Marriage Equality: December 2012


Portland Prepares for Rush of Same-Sex Couples Getting Hitched

Filed by Bil Browning | December 28, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

"We're prepared for pretty much any kind of crowd we could get." -- Chris Farwell, a city event coordinator who is responsible for logistics on Saturday at Portland City Hall, as Maine prepares for a rush of same-sex couples seeking...Read More

The 2012 Marriage Equality Roundup

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

Friend of Bilerico, Matt Baume, wraps up all the highlights of the battle for marriage equality in 2012....Read More


Our 2012 Wins Will Spur Further Advances in 2013

Filed by Mark Segal | December 28, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Do you appreciate the watershed moment in LGBT history we are witnessing? If any of you doubt that we are living in historic times for LGBT equality, just note what you're about to witness in the next few weeks and months.Read More


One Archives: The History of Us

Filed by Davina Kotulski | December 27, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

"I have something I want to show you," she said. I followed her into the back room. There were shelves of white boxes with labels on the side. She took down a box and opened it. Read More


Poor Christmas Spirit Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Catholic leaders use Christmas to attach LGBT people, Mexico lifts its ban on gay blood donors, improving the experience of LGBT employees in India, a religious coalition in Illinois advocates for marriage equality, and more!Read More


Religious Leaders In Support of Marriage Equality in Illinois

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 24, 2012 | 1:43 PM | comments

"We dedicate our lives to fostering faith and compassion, and we work daily to promote justice and fairness for all..." "...Standing on these beliefs, we think that it is morally just to grant equal opportunities and responsibilities to loving, committed...Read More

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Ex-Gays: Court Stays CA Law Banning Psychological Abuse of Kids

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Friday, Dec. 21, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency stay of SB 1172 - the historic California law that would prohibit licensed therapists from using junk science to try to "change" LGBT kids into heterosexuals.Read More


Of Holiday Wishes, Republicans, & the President

Filed by Mark Segal | December 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Usually, Christmas-week columnists wax poetic about the holidays or what religion means to humanity, but let's talk ENDA and the possible executive order on nondiscrimination by President Obama until Congress passes such legislation.Read More


Voting on Rights, Sex Tourism, & Commercializing Tragedy [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 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


Second Republican Congressmember Endorses DOMA Repeal Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | December 22, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

"I respect the deeply held beliefs on both sides of this issue. The simple fact remains that the federal government has a responsibility to ensure all legally married couples are treated equally under federal law - and this bill would...Read More


HRC on LGBT 'Momentum': A 'Reality' Now Recognized By Newt Gingrich

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Former Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, who was House Speaker in 1996 when the so-called Defense of Marriage Act passed, now makes a distinction between religious and legal recognition of marriage rights.Read More


It IS The End Of The World Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Winter writes an editorial on the end of the world, the right wing warns of civil war, Newt Gingrich has a change of heart, reason for optimism in Montana, and much more. Plus an obligatory REM videoRead More


Richard Adams, Pioneer for Binational Couples & Marriage Equality, Dies at 65

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 20, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Adams' first petition in 1975 to allow his Australian same-sex partner to stay in the United States was denied with just one sentence: "You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots."Read More


LGBT Congressmembers to House GOP Leaders: Stop Spending Taxpayer Money Defending DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 - just 13 days before going over the "fiscal cliff" triggers automatic, mandatory $600 billion in tax increases and across-the-board government spending cuts - LGBT top leaders called on the House Republican leadership to stop funding DOMA.Read More


Silver Linings: Trans Youth Accommodated Despite Politics & IFI

Filed by Austen Crowder | December 19, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

We can't always beat groups like the Illinois/Indiana Family Institute or MassResistance, who have deep pockets, deep connections, and a lot of pent-up anger. Yet at the same time schools have a far, far bigger problem than a tussle with quasi-religious nutjobs.Read More


Unit Cohesion Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Todd Akin wants to enshrine bigotry in the military, a number of gay rights figures and allies have passed away, good and bad news in Montana, and much more. Plus: what if humans acted like cats?Read More


Voting on My Marriage? Let's Vote on Your Guns

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | December 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

We owe the children of Sandy Hook a debt. But if you get to vote on my marriage, I get to vote on your assault rifle.Read More


Steve & Paul's Wedding: He Never Thought He'd See the Day

Filed by Bil Browning | December 17, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

I was asked to officiate long-time reader and commenter Steven Publicover's marriage to his partner, Paul. The wedding was last Friday and while the guys are a little shy with their personal lives, they did agree to let me run this beautiful photo from their reception.Read More


Crazy Years Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Are we living in "The Crazy Years?" Plus, a huge pro-marriage equality rally in France, questionable ethics from Scalia, Anglican vicars say they'll marry gay people regardless of the law, the WBC are still terrible, and more. Read More


Atlanta Democrat Mayor Comes Out for Marriage Equality

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

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he's been a longterm ally of the LGBT community who was "quite comfortable with civil unions," but, he tells MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, he went through his own process with close gay friends.Read More


Pelosi on Republicans' Secret DOMA Funding

Filed by Bil Browning | December 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM | comments

"Here they go again. It's bad enough that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are wasting taxpayer dollars to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act - and losing in every case. Now, they have reached a new low - signing...Read More


Bigoted Interference Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

As the East Aurora IL School Board mess breaks down further, a very similar story comes out of Florida. Plus, Britain honors a trans* trailblazer, House GOP raise the DOMA defense credit line, PA readies for a fight, and moreRead More

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George Takei: Scalia Should Recuse Himself from DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions

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

In an interview with MSNBC's gay and married anchor Thomas Roberts, famed Star Trek actor George Takei talked about his belief that Scalia is "biased" and should recuse himself from the upcoming DOMA and Prop 8 cases.Read More


Thomas Roberts Interviews Married Couple Featured in 'Jet'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Writer/producer Rod McCullom has written a good piece for Ebony on the marriage cases before the Supreme Court - and now Jet Magazine has featured a black gay couple in their popular wedding announcements. Read More


Washington's Beautiful Bear Boyfriends Get Married

Filed by Bil Browning | December 13, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Remember the photo of two older bears applying for their marriage license that went viral last week? The beautiful duo got hitched yesterday and we have another photo of the happy couple that will bring you just as much joy.Read More

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How I Would Rule if I Were a Supreme Court Judge

Filed by Norm Kent | December 12, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

Here is Justice Norm Kent's ruling in the DOMA and Prop 8 CasesRead More


Young Latino Bi-National Couple Struggle With DOMA [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is the story of a young Latino couple from Miami married in Washington DC fighting for their love and a Green Card.Read More


Um, Thanks: Hun Sen's Statement of Support

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every morning we post a "Quote of the Day" and if I hadn't already done today's I'd be posting this one. I love it so much it had to become its own post.Read More


Defending 'Hate Crimes' Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rebutting criticism of hate crimes law, gay marriage in Uruguay, Oregon declares "Trans* Youth Awareness" month, Ban Ki-Moon speaks out for LGBT freedom, the mayor of Reykjavik schools Russians on Pride, and much more. Plus: Anderson Cooper's denim care tipsRead More


I Agree with Maggie Gallagher

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I agree with NOM's Maggie Gallagher, but I'll admit that I think she has a point in her analysis of the Supreme Court marriage equality cases.Read More

Glenn Beck Supports Same-Sex Marriage?

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

Your browser does not support iframes. Glenn Beck appeared on Penn Gillette's show and announced that he supports same-sex marriage - or at least the right of people to be happy if it doesn't "break my leg or pick my...Read More


IL Guv Hopes Marriage Equality Bill Passes This Month

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2012 | 9:45 AM | comments

"I hope that bill goes forward. It's the House that probably the key arena at this time, and I think we'll see how the members look at that issue. They should study it carefully and vote their conscience." -- Illinois...Read More


LGBT Ally Mexican-American Singer Jenni Rivera Believed Dead in Plane Crash

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mexican-American singing sensation Jenni Rivera is believed to be dead. Mexican authorities have found wreckage of a small plane they think is the one carrying Rivera and six others that disappeared shortly after take off Sunday morning. There were no survivors.Read More

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Don't Donate to the Salvation Army If You Care About LGBT People

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

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community.Read More


Conservative Indiana City's Newspaper Opposes Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | December 10, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

"Look, no one expects that the Indiana Legislature will attempt any time in the near future to lift the statutory ban on same sex marriage. Yet, those who support the constitutional ban must fear that a majority of lawmakers in...Read More

Even George Will Knows

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

You know the tide has turned once famous conservative pundits like George Will announce that "Opposition to gay marriage is dying. It's just the old people."...Read More


Living Arrangements Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

B.U. rejects gender-neutral housing, Maureen Down on GOP decline, LGBT Ethiopians stand up for LGBT Ugandans, Judge Mary Yu marries the first WA same-sex couple, and more. Plus: George Will says something insightful about gay marriage and SCOTUSRead More


On Death & Exceptionalism

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 09, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Surely the Left can do better than insist that some people deserve to die more than others. Or have we gone so far down the path of exceptionalism that we cannot find a way to unstick ourselves from its gooey, affective mess?Read More


Marriage Photos, the DSM, & Southpaws [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 08, 2012 | 12:15 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

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Supreme Court Will Hear DOMA & Prop 8 Cases

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court announced today that they will accept one of the DOMA cases and the Prop 8 case that is California specific.Read More


I. Love. This. Photo.

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

This photo went viral last night and I found it fascinating how visceral the reaction has been to it. Why are people reacting so strongly (and positively)?Read More


It's Official: We Can Marry in Maryland

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 07, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Marriage equality won big in Maryland this November. But, as with many things in life, the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done. So, this update from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is welcome news.Read More

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Getting Hitched Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Same-sex marriage licenses begin to be issued in WA, the youngest gay lawmaker in America, the queer case for immigration reform, wealthy LGBT people on the fiscal cliff, and more. Plus: reflecting on just how far we've comeRead More


Washington's First Same-Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses [Photos]

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

At 12:01 AM PST gay and lesbian couples in Washington State began to receive marriage licenses. I was at King County's administration building, but couples in every county throughout the state are preparing to marry on December 9, after the mandatory three day waiting period is over. Read More


LGBT Leaders Excited by Progress & Historic Baldwin Victory

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 05, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

There is something absolutely stunning about seeing a bunch of really smart, powerful LGBT people giddily sharing their stories of political gains with each other.Read More


Getting Better Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Twenty links today, including - New Zealand's new rules for gender markers, top-10 most promiscuous cities, right wing craziness, international news, and more. Plus: what *does* NPH keep in his pants?Read More


Exclusive Q & A with Drag Race's Pandora Boxx: Part II

Filed by James Holmes | December 03, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week I was lucky enough to have a chance to chat with my favorite former RuPaul's Drag Race and All Stars Drag Race contestant, Pandora Boxx. Check out Part I first then dive in to Part II. Read More


Same Sex Couple Marries at West Point Cadet Chapel

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 03, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Board member Sue Fulton married long time love Penelope Dara Gnesin at the Cadet Chapel at West Point, the first same sex couple married at that chapel. Read More


No Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Today

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

While we've all been waiting anxiously for news on whether or not the Supreme Court would take the Prop 8 and other DOMA cases, the Supremes announced today that they have not made a decision on how to proceed.Read More


We've Gone Far Enough Already

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

"Indiana, like 40 other states, already bans same-sex marriage. There's simply no need for supporters of our existing law to launch a polarizing, pre-emptive fight on this issue now." -- From an Indianapolis Star editorial advocating that lawmakers drop their...Read More

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What's Happening with SCOTUS and Prop 8?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 02, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Four Justices must decide to grant the review, known as a writ of certiorari. If they decide to grant review, theywill hear arguments on whether Prop 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. If they deny cert, marriage equality is restored to California.Read More

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Poll Shows Blacks More Tolerant of Gays (Sorry, GOP)

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 02, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Word to conservatives: Don't bother trying to peddle your divisive politics to African-Americans; it won't work anymore. A post-election poll conducted by The Economist suggests that social issues may no longer be an effective means for Republicans to get Black voters on board.Read More


Tell Texas School District to Honor Nondiscrimination Policy

Filed by Paige Schilt | December 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

My son's school district has taken the unprecedented step of cancelling a University of Texas graduate student play based on the story of two real-life male penguins who parented an abandoned egg at the Central Park Zoo.Read More