Marriage Equality: September 2011

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Weekly Reader: Birthday Wishes, Gay History, & Disappearing Ink

Filed by Bil Browning | September 30, 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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Falsification or Embellishment? Anti-Gay NC Lawmaker Lied

Filed by Matt Comer | September 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." It's a great lesson for children; one that should be applied practically as an adult. It's a lesson anti-LGBT North Carolina state Sen. James Forrester never really took to heart.Read More


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Make Marriage Work Like Disappearing Ink

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Mexico City lawmakers are contemplating issuing temporary marriage licenses. This is a perfect solution: Make marriage work like disappearing ink.Read More


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Military Chaplains Can Marry Gay Soldiers

Filed by Bil Browning | September 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Department of Defense issued two memos today clarifying that military chaplains can marry gay and lesbian soldiers and the couples can get married on base if the state allows same-sex marriage.Read More


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Will Unheard Voices Be Heard in Schools?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

There's a great new resource for teaching LGBT history in middle and high schools - and it might even teach us adults something.Read More


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Russian State Outlaws Gay Activism

Filed by Bil Browning | September 29, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

A Russian province has decided to make "the public promotion of homosexuality" illegal after religious leaders clambered for the law.Read More


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US Catholic Bishops Threaten Obama Over DOMA

Filed by Father Tony | September 29, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

In the context of this letter, the suddenly thunderous saber-rattling of the US Catholic bishops appears to be rooted in the prospect of lost funding rather than in the imaginary moral outrage of its flock.Read More


Republican Senator Collins Doesn't Know

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Now that Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has co-sponsored the RMA and Collins is aware of the legislation, do you think she'll be the first Republican to co-sponsor it in the Senate?Read More


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Q&A: Obama on DOMA's Future & Binational Couples

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

During an "Open for Questions" roundtable sponsored by the Latino community, President Obama was asked two LGBT-related questions. One interesting part that stands out.Read More


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Signorile's Must-Hear Interview with NC Fundie Politician

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Listen as Signorile eviscerates general jackass North Carolina legislator and doctor, James Forrester. The state senator has been the main force behind the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.Read More


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Religious Conservatives Loved the HPV Virus

Filed by Ed Team | September 28, 2011 | 10:10 AM | comments

"Religious conservatives loved the HPV virus because it killed women. Here was a potentially fatal STI that condoms couldn't protect you from. Abstinence educators pointed to HPV and jumped up and down--they loved to overstate HPV's seriousness and its deadliness--in...Read More


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Indy Star Examines Gay City Council Candidates: Misses Big Story

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2011 | 8:30 PM | comments

While I touted the historical significance of the three openly gay City-County Council candidates in a July post, the Indianapolis Star has an article today highlighting how little attention the candidate's sexual orientation has garnered while glossing over one few important fact.Read More


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Unreal: The Haggards on Reality TV

Filed by Leslie Robinson | September 26, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have to think Gayle Haggard had major qualms about participating. I can just hear her praying over the subject...Read More


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Spiritual Rage

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 26, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Chris Glaser reminds us that media preoccupation with clergy sexual abuse scandals and cover-ups overlook the far more pervasive spiritual abuse that virtually all LGBT people have endured.Read More


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Photo Essay: New WeHo Library Invites Cultural Renaissance

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 26, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I am a child of what conservatives in the dark and conformist 1950s called the Countercultural movement. Born of the outlaw and beatnik Howl against societal oppression, the 1960s flourished with color and celebration of individual creativity and artistic expression.Read More


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Congressional Candidate Speaks Out Against DOMA

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 24, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Mike Williams, a congressional candidate from Connecticut, spoke with The Bilerico Project about his personal Defense of Marriage Act story, his views on Obama's DOMA actions, and the hypocrisy of the "states' rights" argument. Read More


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Anti-Gay Meg Whitman Named New President & CEO of HP

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Meg Whitman has been named the new president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. The announcement comes a year after Whitman's unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in California, where her stance (or lackthereof) on LGBT issues was spotlighted.Read More


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Weekly Reader: Pat Robertson, Redheads, & Marriage Equality in Iowa

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 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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Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels Divorce Drama

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Looks like lesbian celebrity couple Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels break-up isn't going so well.Read More


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First Republican Co-Sponsor of DOMA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 23, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I voted against the constitutional amendment defining marriage [in 2006] so I'm pleased to cosponsor the repeal of DOMA and work with my colleagues on marriage equality." Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who represents Florida's 18th district, which includes South Beach, most...Read More


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Maggie Out: NOM Elects New Board Chair

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

The National Organization for Marriage announced today that it is replacing board chair Maggie Gallagher with attorney Dr. John Eastman. Gallagher will remain on the board but is stepping back her day-to-day involvement with the organization.Read More


Telling: Just the Beginning

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 21, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Telling is the beginning of believing in and embracing your own humanity, and reminding others of your shared humanity.Read More


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Liz Mathis to Run for Open Iowa State Senate Seat

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

For political junkies, this race is the race to watch this November. Rarely is so much at stake for a local election. Read More


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Maggie Gallagher Attends Prop 8 Play Reading

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Looks like National Organization for Marriage board chair Maggie Gallagher can't get enough of herself.Read More


Marriage Equality Panel Poses The Hard Questions

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm on a panel at Ramapo College on marriage equality, and they're going to ask me the hard questions. Read More


Jay Leno vs Michelle Bachmann

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2011 | 7:45 AM | comments

I can't believe I missed Michelle Bachmann's appearance on The Tonight Show and Jay Leno's quiet confrontation with the rightwing princess over marriage equality and her ex-gay therapy clinic. Why didn't any of you point this one out? *grins*...Read More


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Special Election Puts Marriage Equality at Risk in Iowa

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Iowa's equal marriage for gays and lesbians is in serious jeopardy. A special election scheduled for November 8 could hand Iowa's Senate to the Republicans, which would pave the way for a constitutional amendment to be passed through Iowa's legislature.Read More


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Begrudging Kudos for Denver Post

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

While I'd normally skip linking to the Denver Post or quoting anything they had to say thanks to their participation in the Righthaven lawsuits, the company just announced that they're abandoning the rightwing copyright infringement money-making scheme.Read More


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Britain Commits to Marriage Equality by 2015

Filed by Bil Browning | September 18, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

While British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell isn't satisfied, Freedom to Marry was quick to point out how far the US lags behind.Read More


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Anti-gay Televangelist Pat Robertson Redefines Marriage Vows

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Watch as notoriously anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson radically redefines marriage!Read More


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When a Prominent Marriage Activist Gets Divorced

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What did you do this summer? You probably know what I did this summer. I filed for divorce.Read More


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Marriage Equality comes to Archie Comics' Riverdale

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Archie Comics were the only comics my parents let me read, since I was raised in a very strictly religious household. I snuck others with more adult themes, but I have a special love for the residents of Riverdale.Read More


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Hell No, I Won't Go: I Bleed Carolina Blue

Filed by Matt Comer | September 16, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I felt shamed and downright horrible inside. For the first time ever, I was ashamed of my home, the Old North State. There's been times I've dreamed of leaving home. Each time, however, was on a positive note.Read More


Chely Wright Fights NC Marriage Amendment

Filed by Ed Team | September 16, 2011 | 7:45 AM | comments

Chely Wright talks with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions....Read More


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A Dream? A Lie? Or Something Worse?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It doesn't come as a surprise to me that downward mobility is the trend that seems likely to dominate the next decade - especially if Washington continues its current trend.Read More


Queer Rising's 'Vindictive Prosecution' For Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Five Queer Rising activists are being put through the wringer by the Manhattan DA's office for their protests in support of marriage equality. Read More


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Why is Gary Johnson's Presidential Campaign Being Ignored?

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 14, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gary Johnson, who consistently polls alongside Huntsman, Santorum, and Cain, is nearly always excluded from GOP debates. The candidate spoke with Bilerico about his exclusion, stances on LGBT issues, and thoughts on third parties.Read More


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What Will Historians Write About CA's Equality Movement?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 14, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The LA Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan to include more positive images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in lesson plans. This news is perfect framing for this new video by the Courage Campaign.Read More


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Soapbox, the Feminist Speakers' Bureau, Is 'Bi'-Operated

Filed by Amy Andre | September 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-founder of Soapbox, the Feminist Speakers' Bureau, speaks with The Bilerico Project about feminism's relationship with the LGBT movement, biphobia, and her new book.Read More


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'Husbands,' New Independent Web-Series, Debuts

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Husbands, a new web-series that's being touted as a "marriage equality comedy" from executive producer Jane Espenson, a writer from Battlestar Galactica, Gilmore Girls and Buffy, debuted yesterday.Read More


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NC Senate Passes Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

If you thought the special session of the North Carolina legislature would focus on assisting those devastated by the recent hurricane or address record unemployment, think again. Read More


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NC House Passes Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

North Carolina joins Minnesota and Indiana in the race to the bottom.Read More


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Find Me a Find

Filed by Leslie Robinson | September 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof would have a coronary over the kind of matchmaking being practiced these days. And by a rabbi, no less. The shmendrik.Read More


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9/11: Ten Years After

Filed by Ricci Levy | September 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today is a good time to renew our commitment to the ongoing battle to secure the values of liberty, freedom and democracy that have been crushed in the response to the tragedy of 9/11.Read More


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Facebook Co-Founder Takes On NC Legislature

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has thrown down the gauntlet to North Carolina legislators agitating for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.Read More


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Who The Bleep Did She Marry? Maybe She Already Knew

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 09, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?" is a favorite in our house. And last night we watched the Dina Matos-Jim McGreevey story. The show left out something about the McGreevey marriage - the three-ways with the driver, before he became governor.Read More


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The Top Fifty 2011 Developments In Trans Law

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

Here's my list of the 2011 highlights in U.S. trans law. Do you have anything to add?Read More


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MD Senator Mikulski Comes Out (for DOMA Repeal)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski has announced she will co-sponsor the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Mikulski has long been rumored to be a closeted lesbian.Read More


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Allred & Tyler Announce Support Plans for Chaz Bono

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Longtime LGBT activist Robin Tyler and attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference to announce their support for Chaz Bono who has been the subject of controversy for appearing on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.Read More


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NC & MN Voters Oppose Marriage Amendments

Filed by Bil Browning | September 07, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The results from North Carolina and Minnesota polls about their respective state constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage may surprise you.Read More


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NY Marriage Equality Could Mean Big Money for Cuomo

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's advocacy for marriage equality in New York earlier this summer has already paid off with enormous support from the gay and lesbian community. But soon, his work could translate into serious bucks from gay and lesbian donors. Read More


Off to the National LGBT Bar Association Conference

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 07, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm flying off to Hollywood today to the National LGBT Bar Association Conference, affectionately known as "Lavender Law," which begins on Friday.Read More


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Streaming: Live Coverage of Court Hearing on Prop 8

Filed by Bil Browning | September 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights alerts us that the California is currently addressing the issue of standing in the Proposition 8 challenge.Read More


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Everyone Knows Uncle!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

What would you do? What would you do if your entire hometown found out you'd been keeping a secret?Read More


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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Filed by Annette Gross | September 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday I was invited to my first commitment ceremony between two men. Did buildings fall down and did birds come dropping out of the sky? Did oceans flood the land and did volcanoes erupt? Did millions of happy marriages disintegrate? No!Read More


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Why Are the Extremists Proclaiming President Obama's Political Demise?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yes, I'd like to have seen President Obama practice his extreme wrestling skills this past week, but we have a long way to go before the elections. Read More


'Wherever There is Bigotry, Let There Be Glitter'

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 06, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

At the Minnesota state fair this weekend, LGBT activists continued the glitterbomb brigade by dropping glitter from the fair's chair lift. The glitter rained down on Minnesota for Marriage, an organization in the state advocating for marriage to be...Read More


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Comment of the Week: Tim K on Joe Solmonese's Resignation

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 04, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Is the problem with Joe Solmonese perception, or reality?Read More


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Dan Choi Is No Hero: Rage, or the Lack Thereof

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 04, 2011 | 12:15 PM | comments

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, is Dan Choi insane?Read More


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Weekly Reader: A Hung Jury, Joe Solmonese & Lap Dances

Filed by Bil Browning | September 02, 2011 | 4:15 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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EQCA's Video Response to StopSB48 Referendum Effort

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 02, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Equality California has come out swinging against the Capitol Resource Institute-originated StopSB48 referendum effort with a video calling the opponents of the California FAIR Education Act liars, haters, and extremists. Read More


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GLAAD Dings HuffPo For Anti-Gay Stereotypes

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 02, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"These are the false stereotypes put forth by the staunchest opponents of marriage equality...These are the false stereotypes that drive parents to send their children to so-called "conversion therapy" - So that their kids don't end up a part of...Read More