14 Aug 2013

Catholic Bishop of Providence Leaves Democratic Party, But Not Over Marriage Equality

It would be putting it mildly to say that Thomas J. Tobin, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, opposed the recently-passed marriage equality bill.  When the bill was introduced in early 2011, Bishop Tobin pulled no punches by asserting that the “push to legalize the marriage of homosexual persons

12 Aug 2013

Anti-Gay Activists Are Admitting Defeat, Even When They Think They Aren’t

You never used to hear Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, Ken Hutcherson or Chris Plante admit that they’re losing the national debate on marriage equality.  They are now.  Mr. Santorum openly admits it, while the rest try to hide it.  However, if you listen closely you can hear that their remarks

29 Jul 2013

Only One Legislative Candidate States Position on MA Public Accommodations Bill [Updated]

Update (7/31): A second candidate, Dan Donahue, has replied in support of the bill.  Read his statement at the end of the post. Another special electionis on the horizon here in Massachusetts.  On September 10, voters in the 16th Worcester Massachusetts House district will decide who will become the next

15 Jul 2013

Using Sister City Relationships to Respond to Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law

When a powerful foreign government chooses to persecute its own lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens with punitive laws, human rights advocates abroad are always left with the question, “what can we do about it?”. Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a “gay propaganda” ban into law.  The

15 Jul 2013

British House of Lords Gives Final Approval to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill [Updated]

Update (7/17):  Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent to the marriage bill today, signing it into law. Update (7/16): The House of Commons has approved the final version of the bill, including the amendments made to it by the House of Lords.  The bill is likely to receive royal

11 Jul 2013

NOM Says That Same-Sex Weddings Aren’t Happening in California

On Wednesday, National Organization for Marriage’s Communications Director, Thomas Peters, made this bizarre statement on NOM’s blog: Prop 8 remains the law in CA. Clerks have been ordered to ignore it. Perhaps NOM did attempt to “order” the clerks to ignore the court order that allowed same-sex marriages to resume

09 Jul 2013

GOP Bigshot and NOM Attorney James Bopp Accused of Illegal “Personal Enrichment”

Today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed legal complaints with the IRS and other legal entities alleging that James Bopp diverted money from his James Madison Center for Free Speech (JMCFS) into the Bopp Law Firm for his personal enrichment. Mr. Bopp, who has made a name

07 Jul 2013

This Is Family

From today’s Los Angeles Times: Two brothers from Reseda sat in red lawn chairs at the entrance to the City Council chambers, having staked out the prime position so their aunts, Helen Andersen and Pam Holt, could have the first wedding of the day on Monday. Holt has terminal cancer

05 Jul 2013

MA: Equal Access in Public Accommodations Bill To Get Its First Hearing

A bill to prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations is scheduled to get a hearing in the Joint House and Senate Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts General Court this Tuesday, July 9. “An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and

05 Jul 2013

Pope Francis Excludes Gays and Adoptees From The Definition of Family

In his first encyclical, released today, Pope Frances has declared that “family” is comprised of a married man and woman and their biological children.  In the “Faith and family” section he writes, in part: The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first