Marriage Equality: August 2009

Vermont Marriages to Begin at Midnight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The first same-sex marriages for Vermont are set to begin tomorrow (just after midnight tonight), Tuesday September 1st. Congratulations Vermonters!! There isn't expected to be a large rush of marriages in the first days, like there were when Vermont became...Read More


What if you had to ask 600,000 people for permission to marry?

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

That would be the reality if anti-equality activists are able to force a ballot fight over gay and lesbian couples being able to marry in DC. As I wrote in a post last week, The National Organization for Marriage and...Read More


Bob McDonnell Disingenously Claims His Christianist Views on Gays, Etc., Have Changed

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 30, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I nearly choked to death on my morning coffee when I saw a headline on the Washington Post website that read as follows: A Different Side of McDonnell Va. candidate says views changed since '89 thesis critiquing working women, gays,...Read More


Bilerico Radio: 2010 or 2012?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I recorded this about two weeks ago, but because of a few technical difficulties I haven't been able to finish producing it until I was back in Paris. I had Marc Solomon, the marriage director for Equality California, and Karen...Read More


Weekly Reader: Barebackers, Teabaggers, & Obama's Approval Rating

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

In this week's Reader I'm highlighting some of the guest posts we published recently. Father John McNeil reflected on 50 years in the priesthood, Stuart Milk shared his thoughts on his uncle, Harvey Milk, being honored in the California Hall...Read More


Why America Pretends to Separate Church and State

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 29, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The other day, the Washington Post carried a seemingly innocuous little story about Brian Brown, head of NOM, who is now establishing his organization in the nation's capital. The newspaper actually tried to make the point about how "sane" and...Read More


Don't Take Your Lesbian Moms to Hooters

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Canadian musical comedy My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, which became the hit of the 2009 Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival in July, will be expanded for a run beginning Nov. 7 at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, reports...Read More


Washington Post shills for the far right, unsurprisingly

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you haven't read the Washington Post profile that fawns over NOM executive director Brian Brown, please protect your keyboard from vomit if you click over the link to go read it. I don't really get what the news value...Read More


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Heat in the Kitchen

Filed by Ed Team | August 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I'm going to go out on a limb and say a few words about same-sex marriage: First of all, part of the problem with the issue is that it is framed by opponents as a discussion of whether gay people...Read More


Gays United? Not so much...

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Well, sometimes you just can't live up to a good group name. Fresh in the inbox this morning is a press release from The Gays United Network announcing they've changed their mind about when California's LGBT community should return to...Read More


3 things you can do to protect equality in Maine

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 28, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

In just over three months the LGBT community and its allies in Maine will face one of its toughest fights ever. And, they need our help. Here are three things you can do to help preserve marriage equality in Maine:...Read More


What do teabaggers, birthers and march gossip have in common?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Have I got some gossip for you! Truly stunning. I got it from a friend who read it on a blog who says they got an e-mail tip from someone they'd never heard of, so we know it's legit. If...Read More


WWDD? - What Would Del Do?

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 27, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Del Martin's death. Even writing that sentence is hard. Yes, Del lived a full and amazing life. Yes, she accomplished more than most people ever dream. Yes, she had 54 years of love and...Read More


What do we point at? Something! When do we point at it? Now!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I expressed some concerns earlier about how the National Equality March doesn't really see to be able to form much of a unified message when it comes to what they're demanding. I assumed that their bumper sticker slogan "full equality...Read More


ACLU argues - again - that Florida's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians is unconstitutional

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last November, I predicted that Florida's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians was on its way out. Yesterday, the fight to end the ban took another step forward. Gay rights lawyers are cautiously optimistic that Florida's Third District...Read More


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A National Impact

Filed by Ed Team | August 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The nation's eyes were on Massachusetts today, and they saw a triumph for civil rights and fundamental fairness. Today's historic vote will have a national impact on civil rights for years to come. Massachusetts has led the nation in education,...Read More


Ted Kennedy's Life is a Parable

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 26, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It was mid-December 2007 when longtime politico Steve Smith beseeched me to go hear fledgling presidential candidate Barack Obama speak at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City. He's the real deal, Steve insisted. To Baby Boomers like us, saying someone...Read More


A great light has gone out: R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Filed by Phil Reese | August 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Few Senators draw such strong emotional reactions from folks as Senator Ted Kennedy. He was almost more of an idea than a person. At least to most Americans. He was the Liberal Lion of the Senate who refused to back...Read More


Ted Kennedy dies at 77

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 26, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Liberal Senator Ted Kennedy passed away last night at around midnight. He was an LGBT-friendly Senator, and I know that more than a few LGBT activists in DC were looking to him to introduce an inclusive ENDA in the Senate....Read More


Kicking our allies to the curb

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at OpenLeft.com, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More


Anti-gay DC minister: "We are going to force an initiative on the city."

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

A recent meeting called by Ward 5 ANC Commissioner Robert King to build support for a Prop 8 style ballot measure in DC may have had low turnout, but that's no reason to let our guard down. The National Organization...Read More


Smelt case thrown out on technicality

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 25, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The judge in the Smelt case (the California couple suing to overturn DOMA, Obama's DOJ responded in an offensive brief...) just threw it out because it was filed earlier in a state court. Their attorney attempted to sue the federal...Read More


Missouri's McCaskill, Bond and Luetkemeyer: Legislators of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Oh my god, it's August 25 already. Two weeks from now Congress will be back in session, and we'll be gearing up for an ENDA vote. It takes a while to put a head of steam on an issue in...Read More


Anti-gay group to use its $6 million budget to ban marriage in DC and defeat repeal of DOMA

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 25, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I wrote last week that the National Organization for Marriage had opened an office in DC to spread its anti-gay message. Now in an interview with the Washington Blade NOM's executive director Brian Brown reveals the truth behind their new...Read More


Help Protect Marriage Equality in Maine

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 24, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

One of the big gay takeaways from Netroots Nation was the critical importance of defending marriage equality in Maine. The same team that brought us Prop 8 in California is now trying to strip away marriage from same-sex couples in...Read More


Cynthia Neff - Gay Friendly Candidate for the 58th District

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 24, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Cynthia Neff, the Democratic candidate for the 58th District in the Virginia House of Delegates is a courageous progressive who doesn't flinch from answering tough questions - including stating that she supports marriage equality for LGBT Virginians. The 58th...Read More


No on 1 TV ad in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

From GLAD, here's the first No on 1 (pro same-sex marriage side) ad in Maine. FYI, Maine is over 98% white. [Update: Patrick in the comments points out that this ad is for marriage generally, not for the specific, up-coming...Read More


Stonewall Dems ask DNC for $25k for Maine marriage fight

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Stonewall Democrats Interim Executive Director, Kyle Bailey, sent a letter last week to the Democratic National Committee formally requesting that the DNC donate $25,000 to Maine's No On 1 campaign [PDF]. The DNC donated $25,000 to California's Prop 8 battle...Read More


Wisconsin Attorney General won't defend domestic partnerships

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I don't really get why so many people were calling the DOJ's brief in the Smelt suit to overturn DOMA paradoxical or incoherent two weeks ago - I thought that we had already been through the explanation before that, just...Read More


Gay marriage vs marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Does it matter whether we call it "gay marriage," "same-sex marriage," or "marriage equality?" The folks at Freedom to Marry offer up a list of reasons why we should nix the first two from our vocabulary. What do you...Read More


Message to Obama: Keep Marriage. Give Us Marriajuana!

Filed by Father Tony | August 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The New York Times describes the battle between the growers of marijuana in the mountains of California and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. In eighteen raids, the officers have netted 225,000 plants but have made zero arrests. Recently, illustrating...Read More


Fighting Homophobia, One Kiss at a Time

Filed by David Badash | August 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last Saturday, thousands of people - gay and straight - joined together across more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada and kissed their partners, in public. The Great Nationwide Kiss-In, a celebration and affirmation of the right of...Read More


Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of my Ordination to the Priesthood

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 23, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Father John McNeill is a pioneer in the gay liberation movement. John helped found Dignity New York City, a spiritual support group for gay and lesbian Catholics, in 1972. In 1976 he published The Church and...Read More


Saturday Morning Cartoons: An Interview with aGLIFF's Jake Gonzales

Filed by Paige Schilt | August 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

One Saturday morning, my son was sitting in the living room, watching an animated video about numerals. "Mom!" In keeping with his TV-watching custom, he was shouting, even though I was only a few feet away. "Mom, Mom!" he persisted,...Read More


National Marriage Boycott Gains Traction

Filed by John Shields | August 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The National Marriage Boycott, a student-driven movement to urge President Obama to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, is gaining traction and is now up for an $10,000 award to further their efforts. To win, however, they need your vote....Read More


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Not Truly Free

Filed by Ed Team | August 22, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity." --Nelson...Read More


Anti-gay beating raises concerns about violence in Kalamazoo

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 21, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Todd Heywood is a professional journalist for the Michigan Messenger. Activists and leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are raising a red flag of concern about the potential for violence following the attack on a...Read More


Tobias Wolff (and Lou Dobbs!) slay NOM's Gallagher on DOMA

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tobias Wolff, law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, does a great job of taking on the irrelevant bile coming out of the piehole of the National Organization of Marriage's Maggie Gallagher during a debate on CNN. What's amusing is...Read More


Double down for Maine!

Filed by Bil Browning | August 21, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you hurry and donate to the No On 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign today, a generous donor has agreed to double all donations up to $20,000!! We've set up an Act Blue page for Projectors to support marriage equality in...Read More


The Bride Wore Red

Filed by Eric Leven | August 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In an unlikely twist, the California Gay community now stands an even greater chance of hearing wedding bells ring in their name. Theodore Olson, the Republican Lawyer who helped steal argue George Bush's election, could now be same-sex marriage's strongest...Read More


In Praise of Long Engagements

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I’ve always been a fan of long engagements. Even before I met the hubby, I had a strict rule that I imposed on myself while dating: No matter how much I liked the guy, how great he was, etc.,...Read More


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Misery Loves Company

Filed by Ed Team | August 21, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Let's just go right on the record and say that anybody who wants to get married ought to be able to get married. Why should heterosexuals be the only ones that are miserable?" --David Letterman...Read More


Awesome Website of the Week: 'God Hates Shrimp'

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Sometimes you just have to smile at the snarky, fun skewering of the anti-LGBT right. Activists Joe Decker and Ryland Sanders have created my new favorite parody site called "God Hates Shrimp", a smart poke at people like Fred Phelps,...Read More


From the Buckeye State - A Bigot for Sec of State?

Filed by Bo Shuff | August 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here in the Buckeye State we are gearing up (already) for the 2010 elections. So far we have a contested U.S Senate primary between one fully LGBT supportive candidate, Jennifer Brunner and one who "is open to the idea" -...Read More


How we win marriage in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Much has been made of the external challenges we face in DC as we build a movement to win and keep marriage for same-sex couples including the possibility of a Prop 8 style ballot fight and potential intervention from members...Read More


Prop 8 Court Challenge: Judge says San Fran In, LGBT Orgs Out

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Judge Vaughn Walker has denied the request of several LGBT legal groups, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and NCLR, to join Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. He also approved the City of San Francisco's...Read More


No Wonder Letterman is Beating Conan in the Ratings

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Self-promoting king, Donald Trump, appeared on Letterman last night to talk about the Miss Universe contest. Not surprisingly, Carrie Prejean came up, with Trump touting her "great beauty" as reason for caring about her opinions... Gotta love some late night...Read More


Justice Department Hires New LGBT Liaison

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has hired Matt Nosanchuk, a former staffer for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), to serve as a a senior counselor and a representative to the LGBT community. Nosanchuk, who is openly gay, has worked for...Read More


The Revolution of Desire

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 19, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 1971, a handful of feminists and gay militants shouting "family is pollution" demonstrated for revolutionary sexual liberation. 35 years after, what remains of these ideals and struggles? That's the opening of The Revolution of Desire, a 2007 documentary about...Read More


Long-Shot #2: Nevada's Ensign - Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

As I have discussed recently, we are close, but not there. After our devastating loss by one vote in the Senate the last time ENDA showed up there, we must be prepared to look for love in all the wrong...Read More


Finding the Humor in Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I, for one, am getting quite over all the doom and gloom stories and posts about being transgender. Before I...Read More


Your Gal in... Kalamazoo?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Ms. Amy Hunter is Director of Operations for One Kalamazoo and sits on the Boards of Directors for Michigan Equality and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center. Amy loves sharing a home in the woods near Kalamazoo...Read More


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No Legitimate Government Interest

Filed by Ed Team | August 19, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Unlike the intervenors here, the government does not contend that there are legitimate government interests in "creating a legal structure that promotes the raising of children by both of their biological parents" or that the government's interest in 'responsible procreation'...Read More


North Carolina upholds second-parent adoption!

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 18, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The South is the region with the worst laws in the country for gay and lesbian parents. Well today add North Carolina to the list of states that approve second-parent adoption. Today's decision from the North Carolina Court of Appeals...Read More


National Organization for Marriage Comes to DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

As if DC residents didn't have enough to deal with, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is bringing it's anti-gay storm to the District. You remember NOM, right? They're the group responsible for the hysterically over-the-top anti-marriage ad The Gathering...Read More


One More Time...Marriage Is Not a "Church-based Tradition"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Back in 1957, when I was 21 and closeted, I tied the knot with a heterosexual European guy named Yuriy. We did the deed at City Hall in New York City. My mother had wanted to see me walk down...Read More


Regurgitated homophobia at "God Has a Better Way"

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Political duty led me to read the speech delivered a couple of weeks ago at an anti-gay rally -- pardon me, a "God has a better way" rally -- in North Carolina. The speech was crafted to reflect how Christians...Read More


Spin the Bottle on Health Care Reform

Filed by Keri Renault | August 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

My head is spinning with health care reform. Who and what should I believe? I'm sick and tired of it and I definitely won't take it much longer. Ultra-conservative Sarah Palin accuses Democratic-led reform of mandating senior citizen "death panels."...Read More


DoJ sings new tune on DoMA

Filed by Nan Hunter | August 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Department of Justice has just filed a new brief in the Smelt case that defends the constitutionality of DoMA, but also states the Obama administration's opposition to DoMA as a policy matter and explicitly repudiates anti-gay arguments based on...Read More


Pandora's Box: The National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've made my concerns about the National Equality March known and Cleve Jones responded with his reasons why it should go forward. After spending a week at Netroots Nation talking to Kip Williams, the Director of the march's organizing campaign,...Read More


A Taste of Equality - Indy Impact's First Fundraiser!

Filed by Zac Hart | August 16, 2009 | 5:46 PM | comments

Are you tired of calling your local representative, demanding that your rights be granted sooner, rather than later? Does protesting the latest Anti-Gay victory take up too much of your time or perhaps your hands are still recovering from the...Read More


Diaper Fetish Caper

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 16, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the category of "why desperately frustrated fetishists need to work on their issues before they do something craaaazy," this strange story about another Craigslist ad debacle. Woman Falls Victim to Man's Baby Fetish, Via Craigslist According to a report...Read More


Resurrecting Arizona Stonewall Democrats

Filed by Bobby Parker | August 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Steve Brittle has been described, probably by himself, as a 'hell-raising environmentalist.' People refer to me as a gay rights activist. Together we have decided to use our network of friends and acquaintances, Steve's political savvy, and our combined organizational...Read More


Gay Geek iPhone App Review: My Gay Agenda

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I just love cheeky gay humor. I recently got a request on twitter from a new iPhone Application called "My Gay Agenda." My curiosity was piqued by the humor of their tweets so I checked into the App and ended...Read More


What Would Jesus Do?

Filed by David Badash | August 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

How is it possible that so-called "Christian" and "Family" organizations are planning to protest an event that was created to celebrate and affirm the right of all couples to share simple acts of affection - like a kiss? That's right....Read More


From the Ameriqueer Archives: Maine bigots make it official - The time to start fighting is now

Filed by Phil Reese | August 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

This post appeared on my blog, Ameriqueer, on July 8, 2009, but as people are making decisions about whether or not to book tickets out to the National Equality March in DC in October, I thought it'd be just as...Read More


Fighting on Our Own Terms

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note: Veteran LGBT activist and environmentally-friendly entrepreneur Diane Abbitt has helped lead campaigns against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives since Prop 6. She was the first female co-president of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), a founding member of...Read More


Netroots Nation: Bill Clinton supports repeal of DADT, DOMA

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 14, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

UPDATE: The full transcript of Lane Hudson's questions to Bill Clinton and the former President's response is below, courtesy of Rex Wockner. How's that for a juxtaposition, lol. I'm about to hit the sack, but I wanted to give you...Read More


Call for DC "Public Vote" on Marriage is an Attack on Gay Families

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Let's be clear: the push by Ward 5 ANC Commissioner Bob King for a public vote on the definition of marriage is nothing more than an attack on same-sex couples disguised as democracy. King has sent a letter to DC's...Read More


Fundie Kissimmee, FL Commissioner Art Otero Wants 'God' in City Logo to Combat the Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

City Commissioner Art Otero of Kissimmee, Florida is moving forward on an effort to add "In God We Trust" to the city logo. He proposed the idea because he feared the city and entire country was moving toward "liberal postures...Read More


Reconsidering the Merits of an Army of Lovers

Filed by Father Tony | August 13, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

While touring the decommissioned military installation on Governor's Island (in the East River, New York) last weekend, I kept seeing the ghosts of the soldiers who once lived and worked there. I found myself thinking about our nieces and nephews...Read More


Important elder law publication...with a caveat

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I was so excited to see the National Center for Lesbian Rights' new publication, Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders, available on line here. Basically, I love any publication that explains the law to people in a clear...Read More


Google made me do it: playing the SM card in court

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 13, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

In a trial that has nothing to do with sadomasochism, the prosecution nonetheless thought it relevant to include the information that the alleged murderer joined an SM site. The reporter then thought it relevant to include that morsel when covering...Read More


HRC: Trying to figure out what the grassroots wants from us since 1980

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

HRC released that statement promised a week ago saying that they're going to help out with Cleve Jones' National Equality March. It's nice of them to join in less than two months before it happens. It's been interesting to watch...Read More


A Golden Opportunity

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Adam Williams is a public relations professional who lives in Washington, DC, and has been active in Democratic politics since the age of 16, helping elect progressives from the Midwest to the Atlantic seaboard. Seldom in...Read More


Poor NOM: Seems Hate Just Isn't as Popular as it Used to Be

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Excuse me while I shed a tear... It seems the rabid right-wing fundies are having to do lots of backpedaling and begging lately. Yesterday, I wrote about poor "Focus on the Family" putting out the pleading email about their 6...Read More


Equality California: Let the 38-month campaign begin

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I just got off a conference call with Equality California's Geoff Kors and Mark Solomon. They've decided to go ahead and push for a ballot initative to overturn Prop 8 in 2012, not in 2010, for the following reasons: They're...Read More


Marriage changes us more than we change marriage

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A new book by M.V. Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, director of the Center of Public Policy And Administration at Amherst and research director of the Williams Institute on Public Policy at UCLA School of Law (phew, her business card...Read More


Legislators of the Day: Montana's Baucus and Tester

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Montana is a key state in the fight for ENDA. There are two votes in play here. Please call them today to ask for their support. Facts and contact info after the jump....Read More


Terry Wolverton Interviews Cheryl Klein about Lilac Mines

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

[Editor's Note: Terry Wolverton is author of seven books, including The Labrys Reunion, a novel; Embers, a novel-in-poems;and Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman's Building, a memoir. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing...Read More


Legislators of the Day: North Dakota's Conrad, Dorgan and Pomeroy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 11, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

North Dakota is a key state in the fight for ENDA. There are three votes in play here. Please call them today to ask for their support. Facts and contact info after the jump....Read More


Steve Hildebrand's Mission to Sell 2010

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Steve Hildebrand, who gained fame as Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager, is stopping in as many LGBT spots as possible to advocate going back to the ballot in 2010. Sarah Reece, the expert field organizer for the National Gay and...Read More


A Steaming Cup O' Hate with Your Tim Hortons' Doughnut- and a late breaking update

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: It looks like the pressure and attention worked. Just as this was publishing, Tim Hortons updated their website with the message that they are pulling support for the NOM event: "It has come to our attention that the Rhode...Read More


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Will the Repeal Prop 8 Campaign Look Like No on 8 After All?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

It was a breathtaking moment. Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs introduced Steve Hildebrand, the deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and the cavernous dance hall at Jewel's Catch One Disco filled with about 150 marriage activists fell still...Read More


AFER rejects San Francisco's help

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why does everyone think this is so complicated? They're saying they want the equal protection promised by the US Constitution, and the Supreme Court will totally just give it to them because they expressed their displeasure with Prop 8. It's...Read More


The Terminator Wreaks Havoc of Epic Proportions

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

[Editor's Note: Jeffrey King is the founder and director of In The Meantime Men's Group in Los Angeles. The group is dedicated to developing discussion groups and programs devoted to the health and wellness of same gender-loving African American men....Read More


The Town Hall Debacle: Whatever Happened to Robert's Rules of Order?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 09, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm baffled by the "successes" of Republican disrupters as they shout down efforts to discuss healthcare reform at town halls across the country. It's time for somebody to ask the obvious question. Why is parliamentary procedure not being enforced at...Read More


What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | August 09, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the last days of 2005, I experienced a catharsis, an awakening that stripped me of the armor I had used to protect myself for decades. I realized that I had been hiding in fear of just about everything and...Read More


We May Win, but at What Cost?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note: Alain Dang is a marriage activist based in Cupertino, CA (Silicon Valley), and is currently working to build support for marriage equality in communities of color. Prior to moving back to California, he was a policy analyst with...Read More


The DC Radar Screen: July 2009

Filed by John Shields | August 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

July was, without a doubt, a busy month for the LGBTQ community. We witnessed some gains, as well as more than our share of losses. Below you will find just a few stories that hit the Bilerico-DC airwaves in July....Read More


Unplugged: GayWired.com calls it quits

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Thursday evening GayWired.com Editor-At-Large Duane Wells sent an e-mail to their writers to let them know the site "will be going on hiatus effective immediately." Visitors are now greeted with an error message and all the content has been removed....Read More


21 same-sex couples part of new D.C. marriage campaign

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now that DC recognizes same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions we are preparing for the next step: marriages legally performed in DC. The Washington Blade has a great story about a new public educational campaign DC for Marriage. DC for Marriage...Read More


Maine!!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most seasoned and effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT") civil rights movement. An LGBT activist for 30 years, Jean currently serves as...Read More


The legal status of same-sex relationship recognition

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Anyone reading my Bilerico posts and my blog knows that I am not a fan of fighting for access to marriage for same-sex couples. But I am certainly a fan of providing accurate, readable information to LGBT folks about the...Read More


Jesse's Journal: Do We Need "Role Models"?

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Is Perez Hilton a gay role model? Not according to many readers of the Advocate, who protested vigorously when the magazine put the celebrity blogger on the cover of its August issue. There was such a strong reaction that Advocate...Read More


Are Obama, National Democrats and Deeds Setting Up to Lose Virginia?

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Last month the Washington Post reported Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, Creigh Deeds, has purportedly picked up endorsements from seven Republican members of the General Assembly: Most were familiar names, Republicans who have previously expressed disenchantment with their party's...Read More


Judy Chu - An Ardent New Ally in Congress

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

On July 24, Dr. Judy Chu was sworn in as California's 32nd Congressional District's newest representative after winning a special election to fill the seat left vacant when former Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis became Secretary of Labor. Chu becomes the...Read More


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¡Tenemos un nuevo contribuyente!

Filed by Bil Browning | August 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have a very special new contributor to announce today. Pedro Julio Serrano isn't just a friend of mine, he's also a communications powerhouse. You might remember him from my post "Pura PolĂ­tica entrevista pareja gay" where he and his...Read More


If You Work for a Private Employer in DC, You Want to Know This

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

If you are a District of Columbia government employee, you have been able to get health insurance for your registered domestic partner for many years. If you are a federal government employee - well, you are out of luck unless...Read More


A Supremely Ridiculous Argument

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Sometimes I read something that is just so mind-blowingly irrational I don't know where to begin. Robert P. George, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled, "Gay Marriage, Democracy, and the Courts," begins by stating that it would be...Read More


Census will release raw data on same-sex marriages

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

w00t, the Census is at least going to release the raw data on same-sex married couples for 2010: "Later in 2011, the Census Bureau will release detailed tabulations from the 2010 Census, including counts from the relationship question," said a...Read More


Ever thought of adopting your partner?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Ever thought of adopting your partner? Not likely. But in times past -- sometimes not so distant -- that was the mechanism some couples chose to establish a legally recognized relationship. A few appellate court opinions on the subject have...Read More


Q: What Does Plaxico Burress, Senator John Thune and DOMA Have in Common? A: States Rights

Filed by John Shields | August 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Fomer New York Giants wide-receiver Plaxico Burress testified before a grand jury in Manhattan last week to explain his rationale for carrying a concealed handgun into a New York City nightclub. You may remember it as the "Sweatpants Shooting," as...Read More


From the Reader Tipline

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Let's see what this week's e-mail has brought us... *rummages through hundreds of e-mails Projectors have sent* Ah, yes. Here are a few succulent morsels that caught my eye this week, but didn't make it into a full blog post....Read More


The Radar Screen: July 2009

Filed by John Shields | August 01, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

July was, without a doubt, a busy month for the LGBTQ community. We've seen some gains, as well as more than our share of losses. Below you will find just a few stories that hit the Bilerico airwaves in July....Read More


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Historical Reality

Filed by Ed Team | August 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"What the archbishop is really stating is the reality: that the structures that have served the Anglican Communion historically need some work. The 21st century is different than the 16th century." --Rev. Susan Russell, president of LGBT Episcopal group Integrity...Read More