“We tend to think democracies come truly alive only when we elect or throw out a President of Congressman or Senator. But the truth is that sometimes the democratic spirit is more vibrant in the intervals. Democracy is rooted in the impertinent belief that our rulers are no better than we are and that they are answerable always. We’re occasionally amazed to discover that people who are used to power forget that. That’s why, every now and again, we have to remind them.”
– Andrew Sullivan writing in the Dec. 26, 2005-Jan. 2, 2006 issue of Time magazine.
“Does the Constitution require that courts provide the same legal protections to gays as to racial minorities and women?”
– One of 30 questions John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley, would like to ask Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, in the Jan. 9, 2006 issue of The New York Times.
“It’s wrong, and so many of my friends do that. We gay-bash. We feel like it’s OK to call a gay person a fag. We fought so hard to make it so white people couldn’t say the word ‘nigger’ to our face. But it’s not far-fetched to picture a black person calling a gay person a fag to their face. So that shows you the climate, where we’re at right now. And it’s not about racism, it’s about discrimination.”
– Kanye West as quoted in the Dec. 29 issue of Rolling Stone.
“We don’t believe they have the right to marry. In fact, we don’t think they have the right to exist.”
– Douglas Sadler, imperial klailiff of the northern Iowa branch of the Ku Klux Klan, on why the group is protesting against marriage equality, as quoted by the Associated Press, Dec. 28, 2005.
“There’s a lot of angry, stupid people out there, who are so busy worrying about this gay marriage crap. Those people may have a problem with this. But I say, ‘Good.'”
– Heath Ledger on the potential for backlash over “Brokeback Mountain,” as quoted in the Dec. 29 issue of Rolling Stone.
“I just know if I saw that movie, the voice inside my head that delights in torturing me would have a field day. ‘You like those cowboys, don’t you? They’re kind of cute. Go ahead, admit it, they’re cute. You can’t fool me, gay man. Go ahead, stop fighting it. You’re gay! You’re gay!’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it.”
– Larry David on the movie “Brokeback Mountain” in a Jan. 1, 2005 op-ed in the New York Times.