Anti-Gay Group Posts Their DOMA & Prop 8 Reactions Before SCOTUS Has Ruled

By: Monday June 24, 2013 10:40 pm

The nation remains in suspense as another Monday has passed without the release of opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.  The anti-gay group Family Policy Institute of Washington is done with waiting, apparently, because it has already posted three responses to the unreleased opinions. FPIW was one of [...]

Will there be a black vs gay Prop. 8 meme redux, or will the work building stronger coalitions prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 2:53 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, [...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website to see if an event [...]

Illinois Legislature Demonstrates How Politically Not-Powerful Gays Are

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:16 pm

This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote.  The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November. The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21. The [...]

Marriage Discrimination Proponents Use Recycled Racist Rhetoric

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 5:27 pm

“There goes the neighborhood” is a phrase I grew up hearing from racist neighbors in the white, middle-class suburbia of my 1960s and 1970s childhood. The phrase — or better said, epithet — packed a lot of meaning. It expressed the opinion that when a black family moved into an all-white neighborhood, expectations were that [...]

Moving Past Détente Between The HRC And The Trans Community

By: Monday April 1, 2013 10:53 pm

On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost in every way successful in [...]

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Stands Strong For Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 11:23 am

Facebook has gone Valentine’s Day red this week as Americans show their support for marriage equality while the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Proposition 8 and federal Defense of Marriage Act cases. The Congressional delegation from Massachusetts has not missed this opportunity to reiterate their unequivocal support for the right of loving, committed same-sex couples [...]

Boy Adopted by Gay Dads to Chief Justice John Roberts: You and I Both Know that Family Goes Deeper than Blood

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 12:27 pm

Families come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common: love.  As the March 26-27 hearing dates near for the legal challenges to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington Post observes that the families of the Supreme Court justices themselves exemplify the diverse American [...]

Obama admin issues historic brief to SCOTUS…advocating (limited) marriage equality

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 6:47 pm

The Obama admin does another half-measure, calling for marriage equality — in a limited scope. It won’t weigh in to clear the way for equality nationwide – punting to SCOTUS. Here is the fairly deflating news (if you’re in a state with a marriage amendment), or elating endorsement if you’re in a handful of states [...]

Over 100 Prominent Republicans Have Signed Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 11:12 am

Over 100 prominent Republicans have now signed onto a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that civil marriage is a constitutional right for same-sex couples.  Click on the image below to watch Margaret Hoover, a Republican strategist, speaking to Marcus Mabry at the New York Times “about why she wants her party [...]

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