One Step Forward For Mental Health, We Hope

Almost as soon as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed in to law a ban on gay to straight conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 in his state, the conservative lobbyists flew in to action. Spearheading the movement behind their unfounded complaints is a group known as Liberty Counsel. This organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Camden, N.J.… [Read more]

The Myth of “Traditional” Marriage – Part Two

The proponents of illiberality and oppression often peddle their own warped definitions of equality. For them, segregation was an egalitarian institution – prohibiting women’s voting rights was just an extension of treating the inherently unequal sexes appropriately, according to their own potential abilities.

A woman makes her support of her marriage, and not civil unions, known outside the Mormon temple at New York City’s Lincoln Center.… [Read more]

Richard Hodo Equates Gay Rights Groups With The KKK

When individuals attempt to talk about politically charged topics like Civil Rights with people who do not share their point of view, they may encounter a style of argument that very much resembles the classic Lucy/Harpo mirror routine, but with a generally abysmally small amount of ensuing hilarity.  This is true whether one is “watching” the old, original black vs.… [Read more]

A Merit Badge for the Modern Era: Boys Scouts of America and Gay Rights

In another progressive victory lately, a favorite national institution may be amending its stance on the matter of gay rights. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are considering officially changing their stance on acceptance of gay and lesbian scouts and scout mentors. This amendment would, if effect, remove the official national ban based on sexual orientation and leave the decision up to the local chapters and organizations to decide upon.… [Read more]

And The Gloves Come Off: Welcome to Obama 2.0

Waving “hello!” to the second term

With the sacred oath of office and the conclusion of the inaugural address, we have officially entered the second term of Barack Obama’s presidency. Presidential inaugurations are typically very formulaic: left hand on the Bible, right hand up in the air; a nod to equality here, a toast to freedom there.… [Read more]

Please, Mitt! DO Take Us Back to the 50s!

It isn’t very often we see a single tweet and it inspires a column. Today we celebrate the wisdom of a lady calling herself @JanC60 — a self-described mother of four, a conservative from Colorado who “was asleep, but no longer.”

Here’s her tweet.

“Romney will take us back to the 50’s”. YES! PLEASE DO! Morals, values, children allowed to be innocent, decent tv & movies.… [Read more]

Your Move, America: Vietnam and a Gay Rights Decision to Shake the World

The Vietnamese Justice Department may be sparking a continental revolution. Coming under consideration this month, with a final decision due next May, Vietnam is officially considering the legality of same-sex marriage. If the bill passes, they will be the first in the continent to legally acknowledge such unions, joining eleven other nations worldwide.

While they may not be the first country to come to mind when you think about a champion of gay rights in Asia, they are less hostile to the idea, at least.… [Read more]

Why the Bible ≠ Outlaw Gay Marriage

Let me start by saying that I think it’s okay if you don’t like gay relationships.

It would bother me to know that you have a problem with them, but there’s nothing I can do about your opinion in that case. Some people are uncomfortable with the concept, and that’s okay. I don’t know what kind of upbringing you had or what kind of culture you’re part of,  but if gays just aren’t your thing, that’s perfectly fine with me.… [Read more]

June Pop Quiz – What Begins With P and Ends in E?

A funny thing happens every June. It’s akin to a seasonal awakening, a biological imperative. Just as the birds fly south for the winter and the flowers spring to life in May, the gays begin to sprinkle out of their slumber. At first, it starts with a smattering; a gay guy here, a gay girl there.… [Read more]

Psst…Where Can I Score a Copy of Heather Has 2 Mommies?

The epic battle between reality and delusion rages on in Utah these days. Most recently, parents and school administrators in Davis County (largely considered a suburb of Salt Lake City) voted to put another storybook for children depicting families with gay parents as “normal” in the objectionable category. In a 6-1 vote, a district-level committee comprised of parents, educators and administrators decided to move In Our Mothers’ House [Read more]

Charles Worley: Never Again

North Carolina‘s “Reverend” Charles Worley is the horse’s arse who wants to confine homesexual human beings in concentration camps — behind electric fences, with food air-dropped so that, over time gays will “die out because they can’t reproduce.” Ah…you men of the cloth!

We suppose he thinks that is what Jesus would want us to do…

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Bob Page: Doing What’s Right

Bob Page is the the courageous founder of Replacements Limited, the world’s largest dealer in new and used china and silverware. Mr. Page’s company is losing business…because he publicly supported gay rights and, specifically, marriage equality in opposition to North Carolina’s Amendment 1. He is proof that although standing up for equality may come at a price, it’s the right thing to do.… [Read more]

Gay Bash

North Carolina’s bigots were most likely quite proud of themselves as they engaged in their own form of gay bashing this week. Amendment 1 passed; those who are fearful that the sanctity of marriage would have been destroyed may rest easy now that the ban on gay marriage has passed.

So, North Carolina, is it true that the last time you amended your constitution was to ban interracial marriage?  [Read more]

Are We That Bad?

One minute, I’m proud as hell of this country, the good old U.S. of A. The next minute, I wish Jerry Garcia was still alive and we could all just float upon a cloud of patchouli while group-hugging all the way to drug-induced enlightenment. Sometimes, I get inspired thinking about how far we’ve come in such a short time (sans the drugs) in some respects; but as soon as I am again steeped in the issues of the current day, I want to grab this country by Florida and drag it out to the woodshed for a proper switching.… [Read more]

We Will Not Remain Silent

A gay rights protest in Moldova, in response to the United Nations removing gays from the protected minority list.… [Read more]

“sometimes you gotta walk away and let em grow.”

i hope y’all don’t mind if i get personal for a moment.  and truthfully, i probably shouldn’t write this now because the feelings are so fresh. but alas, here we are.  you’re stuck with me.

the title of this post was actually a tweet that found its way into my timeline yesterday. i’ve used it probably four or five times in the last 24 hours.… [Read more]

The Virginia Loyalty Oath: More Than A Step Backwards

The Loyalty Oath enacted by Virginia Republicans in December of 2011 is already receiving severe criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. The oath, voted in by the GOP State Central Committee, requires any person voting in the Republican primary on March 6th to sign a statement.  Voters are expected to sign this oath prior to casting their ballots requiring the voter to support the nominated Republican candidate for president.… [Read more]