Marriage Equality: April 2012


North Carolina for the Win!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

We're eight days away from the North Carolina primary election where voters will also decide whether or not to ratify a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Our side is pulling out all of the stops to win this sucker and, with your help, it's do-able.Read More


Equality & Justice Day at NY Capitol on May 8

Filed by Drew Cordes | April 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Equality & Justice Day will center on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which will ensure that transgender people are included in the New York State human rights law.Read More


The Face of Discrimination, Veggie Burgers, & What Men Say [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 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


Plaid Dad

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 27, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

"There's this picture you have to see," my sister said, when we had a moment in private. "It's Mom and Dad right after their honeymoon. They actually look kind of hip. It's weird. I need to have that picture."Read More


Montana Congressional Candidate Proudly Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by James Holmes | April 27, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Thanks to Democrat Dave Strohmaier for his support. If only this was more common place.Read More


A Dashing Protest [What You Need to Know]

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

These dashing protestors were on London's Saville Row on Monday to protest the opening of an Abercrombie store on the famous fashion strip. Nothing says "hardcore activists" like a three piece suit, eh?Read More

North Carolina's First Pro-Amendment Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM | comments

Wow. Can they show the "Holy Bible" often enough in this political ad urging North Carolina voters to enshrine discrimination in their constitution? I also love the line that "marriage has been one man and one woman since before...Read More


Catholic School Rescinds Invitation to Gay Commencement Speaker

Filed by John M. Becker | April 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Catholic campaign of spiritual bullying against LGBT people continues...Read More


Tough Electoral Challenges: Allies, Allies Everywhere

Filed by Sue Kerr | April 26, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Wow. We elected an openly gay man in Pennsylvania. How about that? Well, how about that? We "unelected" a stalwart ally - a smart progressive woman - to do so.Read More


What Do You Make of Britain's New Marriage Ad?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 26, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm honestly not sure how to feel about the new marriage equality ad to come out out of Great Britain.Read More


Freedom Versus Community?

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | April 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

All day yesterday and still this afternoon - I couldn't help it - I have the Joni Mitchell song "My Old Man" in my head: "We don't need no piece of paper from the City Hall keeping us tight and true, no, my old man, keepin' away my blues."Read More

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God May Forgive You but We'll Remember [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nothing says "the love of Christ" like discriminating against minority groups and loving couples.Read More


CNN: Log Cabin's Cooper Goes Head to Head with AFA's Bryan Fischer

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 25, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

It was interesting to hear Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, who was Chief of Staff with Grenell as spokesperson for the US Mission to the UN. Ambassador in the Bush administration, debate anti-gay extremist Bryan Fischer yesterday morning on CNN.Read More


A Familiar Issue Needs to Vent

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm Gay Marriage, and I'm mad.Read More

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Newt Gingrich Enters NC Amendment One Fray

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a rambling video promoting North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment to ban any benefits to unmarried couples, GOP presidential wannabee urges voters to support the anti-gay measure. That's government so small it can peep in the keyhole, folks.Read More


Antigay Christians vs Kids in NC's Amendment One Fight

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 23, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Antigay Christian leaders are silent on the harm the initiative would have by recognizing only heterosexual marriage as legal in the state - something these Chad Griffin/Mark Armour-produced TV ads with real people for the Protect All North Carolina Families campaign underscore.Read More


Even in Failed 'Worldwide March,' Grassroots Effort Finds Seeds of Success

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | April 23, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

What if they gave a "Worldwide LGBT Equality March" and no one came? Well, they gave it, few showed, and now it's time for Monday morning quarterbacking.Read More


French Elections: LGBT Rights Could Be Coming Soon to France

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The French Socialist party is capitalist in ideology but has kept its old name even as it moved to the right. Consider them the French equivalent of American progressives, along the lines of the Congressional Progressive Caucus with a few mainstream Dems thrown in.Read More

First North Carolina TV Ad Drops

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

North Carolina's first television ads against the proposed marriage equality amendment aired last night. This one focuses on how the amendment would invalidate domestic violence law if the couples aren't married. Another ad focuses on a child losing healthcare...Read More


Day of Dialogue, Silence, & Pejazzling [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 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


Unconditional Love

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 20, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

The definition of motherhood has no absolutes; perfection, except in freshly baked cinnamon rolls, is not meant to be. What, then, does it mean to love someone unconditionally? Does it mean you are perfect in that love?Read More


Marriage Equality for Public Health

Filed by Annette Gross | April 20, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

As the parent of a gay son, I've long felt that discrimination can cause physical, emotional and psychological problems in LGBT people. Wednesday night this theory was corroborated by five physicians who spoke at a forum at the Indiana University Medical School.Read More


Romney Hires Openly Gay Man as National Security Spokesperson

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

Rachel Maddow called it! She wondered why Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major talk in North Carolina and never mentioned the antigay Amendment One. Mark today as the day Romney pivots to appeal to mainstream voters.Read More


The Back of the Bus Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by James Holmes | April 19, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Bad Timing? The White House tweeted a photo yesterday that should be iconic, but instead is mostly ironic. Read More


Obama & Romney Can't Fence Sit on Marriage Equality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Simply put: In the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support marriage equality. This November it may be a risk not to.Read More


Chad Griffin vs Frank Schubert Over NC's Amendment One

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

North Carolina's Amendment One will pit incoming HRC President Chad Griffin against Prop 8 mastermind Frank Schubert as the two face off again in a battle over equality.Read More


The Creepy Continues [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

If you thought this morning's video ad for Miroslav underwear was creepy, their print ads aren't any less disturbing.Read More


Karger Files Ethics Complaint Against NOM for Failing to Report Donation from Romney

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 17, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is back in Southern California and is going after rival Mitt Romeny and his ties to the antigay National Organization for Marriage.Read More


Day of [One Sided] Dialogue: Focus On The Family Goes to School

Filed by James Holmes | April 16, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Focus on the Family is sponsoring the "Day of Dialogue" as a way for students to open up with friends about Jesus approved recommendations for the who, how, where, when, why, and how often for showing off your furry bits. Read More


GLAAD's New Prez and Honorees at Saturday's Media Awards in LA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 16, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

On Saturday, GLAAD named Herndon Graddick as their new President and announced this years honorees for the Vanguard and Stephen F. Kolzak Awards. GLAAD also announced the addition of the National Organization for Marriage and Pat Robertson to their new Commentator Accountability Project. Read More


Pink Wigs Can Be Dangerous [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 16, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

At yesterday's Tea Party rally, Boston's finest stepped in to rough up young queer protestors and their supporters. This young man was choked for holding a dangerous object - a pink wig.Read More


Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC Show: Trans Politics & Funny Business

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry has a great weekend show, the first to spend any time on a real discussion of trans politics. But there were a few things said on the show that made me shout at the screen. Read More


NOM Hearts Romney Now

Filed by Bil Browning | April 15, 2012 | 9:45 AM | comments

"Now is the time for all people who recognize the importance of marriage to come together to support a true champion, Mitt Romney, against an incumbent who has done virtually everything in his power to undermine the institution of marriage....Read More


CCOKC: Child Celebs Take On Kirk Cameron

Filed by James Holmes | April 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

In this new video from Funny or Die, former child stars pull out some CCOKC for a good cause: Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron.Read More


Friday the 13th Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've never really understood what was so darn scary about the Phantom of the Opera. Apparently neither do other troubled villains...Read More

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Lily Ledbetter & Zach Wahls [Contest]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

To win's this weekend's contest, let us know what the title of your autobiography would be.Read More


LA Mayor on Marriage Equality Plank: 'We're for Family Values'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 12, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

During her show Tuesday night, April 10, Rachael Maddow interviewed LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who notes that he's been supportive of marriage equality since 1994. His cousin is the current openly gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez.Read More


Yes We Can Wait

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

What the White House is really thinking about the ENDA Executive Order...Read More


It's Not 'Gay Marriage' [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the most interesting facets of the fight for LGBT equality has always been the linguistic connections to how people interpret our struggle. What else should you know other than the current marriage talking points? Here you go:Read More


Takano Promises to be Progressive if Elected to Congress

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Takano believes that, unlike the visible suffering during Great Depression, today there is tremendous suffering "masked by the safety net." America, Takano said, is "in peril if we don't make the right decision. This is a huge fight over the course of our nation."Read More


Disqualified from High School Contest, Gay Teen Speaks Out

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | April 10, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

I was curious as to how today's youth were coping with harassment on campus, as well as in their daily lives, and sat down with Kearian Giertz, the California high school student disqualified from a school competition for saying he wanted to marry a man.Read More


Play With Your Joystick for Cancer [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

If you need an excuse to play with yourself in the shower at least once a month, here you go. I don't suggest dragging the PS3 into the tub with you.Read More

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Catholics & Gay Marriage: Schisms-R-Us

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Catholic church in this country, while not in its death throes, is suffering from a rupture and a nervous condition. The church's hold on its members has ruptured, and that's going to make any denomination nervous.Read More


Obama Opposes MN Amendment Exactly Like He Did NC's

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. That's what...Read More


Rick Warren: 'When the Church Accommodates Culture, It Weakens It'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 09, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

ABC News' Jake Tapper interviewed Pastor Rick Warren on This Week on Easter Sunday and surprise, surprise - he has not changed his antigay point of view.Read More

GLAAD I Am: Educating the Public About The Trans Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition's smart educational video campaign about trans lives goes national. Read More


Drunk Karaoke, 'Inclusive' Language & a Showtunes Singoff [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 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


Gay Student: 'You Do Not Leave Your 1st Amendment Rights at the Gates of the School'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 06, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Bravo to Kearian Giertz, the Fullerton Union High School student who said he said he hoped he'd see gay marriage legal again in California in 10 years. Read More


Etch-A-Sketch Responds [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Etch-A-Sketch has finally responded to the political flap over the popular kid's toy.Read More


Gay Men on the Titanic

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 06, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Surviving accounts of this ill-fated sea cruise tells us much about the ship's passengers and crew, except for their sexual orientations and gender identities. Were there LGBT people on the Titanic?Read More


Federal Appeals Court Hears Historic DOMA Challenge

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 05, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders argued on behalf of seven married same-sex couples and three widowers in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.Read More


Obama: Live Long & Prosper [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 05, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

C'mon, if Nichelle Nichols stopped by your office, wouldn't you take a picture too?Read More


Santorum's Wish-Boner Dressing [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 04, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Are you worried that eating salad makes you look a bit homosexual? Worry no more with Wish Bone's aggressively zesty Santorum Salad Dressing!Read More


La Raza Condemns NOM's Race Baiting Strategy

Filed by Bil Browning | April 04, 2012 | 9:45 AM | comments

"If NOM had stopped its indefatigable scheming for just a moment to learn something about our community, this diabolical plan would never have been hatched. First, not all Latinos are immigrants. Second, Latino immigrants welcome integration into American society. Third,...Read More


MN Governor Mark Dayton Has a Dream

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

"Any American should be able to love the person he or she loves and that should be a right protected by the Minnesota Constitution and by the United States Constitution. But I had a dream over the weekend. And we'll...Read More


Live Blogging RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4: Episode 10

Filed by James Holmes | April 02, 2012 | 8:00 PM | comments

March is over and I now have my Monday nights free again, so I am going back to a live format hopefully for the rest of the season. Join me tonight at 9:00EST. Read More


Celinda Lake: North Carolina Win Could Change the Movement

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

When LGBT politicos considered the lay of this year's initiative and referendum landscape, many looked at the horrendous Amendment One in North Carolina and shrugged. It's the South! What chance do gays have of winning there? Actually, a good one.Read More


Is Peru Behind the Rest of South America on Gay Issues?

Filed by Adam Polaski | April 02, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

When I studied in Argentina, gays and lesbians were everywhere - marching in parades, partying in bars. In Peru, they seemed to be almost nonexistent. The only rainbow thing I saw all week was the flag of Cuzco, which is nearly an exact replica of the Pride flag.Read More


Karger Calls for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich to Disavow NOM Pledge

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Three more Republican presidential primaries are coming up on April 3. Openly gay GOP candidate Fred Karger - who initiated the investigation that resulted in the documents becoming public - is asking Romney, Santorum and Gingrich to disavow the NOM pledge they took early in the campaign.Read More


'Gay Marriage' Isn't 'Cute' [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Over on Viktor Kerney's post, "A Gay Marriage Plank? No, a Full Equality Plank," he caused quite a stir over his choice of words to make his point.Read More


Why Does the NAACP Support Marriage Equality?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2012 | 8:45 AM | comments

"The African-American struggle will forever stand as one of the greatest civil rights movements in modern history. After 400 hundred years of slavery, the achievements of some basic civil rights, 100 years of marching, protesting, court battles and violence that...Read More