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James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to equality of rights before the law, social tolerance and civil liberties. He has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal (Europe), Reason, and The Johannesburg Star. He is the author of Zimbabwe: Death of a Dream, as well as the novel City Limits and is currently working on a new book, The State Against Gays. He edits the Equality and Marriage site, and the Storey Institute blog.

Entries by James Peron

Gay Hero of Sydney Hostage Crisis Died a Second Class Citizen

(469) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Often in times of crisis we find unlikely heroes; individuals who go well beyond the call of duty. Often these people are gay.

In ages past, this fact would be ignored, or not spoken about. It could even be a burden. Oliver Sipple was a Marine who saw combat...

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Classic Television Wasn't Always Classy

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:02 AM

In recent weeks, I've almost exclusively been watching television shows from the early '60s. Often suffering culture shock while doing so.

I have to say the incessant smoking often seems highly inappropriate -- let alone stupid. Seeing a father smoking while talking to his young son, smoke blowing around the...

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Nathaniel Branden 1930-2014

(15) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 6:31 PM

One of the most fascinating, and perhaps controversial figures, of modern America, Nathaniel Branden, died this morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. Dr. Branden was 84. He was known as a close associate of Ayn Rand's and the father of the modern self-esteem movement. He is preceded in...

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Is a Church Being Forced to Perform a Gay Wedding?

(136) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:18 AM

I suspect there is a lot of misinformation about the so-called Hitching Post Wedding Chapel case. Here is how fundamentalist anti-gay crusaders at "Alliance Defending (sic) Freedom" present things:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop...

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Marriage Equality, a Road to Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:04 AM

One point I try to get across to uninformed individuals -- uninformed about the purpose and nature of marriage -- is that the law -- both common law and statutory law -- makes assumptions about family. You are born into a family and that family has inheritance rights, rights to...

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Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:32 AM

What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?"

Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.

They are using it in terms of Joan Rivers and what doctors...

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Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies

(20) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Conservatives, attempting to shore up a sinking ship, claim their ideology is inherently libertarian, instead of the obvious choice: authoritarian.

In spite of such juvenile attempts the differences are obvious to objective observers. One of the most outspoken voices of the theocratic right is Bryan Fischer of the American Family...

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Marriage Equality and the Factually Challenged

(39) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Anti-gay campaigner John Eastman, Chair of the hateful National Organization for (sic) Marriage, says: "We keep making the argument of the importance of marriage, that it takes a man and a woman to make a child and that the state can't continue to redefine that if civilization's policy...

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The Lament of the Conservative Left

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 3:23 AM

David Selbourne, in the left-of-center New Statesmen, writes:

With socialism at the end of its historical evolution, the "left" now lacks a coherent sense of what progress is. It has only a ragbag of causes and issues, rational and irrational, urgent and idle: a politics of personal...
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Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 11:35 PM

To paraphrase Abba, "Coming out is never easy, I know."

For someone such as Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, it was a question he was hounded about since he was 14 and represented Australia in the World Championship.

Thorpe has now said he is a gay man and was...

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Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

(34) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society.

I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before. After the failure of Prohibition and their Pyrrhic victory in...

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Gary Oldman Doesn't Get Free Speech

(188) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:53 AM

Gary Oldman made something of an ass of himself. In an obscenity-laced interview with Playboy he whined about Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson being victims of "political correctness."

Oldman started by misrepresenting the facts in both cases:

Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he's pissed off...

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Why Hate Defeats Itself

(57) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Someone just sent a scan of a picture of me from an old college yearbook; I was just a kid really. I looked more like I was 14-years-old than 20. I was a recent graduate of a fundamentalist Christian high school, run by the man who pushed Jerry Falwell to...

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Where Is the Gay Marriage Disaster?

(22) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 2:41 AM

It's been 10 years since same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts. So, precisely what are the results of this deregulation? Anti-gay activists predicted disaster for "the family," but were always quite vague about how.

Of course, they may claim that 10 years is not enough time to gage the...

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Marriage Equality, the Ex-Marine and Ayn Rand

(143) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:33 PM

Ex-marine Roger Huffstetler discovered two friends were gay. One was a bunkmate from Afghanistan; the other a childhood friend. He started to wonder what kind of friend he was and went to them. Both assured him he had never said or done anything that was hurtful. Roger thought...

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Courtesy Is Not Political Correctness

(32) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:14 PM

John Stossel is no intellectual. Even when right, he tends toward simplistic answers lacking nuance and he's too quick to pander to conservatives. Now, simplistic seems to work for Fox News fans, and he has to keep the show moving, which means there is rarely any substantive discussion. But it...

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Hate the Gays, Hate the Capitalists

(64) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Mississippi, a state that tends to be at the bottom of every index of states -- where bottom is not good -- has passed a misnamed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Like most government legislation, the name has nothing to do with its actual intent. In effect, it says laws that...

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When Is Tolerance Intolerable?

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 11:36 PM

Some of the most irrational arguments I've run across in the debate on marriage equality are 1) the claim that equality supporters are being intolerant, and 2) what is happening is just a "difference of opinion."

What is the "difference of opinion" being discussed? Some think gay people ought to...

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Bigotry for Me, But Not for Thee: The Religious Right and Its Selective Use of Anti-Discrimination Law

(48) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:12 AM

One of the lies of the religious right is that its opposition to gays being protected by anti-discrimination laws stems from a desire for liberty. Claims of a defense of individual liberty are often made by religious right front groups that themselves pursue anti-discrimination lawsuits.

The misnamed "Liberty Institute"...

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The Blindness of Privilege in a Time of Oppression

(18) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Lesbian ski jumper, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, has been downplaying the severity of anti-gay measures in Russia.

She claims oppression of gay people is blown out of proportion. How does she know this? "I had a very good welcome like every other athlete. There were absolutely no problems."...

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