Marriage Equality: February 2007

I'm not a psychoanalyst, I just play one on the internet

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 11:21 PM | comments

Some guy sent a question into Savage Love asking if it was ok to continue to masturbate to Anna Nicole's Playboy work. Here's Dan's answer:But not because it's disrespectful--there's nothing you can do to Anna Nicole Smith in death that...Read More

Note to Canada's government - Our Canadian brothers and sisters aren't ATMs

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 12:05 AM | comments

Really. A ruling is expected in the largest gay and lesbian class action suit in the history of... man this is huge. The Canadian government gave widowed partners in same-sex couples the pensions of their partners when it opted for...Read More

Bait and switch

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2007 | 7:57 PM | comments

Senator Brandt Hershman's Senate Bill 65 has passed the Senate. You know how they sometime name bills after dead children or fancy acronyms? Maybe they can call this one the "What domestic violence issue?" bill. Remember, Hershman keeps claiming that...Read More

Cleaning out the files - more non-SJR-7 diversion (almost)

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 27, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

One thing I've discovered since becoming a contributor to this site, and searching the Internet for links or other material to support or embellish my offerings, is that I've managed to pick up some odds and ends that don't quite...Read More

RiShawn Biddle nails it

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2007 | 11:14 AM | comments

Since Senator Jeff Drozda's amendment forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting died yesterday, I'm a little late in pointing out this blog post on Expresso. But you know, some things are so good there's no expiration date. RiShawn has taken...Read More

Andrew Anthos passed away last Friday

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2007 | 11:24 AM | comments

Andrew Anthos, the 72-year-old man who was attacked after getting of the bus on February 13th, passed away Friday. The assailant apaprently asked him if he was gay while on the bus and then followed him when he got off...Read More

SB289 - a stealth companion of SJR-7?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 26, 2007 | 7:28 AM | comments

We all know how proponents and opponents of SJR-7 are arguing over whether the text of that proposed "Marriage" amendment is crystal-clear or river-bottom muddy, what it means and what it doesn't. It now seems that a companion piece of...Read More

Indiana Statehouse roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2007 | 10:02 PM | comments

It has been a busy and chaotic week over here at our house, so I appreciate the other contributors picking up and posting all week to cover for my lack of posts. One thing I wanted to make sure made...Read More

SJR-7 podcasts

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2007 | 10:31 AM | comments

There have been a couple local podcasts lately that deal specifically with SJR-7 - the proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. First, has a podcast from Feb 13th that features Jeff...Read More

Pass that Buck, may it rest in peace

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2007 | 2:36 PM | comments

Ok, here are the survey results from when I asked you if Arnold Schwarzenegger should stay married to Maria Shriver: 15% said "yes", 56% said "no", and the rest decided not to decide. Now the governor should show his support...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 24, 2007 | 10:09 AM | comments

"...It is an exciting time to be in the legislature while this issue is being debated. I believe this is the Civil Rights struggle of my generation. Being a student of history, as many of you are, and going back...Read More

So many thoughts...

Filed by Julien A. Sharp | February 23, 2007 | 2:33 PM | comments little time. I am preparing for my FIRST computer-free vacation with my beloved since July 2004. I have promised to leave said laptop at home (and as a freelance writer this is very hard to do!). We are even...Read More

Would SJR-7 be constitutional? yes, but......

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 23, 2007 | 7:19 AM | comments

Yesterday Bil posted and quoted extensively from an item written in the Purdue Exponent by Thomas Nolan, a sophomore in the School of Mechanical Engineering. I applaud and agree with Nolan's opposition to SJR-7 as being repugnant to the very...Read More

There's so much wrong with this story

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 11:52 PM | comments

A new development in the case of the Rev. Lonnie W. Latham. He was a pretty outspoken Baptist fundamentalist who didn't really like the gays. According to the AP:Latham had spoken against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern...Read More

Illinois's moving on up

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Or at least proposing legislation to do so. From 365gay:Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris filed legislation Thursday that would permit same-sex couples in the state to marry. Harris (D-Chicago), who is gay and represents a district with a large LGBT...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 22, 2007 | 6:19 AM | comments

"Any law that restricts the application of the constitution is completely bogus. The constitution provides a framework for the legislation of Indiana. It's above the law. So how can legislators be allowed to change it so that it doesn't apply...Read More

Read the Fine Print rally a success

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 5:50 PM | comments

Today's "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse was a success, I think. About 500-600 people gathered at the Statehouse rotunda to demand that Indiana's LGBT citizens get the same rights as other Hoosiers. Indiana Equality and HRC sponsored...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 19, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

"For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation. The Washington Supreme Court echoed that claim in their lead ruling on Andersen v. King County. The time has come for these conservatives to...Read More

One step forward, one step back

Filed by Ellen Andersen | February 18, 2007 | 10:23 PM | comments

On the good news front: Same-sex couples in New Jersey will be able to apply for civil union licenses beginning tomorrow, Feb. 19th (the same day that LGBT Hoosiers and their allies will be protesting SJR 7 in a rally...Read More

Qomics for Queers - The Office Closet Case

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 18, 2007 | 2:43 PM | comments

While it's easy for the rest of us (or maybe just me) to judge the comics as not quite queer enough, when you think about them as being stuck in a time-warp, you realise you have to look a little...Read More

So Now They're After Carl Brizzi

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 18, 2007 | 2:31 PM | comments

You know the crowd. You've got Eric Miller of Advance America, who ran for Governor of Indiana against Mitch Daniels in 2004 and lost the Republican Primary by an overwhelming margin. Miller, who was divorced for decades and living as...Read More

In defense of Sheila

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2007 | 9:31 AM | comments

Over on the American Values Alliance site some folks you might know have come to the defense of AVA (and!) contributor Sheila Suess-Kennedy. You might remember that Sheila wrote a post for bilerico that she turned into a column...Read More

The Goebbels Experiment

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 17, 2007 | 5:06 PM | comments

A Jewish community of generally European descent in Indiana has united in opposition to the leadership of an aggression perpetrated by some Hoosiers of Germanic name.... Brandt Hershman, James Bopp, Eric Miller, Brian Bosma, Jeff Drozda.... who claim virtue over a minority, and are starting by amending the Constitution so that it doesn't cover gays, part of their campaign also to deny benefits to domestic partners at our universities. We're hoping another Hoosier of Germanic name.. Bauer... will serve as a check on this indecent aggression. Maybe he will, but alas there is no reason to be optimistic. You think you are only a spectator, and not an active participant complicit in a monstrous outcome, which your silence makes possible. The Jewish community isn't silent. They've seen this movie before. They know it doesn't end well.Read More

Pass that Buck

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2007 | 2:27 PM | comments

The California governor has promised to veto a bill that might be passed this year that would recognise same-sex marriages. Arnold says:Schwarzenegger said Thursday that if another gay marriage measure goes on the California ballot in the future, "the people...Read More

Procreation and the Will of God

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 17, 2007 | 11:24 AM | comments

It's petty of me, I know, but I have really enjoyed the somewhat "in your face" tactic of a gay-rights group in Washington state. In the wake of a decision by a Washington court upholding the state's ban on same-sex...Read More

Connect the dots

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Let's take a closer look at Brandt Hershman - author of SJR-7 and chief proponent. Good old Brandt has realized that he's no longer able to whip folks into a fury with the gay boogieman. Hoosiers point out that a...Read More

Compare and contrast

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2007 | 2:22 PM | comments

I thought I'd share two interesting examples of the differences between some state senators. First the e-mail Sen. Glenn Howard is sending out to his constituents who wrote him about SJR-7: Dear Hoosier, Thank you for writing to express your...Read More

Anglican split deepens

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2007 | 11:22 AM | comments

Because it hasn't really widened. From the AP via The Houma Courier:Seven conservative Anglican leaders refused Friday to take Holy Communion with the head of the U.S. branch of the church, who supports ordaining gays and blessing same-sex unions, as...Read More

Anti-Defamation League testimony

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 7:16 PM | comments

At yesterday's hearing on the hate crimes bill, several individuals testified about the importance of passing the bill. Testifying were: Carl Brizzi (Marion County Prosecutor)Earl Morgan (Director, Indianapolis Department of Public Safety)Abigail Seif, (Anti-Defamation League, Chicago office)Cornell Burris (President, Greater...Read More

Dungy story still has legs

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 7:03 PM | comments

The story about Tony Dungy fundraising for the Indiana Family Institute is still trickling into the mainstream media. Notice this story from CBS Sportsline called, "Don't ask, don't dwell: This will be acknowledged, then ignored." What it tells us is...Read More

The Big Lie III: "Terms of Art" and other Social Conservative Red Herrings

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 15, 2007 | 6:55 AM | comments

Hoosier social conservatives have called in their out-of-state hired guns, this one in the person of Chris Stovall, an attorney out of Arizona, who publishes in this morning's Indianapolis Star. (Arizona, incidentally, land of Goldwater western conservatives, voted down their...Read More


Your serving of WordSalad

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2007 | 5:55 PM | comments

Our first WordSalad podcast was a great success with over 500 downloads in the first 24 hours alone! Look for next week's podcast early in the week when our guest interview will be Lane Hudson. You'll remember Lane as the...Read More

The Big Lie II

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 14, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

I think it's important for the media to understand the conflation of two strategies at work among Republicans, business interests, and academic interests in the legislature, whether friend or foe. As educated press rooms, editorial boards, reporters and blogs around...Read More

What? A Republican that can resist the Siren call of an anti-marriage amendment?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2007 | 10:27 PM | comments

Apparently, Charlie Crist is one. The Florida governor has said that it's a bad idea for the state party to give money to a petition drive for an anti-marriage amendment in that state. He's all like: We've been focused in...Read More

Did I shovel the drive-way this afternoon?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2007 | 3:43 PM | comments

The snow is piling up here in Indiana and quite a few of the schools are closed. So, instead of being locked in my house, I did what every respectable ex-urban does when it snows: I shoveled the drive-way. The...Read More

New study on adoptive parents is pretty cool

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 12, 2007 | 10:51 PM | comments

The American Sociological Review has a new study (link in pdf) about the way that adoptive parents relate to their children. They found that parents who adopted children invested more time with them than heterosexual biological parents. While the initial...Read More

MAD as HELL over SJR-7!

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 12, 2007 | 4:59 PM | comments

You likely just saw Bil's item advising that the full Indiana Senate this afternoon passed and sent SJR7 to the House of Representatives, 39 to 10. I was going to wait until I could determine how many Democrats voted for...Read More

Klan presence increases in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:58 PM | comments

Well, color me surprised. Membership in the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana has soared. I wonder what could be causing that? Hmmmm. Let's think about what hateful, discriminatory laws and attitudes have been floating around the state lately? Hmmmmm. Could...Read More

SJR-7 passes the Senate

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:35 PM | comments

The Indiana State Senate has passed SJR-7, the proposed amendment to the constitution that would not only outlaw same-sex marriage, but would also strip all unmarried couples of hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, domestic partner benefits, civil unions and domestic...Read More

Dungy story makes the mainstream media!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2007 | 10:47 AM | comments

The story about Tony Dungy fundraising for the Indiana Family Institute has finally reached the mainstream media. The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article running that talks about Dungy's overt born-again Christianity and what it means to fans. Think the Indy...Read More

Do we finally agree with the Agape Press?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2007 | 9:28 PM | comments

We're all having a good laugh about that Washington ballot initiative to annul the marriages of hets who don't have kids. But I think that some people who criticise it now agree with it more than they'd like to admit....Read More

The Black Youth Project: Now that's something worth talking about

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2007 | 5:05 PM | comments

Here's something interesting. The University of Chicago just did a comprehensive study of the political and cultural opinions of Black, Hispanic, and white youth. In many ways, it bucks the conventional (Bill O'Reilly) wisdom. Black youth are over 10% more...Read More

Understanding today's change in the Marion County Republican Party

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 10, 2007 | 2:16 PM | comments

This morning the Marion County Republican Party met in convention to elect a new chair. The event is significant for the glbt community in Indianapolis, as well as for all moderates. Below I discuss the election, some background relevant to...Read More


Quote of the Day

Filed by Ed Team | February 10, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

"The Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. Committee members would have served their constituents better by addressing serious concerns about the proposal. They should have considered, too,...Read More

It's Not Just the Bigotry...

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 09, 2007 | 6:37 PM | comments

It's the hypocrisy. By now, readers of this blog know that a Michigan court--ruling on language very similar to the language in "clause B" of SJR-7--said "The marriage amendment's plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any...Read More

Colombia's moving on up

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 09, 2007 | 5:17 PM | comments

Like the Jeffersons, to the metaphorical East Side of equal rights for same-sex couples.... No, no, no, silly analogy, good TV show. Anyway, the Colombian Supreme Court ruled yesterday that same-sex couples should have the same property rights as heterosexual...Read More

Hillary Clinton 2008

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 09, 2007 | 12:57 PM | comments

It is interesting to me, the apathy that I have witnessed towards Hillary running for President. A highly qualified, highly intelligent, highly respected woman who is being met with curious opposition from her own side in favor of less qualified...Read More

SJR7 goes a step further in the Indiana Senate

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 08, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

The full Indiana Senate considered Senate Joint Resoution 7 (SJR7) on second reading today. Second reading is where amendments to a particular piece of legislation are considered by the full chamber. Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) offered an amendment to...Read More

Maybe he's Brent Waltz's twin

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2007 | 8:44 AM | comments

Don't you think this guy looks kinda like Brent Waltz, the conservative "gay face" state senator from Greenwood? Just part his hair on the opposite side and put some glasses on him... Can't you imagine Waltz going on a show...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 08, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

"If you want your party to maintain relevance, I'd recommend you tell the Bible-thumpers there's a same-sex marriage protest in half an hour. Once they're frothed up and out the door, lock it. After you've accomplished that, try outsourcing all...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 06, 2007 | 1:35 PM | comments

"This amendment is not just about your opinion on whether gay marriage stacks up to heterosexual marriage. Aside from denying gay couples any domestic partner benefits under the law, including the possibility of civil unions, this amendment also has potential...Read More

SJR-7 roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2007 | 12:58 PM | comments

There is a lot more chatter about the marriage discrimination amendment this year than there was two years ago. That's an improvement... A quick roundup of some of the better clips from around the web lately surrounding SJR-7: A mean-spirited...Read More

Now that's an idea!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2007 | 9:51 AM | comments

Now here's some folks that are using their noggins! Washington state activists are introducing a citizen initiative after the State Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage. The ruling was based on the the courts decision that the state has a...Read More

SJR7 - Did Senator Hershman mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 05, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

This past Wednesday both proponents and oppontents of SJR7, the so'called "Marriage Amendment to the Indiana Constitution, presented their arguments to the Senate Judiciary Committee, dominated by Republicans. The outcome, as most had preducted, was 7-4 in favor of the...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | February 04, 2007 | 11:35 AM | comments

"I generally don't like to post about things like [marriage equality] because the constant relegation of agency to the government, which queer people on some level have to do regarding forming relationships, is demeaning. When framed in terms of being...Read More

Teresa Lubbers and Jeff Drozda?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

Copyright 2007 David Honig David sent this in yesterday and asked me to mention his new site for "lefty cartoonists," Left 'Toon Lane. You can submit your own 'toons at the site - they've had a few cartoons picked...Read More

Our first podcast with Candace Gingrich!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

Allow me the pride and pleasure of introducing's latest arrival, "WordSalad" - our new podcast show! WordSalad will be a biweekly feature focusing on LGBT issues. I'll be interviewing individuals important to our community about the topics that concern...Read More

"Read The Fine Print": Part II - SJR7 and the fresh eggs dilemma

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 02, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Wednesday I re-commenced a series designed to try and put SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Amendment" proposed to become part of the Indiana Constitution, into more "non-lawyer friendly" language. To begin, let's forget about SJR7's second paragraph for a moment (a...Read More

Talking to Mom

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

I'm spending today at the 2007 Indiana Counseling Association Educational Conference working at the PFLAG/IYG/YAD booth. (That's Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Indiana Youth Group, and Youth and Diversity for those of you from out of state.)...Read More


Testimony of Mark Sniderman

Filed by Ed Team | February 01, 2007 | 10:36 AM | comments

Thank you Mr. Chair and Members of the Committee. My name is Mark Sniderman, and I rise on behalf of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 7. The JCRC is comprised of representatives from...Read More

Don hits it big

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2007 | 8:38 AM | comments

Don's post about Tony Dungy and the Indiana Family Institute is still taking the nation by storm! With the help of readers who are helping to keep the story alive, yesterday the story landed on three huge websites: The Huffington...Read More