Category Archives: Gay Politics

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Facebook Activism Adopted By IL State Rep Greg Harris – Civil Union Legislation

It started with no money, no formal organization, no staff – just a Facebook page “Students for the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill” – and over 8,000 student activists signed on. State Representative Greg Harris, an advocate of Civil Unions recognized that these self-organized, grassroots voices represented an important part of an activist movement to support […]

Romney – Poetic Justice And Rejection In Political Advertising

From today’s New York Times, “Your Ad Here: Web Surprise Hits ’08 Race,” “[T]he [Mitt] Romney campaign had not expected its [advertising] banners to appear on FanFiction.net, whose users have seen thousands of ‘Romney for President’ ads while using the site to write their own plots about their favorite fictional characters…. …. But [Romney] campaign […]

Democrat Mark Pera Adds Julie Sweet To Illinois 3rd District Campaign

The Mark Pera campaign announced the addition of Julie Sweet as Deputy Campaign Manager today. Sweet, recently Midwest Deputy Director of People For the American Way (PFAW), managed their regional Election Protection and Illinois Democracy projects. Julie was also on the steering committee for Fair Illinois, one of llinois’ largest LGBT coalition groups that promote […]

Daily Herald Bias Against Homosexuals In Indian Prairie District 204 Story

Today’s Daily Herald story “Talk of sex isn’t for school: Two Dist. 204 parents want subject matter left to families” about parental objections to the National Day of Silence (pro-gay/lesbian tolerance) and/or the “National Day of Truth” (anti-gay/lesbian tolerance) recognition days in schools was highly biased (presenting only the anti-homosexual and anti-sex discussion/recognition side) and […]

Democratic Unity In DuPage Part 2 – On The Issues

For many this may be a ‘no-brainer’ but I think it good to start things off by assuming little. What’s the case for supporting a Democratic Congressional Candidate that wasn’t your choice in the primary? First, the basics. Any of the three Democratic candidates, Tammy Duckworth in the 6th, Joe Shannon in the 13th and […]

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley Interview In Windy City Times

The Windy City Times article let’s Mike Quigley talk a lot about his history, philosophy and accomplishments. While I’m not enough of a Chicago political insider/historian to appreciate it all, it’s worth a read to learn more about Tenth District Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigely, who recently announced he is running for president of the […]

Naperville State Rep Joe Dunn Shows Heart On Gay Issue – But Watch His Outstretched Hands

I missed the Beacon News piece on Joe Dunn’s recent vote to include sexual orientation in the list of categories of unlawful discrimination in the Illinois Human Rights Act, which both state houses have passed, and the governor has said he will sign, perhaps today (SB3186). The law will have Illinois join 14 states, Washington, […]

Re: Do They Listen To Themselves About Gay Marriage? A Response To Raymond W. Belair

[Editor Note: I gave a call to New York law firm Belair & Evans to confirm that the comment to my post about Eastchester, NY revoking domestic partner benefits (and a prior "memo" document I received via email) is in fact from Raymond W. Belair. Because of the length of my response, I post it […]

Do They Listen To Themselves About Gay Marriage?

In today’s New York Times, a reversal for the town of Eastchester, one of the first to offer domestic partner benefits in Westchester County, NY. Raymond W. Belair, a lawyer for the main group advocating the elimination of domestic partner benefits in the town, which will affect only employees not currently receiving the benefit, had […]