Monday, January 30, 2012

"Reparative Therapy"...Not So Reparative, According To...Reparative Therapists!!

Wow!  NARTH, the organization that supposedly claims to be able to "cure" gay people from being gay, has now "lowered the expectations" of what they are able to do.  Check out the semantics of this statement.

Via ThinkProgress:

The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) issued a statement last week on “Sexual Orientation Change” that attempts to downplay the poor success rates and negative PR surrounding ex-gay therapy — not to mention the harmful impact it has on clients. Without any empirical research to support its conclusions, NARTH advocates redefining the very standard of “change” from an absolute category to a client-defined goalpost on a supposed continuum of change:

NARTH affirms that some individuals who seek care for unwanted same-sex attractions do report categorical change of sexual orientation. Moreover, NARTH acknowledges that others have reported no change. However, the experience of NARTH clinicians suggests that the majority of individuals who report unwanted same-sex attractions and pursue psychological care will be best served by conceptualizing change as occurring on a continuum, with many being able to achieve sustained shifts in the direction and intensity of their sexual attractions, fantasy, and arousal that they consider to be satisfying and meaningful. NARTH believes that a profound disservice is done to those with unwanted same-sex attractions by characterizing such shifts in sexual attractions as a denial of their authentic (and gay) personhood or a change in identity labeling alone.
How's that for basically saying "we are ineffective"?!!  Plus, their statement makes no mention of how harmful "reparative therapy" is!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In Defense Of Cynthia Nixon

Kinsey Scale, via Exceptional Primate
There has been a huge outcry regarding Cynthia Nixon's recent statements about her sexuality and the "choices" she has made.  She said being gay, at this point in her life, was a choice that she made.

Many people have condemned her for giving "ammunition" to the enemies of gay rights. In the famous words of taxidermist Chuck Testa...."NOPE".

Regardless of what we do or say, the people who hate us and work to deny us our basic rights will always find "ammunition" to use against us, whether it exists or not.  They don't care about facts and, in this case, Cynthia is correct with her facts...which only apply to her experience.  We are not all born either exclusively gay or exclusively straight...remember the Kinsey scale?  Yes, some of us are 1's or 6's during most of our lives, but the vast majority of humans lie somewhere in the area we are afraid to acknowledge.  It's called bisexuality.

Via E Online
If there is one thing I would suggest to Cynthia, it is to acknowledge that she had no choice in being attracted to both men and women.

I did not choose to be primarily attracted to men.  I was "Born This Way".  I have had sex with women.  Granted, I was much younger and still trying to conform to society's demands, but I was aroused and I was able to "do the job"...yes, it felt like work.

I could have done what many closeted men do.  I could have married a woman and lived my life as a man who had sex with woman.  I CHOSE not to.  I chose to live my life openly and enjoy sex with men.  That was the only choice that I made.  I thank God every day that I chose correctly...for me.

The "choice" we make is not the attraction, it is what we "choose" to do with it.

"Born This Way" is and Anthem for everyone.  If you are attracted to men, great!  If you are attracted to women, wonderful!  But, remember what the b in LGBT stands for.  We should not be afraid to let everyone make their own choices, which may not comform to what we as the gay community may want when it comes to fighting our enemies.  It is our job to educate and inform the world that we are perfect, just as we are.  It is our right to be the way God made us.  Maybe Cynthia is also trying to educate us that it is her right to be the way God made her.  In the end,  how she lives her life really is her choice.


Cynthia Nixon has just released a statement acknowledging that she is "bisexual" and that it is not a choice.

Via The Advocate:

"While I don't often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship.

Now...can we all just get along?!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

College Freshman Overwhelmingly Support Gay Marriage

I find this study so encouraging!  Slowly but surely, homophobia is dying off.  Even young, evangelical christians understand that it is both morally and legally right to grant marriage rights to same sex couples.  

First-year college students' political and social views continue to shift in a progressive direction. An unprecedented 71.3 percent of incoming college students indicated that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status, compared with 64.9 percent in 2009, according to the 2011 CIRP Freshman Survey, which is based on the responses of more than 200,000 first-time full-time students entering four-year colleges across the country. "Among students entering college, we're seeing a more unified support for same-sex marriage that reaches across political party lines," said John H. Pryor, lead author of the report and director of CIRP. "Given the influence of young voters in the last presidential election, candidates may want to pay careful attention to the student perspective on these and other civil rights issues."

Is "Purity Bear" Creepier Than "Pedobear"?

From the "Purity Bear" video
At least Pedobear is a joke created to mock child predators.  Purity Bear is serious.

So, the "Purity Bear" video is getting some attention after being featured on Tosh.0. A "pure" girl invites a young boy in to her house after a date while her parents aren't home.  Suddenly, a creepy stuffed bear (that only the guy can see or hear) shows up over his shoulder and convinces him not to go in (if you get my meaning) to maintain his "purity".

I am really tired of this concept that pre-marital sex is "impure".  For most gay men and lesbians, all sex is pre-marital.  Once again, the puritanical ideas that make any form of pleasure seem bad have corrupted what could be a healthy and fulfilling experience, whether or not there is a ring on your finger.

Proponents of abstinence only education like to site the "fact" that girls who don't wait for marriage to have sex often say they regret the decision....Duh!  If you are constantly told that if you have sex before marriage, you will be a slut, dirty, impure, would kind of skew your attitude about sex of any kind.'s post about Texas schools quietly introducing real sex education makes the point in a very funny way:

Another indication that Texas is beginnning to move toward better sex-ed programs: Well-known abstience-only educator Ed Ainsworth is getting less work. This year he'll only be visiting 50 to 60 schools in Texas. During the Bush administration, he was sharing sentiments like this at more than 100 schools per year:
"Will a condom protect your heart? As a female, will a condom protect your reputation? ... It might protect you from getting pregnant, it might protect you from getting a disease, but there's no way it will protect your heart, mind, emotions and reputation. There's no way. So how can we call it safe?"
To be fair, Ainsworth does present a compelling argument. Contraception can make sex much, much safer, but it won't prevent the puritanical idiots in your community from labeling you a slut.

It's the same for gays and lesbians that grow up in the most homophobic areas.  If you're constantly told that engaging in a certain behavior is really bad and you engage in that behavior, you're going to feel really bad about yourself.

That doesn't stop fundamentalists from causing more problems by advocating for abstinence only education, even though study after study shows that these programs don't work and in fact may increase the transmission of STDs.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Cure For Homophobia-NSFW

NOT SAFE FOR WORK LANGUAGE!...And very funny!!

Found at JoeMyGod:

Mitt Romney's Charitable Donations Support Anti-Gay Reparative Therapy

Rachel Maddow is reporting that The Massachusetts Family Institute has received donations from Mitt Romney's charitable donations revealed by the now infamous disclosure of his tax records.  The MFI promotes fringe reparative therapy.  The only people that believe this extremely harmful therapy to be effective are right wing freaks.  Maddow wants the mainstream media to do their job and ask Romney if he believes that gays can be "cured".  

Via The Advocate:

Disclosure of tax filings this week for the Tyler Charitable Foundation found that it had donated $10,000 in 2010 to the MFI, which The Advocate previously reported paid for a public awareness campaign that paints trans people as sexual predators. 

MFI also backs "ex-gay" organizations such as Exodus International and promotes the use of therapy as a supposed cure for homosexuality. 

Maddow spoke to Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, about the donations during her show on Thursday. At the end of her report, Maddow called on the media to ask about Romney's beliefs on this kind of therapy.

"If anybody has the chance to ask Mitt Romney a question on this — I never do, they never return my calls — you might just say, 'Hey, your family foundation has been funding the promotion of pray-away-the-gay organizations, do you believe that homosexuality can be cured through therapy or praying?'" Maddow suggested. "You could just ask. Wouldn't take long. Might not kill you."

Watch the report below.

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Hates Gay Star Wars Characters!!

Seriously, Tony? Don't you have real people to hate?

Via TowleRoad:

In a radio bulletin called 'Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire' the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins urged his listeners to bombard video game maker Bioware with comments over its decision to include gay relationships in its Star Wars: The Old Republic video game, Right Wing Watch reports:
Perkins_swSaid Perkins:
"In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it's launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that "gay" and "lesbian" don't exist in the Star Wars universe."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Serial Adulterer Newt Says Gay Marriage Is Paganism

The man who hates marriage is at it again.  Everything he's ever done with regard to marriage has damaged the institution.  

Via Joe My God:

"It's pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it's a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization." - Newt Gingrich, speaking on a conference call to the anti-gay Faith Coalition.

RELATED: Newt Gingrich would like to remind everybody that that marriage is between one man and one woman whom you abandon riddled with cancer on her hospital bed while you fuck the shit out of your mistress whom you later marry and cheat on with a third woman while screaming with Godly moral outrage about the infidelities of the president.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Washington State Has Enough Votes To Pass Gay Marriage

Clockwise from top left: Gov. Christine Gregoire, Mary Margaret Haugan,
Steve Litzow, Cheryl Pflug
Looks like another state is poised to pass Gay Marriage. The Washington house already has enough votes to pass the bill...Fingers crossed!   
Washington now has enough votes to pass a marriage equality bill in the state Senate, following a state senator’s announcement of her support today after hours of public hearings regarding the measure.

Mary Margaret Haugen became the 25th member of the state senate, and the last vote needed to pass the bill, after scores of same-sex marriage supporters told their stories in the state capital for more than two hours.

The bill, first brought up by Washington governor Christine Gregoire, is expected to easily pass in the House but was one vote short of passage in the Senate until Haugen announced her support this afternoon.
Haugen, a Democrat, cited her "very strong Christian beliefs" as part of the reason she supports marriage equality.

"Only one being in this world is omniscient, and it's not me," she said in a statement. "Personally I have always said when I accepted the Lord, I became more tolerant of others. I stopped judging people and try to live by the Golden Rule. This is part of my decision. I do not believe it is my role to judge others, regardless of my personal beliefs."
Openly gay senator Ed Murray, a driving force behind the bill, said he hopes the bill will continue to cross partisan lines and attract the other four remaining members of the senate who have yet to announce their opinion regarding the measure. Of the undecideds, two are Republicans and two are Democrats. And there is a solid group of 20 “no” voters (including two Democrats).

Lacey All, chair for Washington United for Marriage, said the senator's decision was the result of those stories told by LGBT Washingtonians.

“We’ve known for a long time that our stories are powerful, and sharing those stories can change hearts and minds," All said in a statement cheering the decision. "Hundreds of constituents shared their stories of love, commitment and family with Sen. Haugen, and in doing so convinced her that she was doing the right thing for Washington.”

Steve Litzow was the first Republican in the Senate to endorse Gregoire’s proposal and has faced threats from antigay groups like the National Organization for Marriage that pledge to campaign against any Republican who supports the bill. 

“It’s really consistent with the fundamental tenets of individual freedom and personal responsibility,” he said in an interview with The Advocate. “It’s all about people getting to live the life they want to live without the government getting involved. It’s a core principle of the type of Republican I am.”

Less than a week later, fellow Republican senator Cheryl Pflug joined Litzow, and Democrat Jim Kastama announced his support last week, putting the Senate within one vote of passing marriage equality. Now Haugen has pledged to deliver that final vote. Washington is poised to become the seventh state in the country, plus the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriage.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

UK Muslim Men Found Guilty For Anti-Gay Leaflets

Kabir Ahmed, left to right, Razwan Javed and Ihjaz Ali 
There is no such thing as 100% free speech, not here in the U.S. and not in the U.K.  Inciting violence is illegal. Yelling "fire" in a crowded movie house is not protected free speech;  Neither is calling for the death penalty just for being gay in the U.K.  These men claim they were only practicing their right to free speech by simply quoting The Koran.  Uh, bullshit.  They knew exactly what they were doing and, guess what? Gays have a right not to be terrorized!

Via TowleRoad:

The Guardian reports:
In a landmark case, a jury at Derby crown court ruled that Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed had breached hate crime legislation by handing out the leaflets outside the Jama mosque, in Rosehill Street, Derby, in July 2010, as well as putting them through nearby letterboxes. Sentencing was adjourned until 10 February. Two other men, Mehboob Hussain and Umar Javed, were found not guilty of the same charge.

One leaflet, entitled "Death Penalty?", showed an image of a mannequin hanging by the neck from a noose, accompanied by references to homosexual sex.

The men had pleaded guilty to distributing the flyers but not to the charges:
After the verdicts, Sue Hemming, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service's special crime and counter-terrorism division, said: "Everyone has a right to be protected by the law and we regard homophobic crimes, along with all hate crimes, as particularly serious because they undermine people's right to feel safe.

"This case was not about curtailing people's religious views or preventing them from educating others about those views – it was that any such views should be expressed in a lawful manner and not incite others to hatred."

The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which came into force in 2010, made it an offence to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The BBC adds:
One gay man, who gave evidence but cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he received the Turn Or Burn and Death Penalty? leaflets through the door of his home on two occasions. He said the first leaflet, Turn Or Burn, made him feel "quite horrified" and it was after he received Death Penalty? that he called the police.

"They made me feel terrorised in my own home," he said. "Sometimes I wondered whether I would be getting a burning rag through the letterbox or if I would be attacked in the street.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

America's Mayors Support Gay Marriage

America's cities are, once again, leading the way towards a more progressive country.
More than 80 mayors from across the country announced their support for  marriage equality today, predicting that it would one day come to all of their cities.
They pledged their support as part of the launch of a new effort called Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Included are mayors of the five largest U.S. cities:  Michael Bloomberg of New York, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Rahm Emanuelof Chicago (who was not at the news conference but signed the pledge), Annise Parker of Houston, and Michael Nutter of Philadelphia.
All of the mayors have signed a pledge to fight for marriage equality and encourage other lawmakers to take up the cause.
After New York enacted marriage equality last year, Bloomberg said the freedom to marry in the state has “only made New York stronger,” and extending that right to all American citizens is only a matter of time.
“For me, the question is not if marriage equality will come to all 50 states. The question is when, and with America’s mayors standing up for what is right in their cities, I believe that day will come sooner than most people think,” he said at the news conference, which was held during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C..
Bloomberg said he would welcome President Obama speaking out unequivocally on marriage equality. So far, Obama has said only that his views on the issue are “evolving.”
Villaraigosa, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, emphasized the need to set aside partisan divisions, saying “the more support we build in our cities and states, the stronger the case we can make for extending the freedom to marry.”

Monday, January 16, 2012

Are Gay Parents Better Than Straight Parents?

But, aren't gays the ultimate threat to families?!  What is this world coming to when research and data show that gays and lesbians are just as good as straight couples at raising children...maybe even better in some circumstances.  Damn those facts!!
Gay marriage, and especially gay parenting, has been in the cross hairs in recent days.
On Jan. 6, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a New Hampshire audience that children are better off with a father in prison than being raised in a home with lesbian parents and no father at all. And last Monday (Jan. 9), Pope Benedict called gay marriage a threat "to the future of humanity itself," citing the need for children to have heterosexual homes.

But research on families headed by gays and lesbians doesn't back up these dire assertions. In fact, in some ways, gay parents may bring talents to the table that straight parents don't.
Gay parents "tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents," said Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting. Gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals, Goldberg said. "That translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement."
And while research indicates that kids of gay parents show few differences in achievement, mental health, social functioning and other measures, these kids may have the advantage of open-mindedness, tolerance and role models for equitable relationships, according to some research. Not only that, but gays and lesbians are likely to provide homes for difficult-to-place children in the foster system, studies show. (Of course, this isn't to say that heterosexual parents can't bring these same qualities to the parenting table.)

Comic Todd Glass Comes Out On Mark Maron's Radio Show

Todd has been one of my favorites, listening to Pandora "Today's Comedy Radio".  Good for him for coming out!  

Comedian Todd Glass, who appeared on the second and third seasons of NBC'sLast Comic Standing and has appeared regularly onLouie, Tosh.0, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Politically Incorrect, came out as a gay man today on an episode of WTF with Marc Maron. 
After a bit of banter, Maron told viewers the 47-year-old comic was on his podcast to say something important. Glass joked that he's there simply for self-promotion, then Maron responded, “I thought you were gay." He suggested Glass say it himself.

“I have a very hard time saying that,” Glass said. “And don’t get this wrong. I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of who they are—especially younger people. I always hated using that term and that’s partly why I’ve always been sympathetic to people who don’t [want to be labeled certain things]. I hate that word. But I like it better than the other word—homosexual.”

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rick Santorum Gets "JoanSmacked"!!

Don't fuck with her, fellas!!  You homophobic bitches better watch what you say!  If you spout some anti gay evil stupidity, Queen bitch Joan Crawford will rise from the dead and bitch slap you!!  I don't usually advocate violence but since it is only Hollywood magic, I say slap away!!


To quote Vera Donovan in Steven King’s Dolores Clairborne, “sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto.”

Golden Age screen legend Joan Crawford was definitely a rhymes-with-witch in her lifetime, but we’re happy to see she’s using her nastiness for good in the afterlife. Here she materializes into a Fox News clip to give Rick Santorum a good thrashing for defending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and saying gays can go straight if they really want to.
The clip comes courtesy of Gay Carrington, which sounds like the name of Blake’s otherillegitimate sister on Dynasty.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Homophobic Teacher May Lose Her Job

This is probably the only time that "family values" folks won't be screaming "what about the children?"
I'm sure that there will be, as usual, the cries of "religious discrimination" because the soon to be (hopefully) former teacher can't spew her anti gay hatred without any retaliation.  She is currently in a position to have an influence over many young students, some of whom are gay.  Those students deserve the freedom from her bigotry while they develop a sense of self worth.  I don't like to wish unemployment on anyone in this economy.  I guess the lesson here is there are consequences to your actions and your words.
A New Jersey high school teacher who ranted on Facebook about the supposed evils of gay people may be removed from her position, as her school board files tenure charges against her.
Viki Knox is currently on administrative leave afterunleashing a torrent of antigay postings in October. Responding to a display related to LGBT History Month, she called homosexuality a "perverted spirit" and a "sin" that "breeds like cancer." In late December, the Union Township school board filed formal tenure charges against the longtime teacher, which could be the first step in firing Knox.
"Every student, no matter what race, creed, color, or sexual orientation ought to be able to come to school and feel comfortable in a learning environment that’s welcoming and nurturing," school board president Francis Perkins told

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pope Benedict Calls Gay Marriage A Threat To The Future Of Humanity

Another hypocritical statement from the Pope, who has been accused of covering up for pedophile  priests.  Benedict's hyperbole regarding the "danger" of gay marriage is almost laughable compared to the damage that the Catholic church has had on so many families for promoting homophobia and for protecting pedophilia.  Therein lies the real danger to humanity!
Pope Benedict XVI used his Monday “State of the World” address to condemn efforts around the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, calling same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”
Pope Benedict thinks gay marriage is SCARY!!
Initially speaking about economic issues, the “Arab Spring,” and of the importance of education, the pontiff switched gears and took aim at the LGBT community.
“Pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and woman,” the leader of the 1.3-billion member Roman Catholic Church said.
“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he told the crowd of 180 diplomats gathered in the Vatican.
Next month, according to New York Daily News, the pope will elevate New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a leading opponent of marriage equality to cardinal, the elite group that leads critical Roman Catholic institutions. Dolan once attacked the Obama administration for not supporting a federal ban on gay marriage, saying the the choice would drive “conflict” between church and state of “enormous proportions.”

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hateful Homophobe Peter LaBarbera Begs For Removal Of Frothy "Santorum" Site

Dan Savage

Dan Savage rightly makes the point that Rick Santorum is not just anti-gay, he is anti-straight as well.  He wants to impose his extremist Christian beliefs on the entire nation.  Now, the fundies are begging Savage to take down the now infamous website which, inconveniently for Santorum, is the number 1 result when you search "Santorum" on google.

So, the rabidly anti-gay religious right, AKA the Christian Taliban, is now speaking out against hate directed at one of their own.  Once again, they are such poor, poor "victims"!

Via Edge Chicago:
Anyone who has Googled "Santorum" recently is well aware of the "frothy" website that pops up as the number one search result. The conservative and anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality has become aware of the hilarious page, and its president, Peter LaBarbera, is asking the site’s creator, gay activist Dan Savage, to take it down.

Peter LaBarbera
"Today, I appeal to homosexual activist Dan Savage: take down your anti-Rick Santorum hate-site,," LaBarbera said in a statement.

"We get it, Dan, you HATE Rick Santorum, and you want to punish him for comments he made about the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing sodomy," he argues. "But as a prolific writer and advocate, surely you have abundant opportunities to address Santorum’s arguments civilly -- without resorting to cruel, twisted campaigns designed to destroy a man’s name and reputation by associating it with perversion."

Savage’s website shows an image of a "brown stain" on a white background with his unique "definition" of the word Santorum: "Santorum (san-TOR-um) n. 1. The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex."

Here is Dan Savage discussing the issue on "Young Turks"

Friday, January 6, 2012

Out Soldier Randy Phillips Shows Shirtless Oblique Workout

Do Ask Do Tell
What is hotter than a buff, gay U.S. Soldier showing us his buff torso?  Not much!!

Via Huffington Post:
Randy Phillips, the gay U.S. soldier who became an Internet sensation after filming himself coming out to his father just hours after the repeal of the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in September, is finding new ways to utilize his newfound fame.
Now, the 21-year-old Phillips hopes to help his viewers kick off their post-holiday workouts with a video of himself demonstrating "Oblique Side Crunches." Though he insists on his YouTube page that he was "nowhere near [his] best physical shape" at the time the clip was shot, the toned, shirtless Phillips -- who reportedly would like to open his own gym one day -- certainly gets our stamp of approval.
View Phillips' original coming out clip, along with HuffPost Gay Voices' picks for the best LGBT-related viral videos of 2011

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Nancy Pelosi Intervenes In Gay Couple Deportation

This is a very good thing that Nancy Pelosi did!  There are certain benefits that can only come with federally recognized gay marriage.  You can't create a contract that guarantees social security survival benefits.  You can't guarantee that your partner is protected from deportation without federal marriage recognition. 
As ThinkProgress has often reported, many binational gay couples live in constant fear of being separated by deportation because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the federal government from recognizing their relationships. But for one San Francisco couple at least, the story has a happy ending, thanks to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Pelosi personally intervened on behalf of two of her constituents, Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, a couple who have lived in San Francisco’s Castro District for the better part of 19 years and were married in Massachusetts in 2004:
Makk is an Australian citizen who was facing deportation after the couple was denied spousal immigration benefits under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Wednesday the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent the couple a letter that they have been granted a two year deferred action on deportation. Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, personally intervened on behalf of the couple to ensure that Makk could stay in the country.
“The positive resolution of Anthony’s immigration petition is a personal victory for Bradford and Anthony, and keeps this loving couple together,” Pelosi said in a statement. Pelosi told the couple about the ruling herself Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wash. Gov. Gregoire To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill

2012 is starting off well with the march towards gay rights in the U.S.  Here is another Governer working to grant equal marriage rights for the GLBT community.  With national polls showing a majority support for Gay Marriage, politicians are slowly but surely following the public on this issue.  

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she wants Washington to become the seventh state in the nation to make gay marriage legal.

She said at a news conference she'll introduce the bill that, if passed by the state Legislature, would allow same-sex couples to obtain a marriage license in Washington state.
"It is time. It's the right thing to do and I will introduce the bill to make it happen," said Gregoire. "Once again, the call for equality is sweeping through our nation and this time it's for our gay and lesbian couples."
Gregoire said the law would not require churches or other religious institutions to perform gay marriage ceremonies.

In November, a coalition called Washington United for Marriage announced it would lobby the Legislature to approve a gay marriage this year. In 2009 the Legislature passed, and voters later upheld, a bill that greatly expanded the rights of same-sex domestic partners. That measure was known as the "everything but marriage" bill. Nearly 19,000 people in Washington state are registered as domestic partners.
“I think (Gregoire’s) support certainly helps, but we still have the struggle and we don’t have the votes yet, but I think we’re going to get them this year,” said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, who is openly gay.