Bil Browning

Begrudging Kudos for Denver Post

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

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Denver Post, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay marriage, John Paton, marriage equality, Righthaven, same-sex marriage

Bravo to the Denver Post for today's editorial applauding the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell, condemning Thumbnail image for Big Blue Bear at the DNCCDOMA and advocating for marriage equality in Colorado.

The origins of "don't ask, don't tell" were based largely on ignorance and discriminatory fears. With its demise, we must take the fight to other laws crafted in that same vein.

Nationally, the federal Defense of Marriage Act comes to mind... At the state level, that means passing legislation that creates legally recognized civil unions until such time as voters agree to the repeal of Amendment 43, the 2006 measure that outlawed gay marriage in the state.

We are on the path to progress in America. But we will not reach the end point until we have removed all of those barriers that penalize our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, based solely on their sexual orientation.

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.

New MediaNews Group CEO John Paton told, "the idea that you would hire someone on an - essentially - success fee to run around and sue people at will who may or may not have infringed as a way of protecting yourself ... does not reflect how news is created and disseminated in the modern world. I come from the idea that it was a dumb idea from the start."

Righthaven targeted fellow LGBT blogger Pam Spaulding with a copyright violation lawsuit threat forcing her to combine her site with FiredogLake. The corporation mostly targeted liberal not-for-profits and progressive bloggers, but has since filed for bankruptcy after most of it's clients fled the company thanks to bad publicity surrounding the cases.

Maybe now that the Post is willing to acknowledge the new reality of news distribution they'll soon notice transgender people too. Baby steps, I suppose. Baby steps...

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