Marriage Equality: October 2006

On Gay-Bashing

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 30, 2006 | 9:06 PM | comments

We have seen an ongoing multi-year campaign of aggression waged against the gay community by the House Republican Caucus under the leadership of Brian Bosma. This campaign was concocted for a simple reason: to villify a decent, powerless, law-abiding minority...Read More

Tennessee amendment strategy

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2006 | 1:07 AM | comments

Wow. People get confused when you start to explain Indiana's constitutional amendment process to them. It has to pass one legislature, then pass again unchanged through a separately elected legislature, then pass a popular election. It takes a while to...Read More

Republicans use "Marriage" Amendment in last-ditch campaign effort

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2006 | 11:49 AM | comments

Thursday morning saw Indiana Republican leaders latching on to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision extending equal protections to same-sex couples. While ignoring that four of the seven New Jersey justices were appointed by a Republican governor, the State's current...Read More

More on the Proposed (Anti-) Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 | 11:14 PM | comments

This evening I attended a Community Forum on the Proposed Marriage Amendment, sponsored by St. Luke's United Methodist Church's Justice Committee, St. Luke's UMC Reachout Group, and the Aldersgate Society. This forum was spearheaded by Dr. Jane Park Cutler, LCSW,...Read More

Court Majority and Entire Dissent: Republican Appointees

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 25, 2006 | 4:56 PM | comments

(It's important for Republican leadership to note that in other states, it has been Republican-appointed courts that have upheld the equal protection clause of the Bill of Rights in these cases. New Jersey is not the first state in which...Read More


Child Abuse

Filed by Ed Team | October 25, 2006 | 4:08 PM | comments

From the judgement of the New Jersey Supreme Court in Mark Lewis and Dennis Winslow, et al. v. Gwendolyn L. Harris, etc., et al. (A-68-05) (The equal marriage rigths case just decided.) Disparate treatment of committed same-sex couples, moreover, directly...Read More


Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 25, 2006 | 3:20 PM | comments

NJ Supreme Court rules gay couples have equal right to all benefits of marriage. Leaves name up to legislature. 4-3 decision. Here's the thing: the 3 who dissented argued that only marriage would do. That 7 votes for civil unions...Read More

The Question I did not ask

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 | 1:41 PM | comments

At Annette's invitation, along with a few friends, I attended the JCRC's Annual Political Action Workshop: Indiana State House Debates, last night. Present were: Representative David Orentlicher (D) and challenger Kathryn Densborn (R); Representative Cindy Noe (R) and challenger Leona...Read More

GOP breaks out gay marriage (again)

Filed by Jennifer Wagner | October 25, 2006 | 11:45 AM | comments

Cross-posted from Taking Down Words: State Republican lawmakers unveiled yet another component of their 12-step legislative recovery program yesterday. Something about keeping criminal behind bars longer. Good idea. Too bad it would cost the state millions, and B-Boz, per usual,...Read More

Watch New Jersey today

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 25, 2006 | 8:20 AM | comments

I just got an E-Mail from Lambda Legal indicating that the New Jersey Supreme Court is due to announce its long-awaited decision on same-sex marriage today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. EST (why not EDT I don't know...that would make it...Read More

My new book

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 24, 2006 | 5:40 PM | comments

Time for some shameless self-promotion. I have a new book out and I'll be doing a reading and signing this Saturday at OutWord Bound Books, starting at 2pm. Out of the Closets and into the Courts explores the promise and...Read More

Barney Frank on gay republicans

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2006 | 7:13 PM | comments

Barney Frank eviscerates his opponent (I have no idea who he is. You can tell me in the comments!) on Bill Maher's show. They talk about gay Republicans, LGBT rights, gay marriage and more. With so many Republican readers...Read More

Ron Liggett and David Orentlicher: Two Candidates Worthy of GLBT Support

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | October 23, 2006 | 10:35 AM | comments

Attention members, family and friends of the GLBT community - your financial support and election day assistance is needed by former State Representative Ron Liggett, author of the legislative proposal that included sexual orientation in Indiana's nondiscrimination code. In the...Read More

Three candidates oppose amendment

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 21, 2006 | 7:09 AM | comments

At yesterday's blogger forum put together by Bil Browning, each of the three candidates for the Indiana General Assembly expressed their opposition to SJR7, the proposed so-called "marriage amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. (I like the suggestion of many of...Read More

Today's blogger forum

Filed by Bil Browning | October 20, 2006 | 6:06 PM | comments

Russell Brown, David Orentlicher and John Barnes face off with the bloggers. That's the back of my head there in the picture. The blogger forum I put together was today. Dr. David Orentlicher (Incumbent - House district 86), John...Read More

On Voting Republican

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 20, 2006 | 10:23 AM | comments

I'm hearing it regularly now, a sentiment with which I sympathize, not only from gay Republicans, but from straight Republicans who long since have begun rethinking their affiliation with the Republican Party. . From a die-hard Republican married woman living...Read More

Those legal beagles!

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 20, 2006 | 7:53 AM | comments

For those of you puzzled and weary over the meaning of "the legal incidents of marriage" in the proposed Indiana amendment, take a break to contemplate this serenely blissful representation of "The Beagle Incidents of Marriage". [Sorry, I find puns...Read More

Anti-Marriage Amendments on the Ballot

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 19, 2006 | 2:15 PM | comments

Voters in eight states will decide whether or not to add anti-marriage amendments to their state constitutions on November 7th. Art Leonard provide this excellent analysis of the amendments and their potential impact....Read More

Guest post by Mike Kole: Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 19, 2006 | 11:26 AM | comments

(Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Mike Kole, the Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State. Mike writes about the Libertarian Party's views on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as his own candidacy. If you...Read More

Out of Idaho

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2006 | 2:33 PM | comments

Pssst. Did you hear about the Republican Senator from Idaho? He's the latest casualty in the Foley fallout. Was he sending "naughty e-mails?" No. Acting inappropriately with pages? Nope. Senator Larry Craig (R - ID) was having sex with other...Read More

This Just In: Voters not Stupid

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 17, 2006 | 7:31 AM | comments

As if its breaking news, CNN has released the startling data from its latest poll. It turns out that voters care about terrorism, Iraq, the economy, North Korea' s nulcear endeavors, in that order. These things do matter, as even...Read More

Bush administration double standard on gay marriage

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 13, 2006 | 10:08 AM | comments

Andrew Sullivan links this morning to a USA Today item that highlights what it calls the "GOP's gay identity crisis". It features a picture of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swearing in Mark Dybul as the country's new global AIDS...Read More

St Luke's Justice Committee: Community Forum on the proposed "Marriage Amendments"

Filed by Linda Perdue | October 12, 2006 | 5:44 AM | comments

St. Luke's Justice Committee is sponsoring a Community Forum on the proposed "Marriage Amendments" A Political, Biological, Sociological, and Theological Perspective Oct 25, 7 - 9 p.m. St. Luke's Fellowship Hall. Participants: The Honorable Gov.John Mutz, Former Lieutenant Governor Moderator;...Read More

National House Republican Campaign Committee: Go Home to Washington

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 11, 2006 | 9:22 PM | comments

Cross Posted from First Republicans The National House Republican Campaign Committee is flooding our airwaves with ads attacking Hill on behalf of Sodrel. For what? Refusing at some time to back a national anti-gay marriage amendment that couldn't even find...Read More

Not worth the trouble, Pat?!?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2006 | 12:46 PM | comments

I have some red meat to throw out to the readers today. Feel free to digest in the comments... While we've come to expect hateful, homophobic legislation from the Republican side of the aisle (constitutional amendment, no support for LGBT...Read More

On Kathryn Densborn, Candidate for Indiana House

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 07, 2006 | 2:39 PM | comments

I've always felt it important, whether pro- or con, to know a candidate's position on issues important to the glbt community. How a candidate is likely to vote can often be misconstrued, so until a candidate signals a strong affinity...Read More

Advance Indiana Horsepucky

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | October 04, 2006 | 12:27 PM | comments

Gary over at Advance Indiana is on a conspiracy theory jag. He's conconcted some wild theory about Julia Carson and a local bank and her opponent and is using my KIser post that was removed from this blog just prior...Read More

The truth is bad enough

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2006 | 10:30 PM | comments

What is it about a sex scandal that gets the American blood pumping? The lurid details, the steamy stories, and the automatic gross-out factor combine into a boiling mess of gruel that we suck down like caviar. And so it...Read More

Eric Miller and His Pre-Election Activities

Filed by Annette Gross | October 01, 2006 | 9:35 PM | comments

Eric Miller and Advance America continue their supposed non-partisan pre-election activities throughout the state. Since AA is listed as a non-profit, non-partisan organization, it is obvious that what they are doing is, let's say, not kosher. Advance America's website includes...Read More

The Indiana "marriage" amendment... how many problems can you find?

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 01, 2006 | 5:15 PM | comments

In my first post last week I gave readers an assignment to read the second section of the so called "Indiana Marriage Amendment" several times and try to understand it. Just in case you didn't do your homework here are...Read More