Chik-fil-A owner lashes out after DOMA, Prop 8 decisions

The anti-gay Dan Cathy, CEO of Chik-fil-A, espouses and evangelizes a definition of marriage that limits it to a union between one man and one woman only. So when he found out that the Supreme Court decided to strike down DOMA and Prop 8, the man went ape-shit on Twitter.

Mr. Madigan, send a marriage equality bill to the General Assembly floor

Dear Mr. Madigan,

Now that the Illinois General Assembly has a veto-proof majority, Mr. Speaker, you have no excuse not to bring a marriage equality bill to the floor for a vote when the 98th General Assembly is called to order.

Your m.o. of telling us you need guaranteed Republican votes to pass a bill can’t be played again. It won’t make sense. You have a super majority: 71 to 47 in the House and 40 to 19 in the Senate. You have the numbers to push any legislation you want and pass it.

If Illinois Democrats are serious about upholding the Democratic platform America overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday night with the election of Mr. Obama to a second term, a platform that includes marriage equality as a major plank, you will bring a bill before our representatives to pass.

Inaction on this issue in the next General Assembly, Mr. Speaker, will amount to turning the Democratic platform into a lie and the state’s party into an obstructionist body to the civil liberties of LGBT Illinoisans.

Bring marriage equality to the floor for a vote. Pass it. The time is now.

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Bust down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.

Harvey Milk

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Zach Wahls offers defense of marriage equality at DNC

Photo: Book cover for My Two Moms by Zach Wahls.

Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms, delivered a call for marriage equality at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, September 6:

I’m a sixth-generation Iowan, an Eagle Scout, and I was raised by my two moms, Jackie and Terry.

People want to know what it’s like having lesbian parents. I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m awesome at putting the seat down. Otherwise, we’re like any other family. We eat dinner, we go to church, we have chores. But some people don’t see it that way. When I was 12, watching the 2004 Republican convention, I remember politicians talking about protecting marriage from families like mine.

Now, supporting a view of marriage as between a man and woman isn’t radical. For many people, it’s a matter of faith. We respect that. Watching that convention on TV, though I felt confused, frustrated. Why didn’t they think my family was a real family?

Governor Romney says he’s against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us; that’s what makes a family. Mr. Romney, my family is just as real as yours.

President Obama understands that. He supports my moms’ marriage. President Obama put his political future on the line to do what was right. Without his leadership, we wouldn’t be here. President Obama is fighting for our families… all of our families. He has our backs. We have his.



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The New Normal on NBC

You don’t have to wait to the official television premiere on September 11. Watch the first full episode of the controversial new sitcom from NBC, The New Normal below.

Photo: NBC.com.

Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells star as two successful, committed, loving gay men, David and Bryan, who want to start a new family. But first, they need a surrogate mother, played by Georgia King. The story of course needs a comical villain. In this case it’s the surrogate’s bigot grandmother, played by screen veteran Ellen Barkin.

Brought to television by Emmy-award winner Ryan Murphy, this follows his other hits: Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck.

Why so controversial? A Salt Lake City NBC affiliate has refused to air the series because it was inappropriate for its devout Mormon owners. Organization One Million Moms, still refusing to shop at J.C. Penney because of its lesbian spokesperson Ellen Degeneres, has already come out swinging against NBC.

Check out the first full episode below and then log-on to the Chicago Phoenix Facebook page and tell me what you think!

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Will You Support Me?

For some of you, this movie short from Get Up! will make you feel uncomfortable. It’s the best piece I’ve come across to express why I ask for your support in this matter.

In the end, your support is the support of the one who helps me with the needs of my daily life, help me cope with the small troubles, help me through the roller coaster of emotions that is a part of the life experience, help me celebrate the victories, and provide loving comfort in the quiet moments.

It’s not enough to say we’ve removed discrimination from our hearts. We also have to remove it from our laws. Learn more about what you can do in your state from Lambda Legal.

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NY congressman attacks fellow Republicans for extremism

Rep. Richard Hanna of the 24th congressional district of New York is fed up with his own Republican Party. A member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, the congressman says the party is too busy catering to its extremes and cannot govern if it has a chance.

Photo: Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY).

Hanna told The Syaracuse Post-Standard“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we—I mean the Republican Party—are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”

We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides,” he added. “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.”

Hanna is a moderate—at one time, the core of the Republican Party before a more extreme conservatism took hold of the party—who has advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights and caucuses with House members who support the same.

He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, Republicans who focus on fiscal conservatism and promotion of limited government but want government to stay away from legislating social issues. Prominent members of the RMSP include Linda Lingle, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lincoln Chafee, among others.

The upstate New Yorker is not new to criticism of his own party. At at women’s rights rally in March he told the audience, “Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side, my side, has a lot of it.”

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National HIV Testing Day; free testing at select Chicago locations thru June 29

In its 18th year, many organizations are commemorating National HIV Testing Day with FREE tests in the Chicagoland area today.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends testing once a year. You don’t have to be gay or bisexual to be at risk. Find out if you are carrying the virus before it’s too late!

Walgreens has partnered with We>AIDS at GreaterThan.org to provide testing from June 27 to June 29.

  • Walgreens at 3401 W. Roosevelt, June 27 to 29, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Walgreens at 4720 N. Marine Dr., June 27 to 29, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Walgreens at 5440 N. Clark, June 27 to 29, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Walgreens at 11 E. 75th, June 27 to 29, 3 to 7 p.m.

Other locations are offering FREE walk-in, no appointment testing:

Illinois Department of Public Health says that residents in other areas can text “IL + Zip code” to 36363 for free testing sites.


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County Clerk Orr, State’s Atty. Alvarez soldier on for marriage equality in Illinois

After a bit of confusion and an argument with three deputy sheriffs, I got to the press conference hosted by Cook County Clerk David Orr and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez in the Daley Plaza lobby.

Read the complete original article by Tony Merevick at ChicagoPhoenix.com

View photos of today’s press conference by Gerald Farinas

Cook County Clerk David Orr and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez

The main points:

  • Clerk Orr was served with two lawsuits, Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr, alleging that the Clerk’s denial of issuance of marriage licenses because they are of the same sex is unconstitutional
  • Atty. Alvarez, acting as Orr’s defense counsel, filed motions that admit that the allegations in the lawsuits are correct and that they opine that the same-sex marriage ban is indeed unconstitutional
  • Just before 2:00 p.m. today, Atty. Alvarez filed the “Defendant’s Answer to Complaint”
  • Orr and Atty. Alvarez will stand by their position
The pair spoke as if they have thought of several scenarios that may come about for their position against defending the current marriage laws of Illinois. They are taking a “wait and see approach” as to whether or not another party will intercede to defend the current marriage law in these specific court cases.


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State’s Atty. Alvarez, County Clerk Orr show leadership, guts for marriage equality

I know my blog is called “After the Story,” but technically this is “Before the Story.” I’ll be heading out to the actual press conference in a few minutes, down the street at Daley Plaza.

Editor-in-Chief Tony Merevick and Chicago Phoenix scooped today, the first among the LGBT news publications to break news that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will be filing a motion for Cook County Clerk David Orr, who was served lawsuits for his inability by law to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in support of marriage equality and advising that the Illinois same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Read the complete article at ChicagoPhoenix.com

My take? First of all, I love David Orr. He’s said time and time again, despite the law that ties his hands from doing so, he desperately wants to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

However, I did not support Anita Alvarez when she ran to be our chief prosecutor in 2008. Since then, Atty. Alvarez has been consistently making moves that prove leadership.

It is not enough to scout the future political winds. That’s not leadership. It is another to actually act ahead of the majority and take the punches along the way. Atty. Alavarez is showing leadership on the issue of marriage equality, actually heading out into the wilds to build an outpost and wait a while for the others to catch up.

Thanks, Atty. Alvarez for this motion.

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Randy Roberts Potts works to undo hate-filled legacy of grandfather Oral Roberts

Randy Roberts Potts is the black sheep grandson of firebrand televangelist, Oral Roberts. Details Magazine Critical Eye column features the 37-year-old Roberts family exile and his crusade to evangelize a message far different from his legendary Christian fundamentalist grandfather.

Potts has a new performance piece called The Gay Agenda. He takes the drama to the streets, literally laying down a set on the sidewalks of Bible Belt towns with a simple explanation written on a board, “The Gay Agenda is performance art designed to foster love and acceptance.”

The performance is not what you’d expect. It’s Potts and his boyfriend going about the mundane things everyone does during the day. The point of it all? Potts’ gay relationship, or any LGBT couplehood, is the same as a straight couple’s relationship.

Check out the article for more deets on the Potts’ project.

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Elder statesman Colin Powell said on Wednesday, May 23, “As I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is, and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.”
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Elder statesman Colin Powell said on Wednesday, May 23, “As I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is, and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.”

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