Marriage Equality: October 2007

Freddie Thompson can't tell the difference between civil unions and the Soviet Union

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2007 | 1:59 PM | comments

Pam found this AP story about Freddie Thompson speaking in New Hampshire: Questioned about civil unions after a speech at a dental benefits company, Thompson said, "I would not be in support of that." But when he elaborated, he switched...Read More

The Queer Perspective & Why It's So Damned Special

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 30, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Ray Jencar. Ray is a former teacher and current grad student at the University of Louisville. He hopes someday, like Socrates, to corrupt the minds of youth. Ray has guest posted...Read More

Condom Use Amongst Young Gay Men

Filed by Eric Leven | October 29, 2007 | 5:23 PM | comments

An article featured in Southern Voice Online, an Atlanta based online publication for local and national news, discusses the dwindling condom usage amongst young gay men. The article states possible factors such as: a change in attitude from HIV/AIDS going...Read More

Mass Equality Forgets To Come Back For Transgender People?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 29, 2007 | 3:33 PM | comments

The Boston Globe is reporting that Mass Equality is debating whether or not to disband the organization, after winning marriage equality in Massachusetts. The debate is creating tensions among onetime allies. Some gay leaders believe MassEquality should broaden its mission...Read More

Giuliani and the Religious Right

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2007 | 11:25 AM | comments

Yay for the demise of Times Select. Frank Rich's Sunday column in the NY Times asks why Giuliani is doing so well this late in the campaign season. He points out that the conventional wisdom at the beginning of this...Read More

The New Face of Argentina

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 28, 2007 | 4:37 PM | comments

Is she the new Evita? By the time you read this, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will almost certainly be the new president of Argentina. Kirchner, who will follow her husband to the Casa Rosada, has already been compared (and compared...Read More

The California fires and the gay agenda - what really happened

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 28, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

Peering again behind the Bilerico Project curtain, we contributors labor under a rule established by our editorial powers-that-be which admonishes us to exercise voluntary restraint in writing separate posts to criticize the offerings of our fellow writers. It's supposedly not...Read More

Team Obama's big gay blunders

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 27, 2007 | 2:36 PM | comments

Rev. Andy Sidden, pastor of Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, SC, was the openly gay minister selected by the Barack Obama campaign to deliver a message of tolerance to the likely overwhelmingly black audiences who will...Read More

ENDA Update: The Fork In The Road

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 27, 2007 | 2:30 AM | comments

If latest reports are true, the Baldwin amendment may be DOA. House leadership is remaining quiet thus far, but if this is actually the case, the House Democratic leadership will have basically two options: They can proceed with the non-inclusive...Read More

More on civilly disobedient lesbians

Filed by Jen Jorczak | October 26, 2007 | 5:40 PM | comments

In response to yesterday's post, reader and Soulforce Colorado State Organizer Christopher Hubble sent me a link to his blog post about Colorado couple Kate Burns & Sheila Schroeder. Kate and Sheila, of Englewood, Colorado, have been a couple for...Read More

Lesbianism: an act of civil disobedience

Filed by Jen Jorczak | October 25, 2007 | 7:40 PM | comments

So, this morning I'm checking my email and there's a post to the GayIndy listserv, warning us all that the Focus on the Family Love Won Out conference is coming to Indianapolis next weekend. Never having heard of such a...Read More

God burns cities when you have sex

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 25, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

Some think the fires in Southern California were caused by poorly planned population growth. Others say it's climate change. But if you're James Hartline, then you know the real reason: us! Everyone's favorite insane ex-gay is at it again, making...Read More

Hot Buttery GOP Action

Filed by Storm Bear | October 25, 2007 | 10:16 AM | comments

click to enlarge Honestly, it has been what seems like FOREVER since we have had another GOP sex scandal. I have mentioned my expectations before about randomly switching on CSPAN and seeing Representative Howard Coble, in the Well of...Read More

My Take On The Donnie McClurkin Issue

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 25, 2007 | 6:45 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Terje Anderson, former Executive Director of the National Association of People with AIDS, and a long time activist on queer and HIV/AIDS issues at the local, state, national, and international level....Read More

On the Obama-Donnie McClurkin Controversy

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 24, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

UPDATE: The National Black Justice Coalition sent a letter to the Obama campaign seeking a face-to-face meeting to discuss the controversy. The letter is at the bottom of this post. Senator Barack Obama released the following statement in the wake...Read More


Filed by Michael Buckley | October 23, 2007 | 6:05 AM | comments

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE Dear President Nicolas Sarkozy, I write to you today on behalf of the people of the United States of America. It is my understanding that your skank wife had an affair...Read More

The Nation on the ENDA split

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 22, 2007 | 3:10 PM | comments

The Nation's Chris Lisotta has an article up that goes through the ENDA split and the ensuing drama of these past several weeks. It's pretty thorough, but buried in it is this paragraph: One of the consequences of the ENDA...Read More

More on Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney at the Value Voters Summit

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 22, 2007 | 8:55 AM | comments

I posted this past Saturday the results of the Value Voters Summit straw poll of whom they want to support for president. Romney just edged out over Huckabee. Well, that's not entirely accurate, I've found. I was looking on the...Read More

NC: Out gay Dem runs to unseat Elizabeth Dole in U.S. Senate

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 21, 2007 | 2:11 PM | comments

History here in North Carolina! Chapel Hill resident Jim Neal, an investment banker and former Democratic presidential fundraiser, is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008, and he hopes to unseat the horrid Elizabeth "Do-Nothing" Dole. The...Read More

You Are the Enemy of the Natural Family

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 21, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

Scott Lively, one of the founders of the international anti-gay hate group Watchmen on the Walls, made this statement explaining the group's violent and hateful reason for being: We are the Watchmen on the Walls. We are a global coalition...Read More

Perkins says Giuliani will support FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2007 | 5:01 PM | comments

From the Hill: Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told The Hill Saturday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Perkins said Giuliani told him in a private...Read More

Value Voters Summit straw poll results

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2007 | 4:22 PM | comments

I'm not going to write a whole lot about this as it's Saturday night here in St. Etienne, but this weekend's Value Voters Summit, a Who's Who of homophobes, promised to end with a straw poll of whom they support...Read More


Homotextual: MySpace Marriage Comment

Filed by Ed Team | October 20, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Let me get this straight: Some people get 2 or 3 marriages and we can't even have one? -- Random comment found on MySpace....Read More

LGBT in the ROI....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | October 20, 2007 | 4:00 AM | comments

First off, let me thank Bil and the Bilerico Project again for welcoming me onboard! It’s both a pleasure and an honor to be a part of such a distinguished blog. And then let me introduce myself. As I’m a...Read More

Queer music Friday - John Cage

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 19, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's John Cage's most famous piece, 4'33": And Cage, in his own words, on being open with his wife about his man-lovin' affairs: I didn't conceal anything so that even though the marriage didn't work any better than it did,...Read More

Enough with the Hillary Already!

Filed by Dustin Kight | October 19, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

"Her husband let us down, she won't support marriage equality, but still we can't stop dreaming about Hillary." Okay, what gives? If I see one more gay (particularly gay male) throw down a red carpet and put up a shrine...Read More

Free movie tickets

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2007 | 12:36 PM | comments

Remember how the Indiana Family Institute challenged me to attend Love Won Out with Ryan McCann, IFI's public policy director? I accepted and asked Ryan to attend a screening of Inlaws and Outlaws with me in exchange. (Gee, who got...Read More

A few odds and ends

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2007 | 11:55 AM | comments

I've been extremely busy this week and my "Blogworthy" bookmarks folder is getting a little long in the tooth. While I haven't had time to really write about any of these, I thought I'd throw them out there with a...Read More

NYC "Gay Tax = $1

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 18, 2007 | 11:36 AM | comments

I've said it before and I'll say it again. So, if you're gay, you pay more, wait longer, and get less. And what you get may turn out to be nothing, but you won't know that until you really need...Read More

Same-Sex Marriage: Be Careful What You Wish For

Filed by Eric Leven | October 17, 2007 | 11:34 AM | comments

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last night and we got to talking about same-sex marriage. First and foremost I am a huge supporter of same-sex Marriage. But what does this mean? Does it mean I...Read More

A new threat: Same-sex human-robot marriage and the constitutional solution thereto

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 17, 2007 | 9:50 AM | comments

I’m almost afraid to give any greater attention to this topic, being pretty sure that the proponents of SJR7 (the proposed Indiana constitutional amendment concerning same-sex marriage) monitor this site on a regular basis and that what follows could set...Read More

Larry Craig: He'd 'take a very serious look' at legislation to stop restroom stings

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 17, 2007 | 9:45 AM | comments

The nightmare continues for the GOP. Toe-tapping Larry invited Idaho newsman Mark Johnson of KTVB into his home and sat for a 90-minute interview that aired Tuesday. Craig's wife Suzanne dutifully sat by his side as he told his side...Read More

Social Security vs. Personal Retirement Accounts: Which Way for Gays?

Filed by Nina Smith | October 15, 2007 | 7:40 PM | comments

“They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program.” – George W. Bush Recently, I heard from Lea Abdnor, the Executive Director at Women for a Social Security Choice in response to my post...Read More

Sex Offender Laws and the Case of Paul Shanley.

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 14, 2007 | 3:52 PM | comments

PREFACE: In July 2007, Counterpunch published an article by Paul Shannon on the need to reform sex offender laws, followed by a statement released by the Reform Sex Offenders Laws project (RSOL). I was one of those who signed on,...Read More

Ken Hutcherson, Latvian fundies to work on anti-gay strategy at WA conference

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 13, 2007 | 10:38 PM | comments

Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.David Neiwert at Orcinus has an update on the activities of the Seattle-area's answer to Fred Phelps, Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church.You might recall that back in March, Pastor Hutch made headlines because of...Read More

OK Now Arnold Be Ronald and Oppose the Anti-Gay Initiatives

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 13, 2007 | 4:04 PM | comments

Last night, for the second time, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the California marriage equality bill passed by the state legislature. It was expected, despite demonstrations and a massive outpouring of postcards urging him to sign the bill. LGBT Democrats and...Read More

Schwarzeneggar Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill (Again)

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 13, 2007 | 7:02 AM | comments

California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar issued a statement saying that Californians "should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation" and then proceeded to discriminate against Californians because of their sexual orientation. He vetoed a bill that would have ended...Read More

A Frank Bitch Slap

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 12, 2007 | 11:30 PM | comments

After Barney Frank's Tuesday night tirade against the GLBT community, I wondered if the situation between Congress and the GLBT community could get any worse. I have to learn to stop asking that question! Frank's press conference yesterday in which...Read More

It's All About Trust

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 12, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

Feel the breeze? They're spinning faster than Lance Armstrong's bicycle tires on the last leg of the Tour D'France. First, Joe Solmonese issues a press release I can only describe as "willful misdirection" on his part. It seems like this...Read More

Anti-Everyone Flier Hits Miami Beach Commission Race

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 12, 2007 | 9:20 AM | comments

A flier depicting crossed-out images of a blond woman, a pink Teletubby and a dark-skinned doll hit Miami Beach, Florida mailboxes this week. The flier states, “''Stop the candidates that represent special groups of voters. Vote for a candidate that...Read More

Alimony and Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Nina Smith | October 12, 2007 | 7:50 AM | comments

Congratulations gay people — you are about to discover the joys of alimony.” – Craig Ferguson, on legalizing gay marriage My partner, Jeanine and I only watch television once a week and this summer our show was “Big Love” on...Read More

Because unmarried women can't have children

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2007 | 9:45 PM | comments

Sometimes we get the funniest press releases... Would any of our readers happen to know Swedish? You have to get it all in one take and it's a little long for the front page. Check it out after the jump....Read More

National Coming Out Day

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 11, 2007 | 8:45 PM | comments

Today is National Coming Out day. It’s a day when people who have been living in shame and confusion about who they are encouraged to take a bold step and say, I’m gay. Hi, Mom. I’m gay. Sounds great and...Read More

6 years later, pacs are faring well

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2007 | 3:40 PM | comments

Le Monde, one of the big French papers, has a couple of articles up about the pacs here, or French civil unions. They are pretty much the same thing as marriage without any of the rights related to children and...Read More

Full Text of Barney Frank's Speech

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 10, 2007 | 2:30 PM | comments

This is the full text of Representative Barney Frank's speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. You can listen to the audio of the speech after the jump. "PROTECTING PEOPLE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED ON THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND...Read More

Ex-Gay = Ex-Wife

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 10, 2007 | 1:30 PM | comments

National Coming Out Day is tomorrow. In preparation for the day, Truth Wins OUT and its amazing executive director Wayne Besen have released a new video that tells the story of four courageous women who married closeted gay men. They...Read More

"Dear Abby" supports Gay Marriage and other LGBT issues

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 10, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

Jeanne Phillips, advice columnist “Dear Abby”, will be honored with PFLAG’s first "Straight for Equality" award. "I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em," the syndicated advice columnist told The Associated Press. "That is...Read More

Bucking the supposed liberal gay orthodoxy

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2007 | 8:55 AM | comments

OK, I'm a day and half behind on everything out here, so I'm not going to respond to the main idea of John Aravosis's Salon column about how transgender people "imposed" themselves on the gay rights movement. It's easy to...Read More

McCain promotes his “Christian Nation"

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 10, 2007 | 7:40 AM | comments

Since President Bush took office, religion has been the litmus test to discern a presidential candidate’s electability. And in the current pool of 2008 presidential hopefuls, this litmus test has produced a star-studded cast of Democratic prophets extolling their religiosity...Read More

Fred Thompson on gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2007 | 7:15 AM | comments

Fred Thompson speaks to the Des Moines Register editorial board on October 2nd....Read More

Aravosis: Whitewashing The Transgender Movement

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 09, 2007 | 2:50 PM | comments

When Barney Frank decided to remove gender identity out of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the GLBT community responded on an unbelievable scale. Most of the community has been positive about this, but there are some detractors of the “ENDA, not...Read More

DIY artificial insemination à la française

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2007 | 2:26 PM | comments

It's interesting to compare the state of LGBT movements in other countries to that in the US, considering the different cultural, social, and legal landscapes that such movements are being mapped out on. The latest issue of Têtu, France's most...Read More

Anti-Gays Challenge to Oregon Domestic Partnership Law Fails

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 09, 2007 | 11:05 AM | comments

The anti-gay organization Defense of Family and Marriage Again has failed in its effort to repeal the recently passed Oregon domestic partnership law. The so-called "pro-family" group fell 116 signatures short of the 55,179 signatures required to place the dp...Read More

What Does George Bush Have Against Gay Kids?

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 08, 2007 | 5:25 PM | comments

That's the question that popped into my head on watching the new abstinence until marriage propaganda piece from the Department of Health and Human Services....Read More

Poisonous Parenting on Parade

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 08, 2007 | 11:41 AM | comments

It's happened again. Another mom drowned her kids in the bathtub. City prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated murder against Amber Hill, 22, after a coroner ruled the deaths of the girls, ages 4 and 2, were homicides. Hill had...Read More

Anti-gay groups target marriage equality-supporting Blue State lawmakers

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 08, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last June, legislators in Massachusetts turned back an effort to place marriage equality on the ballot. This enraged fundie organizations around the country to no end. So much so that there is now an effort to target lawmakers who are...Read More

Tussling with the Right

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | October 05, 2007 | 11:35 PM | comments

There is a lively confrontation going on at Fannie’s Room over a satirical proposal recasting marriage laws in draconian ways for heterosexuals. Fannie sketches out some of the logical destinations of the right wing’s ridiculous arguments, specifically based on this...Read More

Say It Ain't So, Joe!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 03, 2007 | 4:08 AM | comments

Ok, so have we finally had enough NOW? Once again, the Human Rights Campaign has sunk to the community's lowest expectations, and turned a willful blind eye to anti-transgender discrimination. Thing is, this is exactly what they promised us they...Read More

Surprise: Some Black People Don't Hate the Gays

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

I am beginning to wonder if Chris Crain, former editor of the Washington Blade, has been spending time discussing Black Americans with Fox Noise commentator Bill O'Reilly over chicken wings at Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem. Just as O'Reilly seemed to...Read More