Marriage Equality: June 2008

So let me understand this...

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 30, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

...the guy who uses a prostitute and puts his wife at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease thinks we should discriminate against people with HIV? Is David Vitter trying to go further to the right or what? First, he...Read More

Jill Long-Thompson: Still the better choice

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 30, 2008 | 5:04 PM | comments

There has been a lot of discussion about Dennie Oxley and his joining the Jill Long-Thompson campaign as her running mate. (Bil reported on the Indiana Stonewall Democrats' meeting with Oxley last week.) While I understand the sentiments of some...Read More

Overcompensate much?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Larry Craig, who had sex with a guy in the Minneapolis airport and then denied it, and David Vitter, who was named as a client of Jeane Palfrey, have both decided to cosponsor a constitutional amendment to define marriage as...Read More

The Downside of Gay Pride

Filed by Storm Bear | June 30, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge The Human Rights Campaign street team have packed up their clipboards. The sunglasses vendors have packed their unsold wares. All the t-shirts have been given away. The personal lube advocates are sleeping in. Yes, friends, Pride...Read More

Everybody wants our money and time!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 30, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Like most of you, we are often asked to give money and volunteer our time for "the election of our lifetime." Since we have an organization dedicated to give strategically, we spend lots of time thinking about what are the...Read More

Let's get inside the mind of a conservative and imagine a world without homosexuals

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

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Robert Rouse is an anti-war activist, musician and blogger who has spent time in Crawford, TX and Washington, DC on behalf of the peace movement. He resides in Fort Wayne, IN with his wife Sheri and...Read More

Larry Craig blows his VP chances

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 29, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Well, that does it! Despite my best efforts to spin him into being a really top-notch pick as John McCain's running mate, Larry Craig has taken himself completely off of my radar screen. Why the abrupt change of attitude? He...Read More

Like any proud (blog) mama...

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Everyone knows we consider ourselves the Bilerico family around here. I guess that makes me the Blog Mama since no one who knows Jerame and I would argue that I'm the butch one. *grins* One of the other ways you...Read More

It's Saturday... We All Know What That Means!

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 28, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I got nothing witty to say, so I'll just cut to the chase. It's time for the weekly roundup. Monday Flying Marriages Under the Radar - Mercedes Allen New Military Data "Tells" Only Part of the Story - Steve Ralls...Read More

Marriage Bill Passes AZ Senate

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Friday, the Arizona Senate passed SRC-1042, which would amend the state constitution to prohibit marriage equality, with 16 votes. This, of course, was after the fundies failed to get enough votes on Wednesday to pass the damn thing. They...Read More


How's Log Cabin going to explain this?

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

"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making...Read More

Waymon is married!

Filed by Lane Hudson | June 27, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Ran into him at a bar in Castro - groom and marriage license in hand!...Read More

Albanian Women Defy Traditional Gender Roles

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A recent story in the New York Times reveals that what we currently define as transgender identity has existed in different cultures around the globe for centuries. Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to...Read More

What Michelle Obama Really Said

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 27, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I posted over at HuffingtonPost earlier, the media has significantly mischaracterized what Michelle Obama said about LGBT rights, and in particular recognition of same-sex relationships, during her address on Thursday evening to the DNC's Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council....Read More

What the Main Stream Media Missed at Bruce Cohen's Wedding

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am always fascinated by how my mainstream journalism colleagues and I can cover the exact same story and even select the same quotes and yet wind up reporting the story with significant shades of difference. Here's an example: On...Read More

Outrageous Hospital Behavior

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 27, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Readers of this blog know that my family policy agenda includes advance health care directive registries, first at the state level and then hopefully linked across the country. Today there's news of outrageous hospital behavior out of Florida. Janice Langbehn...Read More


There's no other way to put this?

Filed by Ed Team | June 27, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The sad truth is that gay rights has always been the disposable card of liberal politics. The very fact of our existence is still "controversial" even to those who make a noise about being our friends. We're still the fly...Read More

3 Simple Rules for Politicians

Filed by Bil Browning | June 26, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

I've been around a lot of politicians in my day. Whether City Councilors, County officials, state legislators or Congress members, there are some basic rules that transcend the status of the office when it comes to gay rights. After spending...Read More

Corporate Accountability: An Uptick? Some Reasons?

Filed by Dustin Kight | June 26, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Yesterday afternoon Family Equality Council released a statement from Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler on the state of our talks with TiVo, Inc. For the past three weeks, we have encouraged our supporters, their families and friends to contact TiVo and...Read More

Marriage Bill Fails to Pass AZ Senate

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 26, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Just a quick update on the marriage bill that was working its way through the Arizona state legislature. Yesterday the SCR-1042 failed to pass by 14-11, with 5 members not participating in the vote. In order to pass, 16 senators...Read More

McCain meets (in private) with Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

In a get-together not on McSame's public schedule, he met with members of the Log Cabin Republicans. Gee, why wasn't this a big public event -- you know, to help educate the rest of the LGBT community about John McCain...Read More

Pride, Parties, Progress and Perspective

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 25, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

This is a big Pride week for me, my family and colleagues. We spent time at Capitol Pride in Washington DC last weekend and this week is New York Pride. While exhausting, it was more fun than work to be...Read More

American, First and Foremost

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A recent response to me, personally, was that I was being selfish and narcissistic for pressuring the Obama campaign about marriage equality. He said he was an American first and foremost. Aside from my clearly narcissistic need to clear up...Read More

Well, of course we can't let the riff-raff get married, it would ruin it for the rest of us!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I mean, that's pretty much all I'm hearing from this (via Feministe): Be aware. Images from gay weddings, said Lorri L. Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, could be used by opponents in a campaign...Read More

A Gay Tale of Two Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

If there is any pro-LGBT voter out there who is wondering which candidate to support for the presidency, these video compilations of statements by John McCain and Barack Obama should clear things up....Read More

Can we really define "bride" and "groom"?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monica Helms guest posted a couple weeks ago about how we cannot define "man" and "woman" in marriage; Mercedes Allen posted this weekend about how defining marriage as between one man and one woman leads to confusing policy towards transgender...Read More

Florida AFL-CIO Votes to Oppose Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Florida AFL-CIO, one of the largest membership organizations in Florida, opposes Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. The Florida AFL-CIO represents 500,000 workers, retirees and their families in aproximately 500 local labor unions and labor councils. The vote...Read More


Usher just can't help it

Filed by Ed Team | June 25, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Am I so much of a bad guy because I decided to get married? Am I so much of a bad guy [because once I got in the situation], I decided to stand for something, build a foundation, and think...Read More

Kick Bolthouse Farms Out Of Your Refrigerator

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | June 24, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As reported by Alex Blaze several weeks ago, William Bolthouse, founder and 43% owner of Bolthouse Farms, a farm in California that provides organic juices, lemonades, and smoothies to places like Whole Foods and other organic market places, has just...Read More

Language is Powerful

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 24, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I heard a great interview the other week (look for "gay marriage redux") by Julie Goodridge, one of the lead plaintiffs of the historic MA ruling. Great interview, please listen. But I have one thing to say to everyone. Language...Read More

California anti-gay initiative might be derailed

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 24, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The astonishing lawyers at NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights) are at it again. Not only did they get us marriage in California, but they've come up with some very good arguments for sending the "Protect Marriage" folks back to...Read More

Jill Long Thompson, Dennie Oxley and the gay community

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

I started to document some of my notes from the Stonewall Democrats caucus at the Indiana State Democratic Convention on Saturday while I was waiting on gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson to arrive, but wasn't able to finish before she...Read More

Flying Marriages Under the Radar

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 23, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I recently had the pleasure of attending and helping out with the wedding of some close friends in the trans community (or at least until I threw my back out and hit a bout of dehydration and shock that messed...Read More

The Itch to Hitch

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 23, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Happy Summer Solstice!! And Merry Christmas while I'm at it because that's how fast tempus is fugiting. It's Day #14 of my Hillary withdrawal. For at least seventeen months, I saw her every day, knew where she was going, who...Read More

Yo NAACP, NBJC...Where Y'all At?

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 23, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's been a few days since the video of a Memphis police officer beating down an African-American transwoman was released, and I have yet to see any statement released about it from two organizations claiming to represent me as an...Read More

Why gay? Fa'afines of Samoa solve the puzzle

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dr. Helen Fisher is the founder and Chief Scientific Advisor to Dr. Fisher will be posting every Sunday evening for the next month, so someone fix her a plate. I am a public speaker by...Read More

Talking About Gay Marriage In High School

Filed by Eric Marcus | June 22, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

On several occasions I've heard from high school students who have wanted advice on how to give a persuasive speech on gay issues and/or how to deal with the potential fallout from a teacher and classmates. The back-and-forth that follows...Read More

Wedding Bell Round Up

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 21, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Have you been so busy getting married this week that you missed out on your favorite blog? Here's the best TBP had to offer this week. You know I got your back! Monday Pride '08 - Who is Standing on...Read More

Sometimes the Law Works in Mysterious Ways

Filed by Dustin Kight | June 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just when you thought DOMA made it impossible for same-sex couples to enjoy any of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of marriage, the Department of Justice releases a legal opinion stating that nothing in the infamous 1996 federal law bars...Read More

Indiana Democratic Convention - LGBT caucus

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Instead of going back over this and trying to recreate the live blog, I'll just save it for a complete post tomorrow. I'll do a separate post on Oxley's visit. 1:35 - Quotes from Ellen Andersen - past president of...Read More

St. Petersburg Pride gets Political

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 21, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

St. Pete Pride is using its annual pride parade and festival as a platform to challenge Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. With over 80,000 people expected to attend, this will be the largest statewide protest of Amendment 2...Read More

Mrs. Cowen-Whitman

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the first time today, I was called Mrs. Cowen-Whitman. More than once. It was the last day of school and the kids all wanted to go to Tom's Pizza. We went and as I stood in line to order,...Read More

A Thoughtful Conservative Response to the California Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | June 20, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Right-wing talk show host Michael Savage on the recent nuptials: You've got to explain to the children ... why God told people this was wrong. You have to explain this to them in this time of mental rape that's going...Read More

Renewal for Abstinence Only Programs Likely

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In spite of the ever-mounting research showing that it is completely ineffectual, it appears as though the Bush administration's abstinence-only, wait-until-marriage programs for schools will be renewed. According to The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services,...Read More

10 Tips for GLBT folks in Dealing with Family and Friends

Filed by Michele O'Mara | June 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

With all of the wonderful attention resurfacing around same-sex marriages, I thought I'd pull together a list of tips for dealing with friends and family around the issue of sexual orientation. What issue? Nothing like a big ole gay wedding...Read More

First ever hearing on gender identity in the workplace

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor's subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on gender identity in the workplace on Thursday, June 26. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) will chair the first ever congressional hearing to...Read More

"God Killed Him For Loving Fags!" (UPDATED)

Filed by Storm Bear | June 20, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge Updating from Monday's post... A guitar playing man who was supportive of same sex marriage passed out at my feet a little after 5pm. The medics gave him CPR for over 20 minutes before they moved...Read More

Freedom: The Agitator and the Solution

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | June 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

June is about brides and grooms. June is about pride and parades. June is about freedom and emancipation. Freedom: The need and the desire to have it has been the basis for much if not all of the world's social...Read More

Marriage Equality and the Memory of Tammy Faye

Filed by Paige Schilt | June 19, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Yesterday my partner, Katy, and I were legally married by our friend Jay Bakker, the Pastor of Revolution NYC. During the ceremony, Jay spoke of his late mother, Tammy Faye Messner, and how happy she would have been to see...Read More

Civil Rights Restored to Florida Ex-Felons

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

At a summit to help keep down repeat criminals, Governor Charlie Crist announced that over 115,000 former felons who completed their sentences have had their civil rights restored since a new state rule went into effect 14 months ago. Those...Read More


LA Times on marriage

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

"As the state's voters watch the celebrations in the coming months, they should enjoy the sight of fellow citizens availing themselves of a public institution, that of marriage. These celebrations allow us to share in the newlyweds' happiness, to join...Read More

Shut the hell up

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 18, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

If I hear "Marriage is between one man and one woman" one more time from Obama's mouth- or any Democrat's mouth- I'm going to scream. Last night, while being questioned on California's decision, Obama just had to say it. One...Read More

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then...

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Trigger Warning: I've never used a "trigger warning" before but there are some descriptions of severe abuse after the jump. I wanted to warn anyone whose memories of past trauma might be triggered by the descriptions. As I write this,...Read More

Florida Firefighters Say No to Amendment 2

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

The Florida Professional Firefighters has joined Florida Red and Blue's SayNo2 Campaign to defeat Florida's so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The Florida Professional Firefighters are a State Association chartered by the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO-CLC. They comprised of 140...Read More


To Boldly Go...

Filed by Ed Team | June 18, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Brad [Altman, his partner of 21 years] and I - we're going to get married today. Isn't that wonderful?... May equality live long and prosper." -- Star Trek actor GeorgeTakei on getting married in West Hollywood, California....Read More

Gordon Smith on homophobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Sen. Gordon Smith on why he supports FMA. People who oppose same-sex marriage are an oppressed minority like Mormons, yo....Read More

Love is beautiful and kind

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 10:22 PM | comments

Lisa Corn and Bobbie Cambell...Read More

The ring

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 10:17 PM | comments

Carl and Terry Haley...Read More

Carl and Terry Haley

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 10:13 PM | comments

Carl and Terry Haley gets married by Duran with son Corbin looking on....Read More

Marriage is so sweet

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 9:28 PM | comments

Tiny wedding cakes for Tuesday's marriages in San Francisco....Read More

A great day for LGBT Californians!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 17, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

I've been watching Bilerico's slide show of California marriages, fighting back tears of joy and wishing I could be in San Francisco on this historic day, rather than stuck at a desk at a temp job which couldn't feel farther...Read More

Deanna and Huda

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 6:35 PM | comments

Deanna Karraa and Huda Jadallah kiss as they are pronounced married by Mayor Ron Dellums. Left to right Cynthia and Mayor Ron Dellums, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and City Councilwoman Jean Quan as well as the couples children, Hind, Omar...Read More

Susan and Helen

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 6:33 PM | comments

Dr. Susan Love, 60 and her partner Dr. Helen Cooksey, 60 - from Pacific Palisades - they got their license but will marry on July 5....Read More

Bad Chicago news for The Peter

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 17, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Peter is probably having a cow right now since this is in his backyard. An openly gay Chicago alderman is proposing changes to the city's domestic partner benefits plan to ensure that the partners of city workers remain insured...Read More

Two Gay Guys: Sex and the City...and Gay Marriage

Filed by Brent Hartinger | June 17, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michael and I take on the California same-sex marriage ruling...while parodying Sex and the City at the same time! Online Videos by More

Rhavhn and Sabur

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 4:41 PM | comments

Rhavhn, 53, and Sabur, 52, Gaillard of LA....Read More

Garbowski and Russell

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 4:21 PM | comments

Jan Garbowski and Bonny Russell were married in San Diego...Read More

Gay Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 4:17 PM | comments

Del Martin, center left, and Phyllis Lyon, center right, are married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ,center, in a special ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, June 16, 2008. Also pictured are the couple's witnesses, Roberta...Read More

All the way from Texas

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

Tanya Voss, Mason Marriott-Voss, Cade Marriott-Voss and Sue Marriott - from Austin, Texas...Read More

Tying the Knot in Long Beach

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Denise Penn is an advocacy journalist, editor and columnist who has been covering political and social issues for alternative and LGBT press since the early nineties. She is currently News Editor for The Lesbian News, Editor-in-Chief of Bi Magazine, and...Read More

Group photo!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 3:07 PM | comments

Duran, Heilman, Takei, Altman, Prang before going ino to get license...Read More

George Takei and Brad Altman get license

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 3:06 PM | comments

George Takei and Brad Altman go to get their marriage license....Read More

Sulu gets married

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

George Takai and Brad Altman tie the knot in West Hollywood...Read More

Marriage in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tori and Kate Kuykendall got in line outside the West Hollywood Park auditorium late in the afternoon of June 16, just about the same time that Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were getting their marriage license at the Beverly Hills...Read More

Happy Couple Gets Married

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 2:55 PM | comments

Happy Couple Gets Married Tuesday morning at the San Francisco City Hall....Read More

Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 2:03 PM | comments

Tuesday morning at the San Francisco City Hall. Photography by Storm Bear....Read More

The First Couple on Tuesday Morning

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 2:01 PM | comments

The first couple married on Tuesday morning in San Francisco...Read More

Watching History

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Although I live about as far away from California as a person can be (in South Florida), watching the news coverage last night of couples getting married made me feel like I was right beside them. My partner and I...Read More

Al Gore endorses Obama, Solis Doyle tapped for position

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 17, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Al Gore endorses Obama. In all the Cali marriage hubbub, this news was buried, but it is significant. Obama's first campaign appearance with Gore, at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, came after Gore announced his support in a...Read More

Tila Tequila Makes Gay Marriage Possible! WTB- TV Edition!

Filed by Michael Buckley | June 17, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch I hope you enjoy this new video! It is a TV Edition about The Mole, Hells Kitchen, Bravo's A-List Awards and then a rant on Tila Tequila at the end. Thanks for watching! Stay tuned...Read More


Free marriage equality photos

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Don't forget that Bilerico Project has partnered with several California media outlets to create a special California Marriage Equality photostream. You can check it out throughout the day by clicking on the top section in the middle column. Photos courtesy...Read More


Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2008 | 11:41 AM | comments

Waving the rainbow flag outside of San Francisco City Hall....Read More

"God Killed Him For Loving Fags"

Filed by Storm Bear | June 17, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

He later collapsed at my feet. The Christian protesters cursed him. More after the flip....Read More

I Do! California Performs Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Truthfully, it felt more like an event than a marriage, as a huge swarm of media - me included - descended on Robin Tyler and Diane Olson after they got out of their white stretch limo in front of the...Read More


The Importance of Love

Filed by Ed Team | June 17, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Marriage is a confirmation of the importance of love and commitment in a healthy society. It is a fundamental right to which all people are entitled and I am proud that I can officiate the eternal unions of these Oakland...Read More

Cute couple

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:36 PM | comments

Celebrants outside San Francisco City Hall on 6-16-08...Read More

Let your hands do the talking

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:33 PM | comments

California Marriage Equality - San Francisco...Read More

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:14 PM | comments

What kind of celebration can you have in San Francisco without the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?...Read More

Down and out in Beverly Hills

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:13 PM | comments

This woman was escorted from the area just before the ceremony was to take place...she kept yelling that this was not a marriage and this was not the will of the people....Read More

Answer the question

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:11 PM | comments

Celebrant outside of San Francisco City Hall...Read More

Outside San Francisco City Hall

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:09 PM | comments

Demonstration and celebration outside of San Francisco City Hall collide...Read More

The Lady in Red

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:05 PM | comments

Celebrant outside of San Francisco City Hall...Read More

California Marriage Protestors - San Francisco

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 11:04 PM | comments

Protestors outside of City Hall in San Francisco...Read More

This time they were not denied

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 10:56 PM | comments

Robin cries during the ceremony. She and Diane came to the Beverly Hills Courthouse for eight years trying to get a marriage license - this time they were not denied. Gloria Allred is in the background....Read More

The toast

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 10:53 PM | comments

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson have a ceremonial Jewish religious toast....Read More

Tyler and Olson arrive

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 10:50 PM | comments

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson arrive at the courthouse....Read More

Irwin and Faderman

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

Phyllis Irwin, 79, with historian Lillian Faderman, 67, who've been together for 36 years....Read More

Anti-gay marriage protestors

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 9:43 PM | comments

Man, she was nervous....Read More

Anti-marriage protestors in San Francisco

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 9:28 PM | comments

Christian anti-marriage protestors in San Francisco on Monday afternoon....Read More

Gay wedding cake

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 9:13 PM | comments

Elaborate cake for gay men - at Cake & Art in WeHo, CA...Read More

Barela and Burritt

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 9:01 PM | comments

F. Damion Barela and Scott Burritt came to WeHo park to check out where the weddings - including theirs - will take place tomorrow. "It's such a celebration for us - such a victory for everyone, for civil rights,"...Read More

Watch California marriages live tonight

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Thought I'd throw this tip out there for Projectors... You can watch TV coverage of the first gay weddings tonight at They have satellite trucks all over the state streaming back video....Read More

Looking for that day to arrive

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sometimes, when you're in the middle of a long task and the end is nowhere in sight, it feels as if you haven't accomplished anything. You want to give up - or at least slack off - because there is...Read More

My Marriage Decision

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is an exciting day for our community. Marriage Equality is a reality in California. It's a day for celebration and reflection. Here on Bilerico, there has been much discussion about the importance of "marriage" and the fight for equality....Read More

An open letter to today's happy newlyweds

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lena Dahlstrom is a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay area who also performs as a drag queen under the stage name "Joie de Vivre." She always gets teary-eyed at weddings. First let me offer my congratulations on...Read More

Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage in Puerto Rico Fails

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

From the AP: Puerto Rico's house of representatives has denied a measure to toughen a ban on same-sex marriage. Rep. Victor García San Inocencio says Resolution 99 failed on Thursday to make it to the house floor for voting, effectively...Read More

Pride '08 - who is standing on whose shoulders?

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rosemary took in her first Pride parade in Washington DC this weekend (if she comes to me as a teenager and says "hey, I went to NY Pride when I was in the baby Bjorn at six months," I'll be...Read More

Enduring Love

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

This morning, I woke up with such a full heart and an amazing sense of déjà vu. Today I am going to San Francisco City Hall, to the mayor's office, and will witness history. I will be surrounded by familiar...Read More

Gay Marriage: What's the fuss about?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger, Dr. Helen Fisher, is the founder and Chief Scientific Advisor to Dr. Fisher will be posting every Sunday evening for the next month, so someone fix her a plate. I am so delighted to be...Read More

Pride and Fatherhood

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's Gay Pride and Father's Day in many cities. And so some words about gay fathers.... A "fatherhood movement" started in this country in the mid-1990's. Its main stated goal: Convince everyone that father absence had devastating consequences for children...Read More

Straight Men Will Love Gay Marriage

Filed by Storm Bear | June 15, 2008 | 5:58 PM | comments

click to enlarge From the San Francisco Chronicle: When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presides over the city's first legal same-sex wedding Monday, there will be some very carefully arranged political stagecraft involved. It's all geared toward voters who...Read More

Excerpt from my Letter of Resignation

Filed by Ellen Andersen | June 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

After living for more than a decade in Indiana, my partner and I are pulling up stakes and moving to Vermont this summer. We're both taking positions on the faculty at the University of Vermont. We hadn't been planning to...Read More

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

First, heartfelt congratulations! This is amazing and historic because couples from any state can get married in California. Take this one-question poll if you plan to marry in California. But now a reminder of the work ahead and important information...Read More

Tammy Baldwin on upcoming legislation, Gordon Smith on John McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's Tammy Baldwin on upcoming LGBT legislation, from the Washington Blade via Pam: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) made the comments today at a Center for American Progress forum geared toward highlighting the importance of the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations...Read More

Queen Latifah Tying the Knot

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

After years of rumor and speculation, Queen Latifah is finally out of the closet. Last week it was reported that Queen Latifah will be joining other celeb couples by getting hitched in California now that same-sex marriage has been recognized...Read More

Because they know they're wrong

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Liberty Counsel is suing to have same-sex marriages in California delayed: The Virginia-based Liberty Counsel, in a petition with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, argued that the wording of the California Supreme Court ruling legalizing...Read More

Hello again....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I haven't had a chance to post here in what seems like ages! The kind editors, however, (thank you!!) have kept my name "on the masthead" in the hope I'd once again surface and be able to contribute. A number...Read More

Obama opposes Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama opposes Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, his campaign told Florida Red and Blue, the bipartisan statewide organization fighting Amendment 2 through the Say No 2 campaign. In opposing Amendment 2, Senator Obama...Read More

LGBT orgs urge out-of-state couples marrying in CA to 'Make Change, Not Lawsuits'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 11, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As the date for marriage equality nears in the Golden State, four LGBT legal organizations, including Freedom To Marry, and five other leading national LGBT groups have issued a press release and primer (PDF) on marriage equality strategy called "Make...Read More

Norway to Get Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 11, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Equality Train just keeps on trucking... this time internationally! According to Aftenposten: The Norwegian government put forth a long-expected gay marriage bill on Friday, clearing the way for homosexual couples to secure the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. Norway...Read More

Will California's initiative to ban same-sex marriage succeed?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Patrick Range McDonald opines on Equality for All's drive to defeat the ballot initiative in California in LA Weekly (via GP): Voters will now have the final say on gay marriage in November. Gay rights activists have already been gearing...Read More

"Family First" Check-off Signed into Florida Law

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

Florida's Governor Charlie Crist quietly signed into law a bill that allows a private Tampa-based group to solicit money from Florida drivers on official state forms. He signed the bill giving Family First the opportunity to ask drivers to donate...Read More

Bishop Robinson says "I do!"

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 10, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson is the most dangerous bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion. But witnessing this man of quiet dignity and humble beginnings join in civil union with his partner, Mark Andrew, you must ask yourself: why?...Read More

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's stand against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A few people on the left are wondering how the Religious Right, who hates both Muslims and gays, will reconcile Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's rejection of counsel because of same-sex marriage, either in Massachusetts or California. From the Wall Street Journal:...Read More

Transgender Pride

Filed by Donna Rose | June 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

June is PRIDE month in most cities and states across the country (Phoenix PRIDE is in April - by June it's too hot). All manner of celebrations, parades, and other activities are planned to observe this month set aside to...Read More

L.A. Pride Parade photos

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The LA LGBT community - and lots of straight allies - turned out to celebrate Pride, marriage, family fun, and the sheer joy of celebrating freedom in the Southern California sun. See more photos and commentary in my other post,...Read More

L.A. LGBT Pride and Politics

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"You have to understand, this is our Mardi Gras," John Duran explained to the Time Warner cable audience watching the half-naked gyrating boys during the live broadcast of the 38th Christopher Street West Pride parade Sunday. Yes, Pride has always...Read More

LCR wants to educate you about McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the most bizarre assumptions behind the LCR's campaign against Romney in the primaries was that any of the other candidates were any better on the issues LCR cares about. They all pretty much opposed any legislation with anything...Read More

Do Your Damn Job

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's pretty straightforward. You read the job description. You took the job. Now, do your job. On Wednesday, San Diego County Clerk Gregory Smith said he would consider allowing clerks to bow out of processing such marriages if they had...Read More


I get (hate) mail

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I woke up to this e-mail yesterday - sent to me via Bilerico Project. This was before I wrote my post about Indiana's flooding yesterday, before we knew all of our family members were safe, and before we knew what...Read More

HRC Report Slams John McCain's Opposition to LGBT Rights

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's pathetic record on LGBT civil rights. The report entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans shows that while McCain...Read More

Consensus at Last!

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | June 07, 2008 | 12:37 PM | comments

Breaking News: 100% of crazy fundamentalist Christians and scary terrorists agree: Gay Marriage is totally evil! Khalid Sheik Mohammed makes the case for the Federal Marriage Amendment: At his arraignment here Thursday, the alleged 9/11 mastermind said he would not...Read More


Mayor Newsom's Slippery Slope

Filed by Ed Team | June 07, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"If you don't want to provide a marriage certificate and you've got a job that does that, then you should think twice about why you got the job in the first place and maybe you should get a new job...[t]alk...Read More

Can We Really Define "Man and Woman"?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest poster and TAVA president Monica Helms explores various definitions of "man" and "woman" and their relationship to the law. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force map, 40 states have some form of law...Read More

No Wedding Ceremonies for Kern County

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

How do you get around marriage equality in California? Simply stop performing all wedding ceremonies. Kern county clerk's office will stop performing ceremonies for any couples -- gay or straight -- after June 13- the Friday before the Supreme Court...Read More

Why is EMILY's List endorsing anti-semitism, racism and homophobia?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 05, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

EMILY's List, known for funding female candidates for public office, has two main qualifications for getting their endorsement. You have to be female and you have to be pro-choice. The organization recently endorsed Nikki Tinker in her run for Congress...Read More

Gays and lesbians should wed with their wallets.

Filed by Nina Smith | June 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution." - Mae West Recently, many of us in California had reason to celebrate as the State's Supreme Court ruled the ban here on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Since...Read More

About Bolthouse Farms

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

For the latest and most accurate information about Bolthouse Farms, read this updated article. William Bolthouse has just donated $100,000 dollars to the ballot initiative to amend California's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. He owns 43% of Bolthouse Farms, a...Read More

He Sees Gay People

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

After my Memorial Day run at the Crown and Anchor in Ptown, I took a lovely local nine-seater CapeAir plane into Boston for the 27th Annual MA Bill of Rights dinner. The pilot was in training and kept reading the...Read More

Marriage Equality means Big Money for California

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

In an interesting article in the San Francisco Chronicle (which I did a brief interview and quote for), another reason why the California Marriage Decision is good for the state was brought forward: money. In the article, "State sees economic...Read More

A Cause of Celebration: Reflections on Our Progress

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | June 04, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am most reflective today as two significant announcements have captured my attention and filled my spirit with a renewed hopefulness: the rise of Barack Obama and the newly formed LGBT Congressional Caucus. In 1980, African American gay activist Mel...Read More

Perez, Leno Win California Races

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

John A. Perez beamed as he made his way among the tables at La Fonda restaurant, hugging supporters, friends and family - including cousin Antonio Villaraigosa, the Mayor of Los Angeles, as a mariachi band trumpeted his victory in the...Read More

Breaking News: No Stay for California Marriages!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court denied a request today to put a hold on its ruling allowing same-sex marriages after the November election. Opponents of the court's May 15 ruling had asked the justices to stay the decision until Californians vote...Read More

The Incrementalists Dirty Little "Secret"

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign hopes you're not paying attention. Barney Frank hopes you'll look the other way. John Aravosis is crossing his fingers that you won't draw the only logical conclusion. These folks - and those who think about basic...Read More

Get Busy. Get Equal.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU LGBT Project recently launched Get Busy, Get Equal , an online toolkit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. Get Busy, Get Equal is designed to equip activists who don't necessarily have much experience organizing with the tools...Read More

The Antichrist is so gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Making people vomit the demon of handwriting analysis isn't the only thing John Hagee does. He also tells us that the Antichrist is a gay Jew: iPhone users: Click to watch So does this hurt McCain with the gay Republican...Read More

Let Them Eat Cake

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 03, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

[Editors' Note:] Robin Tyler is one of the Original Plaintiffs in the CA Supreme Court Lawsuit, Tyler v. County of LA. In fall 2008, Robin will be filming her one woman comedy show, Always A Bridesmaid, Never a Groom. Wedding...Read More

Black Pride Parties to a Different Beat

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

What started out in Washington, D.C., as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country in 1990 has grown to more than 35 gatherings nationwide. Starting in April and going through October of each year, more than 300,000 LGBTQ...Read More

Initiative to limit marriage will be on California ballot in November

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's official: California voters will have a chance to overturn the recent state Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage just five months from now, as the secretary of state certified a measure to define marriage as "between a man...Read More

A Lifetime in Two Weeks

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I write this on the evening of May 29. It has been exactly two weeks since the historic ruling from the California Supreme Court ending the exclusion of lesbians and gay men from the right to marry. The past two...Read More

Ode to a toddler

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 02, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I admit it - I have learned more about patience, kindness, fun and sheer joy from the "almost three" year old my wife and I share our life with, our daughter Rosemary. If you know me or have had the...Read More

Family is what you make it

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In honor of the third annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day, I wanted to share a little bit about my own family. Many of you know about my partner and me- we have been together for 6 years, have our...Read More

Separation of church and state in marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

TBP editor Waymon Hudson got quoted in the Contra Coast Times last week in an article about how some clergy aren't signing marriage licenses anymore: "I think the need to untangle civil marriage and the rights associated with it from...Read More

Congratulations to Steph and Stephanie

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2008 | 9:05 AM | comments

Two good friends got married yesterday, Steph Mineart and Stephanie Kouteck. While the marriage, of course, isn't recognized here in Indiana, the duo are off to Canada to make it official. Both women looked absolutely stunning. I'm so happy for...Read More

Laws for LGBT Families with Children

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 02, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today is "Blogging for LGBT Families Day." Here's my contribution: The worst news recently for LGBT families was the decision of Maryland's highest court that eviscerated the family of Janice and Margaret and their daughter, Maya. You see, only Janice...Read More

To the DNC: It's the selection process, stupid!

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 01, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

It has been long established conventional wisdom that Democrats understand the web and know how to use it for political purposes better than Republicans. The #1 blog on the Internet is a liberal blog (The Huffington Post) and the Democrats...Read More

Queerview Mirror- The Sex and the City Movie!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 01, 2008 | 1:30 PM | 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

Why the Victory in California is so Special

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The decision by the California Supreme Court that same sex couples have the same right to marry as anybody else makes California the first state in the Union where LGBTQ people are treated fully equal under the law. For example,...Read More


Jesse Ventura gives Pat Buchanan hell

Filed by Ed Team | June 01, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Love is bigger than government. Who the hell are we as a government to tell people who you can fall in love with? I think it's absurd, the fact that it's even being debated." -- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura...Read More