Marriage Equality: January 2010

Catholics For Equality

Filed by Father Tony | January 31, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is something Catholic in the wind and it smells a bit like mutiny. It sounds like the early morning clarion call on the hushed day of battle, with a hint of frustration and a dollop of American liberty all...Read More

BREAKING: Openly gay Senate candidate Meister quits; backs Giannoulias

Filed by Phil Reese | January 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today at 10am Jacob Meister announced that he is backing his opponent, banking scion and front-runner Alexi Giannoulias, for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Illinois, effectively ending his historic run as the first visible openly gay Senate...Read More


Being China's first gay married couple has drawbacks

Filed by Ed Team | January 31, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"My sister warned me she would never call me her brother unless I break up with Pan, and I have answered hundreds of phone calls from friends and relatives who say they feel ashamed of me. But we are deeply...Read More

On Being Late, Or, 2009: The Year In Random

Filed by Don Davis | January 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's been just about a month since I did any serious writing, and we're now getting back to the grindstone. Before we get into a big batch of "we have to learn about the brain" stories (and in an effort...Read More

Maggie Gallagher: Hate wins

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The other day I posted about the terrible witnesses for the defense (homophobes) in the Prop 8 trial. They brought two experts - a professor and a conservative org president - who did not appear to be familiar with the...Read More

Will faith-based agencies help Haiti's gay community?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Since the world community has descended on Haiti with relief aid in response to the January 12th earthquake, I am wondering how Haiti's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities are being helped. As one of Haiti's most marginal...Read More

Building Blocks

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A bit over a year ago, I had a phone conversation with Bil Browning. At the time, I was a frequent commenter and there was some stupid thing going on that had us riled up (myself included) and by fortunate...Read More

Meeting religious objections to marriage equality head-on

Filed by Adam Bink | January 28, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting approach being taken to further the cause of repealing Prop 8 in California. This week, openly gay State Senator Mark Leno- who previously sponsored the legislation legalizing marriage equality which was twice vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger -...Read More

Will Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Cross the Finish Line In Maryland?

Filed by Keri Renault | January 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The rush is on to beat Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to the finish line in defining the state's legal position toward out-of-state, same-sex marriage. Delegate Emmett Burns, Jr. (D-Baltimore), a Baptist minister and champion of equal opportunity for African-Americans...Read More

Prop 8 trial: Whose side are these witnesses on?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

I'm struck, as I read about the defense's witnesses and their case (which is supposed to be finished today), by the paucity of facts they're willing to present. I know, I know, there really isn't much truth in the traditional...Read More

O just might like the T more...

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 27, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Is President Obama more willing to treat trans people better than GLB people? The question is fairly simple and doesn't have much deeper subtextual value, but the things it makes one look at in order to answer it effectively are...Read More

State of the Union on LGBT Issues

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | January 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am a President Barack Obama fan. I am drawn to his direct, calm leadership style, and quite frankly I think he's as authentic as a president can be. I also do believe that he is doing right by our...Read More

Another Republican against free market solutions

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Considering how bad the recession has been to state budgets, can you really blame New Hampshire from trying to increase revenue from non-tax sources? The way this Republican is complaining, you'd think that the state voted to increase property taxes....Read More

Profile: Openly lesbian Illinois lawmaker Deb Mell

Filed by Phil Reese | January 26, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Over the past few months I've told you a lot about the folks who are aspiring to be out LGBT elected leaders in Illinois, but two people I would love to tell you a lot more about are our two...Read More


Italian marriage hunger strike

Filed by Ed Team | January 26, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We came to a point where we wanted to protect each other. This is not my first relationship, but for the first time I feel the need to protect my partner." --Francesco Zanardi, who's hunger striking for marriage in Italy...Read More

Orientation labels peel away

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | January 25, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

If a heterosexual guy finds himself attracted to a non- or pre-operative trans chick, is he gay? The vast majority of people I interact with routinely inquire about this whenever I tell them that I have a date with a...Read More

Five Things To Think About

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 25, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

1. Does President Obama seem to be generally more supportive of Trans folk than he seems to be of GLB folk? 2. If corporations can spend money on elections, then that means that LGBT folks can form corporations (which are...Read More

A Bad Case of PMS

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 25, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I want to apologize for Friday's last blog. To be honest, I had horrible PMS, Protect Marriage Syndrome. Protect Marriage Syndrome, or PMS, comes on when you have to sit for hours on end and listen to Yale and Cambridge...Read More

Pending bill to protect same sex married couples in Washington

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Washington state Representative Jamie Pedersen introduced legislation that would protect same sex married couples under Washington's domestic partnership law. Under the law approved by voters last November, registered same sex domestic partners from other states like California and Oregon are...Read More



Filed by Ed Team | January 25, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I don't support health care reform because I don't have a pre-existing condition. I don't support gay marriage or other gay rights because I'm not gay. I don't support improvements to public education because I no longer need it. I...Read More

Weekly Reader: Long Hair, Rifle Sights, & Gay Corporations

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Prop 8 trial continued this week and we kept up our daily coverage and live multi-source Twitter feed. That wasn't the only major story this week though. Check out some of the great posts we ran this week: Sunday...Read More

Being gay is bad for my health (but not for the reasons you'd think)

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 22, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

I have not been to the gym since the Prop 8 trial started two weeks ago. I can't even think of going to the gym in the morning when I have to race to San Francisco and go through the...Read More

Now That Corporations Are People, Can They Marry Each Other? What If They're Gay?

Filed by David Badash | January 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

You cannot help but feel amused/perplexed/incredulous/angered/frustrated/ready-to-pack-your-bags-and-move-to-another-country by events the past week in America. After the "stunning upset" Republican Scott Brown (I like to remind him he is a Republican; he seems not to want to tell anyone) pulled off on...Read More

Rep Paul Scott Blows Smoke on Transgender Michigan

Filed by Keri Renault | January 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A fledgling politician, 27-year-old Michigan Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has a precocious grasp of social conservatism's #1 rule. All is fair in the war. Politics is war. Entering his sophomore year as a Michigan congressman, Scott, a rising star...Read More

Prop 8 trial: Conversion therapy doesn't work, GLBT people experience violence, and the Kinsey scale

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 22, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

While I was doing this and admiring the historic photos of San Francisco on the 19th floor in the federal building, I struck up a conversation with the other person in the hallway. It turned out that I was talking...Read More

As Good As it Gets

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It really is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I can't shake the feeling of being cornered right now. My little safe state is no longer what I thought it was. Where to go? Ok, I really was...Read More

Boo Radleys and a Non-Political Gay Wedding

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | January 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Alex and I are not political whatsoever. We usually get our news from E! or TMZ or Facebook. We care more about Brangelina and the Kardashians than we do Goldman Sachs' bonuses or car recalls in Detroit. Don't get me...Read More

Is openly gay Dave Schroeder heading for a sure Illinois Assembly win?

Filed by Phil Reese | January 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

David Schroeder has been dealing with a lot of good news lately. Of all of the LGBT Democratic candidates going up against the machine in Illinois, Schroeder is faring best--with a Chicago Tribune endorsement on the morning of the 21st,...Read More

Mais je rêve: More from the Prop 8 trial on queer political power

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Back in San Francisco, the homophobes had a chance to cross examine Prof. Gary Segura, who was there to testify that gays and lesbians (they stuck to those categories) aren't politically powerful. My eyes rolled when I saw that apparently...Read More

NOM wants Indiana

Filed by Donna Pandori | January 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage sure is a busy organization. Brian Brown, Executive Director of NOM, sent an alert to his sheeple just as the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee was considering the marriage discrimination amendment. The Senate Judiciary Committee and...Read More

More Queer/Trans Maine Activists Speaking Out Against Equality

Filed by R Conrad | January 21, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

More and more queer and trans activists in Maine are finally speaking out against the parasitic campaign for gay marriage here in the pine tree state. During the last election in November 2009 any dissent around the issue, particularly why...Read More

Testifying at Indiana State Senate Hearing on January 20, 2010

Filed by Annette Gross | January 21, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Last week I was asked to testify at yesterday's Senate hearing of SJR-13. Of course I said yes, being very happy to be able to tell the Senate committee how I feel about this issue. As a PFLAG mom, I...Read More

Nepal: Proud to be gay capital of Asia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm officially on hiatus this month, working on a new book, and completely utterly obsessed with it... but there's just too much news to ignore. Anyone want to move with me? Nepal is set to legalise gay marriage later this...Read More

Cindy McCain, Wife of Sen. John McCain, Poses for NOH8 Campaign

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Update on John McCain's Reaction, after the jump. Cindy McCain, wife of former GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain, has posed for the NOH8 Campaign, the project from photographer Adam Bouska that was started as a response to California passing Prop...Read More

Massachusetts Is Not Invincible

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 20, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I have always been so proud to be from Massachusetts. Home of the liberals, even when liberal became a bad word. We have marriage equality, we have health care, we had the "liberal lion" Teddy Kennedy. I thought we were...Read More

IN Marriage Amendment Moves Forward

Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

This morning the Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee passed SJR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. The legislation passed on a vote of 6-4 party line vote with one Senator out of the chamber at...Read More

The Sky Is Falling: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

The attorney for the proponents of Prop 8, Cooper, cross-examined Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA. Cooper asserts that research suggests that many...Read More

The Costs of Marriage Discrimination: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA was called to testify about the private harms caused by Proposition 8 and the impact of...Read More

I know you are but what am I

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting article up about a bizarre argument Republicans of all stripes (fundies and gay Republicans alike) have been using lately that made its way into the federal Prop 8 trial. It goes something like...Read More

A Change of Heart: Day 6 Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Driving rain and wind gusts of up to 51 mph reported in San Francisco. Day 6 of the Prop 8 trial begins. Today's witnesses are Lee Badget, Williams Institute, UCLA, Jerry Sanders, current mayor of San Diego who has a...Read More

Massachusetts special election today: A Brown victory means Obama's done too much for LGBT's

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bridgette LaVictoire thinks LGBT's might not get out to vote in the special Senate election today: It is there that Massachusetts becomes a problem. Massachusetts is a state with some of the largest numbers of LGBT Americans in the country,...Read More

The Devil versus the Democrats

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 18, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger J. Todd (Tif) Fernandez is a volunteer activist with a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a JD and BA from Boston University. With a past career in...Read More


The true threat to fundie morality

Filed by Ed Team | January 18, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We need answers from Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada about his affair and if he used 'sex toys' which are illegal in the state of Nevada! ...If we can convince Ensign's wife of the threat to the morality of...Read More

NOM Loves Scott Brown

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 17, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

You know, I simply could not put my heart into the Coakley race. Not again. And... it was a sure win. I was tired - no more for now. My kids needed my time, my wife, heck, my dog was...Read More

Sunday Funnies: The Daily Show Smacks Down Marriage Equality Opponents

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Jon Stewart and the good folks at the Daily Show have been on a real tear against equality opponents lately. Here are a couple of great clips from this week's shows. Dreaded Bliss Wyatt Cenac talks to a ragtag group...Read More

Weekly Reader: Oprah, Twinkies, and the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 16, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Coverage of the Prop 8 Perry v Schwarzenegger trial dominated the LGBT blogosphere this week and Bilerico Project has our own correspondent inside the courtroom. New contributor Davina Kotulski has provided regular updates while Gloria Nieto also gave her impressions...Read More

21 Bogus Reasons Why Gender Matters From the Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we found out that during the Prop 8 campaign Ron Prentiss reportedly distributed a booklet to churches that included an article entitled "'21 Reasons Why Gender Matters' Examines Gender Disorientation Pathology And Social Policy." By the way, he made...Read More


Dina Matos on New Jersey marriage

Filed by Ed Team | January 16, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We have the civil union law in place, which I think is wonderful. I was raised a Catholic. I grew up in the church, so I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman." --Dina Matos, New Jersey's...Read More

Indiana State Senate to take action on marriage amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana has been re-introduced in the state senate and will be heard in committee next week. Similar legislation has already been introduced into the Indiana House of Representatives. Indiana legislators have introduced...Read More

Playing Politics: It's Our Lives

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night I read that 18 Republican state senators from Iowa are introducing an amendment to ban "gay" marriage. I would like to remind them, it's not "gay" marriage, it's marriage equality. And since there isn't a hope in hell...Read More

Day 5 Prop 8 trial update: Our children are well adjusted

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Michael Lamb, PhD discussed the impact of same-sex marriage on children. Lamb is the author of The Role of the Father in Child Development and co-author of Child Care and Its Impact on Young Children (2-5) published by the National...Read More

Prop 8 Trial: Sunrise Vigil Video & Witness List

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'll be back in the courthouse today, but I wanted to share these videos from the Sunrise Vigil (for and against marriage equality) and a list of the witnesses (thanks Pam Brown). If you are interested Google them and learn...Read More

LUV doesn't feel the love

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

Can't you feel the love? Iowa's new fundie group, Let Us Vote, at a recent rally demanding that the legislature pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. (Hat tip to Good As You)...Read More

Transphobia In Mainstream Media: Are The Right-Wingers The Real Problem?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 14, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

It seems like all too often when you tune your radio or television to mainstream news and talk shows these days, there's good reason to be at minimum pretty annoyed, and sometimes even genuinely pissed off and angry if you're...Read More

Erasing Marriage

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm in the process of writing the last of my articles in my series on foundational stuff, but I'm not quite finished. In the interim, I'm going to talk about other stuff. In this case, the trial regarding marriage equality...Read More

Supreme Court shuts down webcast of Prop 8 trial, finds risk to security of defense witnesses

Filed by Nan Hunter | January 14, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In a 5-4 per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court yesterday effectively shut down any broadcasting of the trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger beyond closed circuit transmission to other rooms in the federal courthouse in San Francisco where the trial is...Read More

Liberty Law School drops out of CPAC because of GOProud

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Actually, this GOProud sponsorship is turning out to be kind of fun to watch. Now Jerry Falwell's Liberty Law School has dropped out of the CPAC because they refuse to kick out GOProud, the newer gay Republican group: Liberty University...Read More

Aggressive violent acts by supporters of LGBT rights

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

After the break, Thompson began introducing evidence that Yeson8 people were attacked by No8 people - including death threats, boycotts, defaced churches, and an elderly couple beaten up. While this is all hearsay to me, I want to speak to...Read More

Prop 8 Trial: No One is Perfect (Not Even Lily Tomlin)

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 13, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In California, the trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is underway. Soon, in New Jersey, a similar trial will take place. The proponents of Prop 8 say that "states have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples...Read More

Olson and Boies Talk Prop 8 on Maddow

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 13, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, Ted Olson and David Boies came on to talk about the Prop 8 trial. This is just the latest stop in what has been a full-on media blitz from the pro-equality side. It's...Read More

Prop 8 Trial: You Have Brokeback Mountain

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

DAY 3 MORNING Thompson, the smug attorney for the Proponents of Prop 8, is taking the position that gays are not being discriminated against any more and so that cannot be the reason that Prop 8 passed. He makes a...Read More

Not every liberal supports same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Maybe Equality California is just trying to shape coverage of Obama's words on same-sex marriage, since it's unlikely he'll come out with a brief for the Prop 8 trial this late in the game. But, if he did, something tells...Read More

Prop 8 Trial Day 2 Recap: Homosexuality This Is Your Life

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Leaving where I left off yesterday in my coverage of the Prop 8 trial, at 12:30 PM we broke for lunch and raced to the cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the federal building. I inhaled some sushi because I...Read More

What the LGBT movement can learn from anti-abortion protesters

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

Randall Terry's new anti-abortion group, Insurrecta Rex, has really been on my radar recently. They came to the National Equality March and recently encouraged people to burn Sen Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in effigy. I...Read More

So Harold Ford is OK with marriage now... does that change anything?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

How long did it take for Harold Ford to convert his position on same-sex marriage after announcing that he wanted to challenge Kirstin Gillibrand for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat? He leaked rumors that he'd challenge her on the January 5,...Read More

The Spirit of Harvey Milk: Day 2 of the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's hard not to think about the legacy of Harvey Milk when the Prop 8 court case is only a block away from where Harvey made history, changed the world, and was tragically murdered by Dan White. And Harvey's spirit...Read More

From all around the court building

Filed by Gloria Nieto | January 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The first day of the federal Prop 8 trial felt like the start of overtime in a hockey game. There was excitement everywhere in the building, anything could happen in testimony, what lineup would the coaches use and what would...Read More

I know you're looking for more critiques of gay marriage...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 12, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

And yes, there's a brilliant one-hour radio program over at Women's Magazine on KPFA-Pacifica. Listen and learn... And wait -- I'm a bit late linking to "Queer Kids of Queer Parents Against Gay Marriage," another smart critique... " Enjoy!...Read More

Prop 8 trial a "teachable moment"

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I made my way with to the Federal Court House in Seattle as a typically nasty Seattle winter rain storm managed to drench me to my soul, despite my over-sized umbrella and hearty rain jacket. No matter, I was...Read More

Prop 8 Trial: Day 1 Recap

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Okay, I was blogging, tweeting, and facebooking for 8 hours yesterday and, damn, my hand hurts. But I'm willing to go the extra mile for equality. I woke up yesterday morning at 4:30AM to support my princess bride, Molly McKay,...Read More


The gays endanger the human race

Filed by Ed Team | January 12, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"To carry our reflection further, we must remember that the problem of the environment is complex; one might compare it to a multifaceted prism. "Creatures differ from one another and can be protected, or endangered, in different ways, as we...Read More

It's not the hypocrisy, it's the ubiquity: Iris Robinson and Scott Brown's straight moral sex lives

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I don't care much at all about who or what people want to do in their private lives, but sometimes it becomes apparent that certain public figures' private affairs are affecting their public views and actions that it makes you...Read More

Update from the Prop 8 trial: Special Report

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Prop 8 trial started with introductions from all the attorneys and discussion of the stay of a live feed of the trial to other federal courthouses and streaming for YouTube. A stay has been issued until Wednesday at 4:00...Read More

Manchester Grand Hyatt protest still going strong

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

These folks know how to boycott: Waving signs reading: "We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry," more than 200 gay-rights activists and union members representing hotel employees rallied outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Saturday in the latest protest over...Read More

Meet the Independent: Jim Madigan vs 'The Machine'

Filed by Phil Reese | January 11, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jim Madigan is taking a big risk. He's running against the infamous Chicago Democratic Machine to try to become Illinois's only openly gay state Senator. Check this guy out, he knows his stuff. And he's got what it takes to...Read More

Special Prop 8 trial report: All Rise for Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Bilerico Project special correspondent, Dr. Davina Kotulski, is live at the federal Prop 8 trial and will be filing regular reports as the trial progresses. Davina is the former executive director of Marriage Equality USA and is the...Read More

Federal Prop 8 trial starts today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has blocked a live broadcast and delayed daily YouTube videos for three days until it has enough time to fully consider the appeal by Prop 8 proponents to ban cameras from the courtroom. Perry v. Schwarzenegger,...Read More


NOM doesn't plan to win Prop 8 case

Filed by Ed Team | January 10, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We do not expect to win at the trial level, but with God's help, at least five members of the current Supreme Court will have the courage to defend our Constitution from this grave attack." -- National Organization for Marriage...Read More

Weekly Reader: Teabaggers, Sherlock Holmes, & a Catholic Rebel

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The first week back after the holidays is always the hardest, isn't it? Everyone is struggling to get back into the swing of things at school, work, or around the house as we clean up after hosting a bazillion family...Read More

The African Christian Church In America: Spiritual War

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | January 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Dana Roberts, professor at the Boston School of Theology, was interviewed recently for PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. She addressed the sharp rise in recent years of the new African Christian church, a result of Nigerian missionaries coming to the...Read More

Kissing cousins, the Oval Office, and Avatar's transphobia

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

What are other blogs talking about? Here's some of the posts that caught my eye recently that you should definitely check out too. Glee's "all-Madonna" set list has been leaked. Obama's Oval Office has been redecorated (with pictures!) In Indiana...Read More

Indiana: Marrying your kissing cousin

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Jerame posted a cool graphic last week that compared states where you can get married to your same-sex partner vs where you can marry your first cousin. Indiana has a ban on same-sex marriage, but you can have an incestuous...Read More

Ridicule, the federal jobs site, and an ENDA prescription

Filed by Bil Browning | January 07, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

My first op-ed written for the Advocate went up this week - "Prescription for an Ailing ENDA." I lay out a three point prescription on how to get ENDA passed before the end of this congressional session when health care...Read More

Marriage bill defeated in New Jersey Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey failed in the senate 14-20. The governor is changing after next week from a Democrat who would have signed a marriage bill to a Republican who won't, so this...Read More

Freedom depends on open government

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is part 3 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. In part...Read More

Anti-equality foes so ashamed they have to hide

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is part 2 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. Yesterday I...Read More

The punishment doesn't fit the crime: More on transgender women, prison, and Maria Benita Santamaria

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I posted the other day about Maria Benita Santamaria, a transgender woman sent to prison after she was found with ten pounds of meth on her. She was sent to a men's prison, put in solitary confinement, and denied hormones...Read More

The Rhode Island legislature recognizes, with a veto-proof majority, that everything is not marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Rhode Island legislature overrode the governor's veto to pass a bill to allow gay and straight unmarried partners to plan their partners' funerals in the case of death. I blogged about the governor's veto of this bill last November...Read More

Referendum 71 petition signatures should remain public

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

This is part 1 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. The US...Read More

They really want to ban gay-as-in-happy marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

More Oklahoma fundamental-ness, this time from someone we already know, Sally Kern: Scheduled for introduction in the 2010 legislative session by state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, House Bill 2279 would restrict the "use of incompatibility as a ground for...Read More

Rhode Island to override veto of domestic partner death rights

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In November, in an unusually cold anti-gay move, Rhode Island's Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed a bill that would allow domestic partners to collect the remains of their deceased loved ones. The bill was inspired by the tragic loss of Mark...Read More

Marriage equality safe in Iowa until at least 2014

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Democratically controlled Iowa legislature will not put Iowa's April 3, 2009 Supreme Court decision legalizing same gender marriage up for a debate. Iowa's founders brilliantly made it difficult to change the state constitution. Two...Read More

Should We Scrap the Word "Transgender"?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 03, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The definition of "transgender" is not universally agreed upon. Some define it very broadly, to include anyone with a history or a hint of gender variance. Women who like sports. Men who like to cook. Some people take issue with...Read More

Blind items: Place your bets...

Filed by Bil Browning | January 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I saw this blind item on Gawker and can't figure out who they're referencing. I know Projectors will probably ferret out the answer within minutes, but I need some help on this one. Who are they talking about? "This actress...Read More

Iowa and New Hampshire's equality and the Presidential elections

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

At 12:01 AM on January 1, New Hampshire became the 5th state to grant marriage equality to same gender couples, changing Presidential politics as we know them. Arguably the most important states in Presidential politics, both Iowa and New Hampshire...Read More

Trans News Timeline: 2009

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 01, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here are some highlights from a Google News Archive timeline search on "transgender" for 2009. Reading through the list, I see news of social evils bedeviling trans people and the fight against them, but also more positive portrayals of trans...Read More


Far from dead...

Filed by Ed Team | January 01, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We're far from dead - in the long and winding road in this marriage equality battle, anything and everything has happened. On an issue like marriage equality, which thousands of key players in the Democratic party support so passionately, you...Read More