“It’s nice, but would they be willing today to do something substantive like make a federal crime for violence based on sexual orientation? It’s politically unpopular with the religious right. Twenty-five or 50 years from now, they will be apologizing for not taking action against that.”
– Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on the U.S. Senate’s June 13 non-binding lynching apology, as quoted in the Detroit Free Press on June 22, 2005.
“The pope condemned divorce, masturbation, birth control, in vitro fertilization, living together before marriage and same-sex marriage….The headlines the next day? ‘Pope Condemns Gay Marriage as ‘Anarchy.’ The headlines should have read something like this: ‘Pope Condemns Majority of American Heterosexuals for Private Sexual Conduct, also Gay Marriage.'”
– Dan Savage in his June 15 Savage Love column.
“All Republicans can think about is making Africans abstinent and monogamous. It’s the crassest form of international social engineering you could imagine.”
– An unnamed Democratic staffer on the right-wing push for abstinence-only HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, as quoted in the June 16, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone.
“Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can’t produce a baby, two men can’t produce a baby, so it’s not how it’s supposed to be. … I don’t believe in gay marriages. I don’t believe in being gay.”
– White Sox baseball player Carl Everett in the July 2005 issue of Maxim Magazine.
“It’ll probably be one of the loudest games that they have since nobody’s as loud as a group of gay men. I mean, why wouldn’t you want them in your fan base?”
– Baseball fan Josh Vandezande on the Toronto Blue Jay’s Pride Night, as quoted by the Globe and Mail June 23, 2005.
“It was like they were going to completely trivialize me. I mean, it doesn’t matter what I do with my life or what I produce? What matters is what I do with my dick?”
– Author Chuck Palahniuk regarding a 2003 Entertainment Weekly article he feared was going to out him, as quoted in the June 30, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone. Palahniuk came out himself on his web site at the time of the article’s release.
“Big Bird will once again smite the politicians – as long as he isn’t caught consorting with lesbians.”
– Frank Rich writing in the June 26, 2005 New York Times on the battle over public broadcasting funds in the U.S. House