Marriage Equality: May 2010

No More Sex

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Now, apparently, homosexuality has nothing to do with sex. Andrew Sullivan has begun using "affectional orientation" instead of "sexual orientation," and this guy has suggested "romantic orientation." So, Christian bigot, you hate us because we engage in sexual behavior you...Read More


Bus driver teaches a lesson about acceptance, gets sued

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 27, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's rare that I see my home town in the LGBT news, but here it is. I guess I should have ridden the bus in school instead of always walking or biking. Sounds exciting: "If you can't believe in tolerance...Read More


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Let's look at the numbers

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"A man who says he is straight but is having sex with other men is more likely to be married than a straight man who has sex with women, according to the survey. Only 54% of the men who say...Read More


NOM loses challenge in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 26, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing NOM's defense - If we release the names of our donors, the gay mafia will hunt them down and send their heads to MSNBC where they'll be labeled homophobes - didn't actually work and they have to follow...Read More


On Malawi: If they were most gay men people wouldn't care either

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 25, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The story of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, the couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years hard labor last week, hasn't gotten much attention on Bilerico. The only post I remember - and that Google can find - is this...Read More


Virginia Supreme Court to Gays: You Have No Employment Protections

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The results are in from the Virginia Supreme Court in the Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History case. Ducking any discussion of the issues, the Court issued a few sentence letter indicating that Michael Moore's appeal was rejected and...Read More


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Hate mail, with a twist

Filed by Adam Bink | May 23, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Many of you have probably read some posts on hate mail we blogfolk receive. It can be pretty special stuff. I get something like that with a twist: e-mail unsubscribe mail. At my home blog, OpenLeft.com, where I write and...Read More


Sex is a part of sexual orientation

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Now that we have evidence that Elena Kagan is straight, it's now OK for mainstream publications to discuss how we discuss sexuality. If she were outed as a lesbian or bisexual, well, we'd have other things to talk about. Over...Read More


Dear Dems: We need to talk. Love, the Gays.

Filed by Adam Bink | May 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Action: Add your name to our open letter to the Dems on ENDA and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell! Dr. Jillian Weiss has written here before about Democrats' excuses for not bringing ENDA up. At this point, it's become...Read More


The Golden Girls on marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | May 20, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

What else does anyone need to understand marriage equality than some friendly advice from Estelle Getty? Do you remember this episode where Blanche was upset that her gay brother was marrying another man?...Read More


Primary election results from last night

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In Pennsylvania, progressive Joe Sestak beat Republican Democrat Arlen Specter 54-46. That's a big upset, what with Specter getting support from Organizing for America, the DSCC, and Obama himself. Rep. Sestak has a 95% rating from HRC and has been...Read More


Ground vs. Air (and questioning folk trying to land)

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 19, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I don't want to jump in on ENDA commentary that's been bubbling lately. Not because I feel like I can't, or that it's not important to discuss it, but because I just prefer not to be a part of that...Read More


Transformed in Exile - Father John McNeill

Filed by Father Tony | May 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This profile of Father McNeill appears in this week's South Florida Gay News. It is said that in south Florida you'll find an ex-priest in every gay bar. Each has his own sad story of disappointment with his church, but...Read More


Another moral majority Republican caught...

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm not one usually to get much into the "hypocrisy" angle when an anti-gay politician comes out; it's usually just proof that even people who want to change their sexually cannot, nor can they ignore it, and it also means...Read More


Blog contest to go to Netroots Nation

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Michael Crawford's org, Freedom to Marry, is sponsoring a contest to send three same-sex marriage bloggers to Netroots Nation in Las Vegas, July 22-25. To enter, you'll need to provide: Either two written blog posts OR one video blog demonstrating...Read More


Will Gay Opposition Help Indiana Democrat Ellsworth?

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 17, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Indiana's Democratic Party named Congressman Brad Ellsworth as retiring Sen. Evan Bayh's replacement on this November's ballot. The news comes as no surprise: Ellsworth's long been described as the strongest Democratic contender. That doesn't mean, however, that the state's Stonewall...Read More


Putting the "Therapy" in NARTH

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

It looks like media outside of Bilerico and Zoe Brain's blog decided to take a little stroll down Memory Lane and revisit George Rekers's work at UCLA, where he told parents to spank their boys for being too femmy and...Read More


Indiana Young Dems side with gay group on Ellsworth

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a message posted to Facebook Saturday evening, the Indiana Young Democrats issued a statement of support for the Stonewall Democrats abstention from voting on Rep Brad Ellsworth's nomination to replace retiring Senator Evan Bayh on the fall ballot. While...Read More


Poisonous Parenting: The "Intact Family" Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 17, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

My initial reaction to Ross Douthat’s (whose name I habitually mispronounce as “Ross Doubt-that”) recent New York Times column was to roll my eyes. Fifty years ago, American family structures were remarkably uniform. The rich married at roughly the same...Read More


Dems: The Dog Ate My Homework

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As a college professor, I've listened to many excuses on why the report wasn't done over the past decade. These included classic homework-eating dogs and tales of laptop explosions, Lazarus-like grandmothers who passed away, only to miraculously revive in order...Read More


The Kagan Rorschach Test

Filed by Nan Hunter | May 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hardworking as well as smart, grade grubbing, self-absorbed careerist with sense of humor and liberal politics (possibly reflecting ethnic heritage or parental values) for whom pragmatism is the ultimate value ISO job commensurate with skills and potential for ego growth......Read More


Is It Time To Rise Up Yet?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The LGBT civil rights movement is in disarray. We must live in shame and secrecy to serve the country we love, but which seems to hate and despise us. Is it time to rise up yet? AIDS funding has dropped,...Read More


Texas rebuffs nonbio mom in spite of previous court order with bio mom's consent

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sheila Haley and Charlena Renee Smith went to court in 2002, when their twin children were four months old, and obtained the equivalent of a joint custody order giving them both rights to the children. Those children were born to...Read More


Kirk vs. Kirk: Lobbying a lawmaker on DADT with extra clout

Filed by Phil Reese | May 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

When it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, we know that powerful political families are divided, but those divisions generally never make jaws drop. Then again, I've never lobbied a lawmaker with his ex-wife before. On Tuesday, May...Read More


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Gay marriage and abortion are "insidious" and "dangerous"

Filed by Ed Team | May 14, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Initiatives aimed at protecting the essential and primary values of life, beginning at conception, and of the family based on the indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, help to respond to some of today's most insidious and dangerous...Read More


Harvey Milk Day of Action May 22

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

On May 22, LGBT people all around the nation and the world will be marking the birthday of Harvey Milk, one of the first out gay politicians to be elected to public office in the United States. (Not the first,...Read More


Laura Bush Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 13, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

Better late than never, Laura Bush supports marriage equality...Read More


Is Elena Kagan gay? A sexy mystery

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday morning, I came across this post on Renew America's webpage, in which the author assumed Elena Kagan is gay: My main argument against adding a homosexual to the bench is simply this. That individual would have already made up...Read More


DADT: I was present at more than 1500 military funerals

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 11, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


DADT: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan & the Solomon Amendment

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Elena Kagan was not my choice for the Supreme Court. I preferred others on the short list. Like everyone else, however, I am not surprised by Obama's choice. We'll be hearing much about the "Solomon amendment" in the coming weeks,...Read More


Weekly Reader: The Pope Song, Small Appliance Orgasms, & George Rekers

Filed by Bil Browning | May 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the things I've noticed about TBP is that we're constantly expanding our coverage; our growth rate has also shot up dramatically over the past month. This week our contributors posted so much great content that we published an...Read More


On George Rekers, Homophobia and Compassion

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: The Reverend Jonathon Edwards is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and has been active on a local level in the glbt movement since his youth. He currently pastors a congregation in Southern California and has...Read More


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The Justice Department's stance on DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 07, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

"This presidential administration disagrees with DOMA as a matter of policy and would like to see it repealed. But that does not affect its constitutionality.'' --Justice attorney W. Scott Simpson in yesterday's DOMA challenge...Read More


Keep focused on the child torturer, not the sex worker

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 06, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I was working on, and was mostly done with, a post on the Rekers outing, but then Father Tony went and posted on the same subject this morning so I'll be more brief and just add a few comments. I...Read More


Immigration reform in a recession

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

A few months ago there was a lot of hand-wringing among LGBT progressive activists over the possibility that comprehensive immigration reform might not include same-sex partner sponsorship. If it benefits LGBT immigrants but doesn't include same-sex partner sponsorship, do we...Read More


Texas considers another transsexual-cissexual marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Texas's AG, who recently stepped into a court case from a married, same-sex couple asking to divorce in Texas, is being asked to consider a marriage license for a cis woman and a trans woman. The trans woman, Sabrina Hill,...Read More


Open Letter to an Isla Vista Activist

Filed by Davina Kotulski | May 04, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

This weekend I flew on a tiny prop plane to Santa Barbara to speak at UCSB's LGBTIQ Pride Event. It was the first ever pride celebration on campus. My speech was sandwiched between funny but raunchy comedians and a helluva...Read More


Marco Rubio Flexes Anti-Gay Muscles & Headlines Florida Family Policy Council Dinner

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio continues to stake his claim of the right-wing fringe in Florida and around the country. Rubio is set to be the keynote speaker at The Florida Family Policy Council's 5th Annual Public Policy Dinner on...Read More


Repeal of DADT Solidarity Rally in Phoenix Arizona

Filed by Bobby Parker | May 03, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

While six brave activists were chaining themselves to the White House Fence and getting arrested yesterday, simultaneously Petty Officer Lonnie Allen Howard-Stidham and supporters from more than a dozen LGBT organizations in Phoenix marched in solidarity on Senator John McCain's...Read More


American Evangelical Lou Engle Promotes "Kill the Gays" Bill at Sunday's Rally in Uganda

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 03, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Over 1,300 people gathered at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday to hear American Evangelical Lou Engle preach at a rally and prayer service against "homosexuality, witchcraft, and corruption." Engle's involvement in organizing TheCall Uganda was mired in controversy...Read More


Andrew Sullivan: Pep Talk to LGBT Virginians at Equality Virginia Event

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 02, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Last night's Commonwealth Dinner was a wonderful affair and the venue at the Marriott was far superior to that of the Richmond Convention Center where it has been for the past several years. The key note speaker, Andrew Sullivan, provided...Read More


Prop 8 Fighters Olson and Boies Make the 2010 TIME 100 List

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The 2010 TIME 100 just posted their annual TIME 100 list of "people who most affect our world" and included in the "Thinkers" category is the federal Prop 8 trial odd couple of Ted Olson and David Boies (pictured here...Read More


Weekly Reader: Hawaii, My Mother-In-Law, & Feminist Porn

Filed by Bil Browning | May 01, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Did you see Kate Kendell's update on Harold and Clay's case against Sonoma County, California? What about our interview with RuPaul's Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez? Well, surely you saw these great posts too: Sunday Is Hawaii About to Be...Read More


Hawaii legislature passes civil unions; Will the governor sign the bill?

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 01, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

In what can only be described as a legislative coming back from the dead, a civil unions bill was passed by the Hawaii House in the final hours of the 2010 legislative session. The key question is will Republican Governor...Read More