Marriage Equality: April 2009

The Miss California/NOM craziness continues

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Alex posted this morning about Miss California Carrie Prejean appearing in an anti-gay marriage commercial for the National Organization for Marriage. The ad is out now and also features HRC President Joe Solmonese and blogger Perez Hilton. But have you...Read More

Hussel hussel hussel, grind grind grind

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll be the first to say that the whole Carrie Prejean marriage drama won't affect legislation all that much. Perez probably didn't convince any one to switch teams, and Prejean seems to be speaking only to people who are already...Read More

When queer communities of color are not needed to win marriage rights

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 29, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

With Iowa being the fourth state to approve marriage equality, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans' optimism is high, believing many more states will follow suit. "We're hoping this momentum is contagious," Daniel Richards of Rhode Island told me....Read More

Marriage Moving in Maine

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The efforts to move the Marriage Equality bill forward in Maine have been successful. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill out of Committee to the full Senate today on a vote of 11 to 2 to 1. The full...Read More

Des Moines Register prints a hard-core homophobic screed

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

The Des Moines Register ran guest column from Karl Schowengerdt, a father who lost his son to AIDS and now opposes same-sex marriage. He's also a staff member of the Iowa Family Policy Center. The marriage decision has caused these...Read More

The "outing" of 83,000 anti-gay Arkansas citizens

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In what is sure to anger and frustrate the fundies yet again, KnowThyNeighbor has launched a searchable database of Arkansans who signed a petition to ban gay adoption and foster care rights. The information is a matter of the public...Read More

Marriage Fight in DC Heating Up

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The movement for marriage equality is building momentum at an amazing pace. The first gay and lesbian couples were married on Monday in Iowa. The marriage bill in Maine is being fast tracked and will be voted on in the...Read More

New marriage poll out, support increased 9% in one month

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

CBS has a new poll out on same-sex marriage: Forty-two percent of Americans now say same sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. That's up nine points from last month, when...Read More


Meghan McCain Tweets on Iowa Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | April 28, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Big shoutout to Iowa today for legalizing gay marriage which can now officially be performed today! Gives me lots of hope for the country!" --Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R) via Twitter yesterday...Read More

Democracy fail

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

From Iowa: A group of same-sex-marriage opponents is also expected to arrive this morning to deliver a petition urging the recorder's office not to issue the licenses. Polk County sheriff's deputies are on hand to maintain the peace.[...] Emmet County...Read More

Iowa to begin marrying gay couples today

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Andy at Towleroad reminds us that today is the day when gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry in Iowa. This is a great day for Iowa and for the nation. Seven DC residents including myself participated in...Read More

Overlooked in the Miss USA Flap

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ben Finzel is a Washington D.C.-based public relations professional. A former Congressional staffer and Clinton Administration appointee, his career has focused on public affairs, public education campaigns and media relations. By now, you've likely heard or...Read More

Marriage starts in Iowa

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Same-sex marriage starts in Iowa today. Congrats to anyone going in to get hitched on this lovely April Monday. Consider this your "Go Hawkeyes" open thread....Read More

Top ineffective ways to "convert" gay Christians

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Wendy writes about life, love, spirituality, humor, plus LGBT issues at Burning or building bridges in the community? Here are some top ineffective ways to “convert,” convince, coerce, cajole or otherwise change gay Christians. Quote scripture...Read More

Lambda Legal gets big win for children of disabled parent...but case shows the risk of parentage orders

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal announced this week that the Social Security Administration has agreed to grant child benefits to the two children of a father receiving social security disability benefits. The issue concerned recognition of the parent-child relationship based on two California...Read More


Marriage Is About Family

Filed by Ed Team | April 26, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Monday will be a joyous day. It's the day the marriage that my spouse, Richard, and I entered into in Vancouver, Canada, in August of 2003 will be recognized by my home, and his adopted, state. I couldn't be happier,...Read More

The Bilerico week in review

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Time for the Bilerico Project week in review and, boy, there's some good ones this week! Don't miss them! Sunday Boycott Amazon? Why? Filed by: Patricia Nell Warren Life Is To Shotr Too Be Perfec Filed by: Terrance Heath Monday...Read More

Marriage in Iowa: Three items

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

1. Iowa marriage licenses will now be semi-gender neutral: The old forms had spaces for the "Groom" and "Bride" to fill in. The new forms refer only to "Party A" and Party B". But the forms will also provide an...Read More

The Storm Gathers in Washington State

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Josh Cohen has been doing various types of LGBT activism for roughly 15 years. Originally from New Jersey (Exit 9), he began his activism at college, staging somewhat militant events on campus. Josh is a technology...Read More

What does GOProud stand for?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

GOProud, the new gay Republican organization, has responded to hate crimes legislation passing the House Judiciary Committee. If you had any question about what sort of org GOProud is going to be, this should answer it. (Washington, D.C.) - "In...Read More

Opposite Marriage

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 24, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

What is "opposite marriage" exactly?...Read More

Yes. Perez, You ARE a Representative of the Gay Community

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm not a representative of the gay community, in the same way that being Cuban, I'm not representative of the Latino community. I just speak for myself. And I'm Perez Hilton, Rick Sanchez. I can be offensive. I don't...Read More

Marriage polling

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

Several polls were released this week for states that have marriage legislation pending. Here are the numbers, with Vermont thrown in for good measure. Here's where the poll numbers are (all numbers are from the most recent polls and are...Read More

Rockstar Energy Drink's Assault on LGBT Rights and Autism

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

UPDATE 2: Over the course of the last few weeks, Bilerico Project and have worked closely with Rockstar Energy Drink to take concrete steps on addressing LGBT rights. We are pleased to announce though these discussions a bold agreement...Read More


Shakespeare on Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | April 23, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Were kisses all the joys in bed, One woman would another wed." --William Shakespeare (whose birthday is traditionally celebrated today), Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music [Proving, I think, that there were limits to even the Bard's imagination. --DR]...Read More

Twitter, gay rights and controlling the message

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

While Twitter has taken the world by storm and we've talked about using social media for LGBT organizing, I'd like to expand the topic just a bit. I'd like to delve into how our community is getting its news and...Read More

One Iowa's new marriage ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

One Iowa's running this ad statewide to support same-sex marriage. What do you all think?...Read More

Regarding the Perez Hilton - Miss California Controversy

Filed by Scott Kaiser | April 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Note from Scott: This was originally written by me elsewhere on the web for a primarily straight audience. I'm a gay man, but Perez Hilton is an idiot. He doesn't speak for me nor does he speak for the gay...Read More

Greyness Falls

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Grey is the color of ghosts. Grey is the color of a dead garden. Grey is not darkness. It is the color of not-quite-dark, of just-enough-but-not-enough; just enough light to see the edges of your world, but not enough enough...Read More

Supporting Vermont

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The election of a pro-equality candidate for Vermont Governor next year provides a unique possibility to replace anti-equality Governor Jim Douglas who vetoed two pieces of equality legislation. He vetoed the marriage bill, which was overridden. He also vetoed the...Read More

Thank you Perez Hilton from the Heart(land)

Filed by Zac Hart | April 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm sure we're all sick and tired of hearing about Perez Hilton and Miss Prop8 California. Ever since the Miss America Pageant, it seems all the news can talk about is how the "Gay Marriage Question" prevented Miss Prejean from...Read More

Miss USA California Hates Gays?!! Opposite Marriage is Opposite American!

Filed by Michael Buckley | April 22, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Comment Questions of the Day: 1. Who do YOU think will be crowned Miss YouTube on Wed? 2. Do you think celebs are paid to Twitter? 3. Any thoughts on Miss USA 2009 - be careful on this one!...Read More

Interesting: The Democrats VA Governor's debate

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Here is some interesting responses from the three VA Democratic Gubernatorial candidates (Creigh Deeds, Brian Moran and Terry McCauliffe) when asked about gay marriage at a debate last Sunday. One says he is evolving, one clearly is for marriage...Read More

Why I Don't Do 'Bi'

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: This post ran over a year and a half ago on TBP and has been one of the most popular. Since there are lots of new readers on the site, we thought we'd run it again. Enjoy! It's...Read More

The importance of being out

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Once upon a time, I taught English at a Catholic high school. My teaching style led to me leaving good impressions on many of the students, most of whom were begging me to stay by the end of the year....Read More

Where gays can get married

Filed by Bil Browning | April 21, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I admit it, I'm a map geek. I tend to be visually oriented; if I can see it, I understand it better. This Chicago Tribune graphic showing where gays can get married is really helpful for seeing the bigger picture....Read More

Perez Hilton is a dumb bitch

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The YouTube moment from the Miss USA pageant is making its way around the internets. In case you didn't see it, Pam posted the video of Carrie Prejean, AKA Miss California, opposing same-sex marriage when asked about it by Perez...Read More


Gathering Storm Marks Turning Point

Filed by Ed Team | April 21, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Yet easy to mock as 'Gathering Storm' may be, it nonetheless bookmarks a historic turning point in the demise of America's anti-gay movement. What gives the ad its symbolic significance is not just that it's idiotic but that its release...Read More

Rick Warren operatives trying to whitewash his anti-gay positions from Wikipedia entry

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 20, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Isn't this special? "Exhausted" Rick Warren recently bailed on an interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week just days after the Saddleback pastor was caught lying about his support of Prop 8 on Larry King Live ("I never once even...Read More

Bzzzt - wrong answer: Miss California on marriage equality

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

It's not like folks are tuning in to see the next world leaders on the Miss USA pageant, but the producers clearly wanted to convey a tad more gravitas by having judges ask deeper questions than the usual "achieving world...Read More

Bloomberg and Guiliani: Two very different takes on NY gay marriages

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a study in contrasts... Former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani told the New York Post that he intends to use Governor Paterson's support for gay marriage as a weapon in his quest to seek the New York Governorship....Read More

No queers allowed at straight bars and blushing brides at gay bars

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Remember when everything was so much simpler and people just assumed that we were violent perverts and left us alone? Well, not anymore. A few weeks ago the Chicago Tribune ran an interesting story about how lots of gay bars...Read More

2010 Already?

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

At least here in Ohio, conversations are already starting in on the nominees for our open Senate Seat. Even though it is an Ohio interest story, I think it bears mention here as a tactic for moving forward on marriage...Read More

Penguin Three-peat!

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

For the third year in a row, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell's And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins who care for an orphaned egg and raise a chick, tops the American Library Association's (ALA) Top Ten list of...Read More

Miss California on gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Miss California on gay marriage. Transcript after the jump....Read More

Patti LaBelle on Gay Marriage Rights

Filed by Father Tony | April 20, 2009 | 1:30 AM | comments

On stage with the delightful mayor of Miami Beach, Matti Herrera Bower, Richie Rich introduces Patti LaBelle who comes out as a straight woman with a clear opinion about gay marriage rights. April 18, 2009 For the hearing impaired, for...Read More

Bloggers on marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The National Journal does a weekly, completely non-scientific poll on where the left and right blogosphere is on a given issue. This week, one of the questions was about same-sex marriage:...Read More


Former McCain Campaign Manager Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | April 18, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage. . . . I'm confident American public opinion will continue to move on the question toward majority support, and sooner or later the Republican Party will catch up...Read More

Momentum for marriage is building...

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The movement to win marriage equality is getting bigger, stronger and more diverse each and every day. People across the DC and across the nation are opening their hearts and minds and realizing that marriage is and should be a...Read More

Stephen Colbert parodies that NOM ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Earlier this week we saw the self-nominated best parody of that idiotic NOM ad, but now Stephen Colbert threw his hat into the ring. I dunno, it's pretty good, but is it the best parody? The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs...Read More

How about the whole story on taxes and same-sex married couples?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 17, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Gary Gates does amazing work. He is singlehandedly responsible for the wealth of knowledge we have about same-sex couples from census data. I turn to him for data for my own work. But his co-authored Huffington Post piece today doesn't...Read More

LGBT Parenting Roundup

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 16, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's a compilation of recent stories about LGBT parents, LGBT kids, schools, and other related matters: Tragedy: GLSEN reports, "An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday [April 6] after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of...Read More

Washington state expands domestic partnership bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Washington state upgrades domestic partnerships: The Democratic-controlled House approved the Senate-passed measure on a mostly party-line 62-35 vote after nearly two hours of debate. It next goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law. "Our...Read More

Post-Personhood Parenting

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Joel Schwartzberg is going to get letters. That was my first thought when I read his "My Turn" column in the latest Newsweek about the depression he experienced after becoming a dad for the first time. He's already getting...Read More


New York archbishop will oppose marriage

Filed by Ed Team | April 16, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"You'll find I don't shy away from those things. I wouldn't sidestep them. You could expect me to articulate that with all the clarity ... I can muster." --New York Archbishop-designate Timothy Dolan on same-sex marriage in New York...Read More

Maintaining a Unified Front

Filed by Kate Kendell | April 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

In light of the recent good news out of Vermont, Iowa, Washington D.C., Washington state, and the city of Gainesville, Florida, I've been reflecting about the values of our community and the goals of our movement. As a progressive, feminist...Read More

Tearing Families Apart, When We Should Be Uniting Them

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado are, by all accounts, a picture-perfect family. The two have been together - happily - for more than two decades. They have adorable 12-year-old twins. They married in 2004. And they are hard-working, productive members...Read More

Do'in The Math on Tax Day

Filed by John Shields | April 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's April 15th again. You know what that means? I'm gay, I can't get married to my husband (in the eyes of Uncle Sam), and I'm getting taxed without any representation because I live in "The District." What the frik'?...Read More

Lesbian behaving badly

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last Thursday, an appellate court in NY ruled--in a unanimous, unsigned opinion--that Vermont civil unions don't count in determining who is and who isn't a parent for purposes of custody. More specifically, the court ruled that a NY woman whose...Read More

Tax day open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Two protests going on today for tax day. First, the famous tea baggers, told by their corporate sponsors to protest a tax increase on the wealthy (as well as jobs creation), will be having tea parties all over the country....Read More

America loves San Francisco and France

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Since Bush's first win in 2000, there has been a proliferation of literature about how the Republicans won that election. It seemed so illogical, and it seemed to make a profound statement about the people living among us. And, apparently,...Read More

Best NOM parody ad yet

Filed by Bil Browning | April 14, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Hat tip to Teddy from Firedoglake for this spectacularly awesome parody of ad of the National Organization for Marriage's stupid "Gathering Storm" political ad. As a friend said over e-mail, "It gets to the heart of the ridiculousness of it...Read More

State Fairness

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 14, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

When I was growing up in Syracuse, New York I was not a big fan of our annual State Fair. The mid-way was too freaky, sticky and crowded but I loved bumper cars and Whac-a-mole. As a budding butch from...Read More

Hollywood (and All that Jazz)

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 14, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running on Bilerico Project. According to that 20/20 broadcast, Hollywood perpetuates and reinforces the...Read More

Colorado governor signs Domestic Partnership Bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Awesome! The Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act was passed last month in the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The new law, which will take effect on July 1, will permit any two people - regardless of sexual orientation or...Read More

Gay Marriage = Religious Freedom

Filed by Bil Browning | April 14, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Rob Tisinai's latest video leads evangelical Christians to the inevitable conclusion that "Gay Marriage = Religious Freedom"....Read More

Rick Warren's fragile ego

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Jeez. Could Rick Warren get any more pathetic? Warren dropped out of the show [George Stephanopoulos's This Week] after comments came to light that seemed to contradict the megachurch pastor's stated neutrality on Proposition 8, the California measure that banned...Read More

11 Year Old Kills Himself After Gay Taunts Left Unaddressed

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

An eleven-year-old boy hung himself in Springfield, MA last week. He had been repeatedly taunted as "gay" even though he did not identify as such. His mother went to the school over and over again, trying to get something done....Read More

Twelve-Year-Old's Testimony for Marriage Equality In Vermont

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 13, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Twelve-year-old Evann Orleck-Jetter, the daughter of lesbian moms, testified at the public hearings on marriage equality last month before Vermont's Joint Senate and House Judiciary Committees. Democracy Now! spoke with her a few days ago and reported, "Many legislators...Read More

Forgiving The Franklins

Filed by John Shields | April 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The incredibly powerful and effective response to the bigoted and idiotic National Organization for Marriage "advertisement" has knee-capped the group of intolerants, and all the mashups were hilarious. You've seen them, so no need for me to recap. But awesome...Read More

Rachel Maddow on NOM's "Storm Clouds" ad

Filed by Father Tony | April 12, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow gleefully shares with us the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) uncovering of the audition tapes made for a recent anti-gay marriage ad produced by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)....Read More

Great LGBTQ posts from this past week on Bilerico

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 11, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

You may have missed these, but that doesn't mean you can't play catch-up now. Love makes a family... but only through marriage by Nancy Polikoff What if Political Consultants Said No More Gay-Bashing? by Karen Ocamb Stuck in transition by...Read More

Marriage in DC: The 411

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 11, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Its been quite a week in the movement for marriage equality. The Iowa Supreme Court legalized marriage between same-sex couples in a unanimous decision. The Vermont became the first state to legalize marriage legislatively when the state's legislature overrode the...Read More

Ruthie Johnson Is Confuzzled

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Ruthie Johnson seems to be a little confuzzled. Back on April 3rd, when asked about equal rights for gay and lesbian people, she remarked, "If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them." Now,...Read More

Transgender Constitutional Rights: How Justice Kennedy Killed the Sex Police

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I will be giving a talk, titled as above, at Hampshire College on April 17 in Western Mass. The working title was "Lawrence v. Texas and the Constitutional Right to Gender Autonomy," but that put even me to sleep, and...Read More

Fathers, sons and lies about marriage

Filed by Sean Bugg | April 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Two of the biggest catalysts for intra-familial bad behavior and hurt feelings are funerals and weddings. A grandparent dies and someone is always ready to lay claim to contested family heirlooms. When a niece marries the "wrong" man, an aunt...Read More

Maybe New York next?

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gov. Patterson from New York said yesterday on an Ithaca, NY, radio station that he intends to introduce a same-sex marriage bill similar to the one previously introduced by former Gov. Spitzer. The only problem is, the Empire State isn't...Read More

Reflections on the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a perhaps surprising - but totally correct - ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week that limiting civil marriage to one man and one woman to the exclusion of same sex couples violates the equal protection clause...Read More

Whether you like it or not, Gavin Newsom is awesome

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

Jerame posted on Gavin Newsom being honored by the Task Force this week with a Leadership Award earlier this week. He also won an award, indirectly, at the Pollies two weeks ago. The Pollies are the awards political consultants give...Read More

Cool Your Jets

Filed by John Shields | April 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

What a gay week! There was the unanimous ruling by the the Iowa Supreme Court, making same-sex marriage legal in the Hawkeye State. Just days later, Vermont legislators weighed in on the issue, overriding the Republican governor's bigoted veto of...Read More

This is how it's done

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Yesterday I complained that too many bloggers were focusing too myopically on the fact that the National Organization for Marriage commercial used actors. This is how you work that tidbit into a much larger landscape like I was suggesting....Read More

Stupid Alert: NOM ad actors "controversy"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Have you ever been arguing with someone and been frustrated that they choose one small minute part of what you said and constantly keep picking at that instead of seeing the bigger picture? It's stupid and doesn't get you anywhere....Read More

AP repeats extreme-right zombie-meme as fact

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Without even trying, I keep on coming upon the anti-historical assertion that Prop 8 was a response to the California court's decision in favor of same-sex marriage last year. Here's the AP having a little trouble with fact-checking: California's Proposition...Read More

Richard Inman: The Father of Florida's Gay Community

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The State of Florida has had its share of outstanding GLBT leaders; people who worked against enormous odds to make life better for the Sunshine State's LesBiGay and Trans community during the last half century. To a great degree, they...Read More

Ready to roll... again

Filed by Cathy Renna | April 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It has certainly been quite a week for the LGBT community. Vermont. Iowa. Washington, DC. Actually two things in the nation's capital. One, D.C.'s City Council had a preliminary - but unanimous - vote to respect the laws of other...Read More

I'd Like To Buy a Vowel

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 09, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

I can speak French, but how do you speak Iowan? Can we start picking off states for marriage equality in alphabetical order?...Read More

National Organization for Marriage's new tactic: fear-mongering without using the word 'religion'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

These folks have nothing left in the tool box after the Iowa ruling decimated the excuse that religious opposition should govern civil law. So now the folks at the National Organization for Marriage have decided to send out e-blasts and...Read More

The Task Force New York Leadership Awards

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Monday evening I attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's New York Leadership Awards. This year's honoree's were San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and fashion designer John Bartlett. Presenting the award to Newsom was New York City Council speaker...Read More

Vermont Rules!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Marc Solomon is the new marriage director for Equality California, leading the organization's efforts to win marriage back in the Golden State. He recently served as the executive director of Mass Equality, where he successfully helped protect marriage...Read More

Columbia, Missouri establishes inclusive domestic partner registry

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 08, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

With all the excitement about Vermont, we don't want to overlook this good news from the heartland that occurred... Domestic partners are now legally recognized in Columbia after a unanimous City Council vote. Elected leaders approved the new domestic partner...Read More

Marriage Recognition in DC: Business as Usual?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a founding member of DC for Marriage and an advocate for gay rights for the past 20 years. Big news yesterday, after Vermont's legislature overrode the Governor's veto on marriage equality, D.C.'s Council...Read More

It's Not Over Yet: "Protect Isabella Coalition" Forms to Keep Girl from Lesbian Mom

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In this week of euphoria over the marriage victories, let's not forget we still have a long way to go. Today, "a coalition of concerned Virginia citizens" has formed the "Protect Isabella Coalition" to "create awareness of what it labels...Read More

Husbands and wives and partners, oh my!

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I think this is an interesting conversation to be having if taken in the right context, so here's something that Markos Moulitsas said yesterday: You know what would help with marriage equality? For gay couples who have committed themselves to...Read More

Next We Move Forward

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Within the span of five days the supporters of marriage equality have moved forward in three very different jurisdictions in very different ways. All of this progress is cause for massive celebration. Honestly I think the Iowa decision is the...Read More

Hate the sin, not the sinner: a remix

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Alex Blaze made an excellent post about Tony Dungy's appointment to the Office of Faith-based Initiatives. Frankly, I'm not here to debate that issue whatsoever: I'm not a fan of the organization, but as they say, "Somebody's gotta do it."...Read More

Gay rights in the District of Columbia -- always in the shadow of Congress

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I shock my law students every year when I tell them that their new-found home, Washington, DC, does not have basic voting rights and does not control its laws. Even if we get a vote in Congress this year, we...Read More


Almost mystifying

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

"No one expects President Obama to come out for marriage equality. But for an administration that has boldly passed the largest stimulus in our country's history, upped our troop commitment in Afghanistan, and canned the CEO of a major American...Read More

When the Midwest Goes Gay...

Filed by Storm Bear | April 08, 2009 | 12:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge The whole change thing is becoming unsettling. First Iowa voted for a Black guy with the middle name Hussein to become President of these United States and now gay marriage is the law of the land...Read More

The Speed of change, and why I am not happy with President Obama

Filed by Father Tony | April 07, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I'm listening to the news about the victories in Vermont and Iowa, and agreeing with Iowa Senator Gronstal's daughter that we are just one generation away from full equality. I'm also working on my tax return and wondering whether to...Read More

VICTORY! Vermont Votes for Marriage Equality!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This post comes via HRC Back Story and includes on-the-ground commentary from HRC's National Field Director Marty Rouse. BREAKING: The Vermont House voted 100-49 to override the marriage bill veto! The House vote, which followed the Senate voting...Read More

Speedbump to history

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I kind of feel bad for Gov. Jim Douglas. I am sure that there are things for which he will be remembered. I don't live in Vermont, so I'm not really sure what they are. I do know however that...Read More

DC Council Votes to Recognize Marriages from Other States

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In one week the Iowa Supreme Court legalizes marriage, the Vermont legislature overrides the governor's veto to legalize marriage and now this. From today's Washington Post: The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on...Read More

Rick Warren is a liar

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam has a great post responding to Rick Warren's little problem with the truth on Larry King Live last night, where he claimed to have never compared same-sex marriage to incest or to have opposed Prop 8 (video after the...Read More

Reflecting on Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm a little bit shaky inside right now. Part of it is the whiplash that comes from moving from a state (Indiana) where LGBT people have been fighting a rearguard action to defeat an anti-marriage amendment to a state where...Read More

Dear President Obama: Tell That to My Child

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dear President Obama: In less than a week, the White House lawn will be swarming with children and their parents, gleeful participants in the White House Easter Egg Roll. Children of LGBT parents will be among them, as they have...Read More

VT Becomes the 4th State in the Nation to Embrace Marriage Equality!

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 11:02 AM | comments

Woo hoo! By my count, the vote was 100 to 49....Read More

VT Gov. Vetoes; Override Attempted

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Things are moving fast up here in Vermont. As expected, Gov. Douglas (R) has vetoed the marriage equality bill, and will return it to the Senate for an override vote this morning. The Senate is expected to override the Governor's...Read More

Mike Gronstal rejects marriage amendment in Iowa

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

Iowa senate majority leader Mike Gronstal isn't going to let an amendment to ban same-sex marriage go forward here this session, and here's his response to an attempt to get it through. Transcript after the jump. Thanks to Bose...Read More

Tony Dungy nominated by Obama to advisory position

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Update: Thanks to Kim in the comments. The Huffington Post reported 2 hours ago that Tony Dungy has declined the position because of time commitments. This is what I get for putting off a blog post! The rest of the...Read More

Stuck in Transition

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. I'm sure that many of the readers have been in a situation where they needed to make a left turn at an intersection with a left-turn...Read More

Nate Silver crunches the Iowa numbers

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nate Silver over at predicts that, if a marriage amendment makes it to the ballot in 2012 in Iowa, it's going to be a close battle: So what does this mean for Iowa? The state has roughly average levels...Read More

Progressive Budget, Progressive Values

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

“Budgets are moral documents” ~ Rev. Jim Wallis “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility... This is the price and promise of citizenship.” ~Barack Obama, January 20, 2009 There are moments when the contrast...Read More

What if Political Consultants Said No More Gay-Bashing?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 05, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's axiomatic that political consultants will do almost anything to win. So it was a little surprising to see that their professional association - the American Association of Political Consultants - has a significant and no doubt well-intentioned Code of...Read More

Intersectionality and the False Dichotomy of Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Carmen Morgan has been a community activist supporting grassroots initiatives for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR), a program that provides resources and skills to community workers and activists....Read More

And in another sign of the coming apocolypse...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 05, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sweden's Parliament voted overwhelmingly (261-22) this week to eliminate the legislative distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. Starting May 1st, same-sex couples will be permitted to marry legally, rather than enter into a registered partnership. The law does allow clergy...Read More

Garp author John Irving on same-sex marriage

Filed by Father Tony | April 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Talk about your six degrees of separation. Here's a letter from John Irving to Edmund White passed to Rex Wockner to Karen Ocamb to me and now to you. (With permissions granted at each juncture for wider distribution.) Dear Edmund:...Read More

This week on Bilerico

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Here are some posts you may have missed on the Bilerico Project this week: Saturday Why weeding out the Gay is a good thing for the Roman Catholic Church by Father Tony Sunday Two Words That Dare Not Speak Their...Read More

Love makes a family...but only through marriage

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 04, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

On a day when most people were focused on the marriage win in Iowa , I read the news that the Connecticut group Love Makes A Family is disbanding. Its "core purpose" was achieving marriage for same-sex couples, and, having...Read More

Putting the Historic Iowa Victory in Perspective

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling stating that not allowing same sex couples to marry in the state was unconstitutional is historical because it is the first time in which a marriage equality ruling by a State Supreme Court was unanimous....Read More

Children won't make you happy

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

While times have definitely changed when it comes to LGBT people and parenthood, there are still a large number of us who are facing childless and non-procreative futures. While in the Old Testament that's pretty much the worst curse that...Read More

What Iowa Means To California

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Shannon Minter is the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead counsel for same-sex couples and Equality California in Strauss v. Horton, the challenge to Proposition 8 currently pending before the California...Read More

Compare and contrast

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A vast majority of LGBT people vote Democratic in elections, and that led GayPatiotWest to ask why gay people aren't more receptive to conservatism. He said that it's a "political conformity" brought on by "time socializing with their gay peers."...Read More

First thoughts on Iowa marriage decision

Filed by Nan Hunter | April 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

First, hats off to Lambda Legal for a truly spectacular job in winning this case. In retrospect, this decision may come to seem almost as important as the first one in Massachusetts. Why? The decision was unanimous, the first time...Read More

Gay Marriage and the Slippery Slope Fallacy

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 03, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

A few days ago, I was hanging out in the backyard with my son, Waylon, and his friend, Mike. I was watering the garden; they were molding playdoh into fantastic, multi-colored monsters. "Mama," Waylon asked. "Do you like stripes?" Since...Read More

Iowa legalizes gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The court's site is down, but the Des Moines Register is reporting that same-sex marriage has come to Iowa. Congrats! The Iowa Supreme Court this morning struck down a 1998 state law that limits marriage to one man and one...Read More

Surprise! Indiana Department of Workforce Development squanders funds!

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Should I put on my OMG face for this, or can we all agree that anyone with knowledge of Indiana's state programs could see this coming from a mile away? The Indiana Department of Workforce Development broke federal laws and...Read More

Waiting for the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule at 9:30am today on the Varnum v. Brien case before it. It's the last of the state-level marriage cases for a long while. The grand marriage strategy was put together a few...Read More

Five Votes From Making History in Vermont

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 10:15 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Marty Rouse is the National Field Director of the Human Rights Campaign. Before joining HRC, Rouse served as Campaign Director for MassEquality, the state group that successfully defended marriage equality in Massachusetts. Prior to that he...Read More

When Kate comes to town

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Kate Clinton gets around. I'm sure you've heard that about her before, but tomorrow she's coming to Indianapolis to ply her wares. She'll be performing with special guests Troubadours of Divine Bliss at the Indiana Roof Ballroom at 8pm. It's...Read More

Where Did Everybody Go?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jack Denelsbeck is the NY State Technical Assistance Manager for ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), where he coordinates and facilitates HIV and HCV health literacy workshops both statewide and nationally. An LGBT activist for...Read More

Barney Frank needed not to explain why he called Justice Scalia a homophobe

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

When Democratic U.S. Representative Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe," criticizing his likely support of the Defense of Marriage Act, his remarks were wrongly taken as only a personal attack on Scalia. But Barney Frank's remark...Read More

Some Progressive Thoughts This Morning

Filed by K Travis Ballie | April 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

As part of my ongoing freakout about needing a job, I've been networking like its the end days lol. These are some questions from another year long political campaign program that I applied to this morning: If elected to office,...Read More

I Support Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | April 01, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Added June 24: Readers of this post are strongly advised to look closely at the date of publication. As regular readers of Bilerico know, I've written a lot of posts critical of gay marriage. I've received a great deal of...Read More