Marriage Equality: November 2007

An open letter to Bill Richardson

Filed by Bil Browning | November 30, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dear Bill, It’s time we had a little talk. I’ve been meaning to bring this up for some time now, but it hasn’t ever felt quite right. You’re busy campaigning all the time and I’m always blogging. We’re like two...Read More

Let's Not Forget About AIDS on World AIDS Day

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | November 30, 2007 | 10:45 AM | comments

As we embark upon another World AIDS Day we must continue to keep HIV/AIDS as a strategic priority and to not allow it to become an afterthought among the emerging and ongoing socioeconomic and political issues before us....Read More

YGST: Bill Richardson

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

Governor Bill Richardson answers a question about marriage at the CNN/YouTube Democratic Debate....Read More

What will happen to Indiana's marriage amendment?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 29, 2007 | 6:50 PM | comments

Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions (SJR-7) is a case study in politics versus progress. As I described in previous posts about the legislature and the Governor and the religious right, both supporters and opponents...Read More

Poisonous Parenting for the Holidays

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2007 | 12:46 PM | comments

I guess it was the combination of Parker's fifth birthday and Thanksgiving that brought this series back to mind. After all, it happened that this year Thanksgiving fell on the fifth anniversary of the say we first saw our son...Read More

Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels vs The Religious Right

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2007 | 9:10 PM | comments

Recent developments around Indiana have put the future of our constitutional amendment in a state of flux. Yesterday, I blogged about the Indiana legislature and polling on the amendment by the Indianapolis Star. Today I'll look at Republican Governor Mitch...Read More

Homophobic prosecutor decided he doesn't have to follow the law

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 28, 2007 | 7:20 AM | comments

Phill Kline, the former Kansas AG who made a name for himself by filing wacky suits against abortion providers and the state governor to harass them, is back in the news again. Only this time, he's the one breaking the...Read More

The fate of Indiana's anti-marriage amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | November 27, 2007 | 10:25 PM | comments

Can Indiana dodge a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions again this year? Last year we barely escaped when the amendment passed the state Senate but stalled in committee in the House. Under Indiana law if the...Read More

Fewer Hoosiers support marriage amendment, Mitch Daniels, Republicans, new poll shows

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 27, 2007 | 7:35 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Star is reporting a recent WTHR/Star poll showing that less than half of Hoosiers support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage: The poll, based on the responses of 600 people statewide, found that 49 percent of Hoosiers...Read More

Obama's My Girl

Filed by Marti Abernathey | November 27, 2007 | 9:06 AM | comments

Editor's note: This post is part of series called Meet the Candidates in which Bilerico contributors write about why they are supporting their chosen candidate. Hillary Clinton seems to have a status just short of Judy Garland, Cher, or Madonna...Read More

Another reason to question Kucinich's sanity

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 27, 2007 | 8:57 AM | comments

Dennis Kucinich has said who he'd want as a running mate, and it's Bilerico's favorite homophobe: "I'm thinking about Ron Paul" as a running mate, Kucinich told a crowd of about 70 supporters at a house party here, one of...Read More

YGST: Dennis Kucinich

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 26, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich talks about gay marriage....Read More

Militant Homosexual Lobby vs Wal Mart

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 25, 2007 | 10:34 AM | comments

While you and I were contemplating the things that we have to be thankful for, the American Family Association was busy spreading more anti-gay lies. In an action alert that the AFA sent to its email list they claim that...Read More

Open or Closed

Filed by Fannie Fierce | November 23, 2007 | 7:36 PM | comments

Dear Fannie, What are your opinions on polyamorous relationships? After a rough relationship that ended over infidelity and trust issues, it became clear that the man I loved could only operate in an open relationship. For my personal comforts,...Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed by Don Sherfick | November 22, 2007 | 8:10 AM | comments

There may or may not be any semblance of agreement among the contributors to The Bilerico Project, or its regular or casual readership generally, as to whether or not "we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving." Your...Read More

Not satisfied with Brian Williams's answer

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 21, 2007 | 2:02 PM | comments

As Michael Crawford posted earlier today, NBC's Brian Williams said on the Nightly News that we live "in an era when marriage is under attack." Speculation has run as to whether he was referring to the Religious Right's use of...Read More

Churches Refuse to Marry Straight People

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 21, 2007 | 11:08 AM | comments

A group of local churches in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area have begun to refuse to marry heterosexual couples in protest of the ban on same-sex marriage. The churches will still hold ceremonies and blessings for both straight and gay couples, but...Read More

Is Marriage Under Attack?

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 21, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

That's what Brian Wlliams of NBC Nightly News claimed on his show on November 19th: An update including responses from Brian Williams and GLAAD after the jump....Read More

More gay questions for the GOP YouTube debate

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 20, 2007 | 1:53 PM | comments

Michael Crawford posted this weekend some gay YouTube questions for the upcoming Republican CNN/YouTube debate. Here are a few more, like this one from a Christian lesbian about marriage: They're pretty interesting, and there are a lot more after the...Read More

Are Hate Crimes Really Down in Florida?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 20, 2007 | 11:44 AM | comments

The Florida State Attorney’s Office reported Monday that the number of hate crimes is down to its lowest level in Florida in the past decade. Broward County, home to the city of Fort Lauderdale and other heavily gay populated areas,...Read More

The queer red light district

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2007 | 9:15 AM | comments

After you are done stuffing your face full of turkey and cranberry dressing this Thanksgiving, you’ll be faced with the age-old dilemma of what to do next. Do you take a nap, watch football with Uncle Bob or talk about...Read More

YGST: She's unionized

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2007 | 7:00 AM | comments

This has to be one of the best New Jersey ads in favor of same-sex civil marriage....Read More

Gay Questions for Republican Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 18, 2007 | 9:59 AM | comments

We have only ten more days before the CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate. Initially most of the 12 angry white men who make up the GOP's slate tried to weasel their way out of the debate by claiming scheduling conflicts and...Read More

Edwards knows all LGBT politics is local

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2007 | 2:30 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to the Bilerico Project from Eric J. Stern. Eric is the former Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats and the former Director of LGBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee. He currently serves as...Read More

Equality in Montgomery County, MD

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 16, 2007 | 3:27 PM | comments

If ever I had a doubt (and I haven't) that we moved to the right place to raise our family, I don't anymore. It one of the things LGBT parents have to take into consideration when making the decision about...Read More


Homotextual: Sarah Pritchard

Filed by Ed Team | November 16, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

"...upper-class folk might not see employment discrimination as being a big issue, and thus might encourage our advocacy groups to focus less on employment, and more on marriage equality. Marriage, besides being something that these people might want because of...Read More

Bestiality! Tapped Out?

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 14, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

From the first e-mail query that came in from my publisher, I knew that last week's KNUS radio interview in Denver was not going to be about my new question and answer book for teens, What If Someone I Know...Read More

Remembering Scott Hitt

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 13, 2007 | 7:15 PM | comments

My first memory of R. Scott Hitt - the prominent AIDS doctor who passed away from colon cancer on Nov. 8 - was watching him work the room during a fundraiser for San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith. He...Read More

Accuracy in media

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 13, 2007 | 5:05 PM | comments

I don’t usually read the Advocate, online or otherwise, but an Irish friend alerted me to this article, saying. “It’s just pure laziness since, if they bothered to ask anyone in Ireland, they would know that the government has been...Read More

A Letter To Our Gay Friends

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 13, 2007 | 12:19 PM | comments

I thought I should forward this letter on. Many of you may have already received it. If not, perhaps it is on its way. To: The Gay Community From: The Coalition Re: Your Status It pains me to write this...Read More

What Mormons Really Say About Gays

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 13, 2007 | 11:04 AM | comments

It's not easy for me to talk about the Mormon Church (aka "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints," aka the LDS Church) without coming across as angry. But I wanted to offer some additional information about the...Read More

Liveblog with NC U.S. Senate candidate (and out gay man) Jim Neal

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 12, 2007 | 6:07 AM | comments

I've been telling folks why it's time to boot Senator Elizabeth Dole out of office for some time now. Never mind that I don't agree with her politics -- she's simply not doing the job she was elected to do...Read More

Barack Obama: A Call for Full Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 10, 2007 | 8:30 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama issued this guest post to explain his support for LGBT civil rights. This post was originally published on November 10, 2007; it seemed appropriate to reprint it now, the night before the presidential...Read More

Abstinence Programs Suck

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 10, 2007 | 11:01 AM | comments

A new report by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy provides further evidence that abstinence only programs have done nothing to reduce teen sex and can be downright harmful to LGBT youth. At present there does not...Read More

Coming out of a Heterosexual Marriage

Filed by Michele O'Mara | November 09, 2007 | 12:37 PM | comments

Coming out is a challenging process, whether you are 15, 21, or 50. The first step toward “coming out” is self-awareness or recognition of having feelings of attraction for persons of the same sex. This awareness may lead to confusion,...Read More

YGST: Think Equal

Filed by Bil Browning | November 09, 2007 | 7:15 AM | comments

I hadn't seen the New Jersey pro-marriage ad that Alex posted yesterday. Thanks to Sara's Suburban Lesbian Housewife blog, I found three other ads that spoof the Mac vs PC commercials. I'm sure we'll post the others eventually, but...Read More

ENDA Rift: Throw Tammy Baldwin Under the Bus?

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 08, 2007 | 7:26 PM | comments

A historic vote took place yesterday. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was finally passed, having first been introduced in 1974. Thirty three long, hard fought years and the measure “was approved 235 to 184, perhaps reflecting polls showing that a...Read More

LDS church changes position on same-sex lovin'

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 08, 2007 | 6:56 PM | comments

The Mormon Church has released a new pamphlet on homosexuality: Not long after, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued "God Loveth His Children," a treatise that said same-sex attractions themselves are not sinful, even though homosexual activity...Read More

YGST: New Jersey ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 08, 2007 | 7:00 AM | comments

A new ad for legally recognizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey....Read More

For Phyllis, who surprised me with love unending...

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 07, 2007 | 11:51 PM | comments

In all the drama of late, 'SPLENDA in the Mud', if you will, I neglected to announce that Phyllis and I celebrated our twenty-third religious wedding anniversary recently. The original event was on Sweetest Day in 1984 and, ever since,...Read More

ENDA passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 07, 2007 | 6:47 PM | comments

From Chris at the HRC: After 30 years, it's over in the House...ENDA has been approved, 235-184. Thirty-five Republicans joined the 200 Democrats to pass the bill. And, yes, it's T-exclusive. Tammy Baldwin presented and withdrew her amendment. The Republicans...Read More

Hypocrisy, Alarm, or Something Else, Oh MY!

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 07, 2007 | 6:00 PM | comments

For those of you paying close attention in 2004, you probably saw the Barna Group numbers around Born Again Christians and divorce. I was 20 at the time, and paying more attention to research papers. I won't lie. A little...Read More

Desperate times and really desperate (and possibly illegal) measures

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 07, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

(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 before on...Read More

Gays unfairly blamed for Episcopal Church’s problems

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 06, 2007 | 5:24 PM | comments

Is the Episcopal Church’s impeding schism really about the theological rift that sprung up after the consecration of its first openly gay bishop, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire? Or, is the brouhaha really about a church in...Read More

Which Republican would make the worst president?

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2007 | 1:04 PM | comments

That's the question that Kerry Eleveld asks in this month Advocate, but not in so many words. It's an interesting conversation, but it's pretty much like comparing the merits of various exurban McMansions: I'm never going to want one and...Read More

Here Comes the Wedge Again

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 06, 2007 | 11:13 AM | comments

The compassionate conservatives are at it again. A constitutional amendment is set to go on the ’08 ballot to “protect marriage” from the evil gays here in Florida. The amendment’s broadly written language mimics that of the amendment passed in...Read More

YGST: Fred Thompson on MTP

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2007 | 7:05 AM | comments

Fred Thompson on the Federal Marriage Amendment on Meet the Press. Nothing really shocking since presidents don't write Constitutional amendments....Read More

Can you tell the difference between Kentucky and San Francisco?

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2007 | 4:48 PM | comments

There's a radio ad being run right now in support of the Republican candidate for governor from Kentucky, with special celeb narrator Pat Boone. Polling predicts that the Democrat's going to sweep the race, so they're getting desperate, and desperate...Read More

Transphobia On Film, Hoosier Style

Filed by Marti Abernathey | November 05, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

At times, I really get down about being the T part of GLBT. Yesterday was definitely one of those times. I learned that "The Gendercator" will be playing at our local GLBT film festival. If you're not familiar with the...Read More

Reuters discovers gay Republicans, rewrites Giuliani

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2007 | 7:50 AM | comments

Reuters just discovered the Log Cabin Republicans: Doug Warner seems like a stereotypical Republican: Southern, white, male, he served in the military, drives an SUV and likes hunting and fishing. He is also openly gay. Warner's sexual orientation makes for...Read More

North Carolina: Blogging from the 2007 Equality Conference

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 04, 2007 | 4:33 PM | comments

With Patricia Todd, and the attendees at the conference, before the opening session. LGBT North Carolinians and allies are coming together today to share stories and strategize about how to advance civil rights in our state at the 2007 Equality...Read More

Conservatives Try to Overturn Safe Schools Law

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 04, 2007 | 1:11 PM | comments

Proving once again that the "hate the sin, not the sinner" adage is nothing more than empty rhetoric, conservative evangelicals have launched a drive to force a statewide referendum on a California law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation...Read More

The Evolution & Diffusion of Gay Culture

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 04, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

Come the revolution, we will all live in "The Gayborhood." It's nothing new. In fact I've written about it before, and now the The New York Times has printed yet another article lamenting the loss of "the gayborhood." The article...Read More

Obama Talks Gay Rights on MTV

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 03, 2007 | 8:10 AM | comments

On Monday Barack Obama participated in a campaign event sponsored by MTV and MySpace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that enabled young voters to ask him questions. Obama was asked about his position on marriage for same-sex couples and the Donnie...Read More


Homotextual: Mitt Romney

Filed by Ed Team | November 03, 2007 | 7:40 AM | comments

"Even when there's a divorce, you still have a mom and a dad. And even where one member of the partnership may pass away, the memory and the characteristics of that gender, of that partner influence the development of a...Read More

Will love win out? How about friendship instead?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 02, 2007 | 4:20 PM | comments

This is a post that's taken a while to write... I recently attended a viewing of Inlaws & Outlaws with Ryan McCann, Public Policy Director for the Indiana Family Institute. Ryan challenged me to attend Love Won Out, the ex-gay...Read More

"The State of the Movement," or, "A Red Sox Fan-Becoming"

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 02, 2007 | 12:10 PM | comments

I never liked sports growing up. I only pretended to be a fan of traditional "turns-boy-into-man sports," like baseball, when I had to be, to fit in with the other kids, when I slept over at my friends' houses and...Read More

Apathetic Activists!

Filed by Fannie Fierce | November 02, 2007 | 11:08 AM | comments

Dear Fannie, I'm a twenty-something living in Boston. As recently as spring 2007, I was a part of the movement to protect gay marriage in Massachusetts. Now that that battle seems to be won, I'm kind of at a loss...Read More

More on Ireland's same-sex civil union debate....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 01, 2007 | 7:15 PM | comments

Dublin’s two major morning newspapers put their individual spins on yesterday’s debate in the Dáil on same-sex civil unions. Ever true to Fianna Fáil the “paper of record,” the Irish Times, literally trumpeted the government line in its headline, “Same-sex...Read More

John Ensign's 34 Questions of Desperation

Filed by Steve Ralls | November 01, 2007 | 8:51 AM | comments

I doubt that Republican Senator John Ensign gets much sleep these days. The Nevada conservative has the unenviable job of running the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has the nearly impossible task of wrestling the high chamber of Congress back...Read More

YGST: Defenders of Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 01, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Roy Zimmerman delivers this comedic ode to the "Defenders of Marriage"....Read More

Feminism for the 21st Century

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 01, 2007 | 12:03 AM | comments

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Gloria Steinem (founder of Ms. Magazine and feminist activist extraordinaire) at a lecture hosted by the Arizona State University Women & Gender Studies Program. Steinem spoke to a...Read More