compiled by Howard Israel
“When we succeed in court, gay activist groups and propaganda journalists are quick to take credit, but please notice that when we fail they seldom take the blame but rather cry ‘victim’ and that we were out spent by outsiders – as if it’s all about money, money, money. Perhaps it’s time to stop crying victim and take responsibility for the fact that our activist organizations have been too busy preaching to the choir. Perhaps it’s time for some very well-paid ‘leadership’ to step down and move on. And perhaps it’s time to call out our ‘friends’ and ask that they walk their talk by doing more than singing in tune with the choir.”
– John P. Mortimer, in a column titled “Making Sense of Prop. H8 as Iowa Steals California’s Cool,” exploring the reasons behind the passage of California’s Prop 8, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
“There are lots of things we might call hateful speech, and most of us would recognize it as hateful because there is some sort of emotive response that is clear to the listener. And even if the person means it in a hateful way, that doesn’t make it what we call ‘hate speech.’ It may be highly offensive speech, and we can all agree there are very serious problems, but we must be very careful what we call ‘hate speech.’ ”
– J. Angelo Corlett, San Diego State Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, in an article titled “The Day of Silence: Silencing hate speech,” about the LGBT Day of Silence, http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com, April 9.
“For me, there were obviously people at school I knew who were gay, there were people at university, and so on. And so it was very much part of my life from a very early stage. When I heard older Tory politicians saying that someone can be persuaded to be gay, it just seemed ridiculous. And I was saying to them, ‘Look, I’m not gay, and there is nothing that would persuade me to be it – don’t you think it’s the same for gay people?’
– Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and recent Catholic convert, in an interview in Attitude, a British gay magazine, commenting on a range of topics, including his pro-gay legislation, homophobia and organized religion, http://www.attitude.co.uk, April.
“Contrary to the claims made by the opponents of (marriage) equality, it’s not just judges, it’s not just the coasts, and it’s not just going away.”
– Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, in an article titled “With Victories, Gay Rights Groups Expand Marriage Push,” about the back-to-back same-sex marriage victories in Vermont and Iowa, and how they might influence other state legislatures, http://www.nytimes.com, April 8.
“The passage of Proposition 8 in California may be the best thing that’s happened to the gay community in a long, long time. Since last week, I have seen friends and acquaintances transformed, outraged, angry and determined to do something about the injustice we have suffered and to try to change the way things are. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen groups of white gay men organize around anything besides parties, sex, or fashion, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
– Jon Marcus, on his blog titled “Why I’m Glad Prop. 8 Passed,”about using the anger and frustration around marriage equality “to build bridges and work for the changes we want,” http://www.OpenSalon.com, Nov. 15.
“(The appointment of HRC’s Harry Knox)… is incredibly scary for those who rely on distorted messages of faith to incite fear and justify discrimination. Right-wing voices like my brother’s use faith to manipulate people into voting against their interests by scapegoating the LGBT community. I don’t think my brother is the intolerant talking head he plays on television. Rather, he’s just using old, outmoded tactics in a desperate attempt to bring his party back from the dead. He is parroting the old canard that LGBT people cannot be people of faith. Ergo, people of faith cannot be supportive of LGBT people. Thankfully, people like my brother don’t speak for all people of faith, and they certainly don’t speak for God. They speak for only themselves.”
– Candace Gingrich, in a column about her brother, Newt Gingrich, who referred to Harry Knox, the director of the HRC’s Religion and Faith Program, “an anti-religious, left-wing zealot.”. Knox was recently appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.