Postedon Jul 11, 2010 at 11:00 am
In a comprehensive legal analysis published in the military's JAG journal, the author argues for the repeal of DADT.
The article highlights research demonstrating that, despite fears and arguments to the contrary, America's military is well-suited to handle the integration of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers and will successfully adapt to their inclusion. The author discusses the intersection of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and argues that DOMA does not preclude the repeal of DADT. The article also provides other counterarguments (including one made by Voice for Equality, Mildred Loving) and information pertinent to the most common assertions made by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proponents.
Postedon Jul 07, 2010 at 07:30 am
Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been the spiritual leader at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois since 1980, encouraging stimulating interaction between clergy and congregants with the goal of infusing deeper Jewish meaning into the lives of individual members and the community as a whole. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community.
In July of 2010, Lisa Black profiled Rabbi Peter Knobel who described himself as a "former homophobe" who now works as an LGBT advocate and has officiated at two weddings for lesbian couples.
Postedon Jul 01, 2010 at 10:19 am
Maggie Griffin is the mother of comedienne Kathy Griffin, and co-stars with her daughter in a reality show airing on Bravo called "My Life on the D-List". The show follows the struggles of self-proclaimed "D-list" celebrity Kathy Griffin and her climb of the Hollywood ladder.
In this Advocate interview, the reality television star, boxed-wine aficionado, and new author opens up about drinking with Betty White, her “boyfriend” Bill O’Reilly, and why she supports gay rights.
Postedon Jun 29, 2010 at 10:00 am
The story of Covenant Baptist Church in Washington DC performing marriages for same-sex couples under the strong leadership of Revs. Christine and Dennis Wiley.
A member of the congregation initially sued to get a portion of her weekly donations back ($250,000) as a personal protest against the freedom to marry, but eventually dropped her lawsuit.
Postedon Jun 24, 2010 at 02:30 pm
The freedom to marry is a generational issue for several reasons, as the Newsweek correspondent and blogger Katie Connolly points out.
Obviously being from one generation or another does not prevent someone from supporting equality, but the trend is worth noting.
Postedon Jun 14, 2010 at 05:00 pm
Ted Olson recently told the law students gathered on a spring evening in the luxe D.C. offices of his firm, Gibson, Dunn and Cruthcher, that the California Prop 8 case "is the most compelling, emotionally moving, important case that I have been involved in in my entire life." Result: Standing O. Another jury persuaded.
Olson will try to repeat the performance Wednesday in a federal courthouse in San Francisco when he presents closing arguments in a potentially groundbreaking trial in which he and his political odd-couple partner David Boies are asking a federal judge to overturn Prop 8, which their suit says violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses.
Postedon Jun 11, 2010 at 06:00 pm
With LGBT Pride month now underway, Media Matters contacted various LGBT advocacy organizations and leaders - including Freedom to Marry's own Communications Director, Sean Eldridge - for their thoughts on media coverage of the LGBT community thus far in 2010.
Postedon Jun 09, 2010 at 08:42 am
Seventy-seven percent of Americans now say they know someone who is gay or lesbian, a new CBS News poll finds - an increase of 35 percentage points since 1992, when a majority of Americans said they did not.
Postedon Apr 26, 2010 at 09:59 am
Jim Daly of Focus on the Family: "There's a lot of people in the U.S. [who] basically come to the conclusion that this [the freedom to marry] is something between two adults. I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but I'm not going to demean human beings for the process."