Marriage Equality: August 2011


Senator Maria Cantwell Supports Marriage Equality in Washington State

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 31, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I asked Senator Cantwell in front of 40 or so attendees, if marriage for gays and lesbians was on the ballot in 2012, would she publicly support marriage for gays and lesbians. She quickly responded, "Yes."Read More


A Touch of the Divine in Florida

Filed by Leslie Robinson | August 30, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

On his syllabus, Florida public school teacher Jerry Buell included this heads up to students: "I teach God's truth, I make very few compromises. If you believe you may have a problem with that, get your schedule changed, 'cause I ain't changing!"Read More


Senator Resigns After Grindr Photos Surfaced

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 29, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

After explicit photos of Puerto Rican state senator Roberto Arango were released last Friday, he quickly resigned on Sunday.Read More


Washington State Legislators May Push Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 29, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Washington state legislature may look toward a marriage equality fight this year. Their efforts would join a number of other states also looking toward the marriage battle in the coming months. Read More


Hayes & Greenwald Talk About Dick Cheney's New Book

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is releasing his memoir - In My Time - just before the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Here, Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hayes discuss whether the politician is a war criminal. Read More


NOM Defector Louis Marinelli Quits Marriage Activism

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 29, 2011 | 11:45 AM | comments

Louis J. Marinelli, after working for the National Organization for Marriage, leaving NOM, and then advocating for marriage equality, is now quitting his activism about same-sex marriage altogether, blaming "whiny" liberals for pushing him out. Read More


EQCA Exposes SB48 Opponents As "Extremists"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The very next day, anti-equality extremists filed paperwork to place a referendum to overturn the law on the June 2012 ballot. They have until October 12 to submit more than half a million valid signatures to qualify for the ballot...No...Read More

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Comment of the Week: Capitalist Piggy On Socarides' Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Projector Capitalistpiggy says Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, is wrong when he says marriage equality will help trans rights.Read More

HRC's Solmonese Resigns: Staffers Angry at News Timing

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend reported that the Human Rights Campaign's Executive Director, Joe Solmonese, would be leaving the organization late on Friday night and Washington insiders and HRC staffers are understandably upset at the timing of the report.Read More

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Drawing Hope From Hate

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Wintersong Tashlin is pretty sure that bringing feelings of hope, comfort, and even pride to a kinky, polyamorous, queer, pagan isn't exactly their mission in the world, but they do.Read More


Nude Pics of Republican Politician Found on Grindr

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sometimes I wonder if it's a requirement for a Republican politician to be God-fearing, corporate loving and closeted. It feels like every other month another one is caught with his pants down (literally).Read More


Same-Sex Couples Increase Outside Of Heavily Populated Areas

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 26, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

New numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census reveal that there are an increasing number of same-sex couples across the country - even outside of the typical LGBT strongholds like New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.Read More

Asshat Alert: That Didn't Take Long

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

In yesterday's post about the earthquake here in DC, I wondered how long it would take for some religious right nutjob to start blaming LGBT people for the natural disaster. Apparently, less than 24 hours is de rigueur for...Read More


What Can Coverage of the Earthquake Teach Us about the LGBT Movement?

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What does the recent earthquake have to do with LGBT rights? On the surface not much. But as I sat watching coverage, I was struck by a familiar feeling that we were missing the heart of the story.Read More


Beginners: Growing Up in Dad's Closet

Filed by Paige Schilt | August 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's not surprising that stories of fathers coming out late in life remain largely in the shadows. Ours are not the affirming, heart-warming "I love my gay dads" stories of the gayby boom.Read More


Q&A: Clarifying the 'Candidates' LGBT Stances' Chart

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 23, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

How can GOP hopeful Buddy Roemer support "full marriage" while opposing DOMA repeal? And is Obama really a "maybe" on marriage equality? Ned Flaherty from Marriage Equality USA clarifies some aspects of his LGBT stances chart.Read More


Indiana: Scandal Plagued Lawmaker Will Keep Seat

Filed by Bil Browning | August 23, 2011 | 10:45 AM | comments

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma is now publicly calling on Phil Hinkle to resign, but the embattled legislator says he's staying until the end of his term but won't seek re-election.Read More

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

VIDEO: Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) has been a champion of equality for years, but until now, he's never spoken out publicly on his position on marriage equality.Read More


Socarides On Trans Rights: Eat Your Cake And Have It Too

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 22, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Gay leaders' assurances that marriage equality will lead to transgender rights falls on deaf ears. Read More

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Hoping for Change Through Restatement

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | August 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since the U.S. government's acknowledgement of the HIV epidemic, the Department of Health has become a lactating cow and the CDC the perpetually filled udder, with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals sucking voraciously at its teats.Read More


Drawing the Line: LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom at Work

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This is where the question of religious freedom intersects with workplace expectations. Where do we draw the line? Do we do it with a teacher who expresses his religious views outside of the classroom? That's where things get tricky.Read More


US Immigration Says Gay Foreign Partner Will Not Be Deported

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 20, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

Great news from Stop The Deportations attorney Lavi Soloway about Palm Springs-based binational couple Venezuelan Alex Benshimol and Doug Gentry: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has administratively closed deportation proceedings against Benshimol.Read More


Makk Speaks Out On Deportation

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 20, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Anthony and I have worked tirelessly for the entire length of our relationship to make sure that he has been in legal status. Being legal has been important to us for 19 years, and I think we should be rewarded...Read More

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Judge: Illinois Can Drop Catholic Charities Over Discrimination

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A judge in Sangamon County, Illinois has ruled that the state does not have to renew its foster and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities.Read More

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NOM's Social Media Aims for 100K Followers, Gets 883

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

At the beginning of the summer, the National Organization for Marriage announced a lofty goal of beefing up its social media support by attracting 100,000 new followers - and getting $1 from a "generous donor" for each one. They're not doing so hot. Read More


Submissive Wives, Gay Husband & Michele Bachmann, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 18, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

No, this conclusion of a two-part series isn't about that Bachmann story. It's not about being the submissive wife of a gay husband, but about how gay husbands undermine submissive wifeliness. Read More

The Top 10 Most Democratic & Republican States

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

What states do you think are the most heavily Republican or Democratic? You might be surprised.Read More


NJ Bridal Shop Refuses Lesbian Business

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In a strangely worded column, Philadelphia Daily News writer Ronnie Polaneczky brings us word about New Jersey bridal shop Here Comes the Bride and the owner's anti-gay behavior with a lesbian customer.Read More


Argentine Legislature Debates Trans Rights

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Argentina's legislature will begin to formalize debate around a proposed gender identity act, which would allow trans people to easily correct their name, gender, and image in public records. Here's an example of L, G, B & T working together. Read More

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NOM 'Value Voters' Bus Tour in Iowa Pretty Pathetic

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Is it just me or does the crowd in the wide shot at the opening of this video make the tour look really, really pathetic? Nonetheless, the National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown in a fundraising email touts the tour as "such a success last week!"Read More


Maine Moves Forward with Marriage Ballot Initiative

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 17, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today the Secretary of State in Maine approved the language for a proposed statute that would grant marriage equality in Maine. The statute will be placed on the ballot for the 2012 election if advocates can acquire 80,000 signatures of support.Read More


Gay Husbands, Submissive Wives & Michele Bachmann, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

How gay husbands undermine submissive wifeliness.Read More


An Apology: About Yesterday's Erroneous Post

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

When you screw up, it's important to acknowledge the mistake and correct it. I made a mistake with my post yesterday about Indiana State Fair victim Christina Santiago and the Indianapolis coroner's office.Read More


31 Days: When I Met Dan Savage

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I met Dan Savage in the East Room of the White House at the pride reception earlier this year. Put lightly, it was slightly awkward at first.Read More

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The LGBT Stances of Every Presidential Candidate

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 16, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Marriage Equality USA released this awesome graph today that showcases the LGBT stances of all of the 2012 presidential candidates. Read More


Yvonne Cook Riley: The Invention of Transgender

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yvonne Cook-Riley is a founder of the transgender movement. She gave an interesting history of the invention of transgender as a word and as a movement. Read More

Salt & Pepper: Marriage Equality Explained

Filed by Ed Team | August 16, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Peppersition 8 from Jackson Conor on Vimeo. Check out this cute film that explains marriage equality with salt and pepper shakers. (Hat tip to Kenneth)...Read More


Oregon May Aim for 2012 Marriage Equality Ballot Measure

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This weekend, representatives from Basic Rights Oregon announced their intention to start collecting signatures to request a 2012 election ballot initiative that they hope will win marriage equality in the state. But they won't be campaigning without opposition. Read More


Political Pledges Left & Right

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

To combat conservative pledges to "protect marriage and family," some political progressives have developed new political pledges. I don't expect too many politicians to sign, but their goals are worth fighting for. Read More


Cuba's First Trans Wedding

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Cuba celebrated their first transgender wedding ceremony - complete with American diplomats some of Cuba's best known dissidents. One can only imagine how festive the reception was!Read More


'Doublespeak': Right-Wing Politics & Theocracy

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The very first thing that caught my eye as I entered the grounds of the Iowa Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll were three young children wearing round stickers announcing "GUNS SAVE LIVES" on their small tee-shirts.Read More


The Power Vested in Me by the State of New York

Filed by Father Tony | August 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

At the busy southwest corner of New York City's Central Park, a short walk from where the archbishop of New York was probably sitting down to a fine lunch, I legally joined two same-sex couples in marriage at a unique event called "Popupchapel."Read More

Fighting to Fight: Questioning the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Battle

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Gabrielle Korn argues that Don't Ask Don't Tell has kept gay people in America distracted from protesting the wars by protesting to join something we've been told by the government is an honorable cause.Read More


Bert & Ernie's Big Love

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | August 12, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Why do we speculate on the love lives of puppets? Because it tells us so much about ourselves. Read More

Surprise! Republican Candidates Oppose Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night, the politicians vying for the Republican presidential nomination participated in a debate in Ames, Iowa where, obviously, the marriage equality issue came up. All of the candidates voiced their opposition to marriage equality. Read More


MassResistence: Mitt Romney Is Really Pro-Gay Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I get the feeling those Religious Right Christians just can't stand Mormon Mitt Romney.Read More

Rick Santorum: Gay Champion?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

How in the fuck can dipshit politician Rick Santorum - best known for his attacks on LGBT people - condemn the Iranian government for their treatment of gays and lesbians when, if given his druthers, he'd treat us the same way?Read More


Indiana Anti-Gay Lawmaker Offers Teen Boy $80 for Sex

Filed by Bil Browning | August 12, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

When I keep telling readers the Indiana's largest problem with their lack of LGBT right legislation is the large percentage of conservatives who are hiding their own sexual peccadilloes by using our community as a scapegoat for their own religious shame, I know what I'm talking about.Read More


Who's Sorry Now?

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 11, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

All over the world, people are rising up, risking their lives, fighting back. What's your plan to give the right-wing Christo-fascists something to cry about? What's your plan to kick some sorry ass?Read More


Cornography: Colbert Debuts Second Iowa Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

In an e-mail to supporters of Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC, the comedian announced he'll be airing a second television ad touting his fake candidate, "Rick Parry," starting tonight.Read More

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Starbucks CEO Cancels Talk at Anti-Gay Church

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

While New Balance is trying to distance itself from a contribution made by their board chairman to Mitt Romney's campaign after the candidate signed NOM's anti-marriage equality pledge, Starbucks is dealing with their own anti-gay controversy and they're quickstepping it just like the sneaker company.Read More


New Balance Backs Away from Romney Donation

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 11, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

According to the Restore Our Future PAC filing with the Federal Election Commission, James Davis, CEO of New Balance Athletic Shoes contributed $500,000 to the pro-Romney SuperPAC.Read More

Colbert SuperPAC Ad Parodies NOM Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

NOM's widely ridiculed anti-marriage equality "Gathering Storm" ad has truly made it into the pop culture. Comedian Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC has released its first ad in support of Rick PArry (not Rick Perry!). I think the best part of...Read More

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Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | August 10, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

A new petition is pressuring Ernie and Bert to get married. Because apparently the only legitimate domestic relationship, even for puppets, is marriage. Read More


Knights of Columbus Reaffirms Marriage Equality Opposition

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 10, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week, the Knights of Columbus, who donated $1.4 million to the National Organization for Marriage in 2009, reaffirmed their commitment to fighting marriage equality. Read More


Top LGBT Voices Name History's Essential LGBT Figures

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 10, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

This last batch of personal "Top 5" lists from a selection of important LGBT voices - from Andrés Duque, Bil Browning, Emily Heath, Scott Wooledge, Roberta Sklar & more - really reflects the diversity within our community. Read More

Santorum: Marriage Equality is Like Calling a Napkin a Paper Towel

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 10, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Rick Santorum, the struggling candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is still clinging to his fiercely anti-gay and anti-LGBT views to try to garner more support than the 1 percent he currently he has. At a campaign stop in...Read More


Bronski's American History

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 10, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

A Queer History of the United States is Michael Bronski's most ambitious book, a narrative of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in America from 1492 to 1990. Read More


AFER Prop. 8 Opponents Accept Top ABA Award

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 09, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights' lead attorneys, David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, were honored with the most prestigious award their legal peers can bestow - the American Bar Association Medal. Read More


GOProud Names Ann Coulter 'Gay Icon.' What the Hell?

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 09, 2011 | 11:45 AM | comments

The gay Republican org has named Ann Coulter as the "Honorary Chair and Gay Icon" of their Advisory Council. She's anti-marriage equality, anti-ENDA, anti-DADT repeal, anti-LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation, and a believer in "ex-gay" therapy.Read More


Top LGBT Voices Name History's Essential LGBT Figures

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Dan Choi, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Patricia Nell Warren, Wayne Besen, and more sound off on their "Top 5" lists of essential LGBT figures and moments. This series culminates on Thursday with the Top 20 list, chosen by Bilerico readers.Read More


18 States Still Have Sodomy Laws on the Books

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 08, 2011 | 5:45 PM | comments

It's crazy to think that it hasn't even been 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws unconstitutional. But despite the 2003 ruling, 18 states have not yet revised their policies to remove the unconstitutional laws. Read More


News Corp Capitalizes on Marriage Equality with Mag

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 08, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

A new marriage equality magazine called Wedding Pride is set to debut next month. And guess who owns it! That's right, the "gays are cool if I can make money off them" folks at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.Read More


Outside the Gender Boxes: A Political Theory of Gender

Filed by Jos Truitt | August 08, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

We need to work against the construction of two essential gender boxes, the forcing of everyone into one or the other, and against the linking of power and resources to these boxes. We need to work for the liberation of people who have failed to conform. Read More


NOM & Gingrich Love Astroturf Social Media Support

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage and Newt Gingrich have been accused of Fakebooking and faux-Twittering their way to viral support. I thought we already had our fill of mistaken identities for the summer?Read More

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NOM Issues Anti-Gay Pledge for GOP Candidates

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Not to be outdone by their Iowan religious right nut job allies, NOM has put out its own anti-gay pledge they want Republican presidential candidates to sign. Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum all dived for their pens.Read More


MTV's New 'Video with a Message' VMA Category

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 05, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

The MTV Video Music Awards are honoring the "Best Video with a Message," in a new category. Five of the six nominees are anti-bullying messages, and three of the six feature specific LGBT-related messaging. Read More


Dolly Parton's Statement On The T-Shirt Problem

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 05, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome. We do have a policy about profanity or controversial messages on clothing or signs. It is to protect...Read More

One-Year Anniversary of Prop 8 Ruling

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 04, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

One year ago today, Judge Walker ruled that Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that took away the right of same-sex couples to marry, was unconstitutional. Read More


NYT's American Family Association Profile Draws Criticism

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 04, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Some LGBT advocates are condemning The New York Times for their profile of the American Family Association. But just because a journalistic outlet takes interest in an anti-LGBT organization doesn't make the journalistic outlet anti-LGBT. Read More


APA Issues New Resolution On Marriage Equity

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Now as the country has really begun to have experience with gay marriage, our position is much clearer and more straightforward -- that marriage equity is the policy that the country should be moving toward," --Clinton Anderson, director of the...Read More


House Brief on DOMA Case Is Poorly Done

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 03, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

C'mon, guys, you've got to do better than this for $500,000. I don't think BLAG is getting its money's worth.Read More


SC Newspaper Publishes Same-Sex Marriage Notice

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Back in 2006, The State ran an editorial supporting the state's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Now they're publishing our wedding announcements.Read More

Hateful Homophobic Statements From Boehner/GOP DOMA Briefs

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 03, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

These briefs look as if they were prepared by Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher and Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel.Read More

WA Indian Tribe Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Suquamish Tribal Council unanimously decided to honor and perform same-sex marriages yesterday.Read More

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Dolly Parton Apologizes for Dollywood T-Shirt Incident

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 02, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

After last week's "Marriage is So Gay" T-shirt incident involving two lesbians at Dollywood, the face of the theme park herself, country star Dolly Parton, has apologized. Read More