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  • During D.C. Hearing On Same-Sex Marriage, Witness Interrupts By Proposing To His Partner

    The D.C. City Council held a hearing yesterday on a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in the nation’s capital. However, the hearing was briefly interrupted when witness Andy Hertzberg stopped to propose to his partner. “I would like to take a h...
  • Legislating Inequality: Last Year California, This Year In Maine?

    A lot of Americans pay very little attention to the off-year elections, like the ones that will take place today. After all, we’re not electing a president, or members of Congress. This year’s election is mostly about judges, school board members, and...
  • The Right Wing Case Against Adoption

    Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer that adoptive families are less than other families, and as such allowing gay marriage, and thus gay adoption, should be opposed. In doing so he harms adoptive families across this c...
  • Marine Commandant Defies White House on Gay Troops

    The Washington Times is reporting that Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway is opposing President Obama's pledge to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Citing a former senior Pentagon official, the Times says that General Conway, "has emerged in inter...
  • Latest Crazy Theory About Homosexuality

    The right wing crackpots are at it again. This time they are blaming The Golden Girls for creating a generation of homosexual men out of unsuspecting boys. No, I’m not making this up. Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Geddes and Rue McClanahan were agent...
  • Scientology Woes Continue with Fines and Homophobia

    Religious fraud is one of the most ancient pitfalls of faith. The Didache, one of the earliest ecclesiastical texts, warns the first Christian communities against itinerant prophets who demand money in the name of the Holy Spirit. The Church of Scientolog...
  • Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up

    While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years. Many of the bills had been blo...
  • In Their Own Words: Hate Crime Act Supporters Speak

    After President Obama signed the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crime Prevention Act into law in a ceremony at the White House yesterday the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism conducted interviews and shot video with various people who advocated over the cours...
  • How a Racist Judge Inadvertently Made the Case for Gay Marriage

    The marriage equality movement has been severely damaged by the argument that those opposed to same-sex marriage would be forced to perform weddings by the demand of couples who (for no reason I can imagine) would ask someone absolutely opposed to same-se...
  • Help Gays Who Aren't Hurt

    When President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law Wednesday, human rights advocates across the country won a decent, but insufficient, victory. At face value, the bill is but a reluctant acknowledgment that Americans assaulted because o...
  • Hate Crimes Bill Signed Into Law 11 Years After Matthew Shepard's Death

    President Obama signed major civil rights legislation on Wednesday, making it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. The new measure expands the the scope of a 1968 law that applies to people attack...
  • Will Hate Crime Laws Redeem Us All?

    Even while the religious right was lobbying to keep gays, lesbians, and transgender people from enjoying hate crimes protections, they certainly weren’t lobbying for religion to be removed as a class currently protected by hate crimes laws. You can bet ...
  • FRC: Obama Shouldn’t Devote Resources To ‘Homosexual’ Senior Citizens Because They Barely Exist

    Yesterday, the Family Research Council (FRC) put out a statement objecting to the Obama administration’s pledge to “establish the nation’s first national resource center” to assist communities providing services to elderly LGBT communities. The st...
  • Sen. Arlen Specter: Time To Repeal DOMA

    The time has come to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture.Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts ...
  • Lieberman Twists the Knife

    Is there a more hypocritical figure in American politics than Joe Lieberman? The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any health care reform bill that has a public option—even the version with the “trigger” comp...
  • Sex, Drugs and…Disco? Musings on Gay Stereotypes

    Great dancers, masters of interior design, fashion aficionados, sex fiends, drug addicts, anti-family. Take the good, take the bad, take them both and there you have…the facts of gays? Not quite. Take it from this gay. All the positives are true, and al...
  • War Is a Hate Crime

    Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is wrong. So is violence against people in Afghanistan and Iraq. But in the bizarre culture of identity politics, there are no alliances among the oppressed. The Matthew Shepard and James Byr...
  • The Good Bishop Is Right — The Time for Church Debates on Homosexuality is Past

    Retired Episcopal bishop John Selby Spong has declared that he will no longer argue about the status of gay and lesbian people in the church. "There is no middle ground," the bishop says, "between prejudice and oppression." So much for "love the sinner, h...
  • Constitutional Rights Despite "Disdain"

    One called admitted his "disdain" for the gay community. An interesting word choice that raises a far more interesting question: can one have disdain for a people and still support their constitutional rights?While perhaps the immediate response for many ...
  • Explaining the Matthew Shepard Act

    As of last week, the House and Senate have now passed the "Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act" as part of the Defense Authorization Bill, and that bill now sits on the President's Desk and will certainly soon be signed into law...