02 Jun 2009

Obama Appoints Another Republican to Pentagon

Reports from Washington indicate President Obama will nominate Representative John McHugh, a Republican from upstate New York, as the nation’s next Secretary of the Army. McHugh currently serves as the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the House panel with jurisdiction over legislation to repeal

28 May 2009

Chicago: 30% of Black MSM are HIV+

The Windy City Times is reporting that at its monthly board meeting on May 19, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the first time released data on HIV infection rates among city men who have sex with men (MSM), describing the results as “sobering.” Between August and December

25 May 2009

A Stupendously Terrible Argument Against Marriage Equality

Arguments against marriage equality usually come in two varieties. The first can be boiled down to “God Hates Fags,” while the second can be shorthanded into “marriage was better when men were men and women were women.” The problem is that while a few Christians continue to believe the former,

19 May 2009

Obama Admin Gives Lesbian Service Member Her Day in Court

On the heels of a week which saw the Obama Administration taking heat from the LGBT community for not being proactive on our issues, comes news that an Administration decision has set the stage for the most profound legal challenge yet to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In an article in

15 May 2009

Uruguay Lifts Ban

This week the Uruguayan government of Tabare Vazquez joined Great Britain, France, Australia, and Israel in becoming the 27th country to allow openly gay personnel to serve in their armed forces. In a decree signed by Vazquez and Defense Minister Jose Bayardi (and posted online today) the Uruguayan government has

06 May 2009

Silent Minority

Perhaps I am being impatient, but in a 24-hour news cycle it’s noticeable that conservative websites and blogs have not yet commented on news that Governor John Baldacci has signed a bill making Maine the fifth state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. You would think the fact that

30 Apr 2009

A Tale of Two Press Conferences

It was one of those “only in Washington” moments, when it became clear that the press conference for a new poll showing Americans support repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was being held next door to a press conference for a new ad by conservative activists warning about the threat

29 Apr 2009

Tip of the Iceberg

You want to know how the defection of Arlen Specter is being greeted by Republicans, just ask Kathryn Jean Lopez over at the National Review Online? This morning she wrote “[Specter’s leaving the GOP] is a great opportunity for real grounded leaders who know who they are.” She goes on

20 Apr 2009

Thanks for the Ridicule

Displaying the nuanced understanding of media which made her such an effective propagandist for the Bush Administration, Maggie Gallagher and her anti-marriage cohorts at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have released a letter thanking Stephen Colbert for publically skewering their new ad campaign “The Gathering Storm.” The cringe-worthy ad,

17 Apr 2009

McCain Strategist Calls on GOP to Support Marriage Equality

UPDATE: See the Freeper reaction below the fold… In a very bold move for a Republican strategist, Steve Schmidt, is taking the political capital he earned as senior campaign advisor for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and publically calling on the GOP to support same-sex marriage. According to excerpts of