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Equality news round-up: more reactions to President Obama’s marriage equality support, and other news


By Scottie Thomaston

– AFER’s Matt Baume has “2012’s Biggest Marriage Milestones So Far”:

– Mitt Romney viciously bullied a kid in school he perceived as being gay:

John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

Along with his definitively anti-LGBT policies he has proposed such as constitutionally banning marriage equality and civil unions, the new revelation that he went out of his way to attack gay people well before running for political office says a lot about the man.

– Who do we want to hear from regarding the president’s support of marriage equality? CNN thinks its viewers and the American people need to hear the opinion of a known hate group to help them formulate their own views.

– The president’s announcement could have a noticeable effect on Maryland’s marriage ballot initiative later this year:

In Maryland, some black church leaders have been vocally opposed to gay marriage and are leading the petition drive. Maryland is 29 percent black, and Obama carried the state in 2008 with 62 percent of the vote.

Obama’s support “could be a game-changer for our efforts in Maryland,” said state Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat who is gay. “Clearly the president is going to be at the top of the ticket, and having his endorsement for the issue, I think, makes it a lot easier for many Democratic voters to support the cause.”

– At Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, a reminder that black voters are not monolithic, that some will vote for marriage, some against, and there will be issues that are more important to black voters than whether the president supports marriage equality. Most minority groups get treated as if we all speak with one voice and have a single “gay” or “black” position on any issue, and it’s important to remember that is not an accurate frame. More on this here.

What happened in NC? Lessons from the amendment battle

– North Carolinian Pam Spaulding explains how she is robbed of the ability to celebrate the president’s statement on marriage equality. She worked tirelessly to defeat Amendment 1 in the state, and put everything into the fight.

– Here are some views on the president’s statement from countries that are unlikely to support marriage rights for gays and lesbians any time soon

– Yesterday Log Cabin Republicans attacked President Obama’s support for marriage equality, and today, they’re attacking Mitt Romney’s lack of support for marriage equality:

“Governor Mitt Romney’s statement in opposition to not just marriage but civil unions jeopardizes his ability to win moderates, women and younger voters, especially as a large majority of Americans favor some form of relationship recognition for their LGBT friends and neighbors. Ultimately, the response of the Republican candidates this election cycle will determine not just endorsements by Log Cabin Republicans, but the votes of millions of Americans who are simply tired of the culture wars.” – LCR head R. Clark Cooper, via press release.

Here is more.

– There are also comments on the president’s statement on marriage from people you may have forgotten about: Bristol Palin weighed in while Rick Santorum (who supports criminalizing intimacy between gay couples and constitutionally banning recognition of our relationships) called it “a tragic day for America…” Maggie Gallagher from the homophobic and race-baiting National Organization for Marriage who has waged a strong effort in courts to hide their donors and advocacy efforts from public view called the president a liar while Rush Limbaugh who is in his fourth marriage says the president is at war with traditional one man, one woman marriage.


  • 1. Jim  |  May 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Why is this a question. Gays love God too!
    And God loves all….

  • 2. Jim  |  May 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    oh…and God loves Gays the most…lol

  • 3. Richard Lyon  |  May 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It appears to me that Mitten's inner hair dresser was crying out for recognition. We would all be so much better off if he had headed that inner voice and followed his true calling.

  • 4. Reformed  |  May 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    But seriously, I think this is shocking beyond belief. Will Mitt now appologize for this but try to pass it off as a childhood prank. I can hear it now . . . "I was a little prankster back then <insert trademark awkward laugh completely devoid of authenticity>"

    Mitt, want to make your mark? Appologize for this. Call it what it is. Admit that you have made mistakes, namely bullying. Say it, don't be afraid to call it what it is. Bullying is a huge problem. Then come out in favor of marriage equality. Articulate that it isn't for you, if you feel the need. And that it doesn't square with your religious beliefs, but that in a free society that is protected by the separation of church and state, you must support it on that principal alone for those who would so choose.

    That should shake things up. Eliminate the issue for the election and let people decide this election of other issues that are important to moving this country forward. Must we really have a blood bath election over equal rights for all people. This is 2012. Help us make it appear so.

  • 5. fiona64  |  May 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    He said he was sorry if anyone was offended. That is *not* an apology for assaulting a youth whom Romney and his buds perceived as being gay. He then said that he didn't remember the incident at all (despite every other damned person who was there remembering it clearly) and said some of his "pranks may have gotten a little out of hand." He's cruel to animals and he was a school bully. As they say in the courts, "Goes to character, your Honor."

  • 6. Str8Grandmother  |  May 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Nice way to turn a phrase Scottie, "Maggie Gallagher from the homophobic and race-baiting "

  • 7. Kalbo  |  May 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Now that Obama has come out for marriage equality, I think it's time to petition him to do more to help unite bi-national same-sex couples. I've created cause at the White House website. Please sign and share! Thanks so much!!/petition/

  • 8. Richard Lyon  |  May 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That requires getting rid of DOMA.

  • 9. Kalbo  |  May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I'm quite aware that DOMA's repeal is the ultimate goal. But please read the petition: The executive branch has the power to grant humanitarian parole. The administration has already exercised this power to reunite a couple in 2010. There is presence here.

  • 10. Bob  |  May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    you are so right Kalbo,,,,, that's a great petition,,,,, applying pressure,,,

    executive branch has granted humanitarian aide,,, has offered asylum to persecuted LGBT;s from abroad,,,,,,,

    good time to put pressure on the exercise of this resource,,,,,

    it means standing your ground,, that term being defined by the U.N. human rights council,,,,, and the underground railroad,,,, once a person stands their ground,,,,"identifies themselves" they are protected,,,,,,, some people in harms way may need to take advantage of this NOW,,,,,,

    for us stand your ground means coming out,,,, to others stand your ground means shoot first ask questions later,,,, there's a potential for harm here

  • 11. MightyAcorn  |  May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Is there any more news from CO? Wasn't a special session going to be called, or what did I miss?

  • 12. Kathleen  |  May 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    This was the last report I read – will be next week.

  • 13. MJFargo  |  May 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Try to catch Anderson Cooper's interview with Julian Bond on President Obama's endorsement of same sex marriage. CNN, 360° 5/20/12

    Here's the link:

  • 14. Sagesse  |  May 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    The Mitt Romney story, from the Washington Post, is quite disturbing. Five people who were there are quoted, and the candidate can't remember it… Romney is not a fit candidate for president.

  • 15. Kathleen  |  May 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Sadly, fitness for office doesn't seem to factor into the American people's voting decisions.

  • 16. Bob  |  May 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    it better this time around,,,,,, President Obama''s courageous stand for EQUALITY is a major game changer,,,,,,,

    this election round there is a stark contrast in fitness,,,,,,,,,,,

    people are being asked to overlook fitness, to follow religious dictates,,,, it's getting rather narrow minded wouldn't you say,,,,

  • 17. Kate  |  May 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    So in addition to animal abuse when he strapped his dog to the roof of his car and then driving 12 hours, he has a history of gay bullying. What am I not surprised.

  • 18. AnonyGrl  |  May 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    As I recall, people who abuse animals are statistically much more likely to also abuse people.

    So no big surprise.

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