Marriage Equality: March 2011

IN Rep Turner: Abortion and Gay Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What is it about Indiana recently? Ever since I moved away, the state has become a hotbed of LGBT and progressive news stories as the Republicans stray further and further into Teabagger territory and the Democrats move down to take...Read More


The Gandhi None of Us Knew

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It has been not quite a century since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948 at the age of 78 in New Delhi, India. The bevy of hagiographies written about him is now being replaced with truth-telling biographies about...Read More


Rightwing Christian Organization Gets Federal Money

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Family Institute, an off-shoot of Focus on the Family, is receiving federal money, The American Independent reports: The anti-gay, politically influential Christian organization the Indiana Family Institute (IFI) has been endorsed by the State of Indiana as "collaborative...Read More


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Marriage Bans Won't End Gayness

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"A ban on same-sex marriage is not going to make people less gay." --Indianapolis Star columnist Erika D. Smith...Read More


Updates: Immigration Hold Lifted, Indiana Senate Passes Marriage Amendment

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week Metro Weekly reported that a spokeperson for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that deportation cases involving foreigners with American same-sex spouses were put on hold. It turns out he spoke to soon: Wednesday morning USCIS...Read More


Will Marriage Save Us?

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 30, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Marriage, any type of commitment, and being truly, terrifyingly, unabashedly, emotionally intimate is for grown ups. This is the reason we now have this insane obsession with marriage. Although I have never really had the desire to marry, I am...Read More


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Give New York Two Months

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Six to eight weeks, or maybe sooner." --New York governor Andrew Cuomo on when to expect a vote on same-sex marriage in the senate...Read More


The Bisexuality of Sarah Palin's Inner Circle

Filed by Gloria Nieto | March 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have been friends with Geoffrey Dunn for well over two decades. He is an award winning journalist and film maker. He has given me this exclusive preview interview for his forthcoming book on Sarah Palin. His book, The Lies...Read More


Indiana Senate Gallery Closed with LGBT Protests

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm used to hearing about the Indiana Statehouse being flooded with conservative Christians, most of whom are there as a field trip from their home schooling, so this is different: The Senate closed its gallery Monday after protests disrupted a...Read More


The Fabric of Our Lives

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 29, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

We Americans like to express ourselves with our chests. I'm not speaking of Jane Russell, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm talking about our proclivity for wearing T-shirts with slogans on them. Americans have been human billboards for decades. The slogans...Read More


Blame the Gays for the Bad Economy

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

When it comes to the economy, it's hard to see what conservatives are supposed to say in 2012. Their ideas - budget cuts, deregulation, and privatization - haven't helped the economy and they were instrumental in keeping measures that would...Read More


3 Ways to Improve ENDA Advocacy: Overcome Fear of Trans Americans

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 29, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tico Almeida is a civil rights litigator at the boutique law firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP, which was recently named by Law360 as the only plaintiff-side law firm on the 2010 list of the...Read More


Some Gay Immigration Cases Put on Hold

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 28, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The US government has confirmed that, because of the Holder letter, immigration cases involving married, same-sex, binational couples will be put on hold: Following up on reports from this weekend, Metro Weekly just received confirmation from Christopher Bentley, the spokesman...Read More


New York Gov. Cuomo May Slash Funding for LGBT Homeless Youth

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

At the beginning of February, the New York Times looked at the budget cuts proposed by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his $132.9 billion budget, compared to the budget priorities of his famous father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo:...Read More


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Socially Liberal but Still with Anti-Gay Issues

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 28, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's almost like a death. It's the loss of a vision that you have of your child's future, that they will live a life like your own, with a spouse and children." --Amy Mesirow, who describes herself with "very liberal...Read More


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Comment of the Week: Blobby

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 27, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Betty Greene Salwak's post Lobbying Against Indiana's Marriage Discrimination Amendment: Newbie Report, in which she reported on her conversation with Indiana Senator Scott Schneider: I did most of the talking: I'm straight, Christian, and I know that this amendment...Read More


#SSS: An Immigration Slam Dunk

Filed by Phil Reese | March 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Obama has had his critics from within the LGBTQ community, but will he go down as the hero of same-sex binational American couples? We've already discussed the Justice Department's decision to no longer defend the constitutionality of the so-called...Read More


Weekly Reader: Tipper Gore, Modern Medicine, & Christopher Columbus' Wife

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Not only do most Indiana voters oppose the proposed marriage discrimination amendment, the vast majority of posts on Bilerico this week were pitch perfect. Here are some of the best ones you don't want to miss: Sunday Undocumented, Unafraid, and...Read More


Starving Out the Strikers

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I admit sometimes I look at the GOP majority in the House and wonder where these people came from. (Their districts, I know.) Defending the Defense of Marriage Act? Hearings on Muslim Americans? Emergency meetings to defund NPR? All...Read More


Target Suing San Diego Marriage Equality Group Over Canvassing Efforts

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's a new wrinkle in the ongoing relationship between Target Corp. and the LGBT community. According to AP, Target is suing the marriage equality group Canvass for a Cause to try to stop them from canvassing at their stores. Target,...Read More


MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Takes on the Catholic Church Over LGBTs

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 25, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The late author and AIDS activist Paul Monette must be doing a little jig in heaven right now. Wednesday night Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's The Last Word, called out the antigay Catholic Church in an articulate, explosive, captivating fulmination...Read More


Inconvenient History - God's Wife Was Edited Out of the Bible

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 25, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

As many readers have no doubt figured out long before now, I have little use for Christianists who rant that the Bible is God's inerrant word. Logic, science and ever so inconvenient history and archaeological evidence dictate more and more...Read More


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Michelle Bachmann Loves Iowa

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 25, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"What I love about Iowa is you are fighters, you don't take no for an answer. If you have judges who thwart the will of the people you send them packing. Thank you, Iowa, for what you have done to...Read More


Heterosexual Privilege On Display

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Watch as Colorado state senator Kevin Lundberg displays his heterosexual privilege without a clue that he's doing it. How disheartening to see him argue what he thinks is a sound point without even thinking about the flip side of it....Read More


Stop Disagreeing With Us or Else!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

You won't believe this e-mail that Indiana Senate Majority Leader Connie Lawson (R) sent to a leader of the Indiana Libertarian Party from her official senate e-mail account about a proposed marriage discrimination amendment. The Libertarians have loudly opposed the...Read More


Women's History Month: The Forgotten Wife of Christopher Columbus

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's Women's History Month again, and American neo-conservatives go on clinging to their anti-female denialisms about our history. Indeed, they're now having our textbooks revised so they can minimize the historical importance of anything female they don't like. That's why...Read More


The Metaphor Trap

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Hugh Yeman is a redneck cursed with a modicum of intelligence. He enjoys hiking, beer, history and excluding the serial comma. Lately I've been running into a lot of metaphors relating to LGBT rights. I tend...Read More


Fred Karger to File for GOP Presidential Candidacy Today

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Los Angeles-based openly gay Fred Karger, a longtime Republican political consultant and a major thorn in the side of the National Organization for Marriage, announced that he will file paperwork seeking to be the Republican Party's candidate for President in...Read More


Indiana Senate Committee Passes Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

An Indiana state senate committee passed a marriage discrimination amendment this morning, moving the proposal one step forward to passage. The legislation now goes to the full senate for passage. The measure passed on a 7-3 vote. After every Fortune...Read More


Lobbying Against Indiana's Marriage Discrimination Amendment: Newbie Report

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | March 23, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

A couple of weeks ago I attended a lobbying workshop presented by Indiana Equality Action, in which we learned how to address our legislators on the upcoming vote to embed marriage discrimination in the Indiana constitution. On Tuesday I drove...Read More


DOMA: Judge Adjourns Deportation Until Spousal Status Decided

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

An Argentinian woman who married her lesbian partner in Connecticut has won a court victory postponing her deportation. The judge ruled that after recent developments surrounding DOMA, the women should submit a form to the government requesting spousal status that...Read More


NOM Lies & Distorts the Truth Again in New Attack Ad

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 22, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

As regular readers of my personal blog know, I view Christianists and pathological liars to be pretty much synonymous. Never is this more the case than when looks at the propaganda put out by the National Organization for Marriage ("NOM")...Read More


The Face of Same-Sex Marriage?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 22, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

“Honey, we’re on page two of the Washington Post.” That’s what my husband said to me Saturday morning, when he and Dylan returned from their swimming class, as he left on the counter a page that had been ripped...Read More


Poll: Most Hoosiers Oppose Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new poll released this morning by Indiana Equality Action shows an overwhelming shift in Hoosier's attitudes about a proposed anti-same-sex marriage amendment. Most Indiana residents oppose the amendment and pro-LGBT measures have massive levels of support. The poll surveyed...Read More


Are You?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: 15-year old guest blogger Naomi L. from Los Altos, California and is starting to look at colleges - with an eye towards an LGBTQ friendly campus! Naomi was a winner of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights...Read More


SameSexSunday: Trans Protections, DOMA, Iowa Caucuses and More

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

What if any trans protections are advancing and where? Meghan Stabler gives us an important update and analysis of progress and set-backs. What is the significance of a DOMA repeal at this time and what is the likelihood we will...Read More


Hagee Continuing to be the Worst

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 19, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Pastor Hagee discusses DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). What a joke....Read More


Indianapolis Tea Party Mayor Opposes Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

It looks like just about everyone but the religious right and shameful politicians hoping to score points off the backs of a minority are lining up to oppose Indiana's marriage discrimination amendment. The amendment would not only ban same-sex marriage,...Read More


No Gays in the Crystal Cathedral Choir?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

There is trouble at the famed Crystal Cathedral mega-church in California's Orange County - and it's not just that they've filed for bankruptcy. The church now appears to be vetting its leadership by making them sign a "covenant" promising that...Read More


'Respect for Marriage Act' Is the Best Name Ever

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 17, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

On Wednesday the House and Senate versions of the repeal of DOMA were introduced under the name the "Respect for Marriage Act." This is the best messaging on LGBT rights at the federal level ever. Who ever came up with...Read More


Congress: DOMA Repeal Introduced, Obama Condemned, Developmental Aide Threatened

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A bill to repeal DOMA was just introduced in the House of Representatives today. Lead cosponsors include all the gay and lesbian members of Congress, Jerry Nadler, and John Conyers; there are 69 cosponsors total. Senate Democrats are expected to...Read More


What Happened at the Journalist's 'Secret' Meeting in San Fran

Filed by Phil Reese | March 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Except it wasn't so secret. Along with other Bilerico contributors Bil Browning, Jerame Davis, Adam Bink, Joe Mirabella, and Karen Ocamb; I attended an LGBTQ journalist, editor and blogger summit in San Francisco sponsored by the Haas Jr. Fund, an...Read More


Equality Is My Dream

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I showed you the complete "Rally for Equality" on the Indiana Statehouse steps to oppose HJR-6, the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. One of the speakers on stage was teen Dorothy...Read More


Indiana LGBT Folk Rally at Statehouse Against Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

About 500 Hoosier LGBT people rallied against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits yesterday. While Fox 59 has done an admirable job of leading the way for accurate LGBT reporting, I was...Read More


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Canadian Guide Mentions Gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada's history," he said in a statement. --Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney,...Read More


Bishop Harry Jackson: The Black Church Stopped Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Right Wing Watch found this clip of the Bishop Harry Jackson saying the black church stopped same-sex marriage in Maryland....Read More


Wash Away the Gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Oh, this stuff is still going on. This is the latest from a Florida ex-gay ministry that's making powerful promises, specifically that a bath can wash away the gay if done correctly (I'm gonna wash that man right outta my...Read More


Nancy Pelosi Calls Out House DOMA Defense; DOMA Repeal to Be Introduced

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Nancy Pelosi points out that the House resolution to take up the legal defense of DOMA allows the House to hire private lawyers. She sees ten cases taking an average of 18 months each, times the number of lawyers necessary...Read More


Like a Virgin, Post-SRS?

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

My sex reassignment surgery is two months away, and as you might expect, I have a lot of things on my mind. Most of them I'm trying not to think about: complications, pain, infection, how much sensation I'll have, my...Read More


Is Obama Morphing into George Bush?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

When many of us voted for Barack Obama in 2008, we thought that we'd see some of the worse abuses of the misrule of George W. "Chimperator" Bush's reign reversed. While this has happened on some fronts, in other disturbing...Read More


Christian Homophobia Builds Character

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Leave it to the website of David Horowitz, the veteran of the PC Wars of the 1980's, to finally just say in about a straight-forward fashion as possible what I've been reading between the rightwing lines for years now: Christian...Read More


Comment of the Week: Darren Cohen

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

In Joe Mirabella's post on the horrendous events in Forrest City, Arkansas, in which 25-year-old trans-woman Marcal Camero Tye was found dead in Forrest City, Arkansas, after being shot and dragged by a car, Joe wrote about the apparently improper...Read More


"The Gay Gene Will Not Protect You"

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the wake of Lady Gaga's new song "Born This Way," there have been several online discussions about the worth of arguing whether queers are biologically determined or not. I think it's a pointless issue. Whether or not science supports...Read More


Gay Men and Lesbians Marry in West Bank and Shanghai

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Haaretz has an article up on Orthodox Jews forming gay male/lesbian couples for marriage and child-rearing: His 12th couple has just announced their engagement, Harel said, and he has a list of another 30 gays and 20 lesbians seeking matches....Read More


The Fierce Urgency of This Movement Moment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Revolution doesn't happen by accident. Revolution doesn't happen without tremendous vision, loss, and sacrifice. Revolution happens when a critical mass of courageous people come together to struggle for it with every fiber of their being. Revolution takes place over time...Read More


Why Shouldn't You Give To GetEqual?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 11, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Political representation comes at a price. You have to go along to get along. When LGBT organizations started demanding that politicians pass ENDA, repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and repeal DOMA, politicians started running for the exits. All three...Read More


GOP Will Defend DOMA With Hired Lawyers

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

What a waste of taxpayer money. What happened to making the economy the first priority? What about jobs? The only people getting jobs out of this will be the lawyers the government has to hire to fight for Republican legislators'...Read More


Maryland Delegate Peter Murphy Comes Out

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Maryland Delegate Peter Murphy (D-Charles County) has come out of the closet in an article in the Washington Blade. Murphy, who was previously married to a woman and has two children, says that he's been out to his colleagues and...Read More


What Is Happening in Madison Is an Essentially Queer Conversation

Filed by Susan Raffo | March 10, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've been struggling about how to talk about what is happening at the capitol building in Madison as an LGBT conversation. I've wanted to add to what we know - the numbers of LGBT people organizing in the capitol, the...Read More


Target to Same-Sex Marriage Group: Get Off My Property!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I didn't know Target was involved in a suit against Canvass for a Cause, a group collecting signatures to legalize same-sex marriage by ballot initiative in California. Target is mad that they're collecting signatures outside Target stores and tried to...Read More


Support the Action Now Occurring in Speaker Boehner's Office on DOMA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 09, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: VIDEO OF THE ACTION FROM THE LOCAL FOX AFFILIATE AFTER THE JUMP (Bonus Q: "What is the Indefensive Marriage Act?") At approximately 2:00 p.m. today, activists commenced a sit-down in Speaker John Boehner's office. They are demanding that he...Read More


Take Action: Call Speaker Boehner on DOMA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 09, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A number of blogs are teaming up to ask readers to call Speaker Boehner to demand that he protect the rights of ALL Americans by focusing on job creation and not discrimination. This comes out of the recent memo from...Read More


One Queer Reports on Changing Hearts and Minds of White People in Wisconsin

Filed by Caitlin Breedlove | March 08, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the things about the Wisconsin protests that has not been written about much is that most of the uprising consists of working class white people. The culture of the space reflects the culture of this place: country and...Read More


Maryland Gay Delegates' Open Letter to Colleagues on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Six openly gay and lesbian Maryland state legislators have written an open letter to their colleagues in the House of Delegates to urge them to support marriage equality. The body is set to vote on legislation legalizing same-sex marriage this...Read More


Clarification in New York Marriage Rules for Transgender People

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 08, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

One of the most understated barriers to equality for trans people isn't animus - it's ambiguity. Some of our biggest steps of progress come from the clarification of rules regarding gendered institutions like marriage. Take TLDEF's latest victory regarding policies...Read More


Deconstructing the Angry West Hollywood Election

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 07, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

For some long-term West Hollywood residents, there has never been as nasty a campaign season as the one leading up to the Tuesday, March 8 election for three seats on the West Hollywood City Council. Unsubstantiated allegations of corruption and...Read More


Rhode Island Congressman Now Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Check out this public letter Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin published in the Providence Journal over the weekend. While he didn't support marriage equality previously, he's changed his position. For many years, I supported civil unions as a reasonable way...Read More


DOMA & the Death of My Beloved Partner

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ted Hayes is a retired chemist, Baptist minister and Doctor of Counseling. He was recently featured in D. Gregory Smith's post, "Educate Me." There is cause for a great deal of rejoicing these days. The Obama...Read More


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Comment of the Week: John Gagnon

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 06, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

From Bil's post "Indiana's Jud McMillin: A Tale of Glass Houses & Rocks," about rising Republican star Indiana state representative Judson (Jud) McMillin, who is vice chair of the Judiciary committee that oversaw passage of a constitutional ban on same-sex...Read More


Are Republicans Playing the Christianists on DOMA Defense?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 06, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In today's GOP giving political fellatio to the Christian Right is de riguer since the religious Kool-Aid drinking crowd makes up such a large portion of the GOP base. But in announcing his plan to defend DOMA, it seems that...Read More


Same Sex Sunday

#SSS: Maryland, Harvard & the ROTC, Westboro and More!

Filed by Phil Reese | March 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

At the very last moment of today's round table somebody moves me emotionally very unexpectedly - despite our disagreement. We'll get to that later though... That is only one of numerous incredible moments on this week's SameSexSunday. Poor Joe is...Read More


This PFLAG Parent Is Angry!

Filed by Annette Gross | March 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In response to the proposed marriage discrimination amendment (HJR-6) in Indiana, there is going to be a Rally for Equality on Monday, March 14th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. I'm helping to work...Read More


DUI Arrest: Senator's One Year Coming Out Anniversary

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week marks the one year anniversary of former Senator Roy Ashburn's DUI arrest and subsequent coming out as a gay man. As you may recall, Republican Senator Roy Ashburn from Bakersfield, California, was arrested for drunk driving in Sacramento...Read More


My Deepest Apology to Our Beautiful Youth

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I would like to sincerely apologize for being an elder within the community and not doing my part. Yes, I have more life experience and most importantly I grew up in a very different world. When I was a young...Read More


Conservative Campus Queers Revolt

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 04, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I posted a few weeks ago about Westmont College, which forces students to promise not to be gay, and the letter alumni and professors wrote talking about the negative effects of the school's homophobia. Even though the school receives federal...Read More


This Will Break Your Heart

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Meet Derence Kernek and Ed Watson, a California couple who have been together for 40 years. They want the 9th Circuit federal court to lift the stay against same-sex marriage is California so they can get hitched. Why? Ed, who...Read More


Happy First Anniversary Washington, DC

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A year ago today, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction south of the Mason-Dixon line to legally marry same-sex couples. As I write "Happy First Anniversary" emails to the three couples I had the honor and pleasure of...Read More


Gay Marriage Stole Your Job

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

NOM has been blanketing the district of Maryland senator Jim Brochin with mailers because he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Here's part of the mailer, which seems to be saying that same-sex marriage is as bad as unemployment, or...Read More


Christians Preserve Right to Bully Suicidal Kids

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Check out this bit of "pro-family" crowing from the Indiana Family Institute's newsletter listing all of their accomplishments in the Indiana legislature this session: Anti-Free Speech homosexual "bullying" bill dies in Senate committee. The homosexual lobby was pushing SB 538,...Read More


Rev. Peter Gomes: Accidental Gay Advocate

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 03, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

If during your tenure as a student at Harvard you did not encounter the Reverend Peter J. Gomes, you have not had the quintessential Harvard experience. For undergraduates, if they were paying attention, Gomes bookended their four-year experience at Harvard...Read More


Jud McMillin (PostBlurb)

Indiana's Jud McMillin: A Tale of Glass Houses & Rocks

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Indiana Republican State Rep Jud McMillin is a man with a secret past, but you can't keep everything hidden forever - especially when it includes petty theft allegations, vehicular homicide, and a tawdry sex scandal.Read More


Are Our Politics Born of Immutable Principles?

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 02, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Since we plan to move in together, C, being more traditional than I am about these things, took me home to meet his family. Besides his mom and dad, his brother, his sister and her husband and baby were there....Read More


Russian Gay Activist California Tour Cancelled Over Anti-Jewish Remark

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 02, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

There was great excitement in California when it was announced that Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev was coming to America to speak about his often dangerous demonstrations supporting LGBT rights. The trip was arranged primary by Alekseev Chicago-based activist friend,...Read More


Rethinking Sexual Hypocrisy

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I posted yesterday a video with Lawrence O'Donnell's very waspy attack on Newt Gingrich's ability to "defend" the institution of marriage considering his several divorces and remarriages. But if you want to see how it's really done, take a look...Read More


How Many Parents Does Rufus Wainwright's Daughter Have?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | March 02, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen (born February 2, 2011) is the heir to folk music royalty. As the granddaughter of Loudon Wainwright III, Kate McGarrigle, and Leonard Cohen, she starts off life with songs - and poetry - in her blood....Read More


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Chinese Marriage Debate Looks Familiar

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The impacts of same-sex marriage include the 'domino effect' that it may bring upon the marriage system. Once same-sex marriage is legalized, it may lead to the debates on legalizing 'multi-partner marriage' and 'human-animal marriage.' If the law recognizes same-sex...Read More


Teaser: First Indiana Expose Tomorrow

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

After I put out my call for dirt on hypocritical Indiana legislators who voted in favor of a marriage discrimination amendment, my inbox exploded and quite a few tips have led to some shocking revelations. Just as I was about...Read More


Why I Am an Evangelical Christian

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | March 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Growing up in the South, there was one phrase that could always strike terror in my heart: evangelical Christian. My town was overrun with Christians who claimed the label of "evangelical". For them, this did not mean spreading the good...Read More


Justice Department Wants a Court to Strike Down DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Something tells me the situation on DOMA is going to be murky for a while: The Justice Department says a lesbian federal employee should still be denied permission to add her wife to her health insurance despite the Obama administration's...Read More


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No Middle Ground on Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I think this highly contentious subject matter with two totally polar opposite views in different chambers has been sort of foisted on the six of us. I am no longer comfortable trying to come and find the middle ground. And...Read More