“Evangelical Christians seem sincere in their desire to help build healthy, lasting marriages. Well, if that’s their goal, encouraging gay men to enter into straight marriages is a peculiar strategy. Every straight marriage that includes a gay husband is one Web-browser-history check away from an ugly divorce. If anything, supporters of traditional marriage should want gay men out of the heterosexual marriage market entirely. And the best way to do that is to see that we’re safely married off — to each other, not to your daughters.”
– Dan Savage in a Feb. 10, 2006 op-ed column in the New York Times.
“I was once part of the inner circle – now I’m standing on the outside looking in.”
– Former NFL lineman Roy Simmons, who is gay and HIV positive, on being denied access to Super Bowl media center, as quoted by The Associated Press, Feb. 9, 2006.
“Every American deserves to be protected against discrimination in the workplace. Governor Kaine’s decision to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation at state agencies and the Democratic legislative effort to extend that protection through all levels of government in Virginia shows that our party is committed to equal rights for everyone. Sadly, by killing Senate Bill 700 in committee, Virginia Republicans chose to follow Karl Rove’s playbook of scape-goating groups of people and dividing Americans to win elections.”
– Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean in a Feb. 9, 2006 statement.
“Intentional or not, the message this sends is simple: Our money may be good enough, but we are not.”
– Ramon Gardehire writing in the Washington Blade Feb. 10, 2006 on Howard Dean’s decision to eliminate the DNC’s office of GLBT outreach while retaining the DNC’s Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council, a fundraising group.
“Because of my sister and my close friends, this is my community, too. I care very much what happens within this community because it affects me and mine. We are all family. I wish everyone would embrace theirs. Maybe we wouldn’t be a minority.”
– Cyndi Lauper, who has a gay sister, on LGBT rights, as quoted in the February issue of Girlfriends.
“Gay people do not seem to care in the slightest for converting anyone to homosexuality, which of course would be the equivalent of converting a frying pan into a doorknob. It simply cannot be done.”
– http://SFGate.com columnist Mark Morford, Jan. 27, 2006.