Al Melvin goes on Anderson Cooper to defend anti-gay bill in Arizona. Rehearsed talking points ensue.

I don’t think Al Melvin is qualified to make french fries, but he’s running for governor of Arizona. The man can’t answer (or won’t answer) Cooper’s questions, lies about the impetus for the bill, embarrasses himself by not getting that his bill would apply to religions other than his, and then sits there with a [Read More...]

Dad’s email to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Father sent this email to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce this morning. Please pass this along to your governor. We are planning a trip West this fall. If your governor signs the “discriminate against gays” bill currently on her desk, we will drive around Arizona, no matter how many miles it may add to the [Read More...]

A good day for gay acceptance in sports.

Before I crawl back to bed, I’ll leave you all with some feel good stories from the world of sports.  First, Jason Collins has become the first openly gay person to compete in America’s four major sports.  He has been signed to the Brooklyn Nets: The Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23 signed Jason Collins to a 10-day [Read More...]

George Takei sends a missive to the state of Arizona.

Arizona recently passed a bill that allowed public businesses to discriminate against LGBT people so long as they do it for religious reasons (because discrimination suddenly becomes ok as long as Jesus told you to).  George Takei just sent an open letter to Gov. Jan Brewer that hits the nail squarely on the head with [Read More...]

Oregon will not defend gay marriage ban.

Another victory for gay rights!  There’s been a lot of that going on lately… State officials in Oregon notified a federal court on Thursday that they will no longer defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, following similar switches by state officials in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  The Oregon filing came in one of two consolidated cases [Read More...]

Maine rejects bill that would allow discrimination for religious reasons.

Go Maine (well, go Democrats in Maine, the GOP still proposed the bill and voted for it): “Please vote to end the war on gay people in our state.” So said Maine Democratic State Rep. Matthew W. Moonen, speaking this morning in opposition to a Republican sponsored bill that would allow anti-gay discrimination by anyone for [Read More...]

Arizona passes anti-gay bill.

In an apparent fit of envy with Kansas the state of Arizona has passed a new bill with some pretty (intentionally) confusing wording.  But rest assured there is no doubt why the bill was passed and what it will do: This afternoon, on a party-line 17-13 vote, Republicans in the Arizona Senate bucked the national trend and [Read More...]

Megachurch pastor thinks he’s found the anti-Christ: it’s an uppity gay football player.

Dwight McKissic is a megachurch pastor who is pretty nostalgic about minority heroes who speak up loud and proud: Fifty years ago, James Brown released a song that became a great source of inspiration, pride, and self-esteem for Black Americans—“Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” I remember it so well. All the kids [Read More...]

Tony Perkins: ex-gay therapy is like rescuing someone from a burning building.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council (where they do little to no research and work to prevent families from forming…but they are a council, so they’ve got that going) reacted to efforts in his state to make ex-gay “therapy” illegal in some situations by shitting out the first simile that came to [Read More...]

Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is history.

What an appropriate story for Valentine’s Day!  Last night Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by Judge Wright Allen: “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us,” wrote Wright Allen, an Eastern District of Virginia judge in Norfolk. “While ever vigilant for the wisdom that can come from the voices of [Read More...]