Marriage Equality: April 2010

Indy: GOP Congressional Primary Candidate Carlos May Endorses Civil Unions

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

Carlos May, one of three men seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Andre Carson in November, stood out from the pack at last night's University of Indianapolis debate. When questioned about same-sex marriage, May indicated that he supported civil...Read More

Potential SCOTUS Nominee Leah Sears: Underestimated Hostility to LGBT Families

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Alliance for Justice released reports Wednesday on thirteen possible nominees for the Supreme Court position being vacated by Justice Stevens. The Alliance for Justice is my favorite Washington DC-based group. (This year they are honoring long-time gay rights activist...Read More


Yeah, sure baby. Sure.

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

"In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close...Read More

Doe Versus Reed: Scalia Defends Open Government

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 29, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Scalia appeared to be on the side of the State of Washington yesterday during the Supreme Court's hearing for Doe Versus Reed. Doe Versus Reed, is a case stemming form Referendum 71. Forces who wanted to prevent the Domestic Partnership...Read More

Is the GOP's Scott Rigell Another Ken Cuccinelli?

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

As a number of articles have noted, since last November GOP political advisers have been lauding the McDonnell/Cuccinelli strategy of campaigning: pretend to be a moderate - even if one is a radical far right extremist - and avoid social...Read More

Marriage matters even to gays in "flyover" states

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I spend my days working to working to win marriage nationwide as New Media Director for Freedom to Marry. As part of my job, I come across an amazing array of stories from folks all over the country eager to...Read More

Uganda Update: Lou Engle & TheCall Respond to Critics with Lies and Distortions

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It seems as if the public outcry over American evangelical extremist Lou Engle's upcoming "TheCall Uganda" has caused the a few headaches for the violent anti-gay and anti-abortion preacher best known for calling for martyrs and bloodshed in the name...Read More

ENDA and the LGBT Prisoner's Dilemma

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Prisoner's Dilemma acts as one of the cornerstones of modern game theory, and its usefulness in discussion cooperation never ceases to amaze me. I wanted to drag it out on the floor today, considering our recent actions on ENDA,...Read More

My Mother-in-Law, Part II

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 27, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: This is the continuation of Paige's story about her mother-in-law. In spite of her love for me, my mother-in-law, Donna Koonce, disrupted my wedding. It was a balmy July evening in Austin, Texas. The elegant oak trees and...Read More

My Mother-in-Law

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 26, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

When Donna Koonce went into the hospital, I kept telling everyone that "Katy's mom" was having bypass surgery. I didn't want to give the state of Texas too much credit for recognizing my relationship to this extraordinary woman. By the...Read More

The UK grovels to the Pope for forgiveness

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted about the recent slew of child molestation revelations in the Catholic Church. I was specifically focused on the lack of intelligent discussion around why someone would want to molest a child, but the question lots of people...Read More

Is Hawaii About to Be Run by the Antigay Religious Right?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 25, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hawaii is a popular state with many LGBTs - but if the Religious Right has their way - and it looks like they might, that beautiful paradise may start turning antigay. Sound unbelievable? Well, please read Bruce Wilson's important report...Read More

Drag Mainstreamed: Rupaul's Tyra Sanchez Interview!

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | April 24, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Peter and Alex are Bilerico-Indiana contributors. They recently scored an interview with RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Tyra Sanchez that we thought we'd bump over to the main site since it would have general appeal. The show's finale is...Read More

Wall Street, Willa Cather and Pioneering Imagination

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | April 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The President flew to New York yesterday to both rebuke and embrace bankers. With Obama's visit, ongoing financial reform and amplified populist anger, this nation is having the most volatile monetary debate in its history. Before things get out of...Read More

Marisa Demeo confirmed

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marisa Dameo, who's openly lesbian, was confirmed to the DC Superior Court by the Senate after a year after they got out from Jim Demint's grips. Demint's gripe? A number of Republicans had concerns and asked me, as chairman of...Read More

What Is the White House Strategy for Delaying the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 22, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

It is difficult to understand why the White House would want to delay Don't Ask Don't Tell until at least next year. What is their political strategy? An overwhelming majority -- nearly 60%-- of Americans support a repeal of Don't...Read More

Gay, straight, or bi? Either way, she's questioning

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Someone wrote into Dear Patricia, an Irish advice columnist, asking if her boyfriend is gay or just "European." I don't know much about Patricia, but she sounds rather conservative and her advice was for this woman to tell her boyfriend...Read More

CBS News Lets Hate Group Hijack LGBT Debate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

CBS News has allowed an anti-gay hate group, on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center, hijack the debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We must act to let CBS News know that this is wrong. CBS News...Read More

President Obama our only target to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell this year

Filed by Kip Williams | April 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I joined six servicemembers in front of the White House to call on President Obama to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the Clinton-era policy that bans lesbians and gays from military service. These six servicemembers - including one...Read More

Florida Politician thinks Gays & Muslims Shouldn't Hold Office (& They Cause Hurricanes Too!)

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough made headlines this month by questioning and blocking nominees to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission because of their possible views on gay marriage, God, Islam and prayer in public places. Basically Yarborough wanted to see...Read More

NOM's Maggie Gallagher quits

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's head homo hater is out the door. NOM's Maggie Gallagher is stepping down as President of the organization. NOM Executive Director Brian Brown will take her place according to an entry she wrote for the...Read More

Iowa Family Policy Center is your tax dollars at work

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Independent is reporting that the Iowa Family Policy Center, a standard-issue state-level homophobic lobby group, received over $3 million in federal money between 2004 and 2009 in grants mostly from the "Healthy Marriage Initiative" to administer their "Marriage...Read More

An unrequited love letter to Glee

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 20, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger jb beeson is deputy executive director for the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Dear Glee, Let's get this out of the way - I'm a gleek. When I heard about you, I was more than excited -...Read More

Meet Harold and Clay

Filed by Kate Kendell | April 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The response to the horrific story of Clay Greene and Harold Scull has been very gratifying and inspiring. Clearly, their story struck a chord in all of us. To some degree we can't help imagining ourselves in exactly this situation....Read More

Q & A With Attorney Elizabeth Schwartz

Filed by Father Tony | April 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

This interview appears in the current edition of South Florida Gay News. "I didn't come out - even to myself - until after college. Sometimes when I come out to friends who knew me way back when, their reaction is...Read More

Carol Boltz: Straight To The Point

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | April 18, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Carol Boltz finds herself the focus of public attention these days as a result of circumstances beyond her control: just a few years ago and after thirty years of marriage, her husband Ray told her he was gay. This confession...Read More

Poisonous Parenting: The "Puppies" Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

(TRIGGER WARNING: The descriptions and some of the media in this post depict extremely violent acts of child abuse. If this is an issue for you, consider yourself warned.) I had not expected to update this series so soon after...Read More

An LGBT, beyond marriage win

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Obama released a presidential memo late yesterday to allow people to choose who gets to visit them and who gets to act as health care proxy, effectively banning hospitals that participate in Medicaid or Medicare (almost all of them) from...Read More


Doing it Obama's way

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

"Ok - let's do it Obama's way. One right of marriage at a time. Only 1136 more strokes of the pen to go and same-sex couples won't need to get married." -- A Facebook friend in response to an e-mail...Read More

Doc and Raider: a (somewhat) brief history

Filed by Sean Martin | April 15, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

A few people whose introduction to my boys comes from either here or the blogsite ( have been asking "Who are these two?" "How did they get together?" "How many t-shirts do they own, anyway?" So I thought for the...Read More

Is GLEE Really A Friend of the LGBT Community?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 14, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

In yesterday's episode of Glee, there is a comment about she-males. The thoroughly despicable, cartoonish Coach Sue is seen cutting a nerdy male student's ponytail and utters "there, you no longer confuse me with your shemale looks". "She-males" is a...Read More

We pay our bills, we pay our taxes, yet we're still denied marriage access!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | April 14, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The annual April 15th Tax Day Protest is the next best thing to the marriage license counter demonstrations on Freedom to Marry Day. This will be our 10th annual in Oakland, California. Grab a picket sign and head down to...Read More

Same-Sex Marriage in 2012? That'll Be the Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Patrick Connors is a self proclaimed uppity fag living in San Francisco that is legally married to a man. He is a freelance writer for The Snitch, a blog for SF Weekly. He is tired of...Read More


Guess Who: New contributors!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

It's my great privilege this morning to announce that we've got three fantastic new contributors joining Bilerico Project today. These three men are real influences in the LGBT community and we're lucky they asked if they could make Bilerico home....Read More

2012 or bust

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

After Equality California and the Courage Campaign endorsed 2012 as the year to repeal Prop 8 in California, people didn't think that the orgs left in the 2010 had the resources to get enough signatures to get on the ballot....Read More

Tips for Gay Couples Considering Filing As Married

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 13, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

If you are a gay couple, legally married in a state or country that performs such marriages, can you file your federal income tax return as married even if the federal government refuses to acknowledge your marriage? General Answer: Because...Read More

IN Senate hopeful Rep Brad Ellsworth hides from LGBT community (again)

Filed by Bil Browning | April 12, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Indiana Congressman and Senate hopeful, Brad Ellsworth, held a liveblog on Blue Indiana Thursday evening that highlighted an important aspect of what LGBT Hoosiers can expect if he's elected to office; they can expect to be ignored and marginalized by...Read More

Jacksonville, FL Councilman Thinks Human Rights Not Necessary for Human Rights Board

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Local human Rights Boards can be important places for minority communities to bring forward issues and concerns in their municipalities. The purpose of these boards are right in the name: Human Rights. They deal with issues around discrimination. Don't tell...Read More

Goodbye Julia Sugarbaker: "She spoke the truth"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Actress Dixie Carter has passed away at age 70. She was best known for portraying the spitfire southern lady Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women. The show was a nationwide hit and was one of the first to...Read More

Poisonous Parenting: The "Oh Father" Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

It’s been a while since I’ve added to this series. There are probably a number of reasons, among them that I’ve found myself blogging more about other issues and less about LGBT issues. There are any number of reasons, including...Read More

Mitchell Gold: Fighting The Crisis Of Religious Bigotry

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | April 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mitchell Gold is a successful home furnishings designer and manufacturer and co-owner of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chain of signature furniture stores. While he is long known for his advocacy in grassroots organizations and national nonprofits, Gold also...Read More

Vehicle of Bigotry: Lies of the Truth Truck

Filed by Keri Renault | April 11, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

They call it the "Truth Truck". I call it a lie. One of the Ten Commandments says "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Who knew? Oscar Wilde once said, "Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward...Read More

Service Members Still at Risk under New DADT Instructions

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 09, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Aaron Tax serves as Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's Legal Director. Mr. Tax provides legal assistance to those currently serving who are impacted by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and related forms of discrimination, including those who are...Read More

Conservatives hate that our families count on the 2010 Census

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Arkansas News reported: LITTLE ROCK -- An advertising campaign by the U.S. Census Bureau directed toward same-sex couples isn't sitting well with some conservatives in Arkansas. State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, a candidate for Arkansas' 3rd District congressional seat,...Read More

Exclusive: owner gets death threats from LDS members

Filed by Bil Browning | April 08, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Disturbing news from Paul Jackson, the owner and publisher of While my post "Hot Mormon Boys Masturbating" has caught some flack around the web over whether or not sexy fluff posts belong on a serious LGBT blog, that's nothing...Read More

You can do it too!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | April 08, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ricky Martin did it. Anna Paquin did it, even California Senator Ray Ashburn did it. I'm talking about coming out. Coming out is a radical act, and yet it is simply speaking the truth of who you are and who...Read More

The Only "Choice": Coming Out of "Situational Heterosexuality"

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the far right and the professional Christian set all in a dither about the possible upcoming vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA") in the U.S. House of Representatives, I guess it is no surprise that the faux experts...Read More

Jesus smiles on sexual harassment

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

As should be plainly obvious to anyone paying attention (except for anyone invested in the idea that the Religious Right is a group of home-grown Americans motivated by nothing other than the Moral Values in the Bible), the reason rightwing...Read More

Dancing with the Stars: Interracial & gay marriage waltz

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

We never watch Dancing With the Stars (I know, a reality show I don't watch! *gasp!*), but apparently last night's episode was memorable for one beautiful waltz. Actress Niecy Nash and her partner, Louis van Amstel, performed a number based...Read More

Fairly Unbalanced

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 06, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

OK. This is truly getting tiresome. I know the media is making an attempt to be "fair and balanced" in writing about the threats of violence against Democratic lawmakers after the passage of health care reform. Plenty of people have...Read More

One year later, marriage equality strong in Iowa

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 05, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

My fiance and I were lucky enough to be in Iowa last year when the Iowa Supreme Court made their historic unanimous ruling that we should be treated equally as a couple. Marriage equality is now a reality in our...Read More

"Under The Radar" Seattle, Part Two: The City Of Microsoft

Filed by Don Davis | April 03, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's been a few weeks since we began our series of "Under The Radar" stories with a visit to lovely Kirkland, Washington, and it's time for another. But which city should we visit this time? There's Woodinville, with its wineries,...Read More

Glimpses of Equality: Why I Queered the Census

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Many of the readers on Bilerico know that my partner, Anthony Niedwiecki, and I were married in California before Prop 8 passed and became one of the 18,000 limited edition gay couples grandfathered in to marriage equality. I posted about...Read More

Whinny now or forever hold your peace

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I have an announcement to make. You've probably already heard hints of this, but I just need to come out and say it: I'm marrying Princess. That's right. Princess, in the picture to the right, and I will be America's...Read More

George W. Bush comes out

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rumors about former President George W. Bush's sexuality were confirmed today when he announced that he is indeed gay, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel relieved to announce that I am a very fortunate homosexual man." The former President was inspired...Read More


One year later

Filed by Ed Team | April 01, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

"Regardless of our personal views, we have a line that needs to be drawn between the executive branch and the judicial branch and I think Iowans are ready to move on and accept that unanimous decision. I think the overwhelming...Read More