The National Organization for Marriage has been spreading a host of falsehoods about research into same-sex parenting. Every so I often I lob a tweet about this to Thomas Peters, NOM’s Communications Director. He never replies, which is a shame, because I’ve always wanted to know what he’d say when confronted with these blatant…inaccuracies.
Well, Rob Tisinai finally managed to get through to Thomas Peters. Anyone want three guesses on how he reacted? Well, here’s the answer:
So now I know what Thomas Peters will do when confronted with NOM’s falsehoods: He’ll act like facts don’t matter.
I have to think segregation of straight and gay relationships has a detrimental effect on gays. It denotes the inferiority of gay relationships. It leaves gays with an attitude of futility when it comes to commitment.
This year Ireland, as part of its new civil partnerships law, decided to recognize marriages – and similar institutions – from other nations as civil partnerships within its borders.
Ireland didn’t miss any country which recognises same-sex marriage, but it did miss various other “civil union” and “domestic partnership” arrangements, even some which were identical to marriage in all but name. Terminology: it matters.
Here are three stories. They’re about about discrimination and they’re about about gay and trans people.
Maggie Gallagher rebuts Maggie Gallagher, in which arguments purportedly against marriage equality actually appear to work better as arguments for it. (This leads to a comment thread on the subject of adoption, which I feel to tired to take in right now.)
Transman files complaint against spa, in which I’m confused. This article is possibly transphobic (I don’t think it is, but I could well be wrong); some of the comments certainly are. But the issue it brings up is interesting, and I really should be diving into the comment thread (which is very long for BTB), reading everything, possibly posting a little myself, and at least thinking about the relevant issues. I’m not. I’m tired.
Jeanne Manford, founder of PFLAG, died today. She did an amazing amount of work (and created a well-known brand in the process: everyone knows PFLAG). Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin called her “our mom“.
People have over many centuries devised all kinds of terrible instruments to oppress other people. Usually, they have rationalised their awful actions on the basis of their belief in their own superiority, in their culture, in their spiritual beliefs, in their skin-colour. Thus, they argue, they are justified to hate and bomb and maim the “other”.
The freedom of one depends upon the freedom of all. We call it the spirit of ubuntu: the idea that I cannot be free if you are not also free.
The proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda includes the death penalty, not only for homosexual acts, but for failing to report suspect acts of others. It would criminalise landlords, counsellors, parents, priests (in religions which practise confession), and many others.
A number of cases on various issues around same-sex marriage have been referred to the US Supreme Court. So far, the court has not decided whether or not to hear any of the cases. There are complex issues in play. One way or another, the issue is likely to come before the court soon. And, when it does, history will be made. This is the most import issue this set of judges is ever likely to face.
I really do need to improve my gay education. I’d not even heard of Peter Staley, a very important figure in the early years of the AIDS crisis, before today. Randy Potts at Box Turtle Bulletin has an excellent and evocative write-up.