01 Jul 2013

So Long, Farewell: Today We Close Pam’s House Blend – A Look Back. It’s been real.

The Blend has been a virtual coffeehouse where vigorous (but polite) political expression was encouraged on myriad topics including LGBT issues, race relations, the religious right, and gender issues. This outlet for commentary and original reporting had a great run that has been gratifying to produce and hopefully enlightening for

28 Jun 2013

NOM Promotes Polyamorous Families

Every child deserves a mother and a father and another father.  That’s the message National Organization for Marriage is sending with the family silhouette in the banner topping its latest email.  Is there something Brian Brown wants to tell us about his family? Of course NOM isn’t really promoting polyamory.

27 Jun 2013

NOM’s PR Ace Sure Knows How To Discourage NOM’s Donors

National Organization for Marriage’s PR guy, Frank Schubert, is trying to explain away NOM’s inability to attract grassroots donors by alleging that NOM’s would-be donors aren’t giving because they’re afraid that gays will harass them if they do.  From Campaigns & Elections: Frank Schubert, president of Mission Public Affairs and

27 Jun 2013

DOMA defense was doomed from Day 1 – Hey Boehner, I want my money back!

By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. They also dismissed the Prop 8 case, which means gays in California can resume getting married. All in all, an awesome day for the lgbt community  It almost – but not quite

27 Jun 2013

States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples Of Federal Marriage Benefits

With section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) invalidated, civil unions, once a cup half full, are now a cup half empty. On Wednesday the U. S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the section of DOMA that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman for

26 Jun 2013

We’re at a very strange moment in civil rights history, thanks to SCOTUS

Thanks to SCOTUS over the last two days: 1) If you’re a same-sex couple and live in CA, you can marry. 2) If you live in NC (or any other state with a “marriage protection amendment”) and were legally married elsewhere (in my case, Canada), your marriage is not recognized in

26 Jun 2013

DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Case Rejected On Jurisdiction

Ruling for DOMA: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Ruling for Prop 8 case: HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Statement from the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Statement by the President

25 Jun 2013

Photographing Gay Pride Is The Radical-Right’s Prurient Pursuit

I had to laugh at today’s email from anti-LGBT Illinois Family Institute because it is so emblematic of the radical-right.  Folks on the radical-right express disgust at gays and, especially, transgender and genderqueer people, yet they can’t resist posting whole photo albums of same.  From IFI’s email, which is all

25 Jun 2013

SCOTUS guts the Voting Rights Act — in a way that keeps its hands clean

Today SCOTUS handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, and essentially punted to Congress the matter of re-addressing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It struck down Section 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion (PDF) in the 5-to-4 decision; siding with Roberts were Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy,

25 Jun 2013

Immigration Is an LGBT Issue: A Binational Couple Awaits The DOMA Ruling

“If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman. This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal