November 19, 2009

Good news or bad ideas? KY, MI, OH, TX re-examine marriage amendments

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The marriage equality drumbeat has rumbled on with news that several states will be attempting to re-examine their state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and/or civil unions. Surprisingly, this hasn't received as much attention as I assumed it would in...Read More

What will President Obama do about that pesky federal Prop 8 suit?

Filed by Phil Reese | November 19, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

While the federal Proposition 8 lawsuit continues its battle in federal court, leaders in the LGBT community are casting a suspicious eye on the White House, asking whether or not our 'fierce advocate' up there is going to come to...Read More

Wedded to stupidity: anti gay marriage rhetoricians

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 19, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Newsclipper services send me scurrying all over the Internetiverse, up shadowy staircases, into brightly lit rooms, through mirrored passages and sometimes into rancid larders. Thus it was that I stumbled upon this column spinning the latest complaint from the anti-gay...Read More

Follow-ups: Caster, Mary Cheney, Bash Back! vs. Join the Impact, and Perez

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Here are a few random follow-ups to stories we wrote about a Bilerico: Caster Semenya will keep her prize from her 800m gold in Berlin, but it's uncertain whether she'll be allowed to compete any more as a woman. The...Read More

Report: Gay Priests No More Likely To Abuse

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 19, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

A preliminary report commissioned by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in response to priest sex abuse scandals finds no evidence that gay priests are more likely to abuse minors than their straight counterparts. This is in rather striking contradiction to a...Read More

AFA not happy with Gap "Christmas" commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

After leading a failing boycott of Gap clothing (and their subsidiaries like Old Navy) for not saying the word "Christmas" in their advertising, the American Family Association got their wish. Sort of. Since the ad doesn't just proclaim the Christian...Read More

Judge deals a rhetorical blow to DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

This is a small decision that governs court personnel, but it seems to imply that there is law that is more important than DOMA when it comes to government benefits nonetheless: A gay lawyer in the federal public defender's office...Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Tampa Adds Gender Identity Protections

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 19, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Tampa City Council should be commended for expanding non-discrimination protections to those who live, work and visit the city. Tampa is the latest city in Florida to add "gender identity" to its human rights ordinance that bans discrimination in...Read More

Florida's Senator Bill Nelson: ENDA Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While we stand around, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the doorman to check his clipboard and open the velvet rope to let ENDA inside the House for markup, we have some extra time to pull out our cellphones and dial...Read More

In My Grandmother's Dress

Filed by Father Tony | November 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I read what you recently wrote about parenting so maybe you can settle something for me. We are two men raising my five year old son. I want this kid to grow up to be confident,...Read More

Alex Sink Becomes Top Florida Official to Oppose Anti-Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Fantastic news from our Equality Florida Broward Gala. Last Sunday's gathering of Equality Florida activists, donors, elected leaders and volunteers was our biggest event of the year and smashed through all of our previous fundraising records. The event has triggered...Read More

On Determining Impact, Or, How Stimulative Is Stimulus?

Filed by Don Davis | November 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We strive to be, if anything, a participatory space around here, and I've had a question come to my inbox that is very much deserving of our attention. To make a long story short, our questioner wants to know why,...Read More


Filed by Kate Clinton | November 19, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Did you know that a gathering of Bishops is called a "prick?" Isn't that appropriate?...Read More


I Now Pronounce You Null and Void

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

"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." --Subsection B of the Texas constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Barbara Ann Radnofsky,...Read More

1982 Sesame Street: "I have one dad... I've got two"

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Dana featured this Sesame Street video from 1982 at her pad. Check out the reference to two dads at around 1:18....Read More