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politics prove victory is close
By Drew Sheldrick, Star Observer, March 10, 2014
Last month’s defeat of Arizona’s “religious freedom”
bill, SB1062, and the defeat of a similar measure in Kansas a week prior
– is most significant because it marks the beginning of the end
in the battle for marriage equality in the US.
right runs out of steam in Arizona
By Francis Wilkinson, Stars and Stripes, March 6, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill, sponsored by fellow Republicans, to allow
business owners the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers
on the basis of religious beliefs. It was a jarring example of religious
conservatives in open, full-throated conflict with mainstream culture.
to photograph a gay wedding isn't hateful
By Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, March 5, 2014
The working assumption is that homophobia, anti-gay bigotry, and hatred
are obviously what's motivating anyone who declines to provide a service
for a gay wedding. That assumption is wrongheaded.
time to turn off the gaydar for good
By Scott Cost, FortMillTimes.com, March 4, 2014
I’m not here to pick sides. I’m here to show how ridiculous
it is to try and reason that it’s ever OK to refuse service to somebody
based on race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or anything other
than being a disruptive or dangerous customer.
aside, gay couples in Michigan have hope
Lansing State Journal, March 4, 2014
Public opinion is changing and it seems probable that eventually Michigan’s
laws will follow, by court order or by the ballot.
turns emphatic on causes like gay rights
New York Times, March 3, 2014
“12 Years a Slave” won best picture, but for much of the evening,
it was gay rights, not race, that held Hollywood’s attention at
terms of our surrender
By Ross Douthat, New York Times, March 3, 2014
What comes after the inevitable ruling on same-sex marriage?
gathering storm of bigotry and discrimination
By Tom Carpenter, Huffington Post, February 26, 2014
It's about time! Prompted by ever-vigilant bloggers, leading LGBT advocates
have sounded a belated alarm about the steady stream of proposed state
laws designed to deny basic human rights to LGBT Americans.
Virginia Delegate: A marriage ruling that counts me in
By Mark D. Sickles, Virginia House of Delegates
Washington Post, February 21, 2014
The pre-Valentine’s Day decision by U.S. District Judge Arenda L.
Wright Allen declaring Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
is a historic turning point in the long struggle for equality in the commonwealth
— the first state in the Old Confederacy to have its ban overturned.
By George Takei, AllegianceMusical.com, February 25, 2014
Dear Arizona: Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to
pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to
refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s
“sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the
gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers
can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants
can refuse to serve us.
Olympics failed gays, and gays failed the Olympics
By Rich Juzwiak, Gawker.com, February 25, 2014
For the last two weeks, the most radical voice inside Sochi's Olympic
stadiums was a wardrobe. Johnny Weir's array of queer-coded outfits included
a gold headband, a sequined blazer, a lace top, and always a bit more
makeup beyond what the camera dictates as necessary for anyone, regardless
of gender or sexuality.
By Gail Collins, New York Times, February 22, 2014
Voting has begun in the primaries, and one thing you can say about this
election season in Texas is that it certainly is not boring.
no good, very bad Samaritans
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, Huffington Post, February 24, 2014
These conservative Christians of Arizona and elsewhere where such discriminatory
legislation is being considered, however, are showing themselves to be
very bad Samaritans. Their so-called "religious freedom" bills
betray everything important about walking the walk of Christian faith.
Jason Collins, the next nine days are very important
Mansfield News Journal, February 24, 2014
Since the widespread hope here is that stories like this one eventually
become non-stories and the acceptance of homosexuality becomes even more
the norm rather than the exception, we start with this sobering reality
about Jason Collins and his historic decision to sign a 10-day contract
with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
'majority' doesn't make it all right
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, February 21, 2014
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seemingly bought into the false dichotomy pervading
the issue of same-sex unions. In the minds of many gay-marriage opponents,
numbers — whether majorities of voters in individual states or a
majority of the 50 states — can justify a constitutional wrong.
same-sex couples need two-parent adoption rights
By Gabriel Blau, Newsday Long Island, February 20, 2014
As a married gay man in New York raising an adopted son with my husband,
I am concerned that the current patchwork of sometimes insufficient marriage
and adoption laws across the country discriminates against lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender couples and our children.
NFL's homophobic fortress
Editorial, Bay Area Reporter, February 20, 2014
A few days after the NFL's first openly gay prospective player, Michael
Sam, came out to wide praise and positive support, the league's own hired
investigator released a disturbing report confirming a pervasive pattern
of bullying in the Miami Dolphins organization.
Crow laws for gays and lesbians?
By Kirsten Powers, USA Today, February 19, 2014
What's the matter with Kansas? A bill protecting the religious freedom
of businesses and individuals to refuse services to same-sex couples passed
the state House of Representatives last week. It was blessedly killed
in the state Senate on Tuesday.
Stonewall to marriage equality at lightning speed
By Peter Rosenstein, Washington Blade, February 18, 2014
The progress from Stonewall to marriage equality in my lifetime is amazing.
My accepting who I am mirrored the evolving LGBT movement.
in the locker room!
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, February 11, 2014
Let me get this, um, straight: Some N.F.L. players can withstand crushing
tackles but not an openly gay teammate?
cannot justify marital apartheid
By Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay and Brett L. Tolman
Salt Lake Tribune, February 11, 2014
To find conclusive proof that Amendment 3 is unconstitutional, the 10th
Circuit Court needs to look no further than the brief filed last week
by the state of Utah, which tries to justify second-class citizenship
for same-sex couples in Utah based on the ill-founded belief that they
are supposedly third-rate parents.
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