiting the press area of the LGBT delegate luncheon, Jed Hastings approached me to tell me how much he enjoyed reading the blog. Jed is Joe Solmonese's partner and Joe walked over shortly after. We chatted...Read More


What Did I Do to Piss Off Log Cabin Republicans?

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 27, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

In a post I wrote for LGBT for Obama, I seemed to have gotten the attention of Log Cabin Republican communications director Scott Tucker with my criticisms of John McCain. In my post about the draft 2008 GOP Platform calling...Read More


The Fight against Amendment 2 takes to the Airwaves!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 27, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign is taking its fight against the deceptively named "Marriage Protection" Amendment to the masses with its first TV ad. The ad is for Florida Voters watching the Democratic National Convention in Denver and highlights the overwhelming support...Read More


Democratic Leaders Unite to Fight Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 27, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch A new TV Ad from the SayNo2 Campaign is airing for Florida Voters watching the Democratic National Convention in Denver highlighting the overwhelming support of Democratic Party Leaders in defeating Florida's Amendment 2, the dangerous...Read More


The DNC LGBT caucus - and the sideshow outside

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 26, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

(My coverage of the LGBT caucus from yesterday -- Pam) It was a real zoo out yesterday at the Denver Convention Center this afternoon, the venue for the LGBT caucus. Autumn and Terrance were able to get into first because...Read More


Broward County Commission Votes to Say No 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Broward County Commissioners unanimously voted to oppose Amendment 2, Florida's dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment today. The amendment is on the ballot in November and would not only define marriage as "between a man and woman" in the state...Read More


Blinded Me with Science: Devolution of the DSM

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy, founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Advocates. She has presented papers on the psychiatric...Read More


AFA's at it again, this time with Hallmark

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The AFA is asking for a boycott of Hallmark because they're publishing bland same-sex marriage congratulations cards: Ask them to stop promoting a lifestyle that is not only unhealthy, but is also illegal in 48 states. Hallmark Greeting Cards has...Read More


Is It Already Saturday?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 23, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

With all of the coverage of the Olympics and the week-long speculation about Obama's VP choice (make sure you see Waymon's extensive post about Biden's LGBT voting record), the days kind of ran together for me this week. I can't...Read More


Saying Goodbye to Chu Chu

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

As I was growing up, it was burned into me that homosexuality was an evil perversion. Coming out automatically meant I would give up any fanciful dream of having a family. So my dogs became my "children." While everything I...Read More


LGBT Groups react to Biden Pick

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 23, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'll be posting and updating the statements from various LGBT groups about Obama picking Joe Biden as a running mate as they come in. So far we have HRC and Stonewall Dems. I'll be adding things as they come in,...Read More


As Many As 32% of Gay Americans May Be Morons and an Embarrassment to the Rest of Us

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 23, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's note: John R. Selig is a writer, photographer and activist who lives in Dallas, Texas with his husband Rodolfo (they married in Toronto, Canada in April 2004). John produces and hosts the "John Selig Outspoken" podcast featuring interviews with...Read More


Breaking News: Obama chooses Joe Biden as Vice-President

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 23, 2008 | 1:30 AM | comments

The announcement just came out from various news agencies- Barack Obama has named Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate. I wanted to put together a look at Biden's stance on LGBT rights over the years. Biden scored...Read More


McCain Antoinette

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

"If there be no bread, let them eat cake" -- Marie Antoinette. The historical portrait of Marie Antoinette is one of legendary excess and disconnection to the common man. When confronted with a starving populace, myth has it that she...Read More


Text This: WE WANT TO WIN

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have read that Obama's VP will be announced by text message. New, unusual, different. I think it's a brilliant grassroots effort and an excellent start to the head to head campaign season. It's a least something interesting to liven...Read More


Will someone ask McCain about Lawrence or will he be allowed to continue speaking in code about sodomy laws?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 22, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week I wrote a post entitled "John McCain promises to re-criminalize homosexuality" here at TBP. I emailed a few listserves I'm on about it, it got a few links, and I cross-posted it to a few other non-LGBT...Read More


What Are Black Conservatives Conserving?

Filed by Bishop Mahee | August 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I have had a number of debates via telephone with my mother wherein I have tried to get her to understand not only the homophobic, but also the racist, classicist, anti-choice, anti-woman agenda of the Christian right. The Christian right...Read More


NBJC Celebrates the Life of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

WASHINGTON, DC --The fervor, passion and dedication of American Politics lost one of its greatest and colorful leaders. U.S. Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (D-11) passed away Wednesday evening leaving her family, a constituency and a legacy of social...Read More


Lesbian couple to marry in Oregon

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Two women, one of whom is Coquille, will be getting married next May with the Coquille Indian Tribe: As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon's Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that...Read More


McCain: An Enemy to the LGBT Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's long and solid record against LGBT rights. The report, entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans, shows that a...Read More


Ambassadors of Justice

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 21, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As we charge full-steam ahead into election season, I'm inspired and awed every day by the commitment and passion I see in our community. The level of engagement is unparalleled. Our staff has given 110% in order to get you...Read More


Jesus Christ! Kathleen Parker and I agree on a socio-political issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted about the presidential forum that was held in Rick Warren's Saddleback Church. My three big problems with it were that it imposed a religion test on the presidential candidates, that Obama did not use very supportive language...Read More


Know Thy Neighbor

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Florida is facing one of its most important, and toughest, political battles this November. We face Amendment 2, an intrusive and dangerous amendment to our state constitution that would not only enshrine discrimination against the LGBT community and other unmarried...Read More


Florida: A Battleground for LGBT Americans

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

We all know from past disappointments that Florida can be an important factor in national politics. Everyone in the country is familiar with hanging chads, Teri Schiavo, and other issues that have catapulted the Sunshine State into the national spotlight....Read More


John McCain promises to re-criminalize homosexuality

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

This deserves its own post separate from the one I wrote on Rick Warren's presidential forum earlier. No, he doesn't say that in so many words, but that's exactly what would happen: Neither candidate shied away from a question about...Read More


Will "Feminists for Obama" help us at DNC?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Michelle Obama won't use the F-word. Alice Walker called it by another name. Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, an icon of the "Third Wave" of feminism, redefined the F-word and then denounced it. And when Hillary Clinton used the F-word, before...Read More


Marriage and Religion in the public square: No, they don't have to

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's Obama at Rick Warren's presidential forum on same-sex marriage: When asked to define marriage, he told Warren, "It's a union between a man and a woman." "For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God's in the...Read More


Couples Brave the Storm for Miami Domestic Partnerships

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to the Miami Herald, 26 couples (24 same-sex and 2 heterosexual) braved Tropical Storm Fay's pounding rain to register on the first day of Miami-Dade County's Domestic Partnership registry. The storm forced the office to close at noon (and...Read More


Ellen DeGeneres ties the Knot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have gotten married! According to their spokesperson, they married in a private, intimate ceremony at their $29 million mansion in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. The small ceremony was attended by just 19 guests,...Read More


Gay Lifestyles: Is it Hip to be Square?

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 18, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

In his New York Times (April 27, 2008) feature story "Young Gay Rites," the delightfully-named Benoit Denizen-Lewis wrote about the "normal" world of young, white, married gay men in Massachusetts, till recently the only American state that allowed same-sex marriage....Read More


Miami-Dade Domestic Partnerships Begin Today!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Miami-Dade - Florida's largest county - begins its domestic partnership registry today, starting at 10am. The registry entitles domestic partners to visitation rights at healthcare, correctional and juvenile facilities, and extends health insurance and employee benefits to the domestic partners...Read More


Has is really only been 10 weeks? I've learned so much!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

It's exactly 10 weeks since the Log Cabin Republicans said this: We understand the general election starts today and Log Cabin will do its part to educate gay and lesbian voters about Sen. McCain in the weeks ahead. Contrary to...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Patricia Nell Warren

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 17, 2008 | 6:00 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. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More


Fundie meltdown of the week: Michigan Huck for Veep supporters

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The right wing bible-beaters are really having a tough week. Take this crew in Michigan calling itself "Huck's Army." The fringe supporters are threatening to abandon support of John McCain if the rapist/murderer-releasing, Christian Reconstructionist-supported, Man-On-Dog wannabe, former Arkansas governor,...Read More


Broward County Candidate Supports Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Candidate for Broward County Property Appraiser Sara Truini, a long-time Republican who recently turned Democrat to challenge the incumbent in the Aug. 26 primary, doesn't think LGBT people should have equal rights. She signed the petition to get Amendment 2,...Read More


More Pro Equality Candidates for Congress

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | August 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can you run for Congress and be totally pro-equality? Of course! And we continue to find more of these candidates. Here are our five most recent endorsees: A lesbian who would be only the second openly lesbian elected to Congress....Read More


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Announcing the Bilerico-Florida Soft Launch!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Hello, Projectors! I'm happy to announce the soft launch of the the Bilerico-Florida edition exclusively to our readers! Bilerico is taking its daily experiments in LGBTQ to the sunshine state - so grab your beach gear and stop over for...Read More


Rick Warren will host a presidential debate tonight

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

He'll be hosting a presidential debate tonight, and Rick Warren says he'd have trouble voting for an adulterer: ...TAPPER: Would you have compunctions about voting for someone who had cheated on his wife? WARREN: Absolutely I would. Absolutely I would....Read More


Fun Prop 8 PSA- Marriage is a Right

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Cute PSA against Prop 8 from Charlie David and Brandon Rolph by Love Honor Cherish....Read More


The Absurdity of Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

We all know Florida's Amendment 2, the deceptively named "marriage protection" amendment, is no laughing matter. It is dangerous- it will strip away domestic partnerships, weaken domestic violence laws, and take away the existing rights and benefits from all unmarried...Read More


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Rove says Give Up on Gay Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | August 15, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It has a lower profile, but it will be an issue in people's minds. The bigger issues will be the economy, terrorism, healthcare, energy." -- Karl Rove, speaking about using marriage equality as a wedge issue in 2008. I sure...Read More


Congressional Candidate Flip-Flops on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 14, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Call it a case of "Charlie Crist-itis"... Congressional Candidate for District 22 Paul Renneisen, who's challenging Democratic incumbent Ron Klein in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary, has confirmed that he did indeed sign the petition to put Amendment 2, the...Read More


Get A Little Crazy

Filed by Bishop Mahee | August 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Gospel according to recording artist Seal states, "We're never ever gonna survive unless we get a little crazy;" and sitting here, I can't help thinking that the editor of this publication can get a little crazy when he allowed...Read More


The Majesty of His Loins

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 12, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Over at The Bilerico Project, Alex Blaze has an interesting piece which is something of a counter-point to yesterday's post on the Edwards-Hunter curfuffle. Alex's main point is that extramarital affairs are pretty human, that we don't know enough about...Read More


Counter-programming is not the answer

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right is counter-programming Rick Warren's meeting with McCain and Obama: Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and Lou Engle, the leader of The Call, a young adult movement, plan to hold a news conference Friday calling on...Read More


The Politics of Fear- Subtle Racism is still Racism

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I remember the uproar that occurred over the Scott Howell attack ad against Harold Ford Jr., the former black Congressman from Tennessee. The slimy video featured a somewhat ditzy-sounding blonde telling the then-candidate Ford to "call me," which sent a...Read More


Can't Stand Out to Be Counted

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau, now metaphorically, comes knocking on our doors. But when the 2010 census surveys arrive in Massachusetts, married same-sex couples will be reclassified as either unmarried or as same-sex partners if it's a childless...Read More


Black History: Loving vs. Virginia

Filed by Storm Bear | August 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court declared Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute, the "Racial Integrity Act of 1924", unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace...Read More


John Edwards sex scandal!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I just got back to regular internet access, and I find out the oh-so important piece of information that John Edwards couldn't keep his rocket in his pocket. Oh my. I can't even begin to imagine why the 24 hours...Read More


Special ties to the LGBT community

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stu Rosenberg is the campaign manager for Ashwin Madia for Congress. A former HRC staffer, Stu is a longtime reader and friend of the blog and our community. I want to first thank my good friends,...Read More


Challenge to Prop 8 wording rejected

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

A California court has ruled that the AG's wording change for their marriage amendment is OK: In a written ruling issued Friday morning Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley said that the title and summary accurately summarizes the proposition....Read More


WeHo Marriages Go On

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Terry Scott House and Bennett James Norton waited until 08-08-08 to get married. Not that the couple needed the extra good luck the Chinese believe accrues to the number eight- they've been together since October 1976. "We met when I...Read More


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Same-Sex Relationships "Reflect the Love of God"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 10, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute...Read More


Gays Destroying Marriage? That's not what UK Statistics say

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 09, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

We all know the old fundie refrain about how "gays are destroying marriage." Of course, this comes from hypocritical people who cheat on their wives, are raging closet cases, or are working their way through marriage #3. Well, a report...Read More


Queer priorities

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Michael Crawford posted an interesting poll the other day, and I'm reposting it here. It's definitely worth going back to. Poll Answers...Read More


It's official: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorses marriage amendment

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

OK, people, he's now out of the closet on this issue, anyway. Express Gay News clears up the question of the week - does the governor want the GOP VP slot so badly that he'll sh*t on gays and lesbians...Read More


2008 Dem platform: lite on the LGBT, hold the mayo

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 08, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you're looking for a committed, hard-hitting, strong-spined party platform on LGBT rights, you may want to hold off on thumbing through the 2008 Democratic Party platform. I obtained a draft of the DNC platform and searched for: * gay...Read More


Phoenix Lesbian to Walk Across Metro Area For LGBT Equality

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 08, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Remember that song from "Benny and June" that went "I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more . . ." Well, how do you feel about 96 miles? While most locals are surviving the Dog Days of...Read More


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The Lesbian Menace

Filed by Ed Team | August 08, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Other signs that these women carried during the public march included one that read 'Vagina 100% Organic.' ...Reports of parents who were forced to keep their kids off the streets so that they would not be exposed to these lesbians...Read More


She's Baaaack . . .

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A few words of wisdom for Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern: Sometimes, silence is golden. The Oklahoma City lawmaker, who infamously compared gays to terrorists . . . said she never said the things she said . . . and...Read More


Sen. Obama Responds to Jennifer Chrisler's Questions on Family Policy

Filed by Dustin Kight | August 07, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Just three weeks ago, presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said in a NYTimes interview that he does not "believe in gay adoption." The Family Equality Council immediately responded, issuing a statement questioning McCain's grasp on the reality of American families....Read More


Damned If We Do - Damned If We Don't

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 06, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the wake of the Angie Zapata killing in Greeley last week, the debate raging in the blogosphere and beyond that has emerged since her tragic and untimely death has depended on who's doing the interpretation of it. For non-transgender...Read More


Florida ACLU Expands LGBT Advocacy Project

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 06, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has announced the expansion of its statewide LGBT Advocacy Project with the addition of legal and field staff in its Tampa and Miami offices. The ACLU of Florida works daily in the...Read More


Crist Really Wants to be VP: His Shifting Stance on Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Let the great flip-flop continue from Florida Governor Charlie Crist on his never-ending quest to become McCain's Vice-Presidential pick. According to the Star Banner: Also on Monday, Crist said he supported Amendment Two which would constitutionally ban gay marriage in...Read More


Disturbing Video: The Law Is "Supposed To Discriminate" Against Gays

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 05, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Florida State Rep. Darryl Rouson says he didn't remember calling gay people immoral during a television program in 2006 or describing them as unfit to adopt children. He did not remember saying this: "I think it's wrong to allow adoptions...Read More


Fundies Get Ready for the "Armageddon of the Culture War"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 05, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

According to Right Wing Watch, pastors gathered earlier this week at more than 200 sites throughout California, Arizona, and Florida to be pushed by national Religious Right leaders like Tony Perkins, Harry Jackson, Maggie Gallagher, and Chuck Colson and others...Read More


EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Updated with correction about LIFE Lobby: They came pumped and ready to give. They knew what was at stake and they wanted to be part of history. And by the end of the 15 minutes allotted to fundraising Saturday night...Read More


Sorry, same-sex marriage won't solve all our problems

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Hell, it won't even solve most. But that won't stop drivel like this, from The Advocate: On July 4, 2008, the out science fiction writer shot himself in his New York apartment. Could gay marriage have saved him? I don't...Read More


Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


Proposition 8 funding

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 01, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's the break-down of cash in California to either support or oppose Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage (7/31 numbers, in millions): ForAgainst Total California $2.0$2.8$4.8 Out-of-state $1.3$2.9$4.2 Total $3.3 $5.7$9.0 Well, they did say same-sex marriage...Read More


Provincetown, Not Palm Springs

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

You can marry a same-sex partner in Massachusetts...now. That's right. Now. Governor Patrick signed the law and it contains a waiver of the usual 90-day waiting period to take effect. If you want one less legal headache, cancel the plans...Read More