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08
Dec
08

el coyote manager steps down

securedownloadCheck out the story I wrote for Frontiers Newsmagazine’s web site about Marjorie Christoffersen, the embattled manager at El Coyote. She will no longer serve as a manager and is stepping down from El Coyote’s board.

07
Dec
08

song for jonathan

Newsweek has a cover story in the current issue called “Our Mutual Joy” all about what it says in the Bible about homosexuality. Leviticus and the Apostle Paul’s dim view of marriage in general are all retread, but there was one Bible story I had forgotten:  

Gay men like to point to the story of passionate King David and his friend Jonathan, with whom he was “one spirit” and whom he “loved as he loved himself.” Conservatives say this is a story about a platonic friendship, but it is also a story about two men who stand up for each other in turbulent times, through violent war and the disapproval of a powerful parent. David rends his clothes at Jonathan’s death and, in grieving, writes a song:

I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
You were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
More wonderful than that of women.

Here, the Bible praises enduring love between men. What Jonathan and David did or did not do in privacy is perhaps best left to history and our own imaginations.

And if that’s not enough gay Newsweek for you, the magazine has a fab Q&A with Rufus Wainwright.

07
Dec
08

iowa gears up for court case

The Des Moines Register has a good primer for the Iowa Supreme Court same-sex marriage case that begins on Tuesday. Jane Schacter, a Stanford University law professor, explains in the article why the Hawkeye State is a good bet for marriage equality:

Iowa might have been an appealing target, Schacter said, because of the state court’s roster, public opinion polls, and the long process required to enact a constitutional amendment.

“All of these cases are being watched very, very closely,” Schacter said. “There’s not a rush to get a national resolution. There has been a lot of coordination on both sides, because it’s proceeding state-by-state.”

04
Dec
08

steve largent feels the Prop 8 heat

Former Seattle Seahawks star, former GOP congressman and current president and CEO of the mobile phone lobbying group CTIA Steve Largent may be the next Prop 8 donor to feel the heat professionally. Marriage activist Fred Karger notes Largent’s wife donated $2,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign, and today the Washington, DC-based publication Roll Call has a story (behind its subscription wall, alas) that reports the cellular firms who back CTIA aren’t all that thrilled with the donation. This excites many marriage activists, but in the long run, is this kind of pressure on employees good for the marriage movement?

04
Dec
08

new york marriage bill: not dead yet?

The Gay City News follows up on The New York Times story suggesting there was little hope for a marriage bill making it through both houses of the New York Legislature in 2009. A couple legislators in the original NYT piece take issue with how they were quoted. Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was none too pleased with the Times’s story as well.

04
Dec
08

polling on prop 8

logoEvangelicals and Republicans voted Yes, The college educated voted No. But there was a lot that surprised Public Policy Institute of California President Marc Baldassare in his new poll, particularly the emotion over Proposition 8:

 

PPIC found that 63 percent of voters were more interested in Prop. 8 than any of the dozen statewide initiatives; no other ballot measure drew more than 5 percent of voters.

“We can say from our polling,” Baldassare said, “that we’ve never seen anything like the interest that was generated by Prop. 8.

More details from the poll are right here.

03
Dec
08

rolling stone’s take on prop 8

securedownload-12Here’s Rolling Stone’s take on what happened with the Proposition 8 campaign. It’s a lot more of the same, but some of the original reporting just continues to nail the No on 8 leadership for running an ineffective ground game. Something tells me we’re going to see a lot more of these kinds of stories over the next couple months. It’s dismaying to read but necessary if marriage equality supporters want to win at the ballot box. Yes on 8 consultant Frank Schubert talks about what happened the day of the election for his side, in contrast to what happened with the No on 8 folks…

The Yes on 8 campaign’s get-out-the-vote effort was equally prodigious. The weekend before the vote, Schubert’s religious volunteers once again went door to door, speaking to supporters and directing them to the right precinct locations. “On Election Day,” he says, “we had 100,000 people — five per precinct — checking voter rolls and contacting supporters who hadn’t showed up to vote.”

By contrast, the No on Prop 8 campaign mobilized just 11,000 volunteers on Election Day, which they deployed to polling locations to hold “Vote No on 8” signs. The campaign even turned away volunteers who were unable to attend a sign-holding training seminar. Terry Leftgoff, a veteran campaign consultant who was once the highest-ranking gay officer in the California Democratic Party, was one of those who was informed that his services weren’t needed. “I was told I could come by on November 5th and help clean up a campaign office,” Leftgoff says.