Marriage Equality: August 2010

Glenn Beck Speaks Out!

Filed by Sean Martin | August 30, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, now we know that conservatives will just rush to this particular cause and affirm it. Happy, happy days. Right? Right?...Read More


FL Governor Says He Opposes Fed Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Hours after sparking a firestorm with comments during a CNN interview, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he does NOT support an amendment to the US Constitution that would ban marriage for gay couples. "In an interview that aired today, I...Read More


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Faithfulness and compassion

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In the reality in which we live today, marriage can be between same gender as well as opposite gender persons, and we, as a church, need to be able to respond to this reality as Dr. Jane Spahr has done...Read More


Focus on the Family focuses on schools; will we?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Focus on the Family knows where the battle is right now: As kids head back to school, conservative Christian media ministry Focus on the Family perceives a bully on the playground: national gay-advocacy groups. School officials allow these outside groups...Read More


Adore: To Regard with the Utmost Esteem, Love, and Respect

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

One last day. Jeanine took the boys out to play mini golf while I cleaned the house. We're going to go swimming in a little bit- the ocean has been warm, the waves big. Okay, it's warm for Ogunquit. Sixty...Read More


LGBT Bar Panel Weighs In On Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference ended yesterday, and it was wonderful hearing all of the interesting panels and meeting old friends in the legal world. I particularly enjoyed yesterday morning's plenary, about developments in the struggle for marriage...Read More


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How we should be treating Ken Mehlman

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Ken Mehlman holds the honor of being the highest-ranking GOP official to eventually come out as gay, plain and simple. Top GOP officials have invited him into their lives, made emotional connections with him, and generally built a solid network...Read More


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#SSS: Cleve Jones, Mehlman reactions, Midterms, Glenn Beck & more!

Filed by Phil Reese | August 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

What do you think about Ken Mehlman's coming out? What do you think of LGBT leaders who are ready to embrace Ken? What about those who are vowing to never forgive him? What about LGBT organizations that cross our allies?...Read More


Focus on the schools, because they sure are

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 28, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two European countries are engaged in gay textbook battles, and one American school district is engaged in a debate over their gag order on sexual orientation. Here's the news from Poland: A gay rights group urged the Polish government on...Read More


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Maggie: Either/Or on Mehlman

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The American people -- including over 80% of Republicans and even 40% of Democrats -- oppose same-sex marriage. NOM has already proven in races from New York to California that it is a particularly bad idea for Republicans to support...Read More


FRC Head Tony Perkins Reacts to Ken Mehlman Coming Out

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tony Perkins, head of the antigay Family Research Council, is “saddened” by the news about former GOP heavy weight Ken Mehlman coming out as gay, according to an email to supporters he sent during a break from his vacation. Perkins...Read More


Reclaiming what's theirs

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Several years ago people would have found it unseemly for a white millionaire to tell his mostly white audience that he wants to "reclaim" the Civil Rights Movement. It was just two short years ago that most LGBT people agreed...Read More


Ken Mehlman comes out, and nothing will change

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

As I posted this morning, Ken Mehlman, the former chair of the RNC, came out. He helped run the 2004 presidential campaign, which Mike Rogers called "the most homophobic national campaign in history." That year saw the approval of eleven...Read More


She Prayed for Love, and Guess What?

Filed by Father Tony | August 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, My name is Karen. I am writing because you were recommended to me by a friend of mine. I have hit a spiritual crisis. I'll be brief. I am Catholic. I am bi-sexual. I am marrying...Read More


California's government could help LGBT people more

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Here's some better than usual pre-election pandering: "President Obama has called this law abhorrent in the way it denies more than 1,000 federal rights to same-sex couples," Assemblywoman Brownley said. "Congress must act now to overturn DOMA, which is rooted...Read More


Fun maps on marriage public opinion by state

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Columbia politics professors Gelman, Lax, and Phillips (whose statistical work I previously posted on Bilerico), have an analysis piece in the NY Times estimating state-level support for same-sex marriage. They use 2008 state-level projections, demographic information, and estimates of current...Read More


Does God Love Gays More Than Catholic Righty Bill May?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Late Thursday afternoon, Bill May, Chair of Catholics for the Common Good, sent out a breathless alert urging his followers to immediately contact their Assemblymember to stop Senate Bill 906, authored by openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno (pictured). "[S]o...Read More


Weekly Reader: Gay Pirates, Dr. Laura, & God's Punishment

Filed by Bil Browning | August 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

While the big news at Bilerico ranch was Jerame's new job with the National Stonewall Democrats and our upcoming move to Washington DC, the rest of the TBP crew kept us up on all the news while adding their own...Read More


Hawaii woman files palimony suit against partner

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lots of lessons to learn from this story: Gibeault said a younger woman came between her and her partner, ending a relationship in which she depended on her partner's income and retirement plans. "She didn't want me to draw a...Read More


A View of Marriage Through Wedding Cake Toppers

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples are destroying marriage? No, I think opposite-sex couples are doing very well on their own, as this series of actual wedding cake toppers indicates. Apparently, marriage is something into which straight men need to be dragged or chained....Read More


Marriage Equality Old Spice Spoof

Filed by Bil Browning | August 21, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

This pro-marriage equality ad from Australia mimics the Old Spice commercials. What do you think? Old Spice worthy?...Read More


God's Punishment? Huh?

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm annoyed. First, Iowa candidate for Congress, Jeremy Walters made remarks on his Facebook page about AIDS: "The Holy Bible say(sic) if your(sic) "GAY" homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them" & etc.,...Read More


Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs meets NOM's Brian Brown

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Oh what a fantastic sight this is. Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, finally met the National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown at NOM's final stop on their anti-marriage equality stop. The Courage Campaign has been the main...Read More


It's the ENDA, stupid

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: C.D. Kirven is a Lambda Literary nominated author of the book What Goes Around Comes Back Around, former Get Equal member and Co-founder of Get Equal Now. The truth is marching on as President Obama's declining poll numbers...Read More


White House is "99% there" for us, except when they're not

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

There's some hope and a lot of out-of-touchness in this article on a recent meeting between state LGBT orgs and the White House, but let me zoom in on the part about ENDA: Tchen said that the administration was prioritizing...Read More


The Los Angeles Times' editorial on Target misses the point

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The LA Times thinks the peasants disagreeing with Target, et al's attempts to buy elections to take money away from schools, put poor people out on the street, and ban same-sex marriage is "distasteful" in an unsigned editorial today. The...Read More


GetEqual Board Statement: Our Issues Will Not Be Ignored

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

As I noted last week, I have decided to work with GetEqual, the non-violent direct action group, as a member of its provisional Board of Directors. After its first in-person meeting last week, the Board released a public statement. That...Read More


Not Getting Married Today

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Thom Watson was born in a "pro-America" part of the country but then grew up to become a gay, liberal, Harvard-educated atheist living in northern California. He has come to terms with the fact that this...Read More


Gay Or Straight, Marriage Matters -- For Taxes

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 19, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I have had to educate a number of political candidates on the issue of why the word "marriage" means so much to LGBT Americans. In fact, the issue came up last night at the Norfolk Democratic Party Committee meeting I...Read More


Keep focused on the target, not Target

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 18, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I like this as an ad. Go MoveOn.org: Of course, I find this problematic in a few ways; that's after the jump. But I'm still glad that they're putting it out there. Don't try to negotiate with these businesses, because...Read More


Mexicans & Muslims vs Teh Gayz

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Now that Republicans have found a new boogeyman, they've started to ignore our community somewhat. They've discovered brown people (as versus black people - it's not okay to be racist/xenophobic toward them anymore because they'll loudly complain about it, you...Read More


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Enough Already With the Gay Marriage Thing

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 18, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Josh Olson is an Acadmy Award nominated screenwriter who lives, works, and loves in Los Angeles. He argues it is time to abandon "gay marriage". Read More


Why Tim Kaine, Nibblerspeak, and Democrats can't be trusted

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 17, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Did you catch Tim Kaine's new video, supposedly about the progress the Democratic Party is making on LGBT issues? Like a lot of what comes out of official Democratic Party channels these days, it's simply unbelievable. Not amazing, exciting, or...Read More


This week: No Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Yesterday evening the 9th Circuit Court ordered to leave the stay on Prop 8 in place pending appeal. The good news, as my wife the attorney and optimist tells me, is that the Court has picked up the pace on...Read More


Terror Babies, Mosques in Manhattan, and Gay Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 17, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

In case you missed it, Republican leadership has completely gone off the deep end. I mean, completely. From Texas's Congressmen Lou Gohmert (whose insanity brought us "terror babies." I swear they are real. There was one at brunch on Sunday...Read More


Which Supreme Court Justices Will Uphold Judge Walker's Ruling?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 17, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

As I explained in my previous post, Judge Walker held that Prop 8 failed the easiest of constitutional tests, even though it perhaps deserved a much more difficult test. In other words, he could have used a sledgehammer to test...Read More


Ted and David's Most Excellent Adventure

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 17, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

In the weeks leading up to the Proposition 8 trial, much was made in the media, blogs, and everyday conversations about the unlikely duo leading the legal challenge against the shameful California ballot measure that stripped marriage from same-sex couples....Read More


I love having non-marital sex with you!

Filed by R Conrad | August 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

A cute little video from Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, that really has us radicals laughing our little booties off! A great quick read of the gay marriage movement with some serious humor thrown in for...Read More


Standing in the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A year ago it seemed like everyone was assuming that the Prop 8 federal case would end up at the Supreme Court and trying to predict how they would decide, but I'm reading more law professors now questioning whether Prop...Read More


TransActive III: Advocating for Trans People if Not Trans

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

(Part three of a series on trans advocacy. Part one spoke about changing the narrative used to describe trans people, and part two looked at expectations.) In order to be an advocate for any group that you are not a...Read More


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#SameSexSunday lands secret interview with armed forces' LGBT leader and more

Filed by Phil Reese | August 15, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

SameSexSunday for August 15th, 2010 features our first pseudonymous interview from inside the armed forces. We chat with OutServe's co-director, active duty LGBT activist J D Smith. Smith, who can't use his real name to protect himself from discharge, explains...Read More


Weekly Reader: Straight Christians, Queen Latifah, & Karate Kicks

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Contributor Sean Martin's five part illustrated series "Elliot" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5) wasn't the only fantastic LGBT content on Bilerico Project this week. Did you see the other great posts like these? Sunday...Read More


How soon is too soon to blog the breaking story

Filed by Phil Reese | August 13, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

We bloggers got our tushies kicked yesterday. Sure, Judge Walker decided his stay on the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger decision would expire August 18th (good news, although I'm pretty sure that the 9th District or Justice Kennedy is going to be...Read More


A Day In the Life of a Love Warrior

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 13, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I got up at 4:00 AM yesterday, dressed quickly in a black suit, and drove in darkness to San Francisco City Hall with my wife, Molly McKay. No breakfast, no coffee, just the excitement of Judge Walker's impending ruling regarding...Read More


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Interview with 'Fight Back New York' and How They Use Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Watching marriage equality in the state of New York in 2009 was hard. I, along with a number of my peers, had spent a majority of the year lobbying, phone-banking, hosting fundraisers, and doing everything we could to encourage our...Read More


Get EQUAL Get NOM

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 13, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

NOM is coming to Washington DC on Sunday, August 15 for the big finale of their Summer of Same-Old-Sex Marriage tour and GetEqual is going to meet them. I give you several witty and funny potential sign slogans, but...Read More


Glenn Beck is for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

I can barely watch this stuff, but Glenn Beck did say that same-sex marriage isn't a threat to the country. Everything else in this video is painful....Read More


Prop 8 stay to be lifted in 6 days--now what?

Filed by Phil Reese | August 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Reported by Chris Geidner and just confirmed by CBS News: at 12:45 Pacific time, Judge Walker announced effective August 18th at 5pm, the stay of his Proposition 8 decision in Perry V Schwarzenegger will expire. That means marriage equality will...Read More


About half of America supports same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 12, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm surprised that the numbers were this high, but here's what CNN found: 37. Do you think gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid? (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE....Read More


Equality walks in Arizona

Filed by Bobby Parker | August 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

When the temperature reaches 110 degrees in Arizona, even the lizards stay in the shade, but not those hearty souls from Right to Marry Arizona. They are walking a mile for each of the 98 years that Arizona has been...Read More


WV: Equality Threw a Picnic & NOM Said Let Them Eat Hate

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ed Kennedy is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was born and raised in West Virginia. After 20 years of traveling the country and the globe, he's come back to West Virginia to be...Read More


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What's the 'secret' to being a political/issues blogger?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I recently did a podcast for "Gillespie" on From The Right Radio. I debated conservative blogger Dr. Melissa Cloutheir about the Prop 8 decision. The best part is that right after they stopped recording, all of the people on line...Read More


Reminder: We can't be this tacky

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

So the next time you remember that in most states you can't get married and President Obama is okay with that, watch these videos of straight weddings and think, "Well, thank God the government won't allow me to be that...Read More


Texas attorney general declines to define "man" and "woman"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I posted a few months ago about a cissexual and a transsexual woman who wanted to marry in Texas and found a county clerk willing to do it after being told to wait in El Paso County. The county wanted...Read More


The Fox News Muslim gay bar

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Updated after the jump. I don't know which is sadder: that Greg Gutfeld thinks he's going to prove a point to liberals using the American right's constantly-demonstrated fidelity to the LGBT community or that getting people into gay bars nowadays...Read More


Prop 8 Proponents May Lack Standing to Appeal Perry Ruling

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 10, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I mentioned in an earlier post that some 43 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ballot initiative derived amendment to the California Constitution that would have allowed California residents to discriminate against black citizens in leasing and...Read More


FL Governor Candidate: Don't Let Gays Foster Parent Either!

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 10, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Once assumed the inevitable GOP candidate for Florida Governor, Bill McCollum been sliding in the polls and now is sending up a desperate anti-gay hail mary to the religious conservative crowd. Here are excerpts from an interview with a Southern...Read More


Yearning for a Just Democracy: From Prop 8 to the 14th Amendment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | August 09, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am celebrating the overturn of Prop 8 but not for the reasons you might think. Although I have strong objections to the fact that the mainstream LGBT movement has made marriage a priority above and beyond so many other...Read More


Dinner for Schmucks: A Bisexual Film about Female Orgasm

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 09, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Featured from CNN to Cosmo for her expertise in bisexuality and LGBT rights, guest blogger Amy Andre is the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride and co-author of Bisexual Health. With a master's degree in sexuality studies, she...Read More


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Even jail-bound crack dealers can get married

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I am extremely happy. It turned out to be the best day of my life. I can't wait for him to come home." -- Takesha Piazza, immediately following her marriage to alleged crack dealer Franklin Barndt. The two were wed...Read More


Ted Olson talks marriage equality on FOX News

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

Watch Ted Olson eat FOX News Sunday's Chris Wallace for lunch when they talk about marriage equality and the Prop 8 case....Read More


An Open Letter To My Fellow Straight Christians About Marriage Equality

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | August 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I write to you who are still ambivalent about the issue raised by Judge Walker's repeal of Proposition 8 in California: is it a sin to support the marriage of two people of the same sex? Let me explain why...Read More


On Organized Fearmongering Revealed, Or, "Lock Up The Kids...It's The Gay!"

Filed by Don Davis | August 08, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The airwaves (and the print and blog waves, for that matter) are filled with the news that a federal judge in California has declared that state's Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, which could clear the way for the resumption of...Read More


Weekly Reader: Prop 8, Masturbation & Barbie's Little Sister

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

While the Prop 8 decision overwhelmed this week's LGBT news, there were plenty of other great queer posts on Bilerico Project this week. Here are a couple from each day: Sunday Masturbation, Sin, and Showers: the fundamental guilt of growing...Read More


Marriage: A Poor Little State and Church-Beggoten Weed

Filed by R Conrad | August 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

From Emma Goldman's 1911 essay Marriage and Love: Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful...Read More


A het lady on marriage equality

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 07, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

As regular readers know, my happy little niche here on Bilerico is to share some of the buried or obscure images I dig up as I research all aspects of sex all over the Internet. Not sure if you know...Read More


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Maggie Gallagher, tea bagger

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 07, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"If this ruling is upheld, millions of Americans will face for the first time a legal system that is committed to the view that our deeply held moral views on sex and marriage are unacceptable in the public square, the...Read More


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San Diego Celebrates Prop 8 Defeat

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | August 06, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The sunset rally celebrating the defeat of Proposition 8 at the San Diego LGBT Center, known simply as "The Center," was impressive. Hundreds showed up with banners and signs, wedding cake was dished out by the plateful, and though we...Read More


Sophia Petrillo on Marriage Equality

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 06, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

Out of the mouths of (old) babes......Read More


A Fine Romance: Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I never thought I would start crying while listening to an interview with Lieutenant Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran who recently received notice of his honorable discharge from the US military for publicly acknowledging he's gay. But here I...Read More


Hey NOM: care to answer questions for cash?

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 05, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Hello, Brian, Maggie, Louie, and the rest of the NOM crew! I want to thank you for dropping by. Really. I mean it. I know you read this blog. Let's face it - y'all aren't stupid and must do at...Read More


Prop 8 and Sadness

Filed by Diane Silver | August 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

When I see people celebrating the federal court's decision overturning Proposition 8, I feel sad -- not for them, but for me. I wish I had their innocence. I wish I could feel their joy. The ruling from the district...Read More


You Can't Declare War On Love

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 05, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

When it was on the air, Battlestar Galactica was one of my fave sci-fi shows and I never missed an episode during its four year run. I own all four seasons on DVD, the "Razor" and "The Plan" standalone episodes...Read More


Interview: Congressional candidate to keep an eye on

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet is running against Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack in California's 45th district; Pougnet is openly gay. One of the most interesting aspects of Pougnet's campaign is that, if elected, he would be our first gay...Read More


So where does Obama stand on the Perry decision?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 05, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's David Axelrod on MSNBC explaining Obama's position on same-sex marriage after the Prop 8 trial decision. I comprehend that position, but that doesn't mean it makes sense (transcript's after the jump): This is exactly why people hate Democrats....Read More


Two Women In Love

Filed by Father Tony | August 05, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

"Here at Sidelines, we have what we call the seventeen second rule," said Laurie Whittaker, co-owner with Marty Kildea of Sidelines, the popular gay owned and operated Wilton Manors, Florida, sports bar. Before a definition of that rule could be...Read More


Analysis of Prop 8 Decision

Filed by Nan Hunter | August 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Well, round one in the Perry case is almost over. The effect of Judge Vaughn Walker's decision finding that Prop 8 violates both Due Process and Equal Protection guarantees in the U.S. Constitution is stayed until Friday, when he will...Read More


Prop 8: When the Fat Lady Sings

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 05, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

"It ain't over till the fat lady sings" was never truer as in the case of Prop 8 litigation. Yesterday, while happy LGBT people celebrated in the streets, and press releases and email forwards blizzarded the Internet, and people called...Read More


The Bilerico Players Present: The Prop 8 Decision Explained

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 05, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

The Bilerico Players Present: The Prop 8 Decision Explained. Slightly odd -- but highly informative -- animated exchange between a mocked-up Judge Vaughn Walker and a legal counsel supporting the anti-marriage equality Proposition 8, which Judge Walker struck down....Read More


Judge Walker Strikes Down Prop 8: Shows the Backbone the Virginia Supreme Court Lacks

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 04, 2010 | 10:00 PM | comments

I have now had an opportunity to review Judge Walker's opinion handed down today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger and my reaction in a nut shell is wow!! The reaction of professional Christians and others who are enriching themselves by beating...Read More


Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Gays and Lesbians One Step Closer to Equality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 04, 2010 | 9:00 PM | comments

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled today that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in Perry vs Schwarzenegger. In the 136 page ruling he wrote: Proposition 8...Read More


Brief Summary of Judge Walker's Reasoning in Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Judge Walker said that he found Prop 8 in violation of the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the US Constitution. Our hero! Here's a quick definition of these terms: Due Process: the gov't may not deny anyone life,...Read More


Good Riddance Prop 8

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 04, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, it's official: Proposition 8 is history - hopefully, for good. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and violates the United States Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection of the...Read More


Our Constitution Is a Living, Breathing Document

Filed by Marc Solomon | August 04, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Reading the words of Judge Walker moves me deeply. Once again, our constitution is a living, breathing document, and today it protects our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, just as it should protect all people and peoples when the...Read More


The Prop 8 Verdict: Gays Win In California!

Filed by Bil Browning | August 04, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, chief justice of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, released his verdict in Perry v. Schwarzenegger just now and we've won. The case was brought by American Foundation for Equal...Read More


Prop 8 Preview: The 'Basis' Is The Thing

Filed by Don Davis | August 04, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

As you look at today's Prop 8 ruling, I want you to think back a few weeks to the Massachusetts Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) rulings for a bit of legal logic that will make a huge difference as this...Read More


'The Kids Are All Right' Missed the LGBT Mark: The Modern Family Through Social Media

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 04, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Leone Kraus is the voice behind the LGBT social media blog krausnotes.com. From volunteering, to lobbying, and now blogging, Leone has continuously played an active role in the fight for LGBT equality for the past 16...Read More


Criminal Queers on the Run: Bitch Magazine Interview with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas

Filed by Yasmin Nair | August 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I first met Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas when they came to Chicago for a viewing and panel discussion of their first film Homotopia. The event was packed to the gills and included one of the most thought-provoking public conversations...Read More


Queers Read This

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bash Back pointed out on their blog that it's been 20 years since "Queers Read This" was first published and distributed. I was going to try to say something interesting on this, but rereading it now and understanding it in...Read More


Interview with NOM's Brian Brown

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The NOMTourTracker folks caught up with National Organization for Marriage Executive Director Brian Brown and took the opportunity to ask him some questions about his stance on marriage equality. The interviewer asked Brown the same questions Judge Vaughn Walker asked...Read More


Think of the children and vote

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

It's not at all surprising to me that the recent study of Prop 8 campaigns found that the "gay marriage will be taught to your children" argument was effective. There's just something about kids and gay people, usually men, that...Read More


A Breakthrough Study of the Prop 8 Campaign

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kenneth Sherrill is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College, CUNY. A specialist in public opinion, voting, and elections, he has been studying the LGBT rights movement since 1972. Classic studies of electoral behavior...Read More


A Progressive Definition of Marriage, Circa an 1895 Botanist

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | August 02, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Marriage. It's a word and a concept that has endured the test of time, and inflamed more than a few culture wars. Despite the fact that we humans have been grappling with nuptials for multiple millennia, we still can't quite...Read More


Odd: NOM as depicted by computer voices (w/ animation!)

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This has to be one of the oddest references to Bilerico that I've ever seen and I love it! I watched it last night and thought, "WTF?" and then laughed and laughed at it. I'd never seen one of these...Read More


Far Right: Military Homosexual Scandal Tied to WikiLeaks Treason

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 02, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The caption of this post is the headline that appears on a far right news site and could well be the beginning of an additional ploy used by the anti-gay opponents of DADT repeal to smear LGBT servicemembers in general....Read More


Why You Should Give A Damn, And Dollars, For Dana Beyer, Maryland Delegate Candidate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Maryland is one of the strongholds of Democratic Party rule in the country, quite progressive and with a highly educated electorate, and yet it has not passed inclusive employment protections. Why? It may be because the Party there is controlled...Read More


Oligarchy is fine if it's fabulous

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 02, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I asked last week if oligarchy was OK as long as it was gay-friendly, and HRC answered my question: Yes, yes it is. Here's part of the letter they're sending to Best Buy and Target after both corporations gave huge...Read More


More crazy signs from 'lynch gay couples' NOM supporter

Filed by Bil Browning | August 01, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

I started digging around in my files and found a couple of photos of NOM supporter Larry Adams protesting Indy Pride with his creative signs. The one he chose for NOM's anti-gay marriage rally in Indianapolis earlier this week featured...Read More


Civil baptism in France

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 01, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I did know that many countries with legal systems in the Roman tradition (including both Argentina and Mexico) have separate civil and religious ceremonies for marriage. My mother showed me pictures when I was a kid of both my aunt...Read More