Marriage Equality: January 2011

Will MassEquality Support Sen Brown in 2012?

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 31, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kara Suffredini is executive director of MassEquality. As Sen. Scott Brown embarks on his re-election bid - the latest news in that regard is that he's sitting on a $7 million war chest - I have been asked...Read More

When Students Harass Gay Teachers

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 31, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

An out middle school teacher in the LA area and his union brought up the harassment he's experiencing and the school's indifference at a board meeting last week: Although Collins and the union are making specific demands of the district,...Read More

Perfect Parents

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I am not a perfect parent. Nor am I a perfect person. I know that. I try my best, sometimes I do a good job, sometimes great, sometimes, whooooa nelly, was I wrong. Judging other people's parenting? Not unless it's...Read More

65 Years After Auschwitz & Christianists Have Learned Nothing

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

As noted by Bob Felton at >Civil Commotion, January 27, 2011, was the 65th anniversary of the day that Allied forces liberated Auschwitz and discovered the full extent of the horrors of the "Final Solution." The hatred and malicious denigration...Read More

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#SSS: Uganda murder, State of the Union, marriage and military

Filed by Phil Reese | January 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Nobody is left off the hook this week on SameSexSunday. D. Gregory Smith returns with another great interview with the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Jason Marsden, discussing hate crimes, the state of the nation-wide LGBT community, and...Read More

Transforming Anger

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More

Making a Killing: Rocking Out to Dead Kids

Filed by Bil Browning | January 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I shouldn't be surprised at how some folks are willing to turn the sublime into the scatological. After all, what red-blooded patriot doesn't want the American dream? There are plenty of ways to get your face out there, baby, and...Read More

The Black Civil Rights Movement Is Dying, Finally

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last week, Martin Luther King tributes were taking place across the nation. And the spirit of MLK and the courageous acts of our foremothers and forefathers of the civil rights movement are etched indelibly in many of our hearts. But...Read More

Chicago Won't Violate Marriage Protestors' Free Speech

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year, the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago protested a Catholic church on Valentine's Day for marriage, and some folks noted that it's actually illegal to protest within 150 feet and 30 minutes of a religious service, for anything besides...Read More

States to Watch for Marriage and Civil Union Legislation, Round 2

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The other day I posted about various state-level efforts on same-sex partnership recognition, mentioning what's going on in Iowa, Wyoming, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Readers let me know that I left a few states out. Add Florida...Read More

Canada: Is the Conversation Lurching to the Right?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's been a busy time for the Canadian far right, as conservatives and Christian nationalists try to follow the US example of pushing the conversation so far to the right that even Gandhi looks like Josef Stalin. Is it working?...Read More

States to Watch for Marriage and Civil Union Legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

New legislative sessions started this week, and quite a few states are considering laws related to official recognition of same-sex couples. In Hawaii, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to create civil unions (for both same- and opposite-sex couples)...Read More



Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"If the president is truly serious about job creation and boosting America's economic well-being, he must provide leadership and action in helping to pass employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and ending the costly and unjust federal...Read More

Australian Straight Mom's Ad for Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

An Australian mother with a gay son made an ad for same-sex marriage....Read More

Dan Savage Responds, and: Are All Black People Poor?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Bilerico Project keeps on getting results! On Sunday I complained that Dan Savage wouldn't even explain why marriage is the most "meaningful" right a gay person can have, and yesterday he took to The Slog to defend the issue....Read More

Robert Gibbs Doesn't Want to Talk about Obama in 1996

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Chris Johnson asks Robert Gibbs about Obama's 1996 stance on marriage, and he refuses to answer the question....Read More

Gay Man and Straight Woman Marry for Art

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 24, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

A gay man and a woman are marrying for a university art project and say that they plan to stay married their entire lives. You'd think that a gay person marrying someone of the opposite sex and promising to stay...Read More

Rendering Love Visible this Valentine's Day

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 24, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

On February 12, 2001, I dressed up in a make-shift tuxedo with a pink ruffled shirt and my wife, Molly McKay, put on a wedding dress and we walked up the steps of San Francisco City Hall. This is was...Read More

What Will Obama Talk about at the SOTU?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A month ago I wrote about how the gay agenda was congealing after the DADT deal passed, and, since clearly we haven't spent enough resources, time, and energy on marriage this past decade, the A-gays were saying that we needed...Read More

Reflections on Death, Families and Parental Acceptance

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 23, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

While I have been enjoying myself in Key West, I have remained haunted by the loss of my mother and, indeed, at times I simply cannot believe that she's gone. Intellectually, I grasp it, but emotionally I have a long...Read More

Power in Beauty

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 23, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

A friend of mine told me the other day how a date asked her when she knew she was beautiful. Nice come on line, I replied. Did you have an answer? She did. She remembered when she did feel beautiful,...Read More

SameSexSunday: The Rights to Work, Have Housing, and Love

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

There is still so far to go before they gay, lesbian, and transgender communities will have full equality under the law. How should we set priorities while Republicans control the House? Will Republicans offer some relief for the LGBT community?...Read More

Weekly Reader: The Simpsons, Martians, & a Gay Stamp

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

If you haven't had time to keep up with your LGBT news and opinion, our weekly reader has you covered. Not only did we bring you Phil Reese's exclusive interview with Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Mosley-Braun, we ran great posts...Read More


Wish in One Hand

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In order to be the kind of transformational leader he can be, he should show the country the way forth on dismantling the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that the law no longer robs the states of their right...Read More

Courage Campaign Launches 'Issa Watch'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Even before the Republicans officially took over the House in the new Congress, Southern California conservative Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was gleefully rubbing his hands in anticipation of all the investigative hearings he could hold as chair of the House...Read More

The Freedom of Monogamy

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | January 21, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I've been reluctant to write much about this new relationship I think partly out of some vague, superstitious fear of jinxing it, but, I think, too, because I want to hold it close, keep it to myself, protect it. It...Read More

Gay Cat Marriage in Manhattan

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm a dog person, not a cat person. And one thing we dog people can hold over cat people is that we generally don't get weird and assign personalities and backstories and emotional narratives to the animals we love (and...Read More

Gay Marriage Reality Check

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Now that the DADT repeal has been signed into law, there has been chatter in GL world and the Gayosphere about shifting the positive momentum gained from the historic win to renewing the push for gay marriage.That would be a...Read More

Chicago Mayoral Candidate and LGBT Ally, Carol Moseley Braun

Filed by Phil Reese | January 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This past Friday evening I found myself staring at a burning log in a fireplace, shaking like a leaf. Not shaking from the temperatures, but shaking out of nerves. Here I was sitting in the living room of a woman...Read More

Virginia's Bizarre "Tolerance" Ranking By the Daily Beast

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 20, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Daily Beast has come up with a ranking of U.S. states in terms of alleged levels of tolerance. I'm not sure what mind altering drugs the reviewers were using at the time they ranked Virginia as #11 (higher than...Read More

Louisiana Argues against Gay Birth Certificates; Hospitals Become More Inclusive

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

File this under "homophobic laws I didn't know about." Louisiana contends that it doesn't have to put a same-sex couple on their adoptive child's birth certificate, even though their law says they have to put adoptive parents on a child's...Read More

Supreme Court Saves DC Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by Bil Browning | January 18, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The US Supreme Court's denial of certiorari today effectively ends the debate on same-sex marriage in the capital. Reverend Harry Jackson's one man crusade to try and invalidate same-sex marriage in DC has effectively been squashed. Jackson petitioned the court...Read More

Tea Party Protests Abortion, LGBT Rights

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Now everyone keeps on telling me that the Tea Party is something other than the Republican base re-branded, that they're reasonable, independent Real Americans who just want both the Democrats and Republicans to quit the bickering and cut spending, deny...Read More

ENDA Is Dead: Bury It and Move On

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 17, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Babs Siperstein is a member of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats' Federal PAC Board and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey. Attending the signing of the legislation that...Read More

NOM: Obama Is Sabotaging the DOMA Cases

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week I posted about the Justice Department's non-substantive defense of DOMA. Perhaps it's not the worst defense they could be providing (they could have just not appealed the ruling), it was legalistic and avoided most of the substantive arguments...Read More

Wyoming Honors MLK Day By Debating Marriage Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

While Martin Luther King Jr is being honored today for his work on behalf of equality and civil rights, the Wyoming state legislature has decided to take a remarkably different approach to justice. They will be debating a bill to...Read More

One for Marriage: Vintage Magazine Cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Another amazing cover from the iconic ONE magazine. The year is 1953, and the topic - even then - was marriage rights. If anyone owns a copy of this issue or remembers its content, please let us know what gay...Read More

Martin Luther King Day: What's Love Got to Do with It

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and commitment to non-violent transformation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend," and, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only...Read More

Judging Gays in Mel Brooks' "History of the World: Part I"

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | January 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

When I was younger, I thought Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I was absolutely uproarious. And it is. Who can keep a straight face watching Roman Empress Nympho, played by the late, great Madeleine Kahn, rating her potential...Read More

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#SSS: Vitriolic Discourse, Immigration Forms, DOMA, HRC and the States

Filed by Phil Reese | January 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week's powerful SameSexSunday will knock you right over as we get to the heart of some truly meaty topics. First and foremost, we discussed the violent rhetoric and vitriolic discourse brought to light by the intense discussions following last...Read More

New RNC Chair Doesn't Like Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 16, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Reince Preibus, the RNC's new chair, is not in favor of full equality now. Just in case anyone's surprised....Read More

Weekly Reader: The Navy, Kissing, & the Ex-Gay Jesus-Fix-It Perpetual Emotion Machine

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This week on Bilerico Project there was quite a bit of discussion about the role of impassioned rhetoric in the media and by politicians in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings. Of course we also brought you tons of great...Read More

My Top 3 Gay Public Relations Scandals of 2010

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before we get too far into 2011, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my top three picks of gay public relations scandals for the 2010 year. You know the scandals I'm talking about, the ones where the...Read More


New Hampshire Will Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Leadership simply announced their top priorities. There was no suggestion they're against this or we're divided." --NH State Rep. David Bates, who's one of many New Hampshire conservatives who's convinced that same-sex marriage will come up for a vote even...Read More

The Justice Department's Anemic Defense of DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Justice Department has filed for an appeal of the Tauro decisions in Gill vs. OPM and Massachusetts vs. US that struck down provisions of DOMA last year. Chris Geidner sums up Justice's arguments: 1. Congress Could Have Rationally Concluded...Read More

Marriage Equality Hero Gavin Newsom Sworn-In as California Lt. Governor

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Applause interrupted openly gay Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez during his remarks before former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was officially sworn in as California's Lt. Governor on Monday. In 2004, "his bold leadership ushered in a...Read More

Interview with Christine Macdonald: We Talk Equality and What it Means to Be a Straight Ally

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 13, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I noted in a previous post that the active and involved participation of straight allies is critical to winning LGBT equal rights. People have found it through search terms such as; "straight ally," "how to be involved straight ally," "how...Read More

The third way to same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

A conservative organization, the Third Way, has a column up in The Advocate telling the gays what they need to do to get marriage. They claim to have identified the "middle" on the issue (whatever that means) and to have...Read More

Saskatchewan court: No religious exemption to a government job

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Several Canadian civil commissioners argued in court it violated their religious principles to perform same-sex marriages, and the court said that's no reason for them not to perform the ceremonies: "Persons who voluntarily choose to assume an office, like that...Read More

The gays scare more conservatives: Heritage Foundation pulls out of CPAC

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Heritage Foundation has pulled out of the CPAC (I'm not even conservative and it's hard to imagine a conference establishing itself as the center of American movement conservatism without them): "We believe in the traditional definition of the family,"...Read More

FCKH8: A good idea for a good cause?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 07, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Is having children yell "fuck you" to people who are against gay marriage on recorded video exploitative of children? Is it helpful to our cause? Should LGBT youth organizations accept money from organizations or individuals who publicly promote under age...Read More

Lesbian priests marrying each other!

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

All couples like to bring the New Year in on a loving note, and what better way for two lesbian priests of the Episcopal Church to demonstrate their commitment to each other than in holy matrimony. Before a jubilant crowd...Read More

Patrick Wolf is getting married

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Patrick Wolf announced on Twitter that he's getting married. Whatever happened to "I'm not gonna marry in the fall/I'm not gonna marry in the spring/I will never marry, marry at all"? Bah, we'll always have The Hidden Cameras. Haha, just...Read More

Future of LGBT leadership in Illinois Part I: Anthony Martinez

Filed by Phil Reese | January 06, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

This is the first in a series of interviews with both established and up-and-coming Illinois LGBT leaders in this period of transition for our state. Look for another one with Andy Thayer in a few weeks, and more to follow...Read More

What will and won't happen in this Congress

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Huffington Post has an article up about what gay conservatives think this Congress is going to accomplish when it comes to LGBT legislation. HRC provided a graphic on how the change in levels of homophobia in both houses: It's...Read More

Playing Keep Away With Our Rights

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 05, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

In yet another segment of what feels like the never-ending California same-sex marriage struggle, the 9th Circuit Court declined to answer the question as to whether or not Prop 8 was unconstitutional. Instead they submitted a question to the California...Read More

The Ninth Circuit issues decision on Prop 8 standing

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that Imperial County, California, doesn't have the right to intervene in the Proposition 8 case for same-sex marriage and asked the California Supreme Court about the orgs that...Read More

Cindy Sheehan on DADT Repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In an op-ed written for Al-Jazeera, peace activist Cindy Sheehan lets loose with her opinion on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. While she is supportive of LGBT rights, she echoes some of the opinions of Bilerico contributors who've...Read More

Black Swan would be better without the plot

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Catholic News Service put out a review of Natalie Portman's new movie Black Swan (rated "O" for "Morally Offensive"). Here's a short plot summary (from IMDB): When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre...Read More

LGBT Rights: Why Messaging Is Important

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of politics is messaging. If you've got good talking points that resonate with the public's intuitive suspicions, you can dramatically alter the course of events. The right has always been much more effective with...Read More

Prop 8 Supportive Minister Busted for Child Molestation

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Color me surprised - a California minister who was a donor to the Proposition 8 campaign has been caught allegedly molesting children. Not only is Mr. Sanctity supposedly a man of God, he's also a foster parent and daycare provider....Read More

New Hampshire: Proposition 8 redux

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 03, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The news out of New Hampshire is that the right, after taking over the state legislature, is looking to ban marriage between couples of the same sex in that state. Even though the governor is still a Democrat, Republicans control...Read More

"Defend Christians" Lists ENDA as Top Anti-Christian "Event" of 2010

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Defend, a San Diego-based "ministry" of the self-styled Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, just-released a list of the "Top Ten Anti-Christian Events in 2010." The list is the result of an online poll "of Christians and people of good will" at...Read More

NOM: No 2009 Tax Returns Yet

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Continuing their practice of skirting or outright violating American election law, the National Organization for Marriage has failed to file any tax returns for 2009. The group's 2007 and 2008 filings were up to 17 months late and they have...Read More

Test your LGBTQ news knowledge: A 2010 quiz

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 02, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

After Bil and I put together our list of the top LGBTQ news stories of 2010, I thought it'd be a good idea to go back and remember of the less-noticed stories as well as some of the details of...Read More