Arts & Entertainment
compiled by Howard Israel
Originally printed 6/11/2009 (Issue 1724 - Between The Lines News)
"So Dick Cheney has come out in support of gay marriage. If anyone thinks that, at his core, Cheney actually cares about homosexuals and their civil rights or lack thereof ... I have some cabins in the mountain region of Pakistan they might be interested in buying. Cheney's sudden love and respect for gays is 100 percent about his daughter Mary, period. Do you honestly think that before she exited the closet that he was a passionate proponent of gay rights? To be sure, what we're witnessing here is a classic self-serving, hypocritical, double-standard, Republican 'do as I say not as I do' rationalization: 'I'm against gay marriage until I learn that my kid's gay.'"
- Andy Ostroy, political analyst, in a blog titled "Dick Cheney Does Not Support Gay Marriage. He Supports His Daughter's Gay Marriage," responding to Dick Cheney's recent public support of same-sex marriages, Huffington Post, June 3.
"The United States federal government, now by executive order, signed by the President of the United States, is declaring national pride in these lifestyles. This is not mere toleration; it's not calling for legalization, an end to criminal sanctions. It's not calling even for something like civil unions ... it's calling for pride."
- Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., commenting on President Barack Obama's official proclamation on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of National LGBT Pride Month, http://www.OneNewsNow.com, June 5.
"I think gays and lesbians have a friend in the White House because I've consistently committed myself to civil unions, making sure that they have (the right) to visit each other in hospitals, that they are able to access benefits, that they have a whole host of legal rights that they currently do not have. I don't think it makes sense for the federal government to get in the business of determining what marriage is. That isn't traditionally the federal government's role."
- President Barack Obama, when asked by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams about LGBT issues: "Do gays and lesbians who want to get married have a friend in the White House, " reprinted on http://www.rodonline.typepad.com, June 4.
"Blacks support in denying gays the right to get married isn't going to make gays heterosexual or force them to stop having sex with each other - nor is it going to guarantee blacks who supported Proposition 8 their passage into heaven. There ain't no law that will ever be able to legislate or guarantee that. In the meantime, our support of non-relevant issues like Proposition 8 while ignoring the real issues that affect us all will ensure that blacks continue to be at the bottom of the food chain in California - even with a black president in office."
- Jasmyne Cannick, in a posting titled "What Blacks Can Learn From Gays", pointing out that the black community in California has more significant issues before them - home foreclosures, unemployment, homelessness, lack of health insurance - than same-sex marriage, http://www.jasmynecannick.com, June 2.
"The finding that majorities of weekly churchgoers (60 percent), conservatives (58 percent), and Republicans (58 percent) now favor what essentially equates to repealing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy implemented under President Clinton in 1993 is noteworthy for several reasons. First, the data show that these traditionally conservative groups are shifting on this issue, supporting it to a far greater extent than they support legalized gay marriage. Second, it suggests the political playing field may be softer on this issue, and President Barack Obama will be well positioned to forge ahead with his campaign promise to end the military ban on openly gay service members with some support from more conservative segments of the population."
- Lymari Morales, summarizing the May 7-10, 2009 Gallup poll titled "Conservatives Shift in Favor of Openly Gay Service Members," http://www.gallup.com/poll/120764, June 5.
"Intolerance is deadly. Bans on gay marriage codify intolerance, causing more gay people to shift to underground sexual behaviors that carry more risk."
- Hugo Mialon and Andrew Francis, Assistant Professors of Economics at Emory University in Atlanta, apply economic theories to calculate how social attitudes and policies affect HIV transmission, in a press release titled "Study: Bans on gay marriage lead to rise in HIV infections," June 4. Link: http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~hmialon/Tolerance_and_HIV.pdf
"All marriages shouldn't be equal, but there should be so many separate kinds of marriage that the gays don't feel singled out. Our founding fathers never conceived of gay marriage. Just wigs and panty hose."
- Stephen Colbert, in a segment on The Colbert Report about same-sex marriage titled "I Do, You Don't," http://www.ColbertNation.com, June 3.
"Whether it be our loving LGBT relationships, our chosen family of friends and support network, children raised by someone other than their biological parents, or single parent homes, we all get stuck with the same label by the fundamentalist crowd: 'Non-Traditional Family.' I wonder how people can put their lives and families into such a little, constricting definition. By expanding my view of what family is beyond just what I was raised with, I have gained strength, support and joy. In fact, when I started to deal with some of the difficulties part of my 'traditional' family caused me, it was my real, chosen family that got me through it. That's why I think that our greatest strength as a community are our families, however you choose to personally define it... ."
- Waymon Hudson, in his blog titled "My 'Non-Traditional' Family: Blogging for LGBT Families," celebrating his circle of love and support - his family of choice, http://www.bilerico.com, June 1.