Marriage Equality: October 2012

Supreme Court

SCOTUS to Consider Whether to Hear Prop 8, DOMA Cases on Nov 20

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 31, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The US Supreme Court is expected to discuss whether to hear the Prop 8 case and the DOMA cases for the upcoming session when they conference on Nov. 20. Read More


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City-Destroying-Superpowers Edition [What you Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 31, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT people catch blame for Sandy, Taipei throws a huge gay pride with a purpose, Joe Biden supports trans* equality, NYC's subways take a pounding, and more. Plus: the Dutch bring us a fabulous LGBT equality adRead More


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Anti-Marriage Ads Are All the Same - Literally

Filed by James Holmes | October 30, 2012 | 4:50 PM | comments

The ads are the same, and so are the lies. Read More


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Trans Depathologization: The Spark of Change

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 30, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

In the course of a news story, issues ignite, blaze hotly and then smoulder into memory. After awhile, one develops some sense of when a campaign will spread like a prairie fire or when it will extinguish itself.Read More


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This Election It's About Taxes & Jobs for LGBT Community

Filed by Mark Segal | October 30, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you are voting for tax equality, there is only one candidate. If you are voting for public security, there is only one candidate. If you want to vote with your head held high and with pride, there's only one vote: President Barack Obama.Read More


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Are You an Undecided Voter?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 29, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

This election is a defining moment for LGBT people. As LGBT people, there should be no reason to be undecided this November 6th.Read More


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Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 29, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

LGBT organizations have rallied around hate crime legislation to address the violence faced by queers people. Hate crime legislation ostensibly provides added protections to minority groups and serves as a deterrent, but it only extends the reach of the prison industrial complex.Read More


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Further Disappointment Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 29, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

East Aurora's School Board digs themselves a deeper hole, President Obama still thinks SSM is a "states rights" issue, Roseanne Barr posts transphobic tweets, N. Ireland decriminalized gay sex thirty years ago, and more! Plus: Lana Wachowski's awesome HRC speechRead More


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Neoliberals, Arlen Specter, & George McGovern [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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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Sober Reminder Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Joe Jervis receives threats on Twitter, support for SSM is broader than you'd think, MLK's niece campaigns against marriage, OutServe-SLDN gets a new director, and more. Plus John Scalzi & Stephen Colbert tackle rape apologists in their own waysRead More


New Maryland Pro-Marriage Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | October 26, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

This new radio ad out of Maryland features two women talking about whether or not to vote for marriage equality. President Obama makes a cameo. In a state with a high population of African-Americans, the campaign believes that this...Read More


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President Obama Endorses Marriage Ballot Measures

Filed by Joe Mirabella | October 26, 2012 | 9:45 AM | comments

The President announced his support for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state yesterday. He also formally opposed Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage and civil unions.Read More


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Romney Refused to Offer Accurate Birth Certificates to Children of Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | October 25, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Then-Governor Mitt Romney, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality who also opposed child-rearing by gay and lesbian couples, conveyed his disdain for same-sex parents by making the process of obtaining accurate birth certificates for their children as difficult and cumbersome as possible.Read More


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OutServe-SLDN Pick Trans Activist Allyson Robinson as Executive Director

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 25, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

When President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, most in the packed room realized that the mission of full equality was unfulfilled. The fact that DADT repeal didn't cover trans servicemembers was left to another day. That day may have arrived.Read More


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Chris Kluwe's 'Lustful Cockmonster' Radio Ad for MN Marriage Battle

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

In a marked change for the usual stuffy "look at these two grandmas talking about their lesbian daughters" ads our side seems to embrace, Kluwe continues his legacy of blunt, acerbic, and humorous language to push his point.Read More


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Why LGB People Should Care about Trans Bias in the Military

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 24, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Attorney and former Marine Captain Tom Carpenter has been writing about the bias against trans servicemembers for a very long time. This essay hopes to serve as a reminder of the pain of serving in silence.Read More


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Pat On The Back Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Gates family gives big for marriage in WA, Mitt Romney doesn't support hospital visitation rights, NY's marriage law survives a challenge, where does the GSM/LGBT movement go from here, and more. Plus: women tell the GOP off in songRead More


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Log Cabin Issues Two Starkly Different Romney Endorsements

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

The gay Republican group has posted two differing copies of their endorsement of Mitt Romney. One calls it a "qualified endorsement" and suggests they won't actively work for the campaign while the blast sent to the press removes that language.Read More


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Senator George McGovern's Role in the History of Gay Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 22, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

In the remembrances of McGovern, many might note that McGovern's Democratic Convention featured the first ever gay speaker. They may not, however, note that he was the first major political figure putting gay rights within the broader context of civil rights.Read More


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Changing Minds with 'Marry Them' [Video]

Filed by James Holmes | October 22, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

In this new video by musician and filmmaker, Sean Chapin, he uses his original song, "Marry Them," to hopefully change some minds in real life in the four states voting on marriage equality this November.Read More


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Chris Kluwe Shows Off His Abs & Hair Dickey

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is best known to LGBT people for his spirited defense of Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo's outspoken position on marriage equality. But there's more than brains to Chris Kluwe - there's abs and a beautiful hair dickey too.Read More


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Crafty Reverend Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A reverend turns ant-LGBT arguments against the people who make them, Austrians get overworked over bare balls, Congress gets worse on our issues, the weirdness of being voted on, and more! Plus, a fun take on "reparative" therapyRead More


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My Thirst for Justice

Filed by D Gregory Smith | October 21, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

"Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself." This, it seems, is one of the crowning principles of justice. But what I wished for myself was peace.Read More


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The Backstory of Former Senator Arlen Specter's LGBT Legacy

Filed by Mark Segal | October 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Let me tell you about how I met former Senator Arlen Specter.Read More


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Federal Appeals Court Rules DOMA is Unconstitutional (Again)

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 19, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

A Republican judge wrote the Second Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in Windsor v. USA - ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Read More


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Two Interesting LGBT Infographics

Filed by Bil Browning | October 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two new LGBT infographics are out today that you just have to see. One is about LGBT teen bullying while the other shows what the outcome of this year's election could have on marriage equality nationwide.Read More


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Spirit Day Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

10/19/12 is Spirit Day, Latino support for SSM reaches a new high, hope for gay adoption in N. Ireland, East Aurora, IL school district betrays trans* kids' trust, and more. Plus: Maude in '77 at the forefront of gay visibilityRead More


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Please De-Friend Me

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | October 18, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

If you plan to vote for Mitt Romney, you are putting a nail into my civil rights coffin, and I'd rather not have friends who think I deserve anything less than equal treatment under the law. Read More


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The Rise & Fall of Dinesh D'Souza?

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 18, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Is anyone enjoying the implosion of Dinesh D'Souza nearly as much as I am? The shit hit the fan in D'Souza's private and public lives this week, and and he got sprayed with it from head to toe. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.Read More


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Second Presidential Debate Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Summarizing the presidential debate, DOMA's defense has used up its budget, Howard Stern takes on Victoria Jackson, homophobia in women's sports, and more. Plus, LGBT celebrities tell their stories in support of President Obama's reelection. Read More


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If I Could Talk to the President

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 16, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Chances are, someone like me isn't going to get a chance to personally tell President Obama what she thinks. I can't afford to attend one of those thirty-five-thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners where President Obama discusses his agenda on LGBT rights.Read More


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Glee's Darren Criss Croons at Outfest Legacy Awards

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

What an extraordinary sense of LGBT history in one place at the 8th annual Outfest Legacy Awards. Out producers Bruce Cohen and Nina Jacobson - who co-founded the out entertainment group Out There in 1995 - co-chaired with out director Bryan Singer. Read More


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It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 16, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

No community has more at stake in this presidential election than the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Now go vote as if your life depends on it. In many ways, it does.Read More


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Duck Supremacy Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The "dangers of heterosexuality," duck supremacy in New Zealand, Disney gives big money to the GOP, anti-LGBT violence in Russia, Facebook causes two accidental outings, and more. Plus: Chris Wallace holds Romney advisor accountable on Fox News. Read More


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Is Your Voting Booth Owned by Bain Capital?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

I suppose by now I shouldn't be surprised in the least at the sheer amount of corruption and shadiness that runs rampant in the American political system. Occasionally, however, even I'm shocked at some of the outrageous conflicts of interest that arise.Read More


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What If Churches Paid Their Taxes?

Filed by James Holmes | October 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In the US, religious organizations receive income tax-exemptions as long as they remain non-partisan. But what if that changed? Would the money be worth the shift in politics? Or would it actually change anything? Read More


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Republican Moderate Turned Democrat Arlen Specter Dies at 82

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Democrat who became a moderate Republican, then became a Democrat again after the GOP became to extreme for his liberal/moderate beliefs, died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at his home Sunday. He was 82.Read More


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Call To Arms Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 15, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Bryan Fischer call for our total defeat, Michelle Bachman's lesbian sister speaks up, an Alabama judge denies a 2nd parent adoption, Christian nurses try to tolerate LGBT people, and more. Plus a fabulous video on sexual orientation & gender IDRead More


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Elizabeth Emken: The Making of an Anti-Equality Politician

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | October 14, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite a long history of privately supporting her LGBT friends, Elizabeth Emken now runs on an anti-marriage equality platform in an attempt to unseat California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Read More


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Don't Make Chris Kluwe Jump in a Pond

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2012 | 11:22 AM | comments

"We can all agree that marriage is a powerful and important idea in many people's lives: not only does it allow us to love each other, it also provides a safe and stable environment to raise our children. The thought...Read More


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The Importance of Thursday Night's VP Debate

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 12, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Toward the end of the debate, moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News asked the two Catholic candidates about their views on religion and abortion - critical because the next president will no doubt have to replace one or two Supreme Court Justices.Read More


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Rep Adam Schiff & NOH8 Campaign Produce Capitol Hill Photos

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last month, California Representative Adam Schiff organized a photo shoot with the NOH8 Campaign - "NOH8 on The Hill" - during which 26 Members of Congress posed to show support of the NOH8 Campaign and LGBT rights. Read More


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VP Debate Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Winter's analysis of the VP debate, Norstrom supports marriage, queer comics, LGBT student-athletes struggle, a straight guy pretends to be gay to write a book, and more. Plus: VP Joe Biden's message for LGBT youth. Read More


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National Coming Out Day: My Parents' Process

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is National Coming Out Day, and next week marks the fourth anniversary of my own "coming out" conversation with my parents. After some hiccups, they're now proud parents of a kid who works at an organization advocating for the freedom to marry.Read More


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Come Out, Come Out Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 11, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A FL dentist teaches the BSA a lesson in fairness, surveying LGBT seniors, Austin rallies against a hate crime, the state of marriage in Maine, and more. Plus: Rachel Maddow interviews Ted Olson and David Boies at NYURead More


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'The New Normal' Takes on Marriage Equality

Filed by James Holmes | October 10, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

I finally saw this week's episode of The New Normal late last night after my shift at the night job. I have been skeptical of the show, but it is really starting to grow on me.Read More


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Supportive Mothers Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Supportive mothers and a hateful Bishop, LGBT History Month in the schools, HRC & PFLAG's "Coming Out as a Straight Supporter," Roy Moore attacks LGBT people to win an election, and more. Plus: John Corvino destroys the "unnatural" argument against LGBT peopleRead More


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Dear Abby Has Marriage Advice for Minnesota

Filed by Bil Browning | October 09, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I'll simply reprint a blast e-mail from one of the many marriage campaigns happening this year, but this one is too good not to share.Read More


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Using Humor to Promote Marriage Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Equality is serious business, but guest blogger Jim Toevs think we often lose our audience by being overly earnest and serious in our efforts to promote our point of view.Read More


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(Killer) Hugging Coats Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Hugging coats, what's wrong with the media's typical trans* narrative, South Africa gets a gay flag, Intel gives the BSA an ultimatum, O'Reilly & Steward square off, and more. Plus: a powerful marriage ad starring a Republican politicianRead More


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Once Marriage Has Been Secured

Filed by Bil Browning | October 09, 2012 | 9:38 AM | comments

"Once marriage has been secured for gays and lesbians, will we reach beyond ourselves to turn us into a broader, progressive community rather than the association of self-motivated, single-issue voters we often are? Will the LGBT community evolve, too?" --...Read More


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My Football Player Is More Anti-Gay Than Yours

Filed by Ed Team | October 08, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

"Marriage is not easy. but it has lasted throughout he ages as an honored institution because it provides unique foundations for societies and children. Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves. It is also about the next generation....Read More


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Anti-Science Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 08, 2012 | 10:15 AM | comments

That some people twist the dictates of faith to support their own financial and cultural ends, is not inherently the fault of belief. Science too can be twisted to suit an ideological end after all.Read More


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Hampton, VA Mayor Signs Freedom to Marry Pledge

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 07, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Increasingly progressive businesses will opt to avoid cities and localities that do not oppose discrimination against LGBT citizens and employees. Sadly, this reality is largely lost on most political leaders in Virginia, but things are changing - even in Virginia.Read More


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The Secret to a Successful Relationship

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

"A successful marriage is an endless cycle of wrongs committed, apologies offered, forgiveness granted - leavened by the occasional orgasm." -- Yesterday was Jerame and my 14th anniversary and Dan Savage tweeted us to wish us a happy day. We...Read More


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Frank Sinatra, Prisoner Sex Changes, & Supporting Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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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Big Bird: Love the Sinner - Hate the Sin

Filed by James Holmes | October 05, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

While Mitt has been declared the winner of Wednesday's debate by most, he figuratively "flipped the bird" to everyone raised on Public Television. Here is a great roundup of the reactions. Read More


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LGBT History Month: Already Forgotten

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 05, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Forget the old because, heaven forbid, the old gay pioneers like Dr. Frank Kameny and Jack Nichols lived in relative poverty and never tried to figure out how to turn it into a profitable venture and do the activism to make money.Read More


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Jesus In Heels Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Jesus in heels stirs drives protests in Serbia, Dan Savage tells Tony Perkins to bring it on, Miiler Light leaves a bad taste, and more. Plus: Anderson Cooper brings the bitchy to Star Jones. Read More


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The Devil Is in the Details

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Religious non-profit organizations that uphold traditional values and work to support stronger families will be in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status. The majority of Americans who support the historic understanding of marriage will be treated in the law as...Read More


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Is There a Debate on Same-Sex Marriage in the LGBT Community?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 04, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

LGBT people opposed to marriage equality are more likely to be Republicans and conservatives than those from the left.Read More


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Biblical Literalism Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 04, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Romney/Ryan promises Focus on the Family that they'll oppose marriage equality, creationists indoctrinate kids, James Franco's gay art film, trans* woman gets her insurance to cover surgery, and more. Plus: Expedia's pro-gay marriage adRead More


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Must Watch: Great Video on Maine's Marriage Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 03, 2012 | 5:15 PM | comments

The short, entitled Marriage for All Families: Stories from Maine, tells the stories of two real-life gay and lesbian families, and a straight volunteer working for marriage equality in Maine.Read More


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Present & Former EqCa Board Presidents Squabble Over Marriage

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 03, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Disparaging comments about former Equality California leaders have not sat well with several former EQCA board members and presidents concerned about the accurate history of the organization.Read More


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The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 03, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Over the past few decades great progress has been made in the fight for LGBT legal equality but I'm guessing many straight Americans would be surprised to learn just how much is left to be done.Read More


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Growing Up LGBT Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 03, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

HRC's Growing Up LGBT report, what the "two Maines" mean for marriage equality, Dan Savage makes new waves, the UK offers to clear convictions for homosexual sex, and more. Plus three upbeat new videosRead More


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Sen. Lieu & NCLR's Minter Ready for Challenges Against SB 1172

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 02, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Sen. Lieu - a lawyer by training and a former prosecutor - said he is unconcerned by threats from Liberty Counsel and NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) to mount a legal challenge to SB 1172.Read More


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When Curses Just Aren't Enough

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

"One night I walked past one of those newsstands. As I was walking past it, I looked at that newsstand and they had some article about same-sex marriage and all that blasphemous stuff. And I laid hands on that newsstand...Read More


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NOM Strikes Out Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

NOM strikes out at the Supreme Court, a more anti-gay Catholic than usual for San Francisco, protecting trans* people's voting rights, LGBT little people create a Facebook group, and more. Plus: a new take from an Australian anti-bullying adRead More


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CA to LGBT Youth: No More 'Ex-Gay' - You're Officially OK!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 01, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The bill California Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Saturday night, SB 1172, could mark the beginning of the end of the inculcated religious and cultural shame over homosexuality that has caused so many kids to kill themselves. Read More


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Catholic Marriage Equality Supporters Should Be Denied Communion

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2012 | 12:44 PM | comments

"I urge those not in communion with the Church regarding its teachings on marriage and family (or any other grave matter of faith) to sincerely reexamine their consciences... If they continue to be unable to assent to or live the...Read More


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Athletes Come Out

Filed by Norm Kent | October 01, 2012 | 11:45 AM | comments

In 1975, David Kopay, three years after retiring from professional football, acknowledged in a Washington Star interview that he was a gay man. It was unprecedented. Unfortunately, homophobia in sports still exists today just as it did yesterday. Read More


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Good Guy Jerry Brown Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

California Governor Jerry Brown signs three pro-LGBT bills, the French president argues LGBT decriminalization at the UN, a Harvard professor scientifically debunks myths about gay people, and more. Plus, the Austin, TX police's It Gets Better video. Read More