Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Making Time for the News

It's been hard to find time to write lately, but I can't bear the thought of letting recent LGBT news go untackled.  So here's a quick look at some of that news:

Ken Mehlman.  He chaired President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign that feasted on anti-gay marriage initiatives.  Mehlman came out in 2010, and has been working for marriage equality.  Now he's finally offered an apology for his part in causing so much pain.

The question is:  Do we stay furious or forgive him?  Perhaps something in between—we celebrate his work for marriage equality but stick him in the D.C. Pride ducking booth.

Dorothy Bond.  The Haywood County (Tenn.) High School principal resigned after making headlines for her alleged statements at an assembly.  According to a student, "At first she was talking about [public displays of affection] and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said if you're gay, you're going to hell and if you're pregnant, your life is over."

That means if you're gay AND pregnant, you can wave goodbye to both your life and afterlife.  Not much to look forward to, really.

Kirk Cameron.  The former "Growing Pains" star appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight," and caught flak for his criticism of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.  The evangelical Christian's TV dad, Alan Thicke, tweeted, "I’ll address kirk’s comments as soon as I recover from rush limbaugh’s."
Marsha Ternus, Michael Streit, David Baker.  In 2009 these three were members of the Iowa Supreme Court that decided for marriage equality.  A year later they lost their jobs, courtesy of irate Iowa voters.  At a ceremony this spring, they will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

I hope that takes some of the sting out of being booted from the bench.  I know such an honor would make my backside feel better.