Marriage Equality: February 2008

Breaking up is hard to do

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 29, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

ABC news reported Tuesday that though New York state does not allow same-sex marriages, the courts are allowing the first gay divorce to proceed. (Technically, is this the first? Anybody know about the Massachusetts couple?) In what appears to be...Read More

Too Funny -- HRC Nominated for Pink Brick Award

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 29, 2008 | 12:35 PM | comments

I gotta say, there are moments when I really love our community. So much sass. So much, well, nominating the largest "LGBT" civil rights organization for San Francisco Pride's Pink Brick Award, intended to dishonor folks and organizations who set...Read More


LGBT Latinos for Obama

Filed by Ed Team | February 29, 2008 | 7:29 AM | comments

"As LGBT Latinos and Latinas who happen to be immigrants or descendants from immigrant families we are sick and tired of seeing our lives and values be misrepresented by those who seek to drive wedges in our communities as a...Read More

Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 28, 2008 | 9:38 AM | comments

[Editor's note:] The following letter was released by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to GLBT Americans. This letter follows the announcement that the Obama campaign will be taking out full page ads in GLBT newspapers in Ohio and Texas beginning...Read More

You might have missed it roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2008 | 8:45 AM | comments

Some of the stories winding their way around the internet that haven't made it to full posts yet: Comedy Central's Lil' Bush cartoon will be back for a 2nd season. From the press release: "the Lil' Dems, featuring Lil' Hillary...Read More

Apple, orange, potato marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2008 | 7:06 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App Someone likes their fruits and veggies a bit too much - here's a video on same-sex marriage....Read More

No Sex, Please. We're Parents.

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 27, 2008 | 4:01 PM | comments

First of all, this post is not what you think it's about. (Though I could write style-crampin' aspects of having an infant who doesn't sleep through the night yet. Suffice it to say that the spirit is willing but the...Read More

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Forget

Filed by Eric Marcus | February 27, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

Back in the early 1990’s, the thought of a Clinton in the White House gave me the warm fuzzies. Bill Clinton was the first candidate for president to so openly embrace gay people and invite us to be a part...Read More

An Unsettling Trend of Anti-Gay Violence in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 27, 2008 | 11:23 AM | comments

I am very disturbed with the recent string of anti-gay crimes in Broward County, Florida, home of Fort Lauderdale. First, there was the senseless murder of 17 year-old Simmie Williams Jr, which Police are investigating as a possible hate crime...Read More

Queering time

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2008 | 12:44 PM | comments

I lived alone So I took him home He doesn't love me But he keeps me company Everything's alright -Kimya Dawson You know those criticisms of gay male culture that chide gay men to see the big picture, think about...Read More

Gay Producer Craig Zadan on "A Raisin in the Sun"

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2008 | 5:53 PM | comments

Let's be honest: most people will probably tune into ABC's drama "A Raisin in the Sun" tonight to see if Sean "P Diddy" Combs can act. He can. In fact, the entire cast is achingly brilliant. Check out the excellent...Read More


Filed by Terrance Heath | February 25, 2008 | 12:54 AM | comments

I can count on one hand the times that an Oscar win caused me to jump up and down in the middle of my living room, out of excitement. And there are even fewer that have brought a tear to...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 24: Audre Lourde

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 24, 2008 | 10:41 AM | comments

The work of African-American activist and writer Audre Lorde was greatly influenced by her lesbianism. Born on February 18, 1934, in New York City of West Indian parents, Lorde was educated at Hunter College and Columbia University. On completing a...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 23: Former State Senator Chuck Allen

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 23, 2008 | 10:18 AM | comments

(1953-2008) Contributor Note: The following article was written by Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent. State Senator Chuck Allen was not publicly out during his years in elective office but actually came out to his family at the age...Read More

Indiana Equality Forum

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night I attended a forum sponsored by Indiana Equality. The forum featured the three candidates (Andre Carson (D), Jon Elrod (R). and Sean Shepard (L)) running in the March 11, 2008 special election. This election will decide who will...Read More

New Jersey Proves Civil Unions Don't Work

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 20, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

New Jersey has been of the state's at the forefront of the fight for marriage rights for same-sex couples. Much credit for that goes to Garden State Equality, a statewide organization fighting for GLBT civil rights. Jay Lassiter of Blue...Read More

The Obama plagiarism flap and my unmatched sock

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 20, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an unabashed Barack Obama supporter, although I have not before this joined any of my fellow TBP contributors in announcing a preference in the current race. Having said that, I want to...Read More

CA: Vigils for Lawrence King

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 19, 2008 | 6:22 PM | comments

Several vigils are being held throughout California for Lawrence King, the gender-nonconforming teenager who was shot and killed in Oxnard last week. Details after the jump....Read More

Indiana law professors flunk proposed "marriage protection amendment"

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 19, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

For those of you who have an interest in Indiana GLBT topics, either because you are a resident or because you have another Hoosier connection, Bil and Jerame are in the process of bringing up a special corner of The...Read More

56 Hoosier Law Professors Flunk SJR7

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 19, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Fifty-six law professors at three Indiana law schools (IU Bloomington and Indianapolis, and Valparaiso) have signed a letter to the Indiana General Assembly deeply critical of SJR7, the proposed "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. You can read it...Read More

300 Rally for Equality

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 18, 2008 | 3:25 PM | comments

Equality IS a Hoosier Value and today at the Indiana Statehouse, 300 LGBT Hoosiers and their supporters made that message ring loud and clear. From the Indianapolis Star: About 300 Hoosiers rallied at the Statehouse today to urge the defeat...Read More

Weekend at Bernie's wasn't a very good movie

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I hesitated to post this because I'd already reported on it. Now that everyone else - including the Indianapolis Star - has said the same damn thing, would everyone please get off my back for saying it weeks ago? Indiana's...Read More

Arizona Legislators Propose Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 17, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last week, Republicans in the Arizona legislature introduced a bill that would define marriage as being "between one man and one woman." How silly is that, seeing as Arizona already has a law that prohibits same-sex marriage? I thought that...Read More


Douglas Gansler - Homotextual

Filed by Ed Team | February 17, 2008 | 7:32 AM | comments

“I do believe that in five, 10, 15, 20 years, however long it is, there is no question in my mind, no question in my mind, we will have gay marriage in Maryland and throughout the United States. And the...Read More

Donna Rose: A Self-Introduction

Filed by Donna Rose | February 16, 2008 | 8:33 PM | comments

A new relationship starts with an introduction, so I suppose I should start my Bilerico contributions by introducing myself. My name is Donna Rose, and I am perhaps most widely known as a transgender activist. I hesitate to pigeon-hole myself...Read More

Update on homophobic Von’s petitioner….

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 16, 2008 | 5:48 PM | comments

The same right-wing religious, homophobic, anti-Democratic activist had his table set up in front of my local Von’s again today. Sadly, a man and women looking to be in their early 50’s were avidly perusing and signing his petitions as...Read More


Looking back is so gay

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2008 | 10:24 AM | comments

You've probably spent most of this week prepping for or recovering from Valentine's Day. Or, maybe you spent the time bemoaning our culture's obsession with coupledom while secretly yearning to be a part of one. In any case there were...Read More

“My give a damn’s busted….”

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 15, 2008 | 9:20 PM | comments

The statement above was in the form of a window-sticker on a shiny, late-model jacked-up F-150 Ford pickup truck, ahead of me at a stop-light on an off-ramp in Escondido, CA. Now why in the name of god would somebody...Read More

The Way We Raise Our Gays

Filed by Eric Leven | February 15, 2008 | 3:36 PM | comments

Here in America we accept that homosexuality exists but nobody wants to talk about it. If you're gay, it's a "figure it out for yourself" type of thing because there still, even in 2008, seems to be a fear that...Read More

A Very Bipolar (one day late) Valentine for Marina

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 15, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sara was twenty-seven, and what people used to call a wag: smart, quick-witted, encyclopedic. She could recount every failed Everest expedition in mesmerizing detail — the sort of a talent I would expect of a rock climber, not someone...Read More

Colorado couple goes to court

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 15, 2008 | 8:59 AM | comments

Remember Kate Burns and Sheila Schroeder, the couple who staged a sit-in at their county clerk's office when they were refused a marriage license? This week, they were in court on the trespassing charge stemming from their sit-in and to...Read More

Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2008 | 6:48 PM | comments

We know by now that Valentine's day, like the concept of romantic love as the highest form of affection, is a modern invention. The language of romantic love is all around us, even after the 14th of February, and it...Read More

A Love That Knows No Bounds

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 14, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

On this Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving (1942- ) who I am honoring as...Read More

Reasons why I don't like "marriage equality"

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2008 | 2:16 PM | comments

Evan Wolfson has a letter up about this year's Freedom to Marry Week and Freedom to Marry Day telling everyone, for the love of Christ, stop saying "gay marriage." It's interesting that this is often the big message of the...Read More

Arizona bigots seek another marriage amendment vote

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 13, 2008 | 11:16 AM | comments

"I believe that the institution of marriage should be reserved for the union of one man and one woman, said Sen. McCain. The Protect Marriage Arizona Amendment would allow the people of Arizona to decide on the definition of...Read More

Who wants to file taxes anyway?

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 12, 2008 | 6:01 PM | comments

Taxes. Who doesn't hate them? Even as an unabashed Liberal (note the capital L) I hate taxes. Unlike Republicans, I understand they are a necessary evil that keeps our democracy running and capable of dealing with everything life throws at...Read More

Obama is on the ‘down low’ with the LGBTQ community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 12, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

Obama has “barack the vote” by getting disinterested and disenfranchised Americans involved in his campaign for the presidential bid. His promise to cease partisan politics and the old beltway boys’ bickering has not only raised the hope of the American...Read More

Trouple looking for financial advice

Filed by Nina Smith | February 11, 2008 | 5:19 PM | comments

In case you don't know, a trouple is a three way couple in a long-term relationship and they have financial challenges just like people who co-mingle finances in a traditional marriage or domestic partnership. Watch an episode of Big Love...Read More

Hillary Clinton's interview with the Washington Blade

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 11, 2008 | 1:39 PM | comments

Clinton just did an interview with Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff to clarify some of her positions on LGBT issues. They discussed the usual laundry list of legislation and a little bit more. First on her noted position that only...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 10: Nadine Smith

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 10, 2008 | 2:24 PM | comments

Nadine Smith has been executive director of Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, and was executive director of its predecessor, the Human Rights Task Force of Florida. She joined the organization in 1993 after serving as one of four...Read More

Indiana Bilerico: The whole place to myself! (but not for long...)

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gee. Hello............(echo) (echo) (echo) I feel like somebody who just snuck past the "Open For Business While Under Construction" sign. My chief editor and his other half are in Detroit until the end of the weekend attending the "Creating Change"...Read More


Mitt Romney: Homotextual

Filed by Ed Team | February 09, 2008 | 7:33 AM | comments

"The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father. Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation. I wonder how it is that unelected judges,...Read More

While You Were Out

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 09, 2008 | 6:04 AM | comments

Did you get stuck in long lines at the polls on Super Tuesday? Or were you stuck in an airport somewhere on your way to the Creating Change Conference? Don't worry. You won't miss a minute of this week's Best...Read More

The State of the Movement

Filed by Matt Foreman | February 08, 2008 | 5:48 PM | comments

While this was the plenary speech today at Creating Change, I thought I'd share it with the Bilerico audience too. As always, I cannot tell you how privileged and humbled I am to be here speaking to you — as...Read More

Me on Jamie Kirchick on Matt Foreman

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2008 | 10:14 PM | comments

One can only imagine the conversation that took place between The Advocate and America's third-favorite gay conservative, Jamie Kirchick, when he was asked to write an opinion piece on Matt Foreman's resignation.... The Advocate: Jamie, you're gay and, like, into...Read More

Another One Bites the Dust…

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 07, 2008 | 1:50 PM | comments

Mitt Romney has announced he is dropping out of the Republican Presidential race, saying “I'd be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a...Read More

California Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 07, 2008 | 9:38 AM | comments

The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next month regarding same-sex marriage. Scheduled for March 4, the court then has 90 days to rule on the case. The case being heard challenges the constitutionality of the current...Read More

Sex, Love & Transsexuals

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 06, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is from Monica Helms. Monica is the President of the Transgender American Veterans Association. "Arrrrggg! Monica said the other s-word! She will burn in Hell for this!" Okay, so that is a bit melodramatic, but...Read More

It works

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 06, 2008 | 7:15 AM | comments

The Larry Craigs of the world are easy ongoing targets. Despite an arrest in an airport sex sting, he still doesn't get it. And while he tries to change people's thinking by attacking "homosexual activists" and "radicals," his legacy --...Read More

James Dobson's John McCain hissy fit

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2008 | 6:33 PM | comments

The good Doctor took a moment away from berating dads into showing their penises off to their boys to complain about McCain: "I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a...Read More

Clinton Key in LGBT Massachusetts Win

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Super Tuesday is here and LGBT voters across the country are asking, Why won't Clinton or Obama just say they support our rights, clearly, without hesitation, without disclaimers? Why all the wordsmithing? With a media that will spend days parsing...Read More

A Vote Divided, But Hopes That Remain the Same

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 05, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

One look at the diverse array of presidential political postings here at Bilerico, and it becomes clear that, on this 'Super' Tuesday, our own community is as torn between candidates as the electorate in general. And while I’ve been proud...Read More

I Made My Decision: I’m Voting For…

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 05, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Today's guest post is from friend of the blog Scott-O-Rama. Since today is Super Tuesday, Scott wanted to share his endorsement in the democratic primary since - like myself - his first choice has left the race. Up...Read More

A message to LGBT Americans: I want to be your President

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2008 | 7:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton issued this guest post to talk about her support for LGBT civil rights. As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed...Read More

Abstaining from the Reality of Gay Familes

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 04, 2008 | 2:20 PM | comments

This Friday, I had something anyone who's ever lived through the first few months of parenting a newborn will understand is something to be treasured: a day off. The rest of the family left the house in the morning, and...Read More

Gladys Bentley: Bad as She Wants to Be

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

Black History Month. Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated. However, for decades now, Black History Month has not once acknowledged or celebrated the contributions...Read More

Clinton or Obama: Clinton of course - Here's why

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since we've had an Obama lovefest on the site of late, I thought it was time we gave Hillary a bit of love. Hillary Clinton is the right candidate for this point in our history and gets my wholehearted endorsement...Read More

A Post-Culture War America?

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 04, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Former contributor Sheila Kennedy noticed Michael Crawford's poll on Democratic presidential candidates and sent us a copy of her next Word column. Sheila has decided to endorse Barack Obama, but lives in Indiana (which has a very late...Read More

What Man and What Woman?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by Mark Casey, a cultural and political commentator whose work can be seen in such places as the Baltimore Sun, The Santa Monica Daily Press, and The Flyer Group. He welcomes comments and can...Read More

Playing catch up

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

A few items I intended to mention this week, but didn't get around to sharing... Does your employer not offer DP benefits? Can you not get healthcare benefits because you have no access to the institution of marriage? Are you...Read More

Florida’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ban Makes it to the Ballot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

After coming up thousands of signatures short just three weeks ago, the ridiculously named “Marriage Protection” Amendment to the Florida Constitution (pushed by the equally preposterous “Florida4Marriage” campaign) will be on the ballot in November. The broadly-worded amendment seeks to...Read More

Larry Kramer on the Presidential Race

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2008 | 7:59 AM | comments

I originally considered using this quote from the amazing Larry Kramer as a Homotextual, but decided that the power of his words demanded its own post. Unlike Larry I have chosen to support one of the presidential candidates (Barack Obama)....Read More

Black History LGBT Profiles: Elder Kevin E. Taylor

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 01, 2008 | 12:40 PM | comments

Elder Kevin E. Taylor pastors Unity Fellowship Church-New Brunswick where he just celebrated his 7th year Anniversary and 15th year in the ministry. Taylor was ordained as a Deacon with Unity Fellowship Church in Washington, DC in 1996. He...Read More