Marriage Equality: November 2012


Non-Showtunes Sing-Off: 'Chapel of Love'

Filed by James Holmes | November 30, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

As we wait patiently to hear what, if any, marriage cases will be taken up by the Supreme Court, "Chapel of Love" seemed appropriate. Read More


Baldwin, Huebner Keynote the LGBT Leadership Conference

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 29, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Baldwin, Takano and openly gay US Ambassador David Huebner are among the featured speakers and attendees at the Victory Fund's LGBT Leaders 2012 Conference, which this year is being held Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Long Beach. Read More


Seven Things I Don't Love About Being Gay

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | November 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Seven reasons why if being gay were a matter of a sign-up sheet, my name might not be on it. Read More


Acquiring Thanksgiving Now

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | November 25, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Thanksgiving in my adulthood has been a time for celebrating with what queer people our age call our "acquired family." It was important and inevitable that I put some distance between my family's lives and mine when I left Indiana at 18.Read More

HRC's New TV Ad About Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

HRC has put out an ad narrated by Morgan Freeman that starts airing on the Sunday morning talk shows this morning....Read More


Alliance Defending Freedom Should Clean Its Own House

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 23, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Alliance Defending Freedom should probably worry less about keeping people like me from getting married, and clean its own house. Maybe then they'd know what one of their own attorney's was up to.Read More


Minorities to Republicans: We're Just Not That Into You

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Hey GOP, here's some friendly advice. You know that diverse coalition that carried President Obama to victory? The truth is, they're just not that into you. There's a good reason for that. It's not them. It's you.Read More

UK to Fast Track Marriage Legislation

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2012 | 1:10 PM | comments

Next Media Animation fills us in as only they can: "UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government look set to fast-track a vote in Parliament to legalize gay marriage within the next few weeks, as opposition to...Read More

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Lots of Links Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've gone and landed myself a nasty upper respiratory infection, so I've prepared a slew of links to carry you through the weekend. Read More


Challenging Gay 'Exorcisms' Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

2 for 1 special today: a full post on the subject of gay exorcisms, PLUS links on HIV testing recommended for everyone, reporters quitting on air, and much more of What You Need To Know todayRead More


Election Recap - The View from Western Pennsylvania

Filed by Sue Kerr | November 20, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've waited awhile to let it all sink in, but I think I'm ready to take a look at the fallout from the elections from the Western PA. Well, at least from my Western PA view. Read More


Current LGBTQ Storylines on The Soaps: Days of Our Lives

Filed by Sue Kerr | November 20, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have come to the conclusion that soap operas are in fact responsible for a good deal of the breakthroughs the LGBTQ community has made in terms of public opinion.Read More

The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm still pulling jury duty - although hopefully this will be our last day. Jerame has been gone all weekend and I'm writing this on Monday night as I wait for his plane to land back here in DC. Read More

Not Everyone Should Be Asked to Be Thankful

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Make no mistake, I am grateful for what I have. I know my current situation could be worse. But this is going to be the first Thanksgiving I will be celebrating following the death of my Aunt Janine from breast cancer. Read More


Pointless Boycott Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Linda Harvey calls for Christians to boycott... everything, SF adds coverage for medical transition, looking towards ENDA, GLB soldiers thrive, FRC blames queers for the General Petraeus scandal, a sweet editorial about LGBT kids, and more!Read More

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Lincoln: A Life in the Closet?

Filed by Mark Segal | November 18, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you're going to see the movie "Lincoln" you'll enjoy reading this first. Read More


Getting Used to Equality

Filed by Leslie Robinson | November 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A gal in our church has been with her partner for decades, and they had no plans to marry. But now their children and grandchildren are putting pressure on them to get legally hitched. Welcome to the mainstream.Read More


Nigeria Poised to Pass 'Jail the Gays' Bill

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

A draconian bill was introduced in Nigeria's Assembly that would ultimately jail Nigeria's gay citizens and anyone who supported them if it becomes law. Read More


Youth Homelessness Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Looking at homelessness in LGBT youth, Uruguay considers marriage, Pride across the world, the East Aurora IL story continues, looking at LGBT rights in China, and more. Plus: Jesse Tyler Ferguson shows us how to tie a bow tieRead More


Proud Papa: Where Will My Daughter Get Married?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 15, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last Tuesday, as the returns poured in from all over the state, supporters celebrated at the same hotel conference room where, just three years before, they had left in defeat and sorrow.Read More


We Need a LGBT Capitol Miracle

Filed by Mark Segal | November 15, 2012 | 4:15 PM | comments

Most are tripping over themselves to give what they believe should be the LGBT priorities for the Obama administration's second term. All their suggestions are worthy, but they all miss the Washington magic. They're looking in the wrong place.Read More


LGBT Human Rights in Uganda & a Diplomat's Dilemma

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

The more we learn about political movements in Uganda, the more we realize that if we are forceful, we may actually be causing harm to that nation's LGBT people.Read More


Catholic Bishops Suddenly Silent as LGBT Ugandans Face Possible Death

Filed by John M. Becker | November 14, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

How are America's bishops reacting to their colleagues' endorsement of a bill that would bring horror, persecution, and bloodshed to Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans community? With stone cold silence.Read More

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What a Difference Four Years Makes

Filed by Davina Kotulski | November 14, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Just four years ago, on election day, I stood on the corner outside a polling place in Northern California holding a "No on 8 sign." Read More


African Tragedy Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Uganda and Nigeria embrace hatred, UPS stops giving to the BSA, Ontario students support a trans* classmate, "queer bioethics" is born, NOM targets pro-LGBT businesses in foreign countries, and more! Plus: a lovely video about gay familiesRead More

Fair Warning

Filed by Ed Team | November 13, 2012 | 10:20 AM | comments

Hey straight guys: Get on board with marriage equality or the gays might have to deliver on this threat....Read More


Election 2012 Isn't Over Yet in Some California Races

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

The nasty campaigning might be over - but the results of seven very close California races are not yet in and some candidates have been reluctant to concede defeat.Read More


Support for Marriage Equality Continues to Grow

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Interesting news out of Pew Research Center today as they break down the numbers behind growing support for marriage equality.Read More


LGBT Inc Honors Veteran's Day As Only They Would

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

I suppose I should have seen this coming. Freedom to Marry and Outserve/SLDN have put out a video of two servicemen stripping today that "viscerally captures the cruelty" to soldiers because they can't get married.Read More


It's Not That They Don't Understand...

Filed by Bil Browning | November 10, 2012 | 4:45 PM | comments

"Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in. It's not that our message - we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong...Read More


A Nation in Progress

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 09, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Obama's victory in 2008 signified how much America had already changed enough to make his historic campaign and audacious victory possible. President Obama's successful bid for re-election suggests that the country has changed even more in the past four years.Read More


Look Who's a 'Leading Man' Now (But Always Was)

Filed by Bil Browning | November 09, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to contributor Mark King for being named one of Instinct magazine's "Leading Men of 2012." I couldn't agree more.Read More

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Ellyn Bogdanoff & Allen West Fired By Florida Voters

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 09, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

For the past several months, I have been deeply involved in a major undertaking and vowed not to get heavily involved in the election. But as the campaign cycle progressed, it became very clear I needed to find my place on the battle line.Read More


An Open Letter To Everyone Who Said "No"

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

To everyone who ever said "no:" thank you for showing me the virtues of perseverance, humility, and patience. Of believing in myself, and allowing myself to believe in a dream beyond the narrow scapes of fear, cruelty, and ambivalence.Read More


Recounting Our LGBT Victories

Filed by Mark Segal | November 08, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Make no mistake about it: There is a new America after this election. Tuesday was full of watershed moments for LGBT equality, as the nation, from shore to shiny shore, spoke with one voice.Read More


A Historic Election for Equality Means We Must Work Even Harder

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 08, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

As Ted Kennedy said, "The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on."Read More

The Taiwanese Take on America's Election

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

The folks from Next Media Animation are back with a look at the recent election with a focus on same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization....Read More


My Modesty (Blaise)

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 07, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

No lost tragedies, no dramas of revelation, waiting silently and tautly, and intently understanding that someone, somewhere might pull the trigger before her.Read More


Big Victory Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 07, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Obama wins reelection bid, three states legalize same-sex marriage, the U.S. gets its first gay senator, East Aurora schools have a strange sense of fairness, FoF goes after trans* kids, and more. Plus: Mitt Romney provides some closureRead More


Minnesota Rejects Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2012 | 3:10 AM | comments

In a win that's especially dear to my heart, Minnesota, a state in the midwest, has rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.Read More


Washington State Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2012 | 2:10 AM | comments

Washington becomes the third state where gay and lesbian couples have won the right to marry at the ballot box - all in this election.Read More

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Maryland Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2012 | 12:22 AM | comments

Minutes after Maine's historic win for marriage equality at the ballot box, Politico has called another win for our community in Maryland.Read More


Maine Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | November 06, 2012 | 11:55 PM | comments

We have finally won marriage equality at the ballot box.Read More

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Shannon Minter on NARTH Lawsuit Against Psychological Child Abuse Law

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 06, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Elections matter - not just because of who and what political ideology determines domestic and foreign policy but because of the cultural, legal and legislative climate that is created for the deterrence or advancement of civil rights.Read More

We've All Been There

Filed by Bil Browning | November 06, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Watch as this cute nine year old phone banks for Obama and connects with an idiot. I love the look of exasperation on his face; we've all been there. Did you go work for a campaign or marriage initiative?...Read More


LGBT Celebrities Ask You to Vote for Obama

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 05, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Many LGBT celebrities and organizations have advice on voting for our community. Check out some of the videos before you head into the voting booth.Read More


Holding Our Breath Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

An LGBT youth drop-in center is destroyed by Sandy, a trans* father is denied fair treatment, defending the word "bigot," and other stories. Plus, it's been 551 days and we're hoping for One Term MoreRead More


Nate Was There Too [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

How many other anti-LGBT politicians do you know that have queer kids? Let's name names.Read More


Homophobic Politician's Son Outed Brother During Constituent Visit

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 02, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Voters of Florida Senate District 34 should kick Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff to the curb this November 6th. We need leadership and not another spineless politician unwilling to defend her own son from her party.Read More


Election Fatigue Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A 4yr old girl sums up the election, NOM denounces "gays deserving of death" comment, Brazil holds a trans* women beauty pageant, another GOP politician says something dumb about rape, straight people push for LGBT workplace rights, and more!Read More

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Catholic Bishops Politicize the Pulpit Ahead of Election

Filed by John M. Becker | November 01, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Over the last several months, America's Catholic bishops have noticeably stepped up their efforts to get Catholic souls to the polls for next week's election. Those efforts, though, have hardly been bipartisan.Read More


Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

"The two parties' nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America. One believes a woman's right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court...Read More


Trust Romney... Because He's Lying?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

The argument for Romney has become "you can't really trust anything he says, so just trust he'll flip-flop in the direction you want." That's an interesting knot to tie oneself into.Read More


Forward or Backward: The Choice for President Is Clear

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

The LGBT community has come too far for Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins and all those voices of hate and division to win on November 6.Read More