Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

Dear Planet,

Happy Earth Day!

LGBT Folks (aka Earth Residents with a Special Fondness for Rainbows)

From George Bakan

Friday, April 19, 2013

Just Sayin'

Not What They Expected

Question of the Week

Uruguay and New Zealand have approved same-sex marriage.  How embarrassed should Americans be?

Yet Another Good Reason for Gay Marriage

From Have A Gay Day

Friday Soother

It's been a helluva tough week here in the U.S., so I'm posting a bit of a balm.  After the New Zealand Parliament legalized same-sex marriage on Wednesday, members and spectators serenaded the bill's sponsor, lesbian MP Louisa Wall.  The tune, "Pokarekare Ana," is a love song in New Zealand's indigenous Maori language.

I'm not one who believes love always wins, but it sure does make you feel better.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Define Normal

Citizens United

From LGBT News

Follow the Bouncing Balls

The Huffington Post reported that Horacio Cartes, the frontrunner in the Paraguayan presidential election, said if his son ever married a man, "I would shoot myself in the testicles, because I do not agree."

Interesting choice.

Apparently if his son were gay Cartes would feel so emasculated himself that he'd finish the job by blowing off his balls.

In addition to all the other concerns this threat raises, I have to assume that accomplishing it would present a logistical challenge.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kiwi Quipster

New Zealand has become the 13th nation to legalize same-sex marriage.  In the process, lawmaker Maurice Williamson delivered a speech that cracked up other members of Parliament.

"To Infinity and Beyond!"

From George Takei

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This Week's Quote

I even worry about reflective flea collars.  Oh, sure, drivers can see them glow in the dark but so can the fleas.

Jane Wagner

Source:  The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Gayly Forward?

This Is Irony--That Couldn't Be Less Funny

This is a picture of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the boy killed in yesterday's Boston Marathon explosions.  Rest in peace, Martin, and may your sign illuminate hearts.

From The Pragmatic Progressive Page

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Must've Been a Second Date

Last night I was headed into the Wildrose in Seattle to meet up with my friend Kelly McGahie when she came flying out the door, exclaiming that she had to take a picture.  A U-Haul in front of a lesbian bar--for some of us it doesn't get better than this.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Not an April Fools' Day Joke

AWOL at the Supreme Court: the Heart of the Matter

Okay, Maureen Dowd's column on last week's doings at the Supreme Court isn't strictly humor, but it's a must-read.

Will Gays Be Punished for Success?

Gays might not win because they’ve already won? 

That was the moronic oxymoron at the heart of the Supreme Court debate on same-sex marriage. 

As Washington shivered in a chilly spring, there was no music of history at America’s highest court. The justices offered no pearls on liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Justice Antonin Scalia didn’t even know how many states allowed gay marriage. Clarence Thomas looked distracted, whispering to clerks and tilting horizontally in his chair. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy had a single compassionate moment, mentioning the children whose gay parents were stuck in marital limbo. But for the most part, the human factor, how demeaning it feels to be shunted to a lower plane than your fellow citizens, was ignored. 

Kennedy offered no lovely odes to fairness as he did in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, striking down a sodomy law, when people in the courtroom actually wept at his majority opinion, which stated that “the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” 

Brushing back originalists and troglodytes then, Kennedy said that “times can blind us to certain truths, and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress.” 

On Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts played Karl Rove, musing not about moral imperatives but political momentum. 

“You don’t doubt that the lobby supporting the enactment of same-sex marriage laws in different states is politically powerful, do you?” he asked Roberta Kaplan, the New York lawyer representing Edie Windsor, the captivating 83-year-old who argued that she would not have been socked with a whopping estate tax bill if her spouse had been named Theo instead of Thea. 

Roberts pressed the point, noting, “As far as I can tell, political figures are falling over themselves to endorse your side of the case.” 

Certainly, the cascading headlines were buoying. “Gay Marriage Already Won,” Time proclaimed. “Why the Gay-Marriage Fight Is Over,” The New Yorker deemed. It was hard to find vocal opponents in the vibrant demonstration outside the Supreme Court, and Rush Limbaugh conceded, “This issue is lost.” There was even a Chick-fil-A franchise in Southern California giving free meals to gay-marriage supporters. 

But Justice Roberts’s suggestion that gays are banishing a long, egregious history of blatant, disgusting, government-sponsored discrimination on their own is absurd. You could almost hear him thinking, “They’ve got ‘Glee,’ they’ve got Ellen, they’ve got Tammy Baldwin — what are they whining about?” 

Can you imagine Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Republican, making a similar point about blacks during the 1967 Loving v. Virginia arguments? In that case, the 1964 Civil Rights Act had been passed and the 1967 movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” was a harbinger of a sea change on mixed-race marriages. The court noted in its opinion that the political process had achieved significant progress around the country, with 14 states in 15 years repealing laws outlawing interracial marriages. 

Yet the justices struck down the law anyway because, as they said, “the freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” (Paving the way for Clarence and Ginni Thomas to live happily ever after in Virginia.) 

When the suit against Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California, was filed in 2009, opponents argued that it was too soon and that a court decision favoring gay rights could cause a backlash. Now opponents say things are going so well for gays that they don’t need help from the Supreme Court. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. (Or in this case, damned if you say “I do.”) 

Gays may be winning on atmospherics, but there’s only so much more progress they can make politically. 

Women are protected from discrimination under the law even though they make up 51 percent of the population and are as responsible as anybody for putting Barack Obama in the Oval Office twice. 

But Congress has passed no federal protections for gays on employment, housing and education. In 29 states, it is perfectly legal to fire someone because of his or her sexual orientation. The F.B.I. says the only uptick in hate crimes involves attacks on gays. 

Thirty-one states have enacted Constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage. Beyond the nine states where they can marry, plus D.C., gays may pick up Illinois and Delaware, but then there’s a hard stop. Those struck by Cupid in places like Alabama, Arkansas and Utah will long be left either moving or saying, “I’m deliriously, madly in love with you, but let’s leave it to the states, honey.” 

Even with Hispanics riding high in the public arena, the “wetback” crack by the Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska shows bigotry is always lurking. 

What the political world giveth, it can taketh away. The Supreme Court should know that civil rights are not supposed to be determined on the whims of the people.

Personally, I Blame Dr. Smith and "Lost in Space"

Rick Santorum remarked at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference that attitudes about gay marriage shifted for one reason:  "Will and Grace."  That prompted satirist Susie Sampson to hit the streets.