Marriage Equality: January 2012


Take Your Partner's Temperature

Filed by Jeff Lutes | January 31, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Seal and Heidi Klum announced they are divorcing. The couple say they still love each other but have "grown apart." This is consistent with what research shows as the number one reason couples split up - a slow dissolution of the friendship between partners.Read More


Marriage Votes in Washington State & New Hampshire Coming Up

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 31, 2012 | 3:37 PM | comments

While most politicos will be eyeing Florida today to see how Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich fair in the Republican presidential primary, the eyes of many LGBT people will be on New Hampshire and Washington State.Read More


Against Equality in Australia

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 31, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you ever needed proof that the gay marriage movement was a vast right-wing conspiracy, set in place by an international cabal of "messaging" experts who got all their training at Human Rights Campaign, this is it. Read More

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Suggested Gay Wedding Invites: My New Business

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 31, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

With Washington on a path to legalize same-sex marriage, it's the right time here in the Evergreen State to get into the wedding invitation business. Imagine unsealing a hand-lettered envelope and withdrawing a regal invitation graced with one of these announcements: Read More


PA's 'Year of the Bible' Illustrates A Deeper Political Aim

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 30, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Pennsylvania state house recently passed a resolution declaring 2012 "the year of the Bible," and affirming the Christian bible as the "word of God." As a queer person of non-Christian faith, it is a concerning, if empty, gesture.Read More

Indiana Guv Candidate Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2012 | 9:07 AM | comments

Former Survivor contestant Rupert Boneham recently announced his candidacy to become Indiana's next Governor on the Libertarian ticket. He recently released a video announcing his support of marriage equality in the Hoosier state - something no other candidate has...Read More


The State of the Movement (But Not All the States)

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Normally the "State of the Movement" address at Creating Change is one of the highlights for me. This year's speech, however, left me feeling flat.Read More


Christie Sees Future, Santorum Does George Wallace in Drag

Filed by Mark Segal | January 28, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Christie is not considered a moderate. He's a national rising star of right-wing Republicans, but he's smart and ahead of his fellow party members in understanding that LGBT issues no longer matter to the general population - including Republicans.Read More


Karger Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns at Romney Institute

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 27, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger released his 2000 to 2010 federal tax returns today in front of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy at Adrian College in Michigan.Read More

Parents of LGBT Kids: It's Time to Speak Up!

Filed by Annette Gross | January 27, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

When the Republicans say that LGBT people don't deserve the same rights as other citizens, don't they realize that they are talking about our children? Read More


Why Do Legislators Listen to Unindicted Criminal Co-Conspirators?

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 26, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

I've asked before the question before: why does anyone listen to these foul, morally bankrupt clerical bureaucrats? The question takes on new importance now that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal case against Catholic priests.Read More

Cynthia Nixon & Shifting from Essentialism

Filed by Kyle Bella | January 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The debate over Cythnia Nixon's argument that being lesbian is a choice reveals the ineffectiveness of situating LGBTQ politics along defensive lines. I try to change the focus of that conversation.Read More

Indiana Senate to Study Civil Marriage Structure?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Indiana State Senate Minority Leader State Vi Simpson (D - Ellettsville), has introduced legislation to form a study committee to investigate "alternatives to civil marriage."Read More

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Cynthia Nixon Is Not My Choice for a Hero

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 25, 2012 | 9:41 AM | comments

Cynthia Nixon was far more interesting as a straight woman than she is as a lesbian. Read More


That Doesn't Sound Like Fun at All

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2012 | 8:00 AM | comments

"How would you like to be a big black man who is conservative, friends with the likes of Dr. James Dobson and Rush Limbaugh, someone who believes that there are no mistakes in the Bible, doesn't care what people think...Read More


Why Fred Karger Isn't Just Tilting at Windmills

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's easy to think of Fred Karger as a modern-day Don Quixote. Surely, like the fictional Man from La Mancha, Karger is tilting at windmills as he dreams the impossible dream of an openly gay man becoming president of the United States.Read More


Thousands Demand Ohio Gym Stop Discriminating

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 24, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

More than 4,000 people have signed a popular petition on urging an Ohio gym to offer a family membership to a local gay couple, Shane and Coty May. Read More


Begging for Equality

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 24, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Glenn Schmoll should not be in the unfortunate position of petitioning the Masons, where his deceased partner, Lowell Houser, was a brother, for financial assistance typically afforded other spouses of brothers.Read More


Washington State Has Votes for Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2012 | 9:43 AM | comments

The fabled 25th vote in favor of same-sex marriage has been found in Washington State; the legislature now has enough pledged votes to pass a marriage equality bill.Read More

NOM Flack's WA Marriage Equality Testimony

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2012 | 9:19 AM | comments

I'm guessing I should probably give this video a trigger warning. Watch as NOM flack Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute testifies in front of the Washington legislature in opposition to marriage equality. The horrific bigoted lies and...Read More


Mayors Advocate for Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 23, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last Friday, Freedom to Marry launched its latest campaign to create a groundswell to win marriage rights for same sex couples.Read More


Calling All Guppies & Luppies?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 21, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week I attended their Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser which included a presentation on the BOOM community. Heard of BOOM before? Nope, me neither.Read More

The Prop 8 Decision & a Valentine's Day Protest

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 20, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Any day now a ruling is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of Prop 8. We can only hope that justice, long delayed in Perry V. Schwarzenegger, will not be denied.Read More

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Newt Outraged by Open Marriage Question During CNN Debate

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 20, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Instead of showing contrition when CNN's John King asked him about the charge during the CNN Southern Republican Debate in South Carolina, Gingrich got a standing ovation expressing outrage that the question was even asked.Read More

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Polyamory, Thy Name Is Newt

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 20, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

It would be grand if a prominent spokesperson for polyamory stood up and welcomed Gingrich into their open arms.Read More


Ohio Mayor: Investigate if Two Men Can Join Gym as Family

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

While I'd like to chalk this up to plain old ignorance, I wonder how much homophobia is playing into the equation.Read More


Republican Presidential Candidates Run Away from LGBT Rights

Filed by Norm Kent | January 19, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tt would be a mistake for advocates to believe for a moment any GOP presidential candidates will actively support LGBT rights. In fact, with some of them, flaunting might become a felony.Read More


NBC's 'Smash': Creativity & the Drama of Big Dreams

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 19, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Applauding with the Outfest audience at the Harmony Gold Theater last Wednesday night after a sneak-peek of NBC's upcoming TV show "Smash," I felt as if I'd just seen something new.Read More


What Should I Call My Super PAC?

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Used to be if you were a comic one of the guaran-dam-teed high-larious things you could do was run for president. Now you need a PAC. So what should I call mine?Read More


Newt Gingrich Sought Open Marriage with Second Wife

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2012 | 12:35 PM | comments

"He always called me at night and always ended with `I love you.' Well, she was listening... He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused. That is not a marriage." -- Marianne Gingrich, Newt Gingrich's second wife...Read More


The Gay Travel Buzz: Is the World Your Oyster?

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 19, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

I used to be a travel writer, but these days I'm ignorant about international travel. I don't even know where gays with money - in this economy, all six of them - go abroad on vacation.Read More

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Rick Santorum & the Lesbian Intern Who Got Away

Filed by Sue Kerr | January 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was an intern in Rick Santorum's then-Congressional offices for six months. I was assigned, I was not out (to myself even) and I was terrified enough to run away to graduate school rather than pursue a career on Capitol Hill.Read More


Hate Groups to Protest Southern Poverty Law Center

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Looks like Porno Pete LaBarbera has finally found a cause he can get behind other than trying to get behind leather men at street festivals! Read More


HIV & LGBT Activist/Blogger Mike Tidmus Has Died

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Sunday this note was posted on Mike Tidmus' Facebook page: "My name is Lindsay Tidmus, Mike's brother. It is with a heavy heart that I inform his Facebook friends of Mike's passing. He left us this morning after a battle with cancer."Read More


Maggie Gallagher Loves Santorum

Filed by Bil Browning | January 16, 2012 | 9:15 AM | comments

Maggie Gallagher has issued her endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, but I'm not sure whether she's supporting him or us with a whole paragraph filled with ideas like "smearing" him with "muck."Read More


Two Major Benchmarks in LGBT History

Filed by Mark Segal | January 14, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you sneezed last week, you might have missed them. Two major changes in the fight for LGBT equality took place last week -- and they literally will change the playing field forever.Read More


Psychopaths, the Supreme Court, & Shifting Sexuality [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 13, 2012 | 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

Will Canada Nullify Non-Canadian Same-Sex Marriages?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

A government lawyer in Canada entered a submission in a divorce case involving a couple from Florida and the United Kingdom stating that a same-sex marriage performed in Canada is not a legal marriage if the couple does not live in Canada. Read More


Illinois Looking Toward Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 12, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

A group of Illinois legislators and organizations have held meetings to strategize on moving from civil unions to full marriage equality for LGBT couples. I do not delude myself into thinking this will be an easy process. But we need to take the first step. Read More

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DC Marriage Equality Opponent Changes Sides

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

NOM's favorite DC would-be city councilor probably isn't on the Christmas card list any longer.Read More


Squalls & Sunsets: Have the Strength of a Penguin

Filed by Norm Kent | January 11, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

The LGBT community has not only fought against legal and social discrimination for decades, we have endured alienation and disease; been bullied and belittled. Today, however, is our turn; time to rise against the tide and ride the wave to self-worth and social equality.Read More

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Pope Assigns Us Awesome Task

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 11, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

On Monday, before an audience of diplomats posted to the Vatican, the pope said same-sex marriage was among several threats to the traditional family. Glad we're not the only one. That really would be more responsibility than we can handle.Read More


Springfield, IL Reinstates Civil Union Benefits After Public Outcry

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 11, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Saying that civil rights can be trampled on and disregarded to save a few bucks is a ridiculous and dangerous argument to make in the first place.Read More

Why God Did Not Write the Bible

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since LGBT people challenge the Bible materialists we are rewarded with a special level of hate and animus by the Santorums of the world. Read More

By Request: Shades of Purple

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2012 | 9:21 AM | comments

Singer/songwriter Gil Kline wrote in asking us to feature his new song about marriage equality saying, "I really enjoy your website and am very thankful for all you've done for the gay community. Because I also have a passion...Read More


Lesbians Make History as Contestants for Miss California USA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 10, 2012 | 3:15 PM | comments

What a long, long way from Religious Right Miss California runner-up Carrie Prejean! This year, the Miss California USA pageant featured two openly gay contestants seeking that coveted crown!Read More

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Salvation Army Mail Continues to Pour In [From the Inbox]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 10, 2012 | 10:15 AM | comments

The e-mails continue to pour from the media coverage of my information campaign about the Salvation Army's anti-gay history. Instead of trying to respond to each missive directly, I've given up and decided to post the last batch here and quickly respond.Read More


Obama Chief of Staff Resigns: Change We Can Believe In?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

When will President Obama pick a top advisor that's actually, you know, a liberal seeking positive change for our country instead of a political insider with ties that make it better for them personally to keep the status quo?Read More


Alan Cumming Marries Longtime Partner in NYC

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Mazel tov! Congratulations to Alan Cumming and his longtime partner, Grant Shaffer. The happy couple were wed this weekend in New York City.Read More

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NJ Legislature: Marriage Equality Is #1 Priority

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

As the New Jersey state legislature convenes this week, leaders of the Senate and Assembly have announced that marriage equality will be their number one priority. The chambers will introduce the bill tomorrow, the first day of the legislative session.Read More

Romney Stands Up & Sits Down for Gay Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2012 | 8:38 AM | comments

"If you're looking for someone who will discriminate against gays," says Romney, "then I'm not your candidate." He still insists that he opposes marriage equality and has signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge to investigate the LGBT community...Read More


Date a Conservative: Could You Do It? [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

After Michael Hamar posted that Republican Congressman Eric Cantor's wife is pro-gay and pro-choice, Annette Gross wondered how in the world they could be a couple. What about you? Could you do it?Read More


Where Does 'Queer' Fit In?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 08, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Within the LGBT community there are many labels and ways of identifying. Some are broadly accepted and have widely, if perhaps not universally agreed upon meanings, but beyond those is a swirling soup of labels whose meaning and acceptability are in dispute.Read More

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Documentaries, Play Resurrect Prop 8 & Its Spawn

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 08, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals could issue its decision any day now in Perry v. Brown, the Prop 8 case. The Court posts their decisions online Monday through Friday at 10am. Read More


Luke Huff: Gay Pro Biker

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'll admit that I'm terrified of motorcycles. One look at Huff tho and I'd climb up behind him and wrap my arms around his waist.Read More


Update: EQCA Hiring, Doing Better

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 07, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Equality California Communications Director Rebekah Orr says the statewide lobbying group is doing better going into the new year.Read More


High Heels, Eric Cantor's Wife, & a Cost/Benefit Analysis [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2012 | 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


Santorum Booed by New Hampshire College Students

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 06, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Antigay Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was booed during an exchange with a group of college students in Concord, New Hampshire, over his opposition to same-sex marriage.Read More


Researcher Complains Anti-Gay Group Distorts Study

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Sirota studied the effect of gay dads raising girls while in heterosexual marriages. NARTH, however, published an article using Sirota's research to claim that children of same-sex parents don't fare as well as children raised "in stable homes with a mother and a father."Read More

Interview: Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Fred Karger

Filed by Adam Polaski | January 06, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Fred Karger is still running for president, and he's the first openly gay person to do so. Here, he speaks with The Bilerico Project about his lack of support, his disappointment with The Victory Fund, and what his campaign is trying to achieve.Read More


It's Man-on-Dog Santorum's Turn in the Spotlight

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 05, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Ultra-religious right conservative Rick Santorum is making a strong pitch for money and support following his strong showing in Iowa, where he came within 8 votes of beating Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday. Read More


Grading the Presidential Candidates on Civil Liberties

Filed by Bil Browning | January 05, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's a very cool scorecard from the ACLU that grades the presidential candidates on their positions on civil liberties. The top winner? Former Republican turned Libertarian Gary Johnson followed closely by President Obama and Jon Huntsman.Read More


Hartford Archdiocese Offers Abstinence Group For Gays

Filed by D Gregory Smith | January 05, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Hartford, Connecticut Catholic Archdiocese has announced that they're launching a chapter of Courage, a "ministry" dedicated to encouraging gays and lesbians to "live chaste and fruitful lives" by practicing abstinence for a year.Read More


WA Governor Gregoire Announces Support for Marriage Bill

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire announced support for a bill that would give gays and lesbians the right to marry in Washington State during a press briefing in Olympia on Wednesday.Read More


VIDEO: Ted Haggard Swaps Wives with Gary Busey

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 04, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

OK, it's just a reality show, but it's still a little bit like fingernails scratching a blackboard that ABC thinks these dudes are the shining example of marriage not afforded to gay people.Read More


Your Debt Is Not a Moral Failure

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 04, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Among the arguments that gay marriage proponents make is that they will gain tax benefits. Conveniently forgotten in all this is that spouses also acquire their partners' debts.Read More


Eric Cantor's Wife Is Pro-Choice & Pro-Marriage Equality

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 03, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

In what has to be causing angst amongst the knuckle dragging Neanderthals that make up the Republican party of Virginia, Diana Fine Cantor, wife of GOP House Majority Whip Eric Cantor, has come out as pro-choice and pro-gay.Read More


Hawaii & Delaware Join Marriage Equality Train

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Hawaii and Delaware joined the marriage equality train at the start of the new year. They may be at the caboose, but at least they're on the right track.Read More


Because Rick Santorum Said So

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 03, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last Wednesday, the candidate known for declaring war on the poor, still defending the invasion of Iraq, and thinking intelligent design is science, actually said something that was right.Read More


How to Save Marriage: Religious Sex Toys

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 03, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

What makes a vibrator holy? Let's look at the growing market for sex toys via online "religious" sex-toy shops. Apparently, the theory behind the products is that good sex will strengthen the marriages of the self-congratulatory pious set.Read More


Being Petarded: Michele Bachmann, It's Time for the Fork

Filed by Don Davis | January 03, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm not a Biblical kind of writer myself, but you can't help but notice that sowing and reaping are surely connected in this case, and as much as I see Michele preaching from the pulpit, I hope it's a Bible lesson she someday learns.Read More


Former Spanish Prime Minister's Crowning Accomplishment

Filed by Bil Browning | January 01, 2012 | 10:44 AM | comments

"If I consider the degree of recognition and gratitude I have received, then I think [it would be] the gay marriage law. Hardly a week goes by without someone reminding me or thanking me. Yes, it's a decision that seems...Read More