Marriage Equality: September 2009

Maggie Gallagher's husband not welcome at NOM event?

Filed by Donna Pandori | September 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Anyone remotely tuned into the same-sex marriage debate has heard of Maggie Gallagher. Most know her from the national stir she has created as President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy....Read More

Slipping Gay Marriage Through the Back Door

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Andrew Syrios graduated from the University of Oregon and is currently a staff writer for A straight man, he comes from the libertarian side of the aisle, which is relatively empty, so he attempts to...Read More

Florida Equality News: September Highlights

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

This Equality Florida update is designed to keep you informed about important elements of our work. In this month's Update: 1. Florida Venues Canceling Singer Who Calls for the Murder of Gays 2. October 11th: Take Action in D.C. or...Read More

Be a part of the National Equality March without leaving Indiana

Filed by Zac Hart | September 30, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

When Indy Impact was first founded almost a year ago - the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) community was suffering from a massive blow from the passage of Proposition 8 in California. In a matter of 10 days, grassroots...Read More


Help me celebrate my birthday!

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

Do you live in the Washington, DC area or are you going to the National Equality March? If so, you're invited to help me celebrate my birthday with tons of other contributors and Projectors! Bilerico Project Meetup & Bil's Birthday...Read More

John Berry says ENDA is first

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

OPM director John Berry talked a bit about LGBT legislation coming up, and he's saying that ENDA is first thing that'll have to pass: "The most important thing we can do right now is we got to ... secure the...Read More

This Woman's Work

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Talk about “desperate housewives.” This AlterNet article brings to mind something I’d noticed before. In even the most progressive households, the lion’s share of the housework and childcare falls to the woman. But anyway you measure it, statistically speaking, women...Read More

Like throwing lions to the Christians

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Let's take a trip in the Wayback machine to 2005. Same-sex marriage started in Massachusetts in May of 2004. In January of 2005, a legal challenge to Indiana's DOMA law brought by the ACLU on behalf of three same-sex couples...Read More

New Maine ad comes out swinging

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 28, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Ooohhh, this is good: Also in the news in Maine, the Diocese of Portland is calling for 40 days of prayer and fasting, which sounds remarkably like The Call from California's Prop 8 fight, which called for 40 days of...Read More

The Personal Impact of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Virginian-Pilot ran a fascinating story yesterday looking at the impact DADT is having on the lives and families of gay and lesbian soldiers who are forced to remain closeted. Rather than focus on the political or military implications of...Read More

Gay military billboard destroyed in Memphis

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 28, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

We post often about pro-gay billboards here at Bilerico, both because Indianapolis had a rash of them a few years ago, and because they're one of the few prominent examples of gay people getting out of our little groups and...Read More


How We Move Forward

Filed by Ed Team | September 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"No one should be denied the opportunity to choose his or her spouse. It is a basic human right and deeply personal decision. Throughout history, we have only moved forward when society has distinguished between traditional values and valueless traditions."...Read More

Weekly Reader: ENDA, the UN President, & the LGBT political vocabulary

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Our ENDA coverage this week was the best online. Dr. Jillian Weiss's liveblog of the ENDA Congressional Committee hearing (plus her advice on how to use the opposition's arguments going forward) was the highlight of the week. A few hundred...Read More

Grandparents for Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 26, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Liberal grassroots group Truth and Hope created this video as part of a study about the effects of targeted marriage equality advertisements on a group of voters. You can read the Advocate post about the project to find out...Read More

Sestak's Navy investigation, same-sex couples, & coming out in middle school

Filed by Bil Browning | September 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Here's this week's roundup of stories we didn't get to cover in depth on the site this week. Got your own posts we should all see? Leave 'em in the comment section. Blogwhore your own stuff, if you'd like. Coming...Read More

Florida LGBT News Round-Up: A Little Bit of This and That

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 25, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's a little round-up of this and that from around the state that I thought you should know! As always, leave more stories and links that we might have missed in the comments! * Former Congressman Mark Foley on the...Read More

Los Angeles Group Files Ballot to Repeal Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 24, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

A coalition of grassroots groups seeking to repeal Prop 8 in California next year filed an initiative with the state Attorney General Thursday morning. However, there is still no consensus on strategy or ballot language. The proposed initiative submitted by...Read More

Toward a same-sex marriage political vocabulary

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I've blogged before about how we don't really have a way of describing the political diversity within the American queer population on LGBT issues. So I'm humbly proposing a few terms to discuss the way people think and talk about...Read More

FL Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Slams U.N. Leader for Anti-Gay Comments

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 24, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has issued a scathing statement against the new president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdessalam Treki (who is a former foreign minister of Libya) for recent remarks that seemed to favor the criminalization of...Read More

On Oct 11th: Take Action in DC or Take Action Locally

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Oct 11th: Take action in DC or take action locally. We stand at the brink, at a moment of unprecedented possibility in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality across America. All our legislative victories so far...Read More

Indiana counties top in the nation for divorced people

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Ah, Indiana. We're #1! In divorced people! Wayne County - home of Richmond - made the top spot for the highest proportion of divorced residents in the United States. Floyd and Madison counties also made the top ten list. So...Read More

Gay marriage is Socialism

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, thinks same-sex marriage is part of the socialist cabal: If there's a push for a socialist society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living...Read More

Washington's R-71 updates: Polling, the 50's that neither lived nor died, and everyone's a victim

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

New poll! According to internal polling released yesterday by the Approve R-71 (the pro-gay side), they're up 51-45. That's a whole lot closer than earlier polling that suggested domestic partnerships were favored 66-33. The Seattle P-I speculated that the discrepancy...Read More

Protect Maine Equality Needs Effective Response to School Fear Mongering

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

"Stand for Marriage Maine" has just released "Everything to Do With Schools," the latest TV ad in their campaign to revoke marriage equality. Some of you may recognize the name from an ad used during the Prop 8 campaign. As...Read More

Lesbian and Gay Families on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'll be appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM at noon (EST) Wednesday. I'm appearing with Oakland attorney and author Fred Hertz, who will discuss his book, Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership, and Civil...Read More

Equality Alabama Gala - must-see speech by ally Congressman John Lewis

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 22, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

It was an amazing evening with many old and new friends at Equality Alabama's Gala Saturday night. The highlight was keynote speaker Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who is a native of Troy, Alabama. His played a legendary fearless role in...Read More

Coco Before Chanel - Exclusive Bilerico Interviews

Filed by Father Tony | September 21, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Following an advance screening of Sony's new movie Coco Before Chanel, I sat down with male co-star Alessandro Nivola and later with director Anne Fontaine for two private and exclusive Bilerico interviews. Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle...Read More

Harry Jackson's latest Blacks vs gays talking points

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 21, 2009 | 3:18 PM | comments

Anti-equality activist Bishop Harry Jackson is at it again. A featured speaker at the Value Voter Summit over the weekend, Jackson called on his fellow right-wingers to tone down their overtly racist attacks against President Obama because it made it...Read More

What's Barney Frank thinking?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

While I still think this is all abstract considering the fact that DOMA repeal won't be happening for at least four years, I'm wondering what Barney Frank is thinking: "I do think it can complicate things electorally for Members" supporting...Read More

Naked women will turn America's boys gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Michael Schwartz, Tom Coburn's chief of staff, seems to have gotten ahead of himself at the Value Voters Summit. According to him, male homosexuality can be cause by looking through a Playboy. All porn in gay porn, and we need...Read More

DC and marriage equality: our time is now

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 21, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Monique Ellison is an ordained minister and LGBT activist in Washington, DC. The LGBT community has a great opportunity this fall. Council Member David Catania is expected to introduce legislation that will bring marriage equality to...Read More

Maine, The Way Life Should Be

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 20, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I love the sign that marks the entrance into Maine on I95. "Maine: The way life should be." Every time I cross the Piscataqua bridge, I heave a big sigh of relief. I love Maine. Everything about it. Today, I...Read More


Dear Chicago gays: I'm so sorry

Filed by Phil Reese | September 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

About a month and a half ago, I was in Chicago for Market Days where I met up with a few of my friends from Chicago. No surprise, most are gay men, but one in particular is a straight, Indian...Read More

Weekly Reader: Fred Phelps, cisgender madness, and an offended reader

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

We had some fantastic guest posts by LGBT leaders this week on Bilerico Project. Toni Broaddus, Executive Director of the Equality Federation, penned an open letter to Cleve Jones about the federal vs state approach to LGBT rights. Kip Williams...Read More

Thank you Jeremy Bishop

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 19, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

There are big changes happening at Pride at Work. Yesterday was the last day for long time Executive Director (and fellow Bilerico Project contributor), Jeremy Bishop. He is another talented gay man scooped up by the administration. Jeremy has done...Read More

More polling in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 18, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's the most recent polling in Maine from Research 2000 by DailyKos: The numbers aren't too bad right now; this could go either way. The break-down is what we've seen in all these campaigns before: women, younger people, Democrats, and...Read More

Laos: An LGBT Issue and Ally

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 18, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Nakhone Keodara is the Campaign Coordinator of A Peaceful Legacy: Campaign to Remove Bombs from Laos, and sits on the Advocacy Committee of Legacies of War. He is a community organizer and founder of the Gays...Read More

When all else fails, just lie, lie, lie

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here's the yard sign (via Slog) that the homophobes are putting up in Washington to defeat R-71, the ballot question that asks voters to approve of the major expansion of domestic partnerships the state legislature passed earlier this year. Notice...Read More


A Bilerico Project meetup (and my birthday party!)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

If you're going to the National Equality March, I'd like to invite you to a very special Bilerico Project meetup - it'll be my birthday party too! The Helix Hotel is an awesome venue for a meetup/party; it's one of...Read More

No Impact Man and the Bizarre Notion that Heteronormativity Lacks Impact

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | September 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The new documentary No Impact Man is about a man who tried to reduce his environmental footprint as much as possible for a year. Actually, as Jonathan Hiskes pointed out at Grist, it's a documentary about an entire household (husband/father,...Read More

But I have a job! Watch out for producerism marketed to us gays as acceptance

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michelle Goldberg has a great article up about the rightwing nuts at The American Prospect. She's right - the rightwing grassroots activism we're seeing now is a whole lot less Christian and a whole lot more Confederate than what we've...Read More

My Offended Reader in Maine

Filed by Father Tony | September 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dear "Father" Tony: Your fanatically anti-Catholic efforts sadden me and I will pray for you because I think you need it desperately. Have you not asked yourself why you are attacking our clergy? Isn't it self-serving? Don't bother responding,...Read More

FL Co-Sponsors of DOMA Repeal Legislation

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 17, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has announce the introduction of the "Respect for Marriage Act." The legislation would repeal the odious Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. There are...Read More

D.C. Center 's Distinguished Service Award to Phil Mendelson

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. He delivered the following remarks while presenting a Distinguished Service Award to Councilmember Phil Mendelson...Read More

Maine's No on 1 Campaign responds to the Perfesser

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It looks like the No on 1 Campaign in Maine learned a lot of the right lessons from the No on 8 Campaign in California 2008. Here's an ad that responds to the silly, poorly-produced rightwing "Perfesser" ad against same-sex...Read More

An Open Letter to Cleve Jones from Toni Broaddus

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 16, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Toni Broaddus is the Executive Director of the Equality Federation. The Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations. Dear Cleve, We don't really know each other, but I've always...Read More

Rep. Earl Blumenauer: DOMA "Worst Vote of My Political Career"

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) published a column on the Huffington Post today entitled, "Proudly Changing My Position on DOMA". The Congressman details his decision making process and takes responsibility for his vote. On July 12, 1996, I cast the worst...Read More

Deja Vu All Over Again

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Homosexual marriage [could be] taught in schools whether parents like it or not." Sound familiar? The ultra-right used the argument to drum up support for Prop 8. Now, Stand for Marriage Maine is busting out the same drivel in support...Read More

Repeal DOMA bill introduced in Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. The Respect for Marriage Act, which is a brilliant name...Read More

The Dawn of LGBT Equality

Filed by Diane Silver | September 15, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Sometimes I wonder if we'll miss the moment when the LGBT revolution really does arrive. Many, myself included, have always expected that moment to come with cheers and back slapping as equal rights legislation finally becomes law. Others may be...Read More

Maine: National Day of Action Sept 27th

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 15, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Maine is the critical battleground in the fight for marriage equality and our side is leading in the polls by a slim majority. Please commit 2.5 hours on Sept 27th to phone Maine voters. Even better, commit to finding 3...Read More

DOMA repeal legislation introduced

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

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) had a press conference today to announce the introduction of the "Respect for Marriage Act." The legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act that passed Congress and was signed into law by President Clinton in...Read More

Loose ends in same-sex marriage bans: divorce

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 15, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

From the Chicago Tribune: Indiana court turns down same-sex divorce request: An Indiana judge has turned down a divorce request from two women married in Canada, ruling that state law doesn't give courts the authority to dissolve same-sex marriages. These...Read More

EQCA: What should our priorities be?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 15, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Geoff Kors is the Executive Director of Equality California. It's been a stunning year in California. We've seen partisan gridlock and a budget showdown that led to millions of dollars being cut from critical programs that...Read More

The Catholic Church enters Maine's marriage battle

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 15, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Catholic Church is revving up for the ballot initiative in Maine. Does anyone think it's appropriate for the Church to be saying that a legal contract is defined by God? Notice the children being forced to participate in this...Read More

On loyalty oaths

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 14, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm sure you've all heard by now that Rep. Jerry Nadler plans on introducing a bill to repeal DOMA in the House, and that Barney Frank isn't co-sponsoring because he's worried that the "certainty principle" will be a poison pill...Read More

5 reasons why same-sex marriage in D.C. would be huge

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Michael A. Jones blogs about LGBT issues for He is the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and previously was Communications Director for Pax Christi USA, a progressive Catholic human...Read More

North Dakota's Conrad: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 14, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

North Dakota is a key state in the fight for ENDA. North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad may be a supporter of ENDA, but his vote is unconfirmed. Please call him today to ask for his support of S.1584. Facts and...Read More

Funny guy

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

John Marcotte has filed the paperwork to start collecting signatures to get a proposition on the ballot in California to overturn divorce. To be clear, I'm a big fan of divorce, short-term relationships, and people moving on with their lives...Read More

Why I Will March in October

Filed by Ben Finzel | September 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I began life as a dyed-in-the-wool 60's liberal. My parents took me to the first march on the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, I was at Martin Luther King's last speech in Washington, D.C. and I participated in the big...Read More

Are We Ready? Arguments Against ENDA (Part II)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 13, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

ENDA is coming, and we must get ready for the coming onslaught of illogical arguments. Anything involving religion in politics, even peripherally, is sure to frighten some that the government is infringing their right to practice their religion. Fortunately, ENDA...Read More

Leaving Out Part of the Liebovitz Story

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 13, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I don’t know if this BBC article is typical of all the coverage of Annie Leibovitz’s financial trouble, but it seems like some of the media is covering only part of the story. Ms Leibovitz’s most famous images include...Read More

The Religious Right is Swiftboating Same Sex Marriage in Maine

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"God has no grandchildren," the evangelical ex-Marine father of my late friend Chip Howe said, explaining how he surrendered judgment and came to accept Chip's homosexuality. Chip, a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam War, was supposed to get...Read More

Marriage Equality and Sept 11: The Connection You Might Have Missed

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 13, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Friday was a sad day in the annals of this country. Eight years ago we lost so many Americans which led to losing so many more Americans in a war started on lies, pomposity and subterfuge. I better be careful...Read More

Weekly Reader: Whitney Houston, Caster Semenya & How to End Up on YouTube

Filed by Bil Browning | September 12, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

When we put out the hat this week for No On 1/Maine Marriage Equality, Projectors quickly started filling it. A generous donor offered to match all donations in a 48 hour period up to $1000 and our readers exceeded the...Read More

Mormon Men of Power and Authority in our Governments: Why They're Big trouble!

Filed by Bobby Parker | September 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm an 'inactive Mormon.' That means I don't go to church and don't give 'em money anymore. For my grandchildren's sakes, it sounds better in Mormon parlance for Grandpa Parker to be inactive rather than a nonbeliever. Semantics...but don't we...Read More


A heartfelt thank you & a donation drive update

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week's opportunity to double your donation to No On 1/Maine Marriage Equality. A generous Projector offered to match all contributions in a 48 hour up to $1000. When you exceeded the goals, he...Read More

DC gearing up for marriage bill introduction

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I wrote last week that now is the time for marriage equality in DC and the City Council is gearing up to make that happen. 10 of 13 members of the Council are reportedly co-sponsors a marriage bill that is...Read More

STFU gays, a kitchen magnet, vegans, & Rep Joe Wilson

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Every Friday, I roundup some of the best flotsam and jetsam that comes into the tip box but doesn't make it into a full post. Here's what I've got to share this week. STFU Gays. Offensive or hilarious? You decide....Read More

ENDA Hearing Scheduled, and Montana's Senator Baucus

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

I have heard tell that there is a hearing on ENDA scheduled in the House for next Friday, September 18. Things are starting to move, and move quickly. Time to starting linking hands and singing! Today I'm off to the...Read More

Start Acting Like It

Filed by David Badash | September 10, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Despite the 72 degrees here in Manhattan, there's a crispness in the air. It's fall, the season that is supposed to represent the beginning of dormancy, a shortening of summer's long days and fun times, a letting-go of play and...Read More

Same-sex partners benefits and the state of Virginia

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 10, 2009 | 2:24 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Witeck, native citizen of Virginia, is a graduate of the University of Virginia (1974) and CEO/co-founder of Witeck-Combs Communications, which specializes in consulting with corporations and nonprofits on LGBT households, marketing, and public relations. For...Read More

Indy Impact raises $1000 for Lambda Legal

Filed by Zac Hart | September 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week was Indy Impact's first fundraiser, a Taste of Equality, a wine tasting supporting marriage equality. I am glad to report that the event was a HUGE success! With almost 100 people in attendance, with the wine flowing freely,...Read More

Indiana's Richard Lugar: Legislator of the Day

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

Indiana has a fair-minded Senate Republican, Senator Lugar, who may very well vote in favor of ENDA. Please contact him today to ask for his support on S1584 in the U.S. Senate. Facts and contact info after the jump....Read More

Marriage is between one man and one woman, his mistress, and his other mistress

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of the great lies of the conservative "family values" crowd is they oppose marriage equality because they are protecting the so-called "sanctity of marriage." "Marriage is a union of one man and one woman," they scream and anything else...Read More

Is it all about me?

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have seen a bit of blogosphere conversations lately about the need or lack of need to demand progress from the President on LGBT equality issues. Just wanted to add some thoughts to that particular line of discussion with some...Read More

We're $122 short with only 3.5 hours to go!

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Two days ago I announced that a generous Projector has made an offer to the Bilerico community. Our reader will match up to $1000 total raised on Bilerico if at least 12 people donate that much by noon today. So...Read More

Black Episcopal Congregation Celebrates Lesbian Marriage

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Since the liberal arm of the U.S. Episcopal Church passed a resolution in July to bless same-sex unions - particularly in states like Massachusetts that legalize such marriages - so too has, at least, one black congregation within the Massachusetts...Read More

24 hours left to double your money

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bil wrote yesterday about a generous Bilerico reader will match up to $1000 total raised on Bilerico if at least 12 people donate to the Protect Maine Equality campaign before noon tomorrow. So far we have enough donors, but we're...Read More

LGBT people should not settle for "conditional freedom"

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 08, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The 3rd Annual State of Black Gay America Summit was held in Atlanta on September 5. The summit, focused on developing an agenda for the Black LGBT community, was held as part of Atlanta Black Pride. Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder,...Read More

How To Think

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

One of the teachers who influenced me the most was Mr. Harrison, my high school English teacher. He taught me that the purpose of education was not to teach me what to think, but how to think -- how to...Read More

An easy way to double your money

Filed by Bil Browning | September 08, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

For the next 48 hours, a generous Projector has made an offer to the Bilerico community that can't be ignored! Our reader will match up to $1000 total raised on Bilerico if at least 12 people donate in the next...Read More

Just say no to the March on Washington

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Pauline Park is a New york based activist and co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy. She is also the writer of What is being billed as the 'National Equality March' called by Cleve...Read More

NOM: Hot or not?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Washington Post's ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, wrote a response to the mountains of criticism Post writer Monica Hesse received as a result of her puff piece on NOM's executive director, Brian Brown. While Hesse photocopied Brown's "I'm a reasonable, concerned...Read More

Advertising Equality: A Poll on Impact

Filed by John Shields | September 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Being Labor Day and all that, it's time to take a good old-fashioned straw poll of what YOU think are the best advertisements regarding LGBTQ issues facing this country. Below you will find an unscientific sample of ads and videos...Read More

Arguments Against ENDA: Are We Ready? (Part I)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 07, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

No one in the national media is yet focusing much on the upcoming Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and neither the proponents on the left nor the opponents on the rights have said much either. But there is much to be said,...Read More


Beth Ditto: Obama is smart & marriage is stupid

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

"I think that [Obama] is smart and he's playing the field and taking... I mean, health care is more important than marriage, because marriage is stupid anyway. I don't think that gay marriage is where he needs to start, that's...Read More

Rev. Rob Hardies: I believe it is wrong to use the language of war to speak about matters of love

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

As we prepare for the introduction of a marriage bill in the D.C. City Council, opponents of equality are ratcheting up their violence rhetoric. They've used phrases such as "declaration of war" and "civil war" to whip D.C. residents into...Read More

SAVE Dade is a Reality TV Star on "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 06, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Good for SAVE Dade! Nothing like a little national exposure for LGBT rights in Florida! SAVE Dade will be featured prominently on Sunday's episode of Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami airing at 10pm on E! Last June 11th, 2009 SAVE...Read More

Open Letter to Arizona LGBT Community

Filed by Bobby Parker | September 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Open Letter to Arizona LGBT Community: How Much Do You Really Want Equality? How much do you want equal access to and security in employment? How much do you want equal opportunity to live where you want? How much...Read More

In Response

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I wrote this in response to Adam Bink's guest post "You Made the Bed, Now Sleep In it (Alone)?", but realized it was too long for a comment. It also seemed to put a foot into the thread on contributor...Read More

Where you can help us win today

Filed by Phil Reese | September 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

"What's so important about local races? I don't care about marriage! I don't care about things happening in another state. I don't understand why I should support local causes when we can apply a band-aid to D.C. and everything will...Read More

The time is now for marriage equality in D.C.

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 04, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

As some of you know, I have been working to win marriage equality in Washington, D.C. Currently marriages from other jurisdictions are recognized in D.C. and we expect a bill allowing marriages to be performed in D.C. to be introduced...Read More

The Cleve Jones interviews: Omnibus post with transcripts

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week I had the opportunity to interview veteran LGBT activist Cleve Jones about the upcoming National Equality March and his role inside the community. Instead of doing a standard interview, I asked our readers to submit questions and I...Read More

Maddow on Massachusetts: Turns out gay marriage is a "defense of marriage" act

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Let the fundie head exploding begin! Rachel Maddow took on the "marriage equality will destroy 'traditional' marriage" crowd last night when she reported on her show about a fact that's really hard to twist (although I'm sure the anti-gay folks...Read More

You Made the Bed, Now Sleep In it (Alone)?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More

Dan Savage, Chill With Your Race Baiting

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Dan Savage just won't give up pimping that thoroughly discredited meme about the Prop 8 loss in Ca-lee-forn-ia. "I do know this, though: I'm done pretending that the handful of racist gay white men out there--and they're out there, and...Read More

Gay bar bombed in Rome

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Two small bombs were thrown from motorcycles at a bar in a gayborhood in Rome last night. Several people were injured, fortunately no one died. While several European countries recognize same-sex marriage, and the European Union's Court has occasionally recognized...Read More

Maine's Marriage Equality Repeal Makes Ballot: An Overview of the Fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

As expected, equality opponents Stand for Marriage Maine managed to get enough signatures to place Question 1, a repeal of Maine's newly passed Marriage Equality bill, on the November ballot. The drive to put the "People's Veto" on the ballot...Read More

Things looking up in Washington's domestic partnership battle

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is some good polling to enter a ballot initiative campaign with (from Washington state, where they'll have an initiative to overturn a law that made domestic partnerships marriage in everything but the name): But by 2008, 66 percent of...Read More

Michelangelo Signorile vs NOM's Brian Brown

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 03, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Grab the popcorn kids cause this is good stuff! Yesterday Michelangelo Signorile had Brian Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage, on his radio show. The interview was nothing like the puff piece published in the Washington Post...Read More

Will New York finally get it right for children of lesbian couples?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 02, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's almost 20 years since the highest court in New York ruled that a child planned for by a lesbian couple, born to one partner using donor insemination, and raised as the child of two mothers, nonetheless has only one...Read More

It's a birthday!

Filed by Bil Browning | September 02, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Let's see who we've got in today's birthday column? Why, it's Phil Reese! Don't believe me? He told you so himself! Normally I just post an embarrassing childhood picture of the contributor and encourage everyone to leave snarky comments about...Read More

DC Archbishop comes out against marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

In an unsurprising move DC Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has joined anti-equality activist Harry Jackson in urging continued discrimination against gay and lesbian families. Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition...Read More

Money Well Spent? NOM-Backed Candidate Defeated in Iowa

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Republican Stephen Burgmeier was defeated by Democrat Curt Hanson in a special election to fill Representative John Whitaker's seat in Iowa. Why was so much attention focused on this small race? And why is it likely to be one of...Read More

The Equality March Endorsement List and Me

Filed by Phil Reese | September 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, Towleroad unveiled a massive roster of A-list supporters for the National Equality March. We'll be marching next to my boyhood crush Chad Allen, Mad Men's Bryan Batt, my current crush Dustin Lance Black, Alan Cummings, Harvey Fierstein, the ever-gorgeous...Read More


Peace, Love, and Ice Cream

Filed by Ed Team | September 02, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"At the core of Ben & Jerry's values, we believe that social justice can and should be something that every human being is entitled to. From the very beginning of our 30 year history, we have supported equal rights for...Read More

Moral values across America

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

They're expecting to certify R-71 in Washington by tomorrow, despite the suit by gay activists to keep it off the ballot. If they're successful (and if even some of their accusations are accepted by a judge, they should be), then...Read More

I'm not about to get me some Hubby Hubby

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Vermont started performing same-sex marriages today, and congrats to the couples doing that. As has been reported everywhere in gay new and old media, the Unilever conglomerate's Vermont-based division Ben & Jerry's switched the name of Chubby Hubby to Hubby...Read More

The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn: the Rebirth of the CA Equality Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jane Wishon is a straight mother-of-three who has been married nearly 33 years. She actively campaigned for No on 8 and has started a cause for straight allies on Facebook. Jane also volunteers for AIDS Project...Read More

Indiana Word: ENDA not as important as buying wine

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Seriously? This was the lead editorial from Indiana's largest LGBT newspaper? After scathing criticism for the Indiana Word's lack of coverage of ENDA and focus on the trivial, the newspaper responds like by saying that getting carded for a bottle...Read More

Anti-gay minister calls on anti-equality activists to undercut home rule in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bishop Harry Jackson is stepping up his attacks against gay and lesbian families. He has stated his plans to seek a Prop 8 style ballot fight to ban marriage equality in DC. A previous attempt by Jackson and other anti-marriage...Read More

Mary Cheney donates money to homophobic Senate hopeful

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the summer of 2007 I met up with my teen-years boyfriend to see where we were now. We didn't have much to talk about (which was one of the main reasons we knew it wouldn't ever work out... how...Read More

VA gov race: extremist Bob McDonnell - Pat Robertson's pick - also supported by BET founder

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has been desperately trying to present himself as a moderate (for a winger) to voters, and one of the ways he has done this is pimp on his web site the support for his...Read More


A Family Like Any Other

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

"In the past, Maryland has, as a legal principle, honored marriages performed elsewhere even when those marriages could not have been performed here.... "Mark and I would prefer to make it "official" in Maryland rather than traveling to New England....Read More