Marriage Equality: July 2007

The Brita Filter Theory of Conservative Politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2007 | 8:13 PM | comments

Consider: Is it just me, or does this seem more like an ad for a Brita Filter than actual political discourse? Then again, their sort of politics could easily be described with a Brita Filter. This is one of Mitt...Read More

Speaking with the Speaker

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 31, 2007 | 4:39 PM | comments

This morning I had one of those mornings when I look around and ask myself "What the hell am I doing here?" I was invited to take part in the Maria Leavey Breakfast series, which gets blogger types around...Read More

Japanese lesbian fails to win election

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2007 | 11:05 AM | comments

Kanako Otsuji, Japan's first openly lesbian political candidate, failed to win a House of Councilor's seat in the general election. Otsuji-san was backed by a major party, the Rainbow and Greens coalition, and would have been Japan's first openly gay...Read More

Constitutional Convention to doom Hoosier queers?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 30, 2007 | 3:44 PM | comments

Last week I blogged about the current Indiana property tax revolt and the connection to Indiana's constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions. While the story got tons of local coverage, a few thought I had gone off...Read More

Arrested for Kissing

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 28, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Gay activism took another step forward today in Italy, as gay rights groups in the country announced they would protest the arrest of two men who were kissing in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome. As the Associated Press...Read More

The 'Libertarian' Views of Ron Paul

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 27, 2007 | 6:56 PM | comments

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul once ran for the White House on the Libertarian ticket, and he's labeled with the term in his 2008 race, too. But a close look at Congressman Paul's voting record, and his stated views on...Read More

Somebody's trying to be inclusive, cue Dan Savage whine

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 4:28 PM | comments

Don pointed me to this Slog post that found this item on the University of Michigan webpage. The University's Office of LGBT Affairs is considering a name change for a number of reasons, including the fact that they'd like to...Read More

Why come out?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 3:17 PM | comments

Having been out on some level since I was 15 (it had a lot to do with a cute boy who I called up and "asked out".... oh, those were simpler days), and, as you likely know, it isn't always...Read More

Murderer Says "God Made Me Kill"

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 27, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

Terry Magnum, a 26 year old from Houston, said in a jail house confession that he was called by God to carry out retribution against a gay man because sexual perversion is the "worst sin". Magnum stabbed 46 year old...Read More

Vermont to go for the full monty?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 26, 2007 | 7:54 PM | comments

Vermont legislators have announced that they'll form a commission to look into whether or not the state should bump up their historic civil unions to full-fledged marriage. Vermont, you'll remember, was the first state to allow civil unions. Tom Little,...Read More

YGST: Wanda Sykes on gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

I love Wanda Sykes. She's one of the best female comics around right now. Here's her take on "gay marriage."...Read More

Now the Republicans...

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 24, 2007 | 4:23 PM | comments

The CNN/YouTube Democratic Debate is now history and up next are the Republican presidential candidates. On September 17th, the Republicans will come together in a format similar to the ones the Democrats engaged in on July 23rd. The Democrats had...Read More

HRC/LOGO Pick Journalists for Forum

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 24, 2007 | 3:46 PM | comments

After progressive (Pam Spaulding) and conservative (Andrew Sullivan, Chris Crain) bloggers fumed over the announcement that HRC and co-sponsor Logo selected HRC director Joe Solmonese and rock star Melissa Etheridge to serve as the sole panelists, HRC secured Margaret Carlson...Read More

Note: Separate still isn't equal

Filed by Bil Browning | July 24, 2007 | 1:04 PM | comments

Civil unions and domestic partnerships are taking a beating lately, aren't they? First UPS refuses to recognize New Jersey's civil unions as equal to marriage when it comes time to give insurance benefits to their same-sex employees. NJ Governor John...Read More

Hate Crimes: A Wikipedia Project, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 24, 2007 | 12:30 PM | comments

So the Senate vote on hate crimes has been put on hold after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid withdrew the defense authorization bill to which the hate crimes amendment was going to be added, after the Democrats failed to...Read More

Vitter’s Values or Crime & Punishment

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 24, 2007 | 9:56 AM | comments

(This guest post comes to us from Eric Marcus, an NYC-based author who wrote Making Gay History, Breaking the Surface, Is It A Choice?, and several other books on gay issues. He blogs at Up & Out. ~a.b.) David Vitter,...Read More

Something for all of our families

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 24, 2007 | 6:30 AM | comments

Gay consumerism reaches a whole new level with the opening of a Whole Foods Market in the glittering new $20 million Chicago LGBT Center. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune (echoed by articles in the Advocate/ Out and Queerty)...Read More

YouTube/CNN debate highlights

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2007 | 11:51 PM | comments

The YouTube/CNN debate happened tonight. Two LGBT/queer-related questions were asked, both about marriage. Here's the first: The answer and two other questions are after the jump....Read More

Without Prejudice?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 23, 2007 | 9:27 PM | comments

Game Show Network has a new show called "Without Prejudice." This odd construction features five contestants and a panel of five judges. Both sets of people are just ordinary folks - no celebrities. The contestants reveal more and more about...Read More

If the NAACP Can Bury the N-Word, Could the F-Word be Too Far behind?

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 23, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

For the third year in a row, the National Black Justice Coalition proudly and pro-actively participated in the NAACP annual convention. Once again NBJC hosted a prominent tradeshow booth where staff members spoke to hundreds of people and distributed many...Read More

Livin' in the 305

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 22, 2007 | 2:32 PM | comments

My best friend, who lives in the suburb of Hollywood (Florida, not California) recently announced that it is time to move. At first, she debated the idea of relocating to the very gay neighborhood of Wilton Manors, in Fort Lauderdale,...Read More

Gays and the CNN/YouTube Debate

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 21, 2007 | 8:55 AM | comments

I am pretty excited about the upcoming CNN/YouTube debate that will be on Monday night. No, its not because there will be a chance to see Steve Grove, the cute head of News and Politics for YouTube. I saw him...Read More

My Questions for the Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 20, 2007 | 6:20 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign and Logo are sponsoring a forum for the Democratic presidential candidates on August 9th and like any good gay, I have a few questions that I want to ask. The forum will be televised live on...Read More

Windy City Times investigates Aaron Hall murder

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2007 | 5:16 PM | comments

The Chicago Windy City Times is investigating the Aaron Hall murder case from Crothersville, Indiana. Hall was brutally beaten by two young men who've now attempted to use "gay panic" as their defense. Fellow Bilerico Project contributor Ellen Andersen and...Read More

Gay Panic

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 19, 2007 | 3:02 PM | comments

[MOTHER'S NOTE:] This is a guest post by my son, Stephen Suess, who has been traveling in Asia--mostly India--since last October. In what I can only assume was an early mid-life crisis, he quit his job, sold his worldly goods,...Read More

Democrats on Gay Issues: None of the Above?

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 19, 2007 | 12:11 PM | comments

As almost always happens, some major political story breaks when I'm on vacation or traveling, and thus have less-than-ideal- or-immediate web access. Last time it was the Mark Foley story. Last week it was the the controversy over HRC presidential...Read More

Epic battle ahead over Florida marriage amendment

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 19, 2007 | 8:59 AM | comments

While Ft. Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle is worrying about sex in public beach potties, Equality Florida and other pro-LGBT forces are gearing up for battle over a proposed marriage amendment in the Sunshine State. Anti-gay organizations are working hard to...Read More

Screw the people - let's bash some gays

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2007 | 1:38 PM | comments

So what's this I'm hearing through the grapevine? No sources will go on record to confirm this, but it seems that property taxes aren't the only subject of conversation for Indiana state lawmakers right now. (For those who don't know,...Read More

Why the Military Matters

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 17, 2007 | 6:53 PM | comments

When I first accepted Bilerico's invitation to blog here, Bil cautioned me that some of our readers might be taken aback at the idea of an LGBT military activist blogging on a progressive site. But there are many good reasons...Read More

GWB on Mary Cheney

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2007 | 3:28 PM | comments

From TNR's transcription of Stephen Hayes's new book on Cheney, we get this quotation from an interview with GWB on the subject of Mary Cheney: "My only ask was that if his daughter doubted my tolerance to her orientation that...Read More

All politics is local

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2007 | 2:10 PM | comments

We've all heard the old maxim, "All politics is local." While we talk a lot on TBP about national politics and state-level, there's one area of activism that's vitally necessary - the local level. We'll never get anywhere as a...Read More

A new corner of the blogosphere arrives...

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 16, 2007 | 3:59 PM | comments

The progressive gay blogosphere has arrived and the rest of the political world is cordially invited to take notice. The addition of former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) to the upcoming Democratic presidential candidate forum sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign...Read More

Watch out for the group marriage menace!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2007 | 1:55 PM | comments

Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about, Elizabeth Marquardt gives you one more: GROUP MARRIAGE! Yes, as fewer and fewer people are getting married and are forming new living arrangements outside the bounds of Holy Matrimony, Marquardt...Read More


Homotextual: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Filed by Ed Team | July 15, 2007 | 7:15 AM | comments

"I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman." -- California Governor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger...Read More

We’re desperate. Shut up!

Filed by Matt Foreman | July 14, 2007 | 2:12 PM | comments

If the country seems increasingly hungry for a change in power, I’d say the LGBT community is desperate. We’ve been taking it on the literal and figurative chin for years, and the extent to which anti-gay ignorance and bigotry has...Read More

Weekend queer reader

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2007 | 12:21 PM | comments

Enrique Fernandez describes some of the many slang words for gay in Spanish: In gorgeous imagery, Lorca defended Whitman's love for men while mercilessly attacking homosexuals who display behavior associated with being "queer''-- a word that later generations would use...Read More

Fight the right: not each other

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 13, 2007 | 12:32 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Michael Crawford. Michael is an African-American LGBT activist and blogger based in D.C. He has worked to advance LGBT civil rights at the national and state levels as a former staff...Read More

Gay-merican Idol

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 13, 2007 | 10:42 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Thomas Heald. Thomas is for many, "the Pridelets guy," author and editor of nearly 3000 different daily bite sized chunks of LGBTQ history. His Pridelets can be found at and...Read More

Here a Trick, There a Trick

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | July 12, 2007 | 4:41 PM | comments

If you thought that losing control of Congress would mean we would hear less about Republican sex scandals, you were wrong. Two recent revelations about Republican elected officials continue the drum beat about hypocrisy within the conservative movement. The first,...Read More

Gravel on the Huffington Post

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 12, 2007 | 1:29 PM | comments

Mike Gravel has a post up at the Huffington Post about being snubbed by the HRC. Here's a bit: Fighting for a hated minority is a pretty dumb way to get elected president. And obviously it hasn't helped with my...Read More

Let Mike Gravel debate!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 12, 2007 | 8:49 AM | comments

Lane posted yesterday about how the HRC excluded Gravel, and only Gravel, from their invite list on the upcoming presidential debate. The HRC's Chris Johnson responds: The other standard we set was that the candidates we invited had to have...Read More

Same sex marriage: it's behind everything that's gone wrong!

Filed by Don Sherfick | July 12, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

Jon Swift has written a delightful tongue-in-cheek piece here about the current revelations that Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter's name appeared on lists kept by "D.C. Madame" Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and how his acknowledged marital transgressions were really due to,...Read More


Homotextual: Mike Gravel

Filed by Ed Team | July 12, 2007 | 6:12 AM | comments

"That this kind of censorship should come from the community that I am the greatest advocate. It is not absurd, it’s to the edge of stupidity. That they would set up a criteria of not having enough money raised -...Read More

Richardson’s slur raises questions for LGBT journalists

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 11, 2007 | 1:36 PM | comments

What caught me off guard when I watched the Media Matters clip of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on the Don Imus show last year was how casually and easily the word “maricón” fell from Richardson’s lips. “Maricón,” as you...Read More

Round these parts

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2007 | 4:32 PM | comments

Living in middle America gives a few of our contributors a unique experience and voice. Those of us out here in flyover country see things a little differently sometimes than those who are on the coasts. We have challenges that...Read More

A national underground network of lawless gay people performing random violence to hurt people for no reason!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

Mr. Propagandist can't stay away from making ridiculous claims, this time about roving bands of lesbian gangs (BTW the cop is being paid by Fox News): The Southern Poverty Law Center is already all over this one:...Read More

Lesbian Grandmothers from Mars

Filed by Lane Hudson | July 09, 2007 | 12:41 PM | comments

Carrie and Elisia Ross-Stone are dedicated to the goal of marriage equality. But these grannies aren't sitting around in rocking chairs waiting for something to happen. Instead, they mounted their bicycles and rode across the country. TWICE. Along the way,...Read More

World Net Daily takes on Big Sodomy

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 09, 2007 | 11:22 AM | comments

After last week's ex-gaying of Michael Glatze, which happened with a yawn as the cycle of ex-gays being pornographically paraded around right-wing news sources just continued as it always does, Donald Hank thinks he's stumbled on a way to end...Read More

Weekend queer reader

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2007 | 12:50 PM | comments

Joanne Herman provides historical context for transphobic ideology: Raymond based her book on what was known about transsexualism at the time, which was not much. Empire gave the appearance of providing well-researched insights into a much-unknown population. Her book became...Read More

Ban Straight Marriage

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 06, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

(This guest post comes to us from Eric Marcus, an NYC-based author who wrote Making Gay History, Breaking the Surface, Is It A Choice?, and several other books on gay issues. He blogs at Up & Out. ~a.b.) I think...Read More

YGST: Marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 04, 2007 | 11:10 AM | comments

As everyone celebrates Independence Day, let's not forget the freedoms our community doesn't have. Of the many, marriage equality is one such right....Read More

That Mass. bar exam question

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2007 | 1:23 PM | comments

Ellen posted yesterday about that guy suing the state bar association and individual justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Court for having to acknowledge that same-sex marriage is part of Massachusetts law. Well, someone on the internet thinks they know the...Read More


Looking forward

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2007 | 11:34 AM | comments

I realize that posts from me on LGBTQ topics have gone south for the past few days - and it'll probably be that way for most of this week. But with entries from Alex, Mattilda, Jessica Hoffmann, Marti Abernathey, and...Read More

Happy Anniversary...He's baaaaaaaack!

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 02, 2007 | 8:29 PM | comments

First off... Congrats to the Bilerico family. The new site is already generating buzz and I'm honored you've asked me to be a part of it. And here's some interesting news... Remember Robert Traynham? Two years ago this month I...Read More

Bishop says gays cause flooding

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2007 | 5:57 PM | comments

It looks like the roast beefs have their own version of Fred Phelps: The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops....Read More

What makes a good marriage?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2007 | 2:22 PM | comments

The Pew Research Center has come out with a new study on what Americans think is important to a "successful" marriage. The number one and two items, fidelity and a good sexual relationship respectively, haven't changed much since 1990. The...Read More

Supreme Court decision limiting race limits our rights

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 02, 2007 | 9:50 AM | comments

As we commemorate the Fourth of July with festivities across the nation, many of us will not be celebrating because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has turned back the hands of time, driving us back to this...Read More

Newsflash: Failed lawyer wanna-be sues for being expected to know the law

Filed by Ellen Andersen | July 02, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

The National Law Journal is reporting the following lawsuit: A Massachusetts bar examination applicant [Stephen Dunne] who claims he failed the test because he didn't answer a question about homosexual marriage and parenting is suing the test administration agency, the...Read More

Sunday funny: Will you wash out my socks?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2007 | 1:34 PM | comments

Groucho Marx shows us that traditional marriage hasn't always been so traditional after all... "One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother?"...Read More


Coffee & Toast with Daniel O'Donnell

Filed by Ed Team | July 01, 2007 | 6:31 AM | comments

"I want a license that all of you have; some of you have had it two or three times." -- Openly gay New York State Assemblyman (and Rosie's brother) Daniel O'Donnell in a speech to the Assembly before the historic...Read More