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Equality news round-up: Virginia lawmaker explains his opposition to qualified gay judge, and more


By Scottie Thomaston

– Public Policy Polling has a new poll out of North Carolina showing, among other things, that support for marriage equality among black North Carolinians is growing and that 55% of North Carolina voters support marriage equality or civil unions (though 61% voted for Amendment 1.)

– I highlighted a story the other day out of Virginia – a qualified judge was rejected simply because he’s gay. Now a Virginia lawmaker is saying he rejected the judge because “sodomy is not a civil right.”

– Israel’s Knesset voted down a marriage equality bill.

– The boxer who was reported as saying that gays should be put to death has apologized, though the quote has been disputed.

– Reverend Jesse Jackson talks about marriage.

– Via Think Progress, marriage equality enjoys majority support in New Jersey, and Fox News has a new poll on the issue that may be flawed.

– The National Organization for Marriage is challenging a Florida election law.

– The Washington Blade on the impact of President Obama’s support for marriage equality.

– Today is the 8th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts.


  • 1. Derek Williams  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Polls are polls and ballots are ballots. Never the twain shall meet, it seems.

  • 2. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:28 am


  • 3. _BK_  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    That was impressively poetic, Derek. Mind if I borrow that?

  • 4. Derek Williams  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Of course, BK (et al.), help yourself!

  • 5. dsc77  |  May 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

    More good news from Maine: Co-founder of Facebook, Chris Hughes, and his partner pledge $100,000 to Maine same-sex marriage campaign (5-14-2012)

  • 6. AnonyGrl  |  May 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Over on tne NOMblog they are trying to salvage something out of the Manny business, and claiming that the mall that refused to allow Manny on its premises because they are a place of diversity and tolerance is being INTOLERANT of Manny's views.

    We are back to the "You are being intolerant of our intolerance!" nonsense again. NOM is again doing the "flip the script" game that they love so much. They claim that THEY are being victimized and bullied. They say that OBAMA is the flip flopper for his evolving. They also tried to cast Obama as a bully because of an incident in his book where HE was being bullied and he pushed back.


  • 7. Straight Ally #3008  |  May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Was just about to post this. I just had my donation doubled. W00t!

  • 8. Luke  |  May 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    it may bave been 61 percent in favour of amendment 1 BUt it was only 20 percent of the population who actually voted for it, a huge majority did not vote at all.

  • 9. Straight Ally #3008  |  May 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Yet another serious flaw with voting on civil rights….

  • 10. grod  |  May 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    And July 20 is the 7th anniversary of civil marriage equality in all of Canada. The federal government, not the individual provinces/territories, determines the criteria of whom can marry. Equality mainly achieved via earlier court decisions.

  • 11. Jamie  |  May 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Unfortunately, the people that are voting are disproportionately retired with nothing else to do. Oddly, they are people that have already raised families and aren't even impacted by marriage laws either way. Our country is not this conservative, it's just that it's the conservative people that vote.

    We need to make it easier for everyone to vote. Why can I file my taxes online, but I can't submit my vote online? It's not because it's not secure, it's because the Republicans don't want open-minded 27 year olds to vote them out of office.

  • 12. Davd in Maine  |  May 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    While that's true in most years, it won't be this November, which is why we're doing this now in Maine instead of waiting another year or two.

    I am not sure that online voting is at a point where it can be trusted. As easy as it is to hack into bank computers and databases at university and stores, I don't think I want to trust the internet yet with my vote.

    As for open-minded 27-year-olds voting, I was 27 before there was an internet and I was able to cast my vote with no problem. I agree that there should be more ways to get your ballot submitted, but I am not sure that the lack of internet voting is a reason why more young people don't vote.

  • 13. AnonyGrl  |  May 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Now, just to check, the sky hasn't fallen there in Canada, has it? Heterosexuals are not running away from their marriages in droves? God has not struck all of our allies dead? Activists judges have not turned the country over to Sharia law? People are not marrying their lawn furniture, favorite ice cream flavors, pet chinchillas or entire book clubs? Straight children being raised by same sex parents are not, in fact, turning into psychopathic, gay, bullying, intolerant, anti-Christian, murderous bigots, are they?

    Sorry for the sarcasm. Well done, Canada. Thank you for leading the way and showing us what we SHOULD be doing down here in the Not Terribly United on Anything States of America.

  • 14. Phillip K  |  May 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Sodomy is well within my rights to perform….don't see how it relates to my job unless I was in porn.

  • 15. Derek Williams  |  May 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

    …or the job itself was in porn…

  • 16. grod  |  May 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    David Is it actually good news?
    How will Mainers and others take up the challenge of raising $100,000 matching funds over the next four weeks?
    What proportion of the raised funds would be predicted to come from residents of Maine. 33% of $6,562,000 raised 'For Equality' in the 2009 Marriage campaign came from within the state. Using that percentage, $33,335 or $8335 a week need to meet the target as raised within the state . In the first quarter 2012, $106,000 was raised. Using the same percentage that would be $2691 per week raised within the state.
    This says nothing of the 66% which came from outside Maine. David that is a tall order when there are other fights requiring attention. G

  • 17. Reformed  |  May 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I think we have been had. As much as I don't like his position, many people think he said things that he didn't. . . Evidently. Tactic #2 ? Would be nice if we had NOM tactics numbered . . . Would make it easier to comment on an iPad. But here goes. "Find black spokespersons to take an anti marriage equality position and then provoke the opposition to denounce them as bigots". See, Tactic #2 would be easier to type. Tactic #3 could be "call in a bomb threat".

  • 18. Sagesse  |  May 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    In fact, wonder of wonders, Toronto's homophobic mayor attended his first event in the LGBT community this week. Someone leaned on him heavily, and his speech sounded really stiff in the sound clips I heard, but he showed up :)

    Ford cheered for surprise appearance at anti-homophobia event

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