Monthly Archives: April 2010
Focus on Family head, Jim Daly, who replaced James Dobson, on gay marriage and how he doesn’t think it’s the end of the world as we know it:
“I’m not fearful that change will happen in America. It will happen. I don’t know what will happen with same-sex marriage, but I’m not going to be discouraged if we lose some of those battles. It’s going to be difficult in this culture and the way the demographics are going right now. You look at the under-35 age group. I think it’s splitting 60-40 support for same-sex marriage….I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but I’m not going to demean human beings for the process.”
Cyndi Lauper, on Lady Gaga:
“People forget how young she is. She is barely 24–much younger than I was when I became famous. It’s very tough being where she is right now. People are pulling her in all different directions. It’s hard to navigate that…I can’t wait to see how she grows and what she decides her next act will be…When I see somebody like Gaga, I sit back in admiration. I’m inspired to pick up the torch again myself. I did an interview with her once, and she showed up with a sculpture on her head. I thought, How awesome…She isn’t a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture.”
Bad Hair Life, Donald Trump, on why he thinks fascism in Arizona is a good thing [sidenote: I wonder how many employees at his hotels and resorts and spas don’t have “papers”]:
“Well it all starts with the federal government not coming out with a law. They’ve been talking about it for years and they still haven’t done anything about it. And Arizona is really getting crime-ridden. There’s people coming over, there’s killings all over the place, there’s shootings all over the place. What are you going to do? I mean, are you going to stop people to see if they’re supposed to be there? And personally as a citizen I wouldn’t mind, I really wouldn’t mind.”
Laura Bush, on how she asked her idiot husband not to make gay marriage an issue in the 2004 election–of course he didn’t listen, he’s a dumbass like that:
“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”
Olympic Gold Medalist, and ALLEGED heterosexual, Evan Lysacek on Johnny Weir’s complaint about not being asked to join the “Stars On Ice” tour:
“‘Stars on Ice’ is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.”
Outsports, on Evan Lysacek’s statement about Johnny Weir:
“No Evan, Johnny wasn’t whining. He was reacting to perceived homophobia. But I guess you wouldn’t know anything about that, since you’re straight as an arrow. At least Evan left this little gem for us in the interview…
“‘Last question: Are you seeing anyone?
I’m single. The reason, well…(laughs)…I’m limited to who I can see. I’m dating in L.A., but I just haven’t found the right girl.'”
Johnny Weir, on Evan Lysacek:
“He’s a slore.”
Molly Ringwald on why there were no gay characters in the John Hughes movies:
“Maybe it was just too soon and too controversial at the time, but from what I understand, John was a big Republican. I really didn’t know this back then, and maybe he wasn’t when I was working with him, but I guess he became one. Not to say that all Republicans are antigay, but historically, you know, that has to rub off a little bit, right?”
Work it, Nancy. This is good news.
Yes, we do.
They don’t get it in Louisiana. I’d hoped they would, but they just don’t. They hear the word gay in any sentence and automatically shut down.
It’s been scarcely a week since I wrote a post [HERE] about a Louisiana congressman, Juan LaFonta, and his proposed bill that would have allowed unmarried couples–straight OR gay–to jointly adopt a child, and allow an existing parent–straight OR gay–to petition a court to add a second adult–straight OR gay–as a legal parent. See, Louisiana? It wasn’t about being gay, it was about adoption, and allowing those children to be adopted by both parents in an unmarried relationship.
But it’s not gonna happen. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted a 3-1 rejection of the measure.
The debate pitted the Forum for Equality, a gay rights advocacy group, the ACLU, and other adoptive parents, including straight New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow, against a long list of mostly religious interests: the Louisiana Family Forum, the Conference of Catholic Bishops and representatives of Louisiana Southern Baptists. Even wingnut, moron, asshat, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal opposed the bill to allow adoptive children the right to two parents.
Kelly Bryson of New Orleans had asked lawmakers to approve the bill so she and her partner, Erika Knott, can “complete our family.” The couple gained custody of a Louisiana foster child, William, just before Hurricane Katrina, but only Knott was allowed to adopt the boy. When they moved to Maryland after the storm, Bryson successfully petitioned for a second parent adoption. Now, they are back in Louisiana, and Knott has again adopted; the boy is William’s biological brother Jeremy. But with no change to the law, William has two legally recognized parents, while Jeremy has just one.
John Yeats, representing the not-quite-forward thinking Louisiana Baptist Convention, declared the bill a back-door attempt to legalize gay marriage, though the law pertains strictly to unmarried straight OR gay partnerships. He even went so far as to warn the law makers that “if we allow marriage to become a homosexual institution” society would lose words like “husband” and “wife” to designations like “partner” and “unmarried couple.”
Oh, dear, we might lose words! The horror! As if that would happen. But, if it did, we’d always have asshat, just for you, John Yeats.
It was Republican–naturally–Senators Don Claitor, Jack Donahue, and Bob Kostelka who voted against the measure. Democratic Senator Ed Murray was the lone “yes” vote. Republican Chairwoman Julie Quinn did not vote, and two Democrats, Rob Marionneaux and Nick Gautreaux skipped the meeting altogether.
Bad enough for those who voted “no” on giving children the right to two parents, straight OR gay, but equally disgusting are those who either did not vote, or simply didn’t show up.