Sophia Bush, actress, on marriage equality:
"When we’re talking about the ’60s, when my best friend couldn’t drink out of the same water fountain as I can because his skin is a different color than me … now, you’re talking about a different best friend of mine who can’t get married even though I could get married seven times in my life and he can’t do that because he is a different sexual orientation than me?! That’s absolutely a civil rights issue."
Putting it bluntly.
No matter what anyone says about special rights or traditional or religion, marriage equality is a Civil Rights issue.
Civil Rights ain't just an African American thing.
Colin Farrell, on the bullying of LGBT youth in Ireland:
"If there was one great wish I have for my country--for a land that I love and a people I so revere, it would be that school bullying were a thing of our past. So much has befallen us in our shared history as a people. The harshest of these times have threatened to take our dignity, or scald our hearts into closing. Most of our great trials, from soiled land to the institutionalized abuse of trust and power, were inflicted upon us, whether by nature or the power corrupt. Now with bullying, there is a clear choice and the choice is ours. Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent. It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It's not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has. Whether it be the attacking of Gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from 'the norm', it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be. We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world. My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours."
Hot. Sexy. Compassionate.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., on Dalan Wells and Brandon Morgan's Marine homecoming photo:
"Or, as Fleetwood Mac once put it, 'yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.' And the sooner the Grand Old Party concedes that and stops pandering to the bitterness and fear of dead-enders and hard-liners still desperately clinging to the broken remains of Beaver Cleaver's white picket fence, the better off we all will be."
The past is past.
It's time to realize that times changes, and time to realize that we all must change.
Or be left behind, wondering....
Chris Gregoire, Washington governor, on how President Obama was her inspiration for Washington marriage equality:
"I think we probably have succeeded as much as we have because of his leadership. He's used the bully pulpit. He's been the inspiration that allowed the state of Washington to recognize that we need to have equality. It's because of what he's been able to do that I actually think in large part we were able to achieve what we did. So I don't criticize. To the contrary, I thank the president for his leadership on GLBT issues."
He's still evolving, yes, while Chris Gregoire has already evolved.
Hopefully, now, Christine Gregoire will become an inspiration for President Obama in the fight for full marriage equality nationwide.
George Clooney, on how he feels about the rumors that he is gay:
"I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit."
We need more heterosexual allies to stand up like Clooney and shout from the rooftops that gay isn't bad.
We say it enough, but we need some straight people to echo the sentiment.
Ken Mehlman, former RNC Chair and, formerly closeted gay man, apologizing for the harming the LGBT community in his position as W's campaign manager:
“At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort. As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”
I've said it before, the most dangerous foe the LGBT community has to face isn't the religious right, or the Conservatives. It's closeted gay men and women in positions of power, who are so self-loathing that they work against us just to prove how "not gay" they think they are.
Kirk Cameron, on the media firestorm that occurred since his remarks to Piers Morgan over that homosexuality is "unnatural...detrimental" and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”:
"I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people. I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square. I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect....I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally).”
Here's my take, like it or not.
He has the right to his opinion, whether it's based on ALLEGEDLY self-loathing, or based on his limited world-view and narrow religious belief.
He has the right to his opinion and the right to say it.
Juts as I have the right to say Kirk Cameron is a delusional self-loathing closeted homosexual religious wingnut,
Oh, and Kirk? You don't have any gay friends, because if you did, you'd be parading them around.
George Clooney, again, on marriage equality:
"It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement. It really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues. Well before Prop. 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side. So it’s encouraging to know that this too will seem like such a silly argument to our next generation."
People will be saying, in ten, twenty years time, 'Why were we so against this?'
'What was the big deal?'
History has proved this already, many times, with every single march by any group towards equality.
Linda Harvey, on how same-sex marriage "destroys" opposite-sex marriage:
"The question is sometimes asked, how would same-sex marriage harm your marriage? There are several simple answers. One, it changes what is considered normal and legal throughout our culture and therefore what is taught and modeled to our children and grandchildren. Do we want little Morgan in second grade to learn that when she grows up she might marry a boy or might marry a girl and either one is perfectly fine and she won’t know until she’s older which she prefers, but that’s OK. Do you think Morgan will develop with a secure and stable idea about her identity as a girl and woman with this shaky and morally irrational guidance? No wonder our kids are anxious, stressed out and feel they have nothing to believe in sometimes, they are being told what they can see themselves is foolishness and being told to swallow these lies and stay quiet if you don’t agree."
What is considered 'normal' varies from house to house.
A single-parent house may seem abnormal to a kid with two parents. A gay parent household is different from a straight parent household. Different isn't necessarily bad.
As for Little Morgan, you cannot teach gay; you can teach what it means to be gay, but you cannot teach someone to be gay.
Born that way, remember? And if Little Morgan is told that whomever she chooses to love, and to marry, is perfectly all right, then Little Morgan will grow up to be perfectly well-balanced, open, and tolerant of everyone.
And that's what scares people like Linda Harvey so much.
Barbara Bush, on the GOP primary season:
"I think [the 2012 presidential campaign] been the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life. I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It's not a dirty word. ... I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, 'What are you doing?'"
I agree, to a point.
The rest of the world isn't looking at all of us. They're just looking at the GOP and wondering what the hell is going on.
Michele Bachmann, pandering and fear-mongering on Glenn Beck's radio show:
"Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, she said that it's important that we have contraceptives because that prevents pregnancy, and pregnancy is more expensive to the federal government. Going with that logic, according to our own Health and Human Services secretary, it isn't farfetched to think that the president of the United States could say, we need to save healthcare expenses, the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. You think it couldn't?"
Yes, Michele, the President will soon be telling people how many babies to have, and of which gender.
That line forms right next to the one for the Death Panels.
Sit down, Michele, your stupid is showing again.
Jon Hamm, on fame and famewhores:
"Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a fucking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."
Oh...and Kim Kardashian responded to this, with, "So?"
Well, maybe not exactly, but that's what it amounted to.
Blake Shelton, on his "bromance" with fellow Voice judge Adam Levine:
"All I have to say is, it's true: I have a man crush on Adam. It blows me away people can pick up on that just by watching that on television. I want to kiss him. I want to kiss him so bad. I don't care if it's mutual or not. Can you honestly tell me that you don't have a little bit of a crush on Adam? He's sexy, is the word I'm using."
When i first read this, I thought it was a typical, yee-haw, good old boy, joke at the expense of the gay community. I thought Shelton would be mincing and making faces and laughing while he said this.
I searched out the YouTube video and he says this plainly and simply. No joke. No denigration, No shame.
I've never really cared for Blake Shelton. I may have to rethink.