Marriage Equality: October 2008

Massive Cyber Attack freezes Donations in Florida Amendment 2 Fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 31, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Florida Red & Blue, the campaign to defeat Florida's Amendment 2, has confirmed that its website, SayNo2.com, was hit by a massive cyber invasion called a "distributed denial of service attack" (DoS) that took down the site for at least...Read More


In California, Tackling Homophobia in the Black Church

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Peter Montgomery is Vice President for Communications and Research at People For the American Way Foundation. His first foray into LGBT activism was on the DC local organizing committee for the 1987 March on Washington. As...Read More


Hoosiers: Join Our Chicago Protest of the Radio Hall of Shame

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Wayne Besen is an author, activist, columnist and public speaker. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Truth Wins OUT, an organization to founded to combat the 'ex-gay' myth and right wing propaganda. In the...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New Field Poll, James Dobson cries, law professors unite

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

New polling. Field Poll has the newest and most trustworthy numbers out for Prop 8, with the initiative losing at 44-49. Rosie's isn't giving. Michael Petrelis called Rosie O'Donnell out for not donating to fight Prop 8, even though she...Read More


Big Gay Slowdown

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 31, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Despite much good-natured pressure, my partner of twenty years and I have not gotten married. If we ever do marry, I know I will want an old fashioned wedding. Really old fashioned. When I get married, I want a country....Read More


Coming from Canada to Fight Amendment 2

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Kevin Flack is a 25 years old from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Kevin was compelled to come down from Canada to Florida to help fight against Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" facing Florida voters. I've always had...Read More


FL Amendment 2 Update: Leaked Emails Show More Illegal Campaigning

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Dirty tricks, money funneling, and lawsuits- oh my! My investigation into the misdeeds and dishonest campaign tactics of the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 just keeps getting nastier and more disturbing... I reported earlier about Florida Red & Blue, the...Read More


Don't blame latinos and blacks if Prop 8 passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's the racial break-down of the latest SUSA poll on Prop 8. WhiteBlackLatino/aAsian Yes48584742 No47384148 Undecided641210 While there is definitely slippage between those categories (bi- and multiracial people, people of various racial backgrounds who get racialized as "latino" in the...Read More


Florida Clergy for Fairness: A Message from Bishop Frade opposing Amendment 2

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

Editor's Note: Bishop Leo Frade is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. He is also involved in Florida Clergy for Fairness, whose purpose is to organize clergy members and religious leaders who strongly oppose any attempt to write...Read More


Voting is a Right, a Civil Right

Filed by IN THE LIFE | October 30, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

The LGBT community is the only community that's ever had its fundamental rights put to a vote. To date, twenty-six states have enacted constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman. On Tuesday, November 4, LGBT citizens...Read More


Armageddon in California

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have a question for all those religious groups are pouring money into California to try and make a constitutional amendment to limit access to legal contracts - and that is what marriage is, a legal contract, first and foremost...Read More


Labor Support For No on 8 Goes Beyond $$$

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | October 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

At this point in the No on 8 campaign, labor unions have donated close to $3 million dollars to defeat this unjust and unfair proposition that is a smack in the face to all working people. From a labor perspective,...Read More


Write to Marry Day: My Marriage Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 29, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Many of the readers on Bilerico know that my partner, Anthony Niedwiecki, and I were married in California this summer. I posted about the entire experience, from our initial decision to marry in California to the wedding day itself. I...Read More


DNC condemns Indiana anti-gay campaign mailing

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday I posted to Bilerico-Indiana about an anti-gay flier sent by the Indiana Democratic State Committee on behalf of State Representative candidate Andy Schemenaur. The mailing, paid for by the state party, called for "a constitutional amendment that defines...Read More


GMHC: HIV/AIDS Update on 2008 Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Below, please find the updated 2008 Presidential Candidate Report from GMHC to help you understand the candidates positions on HIV/AIDS issues. There are several other significant issues that are not addressed in the update below- such as the call for...Read More


The Courage Campaign Goes to the Mormon Church

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, angry over the extraordinary amount of money the Utah-based Mormon Church has given to Prop 8, the ballot initiative that would "eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry," Rick Jacobs, chair of the Courage Campaign Issues Committee, and...Read More


It's All Up To You

Filed by Bo Shuff | October 28, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

There is one week left. I can't believe that it is finally here. In the last seven days there is only one thing that matters in winning or losing an election - talking to voters. All of the commercials are...Read More


Winger fundraiser blames gays for Musgrave tanking

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 28, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Look at this pathetic cry for help for homobigot Musgrave, via Right Wing Watch - the best part is the bleating about "homosexual activist billionaire Tim Gill": I want to bring a special need to your attention. We are 10...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: Illegal Campaigning Tactics Lead to Lawsuit

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Florida Red & Blue, the bipartisan group behind the SayNo2 campaign to defeat Amendment 2, has just filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court asking a judge to force the group campaigning for Amendment 2 to disclose all of its...Read More


Yes on 8 Perpetrators Should Be Prosecuted

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 28, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Putting out the negative election propaganda is one thing. Committing a crime while doing it is another. In my opinion, the Yes on 8 people have broken the law big-time with their recent attempt at extorting money from businesses that...Read More


7 More Days

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 28, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

We are down to the wire folks with only seven days until election day. In that seven days we can expect McCain, Palin and the GOP to throw as much slime and diversion as they can muster to try to...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: A Matter of Life or Death

Filed by Dr. David Fawcett | October 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As we bear down to the election on November 4 and the critical vote on Florida's Amendment 2 (constitutionally limiting marriage to a man and a woman), I was reminded of research conducted by a friend who documented that suicide...Read More


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Twisted view of sexuality

Filed by Ed Team | October 28, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"...'legal equality' is not the true goal of these activists. Rather, they wish to change culture with the help of government by changing the definition of marriage and forcing that belief down the throats of citizens. They will not be...Read More


Indiana Democratic State Committee mails anti-gay flier

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2008 | 8:41 PM | comments

Since I started blogging, I've taken quite a few hits for being an equal opportunity critic. I've never hesitated to call out anti-gay politics - no matter what side of the aisle it originates. My standard answer to those who...Read More


Important Parenting Legislation in Great Britain

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 27, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

When a bill passed by Great Britain's House of Commons on October 22 becomes law, lesbians will have easier access to assisted reproduction. Current UK law requires fertility clinics to consider a child's "need for a father" before accepting a...Read More


21 Florida Newspapers- Vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Twenty-one newspapers from around the state have come hard against Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. These papers all realize the danger of the amendment's vague language and far-reaching impacts. Many also cite the needless enshrining of discrimination...Read More


On the lighter side: lesbian jugglers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

What with the stock market plummeting to a certain death, the shrieking voices of the campaigns averring that the heat death of the universe will occur should their candidates not be elected, and opponents of marriage equality suggesting that federal...Read More


Are You Ready For The Weekly Roundup?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 25, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am! Woot! Monday Harvard Business Review Weighs in on Transgender Workplace Issues - Dr. Jillian Weiss City Dwellers and People of Color are "Pro-America" Too - Monica Roberts Florida's Amendment 2: What Does "Substantial Equivalent" To Marriage Mean? -...Read More


Observations from an Ersatz(?) American

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Before I launch into this post, let me just be clear about one thing. I'm not sure of much anymore. But I am fairly certain that I shouldn't be writing this, or much of anything having to do with politics...Read More


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Florida Fundie Craziness

Filed by Ed Team | October 25, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Failing to ban gay marriage in the state constitution could result in the indoctrination of schoolchildren into a gay lifestyle. Florida schools might have to teach that gay weddings are the same as traditional unions if the proposal fails at...Read More


Why Must We Be Just Plain Petty?

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 24, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

This is what really bothers me about the gay community. Apple today came out publicly opposing Prop. 8 in California (the anti-gay marriage amendment). They also donated $100,000 to the "No on Prop. 8" cause. Given what a controversial issue...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New poll, blackmail, and more ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 24, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

A new PPIC poll has Proposition 8 losing at 44-52. 538 rates the proposition a toss-up. It's a good sign that support for the measure, on no survey so far, has been above 50%. Undecideds tend to vote no on...Read More


An intelligent Catholic lady

Filed by Father Tony | October 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's a video message from a philosophy professor in California (a devout Roman Catholic and mother of a regular Farmboyz reader) giving forth the truth about why California Catholics should not be strong-armed by their bishops into voting for Prop...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: The Lessons from Michigan

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The fourth in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. My last post detailed how the proposed amendment would greatly expand Florida's current ban on marriage. Right now, Florida law prohibits the...Read More


Assholes on 8

Filed by Storm Bear | October 24, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The snot sacks over at ProtectMarriage.com threw down the gauntlet yesterday to corporate America. The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published....Read More


Save The Children

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've had enough. I'm tired of being treated like some freak that needs to be carefully sidestepped at every election as if supporting my marriage is touching the third rail. I'm tired of the rhetoric that "gay marriage" will be...Read More


We've got to work together

Filed by Bil Browning | October 24, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Check out this video a Projector made that uses some of our photos from the DNCC and our coverage of California's first few days of marriage equality. Sweet! Glad we could help with your video,...Read More


Google: Profit before people

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2008 | 11:00 PM | comments

Several readers wrote in when ProtectMarriage.com ads started showing up for our California readers. The pro-Prop 8 graphic was arriving via Google ads. Since none of the Editorial Team is in California, we had no idea they were popping up....Read More


Sarah Palin: John McCain will push for FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

Is she off-message or does she know something we don't know? Palin told Dr. James Dobson in a radio interview, which aired today, that she believes McCain -- if elected -- will implement the Republican Party platform, which includes positions...Read More


Marriage won't solve all our problems, part II

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Gay Patriot West asks: Many opponents of gay marriage, however, do understand the social benefits of the institution. Instead of calling them mean-spirited, shouldn't we join them in their defense of marriage, using that defense as a basis for extending...Read More


The Insanity of John Stemberger: Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

It looks like the Right-Wingers behind Florida's Amendment 2 are borrowing from the California Prop 8 playbook. It shouldn't be surprising, since they "borrowed" ads from Arizona's amendment fight. The leader of the pack, John Stemberger, an Orlando attorney organizing...Read More


Mormon Power Grab: It's Tearing Families Apart

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 23, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Fred Karger's extensive experience in politics and corporate public relations has spanned over thirty years. He was the Executive Vice President of the Dolphin Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles and Sacramento from 1977...Read More


Garnet Lewis is the real deal

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | October 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

At the Victory Fund, we don't endorse "sayers." We endorse "doers" - people who aren't content to sit back and complain while other people get their hands dirty. In that spirit, I'd like to introduce you to one of our...Read More


Homophobic FMA author Marilyn Musgrave might lose reelection

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The LGBT community is probably familiar with Marilyn Musgrave, the Congresscritter from Colorado's 4th District, because she wrote the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex marriage and kept on introducing it into the House, even when she knew it'd fail....Read More


The Insanity of the Religious Right: Janet Porter

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 22, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Queen Bee of the Religious Right, Janet Porter (formerly Janet Folger) of Faith2Action, has released a horrendous and offensive "newscast from a future we must never see" on World Net Daily. You may remember Janet as the Naugle-loving, gay-hating...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New ads, new polling, and lots of Ellen

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 22, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Wall Street Journal put the latest Survey USA results on Prop 8 into a graphic. More updates on what's going on in California, after the jump....Read More


Love Is An Action Verb!!!

Filed by Bishop Mahee | October 22, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Sometimes being active and being proactive is the hardest thing to do when facing a challenge. But in order to make it to the other side of the challenge one must take action. I was participating in a town hall...Read More


I Want To Know

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I want to know why my cat licks the Steuben swans on my desk I want to know why Ben is the most loving, adorable human being for one minute then a nightmare in the next I want to know...Read More


New No FL Amendment 2 Ad: Intrusive Government? They're back!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign has released another television ad telling voters why they must vote NO on Florida's dangerous Amendment 2. The ad, called "They're back", shows voters how the same groups that were behind the massive and unwarranted intrusion of...Read More


No on Prop 8 Campaign Raises $3.9 Million

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Corrected. Imagine "Dynasty" 2008 - only Democratic, dressed down and Tudor-style. In this scenario, Blake Carrington is played by supermarket magnet Ron Burkle, a billionaire Democrat with a rich sense of humor - naming his palatial estate, the former home...Read More


Pity party for gay Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

In Dale Carpenter's recent column, he argues that gay people have started treating gay Republicans worse this year than we usually do: Time and again gay conservatives have been called self-hating, treasonous, and selfish. It's the worst vitriol against gay...Read More


FL Amendment 2 Supporters Running Illegal Campaign

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Updated at the end of the Post Florida Red & Blue, the group behind the SayNo2 Campaign, has filed a complaint with the Florida Election Commission asking for an investigation of Florida Amendment 2 sponsor Florida4Marriage.org. They say the group...Read More


More Lies from Florida's Amendment 2 Supporters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I already posted about the copycat, photoshop ads from Yes2Marriage, the group behind Florida's deceptive Amendment 2, but it looks like the lies just keep on coming out of the great "moral majority." Not surprising since the entire premise of...Read More


Que(e)rying The Candidates

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Depending on which media outlets you tune into for "fair and balanced" reporting on the election campaign's presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama can't do any wrong and Senator John McCain can't do any right. Or Obama is spun as an...Read More


Marriage Amendment Copycat Ads: The idea well is running dry...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Kudos to Mark Kerr of the Tucson Observer! In a blog post in the Observer, Mark points to the nearly identical commercials being run by the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 and Arizona's Proposition 102. The same scenes, scripts and...Read More


Yes We Can

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Justin Flippen, a life-long Floridian, is President of the Dolphin Democrats, Florida's oldest and largest LGBT political organization. He is also a candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission, on the ballot November 4th. "Yes We Can!" "Yes We...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: What Does "Substantial Equivalent" To Marriage Mean?

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The third in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. As I stated in my most recent post, there is no real possibility that Florida will follow Connecticut's lead and legalize marriage...Read More


Raise the bar on coming out

Filed by Michele O'Mara | October 20, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Rarely do I speak the words, "I am gay (or lesbian)." Although very early in my being out process, I attempted this strategy at work, rather unsuccessfully. This happened years ago when gay marriage was but a blip on the...Read More


Another Reason to Come Out

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here is another reason that it is so crucial that we as LGBT people live our lives openly and honestly: I had almost the exact same experience as Jay. It was very easy to use the word "fag" around my...Read More


My Brief Journalistic Dilemma Over Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've been having some very revealing discussions about Proposition 8 lately. Prop 8 - that ballot measure that would change the California constitution to take away the fundamental right to marry for same sex couples - the one the Religious...Read More


Fla Poll shows Amendment 2 more likely to lose

Filed by Nadine Smith | October 19, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some good news from Florida about Amendment 2 - but don't grab the champagne yet. This poll in the Sun-Sentinel was conducted before the big far-right church tour that begins today and before their deceptive barrage of robocalls, radio and...Read More


Suze Orman Says No To Florida's Amendment 2

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

Financial expert (and out lesbian) Suze Orman, named by Time magazine earlier this year as one of The World's 100 Most Influential People, is urging Florida voters to vote no on Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment: My life's...Read More


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This Weekly Round-Up goes out to you, Joe the Plumber!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Since you might have been caught up in the ongoing saga of Joe the Plumber- the not so real plumber, who doesn't pay taxes, and is now a household name- here are some of the great posts from The Bilerico...Read More


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Show Your Hometown Pride

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 18, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

With little more than two weeks before election day, now is the time to pull out your little black book and contact everyone in it about Barack Obama. This election is the most important in at least a generation and...Read More


Florida Amendment 2 Backers Release Ads

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yes2Marriage, the group behind Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, has released and started airing a new ad called "Just One Thing"- which is built on the lie that Amendment 2 does "only one thing - defining marriage...Read More


Why I am withholding federal taxes

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Charles Merrill, the cousin of the founder of Merrill Lynch, was previously married to the late Evangeline Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress. He has refused to pay federal taxes, protesting marriage equality. Charles is a...Read More


Bob Graham Says No To Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Florida's popular former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham has announced his opposition Amendment 2. Graham served as Florida's governor from 1979 to 1987 and as the state's U.S. Senator from 1987 to 2005, notably as chairman of the Senate...Read More


Florida Amendment 2 Ad- Do the Rights Thing

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Here's the new Do the Rights Thing video against Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. Your one vote can be stronger than Amendment 2! Get involved in the fight: www.SayNo2.com....Read More


Log Cabin Republicans, Prince, Stoned Afghanis and Jason Mraz

Filed by Bil Browning | October 17, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Things here have been full of house repairs and consultant duties, so I haven't had a chance to blog about these items I'd saved up. I thought I'd at least share them so you can provide the commentary. Waymon's Bilerico-Florida...Read More


Remembering Philip Labhart, Pioneer Ad Producer

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 16, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Gay film history should have a category for ads and infomercials -- and Los Angeles producer Philip Labhart should be one of the first stars to be installed on that sidewalk of fame. Ads and infomercials may be despised by...Read More


City of Oakland Park Takes Stand Against Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 16, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last night, the Oakland Park City Commission voted unanimously to approve a resolution opposing Amendment 2, Florida's so called "Marriage Protection Amendment." The commission passed the resolution because of the "potential adverse impact that it causes on the existing rights...Read More


Westboro Church to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It looks like the circus is coming to town here in Florida! The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for their "God Hates Fags" and Military Funeral protests, is coming to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, at...Read More


Let's Be Honest: Prop. 8 Will Hurt Families

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In 19 days voters in California will vote on whether or not to strip marriage rights away from same-sex couples. One of the most critical things that we can being doing now, besides contributing to No on Prop. 8, is...Read More


Your Wife Already Knows Your Little Secret

Filed by Father Tony | October 16, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Father Tony, You want everyone to come out. But why? Is it because you did it and you'll feel better? Misery loves company? I am married to a wonderful smart woman. I love her. Our kids are grown and...Read More


My Open Letter to Florida and California Republicans

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

My good friend and neighbor in Florida Robert Moreno sent me this fantastic video. Bob emigrated from South America and became a banker after college. He traveled extensively to all parts of the Spanish speaking world to facilitate business opportunities...Read More


Michael Schiavo tells Florida to vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The great people over at Progress Florida have just released an internet ad of Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, urging voters to vote NO on Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "marriage protection" amendment. Michael Schiavo knows better than...Read More


Remind Me To Go Sneeze On Them

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 15, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You can't make this stuff up, though I really wish this was all just made-up. It would make it a lot easier to stomach. For those who don't know, Arizona will be voting on Proposition 102 this November. If approved...Read More


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Vote Yes on Proposition 8 to protect the Separation of Church and State

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Instead of an "I get mail" post, I thought I'd share this comment that appeared on one of Karen Ocamb's posts on Proposition 8 from September: i am voting yes on prop 8 simply because i think the United States...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage: Three Years On

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

If people in California, Arizona, Florida, and anywhere else that same-sex marriage is being debated finds this article useful, they are welcome to distribute it. I'm writing this because a lot of people in America are forgetting that there is...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: Florida Is No Connecticut!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 14, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The second in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. Amendment 2 essentially has two parts: one that limits marriage to opposite sex couples, and a second that prohibits the recognition of...Read More


The LGBT Case for Barack Obama

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

There has never been a presidential nominee from either political party that is as supportive of LGBT civil rights as Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee. He has long fought for civil and equal rights for minorities including the LGBT...Read More


Are Democrats Throwing Gays Under the Bus?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 13, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

With just over three weeks until the elections, it seems a pretty certain bet that most of the LGBT community will vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, though with curtailed enthusiasm after numerous missteps. But electoral support does not...Read More


Homeland Security

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 13, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Though I have not looked, I bet you twenty dollars my 401K looks like the Y2K. Actually, make that five dollars. I have been treating my 01K as I treat any new weird sound in my old Jeep. I just...Read More


Time to Call the FBI: Stoking the Fires of Hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

We've talked a lot here on Bilerico about the disgusting negative attacks coming from the McCain campaign and the right. Our community knows better than most how using inflammatory rhetoric that plays into bias and hate can cause very real...Read More


With friends like these...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Gay Republican blogger Gary Welsh's recent post "To My Gay Friends" asks why the queer community is overwhelmingly supporting Barack Obama's campaign for president. He spouts more "Obama is a Muslim! And from Africa!" nonsense and closes with, "Is this...Read More


Never using religion, nor biology, to argue against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

If there was proof that people who actually follow LGBT issues should be writing about them for even traditional media sources, this article could be it. An article about two activists who are working against same-sex marriage in Connecticut yesterday...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: We must not Abandon our Wisdom

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 13, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Justin Flippen, a life-long Floridian, is President of the Dolphin Democrats, Florida's oldest and largest LGBT political organization. He is also a candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission, on the ballot November 4th along with Amendment 2. Be...Read More


Legal Victories Are Not Enough!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | October 13, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Let's savor Friday's tremendous victory allowing same sex couples to get married in Connecticut. And let's not forget the same feeling that we got when the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May. But these victories...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Anthony Niedwiecki

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 12, 2008 | 7:00 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


Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner's Coming Out

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Like many of my generation, I spent many years in a heterosexual marriage, hoping that the lonely inner knowing of a different sexuality would somehow just go away. But it didn't. And the thought of coming out was scary even...Read More


National Coming Out Day 2008

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

October 11 was National Coming Out Day. We may be winning the culture war one day at a time (see the marriage equality ruling in Connecticut on Friday), but not everyone has the option of coming out of the closet...Read More


Everyday People Stand Up, Speak Out, Say No 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The fight against Florida's Amendment 2 is heating up and hitting the road! I wanted to pass along all of the amazing things going on in the effort to get people to SAY NO 2! An amazing group of educators,...Read More


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History in Connecticut

Filed by Ed Team | October 12, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We conclude that, in light of the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not...Read More


Weekly Roundup: The Trainwreck Edition

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 11, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Has anyone noticed how all the political pundits on the mainstream news are crediting Tina Fey's impression of Sarah Pailn for boosting Obama's numbers? SNL has such good ratings that NBC has launched a prime time series on Thursdays that...Read More


What's left to come out as...

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've come out as so many things over the years. Bisexual, queer, trans, kinky, poly -- not to mention the odd identity shifts through a dozen different related identities. Sometimes I'm left feeling as if there's nothing left to come...Read More


Why I won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Public discussions around sexuality evoke simplistic narratives about gays versus conservatives. We automatically assume that anything gay is part of a leftist or progressive agenda. In this context, National Coming Out Day takes on the aura of a sacred rite...Read More


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Bilerico Project Florida Launches with a hint of Queer Sunshine!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 11, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: We bumped this back up to make sure everyone got involved in Bilerico-Florida! Get out your sunscreen and flip-flops, Projectors! The Bilerico Project is heading to the Sunshine State of Florida! We are happy to now offer LGBTQ...Read More


How will Connecticut affect California, Florida and Arizona's amendment battles?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today's Connecticut Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage is a major boost to California, Florida and Arizona's battle to defeat "marriage" amendments. Expect to see a push from LGBT and allied advocacy groups touting the decision to push the message...Read More


Do the Rights Thing

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 10, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's the new Do the Rights Thing video against Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. Your one vote can be stronger than Amendment 2! Get involved in the fight: www.SayNo2.com. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Connecticut legalizes same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that civil unions aren't OK, and the state has to recognize same-sex couples with marriage. Updates to come. Update: Not just same-sex marriage, but the court also went the way of California and made...Read More


AFA says McDonald's caved

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The American Family Association's saying that McDonald's caved to their demands after another one of their lame boycotts. They started the boycott back in July because McDonald's gave $20K to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, had a...Read More


Orlando will offer Domestic Partnership Benefits to City Workers

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Orlando City Council, led by Mayor Buddy Dyer, decided this week to give domestic-partner benefits to gay city employees. In doing so, Orlando becomes the first government in Central Florida to do so. The benefits will only be available...Read More


No Way. No How. No McCain/Palin.

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 09, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A couple of days ago I wrote that gays won't let their friends vote McCain and with less than four weeks before election day that message has taken on an increased urgency. This post the second is a series that...Read More


Lake Worth votes against Amendment 2!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 09, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Lake Worth City Commission unanimously passed a resolution strongly opposing Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. Lake Worth City Commissioner Dave Vespo, who introduced the bill, was concerned that Amendment 2 might remove safeguards and eliminate...Read More


Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The fundies are going wild over this one. Apparently the archives of Outlines, a Chicago-based gay paper that merged with the Windy City Times in 2000, show that Obama supported same-sex marriage back in 1996. This is from their election...Read More


California's Prop 8 TV ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Update: Here's the latest from the No on Prop 8 campaign: iPhone users: Click to watch All the other ones I posted this afternoon are after the jump. Lots of TV to watch!...Read More


Fight against Florida's Amendment 2 takes to Airwaves!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Say No 2 Campaign, the bi-partisan group dedicated to defeating Florida's dangerous and deceptive Amendment 2, has just released a hard hitting new commercial. It highlights the numerous groups and newspapers that have come out against the so-called "Marriage...Read More


Say No 2 Releases Tough New Commercial against Amendment 2!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Say No 2 Campaign, the bi-partisan group dedicated to defeating Florida's dangerous and deceptive Amendment 2, has just released a hard hitting new commercial. It highlights the numerous groups and newspapers that have come out against the so-called "Marriage...Read More


A Deeply Personal Guest Post

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is none other than Steven Goldstein. Steven is the chair of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's leading LGBT rights organization. Steven, a leader in a state that's "on the cusp" of marriage equality, has a...Read More


Complete Gay Library Giveaway: More Free Stuff from Bilerico-Florida!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

It's Day Four of the Great Bilerico-Florida Launch Giveaway! We are giving away more great free stuff to celebrate our official launch of Bilerico-Florida. Make sure you come back and enter the contest daily for your chance to win! We've...Read More


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Florida's Amendment 2- Major Impact on Health Benefits

Filed by Ed Team | October 09, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's [Amendment 2] going to have a major impact on our ability to provide benefits for domestic partners, and we're opposed to anything that gets in the way of providing benefits." -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the...Read More


Mayor Naugle of Fort Lauderdale Spews More Anti-Gay Hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sigh... Isn't he out of office yet? Raging bigot Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has once again used his office to unleash an attack on the LGBT community. In a press conference yesterday, Naugle came out in support of...Read More


Sarah Palin's gay friends

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

HRC went to Wasilla to find out about Sarah Palin's gay record, and here's what they found: iPhone users: Click to watch The New Republic also did an investigation of her background in Wasilla and her tenure on the city...Read More


Father Geoffrey Farrow, my hat is off to you.

Filed by Father Tony | October 08, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I just got off the phone with Father Geoffrey Farrow. A blogger friend of his who reads Bilerico and my blog suggested I contact him and was kind enough to facilitate our introduction. If the word gracious can be understood...Read More


Blue Cross and Blue Shield Opposes Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 08, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the state's largest health insurer, has come out harshly against Florida's Amendment 2- the dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The vague language of the amendment has many in Florida worried- both gay...Read More


My Faith Compels Me

Filed by Bishop Mahee | October 07, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

While sitting in a leadership training for skills-building to defeat Florida's Amendment 2, it came to dealing with the other side on the religious arguments against homosexuality. The trainer instructed us to stay away from issues of faith, as that...Read More


Gays Won't Let Friends Vote McCain

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just as friends don't let friends drive drunk, we should declare right here, right now that as LGBT people we won't let our friends vote McCain. At least not without a fight. If you think I am overstating the importance...Read More


Califonia's Prop 8 is gaining traction

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Survey USA has a new poll out today putting the race for Proposition 8, California's amendment to ban same-sex marriage, at 47-42. Under two weeks ago, SUSA had the No campaign winning by 5 points. CBS, which funded the poll,...Read More


On the Bright Side...

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 07, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Oil fell to under 90 bucks a barrel today... gas will be cheaper. Of course, you may not have a job to drive to but I'm trying to be positive. Yesterday's market crash- almost a free fall in the middle...Read More


City of West Palm Beach Votes to Say No 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 07, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Another city has passed a resolution denouncing Amendment 2, Florida's so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The mayor and city commission of West Palm Beach unanimously to oppose the dangerous amendment yesterday. Mayor Lois Frankel said: West Palm Beach was the first...Read More


More Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Queen Latifah played Gwen Ifill on SNL to host a Biden/Palin debate. They hit on the gay marriage question in it: --> I do like their portrayal of Biden's sycophancy towards McCain. It is getting annoying....Read More


Catholic Priest Defies Church Over Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"A man of conscience." The phrase seems almost quaint today when most leaders talk largely about tactics, strategies, and short-term goals while not rocking the boat. But some of us remember the agonizing efforts of conscientious objectors during the Vietnam...Read More


The Real Impact of Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As most of you already know, Florida voters will go to the polls on November 4, 2008 to vote on an amendment to the Florida Constitution that attempts to limit the recognition of same sex relationships. Specifically, the proposed amendment,...Read More


EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I recently had the chance to talk to Steve Hildebrand, the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Obama Campaign and the highest ranking gay staffer for the campaign. Steve has spent more than twenty years organizing some of the most targeted...Read More


The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly on the Palin

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I come from a family of winkers. I swear if my family had been on the Titanic, the last thing I would have seen my Dad do as he sank beneath the cold, dark sea would have been one last...Read More


Biden, Palin and that pesky marriage thing

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 04, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

My wrap on last night's debate included the clip of the exchange between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin on the topic of same-sex marriage. With a couple of hours of sleep now under my belt, I wanted to...Read More


Ifill's misleading question...

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 04, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here's was the exact question Gwen Ifill asked Joe Biden in the VP debate: "Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?" After Biden's convoluted response, Ifill said to Palin, "Governor, would you support expanding...Read More


Arizona: marriage ban supporters continue to fill their coffers

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 04, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The fundie coffers are filling at an alarming rate in John McCain's home state, the only one to turn away a marriage amendment at the ballot box. Supporters of a measure that would change Arizona's constitution to ban gay marriage...Read More


Orlando to offer benefits to same-sex couples

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 04, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando announced plans to offer domestic-partner benefits to gay city employees when the City Council approves changes to its employee health-care policy. This will make Orlando the first government in Central Florida to do so, joining...Read More


"What's become normal now is really absurd."

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to Immigration Equality, more than 36,000 same-sex couples include a partner who is a non-citizen. And, at long last, at least a few members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to try and make life a little...Read More


Biden and Palin on LGBT relationships

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Both of the vice presidential candidates were asked a question about benefits for gay couples and whether or not they supported same-sex marriage. Biden supports domestic partner benefits which prompted Palin to defend "the traditional definition of marriage." She mouthed...Read More


When Belief Speech Becomes Hate

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A little while back, I blogged about some fear-mongering from the religious right that alleged that the passage of SB200 in Colorado to protect transgender people had somehow effectively banned the Bible. One recurring theme we keep getting from Fundies...Read More


Paulson's Ashes

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

All this news is too damn depressing. Once, about two years ago, Walter told me to lighten up on my blog. Too sad all the time, he said. It's like Angela's ashes. I remember reading Angela's Ashes while pregnant with...Read More


Trans for Obama: Is the trans community becoming a "community?"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's something brewing in the trans community, and I think I like it. It has long been a question as to whether the transgender community really constitutes a "community", as commonly understood to mean a coherent group with common interests....Read More