Marriage Equality: January 2009

Bil, Jerame and Waymon Went to Creating Change and I'm Hoping for a T-Shirt Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 31, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Bil, Jerame and Waymon are hanging with the queererati in Denver at Creating Change sipping cocktails, having brunch and preparing to unleash the next stage of the Homosexual Plot to Destroy Marriage and End Western Civilization. They've been thoughtful enough...Read More

RNC Chair Michael Steele on LGBT Rights

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 31, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

There are times when you have to look at the Republican National Committee and think "Bless their little hearts." That's exactly what came to mind as I watched RNC members elect African-American former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as its...Read More

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State of the Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 30, 2009 | 8:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Video excerpts of Rea's speech have been added at the end of the post. Editors' Note: Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force delivered the following speech at the 21st National Conference on LGBT...Read More

Marriage in Indiana: The Non-Defining Moment

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm always a little skeptical when the proponents of constitutional amendments that would, in their words "define and defend" marriage. Given that the U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the Second Amendment associates a right of self-defense with the right...Read More

Perfect Parents

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm at the Creating Change conference in Denver. A massive gathering of LGBT folks put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, it is something to behold. An entire hotel filled with every beautiful aspect of our community....Read More

Creating Change, Day 2: Issues, Issues, Issues!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 29, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

The second day of the Creating Change Conference in Denver has been packed full of amazing sessions and discussions. The toughest part about today was choosing where to go, since all the topics were so important and interesting. I popped...Read More

Michael Gerson latest temper tantrum... about PEPFAR

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There's no other term to describe this latest screed from former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson other than "temper tantrum." The non-sensical tirade goes from extolling the virtues of the Bush Administration to calling anyone who believes in "reproductive rights" (his...Read More

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Best Place to Work? Not if you don't offer benefits to LGBT partners. (Even if you're married!)

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 29, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Daryl Herrschaft has overseen the Workplace Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation since 1998. He monitors and evaluates corporate policies surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. In its February 2 issue,...Read More

Recession Woes Helping Gay Men Place a Higher Value on Love?

Filed by Nina Smith | January 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The gay dating service issued this press release today: As the nation's economic news worsens, and Valentine's Day approaches, many gay men in America are re-assessing the value of true love in their lives. "We've been hearing from our...Read More

Did We Just Stumble on Another Gay Scandal?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 28, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As if flying weren't bad enough nowadays, it seems that cluelessness is on the rise in the skies. As most of you know, I spent yesterday flying to Denver for the Creating Change conference. As if going from 78 degree...Read More

Unanswered Questions - Deconstructing the Equality Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

If I was going to NGLTF's Creating Change - and had been invited to deliver a keynote on Prop 8, the Equality Summit and what next - here's what I would have said. The Equality Summit Saturday seemed to achieve...Read More

Is It Justice Yet?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editor's update: After some quirkiness with the comments earlier, they're working fine now. Sorry about the delay. Nope, not yet. So here we are, as of this writing just over one week into the Obama Administration. While it would be...Read More

20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announce Nominees

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has announced 180 some nominees for their annual Media Awards gala that honors various film, television, print, and news media for their contributions in shaping the storytelling for the LGBT populace. It comes...Read More

Indiana Legislative Pi(e) Pronouncements

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 27, 2009 | 11:33 AM | comments

The Indiana General Assembly is back in session, wrangling with budgetary considerations against continuing bad economic news. Still, as always, whether there is really time or not, a number of our Hoosier lawmakers can't resist tossing a variety of far...Read More

Yes, I Do! campaign

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | January 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

We have just begun our "Yes, I Do" campaign to get US House and Senate members to declare their support for marriage equality. We have started by researching current Members of Congress who support full marriage equality. So far there...Read More

Just Say No to Civil Unions -- Hard Evidentiary Version

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Regarding civil marriage vs. civil unions, a few of us have been crying in the wilderness about things like ... separate ain't equal and never will be and what faux equality does to people's heads and that self-imposing more of it would be just plain shoot-yerself-in-the-foot dumb. Now we've got gummint-sponsored proof by way of the New Jersey Civil Union Commission.Read More

Kirsten Gillibrand picked to succeed Hillary Clinton

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

No opinion on this one. Empire State Pride Agenda released this statement on US Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand: Last night likely Senate pick [Ed. note: She was named today, video at Towleroad.] Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to Empire State Pride Agenda Executive...Read More

Prop 8 Ours to Lose? Nope - It Was Always an Uphill climb.

Filed by Matt Foreman | January 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

A lot of people have been saying that Prop 8 was our side's to lose and that missteps by the No on 8 Campaign snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Those analyses ignore hard core obstacles and fundamentals underlying...Read More

Breaking: Traditional media sensationalizes sex scandal

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Both the Portland Tribune and the Oregonian published editorials calling for Portland mayor Sam Adams to resign. Two days ago it came out that Adams had a relationship with a male 18-year-old former intern, Beau Breedlove, and then lied about...Read More

America's Mountaintop Moment

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 21, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a...Read More

Of Icebergs and the Mormon Church

Filed by Bobby Parker | January 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wake up people! We have seen only the tip of the Mormon Church Iceberg. There is so much underneath that the average person would be astonished at the depth and breadth of an organization that thinks it is the only...Read More

A new website with a new agenda

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 20, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In the Internet age, the real proof that change has come to the White House can be seen by surfing over to President Obama's new website is live and it is just as amazing and groundbreaking as his campaign...Read More

Gay Rights during the Bush Presidency

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock, MD has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up...Read More

No. 44: A Cause for Celebration

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | January 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The inauguration of Barack H. Obama as the 44th president of the United States is cause for pride and hopefulness for America and the world. Sen. Obama's campaign heralded a transformational message of progressive change. His very election, as the...Read More

Equal Campaign to Create a New Secretary of GLBT Affairs. Or, How To Silence Queers and Still Love the Idea of Democracy.

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 18, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, this is too amusing for words. Following, perhaps, on the heels of Mary Frances Berry's idea that we should just dump the Commission on Civil Rights in favour of a new organisation that will focus first on, yup, you...Read More

Equality Summit Includes New Prop 8 Polling Data

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 18, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Leaders of the Equality Summit have released their lineup of the long Jan. 24th events. Registration is required before January 20th! Go to The opening plenary sessions will be webcast on with a 30-minute delay. There has been...Read More

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Your Pink Sheets Are Showing

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I wrote a post a little over 24 hours ago on TransGriot that basically called the gay community out for their continued pattern of knee jerk hostility to President-elect Barack Obama dating back to last year's Democratic primary. I pointed...Read More

Why the HELL Are Gays So Excited about Religion?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 16, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Obama has decided that Gene Robinson will deliver the opening prayer at his inauguration, and the gay community is ecstatic at the idea of an openly gay pastor at such a public event. Of course, all this excitement comes after...Read More

Mormons broke the law for Prop 8?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 16, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California - banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but American News...Read More

George Will: Lying, snooty homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Long-time readers of this blog know that I plain don't like George Will. There isn't much space between him and the farthest right on substance, but he's usually held up as a "true conservative," a "respectable conservative," or an "intellectual...Read More

It's like living in an alternate dimension

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Maybe it's because they spend all their time fantasizing about heaven, but the religious nutjobs pushing this session's proposed amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions clearly don't a grasp on reality. After businesses and universities both cited domestic...Read More

Rev. Al Sharpton on Marriage, Mormons and Prop. 8

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rev. Al Sharpton left no doubt on where he stands on marriage equality and the passage of Prop. 8 in his speech at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta: It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that...Read More

The "New" Indiana "Marriage Amendment": The Hypocrisy of "Substantially Similar"

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last Monday afternoon the Indiana Family Institute, flanked by its usual ideological colleagues including Tony Perkins, national president of the Family Research Council, ended the suspense over their perennial offering, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. The...Read More

How Prop 8 Hurts Families

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

"My six-year old, the day after we lost Prop 8, asked me, with tears running down his face, if we were still a family." —Contra Costa County Another Contra Costa parent explained, "My eight year old daughter heard many...Read More


Reach a queer audience

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Looking to reach a decidedly queer audience? Advertise with Bilerico Project! E-mail us for a rate card today! Don't forget to support the site by visiting our advertisers. In the tight economy, internet advertising has been hit hard. Help make...Read More

The Chickenhawks of the Culture War

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I think we've been noticing a disturbing trend among the Religious Right in their attempts to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. They have, for some time, been developing an ethical framework in which someone can do something,...Read More

Obama's inauguration brings mixed feelings for many Black LGBTQ Americans

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 14, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

The last time a nation came to Washington and was mesmerized and stirred to action by the oratory brilliance of an African American man was at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....Read More

Confirmed: Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I posted just before the election about the old internet story on the Windy City Times' site from when Obama was running for the Illinois senate that stated that he supported same-sex marriage. Since it wasn't a quotation, but a...Read More

Maine marriage advocates go on the offensive

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

From the Maine Civil Liberties Union's executive director, Shenna Bellows. They've built a coalition and they're going to push a referendum to recognize same-sex couple's marriages. This is the direction we need to be going in, bringing the battles to...Read More


Prince William wants you to vote for Bilerico Project as Best LGBT Blog

Filed by Bil Browning | January 13, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is my last chance to bug everyone for one last time to vote for us. Voting ends today at 5pm EST. As I write this post, we're in second place by 3,000 votes. Bridesmaid. Again. Are you gonna let...Read More

Interview with Tony Perkins at the Indiana Family Institute dinner

Filed by Bil Browning | January 13, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I went to a dinner sponsored by the Indiana Family Institute to celebrate their re-introduction of a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions to videotape Family Research Council President Tony Perkins' keynote speech and interview some...Read More

Indiana's marriage amendment: Now with more anti-gay feeling

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Indiana State Representatives Eric Turner (R - Marion) and Dave Cheatham (D - North Vernon) introduced a resolution today to amend them state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After language concerns buried the previously proposed amendment, the...Read More

Constitutional amendment to be re-introduced today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

While the Indiana Family Institute has a planned press conference for 3:30pm today at the Statehouse, they've been rather coy about what they plan to announce. Speculation, of course, has swirled that they will be re-introducing a changed version of...Read More

Equal Roots Throws a Fun 'Repeal DOMA' Rally

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 12, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some longtime LGBT organizers have wondered how long the outrage over Prop 8 can be sustained, especially as the anger turns more and more inward, eviscerating our own. The new Los Angeles-based, youth-oriented group Equal Roots is determined not to...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Michael Buckley

Filed by Father Tony | January 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Continuing our series of contributor profiles, I collared Michael Buckley (Buck Hollywood) on the red carpet that leads to his front door. You'll see I tried for the dirt, but he's sharp, and I get away with very little. How...Read More

Hulu Sunday: Edna Garrett on marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Straight from 1982, here's the episode of Facts of Life where Mrs. Garrett discusses the meaning of marriage. I thought it would be illuminating because of the ways in which the Religious Right has constructed false narratives about the importance...Read More

Mary Bonauto Gets Raw and Real About Marriage Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 11, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mary Bonauto, lead counsel in the Massachusetts case that won same-sex couples the right to wed, spoke in November at a WBUR Kennedy Library Forum about marriage equality. When asked about the potential impact of the demonstrations that have sprung...Read More

What About Gay Marriage?

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 10, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Wondering what gay marriage would look like? The kindly folks at 23/6 produced this PSA to help you get a clue....Read More

Savage thoughts on transgender detective

Filed by Donna Rose | January 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Michael Savage is an ass. I looked for another word to put there but that is, in fact, the kindest one I can find. He's one of those people who's so consistently hateful, abrasive, ignorant, and just plain foul that...Read More

DC Community Prepares for Marriage Fight

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 09, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here's a quick update on efforts to win marriage equality in Washington, DC and info on an upcoming event for folks wanting know more about getting involved. In this excerpt from a DC community forum on marriage organized by DC...Read More

The Mormon Church and Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: This guest post comes to The Bilerico Project courtesy of Exception Magazine. Liz Towne is General Counsel and Director of Advocacy Programs at Alliance for Justice, a coalition of public interest organizations which provides free technical assistance on...Read More


The Rev. Pam Shepherd on marriage licences

Filed by Ed Team | January 09, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I've been for civil rights for gay and lesbian people for a long, long time, but I never thought, 'I'm helping the discrimination every time I sign a license.' Every time I sign a license, it's like I'm saying, 'OK,'...Read More

Analysis of California Prop 8 Results

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | January 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

A new study of the California Proposition 8 results debunks many of the myths surrounding Prop 8. Below are our conclusions after reading the new study released today by Professors Patrick Egan and Kenneth Sherrill about Proposition 8, which revoked...Read More


Kenneth Starr pretends like he understands self-restraint

Filed by Ed Team | January 08, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We will not mince words. The attorney general is inviting this court to declare a constitutional revolution." --Kenneth Starr on Jerry Brown's suit to overturn Prop 8...Read More

Gay Rights Threaten Freedom of Belief, Conservative myth 2.0

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Travis Ballie is a queer activist currently attending the most politically active campus in the nation, American University. He is a D.C. resident inspired by the Prop 8 protests and hoping to contribute to the"DC For...Read More

Autogynephilia: The Infallible Derogatory Hypothesis, Part 1

Filed by Kelley Winters | January 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association explained the reasons for removing the diagnostic category of homosexuality: [1] "The crucial issue in determining whether or not homosexuality...Read More



Filed by Ed Team | January 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The Court correctly declined an invitation to treat gay and lesbian Ohio parents differently from other families, and to deprive the children of these families of the protections and support other children receive." --Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor on the...Read More

New York Times Comes Through Again...Who's Listening?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | January 06, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

This morning's New York Times editorial condemning Arkansas's ban on adoption and foster parenting by anyone living with a same-sex partner or unmarried different-sex partner is a welcome piece of advocacy. NYT calls the law "offensive" and urges the court...Read More

The Stupid People Roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Wow. There have been some unabashedly stupid people in the news lately. I, of course, feel obligated to point them out. Indiana Republican Congressman Mark Souder thinks America's number one issue should be intelligent design instead of the economy, the...Read More

Jindal's Latest Attack on Louisiana's Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 06, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is often cited as a rising star in Republican politics. One of the party's most visible state executives, he has worked hard to endear himself to the GOP faithful, and has been widely mentioned as a...Read More


Defense of Marriage Act author: "DOMA has to go"

Filed by Ed Team | January 06, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In 2006, when then-Sen. Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, he said, 'Decisions about marriage should be left to the states.' He was right then; and as I have come to realize, he is right now in concluding that...Read More

Melissa Etheridge: Shut Up and Sing

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 05, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I know it is not my place to tell Melissa Etheridge when she can and cannot speak, but when she continues to make excuses for Rick Warren's anti-gay bigotry, I have to say to her: shut up and sing. Here...Read More

Analyzing the Prop 8 litigation

Filed by Nan Hunter | January 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As of today, both the defenders of Prop 8 and its challengers will have filed their briefs with the California Supreme Court in the litigation seeking to overturn the popular vote that has reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage. (Amicus...Read More

Al Franken's ahead of Norm Coleman by 225 votes

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Al Franken is up 225 votes in Minnesota in his race for the US Senate. The state Canvassing Board is expected to certify the results and declare him the winner tomorrow. His opponent, the incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, is expected...Read More

New Year's Recovery Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 03, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

If you are like some people I know, you may be still recovering from New Year's. These posts should help ease the transition into 2009. Monday Top 10 LGBT Stories of 2008 - Bil Browning Accept your LGBTQ kids -...Read More

An Openly Gay Judge to Sit on South Africa's Highest Court

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | January 03, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Justice Edwin Cameron, who has just been appointed a Judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country. President Kgalema Motlanthe announced the appointment earlier this week. Until this appointment, Justice Cameron sat on the...Read More

Let's move beyond "marriage" in '09

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Can we all agree to a New Year's Resolution? Can we drop marriage as "the issue" for 2009? Let me be clear... I know we have to fight the fight against amendments in the places that don't have them yet....Read More

ACLU files suit in Arkansas to overturn Act 1

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I don't know why, but I was much more upset that Arkansas's Act 1, which banned unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in an attempt to overturn their supreme court decision that found the ban on gay adoption unconstitutional,...Read More

Worst PR Pitches of the Year

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I get a lot of e-mail from PR firms wanting me to blog about their products at (which, if you don't know and it isn't obvious, is a site for lesbian moms). I usually give them a glance, having...Read More

Tying up those loose ends from 2008

Filed by Nan Hunter | January 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

2008 was an incredible political year, mostly because the guy who everyone thought was placing his mark for a future presidential race ended up winning the big prize himself. Oh yes, and he's African-American. And he carried North Carolina, Virginia...Read More