“Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy. Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws, especially in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The time has come to end this discrimination and the politics of divisiveness that has become part of this issue.”
– U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) in an April 4, 2006 press statement.
“My position has always been that I will vote against a constitutional amendment … because I think the states should decide. That’s the essence of federalism. In my state of Arizona, we have a ballot initiative on this issue, which I am supporting. But if the courts, if through the court process, they say that that’s not constitutional, then I would support a constitutional amendment.”
– Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) on Meet the Press, April 2, 2006.
“By welcoming Mr. Falwell and people like him as members of their party, Republicans are saying that it’s O.K. — not necessarily correct, but O.K. — to declare that 9/11 was America’s punishment for its tolerance of abortion and homosexuality, that Islam is a terrorist religion, and that Jews can’t go to heaven. And voters should judge the Republican Party accordingly.”
– Paul Krugman, New York Times, April 3, 2006.
“All these legislatures and Congress all riled up – you got to love it. You can’t buy this kind of attention to our message.”
– Fred Phelps on the laws pending across the country to limit protests at funerals, as quoted by The Chicago Tribune, April 4, 2006.
“A person’s sexual orientation has no bearing on their ability to perform their job, and I will continue to fight for fair treatment and equal protection under the law for all working Americans.”
– U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) in an April 4, 2006 letter to a constituent.
“I should not just get off the train and wave goodbye because I have resolved my problems. My mission is not over yet. There are still many who are suffering as I used to.”
– Transgender politician Aya Kamikawa who has seen many positive changes for transgender people in Japan in the last 10 years, as quoted by The Advocate, April 1, 2006.
“She’s really tough, so she’d protect me, and she’s really hot, so I could make out with her. Either way, I win.”
– Tori Spelling on why Angelina Jolie would make a good cellmate, as quoted in the April 11, 2006 issue of The Advocate.