Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have gone rogue on the Hatred of Gay People issue, and other conservative groups are Very Upset about it. What goes into the making of a conservative who just kind of feels whatever about gays? We check Google News, look at the Jennifer Keeton case (we won!) and make an informed report – and consider the possibility that maybe The Facts sometimes win.
We never really saw any reason to spend energy caring about Ann Coulter, and even hearing that she was going to speak at Homocon 2010 didn’t entirely convince us otherwise. But then getting to read her bickering emails with Joseph Farah was so satisfying that we’re kind of getting ‘into’ her! I wonder if she likes Tegan and Sara. Also, a run-down of other conservative ladies doing and saying the DARNDEST THINGS and, to help your recovery lap, Rachel Maddow looks really good as she covers the exit of US Combat Troops.
Evidence suggests that Cheyenne Williams was not attacked by her three best friends in an alleged hate crime on April 16, 2010. A judge has acquitted one of the three teens and the other acquittals are expected tomorrow. Is this the result of a homophobic court system, or is it possible that Cheyenne Williams was lying about the attack?
The stay on same-sex marriages in California has been extended at least until December. Take a deep breath and hold on tight.
So the National Organization for Marriage has had this Summer of Marriage tour happening for a while now, which is like the Summer of Love except the exact opposite. Bigots vanquished by adorable precocious children! NOM embarrassed and stood up by Maggie Gallagher! Gays win activism!
Rachel Maddow is getting tired of waiting for this Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, and she wants President Obama to know it. Also, Target’s still not back in gays’ good graces, the future of Prop 8 and musings on the reasons why the h8ers hated the trial so much, as well as an alert on the latest crazed commie pinko homosexual Obama appointee who will bring the end times upon us.
11. Are You There, Marriage? It’s Me, Disenfranchised Gay Person
California gay couples can now get married starting on August 18! Walker denied the (permanent) stay of his decision in the Prop 8 trial.
Costa Rica’s solution to Prop 8 was to not let voters pass one — an attempt to have a voter referendum banning civil unions was shot down by the nation’s top court. We support this policy, and want everyone to learn a lesson from our friends and neighbors in Latin America.
Katherine Miller sent a letter to her commanding officers, announcing her withdrawal from West Point because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She’ll be attending Yale with an LGBT scholarship in the fall.
The mainstream media is catching on to the fact that PFC Bradley Manning of Wikileaks fame is gay. The New York Times wonders whether Manning’s childhood and teen years as a gay man were part of what led him to release thousands of pages of classified military documents – we wonder whether it might not be a little more complicated than that. What does it mean to betray a country that treats you as a second class citizen?
On Friday afternoon something special happened: Republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he thinks gay people should be allowed to get married right now! Not everybody agrees with him, though.
By now you’ve probably heard about Prop 8, right? You’ve probably raised a glass or shed a tear or hugged a puppy, maybe you even told your mom. Wondering what it really means and what’s next? Well good news! Everyone’s favorite resident law expert, Autostraddle Legal Correspondent Jessica is here to explain the ins and outs of the ruling so you can know exactly what to say when you’re gloating to your smack-talking relatives on facebook.
Did you read the Prop 8 Trial recaps? Even if you didn’t, you’ll LOVE the highlights from this 138-page ruling, it’s everything you’ve ever wanted to hear w/r/t your rights and the other side’s ridiculousness. Riese let me write this post because it’s easier than you reading the whole thing and cheaper than me going to therapy.
Judge Walker’s ruling on the constitutionality of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 was handed down today: we give you the rundown, and ask for your thoughts. HOLY FUCKING SHIT, DID WE ACTUALLY JUST WIN?
New analysis of the Proposition 8 vote from 2008 shows that the ridiculous Yes On 8 TV ads had more of an effect than anyone first thought. And the results weren’t as close as it appeared, either. We’ve got a lot more work to do.
This weekend, a district judge in Arizona reversed a ruling that would have denied domestic partner benefits to the gays and lesbians of the entire state. In honor of his decision, we investigate what exactly an activist judge is, and why they make us feel so warm and fuzzy.
Target recently donated $150,000 to a group that supports anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer. Vote with your dollars, sign change.org’s petition, or both!
Over the weekend, Dan Choi (recently discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) approached Senator Harry Reid with a letter reminding him of his obligations to gay and lesbian American soldiers and delivering him his West Point ring to drive home the point. We have video coverage of their encounter and GetEqual’s protest, as well as the full text of Choi’s letter.
The Prop 8 trial isn’t the only federal litigation happening right now regarding the definition of marriage – two other cases are currently making their way through the federal courts in Massachusetts that challenge the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Autostraddle’s Legal Eagle explains how this could be a real game-changer.