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California Prop 8 Trial: No One Is Perfect

Posted January 14, 2010 | 19:50:00 (EST)

In California, the trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is underway. Soon, in New Jersey, a similar trial will take place. The proponents of Prop 8 say that "states have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples for the sake of procreation."

The Holy See has...

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Oil Tears

Posted January 8, 2010 | 10:37:07 (EST)

Boat, the woman said to her small toddler she was holding. See that? It's a boat...

I've been to many war memorials, having grown up with two great aunts who were members of the Daughters of the Confederacy and lived in Lynchburg, Virginia. But I have never heard something that...

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- For All

Posted October 28, 2009 | 16:04:48 (EST)

Wake up America! A huge battle for rights is about to be voted on in Maine. This will effect everyone from sea to shining sea.

Just like in California in 2008, rights that have already been granted will be voted on. Everyone was shocked when California lost marriage equality...

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Maine, The Way Life Should Be

Posted September 18, 2009 | 13:55:31 (EST)

I love the sign that marks the entrance into Maine on I-95. "Maine: The way life should be." Every time I cross the Piscataqua bridge, I heave a big sigh of relief. I love Maine. Everything about it.

Today, I read a poll that says we are losing the battle...

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Fifty Bucks and a Card Game: A Father's Gift

Posted May 14, 2009 | 10:57:55 (EST)

A friend of mine, who I'll call John, phoned the other day. He was on the way to the nursing home to say goodbye to his father, long ill, and finally succumbing to age. He was heartbroken but ready -- he loved his father enough to let go.

I can't...

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Another Dead Boy

Posted April 22, 2009 | 18:04:10 (EST)

My heart is broken. Another dead boy. On the heels of Carl Walker-Hoover's suicide, another boy has killed himself rather than endure the daily taunting.

Jaheem Herrera was eleven. He hung himself in his closet. His mother complained repeatedly to the school that he was being bullied. Nothing happened. What...

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Faith Community and LGBT Community Come Together

Posted April 14, 2009 | 11:41:53 (EST)

I went to a funeral today. Of a little boy. 11 years old. He lay in the coffin, in a grown up suit, dead.

So little.

He killed himself last week because he was taunted, over and over, for being gay. who knows if he was, or wasn't -- not...

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11 Year Old Kills Himself After Gay Taunts Left Unaddressed

Posted April 10, 2009 | 17:55:00 (EST)

An eleven-year-old boy hung himself in Springfield, MA yesterday. He had been repeatedly taunted as "gay" even though he did not identify as such. His mother went to the school over and over again, trying to get something done.

Nothing happened.

So for all those right wing nuts who...

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Marriage For Everyone: Worth the Fight

Posted March 10, 2009 | 11:41:23 (EST)

Today, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a suit in federal court in Boston, MA to challenge the denial of critical federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Yes. It's time for the Supreme Court.

Years ago, when GLAD was pulling together a group of plaintiffs to challenge...

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Ding Dong, Bush is REALLY Gone!

Posted January 20, 2009 | 13:37:25 (EST)

Forget about Rick Warren. Forget about Gene Robinson's late addition and subtraction from Sunday's event. Forget about the lack of LGBT appointments to the cabinet. Let it go.

Just for today.

Today is a day of pure celebration. Unlike election day, when we got a kick in the stomach with...

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Death Threats and a Killer Soon Set Free: It Doesn't Make Sense

Posted January 7, 2009 | 11:24:35 (EST)

My eleven year-old son came home from school yesterday after having watched a movie about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.

It was horrible, he said.

As he described the church bombing, the hoses and the police dogs, he asked me, Why?

People who were in power wanted...

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In the Wake of Prop 8: No More Us vs. Them

Posted December 9, 2008 | 12:43:50 (EST)

I have spent much of my life as a victim. As a lesbian, as a woman, I have been a victim of hate, of violence, of job discrimination.

I'm done. I don't want to be the other. I don't want to be on one side while the rest of...

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18,000 in California Kicked to the Curb

Posted November 14, 2008 | 11:15:39 (EST)

I lit a fire earlier -- the cold rain made it perfect timing even at 4pm. The cats and dog immediately shoved me from the front row and started soaking up the heat. The kids were next.

I'm married today. A lesbian, in Massachusetts, no one has taken away my...

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The "Call" at Qualcomm Stadium- Translation Needed!

Posted November 4, 2008 | 12:42:22 (EST)

Can someone please tell me where in the Bible Jesus spoke tongues? Because they are babbling away at Qualcomm Stadium today in his name.

Personally, I don't think Jesus was a freak like the group filing in to protect marriage against the end of times- equal rights to all....

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Armageddon in California

Posted October 30, 2008 | 14:14:18 (EST)

I have a message for all those religious groups that are pouring money into California to try and make a constitutional amendment to limit access to legal contracts -- and that is what marriage is, a legal contract first and foremost -- we're not going away. They are funding discrimination...

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Save The Children

Posted October 23, 2008 | 16:28:22 (EST)

I've had enough.

I'm tired of being treated like some freak that needs to be carefully sidestepped at every election as if supporting my marriage is touching the third rail. I'm tired of the rhetoric that "gay marriage" will be taught in classrooms across the land and small children will...

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A New Level of Hate

Posted October 16, 2008 | 20:06:24 (EST)

As we all dissect the last debate and worry about the economy, the level of hate in this country just reached a new high.

Or should I say low.

In Illinois, an elementary school bus driver taunted a ten year-old boy, calling him "gay." He then, at the child's...

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The Killer, Not the Killed

Posted August 18, 2008 | 22:00:46 (EST)

Once again, Lawrence King is in the news. His parents have filed a lawsuit against the school for "not enforcing the dress code."

I think I'm going to scream.

Lawrence King wore feminine attire to school. He wore what all the girls were wearing. He was a...

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Tennessee Shooting: When will the Right Wing Go on Trial?

Posted July 30, 2008 | 23:21:47 (EST)

I'm still stunned by the news that an armed gunman went into a Unitarian Church in Tennessee that was in the middle of a performance by kids of the play Annie and killed two people, with the intention of killing many more.

A play, on a Sunday. Kids. adults....

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Newsweek's Hate Crime

Posted July 24, 2008 | 21:27:36 (EST)

I am stunned by an article put out by Newsweek, "Young, Gay and Murdered". At best, it is poor journalism, at it's worst, it is a hate crime in itself, paving the way for a "gay panic" defense for the kid who pulled the trigger.

Remember? Larry King was...

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