Marriage Equality: June 2012


Tom Cruise: Traditional Marriage Is Mission Impossible?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 30, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

"Dear Tom, Sad to hear about the split. Now that the cat's (or Kat's) out of the bag and you've realized that traditional marriage is a mission impossible, maybe it's time to explore your options. We'd love to have you....Read More

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DC Republican Party Adds Gay Inclusion to Platform

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

While Indiana Democrats are really just Republican-lite for the most part, DC Republicans are a lot more liberal than their counterparts nationwide. Confirming this for me is this press release from the DC chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.Read More


State Rep. Greg Harris Talks Illinois LGBT Politics with Gay Chicago TV

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 29, 2012 | 12:20 PM | comments

I was pleased to sit down with Illinois State Representative Greg Harris, the highest ranking openly gay elected official in the State of Illinois, and talk in-depth about the pressing issues facing the LGBT community not only here in the state, but nationally as well.Read More


Air New Zealand Safety Video's Failed Attempt to Reach the Gays

Filed by James Holmes | June 28, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

When I was sent this new airplane safety video from Air New Zealand and was told that Obama's evolution on marriage equality was featured, I was left scratching my head. What does the fight for gay rights have to do with airplane safety? Read More


Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2012 | 10:35 AM | comments

If there was ever a reason for the White House to start re-claiming the label "Obamacare," now is the moment. The Supreme Court has upheld the president's signature health care law - including the individual mandate.Read More


Thank You Nora Ephron - RIP

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Writer, director and humorist Nora Ephron died Monday night, a shock to her friends and the world from whom she hid her struggle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71. Read More


The Changing Face of LGBT Victory

Filed by Bil Browning | June 26, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

"I'm not sorry we can now enter the military, and I'm not sorry that we can now marry. But frankly I come from a moment in time, and a radical vision in time, that never made marriage or the military my criteria of success."Read More

5 Things to Listen for at DOD's LGBT Pride Event Today

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here are five issues pro-equality participants at the Department of Defense Pride event might want to listen and watch for today.Read More


Spewing Hate Online: A Couple's Ordeal

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | June 25, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

On June 15th, Scout put his plan in motion, knelt down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Liz Margolies, at the White House's LGBT reception. Once video of the proposal went viral, the online hate grew and grew.Read More


Air Force Sergeant Weds Same-Sex Spouse on Military Base

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 25, 2012 | 11:35 AM | comments

No doubt this wedding ceremony officiated by a Navy Chaplain in a chapel on a military base will send the Religious Right into a dither.Read More


Pride, In All Its Glory

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | June 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Pride is communal, unique, varied, as multi-faceted as a disco ball, sometimes a little bit as fragmented, but shining in all its glorious whole. It's an alphabet soup made of many individual characters. It's a big picture of smaller ones painted by friends new and old, near and far, like one of those images made up of a thousand smaller ones. Together, these memories combine to create my own ultimate definition of Pride.Read More


GOProud Defends Romney Endorsement

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2012 | 11:29 AM | comments

"[Romney] has demonstrated that he believes we're a part of America. I know that you want to talk about this issue and the president wants to talk about this issue because the president's record on jobs and the economy and...Read More


Dancing Her Sins Away

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2012 | 11:57 PM | comments

"Our daughter Mary and her long time partner, Heather Poe, were married today in Washington, DC. Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of...Read More


Bisexual Trees, Slapping Bullies, & House Faggots [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 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


Suddenly Single

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | June 22, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Four wonderful years, ended with a phone call that I thought would end like every one had ended nearly every weeknight for the past four years: "Pleasant dreams." Not this time.Read More


Outlaw Marriages Past & Present

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | June 22, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

The current campaign for and against "gay marriage" often ignores the fact that same-sex couples are not a recent phenomenon but in fact have been around for centuries.Read More


API Equality-LA Launches Project to Honor LGBT Asian Elders

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 21, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

On Sunday, June 17, at the One National Lesbian and Gay Archives, API Equality-LA launched the Pioneers Project - an effort to document and share the stories of the earliest API LGBT activists in Southern California. Read More


Honor Bound: One Eagle Scout's Story

Filed by Joseph Gentile | June 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Joseph Gentile toed the difficult line of managing a double-life, yet still expected the other members of his troop - and the campers he later instructed as a Boy Scout camp counselor - to be truthful with him. Read More


It's Time for the Senate to Walk the Walk on ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 20, 2012 | 9:30 PM | comments

The time for just talking about protecting all Americans from discrimination in the workplace is over. Over a quarter-century of waiting is long enough. It's time to get this done.Read More


In This Together: The LGBT & Progressive Movements

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 20, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Will the recent successes of the LGBT movement actually have a negative impact on the movement in years to come?Read More


Politics & Pride: Learning from Our History

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Now, more than ever, LGBT Pride celebrations need be something more. We need to put the politics back in Pride. We need to be asking people to not only celebrate our community, but also educate and agitate as well. Read More


Rep Adam Schiff Wants to be a Leader on LGBT Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

The slight man in a perfectly pressed preppy shirt and pants eases eagerly but gracefully through the crowd in the hot afternoon, extending his hand, greeting people--genuinely happy to be at the LGBT party.Read More

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Puzzling Out the Phelpsians

Filed by Leslie Robinson | June 18, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Some people argue that the best way to handle the ever-present, ever-protesting members of the Westboro Baptist Church is to ignore them. That sounds sensible. I just can't do it. Read More


General Mills Opposes MN Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | June 18, 2012 | 9:44 AM | comments

"We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy. We value diversity. We value inclusion." -- General Mills Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion, Ken Charles, in a...Read More

The White House LGBT Reception Marriage Proposal

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

Yesterday afternoon approximately 500 guests attended the White House's LGBT Pride reception. President Obama spoke briefly at the event, but the highlight was watching Dr. Scout from the Network for LGBT Health Equity proposing to his future wife, Liz...Read More


George Takei, Box Kites, & Party Platforms [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 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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IN Republicans Omit Marriage Opposition from Platform

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Both the Republican and Democrat state party platforms have undergone dramatic changes in regard to marriage equality in Indiana. Democrats now oppose a constitutional amendment while Republicans have jettisoned their vociferous support for it.Read More


After 40 Years, PA Democrats Come Out Strong on Equality

Filed by Mark Segal | June 14, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Bet you didn't know that Pennsylvania was in the vanguard of the push for LGBT equality. That was 37 years ago, when it was called lesbian and gay rights, and we were called gay activists.Read More

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Melissa Etheridge Rocks Pittsburgh Pride After They 'Show Her the Money'

Filed by Sue Kerr | June 14, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

When I first read that rock legend Melissa Etheridge would be performing her first Pride event in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I was somewhat skeptical - why Pittsburgh? Turns out it was because they "showed me the money."Read More


MT Senator Baucus Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by D Gregory Smith | June 14, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Say what you will about Max Baucus - and we have - but this gives me a moment of pride.Read More


Senate ENDA Hearing: Action & Reaction

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 13, 2012 | 10:45 AM | comments

Yesterday's historic ENDA hearing in the Senate indicates that incredible progress has been made at the political leadership level over the past several years. Here's what happened, where it's going next, and reactions from LGBT and anti-gay groups.Read More

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Black LGBT Community: Take Social Media to the Next Level

Filed by Viktor Kerney | June 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

We have a responsibility to our communities. We need to make sure we are informing everyone about social issues. With the tremendous influence we have in social media, we can truly make a powerful difference as engaged LGBT people of color. Read More


Indiana Dem Platform Will Oppose Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

While it's a big step forward for the Indiana Democratic Party to oppose the amendment, the party still lags behind steps taken recently by far more conservative states like Montana and Texas.Read More


Carrie Underwood Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2012 | 8:00 AM | comments

"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have...Read More

Everybody Wants to Say I Do

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Town and Country's new song may proudly proclaim "Everybody Wants to Say I Do" in support of marriage equality, but I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge those who, well, don't....Read More


Walter Cronkite, Ray Bradbury & #NN12LGBT [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 08, 2012 | 5:45 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


Obama's LGBT Fundraiser in Beverly Hills

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 07, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am heading out to Netroots Nation so I will not be covering President Obama's LGBT fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire. However, my friend Ted Johnson of Variety is covering it, and I recommend that you pop over to see what happened.Read More


American Conservative Judaism Approves Same-Sex Weddings

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Conservative branch of American Judaism has formally approved same-sex weddings.Read More


LGBT Connect At Netroots Nation

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 06, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am at Netroots Nation today, the annual political convention for American progressive political activists. The convention actually starts tomorrow, but today Netroots Nation hosts the LGBT Connect program, the brainchild of Mike Rogers, a seasoned political activist, managing director of Raw Story, and a Bilerico colleague.Read More


NY State Appellate Court: Calling Someone Gay Is Not an Insult

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

The idea that speculation about a person's sexual orientation, founded or not, is so damaging, so grave an insult, that it amounts to defamation, is being increasingly challenged in American courts.Read More


Queer in Faith: Forging Alliances for Equality

Filed by Terence Weldon | June 05, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Looking back over 60 years of history, in my case queer church history, there has been a truly remarkable transformation of Christian responses to homosexuality. This transformation matters to all of us, whether believers or not. Read More


Breaking: 9th Circuit Will NOT Re-Hear Federal Prop 8 Case

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 05, 2012 | 1:15 PM | comments

The case will now likely go to the US Supreme Court.Read More


Blacks, Gays & Marriage: When A Leader Leads

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 05, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

When I read about the recent polls indicating a huge shift among African-Americans towards supporting same-sex marriage I was skeptical. Surprised. Hopeful. But still skeptical. Several days later, I remain so - unable to settle into one reaction or another. Read More

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Meet California's 50th AD Candidates in Today's Primary

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Please do not forget to vote in today's very important Primary elections. This is California's first open primary where the top two candidates will face off in November. Read More


Anti-gay Campaign Claims Enough Signatures to Put Marriage on Ballot in Washington

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 04, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

Opponents of Washington State's marriage equality law claim they have collected enough signatures to qualify Referendum 74 for the ballot in November. Read More

Matt Baum's Weekly Update for AFER

Filed by Ed Team | June 04, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

There is lots of good news to celebrate this week, including another nail in the coffin for DOMA, and strong poll numbers in Washington State which is facing a ballot measure this fall that could preserve the marriage equality bill passed there this year. Read More


Anti-Gay New York Archbishop Gave Payouts to Pedophile Priests in Milwaukee

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

For now-Cardinal Dolan to smear loving and committed same-sex couples while simultaneously swapping cash for the clerical collars of alleged pedophiles requires a level of arrogance and moral bankruptcy that can only be described as astounding.Read More


Read President Obama's LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

Filed by Viktor Kerney | June 03, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

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Michele Obama Speaks Out About President's Evolution on Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | June 03, 2012 | 8:30 AM | comments

Michele Obama answered questions via Twitter this week and addressed her family's discussions about marriage equality. Read More


Gun Toting Gays, AIDS Science, & the Labor Movement [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 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


Romney's Faith Isn't the Problem

Filed by Mark Segal | June 01, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Does religion matter in the race for president? Seems like a simple question with a simple answer, doesn't it?Read More


In Good Conscience

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 01, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Recently, I've seen an upsurge in ads being designed for theological colleges and schools -- probably triple the number of ads we've done compared to last year -- and sizable, too. Read More

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Catholics Stand Up Against Bishops

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 01, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

An unlikely movement is underway in Seattle. Seattle is known for secularism, yet there is a storm brewing here that could shake the seemingly unshakable -- the Catholic Church. Read More


Is Marriage Sacred?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

At dinner with a close friend during a time when I was writing a book on same-gender marriage, I was stunned by his blunt rebuke to my musings about the spiritual dimensions of marriage. "There's nothing sacred about marriage."Read More