Arts & Entertainment
SHe Said Oct. 20, 2005
Originally printed 10/13/2005 (Issue 1341 - Between The Lines News)
"[Homophobia is] the last bastion of popular discrimination, sometimes justified by religious scripture that exploits the worst aspects of human nature in order to sometimes feed a political agenda."
- Michigan Sen. Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) in her remarks on the Senate floor in opposition to anti-gay resolutions passed Oct. 6.
"And this I believe: the right story is the one that helps me to love myself the most, to create the most, to love others and to support them in their creations. For it is for those awesome experiences that I believe we are here. So I'm gay. And now, after decades of struggle, I tell a good story about it."
- Texas corporate tax accountant Greg Chapman on the Oct. 3, 2005 National Public Radio series, "This I Believe."
"There is no need to amend our constitution to do what is already set in law. Our time is better spent focusing on the real challenges facing New Hampshire and working to unite people, not divide them."
- New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, on his opposition to amending the state's constitution to ban marriage for gays and lesbians, as quoted by the Boston Globe, Oct. 7, 2005.
"Gay rights are either universal or they are not. If gay rights organizations believe that they are, then they cannot pretend that their missions are limited to domestic concerns."
- Rob Anderson in an article on how the gay rights movement is failing gay Iranians on The New Republic Online, Oct. 6, 2005.
"When you know some of the things that I know - that I probably shouldn't know - you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, that I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice."
- Focus on the Family's James Dobson on his radio program last week as quoted by the New York Times, Oct. 10, 2005.
"Though James Dobson, America's foremost analyst of the gay subtext of SpongeBob SquarePants, was easily rolled by Karl Rove and dragged back into the Miers camp, he's an exception. The pervasive mood on the right was articulated by Cathie Adams, president of the Texas branch of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. She told The Washington Post: 'President Bush is asking us to have faith in things unseen. We only have that kind of faith in God.'"
- Frank Rich writing in the Oct. 9, 2005 issue of the New York Times.
"My sister is gay. I understood the pain of having to lead a double life in the system [since] we grew up in church. She is gay, and she fought that perception in church while she embraced it in her private life."
- The Reverend Al Sharpton, as quoted in the Oct. 11, 2005 issue of The Advocate.