2268 posts categorized "Families"

November 26, 2015

The First Family Serves Thanksgiving Dinner 2015

The White House writes:

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, and Sasha volunteer at Friendship place, a local organization in Washington, DC that serves the local homeless population. November 25, 2015.

November 24, 2015

The truth about Marion Barry


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry's hagiographers were at it again yesterday on the anniversary of his death, and I am calling them on their bullshit.

When Marion was still with us I always maintained cordial dealings with him, because he was still an elected official. No good would have been served by burning that bridge, though he himself burned many. But that is behind us. We are strong enough, all of us, to confront the truth.

Marion was a smart and politically gifted man. But his utter lack of personal discipline brought discredit to the District and gave comfort to those bent on denying us self-determination. He saddled us with the Financial Control Board. He made racist statements about Asian shop owners. He so abused earmarks to reward his friends that the Council abolished them. He was the most piggish womanizer. He led an anti-gay chant at a rally organized by Bishop Harry Jackson. Just 28 months ago, this was the headline: "Marion Barry Fined And Censured By D.C.'s Ethics Board Over Gifts From Contractors."

He set himself up for a fourth "comeback" term as mayor by running against his most loyal ally on the Council, Mrs. Rolark. After his years as Ward 8 councilmember, it remains the poorest ward; but not a tiny shred of that is ever put on him by his hagiographers. That was his way--treating every bit of every failure as entirely other people's fault. If that is true, what did he keep running for? He used people.

He has been gone a year. Yet some people cling to fantasy nonsense about his greatness, largely based on things he did in the late 1970s and early 1980s and refusing to confront how he went off the rails. The denial is pathological. The pandering by others is pathetic. It is time to stop this nonsense. Marion did some good things. But the Mayor-for-Life glorification requires a highly selective memory. Who is helped by this? Nobody, certainly not his troubled son who was exploited by people who wanted to create a Barry dynasty. It is time to move on for the sake of all of the city, including and especially its most downtrodden.

November 20, 2015

Rep. Polis defends vote to block Syrian refugees

Rep. Jared Polis defends his disgraceful vote to block Syrian refugees.

November 18, 2015

Obama: GOP's refugee talk 'needs to stop,' is 'recruitment tool' for ISIS

Jobs the son of a Syrian immigrant

November 16, 2015

Ted Cruz’s hypocritical view of Syrian refugee crisis

Chris Johnson weighs in on the noxious Ted Cruz.

Baby-stealing judge takes himself off case

Good riddance.

November 06, 2015

D.C. Council backs domestic partner termination bill

One of our last bits of cleanup. Thanks to the DC Council members, in particular Judiciary chairman McDuffie and the other committee members. And thanks to GLAA Secretary Saul Cruz for his work on this bill.

November 05, 2015

Top Colombia court rules same-sex couples can adopt children

November 04, 2015

Kim Davis In New Court Brief Blasts 'Impotent Kentucky Governor'

Kim Davis refuses to go away. And soon she will have a right-wing governor backing her up.

New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Israel's Supreme Court to consider 'historic' gay marriage petition

November 02, 2015

Ben Carson doesn't hate gays hard enough for Tony Perkins

The Family Research Council could hardly get more fringe than it is already, but it does try.

Taiwan presidential frontrunner officially endorses marriage equality

N. Ireland votes for marriage equality, anti-gay politicians veto it

October 29, 2015

Ben Carson tries to have it both ways

We have been dealing with this kind of brazenly illogical dismissiveness for years. I'm sorry, but if you're not anti-gay, then stop discriminating against us.

October 25, 2015

Same-sex couples marry in Taiwan

October 21, 2015

Identical twins Jonas and Nicole Maines always knew they should be brother and sister

Study: Same-sex parents spend significantly more time with kids

Top Mormon leader says people like Kim Davis should just do their jobs and marry gay couples

A sign of the times.

White House defends Clinton’s evolution on marriage

October 15, 2015

D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act criticized

Mark Lee weighs in against the pending D.C. bill to guarantee 16 weeks of universal paid leave. Zack Ford of ThinkProgress objects to the Blade having run the piece at all. My reply is below.

October 14, 2015

Mother supports her 8-year-old transgender son

This is a beautiful story. Good for Jodie and Penel.

October 12, 2015

Taiwanese LGBT activists unfurl giant 100kg rainbow flag in support of same-sex marriage bill

South African church recognizes gay marriage

October 04, 2015

Vatican fires priest who came out as gay on eve of synod

Pope Francis, Kim Davis and culture wars revisited

September 30, 2015

Pope Francis sought out Kim Davis for a blessing

I hardly know what to say about the revelation that the pope met secretly with Kim Davis while here in Washington. I cannot say I was surprised, given the harsh anti-gay things he said when he was Cardinal Bergoglio and his inviting the likes of Tony Perkins to a confab last year. But after my first angry reactions as I was reading my Twitter feed, I thought of my gay Catholic friends, some of them extraordinary activists and the most admirable of people. Then I thought of love ones whose spirits were crushed by religious homophobia. And I thought of the representatives of the Archdiocese of Washington that fought us on every major piece of pro-LGBT legislation before the D.C. Council for the past three decades. And my main feeling is great sorrow.

I left the Church 45 years ago, not because I was gay but because I did not like the authoritarian mindset and the expectation that I should let others do my thinking for me. But though you can leave the Church, the Church does not so easily leave you if you were born and raised in it. This is family for me, who growing up had a nun for a cousin and a priest for an uncle. I know that people I care about and respect are in pain. I don’t feel like marshaling arguments right now. Even though I myself counseled against wishful thinking with this conservative pope on account of his pastoral gifts, that doesn’t remove the sadness one bit.

All I can say, as I said long ago to a lover whose guilt and self-hatred stole him from me, is that you are not disordered, and no God could be sadistic enough to give you this love and this desire and then condemn you for it. That so many persist in doing so, and urge the cruelty of lifelong celibacy on us as the only acceptable option, is wickedness supported by cherry-picked lines from ancient texts most of which the quoters blithely ignore. I can’t blame anyone for getting their hopes up. I learned a crucial lesson long ago, that each of us has a separate journey to make. Just consider, if you are a bit frayed at the moment, that there is more fellowship around you than you may realize.

One of the good early reactions to the confirmation from the Vatican is from Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry.

Kim Davis claims to have met the Pope

We have no reason to believe this, certainly not coming from Liberty Counsel. Evidence, please.

Pope Francis calls Rome’s mayor ‘pretend Catholic’ for supporting marriage equality

Nice of @Pontifex to wait until he was out of the U.S. to give his blunt opinion.

September 24, 2015

Pope: ‘Basis of marriage’ being called into question

Pope Francis said in his remarks to a joint meeting of Congress today:

Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family.

Your Holiness, my family is of value and is not a threat to anyone else's. Your church has denigrated our love and fought our civil rights and protections every step of the way. Please tell your brother bishops to stop it.

September 21, 2015

NYT: portraits of the LGBTI community on Instagram

September 18, 2015

House votes to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

The battle is on.

September 15, 2015

Tide to Go wedding

This cheeky commercial will upset the likes of Matt Staver and Tony Perkins. It was directed by Mark Nickelsburg, who is quoted about it here.

September 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders defends abortion rights before Liberty University audience

This clip from his appearance at Liberty University shows why so many people love Bernie Sanders.

Kim Davis will take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses

September 13, 2015

Linda Harvey wants anti-gay Christians to segregate themselves

Works for me, Linda. Leaving is quite simple. You put one foot in front of the other.

The martyr business

Kareem is right. When 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, it's hard to make the case that there's a war on Christianity just because a few fanatics are blocked from using the civil law to discriminate against those who don't agree with them.

September 11, 2015

Someone get Huckabee a straitjacket

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is becoming more and more unhinged. He can't even stick to one off-the-wall pronouncement per day. Someone get him help.

Oath Keepers: Not the militia the Founders had in mind

These heavily-armed pseudo-patriots now threaten federal marshals. If these fanatics are not domestic terrorists, who is?