August 2012 Archives

The D.C. chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans last week voted on and overwhelmingly passed a resolution telling the national board of their organization that they recommend endorsing presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his vice presidential selection, Paul Ryan, ahead of November’s election. Robert Turner II, president of the D.C. chapter, wrote a letter expressing the sense of the membership ... [Read]

Marriage equality supporters found a new ally in an unlikely place earlier this week. The American billionaire and political activist David Koch, who, with his brother Charles, has funneled millions of dollars into conservative organizations bent on electing Republicans, told Politico that he supports marriage equality. When asked if he agreed with the Republican Party’s stance on gay rights, Koch ... [Read]

Mitt Romney formally accepted the nomination of his party for president in what was the most bizarre night of the Republican National Convention. Standing before thousands of cheering delegates on the last night of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fl., Romney attempted to show his personal side and put emphasis on his plan to create 12 million new jobs. Romney ... [Read]

The much talked about "mystery guest" at the Republican National Convention was revealed earlier today. Although some speculated a hologram of former President Ronald Reagan would grace the stage during the "To Be Announced" time slot listed before Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is scheduled to speak, it will instead be none other than Hollywood legend and marriage equality supporter Clint ... [Read]

A Michigan man pleaded guilty in federal court today to a hate crime charge for assaulting a man because he believed he was gay, marking the second time federal authorities have used new hate crime statutes to prosecute crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation. Everett Dwayne Avery of Detroit admitted to striking a fellow customer in the face in ... [Read]

California lawmakers took another step toward banning conversion and reparative therapy that targets LGBT children and teenagers on Tuesday. The state Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, approved a bill 52-22 yesterday that would prohibit children under the age of 18 from undergoing "sexual orientation change efforts" at the hands of licensed therapists who intend to "cure" them of homosexuality. ... [Read]

A former Arizona state legislator and out bisexual woman won her party's nomination for Congress late Tuesday night. Kyrsten Sinema won the Democratic primary for Arizona's 9th Congressional District after defeating state Sen. David Schapira and a former adviser to the Clinton White House, Andrei Cherny. "We are feeling optimistic and we are excited," Sinema said after her victory, according ... [Read]

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman, former first daughter Barbara Bush and other celebrities will be hosting a fundraiser in New York City Sept. 13 to benefit the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign, which is seeking to uphold the state’s recently passed marriage-equality law. The fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. ... [Read]

Vice President Joe Biden spoke directly to the gay community Sunday, Aug. 26, thanking activists for their work in advancing the civil rights of all Americans. Speaking to a crowd of 300 people in Provincetown, Mass., Biden told the crowd that through their efforts they are "freeing the soul of the American people." "If I had to use one adjective ... [Read]

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against California's Proposition 8 requested the Supreme Court not consider an appeal from defendants to hear arguments on the case in a brief filed Friday. The reply brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry comes after supporters of Proposition 8 petitioned the Supreme Court to consider the case after both a U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit ... [Read]

In a new ad released Friday, Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks out about his support for marriage equality and the need for more Republicans to embrace gay couples' right to marry. "As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government," says Sanders, who came out in support for marriage equality in 2007. The ad is ... [Read]

Speaking to a packed ballroom at the Washington Hilton last night, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged LGBT lawyers to continue fighting for equality as they build upon the momentum established over the past three years. "You are – or soon will be – uniquely situated to use the power of the law, as well as your own gifts and ... [Read]

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition of labor, faith and civil liberties groups seeking to uphold Maryland’s recently passed marriage equality law, announced Thursday that it had reached a milestone, with more than 100 organizations signing on as partners. The announcement of the coalition’s newest partners comes just three days after the release of ballot language for the November 6 ... [Read]

Perhaps not surprisingly, gay voters are just as concerned about the economy as the rest of America. A new poll released by Logo TV found that LGBT voters consider economic issues and unemployment to be the biggest factors influencing their vote this November. Gay rights ranked fourth in importance with 9 percent of respondents describing it as the number one ... [Read]

The State Department condemned the violent arrests and continued harassment of dozens of LGBT activists in Zimbabwe earlier this month in a statement released on Thursday. A spokesperson for the State Department said the United States stands in solidarity with gay activists who have been targeted by the Zimbabwean government, which considers homosexuality illegal. "We are deeply concerned when security ... [Read]

Pressure is mounting on the Supreme Court as another case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act was petitioned for review on Tuesday. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders asked the high court to review Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, a Connecticut case surrounding Joanne Pendersen and her wife, Ann Meitzen. Pendersen, who served in a civilian ... [Read]

Dan Savage Debates NOM's Brian Brown

Posted by Justin Snow
August 22, 2012 1:44 PM |
More than three months after National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown challenged Dan Savage to a debate over LGBT issues and the Bible, the two men sat down for dinner and a chat last week. Brown challenged Savage, author of the Savage Love sex column, to a debate after a controversial speech Savage delivered at the National High School ... [Read]

A group of gay conservatives officially voted to put their support behind Republican Tommy Thompson in the Wisconsin Senate race against lesbian Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin. The board of directors for GOProud endorsed Thompson in a statement released Wednesday, declaring him uniquely qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate. "Tommy Thompson is a common-sense conservative who will focus on creating ... [Read]

An anti-gay Missouri Republican running for Senate is under fire for comments he made over the weekend saying that women rarely get pregnant from "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) apologized for his comments in an interview with Mike Huckabee on Monday, but vowed to stay ... [Read]

A subcommittee tasked with drafting the language for the Republican Party's national platform approved inclusive language earlier today that could be seen as an attempt to embrace gay Americans. According to the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, R. Clarke Cooper, a member of the Hawaii delegation who supports marriage equality proposed language that reads: "We embrace the principle that ... [Read]

During an interview today with Rick Santorum on FRC's Washington Watch Weekly radio show, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins extended blame for Wednesday's shooting of a security guard at FRC headquarters to President Barack Obama. "Well, I think as we witnessed this past week at the Family Research Council, clearly linked to that same atmosphere of hostility that's ... [Read]

A group of young conservatives urged the platform-drafting committee for the Republican National Committee to endorse marriage equality in a letter sent earlier this week. Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, which is under the umbrella of the national organization Freedom to Marry, wrote that if the Republicans "truly believe in family values, then we must value all families." ... [Read]

  One day after a Virginia man is alleged to have shot a security guard at the D.C. headquarters of the anti-gay Family Research Council, the organization's president, Tony Perkins, held a press conference to blame the shooting on the Southern Poverty Law Center -- the group that in 2010 named FRC a "hate group" based on the SPLC's documentation ... [Read]

A security guard was shot inside the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington on Wednesday morning. According to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting happened at the conservative Christian group’s offices at 801 G Steet near Verizon Center in Chinatown around 10:50 this morning. The security guard was struck in the arm and transported ... [Read]

Four gay candidates claimed victory last night in a series of primary wins in Wisconsin and Florida. In Wisconsin's congressional Democratic primary, state Rep. Mark Pocan won the party's nomination for the 2nd District, which encompasses some of the state's most liberal areas, including Madison. Now that he has secured his party's nomination, it appears almost certain that Pocan will ... [Read]

With two weeks to go until the start of Republican National Convention, it was announced today that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the coveted keynote address. Christie is a rising star in the Republican Party well known for his off-the-cuff comments and no-nonsense disposition. Before Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate over the ... [Read]

During an appearance on Meet the Press in February, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who Mitt Romney named as his Republican running mate on Saturday, questioned the continued focus on marriage equality as a campaign issue. Asked by host David Gregory if same-sex marriage, which at the time was working its way through the Maryland Legislature and President Barack Obama had ... [Read]

Romney Picks Rep. Paul Ryan As VP

Posted by Justin Snow
August 11, 2012 12:59 PM |
At a rally Saturday morning in Virginia, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. "There are a lot of people in the other party who might disagree with Paul Ryan," Romney said to the cheering crowd of supporters. "I don’t know of anyone who doesn't respect his character and ... [Read]

The language supporting marriage equality agreed upon by the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee was revealed earlier today. BuzzFeed reports that the draft reads as follows: We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We ... [Read]

At a ceremony in Arlington earlier today, Army Reserve officer Tammy Smith became the first out, active duty general in American history. Smith was promoted to brigadier general at a private ceremony at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery Friday morning. Smith's wife, Tracey Hepner, presented her with her stars. It was a historic moment for the gay rights ... [Read]

A bill signed into law earlier this week just made life a bit more difficult for members of the Westboro Baptist Church. President Barack Obama signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act Monday, awarding a range of benefits to servicemembers, but also putting in place restrictions on protests at military funerals. Specifically, the new law ... [Read]

Nearly a month after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed the organization's ban on out gay members and leaders, Mitt Romney confirmed that he believes the organization should permit gay people to join. In an email from Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul to the Associated Press, Saul said that Romney's position on gay membership is the same as it was when ... [Read]

An anti-gay group requested today that New York's highest court review a lower court's decision to dismiss their lawsuit against the state's marriage equality law. Among other things, Liberty Counsel contends that the state's open meeting law, which requires public access to the deliberations of legislative bodies, was violated during closed-door negotiations between marriage equality supporters and state senators. As ... [Read]

A section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that protects against sexual discrimination will also apply to transgender people, according to a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services. In response to a request from a dozen LGBT organizations sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in June, the department clarified an antidiscrimination provision of "Obamacare," stating ... [Read]

An attempt by a House committee to halt proceedings on a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was denied today. The U.S. District Court in the Central District of California ruled that proceedings would continue as scheduled in Cooper-Harris v. USA. It was yet another defeat for the Republican-controlled Bipartisan Legal Advisory ... [Read]

President Obama today nominated out gay federal prosecutor Pamela Chen to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If confirmed, Chen would become the second female Chinese-American in history and one of only a few out lesbians to hold one of the country’s 900 lifetime federal judgeship appointments. Obama praised Chen in his nomination ... [Read]

Wondering where your member of Congress stands on marriage equality? It just got a lot easier to find out. The Human Rights Campaign today announced a new database that lays out the views of nearly every member of Congress on marriage equality and other LGBT issues. Accessible through HRC's website, the database allows users to search by zip code to ... [Read]

Democrats on Capitol Hill today urged the government to recognize binational same-sex relationships in deportation cases. In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 83 Democratic members of Congress pushed the Obama administration and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to recognize in writing "the ties of a same-sex partner or spouse as a ... [Read]

Although gay-rights advocates greeted President Obama's historic declaration of support for marriage equality with jubilation in May, a new poll suggests his support has had little affect on voters. In a survey published by the Pew Research Center, support for same-sex marriage has increased by just a percentage point, from 47 percent in April to 48 percent in July. Opposition ... [Read]