Marriage Equality: August 2012


The GOP Is Going to Flip Their Shit

Filed by Bil Browning | August 31, 2012 | 2:55 PM | comments

Somewhere last night Tony Perkins, Michelle Bachmann, and Bryan Fischer's heads all exploded at the same time that David Koch endorsed full marriage equality.Read More


Church Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 31, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Churches don't belong in government matters, regardless of a citizen's devotion. Religion is a personal matter that should remain out of others' lives. Washington state reminded its churches that plus other news you need to know!Read More


FOX Radio Cancels Show Over Pro-Gay Interview?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Reno, Nevada radio host Sean Savoy, however, claims that FOX News Radio affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM killed his show after he interviewed a pro-gay activist about marriage equality, Chick-fil-A, and other queer conversational topics.Read More


The Big Risk & Hope of the 2012 Election: Regardless of Who Wins

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

What if Americans, in these fractious electoral times, could decide that we love what unites us more than we hate what divides us?Read More

True Love Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 30, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I believe the central, underlying theme of the sci-fi thriller Cloverfield to be love, true love, kills. Fortunately, nobody else died needlessly after one Chinese suitor nearly did himself in. Signed, sealed, delivered - it's what you need to know! Read More


Modern Family Values

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Executive producer, and co-creator, Steve Levitan of ABC's Modern Family invites superfan Ann Romney to be included into the Pritchett family fold IF she rebuffs the Republican Party's treatment of marriage exclusively as the union of one man, one woman.Read More


Why I'm Not Excited About Going to the Dem Convention

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Back in 2008 I was so incredibly excited to go to Denver to cover the Democrat convention it was ridiculous. Now it's 2012 and I'm just not excited at all about this year's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.Read More

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Third Annual Trans Law Institute, and the Fifty Top Trans Law Developments

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

The third annual Trans Law Institute was held last week at Lavender Law, and I presented my annual "Fifty Top Developments In Trans Law" Read More


Is Geoff Kors' New Job at NCLR a Movement Game-Changer?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The National Center for Lesbian Rights may be one of the most effective national LGBT movement organizations few people have heard of.Read More


The Republican Split Screen

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 28, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Disenfranchised Ron Paul delegates are not the only ones causing headaches for the Republican National Convention organizers hoping to catapult Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan into the White House. Read More


Equality Moves Like Molasses

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 28, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Equality moves across this great country like molasses.Read More


Watch: Log Cabin Republicans at GOP Convention

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 28, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Day One of the Republican National Convention was cancelled because of Tropical Storm Isaac, but many delegates and attendees are trying to make the most of it, including Log Cabin Republicans.Read More

GOP Adds 3 More Anti-Sexuality Planks to Platform

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just when you thought the GOP couldn't possibly get any more prudish and anti-gay in their platform, they turn around and prove you wrong.Read More

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Hurricane Christ Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

By cajoling her congregants into prayin' "around the clock," Rev. Jesten Peters and her Keys of Authority Ministries kept Hurricane Isaac away from the Republican National Convention ... and headed for New Orleans. Come hell or high water, it's what you need to know!Read More


I Don't

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 28, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Openly gay, former Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe of Arizona admits that the current party platform debated at the Republican National Convention might be "out of touch" with the cultural mainstream. I bet in four years, nobody's going to ask to see President Barack Obama's birth certificate either.Read More


No, Gay Marriage Isn't Legal in California Again

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

There was some excitement in the blogosphere today after Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reported that a trial judge in California ordered the Prop 8 case closed. Don't get too excited and rush out to buy rings and reserve a florist.Read More


Pence Admits Social Issues a Priority in IN Gov Race

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Back home in Indiana, the gubernatorial race is heating up. While conservative Republican Congressman Mike Pence is still on track to beat conservative Democrat John Gregg, the Gregg campaign has come out swinging on Pence's far-right agenda around social issues.Read More


Gay TV Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

How is keeping people from learning about a different group of people through a television show against one's values? Perhaps someone should be rethinking their values and the real threats to the family, plus more news you need to know!Read More


The New Face of Gay Gossip

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

This article is not intended to condone gossip, which is frowned upon by the world's great religions. This is just a commentary about a developing social trend.Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Ad Airing During GOP Convention

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2012 | 11:36 AM | comments

HRC and Freedom To Marry are airing this ad during the Republican National Convention. It features Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego, California talking about marriage being a conservative value and name drops other prominent GOP members who...Read More


'Naughty' Sex Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Straight people have more 'inappropriate' sex than gay people, so why is it that we are condemned for having sex? And, how those American society's feelings about sex damage society? This and more news you need to know! Read More


When the Rape Debate Hits Home

Filed by Mark Segal | August 23, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

My friend Jan was raped. The trauma was so great that she ended up taking her own life. This week I've watched the "debate" about rape unfold in the news thanks to a mindless, ignorant, ideological congressman from Missouri.Read More

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Sweetmeats Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Farmer Joseph Watson of Mayfield, Ky. couldn't afford the crippling price of corn. But, the Southern farmer had a sweet idea. Why not treat his 1,400 corn-fed cattle to candy? Surely enough, they ate it up. Hungry? Here's what you need to know!Read More

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A Tale of Two Political Platforms

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

While not everyone in a political party agrees with every plank in a party platform, the political manifestos do shed important light on the stark differences in the two major parties of today.Read More


The Playboy Sides With Equality

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 22, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Another straight ally speaks in favor of LGBT rights, though this time in an unlikely place. Read More


Prof. Robert Oscar Lopez Explains Support for Regnerus Study

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Aug. 14, I posted a piece entitled "Cal State Professor Supports Controversial Gay Parents 'Study'." Here is Prof. Robert Oscar Lopez's response. Read More

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Drunk Monkey Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

If you're looking for a swinging party, stop by the Georgia Health Sciences University labs, and meet a couple of real "party animals." Hold the banana-flavored vodka! It's what you need to know! Read More


Mitt Romney, Bridezilla

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Keeping with tradition, the Republican Party Draft Platform takes aim at the existential threat of same-sex marriage, despite prodding from the Log Cabin Republicans that a vow to uphold the "dignity and respect" of all Americans meant them. Read More


Pittsburgh Editorial Cartoon Sums Up FRC's Hateful Offense

Filed by Sue Kerr | August 20, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Rob Rogers posted a phenomenal cartoon yesterday morning, neatly summarizing the weak cries of the Family Research Council about being "unfairly" labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.Read More


The Bread Heel Parable

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

An old man and old woman have been married for forty years.They love each other in every way. The years have been kind to them and between them there is only one hidden resentment. Read More

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Supermarket Sweep Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda recently rallied union members to raid the supermarkets of neighboring towns for the hungriest residents of Spain's Andalusian region. Get out your coupons! It's what you need to know! Read More


Pansies, Winged Dogs, & Paul Ryan [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 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


Why Marriage Needs to Take a Backseat to Workplace Rights

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 16, 2012 | 3:15 PM | comments

In order to really make progress on the marriage rights front, the first thing that needs to be accomplished is leveling the economic playing field.Read More


When Did CNN Anchors Find Their Inner Journalists?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

With the departure of CNN president Jonathan Klein, the television news station seems to have found some mojo again. Instead of allowing their guests to set the agenda and proclaim their own truths, reporters have started calling bullshit on the blatant lies and spin.Read More

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Pee Wee Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Organizers for the Pee Wee Football Association of Mesquite, Texas are reluctant to let a 6-foot-1, and nearly 300-pound, twelve-year-old into their huddle. So, after three weeks of getting Elijah Earnheart's hopes up, they cut him. Put me in Coach! It's what you need to know!Read More


Coming Out on the Inside

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 15, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Do you know what a size queen is?" You might imagine this exchange taking place at a gay bar, a party, or even an awkward Thanksgiving dinner. Instead I overheard this in the most unlikely of places: a jail.Read More


Paul Ryan: Poster Boy of Today's Extreme GOP

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Despite the odd praise coming from conservative gay groups like Log Cabin Republicans and GoProud, Paul Ryan's record on LGBT rights is abysmal and far out of step with mainstream Americans. Read More


Keep Calm & Marry On

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gay rights activists from four different states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington) are taking to the pitch in support of marriage equality this November. But, they'll be the first to admit that it's not going to be pretty. Read More


Cal State Professor Supports Controversial Gay Parents 'Study'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 14, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Perhaps you know Cal State Northridge bisexual professor Robert Oscar Lopez - and hence might understand why he wants to cozy up to the antigay National Organization for Marriage. Read More


Indy Passes Domestic Partner Benefits with Bipartisan Support

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Indianapolis City-County Council passed a proposal to offer domestic partner benefits to gay and straight couples who aren't married. The measure passed 20-8 with overwhelming bipartisan support.Read More

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War Paint Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Nine Nobel Peace Prize Laureates recently assaulted NBC's addition of "Stars Earn Stripes," a commando-inspired, celebreality TV competition, for glorifying war as a spectator's sport. Brace yourself! It's what you need to know!Read More


Legally Blunt

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 14, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Broadway actor John Carroll exercises his First Amendment right to chew out colleague Bailey Noel Hanks, the star of "MTV's Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods," for frequenting Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Read More


Watch: Women Who GLSEN Against Bullying

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Sunday, Aug. 5, filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges covered a fundraiser in Malibu where stars and politicos talked about bullying, bisexuality and President Obama.Read More


Did Anderson Cooper's Boyfriend Cheat?

Filed by James Holmes | August 13, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

A UK tabloid stalked down Anderson Cooper's boyfriend and snapped a picture of him kissing another man. The public has responded in one of two ways - "How dare anyone cheat on Anderson?" or "Gay man = open relationship." Read More


Game Changer? Romney Picks Ryan as VP

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 13, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Breaking into NBC's Olympic coverage Friday night, Chuck Todd reported that his good sources say that Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney will choose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for his vice-presidential running mate. Is it a game changer?Read More


Secession Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Would the South's secession improve this country? Maybe and maybe not. Til that day, boys and girls from North and South here are some more news you need to know!Read More


Black Pastors Bought by Anti-Gay Groups

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 12, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's been very interesting to watch these so-called godly men interact with these type of organizations. It's also interesting to see how easily they can be bought and sold into a hate-filled game.Read More


Transgender People Ejected in Jacksonville

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

A nondiscrimination ordinance in Jacksonville, Florida, is expected to be voted on in the coming week. As some have expected, transsexual and transgender people were bartered away when "gender identity or expression" was dropped from the bill.Read More


Baby Beluga Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Hold the bananaphone! Global troubadour Raffi Cavoukian, or simply Raffi to us Millennials, isn't about to let the Twitterverse besmirch the reputation of his beloved "Baby Beluga." Call me Ishmael. It's what you need to know!Read More

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Indy Mayor Reverses Support for Domestic Partner Benefits?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mayor Ballard has previously been mostly supportive of the LGBT community. He testified against a proposed statewide constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. So why the sudden cold feet on a no-brainer?Read More


Atheist Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Christians aren't the ones being persecuted in the United States, atheists are. This and other important news you need to know!Read More


Weiner Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Executives at Trojan Vibrations felt cocksure that their latest, and largest, giveaway - pedaling 10,000 freebie vibrators - couldn't possibly flop, until it did. Stop that Pleasure Cart! It's what you need to know. Read More


Sitting Down & Sitting In: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez of GetEQUAL [Interview]

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 08, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

We sat down with the new National Field Director of GetEQUAL to hear why marriage is just part of the equality puzzle, why he doesn't mind making people uncomfortable, and what he thinks will be the fight of our lives.Read More


Gay Chicago TV Talks with IL Couple Suing for Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 08, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality has been making headlines across the country - from support for the right to marry being added to Democratic Party platform to the Chick-fil-A controversy over corporate funding of anti-gay hate groups and opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples.Read More


Best Chick-fil-A Infographic Yet

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Why? Because it puts the focus back where it deserves to be instead of meandering around same-sex marriage, free speech rights, or the Muppets.Read More

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The 'Kiss-In': Affection as Activism?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 07, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Beyond just hate chicken and marriage equality, one aspect of the ongoing Chick-fil-A story struck me as odd. My strongest reaction was to the "kiss-in" protests at the fast food chain that was seen as the LGBT community's response.Read More


Celebration Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 07, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT Ugandans learn to play the hand life dealt them to their advantage, and teach a true appreciation of gay pride. Now let's march on with what you need to know! Read More


The Meat of the Issue

Filed by Mark Segal | August 05, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

There's a bigger danger at stake - one the media, our straight allies nor Chick-fil-A are discussing, and one that journalists and elected officials should have researched by now.Read More


Rosa Parks & the Leathermen: A Quest for Equality

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 05, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Beau and Major set out to get a marriage license. The journey ended in jail for both men. That's a hell of a way to get to the altar.Read More

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My Two Cents on Chick-Fil-A (Which I Wouldn't Give Them)

Filed by Annette Gross | August 05, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

I certainly can't say for sure, but it seems to me that Chick-fil-A's owner made his anti-gay statement knowing full-well what would happen. I think he wants this controversy.Read More


Wizard Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Mummy porn" peddler E.L. James deals a killing curse, slaying the Harry Potter series. Oh My Rowling! It's what you need to know.Read More


Our Milkshake

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 05, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Chick-fil-A's Peach Milkshake brings the haters to their yard, but our straight friends are better than yours! Read More


'The Gay Crusaders' at Forty

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 03, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The year 1972 was to lesbian and gay books what 1969 (the year of Stonewall) was to lesbian and gay politics. These were not scientific studies by heterosexual "experts" but first-person narratives by openly lesbian or gay activists. Read More


Homonymous Marriage Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 03, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

What is it like to have the same name as your partner and how do you decide what to do in that situation? This and many more stories you need to know!Read More


Watch: Bible-Thumping at Chick-fil-A in Hollywood

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 02, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee is clucking with glee over the perceived success of his 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.' "It's gone beyond anything I could have imagined."Read More


Voter Suppression, the Latino Vote, & Why It Matters to All of Us

Filed by James Holmes | August 01, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Last night Rachel Maddow sat down with Lou Dubose, editor of "The Spectator" to discuss the possibility that the Lone Star State may soon develop into a purple battleground, the cause, and why the GOP is fighting it. Read More


Bell Ringers & Chicken Slingers: When 'Christian' Companies Go Too Far

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 01, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Chick-fil-A and the Salvation Army have finally and fully dragged their crosses too far across the line, each in their own way, but both changing the game and ending my patience. Time to say Hell No. Read More


More Voters Care About the Economy Than Gay Marriage

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 01, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

News Monday night of the Democratic Party Platform committee's decision to include a plank supporting marriage equality was historic. But for gays interview in West Hollywood: the announcement was welcomed but unexciting. Read More


Fencing Injustice Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | August 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Is there any justice left in sports? For a South Korean Olympic fencer there certainly wasn't any. This and other surprising tidbits you need to know!Read More