Marriage Equality: May 2008

In Case You Missed It

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 31, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

This week has all been a lead up to the biggest event of the season: the Sex and the City premiere. If you were busy planning your outfit and missed some of the best of TBP, here's your weekly round...Read More

Guilty Summer Pleasure #9

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | May 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

As summer approaches and we gear up for a major fight in California, we should also remember to take care of ourselves and enjoy the guilty pleasures in life. I'm very excited that one of my guilty pleasures will be...Read More

When politicians pander

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2008 | 1:05 PM | comments

As ten Attorney Generals from around the country are filing with the California Supreme Court to beg the court to stay their recent marriage equality ruling, Indiana is gearing up for the Republican nomination battle for this year's general election....Read More

The Yearning for Zion Ranch -- What's a Lesbian Mother to Think?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 30, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The children of the Yearning for Zion Ranch are going home. Am I happy? Yes and no. The Texas Supreme Court says they should all go home, but a minority of the court wanted to keep the girls who had...Read More

O'Reilly Guest has No Good Reason

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 30, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Oh God. I never thought I'd say this, but Bill O'Reilly was right about something. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit... Bill-O had fundie Family Law Attorney Don Schweitzer on his show Wednesday to...Read More

DNC thinks LGBT has too many letters

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2008 | 11:45 PM | comments

The list of credentialed blogs to cover the Democratic National Convention was released this evening and Bilerico Project was denied credentials. Contributor Pam Spaulding's home blog, Pam's House Blend, was one of two gay blogs issued credentials. The other blog?...Read More

Let's not resort to process arguments....

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Rebecca Hagelin is a conservative who thinks she cares about democracy: If you've ever wondered why liberals fight tooth and nail whenever it comes to confirming judges, just look to California. There, in another outrageous example of judicial over-reach and...Read More

Relationship legitimacy questions of the day

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've been gone for about a week now because the ol' Acer died somewhere between Paris and St. Etienne last Wednesday (more about my computer problems for the nerds in the audience later today), and there was a great comment...Read More

BREAKING NEWS: NY to Recognize Out-of-State Marriages

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

NY Governor David Paterson has ordered state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriages legally officiated in other states and countries. Gov. Paterson issued his memo to state agencies one day before the California State Supreme Court overturned the ban on...Read More

Macy's markets marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Not everyone celebrating California's marriage equality ruling are gay lovers dying to tie the knot. Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says that the ruling will help to boost the state's economy as gays and lesbians flock to California to get hitched....Read More

My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 28, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Guest blogger Robin Tyler is one of the original plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court lawsuit Tyler v. County of Los Angeles. Tyler has been an activist for same-sex marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights for...Read More

May I Just Say?

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's been quite the month. From a wonderful Gender-PAC benefit cook-off with celebrity chefs in New York, to a great show for Equality Ohio's Third Annual Lobby Days in Columbus, to a sold-out benefit dinner for choreographer Elizabeth Streb's Action...Read More

I know you want to hear more of my anti-marriage thoughts...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 28, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Though I am a queer person living in San Francisco, I will not be celebrating the California Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on same-sex marriage. Nor will I join those who say, "I would never choose to get married,...Read More


What (s)he said

Filed by Ed Team | May 28, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Shorter ruth holladay: if hillary has a penis--and i think she does--then that makes her and bill both fags! ha ha, bill and hillary are fags! ain't i hilarious?" -- Indiana blogger stAllio! referencing a post by blogger Ruth Holladay....Read More

Ellen DeGeneres to wed at Bush family ranch?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

First Lady Laura Bush and her newly married daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, will be appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show tomorrow. The show was taped last week and the threesome discussed Jenna's recent wedding and Ellen's upcoming nuptials. Ellen took...Read More


Support the Project!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

As the Bilerico Project continues to grow, our financial obligations also continue to mount. Hosting costs, upkeep, advertising costs, computer repairs and (hopefully) a bit of wages all cost money. When you advertise on the Project, you help us to...Read More

Marriage vs. healthcare, and guess who loses?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Back when I first started doing radical queer direct action (in the early '90s), universal health care was almost a mainstream gay issue. So many people had seen a dramatic percentage of their friends die quickly and painfully of AIDS...Read More


The people they think I should

Filed by Ed Team | May 26, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"the whole idea of "marriage" in the governmental sense has nothing to do with fucking or love. it has to do with legal contracts of money & responsibility. The state--and the institution of marriage as instituted by the state--has no...Read More

Post-Marital Weekly Round Up

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Holy crap! Can you believe that the gays have been able to get married for a whole week now? If you've been so busy picking out dresses and matching wedding bands that you missed your favorite blog, here's the best...Read More

Gay stamp celebrates CA marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | May 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

No, not an official stamp from the Postal Service. Of course, the United States government wouldn't be that cool... California queer artist Perry Hoffman has designed this stamp to celebrate the California marriage ruling. He used online postage generator More

Review- In the Life's "Leading the Way"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 24, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

IN THE LIFE, the three-time Emmy Award nominated program documenting the lives and experiences of LGBT people nationally and abroad, presents its new June episode- "Leading the Way"- just in time for Pride Month. I was again lucky enough to...Read More


Ferras declares Liberation Day for gays!

Filed by Ed Team | May 24, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's " LIBERATION DAY" for GAY PEOPLE everywhere!!!! The road to liberation day has been a long one, filled with tears and a great fight, but one that thankfully does not include giving up hope. Today, the end of the...Read More

VGL Boys on Gay Marriage

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 24, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch The VGL Gay Boys on marriage in California. A cute video and reaction....Read More

Ellen puts McCain in the Hot Seat

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 23, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ellen has one again used her talk show to shine a spotlight on gay rights. When John McCain stopped by her show on his "reinvention" tour, the host decided to press him on the big news in California and in...Read More

What It All Means

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 22, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was on NPR's News & Notes this afternoon talking about the California marriage decision, so this seemed like as good a time as any to sort out my thoughts on the ruling and its implications. After recovering from the...Read More

What I hate most about gay marriage

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It's when there's some couple that's been together for 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 years and they're constantly saying, I mean over and over again in the press -- whatever press it is, it's over and over again:...Read More

Confessions Of A GLBT Airline Employee

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The recent Bilerico post concerning my GLBT airline brothers and sisters who've lost their jobs was a deja vu moment for me. One of my nicknames in the transgender community is the Air Marshal because I worked for 14 years...Read More

Protecting All of Our Families

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | May 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

At a recent commission meeting in my home town of Oakland Park, Florida, I became aware of an issue that affects so many families in the LGBT community. During a discussion about possibly limiting short term rentals in the city,...Read More

Protecting All of Our Families

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Anthony Niedwiecki is a law professor that specializes in discrimination and LGBT issues at Nova Southeastern University. Anthony is also running for City Commission in Oakland Park, where he lives with his partner of 6 years, Bilerico contributor...Read More

Gambian President to kill homosexuals

Filed by Storm Bear | May 21, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

It is rare day when my malformed verbiage graces the front page here at Bilerico, but this article is horrifying. The article is actually titled "President plans to kill off every single homosexual" and my bent sense of humor thought...Read More

Equality is a sign of the apocalypse?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 21, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

Raving Fundie favorite Janet Folger is back and frothing at the mouth more than ever. What's got her going this time? Marriage equality, of course. To refresh your memory, dear Projectors, Folger is the head of Faith2Action and author of...Read More

Coming to LA to Marry? Here's What You Need to Know

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 21, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

First of all - congratulations. If you've read the marriage ruling, issued by the California Supreme Court on May 15, you know our love and our humanity is now officially a constitutionally protected family value. Yesterday the L.A. County Clerk...Read More

Correcting the Governor's Record

Filed by Chris Douglas | May 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Indianapolis Star on Saturday in reporting on backlash to the Supreme Court decision in California erred significantly in attributing to the Governor support for an amendment banning same sex marriage. This report caught my eye and the eyes of...Read More

Miami-Dade County Approves Domestic Partnerships

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Miami-Dade - Florida's largest county - has created a domestic partnership registry and extended health care benefits to domestic partners. This will give basic legal protections and benefits to some 2.2 million Floridians. A special thanks goes out to SAVE...Read More

California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 21, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tyrion Lannister is a Bilerico-Indiana blogger. This post ran yesterday on B-IN, but it's good enough it deserved more attention here on the main site. As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into...Read More

A fleeting moment of democracy for California's same-sex couples

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have learned as both a pastor and as a member belonging to several minority groups- African-American, women and lesbian- that a popular opinion on an issue does not always reflect the right choice. Too often, the right choice and...Read More

California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 20, 2008 | 3:11 PM | comments

As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into one of two camps. The first camp starts with the assumption that gay sex is sinful. Therefore, this line of reasoning continues, the state is justified in doing whatever...Read More

Preserving my domestic tranquility: What the next day means

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The only plausible connection to the subject matter of this post to the GLBT community discourse has to do with peace in my own particular same-sex household. My beloved and I have long been at odds over what "Next Monday,...Read More

St. Alf's Science Fair

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Faster than you can say, "CA Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage," his Extreme Slippery Slopeheadedness, Pope Benedict had an announcement to make. Barely taking the time to translate it from the Latin, in that oddly high voice, the...Read More

Mr. Sulu is Getting Married

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Waymon wrote about Ellen DeGeneres' announcement that she and the gorgeous Portia di Rossi are getting married. Now comes word that George Takei (a.k.a Mr. Sulu) and his partner of more than 21 years Brad Altman are going to marry...Read More

Engage a few more gears, Josh.

Filed by Bil Browning | May 19, 2008 | 6:45 PM | comments

Usually when I grind the gears in a car it's because I don't have the gear engaged. Now I'm not trying to say anything about Josh Gillespie, but maybe if he really thought about this, his gears wouldn't be grinding......Read More

Health care poll

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was going to post on this lesbian and gay health care item that's been making its way around: Nearly one in four gay and lesbian adults lack health insurance and are nearly twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts...Read More

Clown Hall bigot eruption: gay rights vs democracy

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

According to Town Hall columnist, racism apologist and author Dinesh D'Souza, the advancement of gay rights via the courts is undermining our democracy. I almost refrained from posting this asshattery, but I just couldn't after reading:...Read More

Bowing to fear, candidates ignore historic nature of CA decision

Filed by Lane Hudson | May 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court issued a historic ruling that overturned a law denying gays and lesbians equal access to civil marriage. For millions of people like me, it was a moving moment - a moment where we were...Read More

Feeling Left Out

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Don't get me wrong, I was just as happy as many of you when the California Supreme Court came down on the side of justice Thursday. You have every right to be happy, excited, proud, party hearty or whatever emotion...Read More


California marriage ruling's ramifications on Indiana

Filed by Ed Team | May 19, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Ladies and gentlemen, this California opinion could NOT have come at a worse time for the Democratic Party. It will have repercussions in every state legislature in America, and to the detriment of the Democratic Party. This is because Democrats...Read More

In Search of Gay Money: How-to Manage Money With Your Domestic Partner

Filed by Nina Smith | May 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

As a gay woman writing about money, I've grown weary of reading all the personal finance content that's written from the perspective of straight marriages. So at Queercents, we've turned the tables on money and relationship advice by asking: What...Read More

Ellen DeGeneres hears Wedding Bells

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 18, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The marriage news just keeps on coming. Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show on Friday that she and long-time girlfriend Portia de Rossi plan to wed now that the California Supreme Court has overturned the ban on same-sex marriage. When...Read More

Power of Personal Storytelling in CA and Beyond

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality in California -- it seems somehow more appropriate than marriage equality in Massachusetts, an arguably less free-spirited place than the Golden State. Liberal, but not free-spirited. (And I can say that, 'cause I live in MA, and scorn...Read More

Paging Micah Clark: Your Silence on the Michigan Domestic Benefits Decision is Deafening

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 18, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

[NOTE: Gary Glenn of the American Family Association in Michigan, in a length comment, takes significant exception to claims that his organization itself engaged in the "bait and switch" tactics I refer to below. See my further commentary at the...Read More

Queerview Mirror: The Cali Edition

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 18, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Queerview Mirror is a review from two of our editorial team, Serena Freewomyn and Waymon Hudson. If you'd like something reviewed, feel free to pass it on. If they like you, they might look at it, otherwise- suck...Read More

Songs for Sunday- Marriage Equality Edition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Here are the rules for Songs for Sunday: one of our contributors will post the last ten songs from their iPod, then you share yours in the comments so we can compare! Let's play! Now that California's gays...Read More

Drag Queens and Assless Chaps- Weekly Round-Up

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 17, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's my favorite time of year: Long Beach Pride! This will be my eighth LB Pride, and let me tell you . . . I'm so excited I could just spit! While I take in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence...Read More

A Few Clarifications

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What a day Thursday was, with the ruling, the excitement before and after. There was a lot to digest with everyone claiming information- like CNN saying marriage equality was defeated- so I would like to clarify a couple points that...Read More

America Will Be ...

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I knew as soon as the California Supreme Court marriage ruling was posted that I would read the whole thing. I started reading it at my desk after it was posted but stopped once I got to the "bottom line"...Read More

Get me to the church on time

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, I guess my partner is finally making an honest man out of me. We are hopping on the love train and getting married in California. We are to be wed on June 27, 2008. And I couldn't be happier....Read More

Where Kurt is King

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is why I stopped reading Veritas Rex - false advertising. The truth is never King; spin is King there. I'm very disappointed that Kurt would claim to follow God's footsteps while treading (most dangerously) on the path of the...Read More

800-1000 Celebrate Marriage Victory in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 16, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

Celebration is too calm a word. For two hours, the heart of West Hollywood burst with boisterous joy, gratitude, pride, applause, marriage proposals and promises, laughter, tons of couples - some with marriage licenses, some with children - bubbles, candy,...Read More

You mean other stuff happened?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wow. We've had a lot of posts about this week's marriage equality ruling. Here's some other stuff that caught my eye this week but didn't make it onto the blog. Washington DC is so happy to have Cathy Renna back,...Read More

Congratulations California! Go Buckeyes!

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Four years after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's gay marriage block party got shut down by a very testy legislature, the California Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage statewide. Woo Hoo! Make some noise! Tie strings of tin...Read More


Gov Schwarzenegger on California ruling

Filed by Ed Team | May 16, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I respect the Court's decision and as Governor, I will uphold its ruling. Also, as I have said in the past, I will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling." -- California...Read More

Kelsey Grammer for gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2008 | 7:21 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Here's a political ad from Kelsey Grammer's movie Swing Vote. It's cute. Check out the trailer....Read More

California Supreme Court OKs Marriage for Gays - But It Ain't Over Yet

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 15, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

That joyful noise you hear rumbling across America is the sound of equality applauding: today the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that lesbian and gay couples have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The decision could be overturned,...Read More

A conversation about marriage, same-sex & otherwise, between me & my parents

Filed by Gina de Vries | May 15, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

From my mom: Gina, I know you don't believe in marriage, but for those who do and want their unions recognized, this is a huge victory. From my dad: Besides, Shannon Minter [an old friend] argued the case. From me:...Read More

The Reasoning of the CA Supreme Court

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

OK, two hours and 120 pages later, I'm back with a quick summary and analysis of the majority decision in the California marriage cases. I'll post on the concurring/dissenting opinions later....Read More

Victory in California

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 15, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Toni Broaddus is the Executive Director of the Equality Federation. The Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations. Just over an hour ago, the California Supreme Court ruled in...Read More

The California Marriage Win -- Reason to celebrate; Reason to pause

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 15, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's an auspicious day for my first Bilerico post! The win in California is a huge civil rights victory. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, deserves kudos for spearheading the litigation that resulted in today's...Read More

California Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 1:08 PM | comments

The decision has come down. We won by a 4-3 majority. The full decision is 172 pages long, containing 4 separate opinions. Full text after jump with commentary to follow....Read More

Radio is the theater of the mind

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Our own Don Sherfick was recently interviewed for WFIU radio about the implications Michigan's recent domestic benefits ruling will have in Indiana. He has become one of the foremost activists fighting against Indiana's marriage amendment. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More

Sitting Around Waiting for the CA Supreme Court to Rule...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 15, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

While we sit around twiddling our thumbs and waiting for the California Supreme Court to announce its ruling in the same-sex marriage cases, I thought it might be useful to recap some of the key features of the litigation. The...Read More

Tide is Changing

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 15, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

If the California Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing gay marriage, as is expected, do we all understand the magnitude of this decision?...Read More


Mother of All Marriage Battles

Filed by Ed Team | May 15, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The prospect of a ballot initiative is scary. But we have no choice but to face it. And in facing it, we should keep one thing in mind. A win at the California Supreme Court, confirmed by the voters, followed...Read More

California Marriage Decision to be announced tomorrow

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 14, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Breaking News! The California Supreme Court has just announced that it will rule on the same-sex marriage lawsuits tomorrow at 10 am PT. Both Equality California and Lambda Legal are sponsoring events and demonstrations around the state on this historic...Read More

That's Revolting! -- the book you've been waiting for...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 13, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

"That's Revolting! is a pre-emptive line in the sand... It calls us all, regardless of our specific sexual and gender identities, to resist the pressures to assimilate into an increasingly belligerent and racist normality. Ranging from New York to San...Read More

Q of the day: NC Dems party like its 2004

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 12, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's been an interesting and enlightening last few days over at BlueNC since the state primary on the 6th. As you know, Dem U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal was defeated by Kay Hagan, and the latter will face off against...Read More


Thank Goddess we got a station wagon

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's a good thing we always set an extra plate for dinner. In the past week, a masked man made his move, Mercedes sat on the couch and put her feet up, and now we're going to try and squeeze...Read More

Pas ici!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

So this past Friday, after a long day in downtown Paris, A. and I walked back uptown to a small pizzeria (the Place de Clichy area, for those readers who are familiar with gay Pah-ree). I've been there once before...Read More

Taking Mom to India

Filed by Eric Marcus | May 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Two-and-a-half years after my mother died I took her to India. Not all of her--just enough to fill one quarter of a sandwich-size zip-lock bag. Any more than that and I feared getting stopped at airport security, accused of carrying...Read More

Poisonous Parenting: Confused, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 11, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was halfway through writing the previous post when I came across something that made me realize this would be a two-part deal. That's when I cut the post short and wrote: The last time we visited Parker's pre-school, one...Read More

Better Know a Contributor: Jessica Hoffmann

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 11, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More


Mildred Loving on loving.

Filed by Ed Team | May 11, 2008 | 7:15 AM | comments

"I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's...Read More

Sexy Party - The Next Episode

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week's sexy party was so much fun, that I just HAD to do it again! Monday Uh Oh - Mercedes Allen (by far the most controversial post of the week) Mildred Loving of Loving v. Virgina Passes Away -...Read More

Poisonous Parenting: Confused, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole yesterday. During a (rare) quiet moment, I took some time to catch up on my news/blog reading. And I finally started reading a collection of news stories that I'd quietly tucked...Read More


Enshrining Bigotry

Filed by Ed Team | May 10, 2008 | 7:15 AM | comments

"It's marriage mischief -- an attempt to enshrine bigotry in the state constitution." -- Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, on a proposed constitutional marriage ban, as quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Read More

The B.S. Doctorate

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Unless there is a doctorate in bigotry and sexism, I cannot think of one that Phyllis Schlafly deserves. And yet, the administration at Washington University in St. Louis has announced it will confer an honorary degree on that most tired...Read More

More on the Michigan Marriage Ruling

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state's same-sex marriage amendment prevented public schools and universities from extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Waymon posted on this story yesterday, but I thought it deserved a second look because...Read More

More on the Michigan Marriage Ruling

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state's same-sex marriage amendment prevented public schools and universities from extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Waymon posted on this story yesterday, but I thought it deserved a second look because...Read More

The Michigan DP Decision: Sad News: Bait and Switch Works

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 08, 2008 | 2:10 PM | comments

There may be a silver lining in the recent decision of the Michigan Supreme Court to erase domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples under its new "Marriage Protection" constitutional amendment. Before it passed the folks of the Rightous Right told...Read More

Michigan Supreme Court- "No benefits for gay partners"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The decision is in from the Michigan Supreme Court- the 2004 Michigan ban against gay marriage also blocks domestic-partner benefits. The court ruled 5-2 that governments and state universities can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers. According...Read More

Bilerico visits Obama and Clinton campaign headquarters

Filed by Bil Browning | May 07, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm breaking a Bilerico rule by posting the larger video, but so many of you complained that you couldn't read the type on the smaller video player we normally use. My thoughts on the mini-documentary after the jump....Read More

Marriage Equality Updates from AZ & CA

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 07, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Just a quick update on the anti-marriage amendment making its way through both houses of the Arizona state legislature: The bill is stalled in the Senate, thanks to the maneuverings of State Rep. Kirstyn Sinema, who doubts that there are...Read More

Marriage Equality Movement Mother Dies

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As the nation celebrates Mother's Day this Sunday, let us as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans not forgot our mother of the marriage equality movement who died this week: Mildred Jeter Loving. There is no greater challenge before...Read More

Just saw Chuck and Larry

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Has it really been almost a year since Chuck and Larry was released? Oh, my. I remember the mini-controversy over whether or not it was homophobic like it was yesterday. I just saw it Saturday, over at a friend's apartment...Read More

Book review: Valuing all families

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Nancy D. Polikoff Beyond (Gay and Straight) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law Beacon Press, 2008 Law professor Nancy Polikoff argues in Beyond (Gay and Straight) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law that marriage and the rights currently...Read More

Mildred Loving of Loving v. Virginia passes away

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 05, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Those of us eagerly waiting for the day when same-sex marriage is finally legalized across the land owe a debt of gratitude to Mildred Loving, whose 1967 case (Loving v. Virginia) resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision that broke...Read More

Same Pearls, No Wisdom

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

PFLAG broke the story last week about right-wing activist Elaine Donnelly's latest attack on the military. Her new website, disparaging the service of LGBT Americans and petitioning Congress to continue firing those who bravely sign up for duty, called for...Read More

Pikachu Peekaboo caption this

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

I can't wait to see what captions Projectors come up with for this one. You just have to wonder what company executive gave this idea a thumbs up, eh? The floor is yours... Shortly after the Japanese government recognized Pokemon...Read More


New Jersey already has a same-sex marriage

Filed by Ed Team | May 03, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

"The world hasn't fallen apart because New Jersey has a same-sex marriage." --Trans woman Denise Brunner, on staying married to her wife after her gender transition, as quoted in The New York Times....Read More

NC: Jim Neal and Kay Hagan spar in only televised debate

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 02, 2008 | 8:50 AM | comments

North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates Jim Neal and Kay Hagan faced off Tuesday in a televised debate from UNC-Greensboro (Full video is on Spartan TV). NC LGBT news outlet Q-Notes has excellent coverage of the debate and what is included...Read More

Is same-sex marriage just for white people?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2008 | 12:10 PM | comments

Earlier this week, I posted about the lengthy article in the NY Times Sunday magazine that profiled young, married gay couples in Massachusetts. The couples were all white and wealthy, and I took author Benoit Denizet-Lewis to task over that...Read More

The real tragedy in the District 3 California State Senate election

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm feeling a little bit silly about it, but I started crying on the bus while reading the San Francisco Bay Guardian's election endorsement in the race between Carole Migden and Mark Leno, two gay Democrats fighting for the State...Read More