April 12, 2011
By Adam Bink
A couple items of note:
- If you missed it, today Louis Marinelli, formerly of NOM, asked Courage Campaign members to chip in to change more hearts and minds like his. He attributed two big reasons for his conversion to discussions with Courage’s Arisha and Anthony, and his experience on the bus tour stop at places like Atlanta. Louis blogged earlier today on P8TT. Sometimes amazing things really do happen when we all work together to change hearts and minds.
$5 — one dollar for each year he spent with NOM — will help make more gay and lesbian couples and families visible. It’s clear our model — story-telling, and making LGBT people more visible — is working. The sky’s the limit. You can throw in that, or more, here. Your contribution will be used for projects like Ed and Derence, sending Arisha and her team out on the road, showing up to counter-protest and make ourselves visible at events from NOM’s rallies to those of other anti-gay groups.
- Re-introduction of Uniting American Families Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — after a false start on the latter bill last week — are set for tomorrow.
- HIV/AIDS activists target House Republican leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) over budget cuts.
- Michelle Bachmann sucks up to the Family Research Council. On that note, which potential Republican Presidential candidate do you think will do the most to harm the movement to attain full equality for LGBT people? My gut is Santorum. Also Romney, given his track record in Massachusetts. But then again, he constantly has his finger in the wind.
- On the flip side, three cheers for Fred Karger, the only gay Republican Presidential candidate.
- Here we are, now over 100 days since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed, and the White House won’t invite representatives of gay servicemember organizations to Michelle Obama’s and Jill Biden’s event and two-day tour… but can sit down with representatives of gay servicemember organizations to plot strategy for repeal last December? Doesn’t make a lot of sense.
- Emergency action needed on a stealth bill in Illinois to amend the civil unions law to allow state agencies to discriminate, including against same-sex parents seeking to adopt. It’s for real.
- If you haven’t asked Sen. Kohl to become the last vote we need on the Senate Judiciary Committee, please do so now. Stories from Wisconsin supporters of DOMA repeal can be found in my earlier post here.
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