Marriage Equality: November 2011


Marriage Equality Gets (Another) TV Spot

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The suggestion that LGBT equality needed a massive PR campaign has come to pass. Marriage equality has its own TV spots now. But is it good for the community?Read More


Canada Rules on Polygamy, Polyamory & Religious Freedom

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Canadian laws which limit religious freedom can be upheld if the harms in question outweigh that freedom. The ruling broadens the ways in which the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be limited overall.Read More


Former EqCa Staffer: From Grasstops to Grassroots

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 29, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Eric Harrison, the former statewide development director for Equality California, has joined Love Honor Cherish as the marriage equality grassroots organization's Interim Executive Director, LHC announced Monday morning.Read More


Catholic Archbishop: 'These People' Don't Deserve Jobs

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Archbishop Dolan's remarks about being "deceived" by politicians that marriage equality wouldn't pass have garnered some attention in the LGBT blogosphere. What Dolan said after that segment is what should be highlighted though if we want to win full equality nationwide.Read More


Against Equality Auction: Putting Our Asses on the Line

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's a long-held belief, in some quarters, that Against Equality is run by a bunch of secretive millionaires. How else could we possibly carry off all this fabulousness, people wonder - the books, the tours, the mutliple interviews, the media glitz? Read More

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Uncle Jim & Cousin Jack

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | November 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A few weeks ago, guest blogger Patrick Hamilton attended two funerals: his Uncle Jim's, and his mother's cousin's. The difference between the two services couldn't be more striking.Read More


Transgender Political Trends

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

There's a lot happening in the trans political world, and I name what I see as the top three trans political trends. I'd love to hear your analysis of our top political trends. Read More

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UPDATED: Congressman Barney Frank to Retire

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

News is currently breaking that openly gay Representative Barney Frank will retire at the end of this term. The 16 term Congressman will hold a press conference at 1pm today in Massachusetts to announce his decision.Read More

Kearns' New Play 'Torch' Premiers for World AIDS Day

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 28, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Back in the days before HIV medications reprieved the presumed automatic AIDS death sentence, gay artists were dangerous. They reflected back to us a truth so daring, we could only gasp in awe at the audacity of such dark secrets so simply revealed.Read More


What NOM Really Means...

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

"This position underscores a view of marriage: marriage is so irrelevant, that we can deny it to unions of husband and wife, because equality trumps all." -- From the National Organization for Marriage's blog referring to a North Carolina church's...Read More


Archie Comics Character & His Husband Grace Cover

Filed by Viktor Kerney | November 27, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Archie Comics has been breaking barriers with their gay character Kevin Keller. Now, in a flash forward story, we will see Kevin get married. Read More


The Art of Selling Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It sucks that marriage equality is something that has to be "sold" - something that has to be packaged into an adorable two-minute video and marketed, passed around to make a point.Read More


Prop 8 Plaintiff's Thanksgiving Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 25, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights distributed a video about what Thanksgiving means to Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, the two couples challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8.Read More


Celeb Video: 'Who's Your Dream Same-Sex Spouse?'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 25, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Renee and Mary Jo ask a slew of celebrities: in a gay marriage, who would be your dream spouse?Read More

Spanish Straight Men Make Out for Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

After Spain's elections put a new conservative government in power, marriage equality in the country is at risk. Two straight men protest the possibility by crashing an Al Jazeera TV news report by making out. Quite well....Read More

Argentina Produces More Amazing LGBT Advocacy Vids

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Check out two more incredibly well-produced videos from Argentina that get to the heart of the issues that matter - the everyday discrimination that often goes underreported. Read More


Queer Rising Advocates for NYC's Homeless Youth

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Saturday, Queer Rising successfully executed a demonstration in Times Square of New York City by taking advantage of a pedestrian street camera to broadcast a message to the governor demanding more recognition for queer homeless youth.Read More

Romney Is for Gay Rights*

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Mitt Romney is for gay rights.* *Except marriage equality. At least not during the primaries....Read More


The Last Thanksgiving

Filed by Steve Ralls | November 22, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Benjamin Anderson will spend this Thanksgiving packing. The Coast Guard resident is preparing to leave the United States because current immigration laws have made it nearly impossible for him to remain in the country he honorably served.Read More


Pope: AIDS Is an Ethical Problem

Filed by Bil Browning | November 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"Above all, it is an ethical problem. The change of behavior that it requires - for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity, fidelity within marriage - ultimately involves the question of integral development, which demands a global approach and...Read More

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Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community.Read More


Super-Duo Craig Zadan & Neil Meron on Lifetime Achievement Award

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 21, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

LA-based Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are the epitome of success. They are a success because the openly gay producing team has heart, love for what they do, an authentic sense of responsibility to the greater good while still entertaining.Read More


Occupy Wall Street Goes Gay

Filed by Mike Rogers | November 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I was walking around, I came upon a table of two people with a rainbow flag behind them. LGBT representation in Zuccotti Park... I was proud of them.Read More


Arthur Evans: The Philosopher as Activist

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 21, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Arthur Evans, who died September 11 at the age of 69, was a gay activist who was also a scholar, a rare combination in the United States.Read More

John Leguizamo Supports Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | November 21, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Actor John Leguizamo is featured in the latest HRC "Americans for Marriage" videos....Read More


GLAAD Encourages Awkward Thanksgivings

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, GLAAD is encouraging LGBT people to talk freely and openly about their relationships and LGBT equality overall. They're calling the campaign "I'm Letting Aunt Betty Feel Awkward This Thanksgiving." Read More

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Robin Tyler & Diane Olson on CA Prop 8 'Standing' Opinion

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson - the married lesbian couple who filed the first lawsuit in 2004 to win marriage rights and were the first couple in Southern California to marry in 2008 - react to the California high court's opinion.Read More

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CA Supreme Court Issues Prop 8 Standing Ruling

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2011 | 1:15 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court has issued their ruling on whether or not proponents of ballot initiatives have authority to represent the state of California when the state's public officials decline to do so.Read More


Indy PFLAG Needs Help from LGBT Hoosiers

Filed by Annette Gross | November 16, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Indy PFLAG is asking LGBT Hoosiers to send us your personal stories that we can send to the Indiana State Medical Association describing how you and your families had been impacted by discrimination.Read More


HUD Secretary Donovan Makes LGBT History

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

At the National Center for Transgender Equality gala awards banquet last night, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan made history.Read More


Catholic Charities Ends Illinois Anti-Gay Adoption Lawsuit

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization's state-funded adoption and foster care contracts, and their refusal to grant those services to same-sex couples in civil unions, is finally over.Read More


Domestic Partnerships: Montana Tries Another Door

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

In light of the District Court dismissal of the same-sex domestic partnership case Donaldson and Guggenheim vs The State Of Montana in April, The Montana ACLU has filed an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court.Read More


Against Equality: The Naked Truth about DADT

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

What better way to reveal and entice readers towards this fabulous new project than to, well, reveal more than you thought you'd ever know about Ryan Conrad, editor of the latest volume, Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars?Read More

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Join Washington State's New Push for Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It is going to take all of us who support civil marriage for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples to make sure our representatives understand how important it is to us that they pass this bill.Read More


Bell, Book & Candelabra

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

In last month's letter, signed as the "Most Reverend Timothy Dolan", he decreed that he knows exactly what the supernatural laws are, what they say, and what they mean, and that he has "moral authority" over every mortal in his sales district.Read More


Dame Judi Dench Is Afraid of the Dark & Has a Temper

Filed by Ed Team | November 14, 2011 | 8:15 AM | comments

"I'm very frightened of worms, ever since one jumped into my sandal when I was a little girl. I can get on with a snake, just not worms. And I hate the dark; I used to get claustrophobic in the...Read More


COW: A Back & Forth Over DOMA Repeal

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

Was the hearing and and passage of the bill just a dog and pony show since it would never make it through the full House and Senate or an important public statement about where we are in the struggle for marriage equality?Read More


Denying Another Constitutional Protections

Filed by Ed Team | November 13, 2011 | 10:50 AM | comments

No matter our color. No matter our faith tradition. Those who stand for love and justice are not about to fall for their trick. No matter how you feel personally about same-sex marriage, no one, especially those of us whose...Read More

AFER Breaks Down the DOMA Repeal Vote

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

Matt Baume of the American Federation for Equal Rights gives a good summary of the issue with some explanations of what could or may happen next, in this new video. Read More


Depends on Whether or Not You Count Merab

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2011 | 8:45 AM | comments

"Marriage is not some prize that liberals can award to a small, vocal and already well-off special interest group. Marriage between one man and one woman was created prior to the formation of any governments and is given benefits by...Read More


Senate Committee Passes DOMA Repeal Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | November 10, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Respect for Marriage Act today. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which bans same-sex marriages from federal recognition.Read More

Catholic Intellectuals See LGBT Church Equality as Inevitable

Filed by Father Tony | November 10, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Four conferences sponsored and hosted by Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and Fairfield University may be remembered as extremely important in the evolution of the contentious relationship between the LGBT community and the Roman Catholic Church.Read More


New Equality MD Director Carrie Evans And Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After last year's Maryland debacles and the Equality Maryland's organizational issues, which way should ED Carrie Evans go on trans issues?Read More


Oregon Abandons Marriage Equality Initiative for 2012

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 10, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Oregon was poised to be the first state to overturn an anti-marriage equality state constitutional amendment in 2012. Basic Rights Oregon sent an email to supporters announcing their plan to wait until they are ready to win.Read More


Anti-Abortion Lobby Dances on Graves

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Anti-abortion "news" websites Human Life International World Watch and Canada's LifeSiteNews have co-published an article cheering Nigeria proposed legislation to ban same-sex marriage, calling the bill something that "pro-life and pro-family supporters" should rally behind.Read More


Liz Mathis Wins! Marriage Safe in Iowa for Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Pro-equality Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will welcome Liz Mathis to the Iowa Senate. She supports marriage for all of Iowa's families, and has guaranteed a Democratic majority for the pro-marriage Iowa Senate for now.Read More


How HRC Can Partner with the Larger Community

Filed by Matt Foreman | November 09, 2011 | 12:01 AM | comments

To many of our opponents and even to many allies, the LGBT movement is a cohesive force for change. The reality is that we are two separate movements: the Human Rights Campaign and everyone else. Read More

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Mom's Perspective: Reflections on the National PFLAG Convention

Filed by Annette Gross | November 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to attend the 2011 National PFLAG Convention in Arlington, VA. I represented, along with another member, the Indianapolis Chapter of PFLAG.Read More


A New Player in the DOMA Game

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 08, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week, when briefs were due from amicus groups supporting the plaintiffs' challenge to DOMA, ten were filed. Most were from the usual suspects of gay-supportive organizations, but there was a surprising new player in the game.Read More


NAACP's Ben Jealous: Stand Up 4 Freedom

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Friday, NAACP President Ben Jealous sent a message to supporters asking for help fighting the latest assault on the US Constitution.Read More


Our Demigod?

Filed by Ed Team | November 06, 2011 | 9:47 AM | comments

"Hell hath no spitfire like a lisping gay scorned, so it's no surprise today to see legions of gays angrily sassafrasshing and sashaying all around their demigod Joe My God in heated fury and trying to scratch the skin off...Read More


Why I Flag (It's Not Just About Sex)

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Back in the days of the love that dare not speak its name, a man sporting a hanky could remain inconspicuous to straight people while openly signaling to other gay men that it was safe to make a move. So why has it made a revival?Read More


Reflections on the Death of Equality Pioneer Aristide Laurent

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 03, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I knew Aristide only through a listserv. I enjoyed reading his feisty reactions during spirited discussions. I want to acknowledge him as someone who was front and center even before I was aware of the fight for LGBT equality.Read More


Maybe Satan Doesn't Make Gay Babies After All

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

After Daniel Avila, the US Catholic Bishops spokesperson, penned a column for the official publication of the Archdiocese of Boston saying that Satan makes babies gay, the blogosphere erupted in outrage. Now it appears the Archdiocese is walking back from the statement.Read More


Sexual Diversity & the Catholic Church: Ecclesiological Questions Arise

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Matthew Vogel writes about a recent conference at Yale Divinity School to examine Roman Catholic teaching on sexual diversity and the bishops' response to the legalization of same-sex marriage.Read More


Occupy an Open Heart in the Ozarks

Filed by Davina Kotulski | November 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week I received a Facebook message from a woman who lives in Arkansas. Her story touched me deeply and showed me how important it is for us to continue to work towards equality in the heartland and the South too.Read More

Julian Bond for Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | November 02, 2011 | 8:55 AM | comments

Former NAACP Chairman (and the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center) Julian Bond has taken a turn at making one of HRC's marriage equality videos....Read More


Language Doesn't Matter: Substance Does

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Titles like "Language Matters," which both GLAAD and the polling institute opted for, strike me as that sort of arrogance of the political consultant class that places messaging and strategizing higher in importance than substance and actual conversations with people.Read More

The Semantics of 'Marriage Equality' Activism & Journalism

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The debate on whether to call it "marriage equality," "gay marriage," or "same-sex marriage" has been well decided upon by gay rights activists. But the verdict's still out in mainstream and gay-focused journalism. What to do?Read More


Rep Cantor Booed Over Defending DOMA

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rep Eric Cantor's visit to the University of Michigan wasn't as positive as he'd hoped. Not only did students and staff turn their backs on him during his speech, they booed him when he reiterated his support for "traditional marriage."Read More


Fox News Underreports Stories on LGBT Bullying

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Equality Matters has released a new study demonstrated Fox News' continued lack of commitment to honestly and accurately portraying stories of teenage suicide linked to intense bullying and legislative discussions of Safe Schools initiatives. Read More


Satan Makes Gay Babies Says US Catholic Bishops Spokesman

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 01, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

A US Catholic Bishops spokesman claims that the Devil causes a supposed malfunction in fetal development in the womb and, so, a gay child is born.Read More