Marriage Equality: July 2008

What Hangs in the Balance

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 31, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

If we lose California, if they defeat the marriage amendment, I'm afraid that the culture war is over and Christians have lost. I've never said that publicly until now--but that's just the reality of the fact. Donald Wildmon, President, American...Read More

What'll happen to Californian domestic partners?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've been doing a lot of personal research into French PACS (civil unions) this past week, and it's gotten me to wonder about what exactly is going to happen to Californian domestic partners. California created its domestic partnership registry in...Read More

Obama Organizes in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a great column in the Huffington Post, blogger Sam Stein reports that the Obama campaign is "months ahead" of where the Gore and Kerry campaigns were in Florida in years past. Obama's Communications Director in the state, Mark Bubriski,...Read More

Diego Sanchez's speech at the HRC San Francisco dinner

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 31, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Diego M. Sanchez is the Director of Public Relations & External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc. Deigo was a featured speaker at HRC's San Francisco gala dinner. This is a copy of those...Read More

Students Win Precedent Setting GSA fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Yesterday, Federal Judge K. Michael Moore ruled that school officials in Okeechobee, Florida, must allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to form at their high...Read More

Award Winning "Think Equal" Commercial

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Garden State Equality's "Think Equal" marriage equality ad, part of their highly successful equality education campaign, has won the Commercial Closet Association Award for the year's Outstanding Nonprofit Campaign! Congratulations!...Read More

More Wedding Bells for Massachusetts

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that prevented the state from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be valid in their home states. This comes a week after the Senate voted...Read More

Fandango, I Want My Money Back

Filed by Simon Aronoff | July 30, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Warning: this post is one big plot spoiler. I was a fan of the X Files while it had its run on television. The show was an entertaining ride through all manner of paranormal experience--from UFOs to changeling monsters and...Read More

Will Arizona be abandoned?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest Blogger Barbara McCullough-Jones is Executive Director of Equality Arizona. A native of Seattle, Barbara first arrived in Arizona in 1989 and has since enjoyed nearly 20 years working in the LGBT movement. Barbara has received numerous honors...Read More

California Fundies Sue Over Prop 8 Language Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The supporters of Prop 8, California's constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, are worried. California Atty. General Jerry Brown recently changed the measure's ballot title and summary from "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman...Read More

Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Agrees To Say No 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, opposes Amendment 2. She joins more than 200 prominent leaders and organizations on Florida Red & Blue's Advisory Board against the so-called "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." In Florida,...Read More

Who Counts in an American Democracy?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Malcom Lazin is the Executive Director of the Equality Forum and the recipient of the US Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award and the National Education Association's Creative Leadership in Human Rights Award. On July 17, 2008,...Read More

McCain comes out against gay adoption... Again.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I guess we'll be hearing from his campaign to "clarify" his position again. In a Sunday interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, McCain- who first said he was against gay adoption, then had his campaign backtrack on it- is...Read More

Miami Beach City Commission Votes to Say No 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 27, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Mayor Matti Herrera Bower of Miami Beach is going to bat for the LGBT community yet again! During its Wednesday, July 16 meeting, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to condemn Amendment 2, the so-called "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." The...Read More

Better Know a Contributor: Nancy Polikoff

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 26, 2008 | 6:00 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

Dealing with Family and Friends Tip #3: Cut the Apron Strings

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 26, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Having already identified Tip #1 and Tip #2 in a series of ten tips for GLBT persons in dealing with family and friends, we are now ready for tip number three: cut the apron strings. I never felt married, until...Read More

Florida Amendment Backers Put Out Commercial- UGH

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Florida4Marriage, the backers of the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" in Florida, have put out their first commercial. It's just as bad and insulting as you would imagine. To help defeat the Florida's Amendment 2, visit...Read More

Ptown GPS

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

One of the big controversies in Provincetown this summer involves complaints by fifty-third generation descendants of Puritan about nudity and public sex in the far reaches of the Herring Cove Dunes. The good news is that my worry that gay...Read More

Obama 60-14 among LGBT voters

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Obama's not doing too badly among LGBT adults: Among LGBT adults, 60 percent favor Obama while 14 percent favor McCain. Three percent of LGBT adults favor Barr, while 1 percent choose Nader. Six percent choose "other," while 17 percent of...Read More

Top Ten Check List for Same-Sex Couples Marrying in California

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Getting the boy or girl of your dreams to say yes to your marriage proposal is only the first step in having the fiercest wedding in all the land. And no, I am not thinking about how crucial it is...Read More

Fight Against AZ Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Those of you following the news about the proposed constitutional amendment in Arizona to prohibit same sex marriage will find the latest round of shenanigans very upsetting. On Wedesday, Equality Arizona called on Senate President Tim Bee (R-30) to immediately...Read More

Officials Change California's Prop 8 Language on Ballot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Election officials in California made what could be an important change to Proposition 8's language yesterday. Prop 8, which was put forward by fundies to reverse the state's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, is on the ballot in...Read More

Farewell Fannie! and Married with Problems

Filed by Fannie Fierce | July 23, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Hello Projectors, Fannie here. I'm sad to announce that this will be my farewell post to Fiercely Fannie. I've been doing this advice thing for the past year or so, and it's really been a fun, fun run with y'all....Read More

Culture Wars, good little soldiers, and deserting the party

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Don Wildmon thinks that California could be the last battle of the so-called Culture Wars: "If we lose California, if they defeat the marriage amendment, I'm afraid that the culture war is over and Christians have lost," said Wildmon, "I've...Read More

Have you heard of the Williams Institute? Read on....

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Ever wondered how many gay people there are in this country? How many of us have children? How much we earn? Where we live? Whether we receive public assistance? Well, no one can give perfect answers to these questions. No...Read More

When is a Marriage Not a Marriage?

Filed by Eric Marcus | July 20, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

When I read in Friday's NY Times that the "Census Will not Record Same-Sex Marriages," I asked myself a question: Dear Eric: Why won't the 2010 Census count legally married gay couples? --Perplexed in NYC Dear Perplexed in NYC: Remember...Read More

The Political Uses of Sodomy Laws

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here on CNN Asia there are constant and beautiful commercial spots for Malaysia featuring singing children, exotically dressed dancers in the forefront of the Petronas Tower (tallest building in the world when built) located in Kuala Lampur. Petronas has oil...Read More

California's Prop 8 will fail - 6 reasons

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm going to predict, in all my blogger glory, that the marriage amendment in California, Proposition 8, will fail this November. Here's why: It's polling pretty badly. A new Field Poll released today says that likely voters are against the...Read More

New Field Poll Good News for California Marriages

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 18, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A new poll released by Field Research -- the standard in California polling -- indicates that a proposed amendment to the California state constitution which would define marriage as only between one man and one woman is failing to gain...Read More

Introducing FRC's magical pansexual non-threatening spokesthing, Pit-Pat!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I just got the image on the right in my inbox, taken from the Family Research Council's website. Apparently it's the new graphic they'll tack on to their news items from California regarding marriage. It looked kind of familiar to...Read More

Gay Ron Paul staffer dies of pneumonia without health coverage, leaves $400K debt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Kent Snyder, Ron Paul's campaign chair, died of pneumonia a couple of weeks ago after two months in the hospital. He was openly gay. Here's what Paul had to say about Snyder: Kent poured every ounce of his being into...Read More

Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative Will Remain on November Ballot in California

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that the ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage will go forward as planned. Numerous gay rights groups were involved in the litigation trying to stop the initiative. The...Read More

A Turning Point for Troops & Their Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Next Wednesday -- July 23 -- may well mark a critical turning point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal ban on open service that has cost our country the talent and skills of more than...Read More

Believing in Our Families

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

As you're reading this, I'm either on my way to, in, or on my way back from New Jersey. There reason for the trip is incredibly happy one. Today is the day we're finalizing Dylan's adoption. Last week we got...Read More

A Few Random Gender Related Stories

Filed by Bruce Parker | July 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I clearly haven't been blogging much lately, but have been collecting a few things that I keep meaning to share with my Bilerico family. Below are a few gender related things that have been in my "blog ideas" folder for...Read More

Is anyone paying attention at McCain Central?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 15, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

And I don't mean his campaign office, since they were smart enough to send out this release to *ahem* clarify McCain's position on gay and lesbian adoption. I mean the McCain Central in his head. "McCain could have been clearer...Read More

We'll Come Back, Really....

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

When explaining why Congress will have a hard time passing a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Congressman Barney Frank loves to point out that: In fact, many States in this country still have laws that protect only against sexual orientation,...Read More

Massachusetts might lift out-of-state marriage ban

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 15, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Massachussetts legislature is considering repealing their ban on out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in that state, and there's a good chance it'll pass: Senator Dianne Wilkerson, who is championing the issue in the state Senate, said she is "extremely...Read More

He Strikes a Pose; There's Nothing To It

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 15, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

"You're not half the man you think you are. Save your words because you've gone too far." Now comes the story of poor Christopher Ciccone, ex-communicated prince of her Madge-sty's queendom. His axe is ground and his pen flails wildly,...Read More


Inbox fun: Does he really think he's helping?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Another one to share from the reader inbox in reference to Saturday's Homotextual post quoting Tim Gunn on Michele Obama and Cindy McCain's fashion: Hey Slick: If you want to pick on Cindy MCCain at least she doesnt have to...Read More

Me: Queer-identified, proudly out, emotionally articulate, feminist man. (Oh, and I'm FtM.) ...You?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | July 14, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Transitioning as I did in San Francisco did not prepare me for dating in the real world. In 1990's San Francisco--and probably more so today--being FtM was considered cool. Way cool. A definitely desirable dating category to be in. And...Read More

Better Know a Contributor: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 13, 2008 | 6:00 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

Locked Up For Loving

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Well, that didn't take long. Just this week I asked: I'm just wondering if it's too far-fetched to suggest that we're probably not too far from the day when someone -- a gay couple who gets married, or the person...Read More

Did You Miss Me?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

You may or may not have noticed, but I was gone for two weeks. And while the boys on the ed team managed to cover my weekend features for me, I'm sure ya'll missed my snarky comments and cutting witticisms,...Read More

Will They Choose for or against Equality?

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | July 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The VP's they choose and the party platforms they put forth will give a good idea about whether Senator Obama is proposing change we can believe in and whether Senator McCain is a maverick. Some will dismiss the importance of...Read More

Straight (so to speak) to the top

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

First the short version... Gay boycott urged of 2 San Diego hotels: Same-sex marriage advocates urged travelers Thursday to boycott two hotels owned by a San Diego County businessman who gave $125,000 to a group backing a California ballot initiative...Read More

Truth Wins Out launches campaign to keep Daddy D out of the Radio Hall of Fame

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm also up for nominating James Dobson for the fundie fraud Hall of Shame, but this will do for now. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out has kicked off a drive to ensure that the mastermind behind Focus on the...Read More

Maureen Dowd... on marriage?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Instead of actually writing a column this week, Maureen Dowd just pulled some marriage advice from a priest. Talk about phoning it in. Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old Catholic priest born in Australia and based in Bordentown, N.J., has spent...Read More

How About a Birthday Spanking?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 09, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I don't know about you all, but seeing as you're regular readers of TBP, I'm assuming that you and I are on the same page . . . The Bilerico Project freakin rocks! My family has a pretty weird tradition...Read More

Ohio Paid Sick Leave Initiative Leaves Out LGBT families...and others

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 09, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I'd like to support Ohioans for Healthy Families in their effort to put an initiative mandating paid sick leave on the Ohio ballot in November. Then I'd like to support their effort to get out the votes to pass this...Read More

Will gay Republicans tolerate the Barnes Option?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | July 09, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The LGBT community has grown accustomed to the tired tradition of anti-gay politicos scaring the bejesus out of straight America in order to turn out voters. But the conventional wisdom, before this past week anyway, was that the tactic had...Read More

Finally, An HRC Campaign I Support

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 09, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Michael Petrelis is a long-time gay rights and AIDS advocate who works in San Francisco. He blogs at The Petrelis Files. As a longtime critic of the Human Rights Campaign and its very silly ways, with so little...Read More

A big birthday present for you!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

So today is the big day! We officially launched as Bilerico Project one year ago today. Wow. Today's prize package has to match the size and scope of the site, so we're giving away a library of some of our...Read More

McCain needs to pick on the gays more?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

One of America's sharpest conservatives, Fred Barnes, editor of the Weekly Standard, on Fox News on how McCain needs to start gay-bashing: iPhone users: Click to watch Oh, where to begin....Read More

While I'm occupied

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

With all of the birthday celebration planning over here, I've been neglecting my "real post" duties... Since I'm covered up lining stuff up for the rest of the week, here's a look at some of the stuff I was going...Read More

Shutting gay marriage down?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 08, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The other day, I ran into a friend a block from my apartment and we had an interesting conversation about the book launch for That's Revolting!, which I thought was totally incredible because people were so engaged, and my friend...Read More

Best Slogan to Defeat CA's Anti-Gay-Marriage Initiative?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 08, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Michael Petrelis is a long-time gay rights and AIDS advocate who works in San Francisco. He blogs at The Petrelis Files. I went to the town hall meeting about gay marriage on July 3 at the gay community...Read More


Happy birthday, Bilerico Project!

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Projector Rebecca Berfanger sends in her birthday wishes to TBP. Rebecca is an Indianapolis native and has her B.A. (Ball State, 2000) and M.S.J. (Northwestern, 2005) in journalism. She has written legal and entertainment articles for print and...Read More

How 'Bout Some Daddy Worship Instead?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 07, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

James Kirchick argues in the Washington Blade that the gay community's support for Hillary Clinton is damned pathetic "diva worship": All kidding aside, I find my fellow gays' love for Hillary incredibly shallow. Identifying with her hopelessness has become a...Read More

Reflections from my anniversary

Filed by Annette Gross | July 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

When I first heard about marriage being offered to GLBT couples in California, I was so happy and relieved for this marginalized segment of society. I realized that they would finally be able to legally share their love and lives...Read More

Bolthouse Farms Update: Tony Perkins ain't too bright

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (the thinking person's right-wing anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-sex hate group) has an "Alert" out concerning Bolthouse Farms. Apparently, some gay people deciding not to purchase Bolthouse Farms products is an "intimidation tactic." I missed...Read More

1st birthday contest

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

To get things warmed up for our first anniversary, I thought we'd have a contest. Up for stakes: A 3 month membership to One autographed copy of each of Michele O'Mara's books - Ask Me!: 728 Questions For Heterosexual...Read More

Someone play the Cheers theme

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Making your way in the world today Takes everything you've got; Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot. I left out the part about "where everybody knows your name" for a reason. Because there's nothing...Read More

Scattered Newsings

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Sorry for putting a bunch of tiny posts into one mid-size post, but there's a few events that needed musing on, but I can't keep up enough to issue my usual diatribes. :) Included: Bil was curious about same-sex marriage...Read More


Hell Hath No Fury Like A Community Divided

Filed by Donna Rose | July 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

One thing clearly evident everywhere in San Francisco for PRIDE this past weekend: In many ways, it is a world unto itself. From the moment I landed at the airport (when someone greeted his boyfriend with a big hug and...Read More

Free Sex-Change Surgery in Cuba

Filed by Brynn Craffey | July 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The first week of June saw the beginnings of a dramatic reversal of decades of oppression toward transgender people in Cuba when the government of the new president, Raúl Castro, began offering free hormone treatment and sex-change operations for transsexuals....Read More

It's almost a holiday

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

While it's not quite the 4th of July yet, everyone is leaving work early and getting ready for any cookouts, road trips or laziness they have planned for the long weekend. I'm no different. *grins* I'll be checking out until...Read More

Outrageous Website Behavior

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the Hall of Shame this week... and Adoption Profiles/Adoption Media for their refusal to allow a New York gay male couple to post their profile on a website designed to let birth parents select the adoptive parents for...Read More

Assimilation This!

Filed by Eric Leven | July 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My friend Jay Blotcher, a long time ACT UP activist and an all around smart and bad ass guy responds to those in the community who feel as though same-sex marriage is one step closer to assimilation: Peep it. iPhone...Read More

Bush 'Austin 12' divided about supporting McCain

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Talk about adding even more pressure on the Log Cabin Republicans. The group of prominent gay GOPers who participated in a meeting with Bush in 2000 to request that he move toward building a more inclusive administration and GOP --...Read More

Tea With Nelson Mandela

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Robert Ganshorn Gay_liberation.jpgwas a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front at Purdue University before creating one of the first Public Television documentaries on gay lifestyles broadcast during his graduate studies at Indiana University. Failing to become the...Read More

Virginia couple won't be charged

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I posted a week ago about the possibly gay couple in Virginia who got married there because one person said he was the bride. The prosecutor has decided not to press charges: The case turned on whether the pair knowingly...Read More

Fighting Religious Oppression With Smooches!

Filed by Storm Bear | July 01, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge Pride in Madrid... There is a tasteless Inquisition joke in here somewhere... In a country where Catholic majority views on homosexuality clash with the government's recognition of gay marriage, gay pride organizers use smaller regional venues...Read More

HRC once again tries to put ENDA down the memory hole

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 01, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger 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." Don't make her angry... you wouldn't like her when she's angry....Read More

John McCain, everyone's favorite pro-gay homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

John McCain released a statement on the anti-gay initiative in California last Thursday: 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...Read More

California Marriages in Communities of Color

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 01, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch If for no other reason that to see the diverse groups all gathering to celebrate marriage equality, please watch this video. Ms. Sen makes a strong point and I agree. Michelle Obama stood up and...Read More