Quote of the Day: May 2009

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Not If, but When

Filed by Ed Team | May 31, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As an African-American, I urge my own people to take a deep look at our own struggles and not wish them upon anyone else. Simply, civil rights for all is about being connected as humans, united, tolerant, loving and brave....Read More


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This Is What a Civil Rights Movement Looks Like

Filed by Ed Team | May 30, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This is what a civil rights movement looks like: We move forward, we get pushed back, we get stronger and keep moving forward." --Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal, in an e-mail to supporters...Read More


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A Historical Parallel

Filed by Ed Team | May 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In my mind, it's not that different from Plessy v. Ferguson's tragic "separate but equal" ruling that confronted my great-grandfather and millions of other African-Americans looking for simple equality in the late 1890s." --Carlos Watson, MSNBC anchor and founder of...Read More


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We Are Winning

Filed by Ed Team | May 28, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We witnessed an eighteen point shift in favor of gay marriage in California in just eight years. We can move another four points. We just have to stay in the fight and remind ourselves and each other that we are...Read More


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An Optimist

Filed by Ed Team | May 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I'm optimistic about the future. Look at all the states that have now done this. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. They may not all last. But it's going to be all right. It may not be while I'm alive, but eventually...Read More


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California Marriage Equality: First Opinion

Filed by Ed Team | May 26, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Affording same-sex couples access only to the separate institution of domestic partnership, and denying such couples access to the established institution of marriage, properly must be viewed as impinging upon the right of those couples to have their family relationship...Read More


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Patriots - and Their Families

Filed by Ed Team | May 25, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I am a proud daughter of a lesbian mother. I also am a proud daughter of a military mother. . . . My mother retired after 25 years of dedication and duty. She is also a veteran of two wars....Read More


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Sir Ian McKellen on Tolerance

Filed by Ed Team | May 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I [visited] a wonderful co-ed faith school in Harpenden. They were Christians and absolutely determined that their pupils did not discriminate. . . . I said that we were all part of a minority group - be it for being...Read More


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Core Values

Filed by Ed Team | May 23, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I believe that allowing gays and lesbians the freedom to marry is an idea whose time has come. Though my opinion is no doubt influenced by my family's public role in political life, I still approach this from personal experience,...Read More


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Lost in Translation

Filed by Ed Team | May 22, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"So it was okay to waterboard a guy 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend? Waterboarding may make a prisoner talk, but it ain't gonna make him talk English."...Read More


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Ellen on Coming Out

Filed by Ed Team | May 21, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I was getting letters from kids that almost committed suicide but didn't because of what I did. And I realized that I had a purpose, and it wasn't just about me and it wasn't about celebrity." --Ellen DeGeneres, giving the...Read More


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Fears and Action

Filed by Ed Team | May 20, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the...Read More


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Wilde About Politics

Filed by Ed Team | May 19, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Gertrude, truth is a very complex thing, and politics is a very complex business. There are wheels within wheels. One may be under certain obligations to people that one must pay. Sooner or later in political life one has to...Read More


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World AIDS Vaccine Day

Filed by Ed Team | May 18, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS. . . . Today, let us commit ourselves to developing an AIDS vaccine within the next decade. . . . My fellow Americans, if...Read More


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Voting for Equality Doesn't Lose Elections

Filed by Ed Team | May 17, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"[In Vermont, Maine and Connecticut] I think a concern was, will I lose my job if I vote for marriage equality? And that goes part and parcel with public opinion. . . . What we've done is show that we're...Read More


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On Writing and Identity

Filed by Ed Team | May 16, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It was very interesting writing with a male voice. It was quite liberating in a funny sort of way and made me understand why lesbian writers in the past might have chosen to write in that form, people like Daphne...Read More


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The Lure of the Hawkeye State

Filed by Ed Team | May 15, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"David Axelrod is here. You know, David and I have been together for a long time. I can still remember -- I got to sort of -- I tear up a little bit when I think back to that day...Read More


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DADT Cripples the Military

Filed by Ed Team | May 14, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I have personally served for a decade under Don't Ask, Don't Tell: an immoral law and policy that forces American soldiers to deceive and lie about their sexual orientation. Worse, it forces others to tolerate deception and lying. These values...Read More


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Humanity First

Filed by Ed Team | May 13, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"You know, gay people are seen as people first and then as gay or lesbian later, that's the way it should be. The same as African Americans. The same as Hispanics. The same as everybody who is a member of...Read More


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And Justice for All

Filed by Ed Team | May 12, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Angie received justice. And with a verdict on the bias-motivated crime, the broader LGBT community received justice, as well. I don't want to read too much into this ruling, but I believe this jury ruling from the heartland of America...Read More


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The Maine Difference Between Marriage and Civil Unions

Filed by Ed Team | May 11, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not...Read More


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No reason you can't do both

Filed by Ed Team | May 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It was the dual proliferation of the pill and donor insemination that finally led me to understand there was no reason I couldn't be both a lesbian and a mother." -- Latvian-American scholar and writer Lillian Faderman...Read More


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What are our responsibilities?

Filed by Ed Team | May 09, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Americans are very good at claiming rights; we are not always so ready to recognize our responsibilities. Our rights of citizenship include the right to vote, to be protected by the rights of the American Constitution, and to be treated...Read More


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On becoming a man

Filed by Ed Team | May 08, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I certainly think becoming a man involves becoming a woman as well." -- Author and AIDS activist Paul Monette...Read More


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On individuality

Filed by Ed Team | May 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Are we really separate individuals, or is individuality an illusion, or again is it only a part of the ego or soul that is individual and not the whole?" -- British Socialist poet and gay rights advocate Edward Carpenter (1844-1929)...Read More


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Rosie O'Donnell on a bad day

Filed by Ed Team | May 06, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"On a good day I think I'm a relatively sane person with a few frayed wires. On a bad day I think, just lock me up." -- Rosie O'Donnell...Read More


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A bridge too far for Obama

Filed by Ed Team | May 05, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I think that would be a bridge too far for him, to be honest, because that would enter a whole new element into the debate that I don't think he's ready for." -- Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council...Read More


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W.H. Auden: How to cure swine flu?

Filed by Ed Team | May 04, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"...The word is love. Surely one fearless kiss would cure the million fevers." -- Poet W.H. Auden...Read More


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James Baldwin on the Garden of Eden

Filed by Ed Team | May 03, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Perhaps everybody has a Garden of Eden, I don't know; but they have scarcely seen their garden before they see the flaming sword. Then, perhaps, life only offers the only choice of remembering the garden or forgetting it." -- Author...Read More


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Different is Okay

Filed by Ed Team | May 02, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Sometimes it's true that I wish I had a regular father, but only because I don't remember what it was like to have a normal family. Sometimes it's hard to have a family that is different. But most of the...Read More


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Mass. Nuptials Don't Affect Nuptial Masses

Filed by Ed Team | May 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"To those who are worried that legislation of same-sex marriages will impinge on religious freedoms, I say don't be concerned about that, because it certainly has not happened in Massachusetts." --Thomas Shaw, Bishop of Massachusetts (Episcopal), in Marriage Equality and...Read More