Compiled by Howard Israel
“Some gay activists have organized Web sites to actively encourage people to go after supporters of Proposition 8. And giving these people a map to your home or office leaves supporters of Proposition 8 feeling especially vulnerable. Really, it is chilling.”
– Frank Schubert, the campaign manager for Protect Marriage, explaining why campaign supporters have filed suit in Federal District Court in Sacramento seeking an injunction of a state election law that requires donors of $100 or more to disclose their names, addresses, occupations and other personal information, “Marriage Ban Donors Feel Exposed by List,” New York Times, Jan. 19.
“In a report U.S. bishops released this week, the Vatican agency noted past ‘difficulties in the area of morality’ within seminaries that ‘usually but not exclusively’ involved ‘homosexual behavior.’ The evaluators said the appointment of better administrators in diocesan seminaries ‘has ensured that such difficulties have been overcome. Of course, here and there some case or other of immorality – again, usually homosexual behavior – continues to show up,’ according to the report. ‘However, in the main, the superiors now deal with these issues promptly and appropriately.'”
– In an article titled “Vatican: Gay ‘behavior’ in seminaries declines,” about a recently released evaluation of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, Associated Press, Jan. 15. The evaluation concluded that administrators have largely been effective in rooting out “homosexual behavior” in the schools, although the report indicates that it still persists in schools run by religious orders, which critics consistently condemn as too liberal on celibacy, homosexuality and church teaching in general.
“I had a very personal reason for signing it. First of all, Rosie asked me if I would present it to the audience. I have a granddaughter who is gay, who came out about three years ago, so I said ‘I’m signing this in honor of my granddaughter, who I adore.’ I did it because my granddaughter is fabulous and because Rosie said ‘would you read this,’ and I said ‘absolutely.’ I signed it because it sets an example. It is a list of guidelines for straight people to follow when it comes to gay people, and I was doing it for my granddaughter.”
– Sharon Gless, the original strong woman on “Cagney & Lacey” and the defiant PFLAG mom on “Queer as Folk,” signed PFLAG’s Straight for Equality pledge on an R Family Cruise, with Rosie O’Donnell. The pledge centers around taking steps both big and small to support equality, http://www.Ambiente.us, Jan. 2009
“The truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop. 8 happen. There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here’s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who’s responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let’s have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”
– Tom Hanks, commenting on the Mormon Church’s involvement in California’s Prop 8, Fox News, Jan. 16. Hanks is an executive producer for HBO’s “Big Love,” a controversial series about polygamist families.
“I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade. We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California – when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. But all of a sudden, when Proposition 8 came out, you had so much to say.”
– Rev. Al Sharpton, during his keynote at the Human Rights Ecumenical Service at Atlanta’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, the city’s largest gay-friendly and inclusive black church, http://www.rodonline.typepad.com, Jan. 13. Sharpton used the opportunity to criticize the Mormon Church which heavily bankrolled the Yes on 8 campaign and the black mega-church pastors who mobilized congregations against gay marriage.