Quote of the Day: November 2009


Focusing on What Matters

Filed by Ed Team | November 30, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Everyone's done a great job of accepting Kerry and staying focused on why we're here in the first place. . . . We're glad that he works here." --Bountiful, Utah Police Chief Tom Ross, on transgender officer Kerry Bell, a...Read More


Using sexual orientation as a weapon

Filed by Ed Team | November 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Outing, to me, has always seemed like using sexual orientation as a weapon, like an act of violence. To out gay priests for an anti-gay Church policy, well, how is that different than outing gay and lesbian servicemembers because Congress...Read More


Letter to the family

Filed by Ed Team | November 28, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This year I am thankful to have you as my family rather than a normal American family. I say that because Sarah Palin is fond of talking about her family being a normal American family. Last time I checked everyone...Read More



Filed by Ed Team | November 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Only if you don't have a good reason for defending the existence of marriage would you be this insecure about sharing it. When your only defense of the status quo is to suggest it's always been this way and any...Read More


The Benefit of Turkey Basters

Filed by Ed Team | November 26, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Millions of women might ditch their useless husbands in favour of lady partners who are cleaner, more organised, more talkative, able to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries, and not much interested in sport on TV. And turkey basters don't...Read More


A Sporting Chance

Filed by Ed Team | November 25, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I hope the [NFL] moves beyond individual suspensions and instead enacts zero-tolerance policies that start to address the danger of homophobia in sports. When these slurs are used by professional athletes, it trickles down to local and amateur sports teams...Read More


Going to the Source

Filed by Ed Team | November 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I remember the first preacher I heard preach an anti-gay sermon, when I was 16. So as opposed to swallowing this nasty pill from this preacher, I went to the source." --Kevin E. Taylor, now pastor of Unity Fellowship Church...Read More


Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado's mother speaks

Filed by Ed Team | November 23, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When my son told me he was gay, I told him, 'Now, I love you more'. I want to tell the world that hatred is not born with human beings, it is a seed that is planted by adults and...Read More


The Human Spirit

Filed by Ed Team | November 22, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When an oppressed people are given an opportunity, they will make the best of it and you must never, ever, underestimate the human spirit." --Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who turns 66 today...Read More


Simply Unacceptable

Filed by Ed Team | November 21, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"While we are grateful to the local law enforcement officials for their swift work to apprehend the suspect in this terrible crime, we remain deeply saddened that yet another family should have to suffer the pain of such a tragedy,...Read More


Between the Ears

Filed by Ed Team | November 20, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"To me, gender is between your ears, not between your legs. I've felt male as far back as I can remember. As a child, it was really clear. I felt like a boy." --Chaz Bono, on Good Morning America...Read More


I Now Pronounce You Null and Void

Filed by Ed Team | November 19, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." --Subsection B of the Texas constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Barbara Ann Radnofsky,...Read More


A Healthy, Loving Florida Home

Filed by Ed Team | November 18, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home -- a home that's determined not by any law. The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation...Read More


Religious Liberty and Equality Can Mix

Filed by Ed Team | November 17, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I think we can have religious liberty and still treat people equally. Words do matter, and the words of this ordinance say that no discrimination will be tolerated." --Fort Worth, Texas Councilmember Sal Espino, on the city's decision to add...Read More


Will Ellen and Idol Lead Us to Equality?

Filed by Ed Team | November 16, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"But now [Ellen DeGeneres] is on the cover of the current issue of O magazine, exclusive real estate usually inhabited by Ms. Winfrey alone. She's a pitchwoman not only for American Express but also for Cover Girl makeup, a heartland...Read More


Another Bill to Pass

Filed by Ed Team | November 15, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Voters understand discrimination and don't want to see it allowed in the Commonwealth. Legislators seriously underestimate their constituents if they think voters don't get this. "Every day in Massachusetts, transgender people lose their jobs, are evicted, suffer harassment, and are...Read More


Gandalf the Gay

Filed by Ed Team | November 14, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When I've been asked what should be on my gravestone, I've said: 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out.' Two big achievements." --Sir Ian McKellen...Read More


Of Pots and Kettles

Filed by Ed Team | November 13, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We warned all along that they [marriage equality supporters] would use this state as a springboard to force it on the rest of the country. This wasn't accomplished by people that cared about Connecticut. This was accomplished by people who...Read More


A Proactive Dad

Filed by Ed Team | November 12, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"During the campaign I made a practice of stopping at homes where Yes on 1 signs were posted and performed a small act of 'bearing witness.' I would ring the doorbell, excuse the interruption, and make the point that I...Read More


Rhode Island Red

Filed by Ed Team | November 11, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This bill [to grant same- and opposite-sex domestic partners the right to make funeral arrangements when one partner dies] represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is...Read More


What the Elections Meant

Filed by Ed Team | November 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The Republicans were quick to claim on Tuesday that their victories were a repudiation of President Obama. The truth is, voters in Virginia, New Jersey and New York said their decisions had nothing to do with Obama. And voters in...Read More


What Were People Thinking?

Filed by Ed Team | November 09, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I hope that my future grandkids will only read about when it was legal to fire someone because they're gay or transgender. I don't want them to actually to see it. I want them to ask me, 'What were people...Read More


Gay and Lesbian Elected Officials in Ohio

Filed by Ed Team | November 08, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The Ohio Democratic Party is proud to have recruited and groomed candidates across Ohio who reflect the great diversity of our Party and our state. Democrats helped elect candidates young and old, male and female, gay and straight, from all...Read More


It's About All of Us

Filed by Ed Team | November 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We didn't [win in Maine], and there's a simple reason. Our message to protect our civil rights is about us, not about all of America. We've failed to make our cause a universal battle for civil rights. A message about...Read More


Tolerance and Sex Education

Filed by Ed Team | November 06, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Some faiths have a view about what in religious terms is right and wrong - what they can't do though is not teach the importance of tolerance." --U.K. Schools Secretary Ed Balls, on the government's decision to make gay-inclusive sex...Read More


Maine: Not Open to Persuasion

Filed by Ed Team | November 05, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I certainly don't think the No on 1 campaign can be blamed; by every indication, they ran a tip-top operation whereas the Yes on 1 folks were amateurish. But this may not be an issue where the campaign itself matters...Read More


The Vote of the People

Filed by Ed Team | November 04, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"If you put it up to the vote of the people, we'd have slavery again." --Jesse Ventura on CNN, 11/3/2009...Read More


Democracy in Action

Filed by Ed Team | November 03, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." --Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism...Read More


A Civil Servant

Filed by Ed Team | November 02, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I am delighted that, as we approach the 5th anniversary of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been able to register almost 500 civil partnerships across the world, in countries where the couples would not...Read More


Equality in Adoption

Filed by Ed Team | November 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families, we allow more children to find the permanent homes they yearn for and deserve." --President Barack Obama, in his proclamation of...Read More