Marriage Equality: October 2011


The Occupy Movement & Why LGBTs Should Care

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Wading through the news about the Occupy Wall Street movement these days is like watching a bad jazz band riff off into cacophony-land. But one thing rings clear as a bell: if you're not among the richest Americans, you're officially getting screwed.Read More


Mass Exodus of Staff & Students at Univ of Michigan?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 31, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Will staff and students at the University of Michigan take flight if a bill to repeal domestic partner benefits in the state passes? Many have said they'll be gone in a heartbeat.Read More


Anti-Gay Minister Killed in Uganda

Filed by Bil Browning | October 31, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Since every tragedy has to have a message from God in it according to these yahoos, what's the message being sent to homophobic preachers tacitly approving the murder of LGBT people?Read More


Social Issues in Indy Mayoral Race

Filed by Bil Browning | October 30, 2011 | 10:51 AM | comments

"We're impressed, too, by Kennedy's clarity on issues important to attracting and keeping young people, and welcoming all kinds of talent to Indianapolis... She also would speak loudly against social legislation -- from over-reaching illegal immigration laws to a state...Read More


Perry: Repeal Marriage Equality in New Hampshire

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The candidate so gung ho for state's rights he thinks it would be okay for a state to succeed, doesn't respect a state's right to legislate their own marriage laws.Read More


SLDN Fights for Equal Benefits for Gay Servicemembers

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

Following SLDN's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA on behalf of military families, the Department of Defense has identified 14 benefits as part of an ongoing review of benefits affected by the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."Read More


Marriage Equality Is a 'Threat to the Nation's Survival'?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

"And when people would come along and blur that distinction and say 'well [the rights of marriage] should apply in every way' it not only is a complete undermining of the principles of family and marriage and the hope of...Read More

Moving Toward Equality for LGBT Servicemembers

Filed by Davina Kotulski | October 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

It is nothing short of awesome that this week the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed a lawsuit in federal court to secure spousal benefits for legally married gay and lesbian troops.Read More

Zzzzzzz: New Maine Marriage Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2011 | 9:53 AM | comments

Wake me up when this boring ad featuring a minister and his wife is over. Yet another bland and boring ad for marriage equality that's ashamed to even feature an LGBT person. When will the movement realize these boring-ass...Read More


Catholic Advocate Attacks Obama Over Religious Liberty 'Protections'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A political group called the Catholic Advocate - founded in 2007 to lobby Congress "on issues of importance to faithful Catholics" such as "supporting pro-life, pro-marriage policies" - announced a nationwide campaign today targeting President Obama.Read More

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Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

In this story of a young woman's reaction to her father's transition to female, are we seeing the truth of her experience, or her desire for a lost land of remembered childhood from which we are all exiled by time? Read More


Marriage Equality for Britain's Royal Family

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2011 | 11:10 AM | comments

Interesting story out of the United Kingdom this morning. It appears marriage equality has made it's way to the royal family - although in a way you might not expect.Read More


Confronting Rick Santorum & His Obsession with Sex

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Every time he appears in a public forum, former U. S. Senator and current Republican Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, needs to be confronted about his obsession with sex according to guest blogger Jim Toevs.Read More


First Same-Sex Marriage in France to Happen in December

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

France does not perform same-sex marriages nor does it recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, but Liberation reports that a marriage between two women will be allowed in Brest as soon as one of the partners is legally recognized as a woman.Read More

Mo'Nique on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2011 | 9:19 AM | comments

"We've all been given free will, so let's use our will to let others be free," says Mo'Nique in HRC's latest Americans for Marriage Equality video....Read More


NOM Fakes Photo & Gets Called Out on Maddow

Filed by Bil Browning | October 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lovable blogger Jeremy Hooper over at Good As You is one of the best religious right watchers in the nation and he's caught the National Organization for Marriage with their pants down yet again.Read More


Mademoiselle Savalette De Lange, Henriette-Jenny

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The modern trans movement has a long history, and Mademoiselle Jenny Savalette de Lange of Versaille Palace is a fascinating part of it. Read More

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Abraham Lincoln: A Life in the Closet?

Filed by Mark Segal | October 26, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

With Abraham Lincoln's life, most historians have referred to isolated facts rather than the pattern of events in his life to tell his personal story. Will history once again prove historians wrong?Read More

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Alabama Looks Toward LGBT-Inclusive Bullying Laws

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Just as two federal bullying bills are omitted from discussions of educational reform, an Alabama state legislator has pre-filed legislation that would expand the state's current anti-bullying policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Read More


HONOR PAC Fundraiser Draws Political Candidates

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 24, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Saturday night HONOR PAC expanded its sphere of influence into the San Fernando Valley and scores of political candidates showed up to acknowledge the group's significance.Read More


Clint Eastwood on Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | October 24, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"I don't give a [expletive] about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have...Read More

A Phone Call to Mom

Filed by Ed Team | October 24, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Frequent guest contributor Alan Bounville is walking across America for LGBT equality. He hadn't spoken to his mother for two years after she voted in favor of a marriage discrimination amendment, but as he crossed the Great Divide, Alan...Read More


Bring Back a Treasure

Filed by Ed Team | October 23, 2011 | 6:19 PM | comments

"Little did I know he would bring us such a treasure." -- Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson's father, Jerry Wolfson, 81, to the New York Times after his son's marriage to Dr. Cheng He. Mr. Wolfson said Evan...Read More


Straight Southern Methodist Minister Defrocked for Marrying Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Davina Kotulski | October 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Jimmy Creech is about the nicest guy you could expect to meet. He's like John Boy all grown-up. He's sweet, gentle, and has an easy on the ears Southern drawl.Read More


Equality California Taking Time With Transition Plan

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 20, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a press release announcing the resignation of Roland Palencia as EQCA executive director, the nonprofit statewide LGBT lobbying organization promised to present a plan last Friday, but no plan emerged.Read More


George Washington: Gay-Friendly Father of Our Country

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Some of the Founding Fathers leaned right, but the majority held what modern historical language would term a secularist and globalist view. In some cases -- like George Washington's -- this included a strongly gay-friendly attitude. Read More

HRC Takes Video Campaign National

Filed by Ed Team | October 20, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign has expanded it's successful New York State video series of prominent Americans advocating for marriage equality to the national stage. The first video stars Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker....Read More


What Makes a Marriage a Sham?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

A military-civilian lesbian couple each married a male marine to get a bonus so that they could live together off-base. The marriages are "shams" because the women didn't love their husbands? Then there are millions of marriages that should immediately be dissolved.Read More


Bill Maher Could Fight Bullying by Not Bullying

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Maher can't take up bullying as a cause if he wants to continue to be a professional bully. He's the kid who gets bullied and who grows up and sees that it gets better because now he's big and can bully others.Read More


Lessons Learned from Kissing a Straight Boy

Filed by Mark S. King | October 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last night I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight I'm going to do it again.Read More


Toby Keith: Pay Your Taxes

Filed by Bil Browning | October 19, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"I expect the wealthy to write a check 'cause it's as bad as it's ever been. It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I'm sure people will bitch about it, but if it meant we get...Read More


Roland Palencia on Why He Left Equality California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Over the weekend, EQCA's Communications Director Rebekah Orr told me that the board didn't not complete their conversations with staff and therefore didn't publish their transition plan on Friday, as expected. She said they hoped to put it out Monday, but no release was forthcoming.Read More

Is Marriage Equality for White People?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Even after it was widely discredited that the black turnout could be responsible for the passage of Prop 8, the conventional wisdom has remained that the issue of marriage equality is simply not something that appeals to voters of color.Read More


We're Going Purple on October 20: You Should Too

Filed by Bil Browning | October 17, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Bilerico Project will be joining the campaign by changing our logo purple for the campaign. Wearing purple on this day symbolizes support for LGBT people and against bullying of LGBT teens.Read More


Why I Don't Want To Blog Anymore

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

My low blogging libido issues, and what the doctor ordered.Read More


Zachary Quinto Comes Out

Filed by Ed Team | October 17, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

"And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there's a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say 'Why? Where's this disparity coming from, and why can't we as...Read More


When Marriage Equality & Immigration Policy Intersect

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

As marriage for gay and lesbian couples becomes more mainstream and less of a wedge issue for politicians to exploit, immigration has assumed that role. And bi-national same-sex couples are caught right in the eye of the storm.Read More


Occupy Wall Street: Demanding Justice

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 16, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

When I put it in the context of popular and growing movements like Occupy Wall Street, I was not surprised to see Brooks holding forth on the shortcomings of empathy. The success of these progressive movements constitute a powerful challenge to conservatives.Read More

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Palestine: Lillian Faderman Responds to Alex Blaze

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Lillian Faderman responds to Alex Blaze's post, "Palestinian Gays Are Palestinian Too," critiquing an article Lillian wrote for the Advocate magazine.Read More


Weekly Reader: Ben & Jerry's, Walt Whitman & a Muscle Hunk

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


Same-Sex Couples Fight for Marriage Licenses in NC

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the past few weeks, the new "We Do" campaign has been seeking to make its mark on North Carolina by having gay and lesbian couples request marriage licenses and have their requests publicly denied. Read More


Choosing This Year's LGBT 'Game-Changers'

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week The Huffington Post has been selecting its "Game-Changers" of 2011 - the most influential leaders in a variety of categories - and several members of the LGBT community are represented. Who's missing?Read More


Momentary Pain at a Straight Friend's Wedding

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 14, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

So there I was, standing on the altar swaying back and fourth anxiously as the clergy read the passage: "Christian marriage is between a man and a woman."Read More


Desmond Tutu Writes American Presbyterians

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tutu recently sent a letter to the leadership of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to welcome their decision to ordain non-celibate gay and lesbian ministers and give some support reminiscent of Paul's letters to the early churches.Read More


Point Foundation NYC Cornerstone Event Helps LGBT Collegians

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Point Foundation is one of my top LGBT causes because it helps guide our next-generation leaders and because it is so well-run, a class act all the way.Read More


Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

Filed by Mark S. King | October 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

"I'm not in love with you anymore." He said this at the dinner table as he made the first cut of his steak. I put down my own knife and fork and stared at him.Read More


Katherine Lee Bates: Author of 'America the Beautiful'

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful," popularly known in the United States as "the other national anthem." Her ode has touched so many lives "from sea to shining sea."Read More


America Has Lost a Hero: Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | October 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

It was always an honor to speak with someone I consider a personal hero. If he hadn't stepped out front during a time when it was dangerously radical to do so, I doubt this site would even exist.Read More


Romney Won't Answer

Filed by Ed Team | October 11, 2011 | 9:12 AM | comments

"Yes, just so long as - no, go ahead, but if it's the same question I don't have a new answer." -- GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney after being asked repeatedly about his views on marriage equality during a townhall...Read More


They Claim Many Things

Filed by Ed Team | October 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

"I don't see what the big deal is with the whole gay marriage debate in Australia. Being brought up in a Christian home and still identifying as Christian, I get pretty annoyed with the Christian lobbies around the world who...Read More


Paula Ettelbrick Dies at 56

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | October 09, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The passing of Ettelbrick, a lesbian legal expert and activist, is a great loss. Read More


Walt Whitman: Poet, Chronicler of War

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Walt Whitman, the father of both American poetry and modern poetry in general, established free verse as the international norm for poetry in English and celebrated gay sexuality with surprising openness for its time.Read More


NC Gov Bev Perdue Is a Backdoor Friend

Filed by Bil Browning | October 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue late on Friday afternoon to express her "opposition" to the state's proposed marriage amendment and takes the opportunity to give LGBT families a backhanded slap while she does it.Read More


Gay in Mexico: A Cautious Quinceañera

Filed by Father Tony | October 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Mexico is experiencing a "queer boom," but the reality is that this is the beginning - not the end - of the road to LGBT equality. In a recent panel focused on a book about gay Mexico, Mexico spelled with a J, more light was shed on gay Mexican history.Read More


Media Relies on Tony Perkins for 'Conservative' Viewpoint

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 08, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The mainstream media is continuing to treat ultra conservatives as representatives for conservative perspectives, an important element of right-washing in TV news. Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council has been popping up all over the news. Read More


Queers Shouldn't Ask to Sit at the Table

Filed by Toshio Meronek | October 07, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's hard in there for a queer. The relative number of LGBT people in prison is higher than that of straights, and queers behind bars experience abuse more widely than their straight counterparts.Read More


The Top 10 Potential Presidential Candidates for HRC

Filed by Viktor Kerney | October 07, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

As most of you know, Joe Solmonese had chosen not renew his contract as HRC President. Here's a list of ten highly qualified leaders that could move the HRC in an progressive direction.Read More

Bachmann: Vote for Me Because I Love Straight Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | October 07, 2011 | 9:21 AM | comments

Another round of crazy from Michelle Bachmann. She makes sure to let us know she loves straight marriage and hates uteruses. So, nothing new....Read More


Marriage According to the Bible

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

All the rightwing religious nutjobs complain that we want to change the sacred definition of marriage - and it's been the same since the beginning of forever. But what is the definition of marriage according to the Bible?Read More


Lesbian Couple on NY Town Clerk Who Won't Issue Marriage Licenses

Filed by Bil Browning | October 06, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Katie Carmichael and Deirdre Dibiaggio talked with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts - who's openly gay - about Ledyard, New York town clerk Rose Belforti who is refusing to give any same-sex couple a marriage license.Read More


Is My Generation Destroying Gay Subculture?

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow's interview in The Hollywood Reporter makes me question: How important is "gay subculture"? And what does that even mean? Perhaps my inability to pinpoint the subculture is exactly the issue that she's talking about...Read More


Equality California Says No to Prop. 8 Repeal Ballot in 2012

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Buried in a note to supporters of Equality California on what Executive Director Roland Palencia describes as a new "breakthrough" project is the announcement that EQCA will not be participating in any return to the ballot in 2012 to overturn Prop. 8.Read More


God Doesn't Want a Lot of Things

Filed by Bil Browning | October 06, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

"New York law protects my right to hold both my job and my beliefs. I'm not supposed to have to leave my beliefs at the door at my government job. For me to participate in the same-sex marriage application process...Read More


Unequal Equality

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

As common as it now is to hear the term "equality" thrown around with such abandon in our national conversation about American LGBT civil rights, is it really accurate or even fair to describe many of our community's most recent political gains with this term?Read More


Bert & Ernie Should Be Friends with Benefits

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 05, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Others have already pointed out how extremely close the two are and wondered how many platonic friends they know of who share a bedroom? Sure, I can buy the "close friends" part, but is the "platonic" all that likely?Read More

Marylanders for Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign is building off of the success of their New Yorkers for Marriage Equality videos featuring celebrities and high profile politicians announcing their support for marriage equality. They've kicked off the Marylanders for Marriage Equality series...Read More


Toby Keith on Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | October 05, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

"That whole gay issue thing, that's never bothered me. I've never seen what that affects and [why] anybody should care - and they never do affect me. First of all, we're going to stop somebody from getting a marriage license...Read More


3 Lesbian Couples Walk Into a NC Registrar's Office

Filed by Bil Browning | October 04, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

It sounds like the setup to a joke doesn't it? Three lesbian couples walked into a North Carolina registrar's office and... Sadly, the punchline is no laughing matter. Read More


Indiana Won't Fight Civil Union Claims in Fair Tragedy

Filed by Bil Browning | October 04, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

While Indiana doesn't recognize civil unions, the state's Attorney General says he won't attempt to get the claims of lesbian victims' partners dismissed based on their marital status.Read More

FRC's Tony Perkins' Analysis of Obama at HRC Dinner

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

FRC President Tony Perkins expressed a different perception of what happened when the audience booed a gay soldier. But it's his analysis of Obama's "complete willingness to circumvent the U.S. Constitution to obtain his goal" that'll set your hair on fire.Read More


Is The Tea Party Over? Maybe

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Recent surveys show that the tea party movement itself is deeply unpopular. How unpopular? Unpopular enough that the even much maligned groups like atheists and Muslims are more popular than the tea party.Read More


Thank You Admiral Mullen for Your Service to LGBs

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

It is customary and proper to thank people in military uniform for their service to our country. At his retirement ceremony Friday, Sept, 30, President Obama did that for outgoing Admiral Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Read More


Doe v Reed: The Next Chapter

Filed by Joe Mirabella | October 03, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today, the next chapter in a legal case that many thought was long since over will be argued in Federal District Court in Tacoma, Washington.Read More

Homophobic Jesus Makes Traditional Marriage PSA

Filed by Ed Team | October 03, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Have you heard of Homophobic Jesus? No, not the version regularly trotted out by the religious right, the one on Twitter and with his own website. Watch as the actor hired to portray Jesus tries to "make miracles happen."...Read More

New Marriage Equality PSA Debuts in Australia

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 02, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

This week an Australian LGBT advocacy organization, "I Do," launched a PSA promoting marriage equality in the country. It's a sweet, statistics-filled piece that makes the case for a supportive, gay-friendly Australia. Read More


Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: Civil War Surgeon

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Known for her determination and strength of conviction, Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) is also remembered as the only woman to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor in the United States military, for her service during the Civil War.Read More


Watch: Obama at HRC Gala & Some Political Impressions

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I watched Obama's speech via live streaming from the HRC website. Unlike the black tie and gowned gala crowd eagerly awaiting the President, I was home having just read a piece on Bill Clinton's 20th anniversary of his announcement to run for President.Read More


Paging Dr. Caligari

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 02, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

A Cold War spy novel, an old horror movie and dancing the gopak keep me up at night. Read More


Fairness WV: From Secret Meetings to Equality Gala In Three Years

Filed by Ed Kennedy | October 02, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

How does one build equality? Out of a few brave souls.Read More

Marriage = Man + Woman + 70 Kids

Filed by Ed Team | October 01, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I swear. When people treat the holy ceremony of matrimony so lightly that they don't tell their fiancee they've fathered 70 kids until shortly before the ceremony, it just burns my ass. Ban straight marriage! Oh, wait. The dude's...Read More