Reading this New York Times article about the dangerous and barbaric attacks on gay people in Nigeria after President Goodluck Jonathan signed a brutal new anti-gay bill into law makes me glad that Yemisi Ilesanmi is safely in the UK. I’m sure she has many friends back home, however, and their lives are very much …
Category Archive: Equality
Feb 12 2014
Feb 12 2014
Well this is a first and is likely to be a big story over the next few months. Michael Sam, a first-team all-American linebacker/defensive end from Missouri who is expected to be one of top draft picks in the NFL draft in May, has publicly revealed that he is gay.
Feb 11 2014
Eric Holder spoke to the Human Rights Campaign last week and announced that the Department of Justice was instructing all of its offices around the nation to treat all legally-performed same-sex marriages the same as an opposite-sex marriage regardless of where the couple actually lives. Howard Friedman explains what that will mean:
Feb 11 2014
A federal court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage last week and Thomas Peyser was there to observe the proceedings. He makes several interesting observations, including the parallels with Loving v Virginia, the case that overturned Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage (and all others as well, of course).
Feb 10 2014
A set of plaintiffs in Michigan who are challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption have filed a brief asking the court to disallow the testimony of Mark Regnerus as an expert in the case, citing the many methodological problems in his famous study of gay parenting (which wasn’t really about gay …
Feb 09 2014
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is a genuine theocrat, is calling for a constitutional convention in order to put a national ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution. Because gays are evil and God says so. Or something.
Feb 09 2014
After their partly successful challenge of a California law banning same-sex marriage, David Boies and Theodore Olson are now representing the plaintiffs challenging an identical law in the state of Virginia. This legal dream team, one Democrat and one Republican, have a steeper hill to climb this time.
Feb 06 2014
The brilliant Jeff Sharlet went to Russia to investigate how their totalitarian anti-gay law and virulently anti-gay culture is affecting the LGBT community there. Unfortunately, the results are not surprising. Things are bad there. Really bad.
Feb 05 2014
A new study shows what has been obvious to anyone paying attention for a long time, that anti-gay violence has become epidemic in Russia as religious and political authorities make gay people the scapegoat du jour with lurid tales of the need to “protect the children.”
Feb 03 2014
Brian Brown of the National Organization of Marriage gave a talk in Utah, which has a raging battle over marriage equality going on, and he went full Orwell, claiming that the fight against marriage equality is in fact the real battle for civil rights. “We stand up for the civil rights for all when we …
Feb 02 2014
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kiril, is every bit as irrational and absurd when trying to make a logical case against same-sex marriage. He appeared before the upper house of the Russian legislature recently and offered the usual terrible arguments.
Feb 01 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz has tried mightily to pander to the Christian right on one issue after another, but a speech he gave at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday might be a problem in that regard. Cruz strongly criticized Russian strongman Vladimir Putin for his “increasingly autocratic” ways and also slammed the Obama administration for not …
Jan 31 2014
As I’ve said, I’m not a fan of the mass wedding at the Grammys (or of the Grammys, for that matter), but I’m really enjoying watching the anti-gay bigots lose their freaking minds over it. Selena Owens of Conservative Campaign Committee PAC (I’m guessing those are pronounced as hard ‘C’s) says it was an assault …