Marriage Equality: April 2011

Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Fires King & Spalding

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

You can always depend on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli - or Kookinelli as he is less than affectionately referred to by Virginians embarrassed by Cuccinelli's lunacy and ongoing generation of negative press for the state - to do two...Read More


14 Years Together, Married, and Still Filing 'Single'

Filed by Davina Kotulski | April 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This year Molly and I filed our taxes again as "married" in California and "single" on our federal documents. We are grateful that we are legally married and can file "married" in the state of California, but it is totally...Read More


Demons at Harvard

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The first week of April, a major university conference took place whose speakers numbered some of the most extremist and wiggy religious activists in the U.S. One might assume that it was sponsored by the Tea Party, or The Family,...Read More


Pro-Gay Billboard Causes Stir

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Another pro-gay billboard in New York state is making people mad, including a state senator who says it's a political message to support same-sex marriage even though it doesn't mention marriage at all (text version at link): This is why...Read More


Poet, Mother (and Lesbian) to Write Poem for Royal Wedding

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I wasn't going to write about the royal wedding at all. Despite having lived in the U.K. for a couple of years, I find the monarchy interesting only as an example of the persistence of older traditions of European leadership....Read More


Iowa GOP's Homophobia: Fire Kevin Jennings, Ban Trans Folk from Marrying

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

To follow-up on Joe's post on the Iowa Republican Party's platform, there's a lot of anti-gay and anti-trans ideology in there. While I'd love to go through and post on all the crazy (the platform actually says it opposes "The...Read More


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Presbyterians, Gays, & the Ramifications of Being Lukewarm

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | April 27, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

In the next few weeks there will be a news story on the role of gay clergy in one of the oldest and largest religious denominations in this country. You will hear that the Presbyterian Church (USA), a denomination with...Read More


Logic Failure: Administration Supports Clement's Defense of DOMA

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Only in Washington can logic get this twisted in an attempt to make everyone happy. Asked about the outcry over King & Spalding's hire to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and subsequent decision to drop the case, Attorney General...Read More


Texas Republicans Propose Law to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

That headline is the gist of this story from the Austin Statesman, even though it says the law is to "strip away transgender marriage rights." The law, as the Statesman describes it would explicitly allow certain marriages involving transgender people...Read More


Homophobes Want Prop 8 Ruling Thrown Out because Judge Is Gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Prop 8 proponents have filed to have Vaughn Walker's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage vacated because he's gay and, according to them, may benefit from his own ruling. Opening a new front in the battle over Proposition 8, its...Read More


King and Spalding Drops DOMA Defense

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Looks like John Boehner is going to have to find a new law firm to denigrate gay and lesbian couples. Facing stiff opposition to their contract with the House majority to defend DOMA, law firm King and Spalding has backed...Read More


Rick Santorum's Dangerous Shift in Tone

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

When questioned about rights for gays and lesbians, Rick Santorum told Fox New's Mike Wallace: "Well, sure. I mean there are all sorts of contractual benefits that anybody can contract for. But the question is whether we should institutionalize that...Read More


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Maggie Gallagher: Don't Hate!

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

"And if you see a difference [between gay and straight couples], there is something wrong with you. You are like a bigot who is opposed to interracial marriage. If you want to know how same-sex marriage is going to affect...Read More


Protest Optics, Explained

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've written before about how homophobes go to LGBT protests looking to take pictures and video of queer people looking as mean as possible, even shouting "faggot" at people and then taking pictures without explaining what caused the gay person...Read More


Weekly Reader: Kidnapping, Democrats, & New Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sadly, this week's big story was about the brutal attack on a transgender woman at a Baltimore McDonald's; employees filmed the assault but did nothing to stop it. I like it better when a positive story brings new visitors to...Read More


Evangelical Church Worker Arrested in Anti-Gay Kidnapping Case

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The FBI has arrested Timothy David Miller for aiding and abetting the international kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins by her biological mother, Lisa Miller. (Background on the long-running litigation between Lisa, who became an evangelical Christian, and her former civil union...Read More


Hanging Out with Billionaires

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I just got home from a fundraiser for a fantastic nonprofit in Washington state, called the Washington Bus. I'm on their c3 Board of Directors, because I strongly believe in their mission to engage young people in the political process....Read More


More Work to Do

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

This video is working its way around the queer blogosphere because Obama didn't scream "Gays! Nooooooo!" when someone shouted gay marriage and he was talking about how he wants to win reelection in 2012. Cute, but this report in...Read More


NOM Sues Miss California USA Pageant

Filed by Bil Browning | April 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Just when you think that the National Organization for Marriage couldn't get any wackier, along comes this story from Michael Musto about running into an official from the Miss California USA pageant outside of a musical the other evening. Musto...Read More


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John Boehner Gets Smug

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The minority leader's new-found concern for saving taxpayers money is encouraging. We hope it means we can count on her support for reducing DOJ's budget to recoup any costs incurred by the House so that taxpayers will bear no added...Read More


Most Americans Favor Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

CNN has a new poll that shows a slight majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, making it the third of recent marriage polls to show that: OutletWhenFavorOppose APAugust, 20105246 Wash. Post/ABCMarch, 20115344 CNNApril, 20115147 The wording of the question varies...Read More


What to Tell Your Kids About Gay Sex

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Steve Publicover is a former DC resident who lives in southwestern Virginia. One of the arguments we often hear from the whiny homophobes who fight tooth and nail to restrict our rights is that if the homo-sekshuls become...Read More


Homophobia Can Be Good for the Bottom Line

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I don't know how many nonprofit press releases I've read recently that used some permutation of the expression "Equality is good for the bottom line." Whether they're talking about how legalizing same-sex marriage can be good for a local economy,...Read More


King & Spalding Breaks Non-Discrimination Pledge with DOMA Case

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Having been in the legal profession for well over 30 years, I am never surprised by the hypocrisy that seems to be the hallmark of many law firms. They claim, with wink and a nod and fingers crossed behind their...Read More


Donald Trump and Mainstream Political Discourse

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have a modest proposition for people who like politics. The next time you come across a policy idea and your first instinct, no matter what the merits of the idea, is to deride it as radical, when this new...Read More


NH Teabaggers: Who Cares About Gay Marriage?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 19, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Great video from Wonk Room's Igor Volsky today. Igor attended one of the Tea Party's Tax Day rallies in New Hampshire and while the House Republicans have decided to spend a half a million dollars to "defend" section three of...Read More


Hungarian Parliament Approves Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | April 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Hungarian Parliament approved a new constitution on Monday that includes a ban on same-sex marriages. Lawmakers passed the legislation with an overwhelming majority - 262 to 44. Edge has the report: "We've just participated in a historical moment," Parliamentary...Read More


Anti-Gay Marriage Campaigners Know They're Lying

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

A new documentary on Question 1 in Maine (the ballot initiative to stop same-sex marriage there in 2009) is due out this summer. It contains footage from strategy meetings on both sides, including this bit where Yes on 1 campaign...Read More


Affirmative Action for Straight Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Arizona just passed a law saying that married couples (same-sex marriage isn't recognized in the state) should have "priority" over other potential parents in adoptions. The rule applies to public and private adoption agencies: Married couples will have preference when...Read More


Will Prop 8 Tapes Be Available for Everyone?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

After Vaughn Walker made a presentation on cameras in the courtroom at the University of Arizona involving a two-minute clip from the Prop 8 trial, which C-SPAN broadcasted, Prop 8 supporters filed to recuperate those tapes. Now the AP and...Read More


LGBT-Friendly Firm to Defend DOMA; John Boehner to Take Money from Justice

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The House Republicans have recruited Bush-era U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to defend DOMA in court. He works for the prestigious Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding. The Justice Department was running an anemic defense of the law before the president...Read More


I Won't Lie About My Marriage on My Taxes

Filed by Kate Kendell | April 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

My birthday is April 15. No one ever forgets my birthday, which is great of course, but it is also a sometimes bittersweet date since April 15 is always - until this year's anomaly - tax day. Every year, I,...Read More


46 Years Ago Today: First Lesbian & Gay Protest at the White House

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Will Kohler is a freelance writer and activist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Will blogs at Back2Stonewall.com. How far we have not come. In 1957, Dr. Frank Kameny, along with gay rights pioneer Jack Nichols, co-founded the Mattachine...Read More


'Defending Marriage' Congressional Hearing Videos

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bless Zack Ford over at the ThinkProgress Wonkroom for putting together a compilation of clips (inside) from Friday morning's absurd "defending marriage" hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution. Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) and subcommittee...Read More


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SameSexSunday: Louis Marinelli Interview, DOMA Hearing, ENDA's Introduction and more

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

D. Gregory Smith interviewed former NOM staffer, Louis Marinelli about his realization that his work to stop marriage equality for gays and lesbian was wrong. Then the round table discussed Friday's so called "defending marriage" hearing in the United State...Read More


Maggie Gallagher Gets GetEqual Anita Bryant Award

Filed by Bil Browning | April 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just in case Delaware's passage of civil unions legislation has Maggie Gallagher down in the dumps, GetEqual has given her something to look forward to! At today's congressional hearing about marriage equality, the direct action group's members bestowed their first...Read More


Delaware Legislature Okays Civil Unions

Filed by Bil Browning | April 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

While states like Indiana and North Carolina are fighting constitutional amendments to ban any form of relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples, another north eastern state has stepped forward to treat us like almost-equals as Delaware's legislature okays civil...Read More


This Thursday: Stand with Shirley & Jay

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 13, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

On Thursday afternoon, Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York will reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act in the House of Representatives. The bill, which would finally allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for residency...Read More


Chests Out, Slogans On

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 12, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

In my last column I discussed the role T-shirts with slogans play in the battle over gay rights. It occurred to me, aside from the T-shirts I've read about that have caused ruckuses in schools and elsewhere, I don't know...Read More


Illinois Right Wing Is Forcing through an Anti-LGBT Bill

Filed by Phil Reese | April 12, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I've seen the face of evil, and it is the cunning Illinois Right Wing. Hidden carefully by Sen David Koehler in SB 1123, a bill to assist the blind - like an arsenic pill hidden in a crême brulé -...Read More


Maryland Trans Rights Bill Dies in Senate Vote

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Supporters of a Maryland bill to provide housing, credit and employment protections to transgender people were shocked today when the bill was sent back to committee for reconsideration. Today is the last day of the Maryland legislative session so the...Read More


An Educational Campaign for Trans Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a nifty little educational campaign started by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. It's called I AM: Trans People Speak. This is a multi-media campaign aimed at raising awareness about the diverse communities of trans individuals, families, and allies. It's...Read More


DOMA Defense Will Not Bankrupt America

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The argument about how much the attorneys the House is hiring to defend DOMA in court will cost is stupidity on a stick for a variety of reasons and reminds me of the argument that states shouldn't try to pass...Read More


#SSS NOM Bus Tour Organizer Defects, Queer the Taxes

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

Tech problems couldn't get us down this week at SameSexSunday. We just had too much to talk about to give up, so even when we lost almost all of our round table participants, we knew "the show must go on."...Read More


Weekly Reader: Queer Parents, Gay Jesus, & the End of the LGBT Blogosphere

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

While our posts spanned the gamut of LGBT life this week, one of the areas I've concentrated on is getting your input for our soon-to-be-revealed redesign and some of my personal issues with the state of support for progressive and...Read More


Chelsea Clinton, Ken Mehlman & David Mixner to Team Up for Friendfactor

Filed by Phil Reese | April 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

You can't imagine stranger bedfellows. The super tech-savvy organization promoting straight allies get involved in the political process pushing for LGBTQ equality, is celebrating the launch of its New York initiatives with a big event hosted by its newest Advisory...Read More


NOM Bus-Tour Bigot Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Filed by Phil Reese | April 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Jeremy Hooper's website, GoodAsYou.org is like a well-organized database of all of the atrocities performed by the religious far-right. Jeremy has broken much important news at the page: we found out about Chick-Fil-A's homophobic philanthropy policies through his site, and...Read More


LA Bids Farewell to Marc Solomon (with Photos)

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 08, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The night was cool and clear, the vista of the city of Los Angeles was dazzling from the Hollywood Hills home of Adam Press – a point LA City Council President Eric Garcetti noted repeatedly as he teased and saluted...Read More


LGBT Rights Activists Beat Target

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

A judge denied the injunction Target wanted against Canvass for a Cause, the California group that tries to talk to people about same-sex marriage, which means that they can keep on canvassing: The retail giant had filed an injunction trying...Read More


Prop 8 Judge Is Gay; He Didn't Have to Recuse Self

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Vaughn Walker, the trial judge during the Prop 8 case, made his first public statement that confirmed that he was gay and had some sensible things to say about when judges should recuse themselves: Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker,...Read More


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Rush Holt Asks Homeland Security to End Gay Married Partner Deportations

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In light of Attorney General Holder's new guidance, I am asking you to suspend the deportation of all spouses of citizens in a same-sex marriage until a decision is reached on DOMA. This is the right thing to do for...Read More


QNotes: Marriage Equality or Bust?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Robbi Cohn, a strong advocate for the trans community, has written an important piece in QNotes. ...this will probably be deemed contentious and recalcitrant. I know how important the issue of marriage equality is to many within the gay and...Read More


Equality California to Hold Town Halls on Whether to Repeal Prop 8 in 2012

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 05, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

As soon as the California Supreme Court said it would take up the standing question asked by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the American Foundation for Equal Rights Perry v. Brown case (formerly Perry v Schwarzenegger), on the...Read More


Why Black Fear Matters

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 05, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I write this essay as a direct response to all of the drama surrounding the belief, statistically factually proven or not, that the black folks in our great state of California overwhelmingly voted for Prop 8. While there is much...Read More


Marriage Protest in Manhattan

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Video from a Queer Rising protest in Manhattan yesterday for marriage....Read More


Lawrence O'Donnell, Let's Talk About DADT

Filed by Don Davis | April 04, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

I had MSNBC on last Thursday night, and Lawrence O'Donnell was talking to Ari Berman of The Nation about the new Obama Campaign Chief of Staff, Jim "Not Part Of Loggins &" Messina. In the course of that conversation O'Donnell...Read More


The Advocate: Prop 8 Plaintiffs Received Hate Messages During Trial

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Andrew Harmon at The Advocate just posted an important exclusive on how one of the couples in the federal Prop. 8 trial - plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier - "were subjected to more than a dozen antigay voice mails...Read More


Lesbian and Gay Parents Jumping Through Hoops

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The New York Times ran an article last week on "The Extra Hoops Gay Parents Must Jump Through" to gain legal and financial protections. Three experts - a lawyer, a financial planner, and an accountant (which sounds like the start...Read More


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Forced Gay Adoptions

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 04, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Rep. Anthony Weiner may have joked about 'mandatory gay marriage,' at the WH Correspondents dinner, but amazingly, Virginia's Dept. of Social Services is proposing new regulations that would require all adoption and foster-care agencies to do gay adoptions." --Maggie Gallagher...Read More


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Comment of the Week: Jarrod Chlapowski

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 03, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Guest Blogger Tico Almeida's post 3 Ways to Improve ENDA Advocacy: Overcome Fear of Trans Americans, which recommends, among other things, addressing the trans-phobia among some staffers and members on Capitol Hill. Projector Jarrod Chlapowski's comment on this post...Read More


Rep. Polis Endorses Omnibus LGBT Rights Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There have been some calls recently to scrap piecemeal rights bills like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Some have called for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the federal Civil Rights Act. Some have suggested a separate federal LGBT rights...Read More


Take a Stand: Refuse to Lie

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 01, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

In the coming days a group of activists will be launching a campaign called "Refuse To Lie." The launch is timed to coincide with tax season, a time of year when the federal government compels married gay couples to file...Read More