Politics: March 2013


The Right Time vs the Right Thing

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 31, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to deliver a ruling that will effectively bestow full and equal citizenship on millions of Americans, and our families. And there's some indication that a few of the justices are too afraid to pick a side.Read More


Immigration Reform: A Constellation of Challenges

Filed by Jason Tseng | March 31, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

As the talks on immigration reform in Washington heat up, it's vital that we continue to inject our LGBT stories into the debate. It's also important to expand the discourse of LGBT immigration issues beyond the rights of bi-national couples.Read More


Thanks for Changing Your Facebook Avatar: Got Two More Minutes?

Filed by Sue Kerr | March 30, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a simple way to demonstrate that your support for our families goes beyond a fun Facebook moment.Read More


Welfare Reform Can't Save Marriage

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 29, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Everyone's talking about marriage this week. So it's hard to blame speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T. W. Shannon for wanting to get in on the action.Read More


SCOTUS Seems Poised to Strike Down DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court hearing suggests that there may be five votes to declare Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional based on the question of whether the federal government overstepped its bounds.Read More


Will the Supreme Court Repeal the Gay Tax?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

If the court overturns DOMA, it will effectively repeal one of the most expensive and least discussed taxes in America: The Gay Tax.Read More


NC Dem Senator Hagan Adds to Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the past several days, as the challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA go before the Supreme Court, more Democratic senators have come out in support of marriage equality.Read More


Santorum: The Republican Party's Dinosaur?

Filed by Mark Segal | March 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Almost every Republican is now in a head-on sprint to catch up with public acceptance of LGBT marriage, but Santorum, with his stagnant views, he has become the party's official dinosaur.Read More


Thoughts on the Supreme Court & Gay Marriage

Filed by Caitlin Breedlove | March 27, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

How do we move from the push for a US-based civil right for some, to the struggle for liberation for all? That question cannot be answered with political opinions alone; it must be answered with the kind of leadership in our movement that moves as spirit moves.Read More


For Passover: Liberation from Prop 8 & DOMA

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like the Jews who were enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt, for hundreds of years, LGBT people have been enslaved by injustice and discrimination. We've been told we are inferior.Read More


Confirm the Heritage of Equal Protection of the Laws

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Should the civil and human rights of minoritized people be placed up for a vote or left to the discretion of state legislatures? In other words, should the majority determine the rights of minorities?Read More


The Weight of History: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

No one knows for certain how the Supreme Court will rule in June. But we do know that the day will soon come when LGBT individuals, couples, and families are equally protected under the law. And we know that we will win this fight.Read More

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GENDA & New York: A False Controversy

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Even though public polling shows overwhelming support for trans* protections, many lawmakers will not vote for basic transgender civil-rights bills. Their reasoning? Bathrooms. Read More


Supreme Court to Hear Prop. 8 Arguments: What You Need to Know

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Prop. 8; tomorrow DOMA. If you haven't been following along (or read up), here are some resources.Read More


Thousands Protest Marriage Equality in Paris, London

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 25, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Anti-gay protesters clashed with police in Paris ahead of "marriage for all" vote next month.Read More


Was Marco McMillian Killed in Mississippi Because He Was Black or Gay?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

As an openly gay African-American candidate running for the mayoral seat in Clarkdale, Miss., McMillian was quietly signaling that neither his race nor his sexual orientation would abort his aspirations.Read More


Marriage Equality Supporters to Rally at Supreme Court, 50 States for Prop. 8 and DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 22, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Thousands are expected to turn out in ahead of the Prop. 8 and DOMA Supreme Court arguments March 26 in Washington, D.C.Read More


Gov. Milton Shapp's Granddaughter

Filed by Mark Segal | March 21, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

At a time when no one higher in government than a mayor would meet with gay activists, Gov. Shapp in 1973 became the first governor in the nation to do so. And he proceeded to break ground for LGBT rights during his governorship.Read More

GetEqual Tells Supreme Court: History is Watching!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Major civil-rights decisions are the most famous in the history of the court. The justices that make the inevitable ruling of national marriage equality will secure their legacies forever. Will it be the current Supreme Court?Read More


President Obama: Still Turning a Deaf Ear to Equality for LGBT Working Families

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

With the U.S. economy being what it is, you'd think signing an executive order to protect the rights of working class LGBT Americans would be a no-brainer for a president who campaigned for office on LGBT inclusion and equality as...Read More


Hillary Clinton Puts Marriage Equality in Context of Human Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Marriage equality should be "embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans."Read More


Funding for Nation's AIDS Drug Program in Danger

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 18, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last week Republicans voted along party lines against the Harkin Amendment. It would have protected the $35 million in the continuing resolution to eliminate wait lists for our crippled AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP).Read More


GOP Ohio Senator Rob Portman's Marriage Equality Interview [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Republicans and other politicos are talking about Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman's surprise reversal on marriage equality.Read More


Bill Would End CA Tax Loophole for Anti-Gay Groups Like Boy Scouts

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 15, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Wednesday, March 13, Equality California announced its legislative package for the 2013-14 legislative session.Read More


The More Paul Ryan's Budget Changes, the More It Stays the Same

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

After a long week of teasing and hint-dropping that kept much of Washington wondering, Paul Ryan has released a new budget. Now, that we can finally see what's in Ryan's budget, it's a bit of a let down.Read More


The White House Still Doesn't Know Who It's Dealing With

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

The White House didn't know who it was dealing with on the Republican side of the negotiating table during the "fiscal cliff" fiasco. Even more distressing is the possibility that the White House still doesn't know who it's dealing with.Read More


Is Wells Fargo Guilty of Negligent Homicide?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 13, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

According to the attorney general, our big banks have gotten so big that bringing criminal charges against them "will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy." Is "Too Big To Jail" a license to kill? Read More


Gay Rep Mark Takano Talks About Prop 8, DOMA & Sequestration

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

California Representative Mark Takano, the nation's first openly gay person of color to serve in the US House, took to the floor to introduce himself, saying his constituents wanted a teacher to be their voice in Washington.Read More


Why Does the LGBT Community Eat Its Young?

Filed by Mark Segal | March 11, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

One major point of any civil rights movement is that people have a place at the table. Read More

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Floridians: Why Aren't You in Tallahassee?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 10, 2013 | 7:15 PM | comments

On March 11 and 12, 2013, Equality Florida will be hosting their 2013 Lobby Days.Read More


Addiction, Recovery, & Sequestration

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

As the debate over the sequester's damaging, "just plain dumb," across-the-board cuts ramped up, I just knew someone on the right would attempt to draw the analogy between government spending and addiction.Read More


Yes, Some People Are Actually Against Divorce

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's something to think about the next time someone trots out the "straight people are already ruining marriage with divorce!" argument. No, dear, they're celebrating marriage by freeing themselves up for another one.Read More

Florida's Tin Man: Charlie Crist's Heart

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 09, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Since last September's Democratic National Convention, I've been eagerly awaiting for Charlie Crist to prove he has a compassionate heart and clearly argue his position on marriage equality.Read More


The GOP Sequester Cheerleaders' Greatest Hits... So Far

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Gimme an "S"! Gimme an "E"! Gimme a "Q"! Gimme a "U"! Gimme an "S, T, E, R"! What's that spell? That depends.Read More


From Pole to Pole

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 07, 2013 | 4:45 PM | comments

The man who helped tear down the Iron Curtain is now talking about building walls.Read More


The High Price of 'Just Plain Dumb' Sequester Cuts

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 03, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congress legislated the sequester into existence, and Congress can legislate the sequester out of existence by repealing it. Unfortunately, that will require Republican votes, and getting those votes will require John Boehner to show leadership and to have a "Sister Souljah" moment in his own party.Read More

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Supreme Court Swamped with Briefs in Prop 8 Case [Overview]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 03, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Such an overwhelming flurry of amicus briefs supporting the constitutional challenge to Prop 8 swamped the Supreme Court before the Feb. 28 filing deadline - including one from the Obama Administration - many LGBT political observers had little time to stop gasping and rejoice.Read More


The Truth & Consequences of Sequestration

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 03, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Welcome to the insanity called "sequestration." Here's why and how it will trickle down into your life. Here's the truth and consequences of sequestration.Read More

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Gay Marriage Is a Conservative Cause

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 01, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

There has never been a left case for gay marriage. Gay marriage is a conservative cause. Read More