Politics: March 2012


HRC: Romney Contributed $10,000 to NOM for Prop 8 Fight

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 31, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

While everyone was talking about the $10,000 bet Mitt Romney tried to make with Rick Perry, the National Organization for Marriage has been trying to keep their donors quiet. One of those donors is Mitt Romney.Read More

Obama's Affordable Care Act is Neither Affordable nor Caring

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 30, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The US Supreme Court's pending decision on this phony law is not going to fix anything. Why? The whole problem of healthcare for Americans has become a political football.Read More


More Anti-Trans Ads Out of Anchorage

Filed by James Holmes | March 30, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

The words and imagery are appalling enough, but to claim your reasoning is to protect small business is just disgusting - especially in this second ad that attempts to turn our community against itself. Read More


Blogswarm: Trevor Thomas Needs Our Help

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today I'm joining in with several other sites to promote Trevor Thomas' campaign for Congress in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trevor is openly gay, pro-choice, and a personal friend.Read More

Missouri Birther Law Passes First Hurdle

Filed by James Holmes | March 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Oh Missouri. You continually remind me why I don't make it home very often. On Wednesday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed by voice-vote a measure requiring presidential and vice presidential candidates to present their birth-certificates to appear on the ballot. Read More


Venice Florida Votes Unanimously to Protect LGBT Community

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 28, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

Passage of the human rights ordinance during Tuesdays council meeting means those that work or live in the city will be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.Read More


'Christian' Backers of NC Amendment Prefer Division Over Peace

Filed by Matt Comer | March 28, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's secret strategy to "divide and conquer" is curious, given their usual rhetoric about "Christian" and "family" values. Isn't peace more suited to the Gospel?Read More

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Ft. Lauderdale Finally Raising the Rainbow Flag with Pride

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 28, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

In February the South Florida Gay News ran my Letter to the Editor, "Commissioner Rodstrom, Pick up the Flag and Carry it with Pride," creating critical dialogue that identifies issues of public policy on which the Ft. Lauderdale City Commission must act. Read More

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Israel, LGBT People & Equality Forum

Filed by Mark Segal | March 28, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

I believe it's fair to say that Israel has the right to protect itself against people who are at war with it. But for the LGBT community, that should not be the issue. Here's what it should be.Read More


Alaska's Anti-Trans 'Tolerant City' Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

With Anchorage facing a vote soon on whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination ordinance, the religious right fanatics have stooped to a new low.Read More


Fred Karger on Documents Exposing NOM's Anti-Gay Strategy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles-based Republican presidential nominee Fred Karger reacted to the just-released documents exposing the political tactics of the National Organization for Marriage. Karger filed the original complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission that launched the state's investigation of the antigay group.Read More

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NOM Strategy: 'Drive a Wedge Between Gays & Blacks'

Filed by Jeff Lutes | March 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

Yesterday HRC uncovered internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage detailing some of their strategies for denying marriage equality to our community. Take a look and let's have a conversation about what you think.Read More


Q&A with Houston Mayor Annise Parker [Video]

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

Since journalists at the 3rd Annual Haas Convening of LGBT Bloggers & Editors were focusing on election year politics, who better to start off the weekend than openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker? Read More

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For LGBT Families, Health Access a Necessity

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 26, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

When Naz Meftah found out that one of her triplets was not developing properly in her womb, she wasn't prepared to deal with it by herself.Read More


North Carolina Amendment Recap & LiveChat at 3pm

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today at 3pm Eastern we'll be co-hosting a livechat with Jeremy Kennedy, the campaign manager for Protect All NC Families. Need a quick refresher on everything going on in the state? You got it.Read More

Coming at You with Quiz-able News

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Have you been paying attention to LGBT news lately? Let's find out! Choose the right answer to each question.Read More


Campaign 2012: The GOP 'Moderate' Myth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Moderate is the scarlet letter of the Right. Yet moderate or reasonable views are a complete myth among the remaining crop of GOP presidential candidates. Read More

#Haas12: Reminder About LGBT Politics Convening

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2012 | 9:25 AM | comments

Don't forget that the top LGBT bloggers, editors, and journalists are gathered in Houston, Texas today to talk about the issues that will be facing our community during this year's election cycle. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #haas12.Read More


Silence On N.C. Amendment Isn't An Option For Gay-Friendly Politicians

Filed by Matt Comer | March 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The momentum against North Carolina's Amendment One is growing, but many LGBT-friendly politicians and elected bodies have yet to speak out, including North Carolina's largest city and county.Read More


The News Is Still Going Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | March 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may almost be the weekend, but there's still plenty of news to be had...Read More

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Freedom to Marry Says F--k Off to North Carolina & Maryland

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 6:15 PM | comments

Today Freedom to Marry announced the formation of the "Win More States Fund." The group wants to raise $3 million dollars to spend in five "2012 marriage battleground states" - New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state.Read More


Is DOJ Still Upholding Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Tuesday, March 20 marked the 6th month anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but the celebrations must be tempered with some hard facts.Read More

The Danger of a Malleable Mitt Romney

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 22, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

A Romney presidency wouldn't set an agenda, it would follow the extreme one set by the rightwing activists that have highjacked the political debate in recent years.Read More


DOMA: Another Married Gay California Couple Face Deportation

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

The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11 because it was clear that federal agencies were too territorial and weren't sharing vital information. That bureaucratic confusion between DHS and the Department of Justice remains when it comes to immigration and DOMA.Read More


Porn & the Presidency: Watch Out Broke Straight Boys

Filed by Norm Kent | March 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

According to the Law of Santorum, a wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound and negative brain changes in both children and adults. I thought you get that just from listening to him.Read More

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Attorney General Talks About Hate Crimes at LGBT Safe Schools Conference

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Holder spoke specifically about how the Justice Department is watching and prosecuting hate crimes, including the most recent baseball attack against two gay men in Dallas.Read More


Jimmy Carter on Jesus & Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In his new book, NIV Lessons From Life Bible: Personal Reflections With Jimmy Carter, the former President has an interesting aside about LGBT rights and says he favors marriage equality.Read More


Indiana BMV Spokesman Fired Over Gay License Plate

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

Just when you think Indiana's battle over a specialty license plate for LGBT youth couldn't get any more tawdry, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles steps up to the plate.Read More


CA Dem Party Offers to Help Defeat Amendment 1 in North Carolina

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm not sure I recall another time when a state political party has offered to reach out to another state to help defeat an anti-gay measure such as the proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina.Read More


Who Signed the Letter? [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

On Friday I reported that homophobic Republican state senators had succeeded with their ploy to revoke the Indiana Youth Group's specialty license plate. I asked readers to identify the signatures on the letter and Projector Gary Russell kindly provided the full list.Read More


How Conservatism Is Wiping Small Town America Off The Map

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 19, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Conservatives love Small Town America™. They extol its virtues all the time. Too bad conservative economics is wiping Small Town America™ off the map. Read More

The GOP's Primary Race to Oblivion

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 19, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

What looks like a long, hard slog for Romney may also be a road to oblivion for the GOP.Read More


Don't Re-Nig Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just when you start to hope that everyone has a redeeming quality, along comes another racist Republican to prove you wrong.Read More


President Obama Opposes North Carolina Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

With so many states facing marriage equality issues this election year - both pro and con - many activists have demanded the President step forward and be the "fierce advocate" he claimed he'd be. Today, his campaign took the first step down that path.Read More


Action Alert: Urge Your Congressmember to Sign the ENDA Executive Order Letter

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Call your U.S. Representative and urge them to sign the letter to the President in favor of the ENDA Executive Order for federal contractors.Read More


#CONY2012 Slacktavism Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

As the KONY 2012 video has gone viral, there's been a brouhaha about the group sponsoring the social media push. Is Invisible Children really a religious right front group? Are they really hot dog push cart vendors? Wait. What?!Read More


Water Belongs to the People

Filed by Matt Comer | March 15, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Republicans tell us government needs to get smaller. They say bureaucracy has grown too large, cumbersome and expensive. How far are they willing to go in their constant quest to dismantle government?Read More


Rich Man Talking: A Romney Shareholder Speaks

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

When it comes to changing Mitt Romney's image as a rich guy who's out of touch with the economic realities of the lives of middle- and working-class Americans, the Romney's haven't been doing themselves any favors.Read More


Santorum's Primary Wins: A Timely Caution

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I can't shake the knowledge of just how tenuous our place in American society really is. As queer/LGBT people, particularly of non-Abrahamic faith, the truth is that a great many of our countrymen and women would prefer to see us gone.Read More


Pennsylvania Avoids Marriage Amendment Vote (Again)

Filed by Sue Kerr | March 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Spring awakening brings all sorts of things back to life and without fail one of those "things" is the unquenchable desire of assorted Pennsylvania Republicans to amend the Constitution of our fine commonwealth with a clear definition of marriage.Read More


Final Ballot Title Released for Referendum 74 in Washington State

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 14, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Opponents to same-sex marriage are prepared to start gathering signatures to place Referendum 74 on the ballot this fall, now that a Thurston County judge revised the ballot title to comply with Washington State law.Read More


Republican Ted Olson Going to NC to Fight Marriage Amendment

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Renowned conservative Republican attorney and marriage equality hero Ted Olson is going to Greensboro, North Carolina on April 1 for a rally to help defeat the antigay initiative Amendment One. Read More


Gay Kiss is Rick Santorum

Filed by James Holmes | March 13, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

A few weeks back an image of Rick Santorum made completely out of gay porn images was making the rounds online. Now someone has created the opposite - a gay kiss made completely out of Rick Santorum images. Read More

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Condoms, Porn & the Coming Political Conflict

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 13, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced on Feb. 27 that the organization has collected more than half the signatures required to qualify an initiative for the November 2012 ballot to require porn producers to secure an L.A. County health permit mandating condom use.Read More


10 Questions for Indiana's Most Not-Gay State Senator Brent Waltz

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

Since the ever-so-not-gay sharp dressing state senator, Brent Waltz, is running in a re-shaped district against Indiana's most pro-gay politician, Mary Ann Sullivan, I have ten questions for him so I know how to vote.Read More


RonPaul's Drag Race

Filed by James Holmes | March 12, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Since I will be working tonight, my recap of RuPaul's Drag Race will be delayed until tomorrow. In the meantime, I think this might give you a good laugh. Read More


Gay Candidate Drops Out of LA District Attorney Race

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 11, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Mario Trujillo, the openly gay candidate for LA County District Attorney, has decided to "not go forward" with his campaign. Trujillo explained early Friday morning that he is dropping out of the race in order to be a better father.Read More


HUD Secretary Talks About Trans Issues at White House Conference

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2012 | 9:30 PM | comments

Gays, lesbians and bisexuals seem to be gaining greater and greater equality, but transgender people are often left out or considered "included" when talking about LGBT issues by simply using the phrase "gender identity."Read More

Maryland Guv: Gay Rights Is a Reason to Vote for Democrats

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

After LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he supported a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party platform, CNN wondered if same sex marriage could become "trouble" for the Democrats. Officials such as Maryland Governor O'Malley aren't taking that old Karl Rove bait.Read More


Indiana Lawmakers Try Different Route to Ban Gay License Plate

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

As straight Hoosier blogger Doug Masson says, "I love the smell of an equal protection lawsuit in the morning. Smells like victory."Read More


The Electoral Dysfunction(ed) Show

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 09, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

It has been twenty years since that Year of the Woman thing. No one would ever tell who she was. And they announced it in late June, so it wasn't even a full year.Read More


Behind Romney's Minimum Wage 'Flip-Flop'

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 09, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

At this point it no longer matters whether or not Mitt Romney takes the positions he does because he truly believes they are right or to satisfy conservatives in his party. The right-wingers who own his party will demand his fealty.Read More

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Will Villaraigosa Advocate for a Marriage Equality Plank in Dem Platform?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 08, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Villaraigosa says he is not running for public office after he is termed out as LA Mayor. So he has nothing to lose if he becomes a fierce advocate within the Party for marriage equality. The question is: will he?Read More


Indiana Tries to Take Away Gay License Plate (Again)

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

With only two days left in the legislative session, Republicans are using a loophole in Indiana law to try and take away a license plate awarded to Indiana Youth Group. The plate is the first in the nation to honor an LGBT youth group.Read More


100,000 Urge President Obama to Sign Executive Order Protecting LGBT Contractors

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 08, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Several sources have claimed that the executive order has received approval by the U.S. Labor Department and the Justice Department, and is now at the White House waiting for the President's signature.Read More


Takei Chats With Tennessee Lawmakers

Filed by James Holmes | March 07, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In this new video George Takei takes on a trio of Tennessee lawmakers making the best use of a Wizard of Oz metaphor applied to straight men I have ever seen. Read More

Romney Assumes The Positions

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 07, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Romney is not defined by a string of game-changing Super Tuesday victories, so much as what he had to do to win even as much as he did. Read More


The Hot Governor Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Who knew that Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was hot? I'm not sure I really need to say more than that. The photo speaks for itself.Read More


President Obama: Sign The ENDA Executive Order

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 07, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

President Obama is mulling over an ENDA Executive Order that would cover federal contractors, 22% of the US workforce, 26 million people, and applicable in non-ENDA states like Texas, Florida and Alabama. Time to sign!Read More

Super Tuesday Predictions [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

So it's Super Tuesday, but the GOP race remains anything but. Got any predictions about tonight's results?Read More

McCaskill Works to Block Limbaugh Sculpture

Filed by James Holmes | March 06, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

I was given some hope today when Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) posted on her website a questionnaire asking her constituents to weigh in on the addition of Limbaugh to the State Capitol. Fingers crossed that this actually changes anything. Read More

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Homophobic Politicians Endorse Homophobic Politician: Surprise!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

You'll be stunned... Sally Kern, the Oklahoma state senator best known for her infamous statement that gays are "the biggest threat" facing our nation (more "than terrorism or Islam"!), has endorsed the presidential race's biggest homophobe, Rick Santorum.Read More


Limbaugh's Head Gets a Home In Missouri Capitol

Filed by James Holmes | March 05, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

While Rush Limbaugh's newest controversy has cost him a growing number of sponsors, he has gained the endorsement of the State of Missouri which is adding a bronzed bust to the state capitol's "Hall of Famous Missourians." Read More

In Defense of Sluts

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 05, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

While it is heartening to see an American President come even close to expressing what could effectively be translated as support for abortion rights, I have to wonder: What, pray tell, if Fluke is indeed a slut?Read More


I'd F--k a Senator Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Oklahoma State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre sponsored today's edition of "What You Need to Know" with a sign she borrowed from a protester outside of her office.Read More


Catholic Church Withdraws from Maine Marriage Equality Fight

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Roman Catholic church is taking no active roles in fundraising, staffing, advertising, or campaigning against marriage equality in Maine.Read More


Exposing the Idiocy of 'Stop SB48' Through Video

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | March 05, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

In California, "Stop SB48" is collecting signatures to repeal the Fair Education Act and remove LGBT people from public school curriculum. But can we mount a successful video PSA campaign to stop them?Read More


That Just Makes No Damn Sense [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 04, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

This time around the comment of the week was left by Derek Washington on my post, "Ken Mehlman's Apology [Open Thread]." He and I couldn't disagree more.Read More


The David Dreier That Could Have Been

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 03, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now that districts are being drawn fairly, US Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) is out. Well, not totally out. With a Congressional voting record as centrist as any GOPer can be, David Dreier also happens to be a closeted gay man.Read More

Ken Mehlman's Apology [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Is now openly gay former 2004 Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman's apology for his role in using LGBT rights as a wedge issue sincere?Read More


Will Maine AG William Schneider Ever Prosecute NOM?

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | March 03, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court basically told the National Organization for Marriage that they have to follow Maine's campaign finance disclosure laws. But why should NOM, especially since the state attorney general probably won't prosecute them?Read More


Whiplash Mitt's One Unshakeable Conviction

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 02, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

As a Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney should wear a warning label: "CAUTION: following changes in this candidate's positions could cause whiplash and other injuries."Read More


On 'Whitewashing Gay History' and 'Hypocrisy' of Pro-Gay Republicans

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 02, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Inspired by New York legalizing same sex marriage, the extraordinary LGBT ally Frank Rich has written an important essay for New York Magazine on "Whitewashing Gay History."Read More


Judge Admits Sending Racist, Bestiality-Baiting Obama Email

Filed by D Gregory Smith | March 02, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Sure, the judiciary's human. Sure, people do stupid things, but this is one for the record books. Which begs the question of impartiality - not to mention judgment - which judges are supposed to have in abundance.Read More


EQCA Names New Interim ED: Nothing on FAIR Act Repeal Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 01, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

While EQCA presidents are touting they will "continue to lead the LGBT equality movement in California," I have to ask... What leadership? EQCA has been MIA for so long, no one's really noticed their absence.Read More


Beyond Birtherdom

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 01, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The "Birthers" are back. In truth, they never left. Perhaps you thought, even hoped, that they were finally relegated to shouting from the sidelines about birth certificates. Well, you were wrong.Read More