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  • 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...
  • Obama Hug Haunts Charlie Crist

    Republican Gov. Charlie Crist probably wasn't worried that literally embracing President Barack Obama back in February and strongly supporting the $787 billion federal stimulus package would hurt his U.S. Senate campaign. Sure, the hardcore party base wa...
  • US Senate Passes Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act, Awaits Presidential Signature

    The United States Senate passed landmark legislation yesterday that expands the coverage and protection of federal hate crime laws to now include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. While a 1994 federal law technically covered gay...
  • WWII Veteran Makes Impassioned Case For Gay Marriage

    Philip Spooner is a lifetime Republican, World War II veteran and, to everyone's surprise, a gay marriage supporter. The 86-year-old gave a heartfelt speech in support of gay marriage to Maine's Judiciary Committee back in April, and the video has just no...
  • Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

    In a recent Weekly Standard article, James Bowman argues that the U.S. should not lift the ban on openly gay service in the military because it would undercut notions of masculine honor that ensure combat motivation and cohesion. Bowman is a scholar at th...
  • LGBTQ Homeless Youth and the Black Church

    After teaching them that the Black Church is their family, their home, our churches are failing our children in their time of need. More than 42 percent of the country's homeless youth identify as LGBT, and approximately 90 percent of that group are of co...
  • Re-Imaging Marriage as an Institution

    Marriage is a complex interplay between private choice and public practice. Marriage is never exclusively about loving attachment and commitment among consenting adults. It is also about state recognition of and ability to confer a specific bundle of priv...
  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Try to Survive Crushing Stones

    When the Taliban controlled Kabul in the late 1990s, the only permissible mode of mass entertainment was stadium day. People accused of crimes were trucked into Kabul Stadium and maimed or executed in front of large crowds. Among the capital crimes: homos...