Marriage Equality: July 2011

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Elise Harris on "We Die, You Get Married"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Are the social/political effects of coming out to get married, as an act of oppositional politics, comparable to the effects of ACT UP and coming out as undocumented?Read More


Santorum: NY Is Destroying American Families

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

More jackassery from GOP presidential-wannabe Rick Santorum...Read More


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Majority of Montana Voters Favor Same-Sex Partnerships

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 31, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

A newly released poll shows that a majority of voters in Montana support domestic partnership protections for same-sex couples.Read More


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Groupthink, Climbing Mountains & Finding Peace

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Alan Bounville shares what happened at the fourth or fifth mountain pass he's hit in the past couple of weeks as he's been traversing central Oregon on foot. What waits for him in the dark of night?Read More


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Weekly Reader: Japan's Lady Gaga, Gay Inc, & the Limits of Tolerance

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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Ann Coulter Wants a DADT Policy for 'All of Society'

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

On The Joy Behar Show last night, Ann Coulter denounced marriage equality in New York, defended ex-gay therapy, and said that "all of society" should be under a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Read More


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Couple Claims Discrimination at Dollywood

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tennessee couple Jennifer Tipton and Olivier Odom are accusing Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, of anti-gay discrimination.Read More


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North Carolina Postpones Talk of Anti-LGBT Amendment

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Lawmakers in North Carolina considered adding an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage this week. Last night word surfaced that the lawmakers had decided against changing the rules, pushing back discussion until this fall. Read More


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The Changed Political Climate for Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, has spoken up about how the political landscape has evolved in favor of marriage equality. Read More


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How Larry Kramer Actually Feels About Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Thanks to The New York Times' arbitrary excerpting of a statement he provided to them, Larry Kramer essentially told the public last week that he hates marriage equality. In a new piece, Kramer explains his full argument. Read More


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Apple Removes iTunes from 'Christian Values Network'

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 27, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

After more than 22,000 people signed a petition on Change.org started by Ben Crowther, a student and Apple customer concerned about the Christian Values Network's funding of anti-gay, anti-woman orgs, Apple removed its iTunes store from the CVN. Read More


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We Die, You Get Married

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The gay marriage movement enforces a single-issue politic at the cost of broader social change, literally funneling tens of millions of dollars into the drive for gay legitimacy while the needs of queers with the least access are ignored. Read More


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My Night As Ricky Martin

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Wait, did my cruise ship impersonation of the openly gay Latino superstar contribute to the erasure of his gay identity?Read More


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Gays Still Dominate Comic Con

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 26, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Comic Con 2011 in San Diego was chock full of LGBT-focused pop culture and entertainment news - Glee and True Blood news, gay comic book scoop, and a response from John Barrowman on a Torchwood gay sex scandal. Read More


Broadway Loves Gay Marriages

Filed by Ed Team | July 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The Great White Way is totally loving marriage equality in New York. On Sunday, the homo Avenue Q puppets tied the knot and proved there was life outside their apartment. Yesterday, the finale of a performance of Hair was...Read More


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NY Senator Diaz Says Sunday Same-Sex Marriages Are Illegal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 26, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When a couple registers for a marriage license they are supposed wait 24 hours before actually getting married. This is illegal and criminal." --New York anti-gay Senator Ruben Diaz, complaining about the same-sex marriages performed on Sunday in New York...Read More


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Revenue from NY Marriage Equality Estimated at $155 Million

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Williams Institute has released a new study revealing estimations for the measurable economic impact of marriage equality in New York, using U.S. Census data and previous data from other states where same-sex marriage is legal. Read More


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For Ted and Jack, Marriage Equality Came Too Late

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality is also about the people of advancing age who have struggled to live their lives with love and integrity in the face of hatred, anger, denial, and oppression - the kind that many of us today simply cannot fathom. Read More


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Low-Key Point Foundation Educates LGBT Leaders of the Future

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 25, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Point Foundation is the most amazing LGBT activist organization you've never heard of. Read More


The First Same-Sex Marriages in NYC

Filed by Ed Team | July 25, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

If you weren't in New York this weekend, this video is a great way to get an on-the-ground report from New York City same-sex weddings. Some great photos, great video, and a talk with Lt. Dan Choi about him...Read More


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Media Round-Up: NY Couples Get Gay Married

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 24, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today marked the first day that same-sex couples can legally marry in New York State. Here's a round-up of some of the most interesting media coverage we've seen today about the landmark day!Read More


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NAACP Hosting A Trans Free LGBT Town Hall Meeting

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the things I'm heartened to see the NAACP do at their national convention is finally address the undeniable fact that there are African descended LGBT people. One problem. They forgot the trans people. Read More


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More Details Emerge on Norway's Fundamentalist Terrorist

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 24, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Given the constant drumbeat of grievances against gays, liberals, Hispanics, blacks and Muslims being put out by so-called Christian "family values" groups and far right GOP aligned organizations, one can only wonder how many would-be Breiviks are being cultivated here at home.Read More


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How One Photo Has Changed Hearts and Minds

Filed by Leone Kraus | July 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This image is of my friend Joey and his partner Ariel after they wed in San Francisco in 2008. Now, the photo has gone viral - and now it's being used by Marriage Equality New York to further celebrate marriage equality. Read More


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NYC Marriage Lottery Results: Everybody Wins

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite previous announcements that the number of marriages in New York City would be capped and decided via lottery, city officials decided yesterday to accommodate all of the couples who registered for the lottery. Read More


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The Facts About India's Infant 'Sex Changes'

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Canadian and international press outlets reported last month that in India, the preference to have male children is so strong that parents are having their female infants surgically assigned (a.k.a. "sex changes") to male. Here are the facts of the matter.Read More


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DADT Certified for Repeal; Policy Dies in 60 Days

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 22, 2011 | 3:50 PM | comments

Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and President Barack Obama certified repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Repeal will take effect officially 60 days from now, on September 20. Read More


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Seventh-Day Gay Adventists

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Religion continues to be the biggest weapon aimed at LGBTIQ and same-sex loving people. This is where the final "battle" will be won - with love, and by opening hearts and minds, one person at a mind.Read More


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Maryland & Colorado Begin Push for Marriage

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Inspired by New York's success, Colorado and Maryland are both gearing up for marriage equality campaigns, using different strategies in hopes of attaining success.Read More


NY Gay Marriage Gets Animated

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

You knew it was coming, didn't you? What big news topic doesn't get animated Sim-style by Next Media Animation now?Read More


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The Times's First Gay Columnist Isn't Helping

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 22, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Imagine reading Frank Bruni's columns as a conservative-but-not-crazy straight Arizonan. Would they convince you to support LGBT rights? Or would they make you a bit resentful against the queers?Read More


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'We Have to Do the Work'

Filed by Ed Team | July 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"Younger people have grown up now in a world where they know gay people, where the silence has been shattered, where they know people as people. And they don't see marriage as some kind of thing that has to be...Read More


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Democrats Cave On Justice For LGBT Working Families

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

With the economy still in the crapper and jobs still hard to come by, with LGBT unemployment estimated at around double the national average, the silence from Democrats on LGBT workplace rights has been deafening. Read More


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Tobias Wolff on DOMA Repeal and Full Faith & Credit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 21, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here, Law Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff breaks down the debate on the Defense of Marriage Act and sets the record straight on the Full Faith & Credit clause of the U.S. Constitution. Read More


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Gay Marriage Hearings On Capitol Hill: Democracy at its Best

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | July 21, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday held hearings about repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage. This is democracy at its best. Read More


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Media Group Complains ESPN Plays for the Other Team

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 21, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

An editorial by a conservative media criticism group thinks the sports TV network has no business covering LGBT issues. But in these past few months, when gays in sports have become a hot topic, isn't ESPN just doing its job?Read More


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Senator Franken Takes Down Tom Minnery At Senate Hearing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 21, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Isn't it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?" --Senator Al Franken, taking down the testimony of anti-gay...Read More


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Raising Progressive Voices of Faith for Equality

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The challenge for Christian denominations is going to be moving beyond the initial gestures of acceptance to the reality of full inclusion in our own traditions. We cannot speak with a convincing voice until we correct injustices in our homes. Read More


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ACLU Sues Vermont Inn Over Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A lesbian couple looking to host a wedding reception at the Wildflower Inn in Vermont was turned away when "due to the personal feelings" of the innkeepers. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit for discrimination.Read More


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WATCH: Franken Refutes Focus on the Family Claims

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Al Franken expertly refuted a false claim by Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery today during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing regarding the repeal of DOMA.Read More


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3 Openly Gay Candidates Running for Indy City Council

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

While I'd reported previously that Indianapolis has an openly gay man running for the City-County Council, another gay man and a lesbian have also jumped into the fray. Indy has never had an openly gay councilmember.Read More


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Follow Today's Senate Hearing on DOMA Repeal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the Respect for Marriage Act today. Many LGBT activists are testifying for the repeal of DOMA and several excellent reporters will be providing continuing, live coverage of the hearing today, which begins at 10am EST. Read More


FCKH8 Takes on Minnesota

Filed by Ed Team | July 20, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

The FCKH8 crew, who've been intentionally stirring up controversy with their swear-laden videos that feature children saying "fuck you" to marriage equality opponents, have a new video out parodying haters with the "Top 5 Reasons" marriage equality should be...Read More


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NYC Addresses Demand for Marriages with Lottery

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In anticipation of a huge number of couples wanting to marry this Sunday in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has capped the number of couples - same-sex or otherwise - who can wed at 764. Read More


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Obama Endorses Repeal of DOMA

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Obama administration announced today that the president supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act by publicly endorsing the Respect for Marriage Act. Read More


Navy Prosecutes More Sailors Who Married to Hide Sexuality

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 19, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Navy is continuing its witch hunt for LGBT service members who married to hide their sexual orientation, and local individuals have been arrested. Sadly, the same effort to weed out sham straight marriages doesn't seem to be materializing. Read More


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Dustin Lance Black Shines Light on Prop. 8 Trial

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

With 8, a new project that incorporates verbatim statements from the Proposition 8 trial of last year, the Milk screenwriter is looking to combat the censorship of the video footage from the trial. Read More


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Niagara Falls Gears Up for NY Same-Sex Weddings

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The falls will be lit with a rainbow spectrum on Saturday evening, as the first same-sex couple will marry in New York at midnight. A larger ceremony will follow the next day.Read More


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The Bachmann Gaffe That Wasn't

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The latest Michele Bachmann gaffe once again has eyes rolling and heads shaking among the commentariat. The irony is, it's not really a gaffe. In fact, it's not even that far from today's conservative mainstream.Read More


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Maryland Guv Will Do Something Finally

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

After being stung by the countless comparisons to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Maryland's Guv, Martin O'Malley, will finally get off his ass and help pass a marriage equality bill.Read More


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Humans Hate Helping Children?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This weekend I read an interview with an evolutionary biologist who works for Match.com on Salon and one of the more annoying scientific-esque arguments about why we're genetically programmed for monogamy came up.Read More


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Tim Pawlenty Touts Christian Cred

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Check out this six and a half minute video that GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty just put out.Read More


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Same-Sex Couple Seeks Recognition By Israel

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 18, 2011 | 11:15 AM | comments

The Israeli government is dithering over whether to recognize a same-sex couple and to provide them the same rights as other couples. Read More


Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Butch Peaston on Romney's Refusal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 17, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

Is Mitt Romney deserving of a pat on the back for his refusal to sign the anti-gay pledge?Read More


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Chile: French PACS-style Status for Couples Proposed

Filed by Nan Hunter | July 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will present a bill to the national legislature that would grant legal rights to gay and straight couples who have lived together for more than one year.Read More


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Weekly Reader: Gay Pirates, Google+, & Fingering a Priest

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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Gingrich Nixes 'Marriage Vow' Proposal

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gingrich may have opted out of the Iowa fundies marriage pledge, but draping your genitals in the flag doesn't excuse you.Read More


TEDxTalk: Why LGBT Couples 'Refuse To Lie'

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

They just released the video of a TEDx Talk I did in Tampa Bay to an almost exclusively straight audience on marriage equality and the RefuseToLie campaign.Read More


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Reaction: California Gov Brown Signs FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 14, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s office just issued a notice that he has signed SB 48, the FAIR Education Act.Read More


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Anticipation: Will Kucinich Run in Washington State?

Filed by Don Davis | July 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Kucinich was in town to stir up the troops, and if things don't go well in Ohio there are several scenarios that could place him here in Washington - and there are at least two districts where he could have a shot at winning.Read More


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Gay Couples To Be Married Onstage In New York

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 14, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's not just a summer of love, it's a summer of equality." -- Rory O'Malley, a star of The Book of Mormon and a co-founder of the gay-rights group Broadway Impact, announcing that several gay couples from the Broadway community...Read More


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GLAAD Withdraws Support for AT&T Merger; Supports Net Neutrality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a letter sent to the FCC today by GLAAD's interim president, the media organization has withdrawn its previous support for the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. The letter also strongly supports net neutrality.Read More


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Romney Rejects Anti-Gay 'Pledge'

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declined to sign on to a religious right-sponsored anti-gay statement, calling it "undignified."Read More


Top 5 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

FCKH8.com: Top 5 Reasons 2 Ban Gay Marriage (LOL) from FCKH8.com on Vimeo. FCKH8's latest video has hit the web - "The Top 5 Reasons 2 Ban Gay Marriage." When I heard there were two twelve year old boys kissing...Read More


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After Marriage Equality, What's Next, Polygamy? Yes.

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 12, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality advocates were quick to denounce the connection. But there is a connection: both involve freedom.Read More


Pawlenty: Being Gay Is a Choice

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Watch as presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty squirms on Meet the Press and tries to avoid the question over whether or not being gay is a choice. He's right though, there is no genetic conclusion yet. It's his stance on...Read More


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Comment of the Week: Jay Kallio on Marriage Equality Thoughts

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Will marriage bring us to the end of the rainbow?Read More


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Southern Baptists Approve Gay Marriage

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Center for Responsible Christian Living announced that the Southern Baptist Convention has repented of past homophobia. Read More


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TOMS Shoes: Focus on the Family Misrepresented Relationship

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

TOMS Shoues issued a statement to Change.org, expressing "regret" for Mycoskie's speaking appearance at a Focus on the Family event on June 30, claiming that the religious group had misrepresented its relationship with TOMS as a "giving partner" in its shoe program.Read More


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Antigay CA Family Council Urges Gov to Veto FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 09, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Remember Ron Prentice? He's the chair of ProtectMarriage.com and the CEO of the California Family Council. Here is his action alert sent out Friday morning with specific talking points and he's targeting African American families.Read More


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Weekly Reader: Mosquitos, Bradley Manning, & HIV's Cousin

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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Bachmann Pledges to Ban Porn; Says Homosexuality Is a Choice

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 08, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Erstwhile GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann seems hell bent to provide additional proof that she's a religious fanatic nutcase.Read More


The Time to Push for Marriage Equality in Washington State is Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is the time to push, and push hard for marriage equality in Washington State. We need everyone on board right now if we are going to achieve marriage as early as 2012 for gays and lesbians.Read More


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California LGBT Education Bill: Backlash Ahead?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, the California Assembly passed the FAIR Education Act by a vote of 49-25. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown to take action. Though Brown is considered strongly pro-gay, his signature is not predictable.Read More


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DOMA Repeal Will Get Senate Hearing

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. It will be the first time Congress will have debated the law since it's enactment 15 years ago.Read More


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A Panel's Attempt at a Progressive LGBT Discussion

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

At Campus Progress' National Convention yesterday, three LGBT activists spoke about the movement's priorities, funding streams, and approaches to activism. But did their progressive perspectives fall on deaf ears?Read More


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Indy Coalition of Progressive Groups Rally at Statehouse

Filed by Annette Gross | July 07, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Thursday, June 30th, members of Indianapolis PFLAG joined with other community organizations at the Indiana Statehouse to protest the passage of several bills that will have negative impacts on women, LGBT people, immigrants, workers and teachers.Read More


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Michele & Marcus Bachmann: More & More Questions

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The questions about Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and the extremist anti-gay views she shares with her husband, Marcus Bachmann, continue to multiply.Read More


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Golinski v. OPM: How Does It Affect Gender Identity Discrimination?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The government's position is that the same legal standard should apply to gender identity classifications and sexual orientation classifications.Read More


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The Bizarre Moral Universe of the Haters at NOM

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The photo of Brian Brown, from the National Organization for Marriage, crying after the New York marriage equality bill passed, reflects on the bizarre morality of his organization.Read More


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Born This Way?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Is Lady Gaga's ode to immutability less helpful to gay rights than Guiliani in drag?Read More


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NOM's Pakistani Chapter?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Oh, wait. That photo's not from Pakistan! It's from the Indianapolis anti-gay NOM rally. It's so hard to distinguish one rightwing nutjob group that wants to kill queers from another one anymore...Read More


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Application Process Opens for NY Same-Sex Nuptials

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 05, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Later today the updated forms will be available for the marriage pre-application process for same-sex couples in New York state.Read More


Some Thoughts on the New York Gay Marriage Victory

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

My friend insists marriage may not be perfect, but it is a step toward basic respect in our society for gay people, so even if marriage is flawed it is worth obtaining access to. Get marriage first, then tear it down. Your thoughts?Read More


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Marriage as an Equal-Opportunity Institution

Filed by Ed Team | July 05, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

"Marriage never has been or will be an equal-opportunity institution. As the United States gradually makes the membership rules to marriage gender-inclusive, it risks deepening our sharp class and race disparities in marriage and family life. If we wish to...Read More


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The False Claim of a Clash Between Civil and Religious Liberties

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 05, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

It's an inability to make others live in accordance with the beliefs of these self-centered and intolerant individuals and churches that is being decried as an assault on religious liberty. Read More


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Comment of the Week: Rev. Emily Heath on Christians

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

Is organized religion bad for LGBT freedoms?Read More


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Republicans Dropping Marriage Equality Boogeyman?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Have they finally come to their senses? Are Republicans abandoning the culture wars in favor of their corporate masters' bidding?Read More


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Marriage, Civil Unions, Platform Planks & Communion

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

What do all of the above have in common? The answer in my head is this: Injustice. Let's take them one by one, shall we?Read More


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Michigan's LGBT Legislative Struggles

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 03, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

This week two anti-LGBT bills passed through House committees while an anti-bullying bill - one opposed by LGBT advocates for its lack of explicit LGBT inclusion - was tabled for further discussion. Read More


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Proud of the LGBT Movement? You Bet!

Filed by Matt Foreman | July 03, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we celebrate the New York marriage vote and the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it's time to take real pride in the LGBT organizations that do us proud every day of the year.Read More


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It's Walmart's World, Pt. 3

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 02, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

No movement for progressive change has ever relied solely on one strategy, but succeeded by applying many different strategies when and where appropriate. Nor did they accept roadblocks along any path to justice, but fought to remove them. After all, a roadblock to justice is itself an injustice.Read More


2011 New York City Pride Parade Photos

Filed by Leone Kraus | July 02, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Check out these excellent photos from the 2011 New York City Pride Parade, when New York City felt truly alive. Read More


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London Celebrates Pride Today

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 02, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Today is Pride London, a symbol of the country's progress on LGBT rights. While Europe may be no perfect paradise for LGBT people, in terms of legally designated rights, the United Kingdom is ahead of the United States.Read More


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Weekly Reader: AT&T, Ken Mehlman, & the HRC Store

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

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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NC Ballot Initiative to Ban Marriage Equality Likely

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A 2012 ballot initiative proposing an amendment banning same-sex marriage is looking more and more likely in North Carolina, as the state's Speaker of the House spoke up todayRead More


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Victory for Binational Couple Henry Velandia & Josh Vandiver

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Federal immigration officials have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia of Venezuela, who is legally married to Josh Vandiver. According to their lawyer, Lavi Soloway, the action comes after more flexible immigrations guidelines were put into effect for immigrants with no serious criminal records.Read More


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Gay Groups Want Civil Unions Law Vetoed

Filed by Ed Team | July 01, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The bill put forth by the legislature would create onerous and discriminatory hurdles for same-sex couples that no other state has ever put in place. As a result, we ask you to veto the bill should it come to your...Read More