2111 posts categorized "Families"

May 23, 2015

An air for thee, my fairy-circled isle

At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lee.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.

It's Yes by a landslide in Ireland

Thanks and "Go maire tú an lá!" to my Irish cousins. Whaddaya say, Justice Kennedy?

May 22, 2015

National Review's staggering hypocrisy on judicial bias


The National Review slams Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for officiating at the May 17th Dupont Circle wedding of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, despite the fact that civil marriage equality has been the law in D.C. for more than five years, a fact unaffected by the SCOTUS marriage ruling expected by the end of June. Their denunciation of RBG is based on the fact that she is not shy about displaying her views on the subject of marriage equality.

Where is their outrage at the openly and repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the rights of gay people on the part of Ginsburg's colleague Antonin Scalia? They are silent on that. As the saying goes, they can take several seats.

9 times Josh Duggar lectured people on family values before admitting he was a child molester

Time and again over the past few decades, the loudest anti-gay defenders of "family values" have turned out to be adulterers and sexual predators themselves. A big chunk of the blame must be shouldered by the media who have given them a platform. One example, as our friend Joe Sudbay notes below, is the TLC Network.

Judge Granade expands Alabama marriage ruling statewide, puts on hold

This doubtless infuriated Judge Roy Moore, which is a good thing in itself. The (at least rhetorical) eagerness in some far-right quarters to start an armed insurrection in the event SCOTUS rules for nationwide marriage equality next month will be interesting to watch play out. The ones talking big now will likely back off; some of their unhinged followers, on the other hand, could act out in murderous ways. Then the inciters will act like Scott Lively, whose poisonous anti-gay evangelism led to the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, after which he insisted he didn't support violence and had nothing to do with it. Uh-huh.

Ireland votes in marriage referendum today

May 20, 2015

Historic pro-gay numbers from Gallup

Some very encouraging numbers from Gallup. It should be noted that the GOP presidential candidates will not be running in a national primary, and the primary voters they do face will be subsets of the voters in one party. But the national poll numbers are encouraging for supporters of equality, though we still must work for it.

Co-author disavows highly publicized study on public opinion and same-sex marriage

Fred Barbash at WaPo reports:

A highly publicized and influential scholarly study about people’s views on same sex marriage has been disavowed by one of its co-authors, citing “irregularities” in the data provided by his partner in the research. He is seeking a retraction of the study, published in the journal Science.

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

May 19, 2015

Backlash, Bullies, and Victory Blindness


My latest Blade column is about continuing the fight for equality amid the far right's increasingly hysterical backlash. Here is an excerpt:

On behalf of my friend Dorothy Gale, I wish to apologize for gay tornados.

Lately, "the gays" have been blamed for a long list of ills, both real and imagined. The looming prospect of nationwide marriage equality has sent some social conservatives around the bend. It is not just twisters for which we are on the hook. The catalog of cataclysms includes droughts, hurricanes, autism, ebola, economic recession, 9/11, the Amtrak wreck, 900,000 abortions, wiping out Christianity, even the Rapture.

As Rev. Jerry Falwell said after 9/11, "You helped this happen."

The nuns at St. Catherine's, who were always punishing us unjustly, told us unearned suffering was redemptive. So in a spirit of Christian fellowship, and to avoid the national trauma of a long trial, I have started confessing to everything anyone blames on LGBT people. I answer each idiotic charge with an abject apology: "There I go again. What was I thinking? I am so sorry."

I fear St. Dominic Savio, patron of the falsely accused, would weep at my irreverence. Forgive me. As Mae West said, "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Read the whole thing here.

A message to Pope Francis on respecting gay families

Priests Defy Bishops To Support Marriage Equality In Ireland

May 16, 2015

Church of Scotland allows ministers in same-sex relationships

Excellent news from Scotland.

Update on Ireland marriage equality campaign

With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.

Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel weds

Congrats to the happy couple.

May 15, 2015

Marriage discrimination bill fails in Texas

Congrats to our colleagues in Equality Texas and all who contributed to this victory.

May 14, 2015

The latest in scapegoating: Amtrak engineer was gay

(Photo via LinkedIn)

The latest thing to make you shake your head. Really: our opponents are this desperate, this unscrupulous, this hateful, this unhinged. Take your pick.

May 13, 2015

Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade

May 12, 2015

Could we maybe stop mistreating children with disabilities?

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, police handcuff an autistic girl and pin her to the ground for climbing a tree.

News that we're sure will make your day

Well heaven be praised. An anxious nation can finally breathe a sigh of relief. God bless you, you wonderful tight-faced lady.

Texas just can't get enough locks on its door

May 06, 2015

Gay British couple win high court battle over baby girl

Happy news from the United Kingdom.

The Daily Show commemorates the Hate Class of 2015

It was a weird morning last week outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. Jessica Williams of The Daily Show went for it.

Hillary calls for 'path to full and equal citizenship' as part of immigration reform

May 05, 2015

One for the team

Advocate reports on Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, the husbands featured on the kiss cam at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, a video which has gone viral. The crowd cheered.

April 29, 2015

Virginia Foxx disses EHN

Oh no she didn't.

Tony Perkins speaks outside SCOTUS

FRC's Tony Perkins spoke outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Joe Jervis sums up FRC's marriage fast campaign:

To sum up the entire campaign, the FRC suggested that it would be better to drown gay parents than have children grow up in their households, they prayed that the three heathen Jews on the Supreme Court "bow their knee before Jesus," and they prayed that the justices remember that all homosexuals must be executed. By comparison the other 18 prayers were just filler, really.

And this from America's new Attorney General:

April 28, 2015

Legal analysis of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges

Ari Ezra Waldman's legal analysis of the oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges are at Towleroad here:

  1. Part 1 of oral argument
  2. Debunking states' "procreation-centered" defense of bans
  3. Solicitor General’s argument

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court oral arguments

The audio of today's oral arguments before SCOTUS on the Sixth Circuit gay marriage cases is provided here in two parts. Mark Walsh at SCOTUSblog provides a view from the courtroom.

Ghosts in the Courtroom


On this momentous day at SCOTUS, I reprise my look at the superb results of the Mattachine Society's archive activism, embodied in its amicus brief on the government's history of anti-gay animus. Kudos to Charles Francis for his indefatigable efforts, and to McDermott Will & Emery for their invaluable help.

April 27, 2015

April 28 - Text LoveRules to 27722 for @LambdaLegal updates from #SCOTUS

Jeb Bush: not the moderate one

If you judge a man by the company he keeps, there is reason for concern regarding Jeb Bush.

April 24, 2015

Ted Cruz files two anti-gay marriage bills

Just to show that his meeting with gay hoteliers doesn't mean anything.

If our rights depend on cozying up to a snake like this, to hell with us.

It's civil marriage, Mike. Civil.

Mike Huckabee lies:

If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law. It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal. God help us all.

No. The First Amendment to the Unites States Constitution protects any religious organization's right to grant or withhold its sacraments according to its own faith doctrines. At issue before SCOTUS in Obergefell v. Hodges and the other cases due for oral arguments on April 28 is civil marriage, not religious marriage. Stop lying, Huck. It's a sin, you know.

HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality

The latest ad from the Human Rights Campaign.

Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language

Another beautiful sign of the culture shift in favor of our families, and the role of business in the shift.

Cordileone cancels NOM hate rally appearance

PFLAG Canada: Nobody's Memories


(Hat tip: John Becker)

April 23, 2015

Family Research Council, spreading Christ's love, or something

This exemplifies a point that Mike Signorile made last evening at his book chat at Politics and Prose: It is time to make it clear to the media that it is no more acceptable to bring on religious bigots like Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg of FRC to present "the other side" than it is to bring on white supremacists. They are entitled to their free speech, but they are not entitled to be given a media platform.

April 21, 2015

SCOTUS to Brian Brown: get lost

I hate these long goodbyes. Dear Brian Brown and NOM: don't go away mad, just go away.

At the center of the marriage equality case: Jim Obergefell

Here are a couple of pieces on the lead plaintiff in the lead marriage equality case being argued before SCOTUS on April 28.