Robbie Rogers, LA Galaxy openly gay soccer player, says no gay players have reached out to him:
"I've received phone calls and I've spoken with all my friends here in the UK and around the world that have supported me, but I haven't had one message from a [gay] footballer. It reminds me of the fear that I had - you remember that atmosphere and how it made you feel. It just shows there's a huge problem. What do you do to change that, do you try to support them to create an environment that would support them to come out and they would feel comfortable in? It's really tough."
Juts shows that we still have much more work to do towards acceptance and tolerance and understanding.
Rachel Maddow, on the federal court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban.
"And so the ruling came down surprising everyone by 2:00 in Utah. And by 3:00 people were marrying in that state!...Does this Utah decision today just feel like it's a different decision than all the others because - forgive me - it's freaking Utah! Or is the fact that this is a federal court ruling - does that mean that this is just more than the next step - that this could be a harbinger that anti-gay laws around the country are more done than we thought they were?"
I think she’s right.
My first thought, too, was U-freaking-tah!
Gary Herbert, Utah governor, expressing his dismay and vowing to continue the fight to protect traditional marriage:
"I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah."
Um, Gary, we don’t let the majority rules on the Civil Rights of the minority in this country where all men, gay and straight, are created equal.
Annise Parker, openly gay Houston mayor, on Robertson and the controversy surrounding his anti-gay comments and suspension from Duck Dynasty.
"I have never watched 'Duck Dynasty,' so I don't think about it much at all. I've been a gay community activist since the mid-70s. It was a very different time. We were fighting to keep people out of jails and mental hospitals. What some redneck wingnut has to say about the GLBT community is completely irrelevant."
And, like Robertson, who has the right to his opinion, Parker has the right to hers.
And I agree with her.
Seth Anderson [right] who was legally married to Michael Ferguson last week in Utah:
"Today, December 23, Republican Governor Gary Herbert has declared the State of Utah will go before a judge to 'defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.' I don’t know how he can say that as a Utahan and as a Mormon. Traditional marriage in Utah is non-traditional. How delightfully ironic that today, December 23, Mormons will remember the birthday of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, a man who had 34 wives, 1/3 of whom married Joseph while simultaneously married to other men and 1/3 of whom were under the age of 20. The founder of Salt Lake City and colonizer of Utah, Brigham Young, had 55 wives and 34 children. 21 of his wives had never been married, 16 were widows, 6 were divorced, and 6 had living husbands."
Doesn’t sound like Utah really has a stake in so-called one-man-one-woman marriage.
Mama Grizzly Bore™, supporting Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and trotting out the “unnamed” gay friend stance:
"In fact, a friend of mine who happens to be gay, she emailed me to say she is outraged at A&E for the hypocrisy here, for the things that they air on their program that she finds offensive, yet A&E doesn't fire a star or somebody involved in their programming based on what they said but they would when it comes to Phil on Duck Dynasty and this friend, she said that she would boycott A&E and that network, and uh, um, she's not the only one."
First off, if you’re gonna be a spokesman, learn to speak. This rambling, incoherent, cracked out mess of a statement makes no sense.
And for the love of the goddess, quit saying “my gay friend” because if you really had a gay friend who really supported Robertson you’d be sayin’ her name and winkin’ and smilin’ and aw shuckin’ yer ass all over town.