Well, it finally happened. Months in the making, Dan Savage and Brian Brown battled it out in “The Dinner Table Debate,” discussing LGBT issues and Christianity and moderated by Mark Oppenheimer.
First, some background. In April, Savage, a sex columnist and originator of “It Gets Better,” an anti-bullying campaign, gave a speech in April to 3,000 high school students, during which some of his comments led to 24 high schoolers walking out. During his speech, Savage said that the origin of much anti-gay bullying comes from the Bible. Keep reading »
Last week, an interracial couple showed up for their wedding cake tasting at a small, family owned bakery in Colorado. But when the shop owner caught sight of the together-for-two-years pair, he turned them away because he doesn’t believe interracial couples should get married.
In a statement to the local television station, Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, said he and his family believe so strongly that blacks and whites should not marry that “we would close down the bakery before we would compromise our beliefs.”
Phillips has been overwhelmed by community support for his stance. After the interracial couple complained to media of the bakery’s refusal, Phillips says he had “about twice as much business as normal,” with Coloradans coming out in droves to buy sweets from a man who believes marriage should be reserved only for people who are the same race as their partners.
Weird, right, that in 2012, people would be so proud to support such a clearly racist business? Well, I’ve fudged some details: the couple that wanted to buy a cake from the Masterpiece Cake Shop isn’t interracial. They’re gay. Keep reading »
New Jersey couple Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere were married in 2010, and at their engagement party, photographer Kristina Hill captured a tender moment between the two with the stunning New York City skyline as a backdrop. The photo was placed on Edwards’ personal blog and the couple thought nothing of it until almost two years later, when the image suddenly and shockingly turned up halfway across the country in a political ad attacking gay unions. Keep reading »
The Democratic Party is set to officially incorporate a pro-gay marriage stance into its 2012 convention platform after a 15-member draft committee approved the new pro-marriage equality language over the weekend.
Much like the reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent (supposedly) conversion to pro-gay marriageness, reasonable people are saying: Hooray!
And also duh. And also about time.
The thing is, I don’t think you have to be a Democrat — or young — to appreciate the fact that civil rights for all people are a good thing. Maybe I’ve spent too much time reading Yo! Is This Racist? but I am both young and a Democrat and my patience wears ever thinner for people who can’t get with the fucking program on not being hate-mongering idiots. Keep reading »
Target is just one of several retailers that has realized gays and lesbians have money to spend and have decided to reflect that in their advertising. Under the tagline “Be Yourself, Together” with the words “That’s Love” under the red logo, Target’s new ad for its Wedding Gift Registry depicts a same-sex couple holding hands and touching noses as confetti falls around then. Very cute! But we also can’t forget that Target made a 2010 political donation to an anti-gay marriage candidate in Minnesota, prompting Lady Gaga to cancel an exclusive album deal with them. I hope this just one of many ways the company’s will make amends. [Styleite, Huffington Post]
The suburbs of Minneapolis are a land of quiet cul-de-sacs, hot dish potlucks, and mostly conservative politics, but in light of a new amendment that seeks to add a gay marriage ban to the Minnesota constitution, these neighborhoods have become something a bit more unexpected: a sea of rainbow flags. And who’s leading the charge? Church ladies, of course!
As soon as the State Legislature voted to include this despicable amendment on the November ballot, Gwin Pratt, a senior pastor at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, sprang into action, brainstorming ways to fight it. One church member, Cindy Eyden, proposed a plan: what if they bought rainbow flags and handed them out to anyone who wanted one? Keep reading »
A federal law that denies a host of benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. The court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns. Read more…