Marriage Equality: March 2012


HRC: Romney Contributed $10,000 to NOM for Prop 8 Fight

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 31, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

While everyone was talking about the $10,000 bet Mitt Romney tried to make with Rick Perry, the National Organization for Marriage has been trying to keep their donors quiet. One of those donors is Mitt Romney.Read More


A Gay Marriage Plank? No, a Full Equality Plank

Filed by Viktor Kerney | March 31, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The marriage equality plank initiative has clouded our thinking. Let's take a minute to process this notion. Out of all of the LGBT issues, marriage is the main subject we want the DNC and President to support overall? No.Read More


Breasts, Boycotts, & Bullies [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 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


Marriage vs. Full LGBT Equality

Filed by Mark Segal | March 30, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marriage became a recurring theme at this year's Haas gathering. No matter what the subject of the panel was, the questions always turned to marriage equality. It was the issue du jour.Read More

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Talk Radio Comes 'All the Way Out!'

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | March 29, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Talk radio is not known for being especially culturally sensitive. I want reflect on that experience and discuss both the importance of discussing our issues on AM radio, known for conservative talk shows, and of creating radio and podcasts from diverse points of view.Read More


Santorum Hearts Pink [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Apparently real men don't have anything to do with the color pink - unless it's paired with a fabulous seersucker suit!Read More


Ask Landmark Theatres to Show 'Question One'

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 29, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

There's a serious proposal before Landmark Theatres to show the documentary "Question One" in its cinemas nationwide. We'd like your help in letting Landmark know that there's genuine interest in seeing this film. Read More


'Christian' Backers of NC Amendment Prefer Division Over Peace

Filed by Matt Comer | March 28, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's secret strategy to "divide and conquer" is curious, given their usual rhetoric about "Christian" and "family" values. Isn't peace more suited to the Gospel?Read More

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Israel, LGBT People & Equality Forum

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

I believe it's fair to say that Israel has the right to protect itself against people who are at war with it. But for the LGBT community, that should not be the issue. Here's what it should be.Read More


Fred Karger on Documents Exposing NOM's Anti-Gay Strategy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles-based Republican presidential nominee Fred Karger reacted to the just-released documents exposing the political tactics of the National Organization for Marriage. Karger filed the original complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission that launched the state's investigation of the antigay group.Read More


Help Wanted: Bigoted Stupid Celebrities

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2012 | 8:42 AM | comments

"Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity - the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes,...Read More

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NOM Strategy: 'Drive a Wedge Between Gays & Blacks'

Filed by Jeff Lutes | March 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

Yesterday HRC uncovered internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage detailing some of their strategies for denying marriage equality to our community. Take a look and let's have a conversation about what you think.Read More


Gays for Vajayjays Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's Dallas Voice staffer Chance Browning (no relation) and a friend at a recent Planned Parenthood rally in Texas. Other than the fact that not all gay men are scared "straight" of vaginas, what else do you need to know?Read More


Q&A with Houston Mayor Annise Parker [Video]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since journalists at the 3rd Annual Haas Convening of LGBT Bloggers & Editors were focusing on election year politics, who better to start off the weekend than openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker? Read More

The History of Voting

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

This new Rock the Vote video is a little heavy on the history lesson, but the celebrities and graphics might make up for average attention span. Interesting that the issues that "matter" they list are: war, the economy, renewable...Read More


Same-Sex 'Convenience' Marriages Can Be Affirming Too

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

You won't see us used in a pro same-sex marriage campaign ad any time soon, but I believe that there's a place for stories like ours in the broader marriage rights narrative too. Read More


North Carolina Amendment Recap & LiveChat at 3pm

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today at 3pm Eastern we'll be co-hosting a livechat with Jeremy Kennedy, the campaign manager for Protect All NC Families. Need a quick refresher on everything going on in the state? You got it.Read More


A Successful Wedding Depends on Compromise

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I doubt that any skill is more necessary to cultivate in order to have and sustain a marriage than the ability to not take your partner's difference in taste personally, to shake off the hurt feelings, and to move on.Read More

Coming at You with Quiz-able News

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Have you been paying attention to LGBT news lately? Let's find out! Choose the right answer to each question.Read More


Campaign 2012: The GOP 'Moderate' Myth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Moderate is the scarlet letter of the Right. Yet moderate or reasonable views are a complete myth among the remaining crop of GOP presidential candidates. Read More


Elizabeth Warren Will Not Be (Just) a Pro-LGBT Vote

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"I'll be there on every vote. I'll be there not just to provide a vote, but leadership, and I think that's what the LGBT community really needs." -- Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in an interview with the Washington Blade....Read More


Make Mine a Venti

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Any decision of this type or magnitude has be made with great thoughtfulness and I would assure you that a senior team at Starbucks discussed this. To be very candid with you, this was not something that was a difficult...Read More


Low Voter Turnout & LGBT Rights

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

While voter apathy could be chalked up to Obama's uncontested presidential primary and the lackluster Republican primary candidates, if the trend holds, low voter turnout could have a larger impact in the November elections, especially when it comes to LGBT rights. Read More


Silence On N.C. Amendment Isn't An Option For Gay-Friendly Politicians

Filed by Matt Comer | March 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The momentum against North Carolina's Amendment One is growing, but many LGBT-friendly politicians and elected bodies have yet to speak out, including North Carolina's largest city and county.Read More


The News Is Still Going Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | March 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may almost be the weekend, but there's still plenty of news to be had...Read More


Like a Prayer, Like a Virgin, Like an Activist: In Defense of MDNA

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | March 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's something else you can add to that list of things you can't bring up in polite conversation without fear of flare up. About music, a star, loyalty, age, originality, gay rights, and talent - the argument is about Madonna. Read More

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Freedom to Marry Says F--k Off to North Carolina & Maryland

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 6:15 PM | comments

Today Freedom to Marry announced the formation of the "Win More States Fund." The group wants to raise $3 million dollars to spend in five "2012 marriage battleground states" - New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state.Read More


Is DOJ Still Upholding Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Tuesday, March 20 marked the 6th month anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but the celebrations must be tempered with some hard facts.Read More


Peta Goes Anti-Choice Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

There's nothing like using anti-choice language to evangelize for vegetarianism, right? That's bound to move the progressive left - Peta's target market - into their animal rights camp.Read More


DOMA: Another Married Gay California Couple Face Deportation

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11 because it was clear that federal agencies were too territorial and weren't sharing vital information. That bureaucratic confusion between DHS and the Department of Justice remains when it comes to immigration and DOMA.Read More


Porn & the Presidency: Watch Out Broke Straight Boys

Filed by Norm Kent | March 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

According to the Law of Santorum, a wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound and negative brain changes in both children and adults. I thought you get that just from listening to him.Read More


Life's Many Moments: How Our World Shapes Our Art

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | March 21, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Author Gregory G. Allen and I, up until now, had yet to meet. Still, we'd found ourselves bumping into each other virtually on any number of occasions.Read More


Spring Has Sprung Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday was the first day of Spring and you know what that means... It's time for all those creepy Easter Bunnies to show up in malls across America hoping desperately that some day they'll be as popular as the creepy retail Santas.Read More


GuiTARDIS Redux Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last week I gave you the guiTARDIS edition of "What You Need to Know," featuring the totally awesome Dr. Who customized guitar. The maker, Art Lew, wrote in to tell me what he has in store for the future.Read More


Jimmy Carter on Jesus & Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In his new book, NIV Lessons From Life Bible: Personal Reflections With Jimmy Carter, the former President has an interesting aside about LGBT rights and says he favors marriage equality.Read More


NOM Endorses Civil Unions?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2012 | 9:11 AM | comments

"The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today urged the New Hampshire legislature to pass HB 437, compromise legislation to restore civil unions for same-sex couples, and repeal same-sex marriage while protecting couples who have already been 'married'." -- From a...Read More


CA Dem Party Offers to Help Defeat Amendment 1 in North Carolina

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm not sure I recall another time when a state political party has offered to reach out to another state to help defeat an anti-gay measure such as the proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina.Read More

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HRC's LA Gala: Theron's a Hoot, Matthews Praises Solmonese & Griffin's a Hit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Inside the ballroom, the mood was jubilant. The black tie crowd appreciated the work accomplished by departing HRC President Joe Solmonese and agreed with him that re-electing President Obama in November should be a top priority for LGBT people.Read More


More Thoughts on Catholics & Getting Married

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 19, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

I got in some serious hot water with my last post - which was not an installment of the Marriage Chronicles but a screed against the Catholic Church. I offended two people who are very important to me.Read More


Don't Re-Nig Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just when you start to hope that everyone has a redeeming quality, along comes another racist Republican to prove you wrong.Read More


What to Consider Before Tying the Knot: An LGBT Primer

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | March 19, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

As the tide of marriage equality begins to turn, with same gender nuptials becoming a reality for increasing numbers of couples, along comes a perfectly-timed guide to provide insight into what elements to consider before taking such a step.Read More


President Obama Opposes North Carolina Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

With so many states facing marriage equality issues this election year - both pro and con - many activists have demanded the President step forward and be the "fierce advocate" he claimed he'd be. Today, his campaign took the first step down that path.Read More


Going to Hell Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's a novel advertisement focused on the gay community. While the kitschy ad is meant to sell hardwood floors, my first thought was "Well, someone wants carpet."Read More


Donald Trump Jr Wishes Every Guy Was Gay

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

"One of my best friends growing up was gay. It's never been an issue for me... I think there was a time in my life, probably in college, that I wished every guy was gay because it meant more woman...Read More


The Use of Spin to Minimize LGBT Issues

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 14, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Anyone who writes generates spin. The moment you write, you're selecting the words you use in order to maximize their effectiveness.Read More


Gay Mario Bros Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 14, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Who knew what those Mario Brothers were doing when they weren't plunging themselves into holes?Read More


Pennsylvania Avoids Marriage Amendment Vote (Again)

Filed by Sue Kerr | March 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Spring awakening brings all sorts of things back to life and without fail one of those "things" is the unquenchable desire of assorted Pennsylvania Republicans to amend the Constitution of our fine commonwealth with a clear definition of marriage.Read More


Final Ballot Title Released for Referendum 74 in Washington State

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 14, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Opponents to same-sex marriage are prepared to start gathering signatures to place Referendum 74 on the ballot this fall, now that a Thurston County judge revised the ballot title to comply with Washington State law.Read More


Former Iowa Perry Campaign Chair Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 13, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

Evangelical Christian Kathy Potts, former Iowa campaign chair for Rick Perry's presidential bid, has published a stunning article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette giving a full-throated endorsement of marriage equality.Read More


RuPaul's Drag Race Recap Season 4, Episode 7

Filed by James Holmes | March 13, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm going to treat this as I do the live blogging since this is my first time watching the episode. Timestamps are how many minutes into the show we are in case you feel like skipping around. Read More


Republican Ted Olson Going to NC to Fight Marriage Amendment

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Renowned conservative Republican attorney and marriage equality hero Ted Olson is going to Greensboro, North Carolina on April 1 for a rally to help defeat the antigay initiative Amendment One. Read More


10 Questions for Indiana's Most Not-Gay State Senator Brent Waltz

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Since the ever-so-not-gay sharp dressing state senator, Brent Waltz, is running in a re-shaped district against Indiana's most pro-gay politician, Mary Ann Sullivan, I have ten questions for him so I know how to vote.Read More


The Chick-Fil-A Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

This Chick-Fil-A "hiring poster" has been making the rounds of Facebook lately. Of course, it's not real but apparently it seems perfectly possible with so many people fooled into believing it.Read More


White Collar's Revolutionary & Ordinary Engagement

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last night I witnessed a profound statement on LGBT equality while watching the most recent episode of USANetwork's popular show White Collar on Hulu.Read More

Maryland Guv: Gay Rights Is a Reason to Vote for Democrats

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

After LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he supported a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party platform, CNN wondered if same sex marriage could become "trouble" for the Democrats. Officials such as Maryland Governor O'Malley aren't taking that old Karl Rove bait.Read More


Sluts, Gay License Plates, & Bloodsucking Rabbis [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2012 | 5:30 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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Will Villaraigosa Advocate for a Marriage Equality Plank in Dem Platform?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 08, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Villaraigosa says he is not running for public office after he is termed out as LA Mayor. So he has nothing to lose if he becomes a fierce advocate within the Party for marriage equality. The question is: will he?Read More


Big Step Forward For MSNBC's Coverage of LGBT Rights, But...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 08, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

MSNBC took a big step when for the first time the network demonstrated that it understands the modern civil rights movement isn't entirely whether gays and lesbians can serve in the military or marry each other. Read More

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There Will Be No Chicken Dance

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 08, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I didn't want a cake topper at all, at first. I thought it was gauche or too kitschy or something, but I changed my mind. I also didn't want dancing at the reception. Read More


The Hot Governor Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Who knew that Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was hot? I'm not sure I really need to say more than that. The photo speaks for itself.Read More


SLDN Celebrates 20 Years of Service with White House Senior Advisor

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 06, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, created in response to the antigay political "compromise" of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, celebrated its 20th anniversary at a gala on March 3 attended by more than 1,000 servicemembers, veterans, family and supporters.Read More


Impressions of Dustin Lance Black's Play '8? & Why It's So Important

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

In some ways the play "8" may actually give us a better understanding of just how important the Prop 8 case is.Read More


The Speedy Delivery Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

When you need a hot load fast, these guys have you covered. What else do you need to know quickly today? Here you go:Read More


NC Marriage Amendment Is 'a Shame'

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"It's a shame this unwise and unnecessary amendment is even on the ballot. It wrongly writes discrimination into the state's constitution - and it jeopardizes protections for straights as well as gays. Voters should reject this legislation." -- From a...Read More


Kristin Chenoweth: Marriage to Avoid Hell

Filed by James Holmes | March 05, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

The new ABC comedy GCB (Good Christian Belles), seems right up my alley, but responses to the criticism regarding a character knowingly married to a gay man just rubs me wrong. Read More


Catholic Church Withdraws from Maine Marriage Equality Fight

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Roman Catholic church is taking no active roles in fundraising, staffing, advertising, or campaigning against marriage equality in Maine.Read More


One Million Moms: The New Gay Advertising Strategy

Filed by Adam Polaski | March 04, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

If you're a gay celebrity or a company touting a gay-focused product or storyline, there's one surefire way to very quickly fire up your popularity: Make your immoral, gay agenda-obsessed ways known to One Million Moms.Read More


Speaking of Mountains of Cash...

Filed by Bil Browning | March 04, 2012 | 12:08 PM | comments

"We've just learned that gay marriage supporters in North Carolina have been stockpiling mountains of cash. It's looking almost certain that in the final days before the election, they will launch an all-out air war, blanketing North Carolina TV and...Read More


The David Dreier That Could Have Been

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 03, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now that districts are being drawn fairly, US Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) is out. Well, not totally out. With a Congressional voting record as centrist as any GOPer can be, David Dreier also happens to be a closeted gay man.Read More

Ken Mehlman's Apology [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Is now openly gay former 2004 Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman's apology for his role in using LGBT rights as a wedge issue sincere?Read More

Christie: 'I Vetoed Gay Marriage Not Gay Rights'

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2012 | 9:54 AM | comments

Watch as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells a high school student that he didn't veto "gay rights," he voted "gay marriage." Of course he then goes on to give his spiel about letting the people vote instead of...Read More


AARP Supports Euthanizing Seniors?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2012 | 9:45 AM | comments

"Special rights for immoral behavior. Advocacy for same-sex marriage. Support for homosexual adoption. These are some of the things that the AARP does with the money from dues that they receive from the millions over the age of 50 that...Read More


Will Maine AG William Schneider Ever Prosecute NOM?

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | March 03, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court basically told the National Organization for Marriage that they have to follow Maine's campaign finance disclosure laws. But why should NOM, especially since the state attorney general probably won't prosecute them?Read More


A Bigoted Priest, the Trans Mafia, & the New HRC Prez [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2012 | 5:00 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


On 'Whitewashing Gay History' and 'Hypocrisy' of Pro-Gay Republicans

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 02, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Inspired by New York legalizing same sex marriage, the extraordinary LGBT ally Frank Rich has written an important essay for New York Magazine on "Whitewashing Gay History."Read More


I Still Get Letters for the Confessional

Filed by Father Tony | March 02, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Father Tony returns to the "Confessional" to answer another letter.Read More


The Vodka Valium Latte Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today's version of What You Need to Know is brought to us by the latest rage to hit coffee shops this year: the Cafe-Mocha-Vodka-Valium-Latte. I'll take two.Read More


Mehlman Finally Apologizes for Anti-Marriage Leadership

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2012 | 9:17 AM | comments

"At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort. As I've been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I've learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which...Read More


EQCA Names New Interim ED: Nothing on FAIR Act Repeal Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 01, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

While EQCA presidents are touting they will "continue to lead the LGBT equality movement in California," I have to ask... What leadership? EQCA has been MIA for so long, no one's really noticed their absence.Read More


The License Plate Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

There's good news out of Indiana for once this morning. What else should you know? Here it is.Read More


Evolving Thoughts on Gay Marriage

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 01, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

C and I sat down Sunday afternoon to address invitations. If, for some reason, you ever want to uncover all the deep-seated ways in which you and your partner are different from each other, plan a wedding.Read More