Marriage Equality: March 2009

On Civil Disobedience

Filed by Jeff Sheng | March 31, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

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Connecticut codifies same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Connecticut's Senate Judiciary Committee codified yesterday their state supreme court's decision to legally recognize same-sex marriages in that state. It still has to go through the Senate, House, and signed by the governor, but it'll get through because the court...Read More

More Marriage Equality News from Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This just in: the Vermont House Judiciary Committee passed S.115 (the marriage equality bill) out of committee by a vote of 8-2. The full House is scheduled to cast its first vote on the measure this Thursday and I'd be...Read More

West Virginia defeats marriage amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

West Virginia's House of Delegates squashed a marriage amendment to ban same-sex marriage yesterday. An evangelical group has pressed lawmakers this session to have marriage defined as between one woman and one man. But the resolution needed to put the...Read More

The Year's Unsexiest Men

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Men's sexiness isn't really my area of expertise, but I thought other Projectors might have some thoughts on the Boston Phoenix's list of the year's "100 Unsexiest Men." Not just a compilation of superficial unsexiness (though there's some of that),...Read More


Shumlin on the veto

Filed by Ed Team | March 31, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"No one said this would be easy. But we are more determined than ever to overcome his veto." --Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin on trying to beat the governor's threatened veto on marriage...Read More

Waiting for Reckoning Day

Filed by Kate Kendell | March 30, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As we brace ourselves for another reckoning day - the California Supreme Court's ruling in our Prop 8 legal challenge - I am appalled that our basic rights were put up for a popular vote, and fervently hopeful that the...Read More

Kate Kendell talks Prop 8... what do we do now?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Bilerico contributor Kate Kendell talked with the Dallas Voice about the chances of winning the challenge to Prop 8: "We're going to lose," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the organizations that...Read More

A Marriage Win in D.C. is a Win for Everyone

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 30, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

So I was settling down to judge some martinis at Beacon Bar and Grill this past week with some local notables who were my fellow judges, including D.C. Councilmember David Catania. While waiting for the contest to begin my chat...Read More

Our families count

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 30, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jaime Grant is the director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from the Union Institute and has offered a course in social movements...Read More

NC: lobbying black legislators during the Day of Action was an eye-opening experience

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 30, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last Tuesday there was a great turnout for the Equality NC Day of Action at the state legislature in Raleigh. It drew 250 people from across NC -- that was more than double the attendance at prior lobby days. We...Read More

Poll: Should We Abandon Marriage for Civil Unions for Everyone?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In new post called Marriage vs Civil Unions Bilerico DC contributor John Shields argues that we should abandon the fight for marriage and instead focus on fighting for equal rights. This has to stop. This war of words between "straight...Read More


Filed by Kate Clinton | March 29, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a quiet ceremony held earlier this month, I celebrated my twenty-eighth year of performing. Please, no gifts. On the night of March 21, 1981, on a challenge from my best friend, I did my first show in my hometown...Read More

Marriage vs Civil Unions

Filed by John Shields | March 29, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In December 2008 I wrote an editorial in the Washington Blade on the subject of same-sex marriage, arguing that what we really want is equal rights, so why are we fighting over the single word "marriage." The comments, letters and...Read More

Working the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards

Filed by Father Tony | March 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Saturday, March 28th, I walked twenty blocks down Broadway with my husband to fill the Bilerico spot on the red carpet of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. We found Jay Lassiter, one of the two Bilerico contest winners...Read More

Oh, what a week it's been on Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

This has to be one of the most stressful and tiring weeks I've had as a blogger and editor. Even through a hacker attack, Bilerico contributors continued to submit quality content and the Projectors offered support. Thanks so much for...Read More

Barney Frank on his Scalia statement

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank's office sent us this statement to clear up his comments on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's obvious homophobia: While responding to questions from journalists about my characterization of Justice Antonin Scalia as a homophobe, I realized that...Read More

New Hampshire legislature "do over" vote passes marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

You don't see this every day... A proposal to allow same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has passed after it initially failed by one vote in the House on Thursday. The House originally defeated the measure 183-182. But because the House...Read More

California, redux? Vermont Governor to veto gay marriage

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Vermont's Republican Governor, Jim Douglas, announced in a press conference earlier today that he'll veto a marriage equality bill if it passes the legislature (as it looks likely to do). When Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed marriage equality in California, his justification...Read More

The Gay Death Wish

Filed by Father Tony | March 26, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony: I love your writing. and I remember your postings about Vishara. I hope you would consider doing an entry about cruising safely. I spend alot of my time in Cape May county. We are on the...Read More

Gainsville, bachelorette parties and Craigslist

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've noticed over the past year we've drifted more and more toward opinion pieces or lengthy essays on the Project. That's not a bad thing; not by any means. One of the drawbacks though is that some regular news gets...Read More

Civil Rights Death Watch

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 24, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

This has been in the back of my mind for a while now, so I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: If the California Supreme Court upholds proposition 8, it will signify nothing less than the death of civil...Read More

Vermont Senate passes marriage bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

What with the site being down and all, we weren't able to mention last night that the Vermont Senate passed a bill to move the state from the civil unions category over to marriage: The Vermont Senate passed legislation Monday...Read More

California marriage advocates push ballot initiative

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Well, California marriage advocates have started their work for the 2010 ballot: The measure, put forth by Yes! on Equality, would strike the provision in the state constitution stipulating that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid...Read More

DC for Marriage Update

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Welcome to issue #2 the DC for Marriage newsletter! Each week we'll give you the freshest news in the fight to win and keep marriage in the District and ways that you can get engaged. Here's what's coming up: "I...Read More

NY Senator Chuck Schumer supports full DOMA repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Great news popping up about a "private risotto dinner" last night LGBT politicos had with New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. The Senator, who previously parroted the one-man-one-woman line and voted in favor of DOMA had moved to supporting civil...Read More

Allies Aren't 'Homophobes' or 'Transphobes' For Telling The Truth

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The late poet Gwendolyn Brooks said it best when she stated that 'truth tellers are not always palatable, there's a preference for candy bars.' One of the things that irritates me is when the people in the GLBT community who...Read More

"I don't understand the economy!" is a feature, not a bug

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Over the past several months, I've been doing my level best to try to keep up with what's been going on in terms of personal finance, Wall Street criminality, and bail-outs as the American financial system swirls in the toilet...Read More

The Kids Aren't Alright : The Gay Marriage Movement and its Manipulation of Children and Youth

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right is notorious for its manipulation of children, especially in its anti-gay tirades. The passage of Proposition 8 was prompted in part by the incitement of fear about what children might have to endure: the spectacle of gay...Read More


The Shimmering People of Vermont

Filed by Ed Team | March 22, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Honestly, I love Vermont, and I can't believe that somewhere with such beauty and somewhere with so many artistic, caring, and courageous people, would disallow happiness to a whole group of equally shimmering people just because of sexuality." --Outright Vermont...Read More

Vermont Teen Testifies for Marriage Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 22, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Outright Vermont Youth & Board Representative James Neiley, 17, testifies before the Vermont Senate on marriage equality. Have the tissues handy, especially when he gets to the passage on how he would like to raise his children....Read More

We need an Omnibus Equality Bill

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | March 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

What if we asked for legal equality all at once in one comprehensive omnibus bill? What would a bill for total legal equality look like? We asked attorney Karen Doering, a very experienced and savvy civil rights attorney, to prepare...Read More

Gender Autonomy, Transgender Identity and Substantive Due Process: Finding a Rational Basis for Lawrence v. Texas

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation. I just finished an article that is coming out in the Touro Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. That's the title of the article above....Read More

Notes from an Arizona radical

Filed by Bobby Parker | March 21, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Statement: Arizona GLBT organizational leadership just cannot get its shit together. Because of that we are miserable failures, patting ourselves on the back now and then for small successes, when we could have set and achieved Heroic Goals. There, I've...Read More

Vermont Takes Step Toward Marriage Equality

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This just in: early this morning, Vermont's Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support S. 115, which would permit same-sex couples to marry in Vermont starting on September 1st. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday....Read More

An Ally's Response

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

After I published my story on the 20th anniversary of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Phillips Academy Andover, I received this letter from alumna and writer Robin Chotzinoff, who now lives in Texas. She shares not only her reaction to how...Read More

The End of "Gay Affluence:" LGB People More Likely to be Poor

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dr. Gary J. Gates serves as the Williams Distinguished Scholar at The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. He is a recognized national expert on the geography and demography of the gay and lesbian population and...Read More

Papyrus cards

Filed by Annette Gross | March 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was in the stationary store "Papyrus" at Keystone at the Crossing the other day. I needed to buy a Bar Mitzvah card. Well, to the right side of the display case I saw wedding cards. I realized that one...Read More

Intimate Partner Violence: That Other Epidemic

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger David Phillips is a poly Leather shaman, kink evangelist, and Queermen's health advocate living in Arlington, VA. A survivor of relationship abuse, David co-founded the Rainbow Response Coalition, addressing intimate partner violence among LGBTQ people in...Read More

Taking Marriage Out of The Battlefield

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

That's what Ali Shams said was his intention when he and fellow college student Kaelan Housewright filed the Domestic Partnership Initiative. The initiative, which would remove the word "marriage" from all California law, replacing it with the term "domestic partnership,"...Read More


Stephen cable on campaign fundraising

Filed by Ed Team | March 19, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Proponents of gay marriage are very good at voting with their wallets and we are not because we're traditionalists who don't want to hurt anyone." --Vermont homophobe Stephen Cable, speaking from an alternate universe...Read More

Only Rich Christians Should Marry?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The folks who brought us Florida's horrific Amendment 2 are back in the business of interfering with people's private lives... again. John Stemberger, head of the Florida Family Policy Council and the Yes2Marriage Campaign, now wants to make it harder...Read More

Marriage redefined

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 18, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Via JMG, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary updated their definition of the word "marriage" to reflect common usage of the term, which now includes same-sex couples: So now the Religious Right will stop using quotation marks when they discuss homosexual "marriage," right? I...Read More

Meghan McCain, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter: Which of them doesn't belong?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I hadn't really been following the Ann Coulter vs. Meghan McCain battle for the soul of the Republican Party until I saw the video of Meghan on The View telling conservative radio commentator Laura Ingraham to kiss her ass for...Read More

Focus on the Family gives away free books!

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Or: Doctor Dobson's Dead Fish Handshake File this one under "surreal, messed-up Focus rhetoric." I could go on for a country mile about Focus on the Family's positions on gay marriage, reparative therapy, and the social degradation created by LGB...Read More

Hearings opened yesterday in Vermont for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

In 2000, Vermont created civil unions for same-sex couples with all the state-level rights of marriage in order to avoid letting same-sex couples marry, as their supreme court ordered. Yesterday, they opened hearings on same-sex marriage in the state legislature....Read More

Feinstein, Bond Star at HRC Gala; Solmonese on DOMA/ENDA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles was packed with heavy-hitters Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and NAACP board chair Julian Bond. Afterward, I asked HRC executive director Joe Solmonese about timelines...Read More

Hate crimes increase after Prop 8

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Remember, the people who fought for Prop 8 were innocent victims in the face of the wrath of the LGBT community in California after the election. Teh gayz committed such atrocious crimes, like boycotts and sternly-worded postcards, that average, pro-family...Read More

National LGBTI Health Summit 2009

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Planning for the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit to be held August 14 - 18, 2009 in Chicago is already well under way. Among those organizing the summit is FOB (Friend of Bilerico) Jim Pickett, the kick ass Advocacy Director...Read More

Phillips Academy GSA: 20 Years of Friendship and Activism

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Originally published in Bay Windows, February 26, 2009. I did this piece to cover a local event, but I thought it might be of wider interest. Phillips Academy Andover has the second-oldest gay-straight alliance in the country—though it is perhaps...Read More

Maggie Gallagher and the Scarlet Letter tort

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Fairness dictates acknowledgment that when anti-marriage-equality activist Maggie Gallagher puts forward an absolutely idiotic, non-starter proposal like "a tort of adultery" -- legally punishing unmarried individuals who have sex with married individuals -- it at least has something to do...Read More

2009 Lambda Literary Awards nominees

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Lambda Literary Foundation has come out with its list of nominees for this years awards. Congratulations to Bilerico contributor Nancy Polikoff on her well-deserved nomination for Beyond (Straight or Gay) Marriage. The rest of the nominees are after the...Read More

Social Currency: Leveraging Status

Filed by Nina Smith | March 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since watching Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, I bought the audiobook version at iTunes and listened to it on my iPod. In one chapter, he recites a story about the time his wife hit one car while it was sitting in...Read More

LGBT Parenting Roundup

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

News about LGBT parenting and kids came fast and furious this week. Here's a compilation of some of the highlights: The good: Adoption News A Kentucky bill to ban unmarried couples from becoming foster or adoptive parents is effectively dead...Read More


Filed by Alex Blaze | March 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm sure this item will earn a footnote in a book put together 80 years from now on the rise of fascism in America in the early 21st century (hopefully that book will never have to be written). Conservative entertainer...Read More

Out, Proud, and in Elected Office

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 12, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The past few days have been a whirlwind here in sunny South Florida for my husband Anthony Niedwiecki and me. Hopefully you've heard by now that Anthony was elected to the City Commission in Oakland Park, a part of the...Read More

Sex talk

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The AP had a very interesting article this morning about a small-town Alabama preacher (with big-city megachurch preacher dreams) who's talking about sex for a whole month's worth of sermons and the controversy it's raising in that town. What's interesting...Read More

Michael Crawford becomes a cover model

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

What's better than an issue of DC's MetroWeekly? An issue of MetroWeekly with Bilerico-DC Managing Editor Michael Crawford on the cover! While most of you know Michael as a long-time Bilerico Project blogger and member of the Ed Team, you...Read More

Dr. Susan Love Recruiting an Army of Women

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 12, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's LGBT Health Awareness Week. I therefore thought I'd post a piece I wrote (with slight variation) for Bay Windows as advance coverage for Dr. Susan Love's appearance at Fenway Health here in Boston this coming weekend. Dr. Love is...Read More

Is Mayor Fenty more cautious on marriage equality than was Mayoral Candidate Fenty?

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Earlier this week, D.C. Councilmember Phil Mendelson (At Large) released a letter (PDF after the jump) to Mayor Adrian Fenty urging him to move more expeditiously in applying the District's law on recognizing as domestic partnerships any legally formed relationships...Read More


Michael Steele on the gays... again!

Filed by Ed Team | March 12, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Well, my position is, hey, look, I have been, um, supportive of a lot of my friends who are gay in some of the core things that they believe are important to them. You know, the ability to be able...Read More

U.S. Census and Same-Sex Families: Epic Fail

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples who live together will be defined as "unmarried partners" in the 2010 U.S. Census. Their children will be counted as belonging to single parents, even if the couples are legally...Read More

Fairness West Virginia launches: Sniping starts immediately

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday's mail brought word that West Virginia has established their first state-wide LGBT organization. Fairness West Virginia has an immediate goal of recruiting 1000 new members in their first twenty days - an ambitious target for a state not known...Read More

H8 Vigils and the Pacific Altar

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | March 11, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Proposition 8 was heard by the California Supreme Court on March 5. My partner and I participated in a candle light vigil at the San Diego City Hall the night before. It was one of many such vigils held around...Read More

International Gay Tunnel Vision

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was recently pointed to the Council for Global Equality's website, a group that "brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights...Read More

Theatre Review: This Beautiful City

Filed by Jason Tseng | March 11, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This Beautiful City created by The Civilians is a docu-musical cataloguing the story of Colorado Springs: the unequivocal epicenter of the Evangelical Christian movement, it's diverse inhabitants on both sides of the religious/secular divide, and the now infamous rise and...Read More

Why I am a Bi Ally

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 11, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of the most interesting parts of being an ally--for me at least--is the reaction of other people. "I had no idea you were [fill in the blank]" has been said to me so many times I cannot count. I...Read More


John Lewis on LGBT equality

Filed by Ed Team | March 11, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It is unfortunate that a segment of our society fails to see that we all should be treated like human beings, that we all are citizens of the United States of America. I've taken the position and I've long held...Read More

Racism: The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | March 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In the early 1990's, I viewed a fascinating PBS series on racism conducted by Frances Cress Welsing, the distinguished African-American behavioral scientist and general and child psychiatrist practicing in Washington, D.C. Famous for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation," which...Read More

Another Consequence of Taxation Without Representation

Filed by K Travis Ballie | March 10, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Washingtonians have been following the time honored Beltway Olympic sports of media-sniping, political back-stabbing and public humiliation by committee hearing for the past few weeks. I'm not talking about the Hill however, bastion of deceit and betrayal that it is....Read More

Andrea Shorter on her new EQCA marriage job

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Equality California announced that they hired two new leaders to help regain the freedom to marry in California. (The press release has their full bios.) Marc Solomon - the highly regarded executive director of MassEquality - will be EQCA's...Read More


Tammy Baldwin on Domestic Partner Benefits

Filed by Ed Team | March 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I know that as the author of this measure, we have to continue to educate for both marriage equality and equal employment benefits for domestic partners, and it's important in that educational process to have the facts about how the...Read More

Covenant marriage, same-sex marriage: let's call the whole thing off

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 09, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Via Pam, the founder of Beliefnet, Steven Waldman, wrote up another "compromise" for same-sex marriage advocates to advance. This one, like the silly Rauch/Blankenhorn compromise proposed in the NY Times a month ago, asks for us to push for a...Read More

Change, Coming from the Heartland

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 09, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

During his campaign for the White House, President Obama was often fond of reminding Americans that "change doesn't come from Washington; it comes to Washington." Significant change, he told the country, doesn't usually originate in the halls of Congress, but...Read More

My piece in the DOMA challenge debate

Filed by Matt Comer | March 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week, while I was tending to pressing family matters in my hometown of Winston-Salem, the queer world found out about Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders' (GLAD) challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Bil posted on his...Read More

More post-Prop 8 blame game - but where do we go from here?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Fellow bloggers Michael Petrelis and Dan Savage have posts up blasting No on 8 for allegedly sitting on or failing to make use of a letter from then-prez candidate Barack Obama that outlined his support for federal recognition of same-sex...Read More

Tavis Smiley's Big Day Without Gays

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's been a week since Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union. I don't know if anything concrete came of it - but I was fixated with the event even before it happened. Why? Because in celebrating the 10th anniversary...Read More

Illinois and Vermont move forward on marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

While California's Prop 8 hearings took center stage yesterday, two other states also pushed forward on marriage equality. An Illinois House committee passed a bill that would extend legal recognition and benefits limited to same-sex couples. From an Equality Illinois...Read More

Right-wing politics: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

One abstinence-only curriculum used in 19 Texas school districts proclaims: There are over 29 common STD's that today's teenagers are facing. 5 of them are incurable. A generation ago there were only 2 and both were curable!" Part of how...Read More

Prop 8 and Families: A Compilation

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I've been writing for some time now about how Prop 8 impacts families and children. Here's a compilation of posts from Bilerico, my own blog, Mombian, and on the subject. The right-wing has long tried to own the argument...Read More

National AFL-CIO Calls On California Supreme Court To Invalidate Prop 8

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 05, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

From Pride At Work: Miami, Florida- As the AFL-CIO Executive Council gathers in Miami this week, hearing addresses from Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis dealing with the economic crisis and its impact on workers across...Read More

Recognizing our allies in the NAACP

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The American Prospect has an interesting article up about the risks that the NAACP took to oppose Proposition 8. For Pastor Amos Brown, the president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, opposition to Prop. 8 had serious consequences....Read More

Yet more on marriage equality

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | March 05, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about whether Proposition 8 should be overturned and whether the marriages of 18,000 same-sex couples that occurred last year in California are still valid. This critical ruling can come any time...Read More

Keep Your Enemies Closer

Filed by Father Tony | March 05, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This week, I thought I'd use this space to see if something can be learned from the 158 comments that have been left to date on my YouTube video of the gay protest at the Mormon Temple in New York...Read More

Unsafe Sex: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I didn't have much sex ed when I went to school in Indiana. We got a film strip, circa 1948, in 5th grade about puberty. And then I remember a gym teacher in 9th grade had the boys write a...Read More


How Gays and Lesbians Benefit the Institution of Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | March 05, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"One of the benefits of adding gays and lesbians to the institution of marriage is that we model different ways of coupling. We show straight couples that things can be done in a different, sometimes better, way--for example, dividing responsibilities...Read More

Paying the price for marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 04, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I put up a post lamenting GLAD's decision to challenge DOMA in federal court. Sara Whitman put up a post celebrating the decision. The two posts make nice bookends for the issue of marriage equality and provide unique perspectives;...Read More

It's not "judicial activism," it's homophobia

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

It's becoming more and more vogue outside of conservative circles to say that the reason people oppose same-sex marriage, the reason that there was a back-lash after Hawaii in the 90's, Massachusetts earlier this decade, or in California last year,...Read More

Academic Queer Politics

Filed by Brett Abrams | March 04, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

How many of you political activists want to write a book about queer politics? How would your perspective be received in academia? A new book series is coming out of the State University of New York Press. I would like...Read More

La Bamba

Filed by Father Tony | March 04, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

When Bobby suggested we go to La Bamba for its weekly gay night, I was skeptical. When he added that it was all locals and that Matthew Rush was frequently there, I warmed. When he warned of crowds and an...Read More

Sexism: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Although I don't really see how it helps reduce teen pregnancy and transmission of STD's, many of these abstinence-only programs try to push rigid gender roles onto students in which women are empty-headed and obsessed with marriage and men simply...Read More

No Time Like the Present for DADT

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 04, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

As we approach 15 years of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," I'm thinking back on not only the community's long and convoluted journey, but my own. Back in the heady days when Bill Clinton was first elected, it was the gays...Read More

A Bright, Shining Light

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a suit in federal court in Boston, MA to challenge the denial of critical federal benefits to same-sex couples. Yes. It's time for the Supreme Court. Years ago, when GLAD...Read More

The hidden inequalities behind the anti-DOMA litigation

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | March 03, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I don't like the Defense of Marriage Act. It's an anti-gay measure, pure and simple. As a political matter, GLAD's lawsuit seeking to overturn one part of the statute on Equal Protection grounds may turn out to be brave, or...Read More

HRC to announce changes to Corporate Equality Index

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

HRC will announce changes to their annual Corporate Equality Index that will take effect in the 2012 report (which comes out in September of 2011). One of the largest changes will center around transgender health care. At a conference call...Read More

NJ Gov. Corzine Announces New Regulations For Transgender Drivers

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Transgender drivers in New Jersey will have an easier time changing our documents to conform to the genders we live in thanks to new regulations regarding gender marker changes on New Jersey driver's licenses NJ Governor Jon Corzine announced on...Read More

GLADly bending over or All coastal states are tops

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) announced at a press conference today that they filed "the first concerted, multi-plaintiff lawsuit to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)" in federal district court. New England's Bay Windows reports:...Read More

Sex Education and Abstinence-Only in the Sunshine State

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Adrienne Kimmell is a Member of the Healthy Teens Campaign and Executive Director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. This week, The Healthy Teens Campaign of Florida and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the...Read More

Utah tops states with the highest consumption of porn

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

A new study took a look at which states consume the most online porn and guess what -- Red State America is praying, then straying online. Benjamin Edelman of Harvard Business School analyzed customer credit card data and zip codes...Read More

Prop. 8 - it's not about us, it's about you

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 02, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Robin Tyler and her wife, Diane Olson, of Los Angeles were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that won marriage equality for same-sex couples in California. They now are plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court case to overturn...Read More

Homophobia: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Abstinence-only education is inherently homophobic, since it teaches to wait until marriage for sex when same-sex marriage isn't recognized in most states. Also, the idea that sexuality is an icky urge to be bottled up and controlled until the state...Read More


Young conservative swayed by ice skating

Filed by Ed Team | March 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Because I am in this generation and was raised in a pro-gay-marriage era, I am only a little bit against gay marriage, but only a little, like 53 percent to 47. I have about a dozen gay friends, 30 or...Read More