Marriage Equality: December 2011


Ruining Marriage, Top 10 Lies, & More Menacing [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 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

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Ron Paul's Links to Antigay Religious Extremists

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 30, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I always thought the Christmas holidays were a time for peace, love and understanding, befitting the birth of Jesus Christ, but that's been a little off this year.Read More


Christians Put Gay Couples in the Crosshairs

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing there's some Freudian explanation why the North Carolina Family Policy Council went with this imagery to promote the state's upcoming vote on whether or not to ban on same-sex marriage, but, geez, I just can't figure out what it could be...Read More

A Big Gay Thank You to Republicans

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | December 30, 2011 | 10:45 AM | comments

Guest blogger Patrick J Hamilton sends a big thank you to Republicans, Teabaggers, and right-wing religious conservatives for their inspiration in 2011. Growth and good have come of it.Read More

The State of Marriage Equality 2011

Filed by Bil Browning | December 29, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Incredibly smart (and adorably cute) Matt Baume brings us the 2011 Marriage Equality Year in Review this week where he highlights all the advances our community has made worldwide in the past year.Read More


Catholic Bishops' Lie About Threats to Religious Freedom

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 29, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I was raised Catholic (altar boy, Knight of Columbus, the whole works) so I know all about the Roman Catholic Church - especially when it comes to the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the bishops and Church hierarchy.Read More


Newt Gingrich Wants to Investigate Gays

Filed by Bil Browning | December 27, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"The impact on religious freedom of same-sex "marriage" and non-discrimination laws, including the rights of individuals, businesses and religious institutions that have a conscientious objection to providing or engaging in services that support values they oppose." -- One of twelve...Read More


Ruining Marriage: Practice What You Preach

Filed by Annette Gross | December 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

People like Amy Koch need to think twice when they decide to cheat on their spouses. Do what you want, Amy, but don't be a hypocrite and blame the LGBT community for the ruination of your already-messed-up marriage.Read More


Why Are Some Still in a Hillary Hangover?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 22, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

We shouldn't waste our time hoping and wishing about what could have been. We should help our President in fulfilling his promises.Read More


Will Defenders of DADT Stand By Their Dire Predictions?

Filed by Dr. Nathaniel Frank | December 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This week marks a full year since Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and three months since the new policy went into effect. So how do we assess the change, and, equally important, does it even matter anymore?Read More

What's In a Greeting?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

With Ramadan, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Christmas all going on this time of year, one would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation's religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words - Happy Holidays.Read More


Rick Santorum Wants to Win Over Gay Voters?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

During an interview on Fox News' On The Record, Rick Santorum said he has a plan to win over the LGBT community. Read More

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One Iowa: Vander Plaats Out of Touch with Iowa Voters

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Bob Vander Plaats fights tirelessly to attack loving and committed gay and lesbian couples now that they can legally marry and he just announced that he endorses Rick Santorum for President. Read More


On the Call: Stop SB48 Tries to Rally Support & Activists Disrupt

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The title and summary from the California Attorney General's office for the new Stop SB 48 initiative to repeal the California FAIR Education Act is expected soon the antigay Capitol Resource Institute announced on a Monday night conference call meant to recruit supporters.Read More


Next Time You Need a Bad Idea, Try These

Filed by Don Davis | December 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have spent a number of years complaining about the interactions between Democrats and Republicans, but after the recent events involving the Keystone XL and civil liberties cave-ins, I've decided it's time to stop complaining and embrace the madness.Read More


Helping Out on the Resolution Front

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've taken the liberty of composing New Year's resolutions for individuals who are just too busy to do it themselves.Read More


Prop 8 Repeal Initiative OKed for Signature-Gathering

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Love Honor Cherish's ballot initiative proposed by gay attorney Thomas B. Watson to repeal Prop 8 was cleared on Thursday by the California Sec. of State to start gathering signatures.Read More

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The Season of Giving & Receiving

Filed by Davina Kotulski | December 18, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The other day I was flying to Los Angeles. The woman sitting next to me on the plane seemed pleasant. She looked like any other new-age Californian, only she wasn't.Read More


NJ Senator Menendez Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | December 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez announced his support of marriage equality today in an editorial in New Jersey's largest newspaper, The Star Ledger. The Democrat will also sign on as the 32nd sponsor of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Read More


Ghosts from Christmases Past

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

It may not be possible, but try to let Christmas escape Facebook for at least a couple of hours, just long enough to unwrap a few presents and partake in the annual family squabble.Read More


First Lady: Marcus Bachmann's Priorities

Filed by Bil Browning | December 18, 2011 | 9:45 AM | comments

"I've decided my cause is not going to be happy meals. We are going to be the message-givers. We are going to get this message across - marriage is between one man and one woman. We are going to promote...Read More

Republicans Behaving Badly: Part 3,847

Filed by Bil Browning | December 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday was a banner day for Republican leaders nationwide. Two more have been caught up in sex scandals with a gay twist.Read More


Give Romney His Due

Filed by Bil Browning | December 17, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"We were pleased to see Mitt Romney stand by his position opposing discrimination and highlighting his record of including openly gay people in his administration and judicial appointments. Log Cabin Republicans agree with the governor that Republicans who stand for...Read More


EQCA Brings on Key Women to Re-Build the LGBT Organization

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Until now I had not realized that the entire "Save Equality California" effort seems to be publicly lead by women.Read More


Advocates Applaud UN Report; LA City Council Denounces Nigeria

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 16, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

African human rights activists applauded the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for releasing the first-ever U.N. report documenting discriminatory laws, practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.Read More


Santorum & Romney Face Off on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | December 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rick Santorum went after Mitt Romney over the Massachusetts ruling that denying marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional and Romney's role in implementing the ruling.Read More


San Fran PD Wants Early Prop 8 Warning

Filed by Bil Browning | December 16, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"In several prior instances when decisions have been issued relating to the marriage rights of same-sex couples, there have been large gatherings, including protesters, at the courthouses and in the Civic Center area of San Francisco... In any instance where...Read More


CA Appeals Court Upholds Lesbian's Parenting Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Of all the knock-down, drag-out fights for equal rights, the battle over who gets the children at the end of a same sex relationship is one of the most excruciating. Read More


Newt Gingrich: Traditional Marriage Super Ninja

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Is your marriage a little muddled? Let Newt Gingrich, the traditional marriage defending super ninja help you figure it all out!Read More


George Clooney Joins West Coast Premier of '8'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 15, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights announced Wednesday that human rights activist and Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney is joining the cast for the West Coast premier of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black's "8." Read More


Refusing Universal Narratives: Andrew Haigh's Weekend

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | December 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Have I ever seen a movie representing contemporary gay male casual sex/dating culture that felt realistic? That I could relate to? I don't even know if that was something I was looking for, but then I saw Weekend, and I started to wonder.Read More


I'm the Red Kettle Menace?

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

Every year I do a post around the holidays to remind readers that the Salvation Army is a rightwing organization that discriminates against LGBT people. It's an old boycott stretching back over a decade, but this year my annual post really took off. Read More


Jose Antonio Vargas on His Gay, Undocumented Identity

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who came out as undocumented in The New York Times, has been hard at work promoting a new project and speaking about where his dual minority identities -- being gay and undocumented -- intersect.Read More

NPR Tackles Mitt Romney's Flip Flopping on Gay Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

National Public Radio's Tovia Smith tackled Mitt Romney's flip-flopping on gay rights on Monday night's "All Things Considered," noting that Romney denied any inconsistency in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.Read More


When Will Homophobic Tweeters Learn?

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

After its Adam Lambert testosterone snafu, GQsaid they've learned from the experience of tweeting out homophobic statements. However, their almost-apology has me asking a different question: How have they not yet learned?Read More


How to Explain Marriage Equality to an Idiot

Filed by Bil Browning | December 14, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

Tired of hearing the rightwing nutjobs claim that if gays and lesbians can get married, soon people will be marrying their dog or their toaster? Here's a handy dandy chart to help you patiently explain the obvious differences.Read More


Gay Syndicated Writer Paul Varnell Has Died

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Perhaps the most prominent consistent voice for libertarian/independents was Paul Varnell, a one-time academic-turned-activist-turned-columnist, mostly for the Windy City Times. Some of Paul's columns would drive liberals and leftists crazy.Read More

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Anti-Gay Amendments Dropped from Defense Authorization Act

Filed by Bil Browning | December 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The conference committee working to combine the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act announced yesterday that two anti-gay amendments passed by the House of Representatives have been dropped.Read More


Romney Gets Owned By Vietnam Vet on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

During a campaign stop this morning, Mitt Romney stopped at a local restaurant and ambled over to two older gentleman sitting at a booth. When one of the men asked Romney about his views on marriage, he quickly realized that this wasn't your usual Q&A.Read More


The Motivation Behind the 'Transsexual Registration Act'

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

Some of the quotes will be difficult for some, so the discussion will follow after the fold -- save it for when you're prepared to delve into some incredibly disheartening attitudes. Consider this your trigger warning.Read More


Romney Flip Flops on Marriage; Supports Repeal of DADT

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

From one-eightly land, while he opposed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell just earlier this year, Romney says he has no plans to re-implement it like all the other buffoons lurching hopefully toward the nomination.Read More


Gay Man Dies Waiting for Courts to Grant Marriage Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Watch this loving couple and tell me why it is conscionable to have allowed 78 year old Ed Watson to die before he was "granted" the freedom to marry the love of his life, Derence Kernek, before Alzheimer's claimed his memory of that love and his life.Read More


Prop 8 Was Not Overturned This Week

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

While these renewed celebrations may have felt good, they were more than a year late, and incredibly misleading. Perhaps you should share this blog post now, so your friends know the marathon is still not over. Read More


Herman Cain & Eddie Long: A Tale of Two Players

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Both Long and Cain were on the "down low," while pretending to be upstanding. Yet they led others to look askance at someone like me. And for a long time, they got rewarded for it, and may yet be forgiven for it.Read More


NCLR Policy Director Named to Ebony Power 100 List

Filed by Bil Browning | December 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to my friend, Maya Rupert, for being named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 List. Maya is the Federal Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.Read More


In Defense of Affirming Christians

Filed by Mercedes Allen | December 07, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

This post is long overdue. When I decry some of the radical and unhinged rhetoric that comes from some people who use the Bible as their justification, I try to be clear that that these harms shouldn't be attributed to all Christians.Read More

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'Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars' Is Out!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 07, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Our newest anthology of archival writing and images critiquing gay and lesbian investments in overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell and militarism more broadly is now available.Read More


Starting Over at Asterisk

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I hope other former Cain supporters, and anyone who cares about the future of the tea party movement, will join me in backing Gary Johnson's candidacy. We took Herman Cain from an asterisk to the brink of the nomination, we...Read More


Iowa Teen Argues the Good Argument

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt's age, shaking a candidate's hand was enough to make me forget my name.Read More


Marriage Back on the Ballot in Maine?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Equality supporters in Maine have been gathering signatures to put a citizen initiative on the ballot and have now gathered almost twice as many as needed.Read More

HRC: Equal or Less Than?

GL vs BT: Why We Aren't A Real LGBT Movement Yet

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 05, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why is the LGBT movement experiencing frustration of our goals? Perhaps it has something to do with our lack of understanding about who we are and who we are not. Read More


Obama with All His Faults

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | December 05, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 1904 the New York Sun published the following one-line endorsement of Theodore Roosevelt: "Theodore! with all thy faults..." Like voters before and since, most Americans who voted in 1904 chose the lesser of many evils.Read More


A 'Movement Moment' for LGBT People of Color

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Many POC groups have either faded away for lack of organizational funding or included an HIV education program to attract capacity building grants. That endless cycle may now be changing.Read More


Uncle Jim, Barney Frank, & Buffy the Democrat Slayer [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 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


GOP Candidate Gary Johnson Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last night, Gary Johnson announced during a GOProud-sponsored online town hall event that he supports marriage equality and does not think that decisions of morality or religion should dictate governmental rights. Read More


Putting LGBT Ads in Perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

While everyone is still going crazy over the marriage equality ad from Australia, a Russian group has put out a powerful PSA "speaking out" against St. Petersburg's proposed legislation to criminalize gay "propaganda." Read More