Marriage Equality: September 2012


Birthdays, Dan Choi, & the Definition of Queer [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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


Pope Benedict Calls LGBT People 'Defective'

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 28, 2012 | 3:28 PM | comments

"The family is threatened in many places by a defection of human nature." "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is...Read More


Wake The F*ck Up Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Barney Frank dives back into racial waters, the Red Planet was once blue, home HIV tests now available, a conservative religious argument for SSM, and more. Plus: Samuel L. Jackson gives us a wakeup call. Read More

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Taking the Good with the Bad in Texas

Filed by Leslie Robinson | September 27, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's the latest from Texas, where you win some, and you lose six teeth.Read More


Australia Is Alive to Marriage Equality

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

"If the possibility of an invalid bill stopped us, very little reform would take place. If we vote this bill down... the issue will not go away. Most importantly, the Australian community is alive to the issue of marriage equality."...Read More

Leela for Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | September 27, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Actress Katey Sagal, best known as the voice of Leela on Futurama, has become one of HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality. Here's her video supporting our freedom to marry....Read More


Sex-Crazed SM-ers Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dan Savage on Folsom Street Fair, FL hazmat plan held up over non-discrimination, a guide for tribal governments on Two-Spirit & LGBT rights, and more. Plus: a satirical Australian take on opponents of marriage equality. Read More


Brave Little Girl Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A transgender girl finds acceptance, NOM gives Michelle Bachman their email list, Obama nominates a gay judge, and more. Plus: a young Cher doing a one-woman gender-bending West Side StoryRead More

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This Is What DOMA Discrimination Looks Like

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 25, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

My husband got a letter in the mail entitled "Notice Regarding Civil Unions in the State of Illinois." The letter laid out in stark terms exactly how the patchwork of rights created by the DOMA impacts same-sex couples in ways many don't even consider.Read More


Marriage at the Ballot: Beth & Valerie in Maine

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In November, Mainers will be asked to approve the freedom to marry at the ballot. Beth Allen of Mainers United for Marriage and her partner Valerie are one of the couples who will be affected by the vote - read their story.Read More

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Prop 8 Update: Not on SCOTUS List This Week

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 25, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

The US Supreme Court did not include Prop 8 this week on their list of cases to hear.Read More


Fresh Air at 30,000ft Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mitt Romney on airplane windows, Paul Ryan on DADT, Minnesota's same-sex-marriage ban amendment, Fred Phelps' son gives an interview to Salon, Andrew Sullivan says Obama could be the Democrats' Reagan, and firefighters talk brotherhood and same-sex-marriage. Read More


Gaga: The Pope Doesn't Matter

Filed by Bil Browning | September 25, 2012 | 9:31 AM | comments

"I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal - humanity - if we are not allowed to freely love one another... What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to...Read More


Marriage at the Ballot: Lindsey & Jessica in Maryland

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 24, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

In November, Marylanders will be asked to uphold the freedom to marry at the ballot for all couples - including Lindsey and Jessica, a beautiful couple who recently bought a house together in Silver Spring, MD.Read More



Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

"The cake has got to go. The original wedding cake was a biscuit broken over the bride's head to represent what was about to happen to her hymen. But that's vulgar. Today the happy couple jointly hold a very phallic...Read More

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God, Science, & Bigotry Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A bigoted judging using God and science at the same time to discriminate, Jesse Tyler Ferguson tying a knot for gay marriage, General Mills revealing the impact of NOM's boycott, fabulous anti-bigotry ads from Australia, and more. Read More

Straight Spouses: The Collateral Damage of the Ex-Gay Myth

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

A topic that needs more exposure is the damage done to straight spouses who find themselves in marriages to gay/lesbian spouses.Read More

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Meet My (Pro-Equality) Parents: Lyle & Michele Becker

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Their love for each other is an inspiration to Michael and me, and their passion for social justice and equality for all members of the human family is what kindled my own passion for activism. They are true heroes in my book.Read More


Rupert Everett, Dick Jokes, & Lawrence of Arabia [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | September 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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

Minnesota's Latest Marriage Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | September 21, 2012 | 12:38 PM | comments

Minnesota's latest television ad arguing against a marriage amendment has hit the airwaves. Second verse, same as the first....Read More


Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley on Faith & Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 20, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

After a long history of LGBT people largely acquiescing to the "right" of faith-based organizations to discriminate, it is stunning to see non-gay political leaders stepping up in support of civil marriage equality - and in the context of their own religious beliefs.Read More


Voter ID Laws, Suppression, & Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Silencing swathes of the electorate for political gain may seem like a good idea in the short run, but it stagnates our country. These laws prove some haven't learned from the mistakes of those before us that fought for the right to cast that ballot.Read More


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Marriage Will Hit Supremes This Term

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

"I think it's most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term." -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg politely declining to answer a question about marriage equality during an appearance at the University...Read More

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Why the Republican Log Cabin Is an Austere House of Straw

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 19, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Log Cabin Republicans should consider all of the facts that affect them and take a long look in the mirror before entering the voting booth and casting their ballot in November because they are not voting in their self-interest - economic or otherwise.Read More


MN Gay Marriage Ad Follows Same Old Non-Gay Strategy

Filed by Bil Browning | September 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Washington state's first marriage equality TV ad dropped last week and it was a heterosexual snoozefest. Now Minnesota has released their first go on the small screen and it's more of the same.Read More


The Power of '8'

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

I am thrilled to announce that Dustin Lance Black's play "8" will be performed in a staged reading next week at the Bozeman Public Library - and I'm also thrilled that (full disclosure) I'll be reading! Read More


Maddow Eviscerates Paul Ryan for Appearing at Value Voters Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 18, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

There are 50 days left until Election Day, Nov. 6, and the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney seems to be tossing and turning in waves of political uncertainty.Read More


Women on the Land: Creating Conscious Community

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Carmen Goodyear built a small cabin, Thoreau-Walden-Pond-style, that she lived in for about 35 years until a nearby redwood tree fell down and she decided to upgrade and get a kitchen and some indoor plumbing.Read More

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Your Constitution Day Primer

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Here's a quick overview on some of what the Constitution really says as compared to what the GOP and Tea Party would have you believe.Read More


Watchdogs Not Lapdogs [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

David Lampo stopped by last week's post "Barney Frank Responds to Log Cabin 'Uncle Tom' Controversy." A gay Republican, he wasn't shy about mixing it up with some of our more vociferous Democrats.Read More

Too Extreme for Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2012 | 2:50 PM | comments

This ad targeting four of Indiana's most conservative state senators is entertaining and I've written extensively about all of them. Notice though that Mike Young is targeted for the marriage amendment but it only mentions civil unions. Also note...Read More


Marriage Equality Explained Through Food

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

For those with friends and loved ones who need everything simplified. What better way to understand the consequences of same-sex marriage that through a breakfast metaphor?Read More


New Report for Allies on LGBT Discrimination Gets Personal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 13, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

A new report by the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, the Movement Advancement Project, National Stonewall Democrats, and the Victory Fund, serves as a primer on the unfair laws, burdens and stigma still faced by many LGBT Americans.Read More


Washington's First Statewide Ad Is Another Heterosexual Snoozefest

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

But, hey, at least this time they actually show a lesbian! For 3 seconds.Read More


LGBT Equality Is an Economic Issue

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

To pretend that there is no connection between LGBT rights and economic security is to speak from a position of disconnect that is steeped in dishonesty and affluent privilege.Read More


Barney Frank Responds to Log Cabin 'Uncle Tom' Controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank responded today to the recent controversy surrounding his use of "Uncle Tom" as a description for Log Cabin Republicans.Read More


The Worst Anti-Gay Political Flyer You'll Never See

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

While this attack ad against Republican New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is absolutely atrocious, it was never actually sent to voters. Grisanti voted in favor of marriage equality.Read More


Glenn Gaylord, Director of Gay Indie Hits "I Do" & "Eating Out 3" [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | September 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

An interview with Glenn Gaylord, director of the gay indie hit movies "I Do" and "Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat," and screenwriter of "Leave It On the Floor."Read More


Rep Adam Schiff on the 'Tipping Point for Marriage Equality'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 10, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

I spoke with Rep. Adam Schiff - who represents much of the LA County LGBT community - about how historic the convention was in recognizing and advancing LGBT rights. Schiff thought the convention was a "tipping point" for marriage equality.Read More


Houston Mayor: Gay Republicans are Self-Hating

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2012 | 11:19 AM | comments

"I do think it's important for GLBTs to stay engaged in both parties. But not at that at the price of your self-respect and dignity. And it is great to be a gay Republican and to say, 'My party has...Read More


Transgender Delegation Makes Dem Convention 'Especially Historic'

Filed by David Moore | September 07, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

The 2012 Democratic Convention proved to be reflective of the country's "melting pot" moniker in multiple ways.Read More


More Work Remains to Ensure Full Inclusion of Trans Community

Filed by James Nichols | September 07, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Due largely to the progress gained by the gay and lesbian movement over the past decades, transgender individuals are slowly beginning to gain visibility as citizens are educated about non-socially normative ways of being and knowing.Read More

Grindr Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | September 07, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Grindr may be the key to getting gay men out to vote this November. Learn about important LGBT issues while cruising on your iPhone or Droid. This and more news you need to know!Read More


Barney Frank Stirs Controversy at Last LGBT Caucus

Filed by Matt Comer | September 06, 2012 | 9:04 PM | comments

Log Cabins, Stonewall Dems respond to 'Uncle Tom' comment.Read More

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Zach Wahls at DNCC

Filed by James Holmes | September 06, 2012 | 6:50 PM | comments

The following is a copy of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by Zach Wahls at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, September 6, 2012.Read More


Where Are the Anti-LGBT Protesters at Dem Convention?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 06, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Since LGBT rights have advanced dramatically under President Obama, I expected to see even more of the Fred Phelpsian sort in Charlotte not less. Combined with the Party's historic endorsement of marriage equality, I assumed that the anti-gay nutjobs would be out in full frothing force.Read More

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Election 2012: Rhetoric vs Reality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 06, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

What was supposed to be a "referendum" election according to most political pundits, with voters focusing on Obama's first three years in office, has quickly become a "choice" election, with voters presented with two vastly different visions for America. Read More

The Speech I Wish the President Would Give (But He Won't)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

It's an issue close to the hearts and wallets of many Americans, and one that the new GOP platform attacks, using language written by none other than radical anti-LGBT hate-group president Tony Perkins.Read More


What Do GLAAD's New NRI Numbers Really Mean?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 05, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

GLAAD released their annual Network Responsibility Index, right into the teeth of a long weekend and the DNCC. It would seem that this is a case of dumping a story in the proverbial trash, and I can see why. Read More


GOProud on Hand for DNC Rebuttals

Filed by Matt Comer | September 05, 2012 | 1:20 PM | comments

GOProud director Jimmy LaSalvia says Democrats are skirting jobs and economy.Read More

Say It, Democrats, 'Transgender'

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 05, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Democratic Party 2012 Platform is out and it is good for the gays. It's pro-marriage equality and for elimination of discrimination in its civil rights platform and expresses specific support for ENDA, mentioning "gender identity" - twice.Read More

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Forward, Not Back Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | September 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

We were reminded last night how important it is to move this country forward. The advances we've made in LGBT issues have been extraordinary and the LGBT delegates continue moving us forward. Now, some more news you need to know!Read More


Donna Brazile Steals Show at NJ Delegate Breakfast

Filed by David Moore | September 05, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Enthusiastic crowd regales speakers with swell of support.Read More


Historic Democratic Platform Calls for Expanded LGBT Rights

Filed by Matt Comer | September 05, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

New plank supports full marriage rights for same-sex couples, opposes Defense of Marriage Act. Read More


LGBT Caucus Energizes Delegates & Guests

Filed by James Nichols | September 05, 2012 | 8:30 AM | comments

White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Rep. Tammy Baldwin and DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan among speakers.Read More

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Chick-fil-A Brings Hate To Montana (For A Day)

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 04, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Maybe Chik-fil-A thought no one would notice the hate that's being spread in an out of Montana. Maybe they thought no one would care and a nasty little religious group would rake in some serious cash to spread lies and intolerance. Read More


DNC Delegates & Guests Arrive in Charlotte

Filed by Matt Comer | September 04, 2012 | 12:35 PM | comments

LGBT groups begin week with receptions and special welcome parties.Read More

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Lessons for Democrats in New Poll

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 04, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

As the Democrats gather in Charlotte they must learn how much the party can gain from embracing full and equal rights for LGBT people. A new study stands as dramatic evidence of the sea-change that has occurred in American politics. Read More


LGBT People Some of the Most Excited Democratic Convention Attendees

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2012 | 8:45 AM | comments

As Democrats rally in Charlotte this week, LGBT attendees of this week's Democratic National Convention are among the most enthusiastic supporters in town.Read More

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Ms. Jackson Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | September 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

If I had a nickel for every delusional utterance former Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson spews forth, I could afford to run for the presidency of the United States. Cha-Ching! It's what you need to know! Read More



Filed by Joseph Gentile | September 02, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Casey Pick, a Log Cabin Republican party to the GOP's platform drafting committee, vents about her frustration with the sharp, anti-gay rhetoric inserted into the Republican Party's platform by recognized hate groups, such as the Family Research Council.Read More

London's Mayor Puts Us In a 'Happy State'

Filed by Joseph Gentile | September 02, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson of London doesn't cease to amuse me with his brilliantly zany antics. When he's not ziplining for Olympic gold, he's remind us that more and more Londoners are joining the "happy state" of marriage, as should gays and lesbians. Read More