Marriage Equality: July 2009

Devastating D.C. Center Budget Cuts Jeopardize Safer Sex Campaign

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 31, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

My good friend, Terry Gerace, and I began a new HIV prevention campaign in June of this year to help combat the epidemic rate of HIV infection in Washington, D.C. After 8 years of "abstinence-only policies" and steadily rising rates...Read More

GOP Sexual Hypocrite quote of the day - David Vitter

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

And the winner is...Senator Diaper David Vitter, who suggested that the fix for the Republican Party's malaise is to return to its -- ahem -- conservative values....Read More

Muslim state lawmaker supports gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

A Muslim Maryland state legislator voiced his support of same-sex marriage in a local newspaper. My stance on this issue isn't politically expedient. I am the first Muslim in the legislature. Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Islam. As such I...Read More

HRC Launches New Grassroots Campaign Targeting Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

We have to push harder and smarter if we want to see change in Congress. And, there's no better time to do it than the upcoming August congressional recess. As David Badash wrote in an earlier post, if we don't...Read More

Can we say the police acted stupidly here?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

We already knew expressing your opinion was an arrestable offense. I just thought the police would be a little less blatant about it, but I guess the fact that the media has fully turned them into "the troops" this past...Read More

California: Let's Make This a Movement

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gloria Nieto is a longtime social justice advocate. She will be inducted into her college newspaper Hall of Fame in September. She lives with spouse of almost 20 years, their 3 dogs and 2 cats in...Read More

Summer Collage

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Summer here in Provincetown is about half-over. My low maintenance, orange-alert, day lilies have given it their quotidian best. My green thumb for petunias is sticky from the daily dead-heading you must do to keep them from getting all straggly,...Read More

Marriage advocates in VT outspent the homophobes 7-1

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marriage advocates in Vermont spent more than anti-gay forces: The leading proponent of Vermont's gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature's vote -- more than seven times as much as opponents did,...Read More

Indy Star runs same-sex marriage announcement

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bilerico-Indiana reader Marie Siroky and her lovely wife CJ (Weiss) Siroky were married in Iowa recently and the Indianapolis Star printed a wedding announcement for the blushing brides. I spent some time poking around in the Star's archives since I...Read More

The Unnoticed Power Player at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More

Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit: The Expert Point of View

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More

Washington domestic partnership fight could start soon

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

They'll be delaying the DP law in Washington to count signatures for the ballot measure against it: The signatures for Referendum 71 were turned in to the Washington state secretary of state's office Saturday afternoon. The new expanded domestic partnership...Read More

Federal civil unions?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

There's a great interview for those interested in DOMA repeal up right now on the Bay Area Reporter with Rep. Jerry Nadler. Talk of federal civil unions hasn't really picked up all that much steam among either LGBT's or Congress,...Read More

What Really Happened at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More


An Utter but Not Complete Failure

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

"Whatever you believe the reason to be, the Leadership Summit on Sunday was an utter failure. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. . . . "But the Leadership Summit wasn't a complete failure. It illuminated many facts...Read More

Mac-vs-PC-esque marriage ad from Australia

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

They have a same-sex marriage battle going on in Australia, too. Here's an ad from Equal Love 09....Read More

Gay Generation Gap: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Filed by Jason Tseng | July 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the passing of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, many in the gay community have taken the opportunity to reflect upon the historic moment in our collective queer history and how the community and movement has changed. The...Read More

2010 or bust

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, it looks like it's going to be happening in 2010: A straw poll of same-sex marriage leaders gathered in San Bernadino Saturday just came in: The majority want to return to the ballot in 2010 to try to overturn...Read More

San Francisco files motion to intervene in Boies/Olson Prop 8 case

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can a lawyer out there tell us if this many motions to intervene is normal in a Constitutional challenge? The city of San Francisco asked a judge Thursday for permission to intervene in the federal lawsuit challenging California's ban on...Read More

Let's Call it a "Queer Quilt Across America"

Filed by John Shields | July 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

In recent weeks, the gay and lesbian community has been in a serious and, at times, contentious debate about the wisdom of holding a March on Washington this October. The concerns range from there isn't enough time to organize any...Read More

Kathy Griffin: Comedian and Activist

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note: Louise Larsen is an actress currently on hiatus as a blogger at Louise On The Left where she writes about politics, pop culture as well as everyday tales as a liberal mother of two in Orange County, California....Read More

Public Sex Parks Save Lives and Balance Budgets

Filed by Father Tony | July 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Men who wish to have sex with men anonymously, casually or with NSA (no strings attached) constitute an underserved market and a prickly social problem. These men are single, partnered, married, polyamorous, on vacation, from out-of-town, on the down low,...Read More

From the reader tipline (w/ bonus video!)

Filed by Bil Browning | July 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Don't be shy! Send us your tips to news and other cool links. We may not be able to cover everything sent in, but we check them all out. Here's some of the best suggestions sent in this week that...Read More

Power to the... states?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Clark at Show Me Progress gets it right: the states' rights argument has been primarily deployed in US history to justify slavery and then Jim Crow. It's about racism, and hearing the argument used by anyone on the left makes...Read More

Wisconsin domestic partnership law under attack

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Wisconsin Family Action has filed a suit to block implementation of the Wisconsin domestic partnership law. This is no surprise. In a post two weeks ago, I argued that a more inclusive registry would have actually made such a...Read More


The Most Trusted Man in America Supported Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | July 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It certainly is the right of the anti-abortionists and those who oppose gay marriages to defend, express and even propagandize their beliefs. But is it their right to impose their definition of morality on those who hold opposing views? The...Read More

Anita Bryant 2.0: Carrie Prejean Brings "Opposite Marriage" Platform to Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Disgraced, nationally lampooned former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bumbling spokesmodel for the National Organization for Marriage, is bringing the sideshow to Florida. She is coming as part of the GOP "Drive the Discussion Exchange '09" event designed...Read More

Living while Black in Cambridge

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

None of us African-American residents of Cambridge are surprised or shocked by the humiliation and harassment Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, of Harvard University encountered at the hands of Cambridge police. My partner, Dr.Thea James, an Emergency Room physician...Read More

The Single Prayer Plan: Please god, don't let me get sick

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Let's all pull up our camp chairs around the fire and tell our scariest health care stories: the friend who couldn't afford her thyroid medication and permanently damaged her eyes; the friend who needed a hip replacement and got caught...Read More

Our Families Count

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Late last year, I put out a notice on some email lists that we had a domain name that was just calling out to be used in some creative way. It was originally envisioned for an Indiana education campaign that...Read More

South African same-sex marriage: Making a fuss

Filed by Bil Browning | July 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Mark Gevisser penned a beautifully moving commentary for the New York Times last week that I forgot to mention until Projector Enoch sent it in to the tip line. Thanks Enoch; everyone should go read this uplifting short piece about...Read More

Carrie Prejean open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, anyone could have seen this coming. Carrie Prejean, aka the ex-Miss California-USA, has a book deal. If Joe the Plumber can do it, why can't she? Question of the day: What will the title to her book be? I'm...Read More

Richmond Newspaper Regrets Role in Support of Segregation

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Virginia - which gave the early years of the nation many brilliant, enlightened and dynamic leaders - has for more than the last 125 years become a bastion of reactionary thought where discrimination against targeted groups of its citizens has...Read More

Gay is not the new black

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is the 2009 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)...Read More

SCLC/LA's Rev. Eric Lee Remains Firm in Gay Marriage Stance

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A few hours after President Barack Obama included gays in his heartfelt speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the in a grand ballroom in New York City Thursday night, Rev. Eric Lee, director of the Los Angeles chapter of the...Read More

Oregon appeals court holds unconstitutional donor insemination statute for married heterosexuals only

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 19, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the most astonishing ruling on same-sex couples having children I have ever read, an Oregon appeals court this week ruled that the state's donor insemination statute making a consenting husband the legal father of a child born to his...Read More

Gee. Thanks, Bill.

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

For ... well ... nothing. On the one hand, it's great to hear that Bill Clinton backs same-sex marriage. After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported...Read More

Changing Hearts and Minds One Wedding at a Time

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I recently posted about the backwards and hypocritical fact that my husband and I were on our way to a wedding which he was officiating, while our marriage isn't recognized in that state or our home in Florida. The discussion...Read More

Fill The Void

Filed by David Badash | July 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin got it right. Well, just one thing: Palin knows how to fill a void. Who else was able to upstage two solid weeks of 24/7 Michael Jackson media coverage? From the moment she announced she was resigning as...Read More

The Bender theory of discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pat Buchanan was on Rachel Maddow last night to talk about Sotomayor. He said she was an affirmative action pick in the bad way who isn't qualified because he hasn't been motivated enough to read any of her opinions (seriously)....Read More

Indiana newspaper publishes same-sex marriage announcement: Batshittery ensues

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

When the Elkhart Truth published a same-sex wedding announcement for Micheal Berkey and James Chapin earlier this week, Hoosier fundies went bananas. The couple plan to be married July 25th in Iowa. It didn't take long for the American Family...Read More

A wise latina woman with the richness of her experiences will speak on same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updated after the jump I haven't posted on the Sotomayor hearings because I've been watching with a mix of ennui and anger as a bunch of racist bullies call a latina woman a racist bully, feign interest in strict interpretation...Read More

On Gay History, Or, This Is Not A Stonewall Story

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Don Davis is a complex recipe. In a large bowl, add 3 parts curiosity, 1 part "I Wish I Was Sam Clemens", 3 parts geek, 2 parts failed stand-up comic, a dash of photographer, a pinch...Read More


Bill Supports Us

Filed by Ed Team | July 15, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I personally support people doing what they want to do. I think it's wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [same-sex marriage]." --Former President Bill Clinton, when asked if he supports marriage for same-sex couples...Read More

Back to the California voters in 2010

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The big question out in California among marriage advocates is whether or not to go back on the ballot in 2010. Well, I'd say it's a big question, but it looks like there won't be much discussion as some people...Read More

Proof: The Gay Marriage Movement Is Draining Resources from Queer Activism

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

As anyone who's been reading my posts on gay marriage knows by now, I've been critical of the "movement" for taking away much-needed resources and energy from far more important queer issues. I'll discuss that issue in greater detail in...Read More

It's the moment of truth, Maggie

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Fred Karger's extensive experience in politics and corporate public relations has spanned over thirty years. He was the Executive Vice President of the Dolphin Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles and Sacramento from 1977...Read More


Not the Right Moment

Filed by Ed Team | July 14, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As disappointing as it is to admit, it is clear that this week is not the right moment for same-sex marriage legislation." --New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane...Read More

The big gay legal turf war

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It'd be hard to say that the Boies and Olson case got more strange last week with their cold response to several LGBT legal groups' motion to intervene, but there really isn't anything new about these sorts of turf wars...Read More

Survey results

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here are the results for the poll on LGBT priority legislation I put up last week: ENDA44% DOMA repeal18% DADT repeal17% Hate crimes legislation8% Everything else got 3% or less. Well, those are the bills that get talked about the...Read More


Kerry Disses DOMA

Filed by Ed Team | July 13, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"DOMA should never have passed and should never have become the law of the land. Unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair, today the human cost is especially clear and compelling. Denying same sex couples the same rights and protections under the law...Read More

Who Will Be the Bride at our Gay Wedding?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 12, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

[E ditor's Note: Loren A. Olson MD is a board certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has received the "Exemplary Psychiatrist Award" from the National Alliance for Mentally Illness, and has received recognition...Read More

"We Keep Marrying Other Species"

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some things have to be seen and head to be believed. [Via Huffington Post.] I'm writing something longer that will incorporate this, but I was so blown away that I wanted to go ahead and post it now. I'll connect...Read More

Are the Rights 5 the Right Stuff?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 11, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you've been reading posts here over the past few days, you'll know that Batwoman has been running for Mayor of DC. Across the country, in Colorado, five new LGBT superheroes have arisen as well, dedicated to informing fellow citizens...Read More

Best wishes for a beautiful bride

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Family Institute's Director of Public Policy, Ryan McCann, got married at the end of June. His wife, Tory Clark, is a beautiful and gentle woman; I admire her patience, wit and kindness. Interestingly enough though, the IFI's blog...Read More

Vote Batwoman: Because We Need a Crime-fighting Lesbian Jewish Mayor

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today is election day in our campaign to elect Batwoman the first crime-fighting lesbian Jewish mayor of DC! Vote Batwoman for DC Mayor Voting is today until 6pm EDT. You can vote from anywhere in the world. Batwoman on why...Read More

How is this lawsuit not like the others?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sue Hyde is a Massachusetts resident and Director of the the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Attorney General Martha Coakley, the top lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,...Read More

O'Malley, Favorable Opinion May Pave Way for Civil Marriage

Filed by Keri Renault | July 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Legislation in support of same-sex marriage in Maryland has hit political roadblocks time and again. Apathetic sub-committees have proven a common dead-end. The road ahead, however, may be clearing. In June, Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), sponsor of...Read More


States' Rights Hurt, Not Helped, by DOMA

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

"It is unconstitutional for the federal government to discriminate, as it does because of DOMA's restrictive definition of marriage. It is also unconstitutional for the federal government to decide who is married and to create a system of first- and...Read More

Going to the Chapel: We Can Officiate, but Not Get Married

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

As you read this, I assume the hubby and I are smashed into an airplane with a crying child and some sassy flight attendants hurling towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What brings us to the land of cheese, you may ask? A...Read More

The 14th Amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act

Filed by John Shields | July 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is the 141st anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Under the Equal Protection Clause of the amendment, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law"...Read More

Poster child

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is a bit old, but I couldn't let it completely fall by the wayside. But Perez tells me that, in the heat of the moment that night, he almost chose to use a different word. "I thought about calling...Read More

Massachusetts sues the Feds to overturn DOMA

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Well this certainly ratchets up the discussion, eh? Massachusetts's federal lawsuit to overturn DOMA relies on a federalist argument while GLAD's case is based on equal protection claims. The lawsuit questions the constitutionality of Section 3 of the law, which...Read More

Massachusetts State Senator Comes Out on Independence Day

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, a Democrat, came out to his constituents in a recent Independence Day op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, identifying himself as: a foster child who grew up as a ward of the state, as a...Read More

The Queerness of Michael Jackson

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 08, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

At Michael Jackson's memorial service the Rev. Al Sharpton gave a rousing speech that had the congregation at the Staples Center rise to their feet at times with shouts of "Amen!" Sharpton made one particular statement in his speech to...Read More

Fallen Idol: Why I won't automatically vote Obama in 2012

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Phil Reese began his career of LGBT advocacy in central Michigan and now resides in Champaign, IL where he teaches Middle School and attends graduate school at the University of Illinois. Phil is passionate about news,...Read More

Raising Money on the Backs of Crumbling Marriages: Stay Classy, John Stemberger

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

He's back and ready to raise some cash to "protect marriage." John Stemberger, the raging homophobe who brought us Florida's Amendment 2 (the state's far reaching marriage equality and civil union ban) and the head of the state chapter of...Read More

Batwoman for DC's First Lesbian Mayor

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Yesterday Batwoman announced her candidacy to become the first lesbian mayor of Washington, DC. Batwoman aims to unseat current Mayor Adrian Fenty. If elected, Batwoman would not only become the first openly lesbian mayor of DC, but she would also...Read More

An "insignificant" truth about common LGBT suicide

Filed by Austen Crowder | July 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

A trans person committed suicide in June. Nobody reported it, and her death went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. The death did not end in a sensational court case, or in some bloody mess that news cameras...Read More

Jesse's Journal - Obama and the GLBT Community

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | July 07, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last year, after the election of Barack Obama (whom I supported), I predicted that Obama "is likely to disappoint us the way that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did before." This was not meant as an indictment of Obama but...Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Law Goes into Effect in Washington, D.C.

Filed by John Shields | July 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

At 12:01 a.m. today, our nation's capital began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the District of Columbia, however, remains illegal. The D.C. City Council overwhelmingly approved the new ordinance in a...Read More

Why are LGBT people less healthy?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Empire State Pride Agenda has put out an interesting study of 3500 LGBT people who live in New York State and their access to health care. LGBT people generally receive less health care, and it's not just because of a...Read More

Exclusive: DNC's Rufus Gifford Confirms $1M for LGBT Fundraiser

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

(Corrected) The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld was right: the Democratic National Committee did make a million dollars off that controversial LGBT Leadership Council fundraiser on June 25. Or at least that's the tally the DNC is expecting by mid-July when all...Read More

Should Wisconsin have a more inclusive partner registry?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin made history last week with the passage of its domestic partner registry because it is the first state with a "super DOMA" to take such a step. A word about "super DOMAs." These are the constitutional amendments passed by...Read More

Wait -- is it my imagination, or is Saks Fifth Avenue satirizing the gay marriage assimilation agenda?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Left display window: mannequins in Diesel underwear (and one with a hat, one wearing bow tie, and the other sporting a bandana), and the slogan -- EQUALITY IS THE BOTTOM LINE....Read More

The Word's poor coverage of IE's opposition to LGBT civil rights legislation

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

The Word's coverage of Indiana Equality's opposition to ENDA in this month's edition is appalling. I had a chance to read July's issue (pdf available if you can't get a print version), and I didn't even find a news blurb...Read More

Cheese and Roses

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) signed a bill yesterday that allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners and thus gain certain rights like hospital visitation and survivor benefits. As an erstwhile Cheesehead, who met my now-spouse while we were...Read More


A Step in the Right Direction

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

"There is a big divide between rural and urban India, and it is by no means an exaggeration to say that the Indian public opinion is overwhelmingly against homosexuality. To court popular support, it is possible that some blatantly anti-gay...Read More

Oh, what a week(ly roundup)!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

What a week for the Bilerico sites this has been! First we were named one of the Advocate's "Top Political Blogs" and then we celebrated our second birthday with news of an upcoming redesign. Let us know what you like...Read More


Filed by John Shields | July 03, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Being the Fourth of July weekend, I thought it important to remind us of part of the Declaration of Independence. After all, it is Independence Day... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...Read More

A Patriotic Foremother

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's a quick historical tidbit in honor of the many patriotic songs played this weekend: Katherine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful," lived for 25 years with fellow Wellesley College professor Katherine Coman, in what is commonly called a...Read More

Dump Gay Marriage Now

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Canadian queer radical journal No More Potlucks has just published my piece "Dump Gay Marriage Now." A print-on-demand edition will also be available. "Dump Gay Marriage" was sparked by my Bilerico Project piece, "Prop 8 Is a Distraction, or:...Read More

My Pride Party & the White Elephant

Filed by Keri Renault | July 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Tuesday night over dinner conversation at a friend's home near Capital Hill, my partner and I recalled the memorable highlights of our Maryland housewarming. Our social event the previous Saturday was more a celebration of newfound friendship than a newcomer's...Read More

Violence on the rise, but the police won't be stopping it

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Great minds thinking alike and all, I was actually going to write a post similar to Waymon's this morning highlighting some of the violence against queer people this past month and asking, "What's going on?" And not just with all...Read More

The 9 Unconfirmed ENDA House Votes in Pennsylvania

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

What are the political calculations that govern support of HR 3017, the current ENDA bill? This is what you need to understand if you want to help the bill pass. Last week, I noted that the largest number of unconfirmed...Read More

D.C. Court Refuses to Block Marriage Recognition Law

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

DC Superior Court Judge Judith Retchin cleared the path for the DC law recognizing same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. It is now likely to take effect next week. The 15 page opinion rejects every ground put forward by Reverend Harry...Read More

"If we will take care of the morality, God will take care of the prosperity"

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Oh, no, deregulation of the markets, credit default swaps, massive greed and fraud, regulators falling asleep at the wheel, the housing bubble, stagnant job growth and median income, exotic investment products, and financial opacity had nothing to do with the...Read More


Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, like so many others I was tuned into the live White House video feed to watch President Obama's speech at the White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month. One thing's for certain, Barack Obama knows how to...Read More