S/he said this week

compiled by Howard Israel

"I am. In my own state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage."

- Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential nominee, in an interview on "The 700 Club" when asked by Christian Broadcasting News correspondent David Brody her opinion about a constitutional marriage amendment to ban same sex marriage, ABC News, Oct. 20. Her position is inconsistent with Sen. John McCain, who has opposed such a measure, as well as with her own previously stated position of letting states decide on such issues.

"Marriage is about people falling in love."

- Nolan Alexander, a 6-year-old, during a class field trip taken by 18 first-graders to witness the marriage of their teacher and her new wife, San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com, Oct. 11.

"This is a huge issue for us. For us, it's a civil rights issue, not just a religious issue. It's taking away their right to have the same benefits that I do."

- Steve and Linda Stay, members of a group of Mormons who protested at the headquarters of the Mormon Church, in an appeal to end the church's support of the California ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, Associated Press, Oct. 18. Their son married his partner in San Francisco. Mormons have reportedly given $8.4 million to the "Yes on Prop 8" campaign.

"The must-do list is long: gay rights, hate-crime deterrents, universal health care, equal access to equally good schools, and more - in short, all the things each of us would want for our families, especially when we find ourselves holding the short end of the stick. The next time you see your gay friend/relative/neighbor, think about the rights you were born into and the rights of others for which you've fought. Ask yourself if you can go beyond your comfort zone to advocate for the right for all of us, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, ability, or religion, to pursue and achieve liberty and happiness."

- Winter Miller, in an op-ed column titled "Standing up for your gay friend," http://www.boston.com, Oct. 18.

"Republicans in Congress have blocked gay rights progress for nearly three decades. It was President George W. Bush who stumped for a Federal Marriage Amendment. It was Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott who once compared gay people to kleptomaniacs and alcoholics. I could fill 10 columns with despicable acts and words lobbed at the GLBT community by members of the Republican Party. While the Democrats are not perfect (see Sam Nunn), anyone who compares the two parties is smoking something that has higher street, than political value."

- Wayne Besen, responding to Dale Carpenter's column about gay liberals and activists, titled "Goodbye to the GLBT Movement," in a column about gay conservatives titled "Goodbye Gay Conservatives, Don't Let The Door Hit You," http://www.waynebesen.com, Oct. 14.

"Why should anyone bother with gay history? You can live a reasonably happy and satisfying life without knowing any gay history. I think knowing gay history has some continuing value. For one thing, we can be encouraged and energized by learning about the lives and pioneering activist efforts of many gays in the past. I admire the courage and self-confidence of the gay men and women who came out in the 1950s and 1960s - before the "Stonewall" street theater of late June 1969 gave a populist boost to the gay movement. And I admire the continuous struggle, sometimes successful, sometimes not, to find an audience for gay-affirming arguments among politicians and the media in order to confront the culture's homophobia at a time when it was much more pervasive than now."

- Paul Varnell, commenting on the value of learning about gay history, in a column titled "Gay History Month. Again.," Independent Gay Forum, Oct. 16.

"There really is this culture and code of silence that's particularly prevalent in middle schools and high schools. It allows students to have an outlet and avenue to report things they might otherwise not have reported."

- Justin Bergener, Brigham Young University student, created a Web site that allows students to anonymously report bullies and post information about thefts, drugs and harassment, Associated Press, Oct. 13. Visit http://www.schooltipline.com

"It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since Matthew's death. So much has changed yet so much remains the same. Our work is far from over...the work we all need to do at a personal level. We need to continue talking to our friends, families and co-workers. Unless we are honest about who we are and are able to share with those who love us what our lives are like, they will not know how to help us. We need those allies in this struggle to achieve equality across the board to realize all of our civil rights."

- Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, in a written statement on the 10th anniversary of Matthew's death, http://www.rockymountainnews.com, Oct. 9

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