“They believe that the world should be made a very very uncomfortable place for gays and lesbians so that we don’t come out. Not so that we don’t exist, but so that we don’t come out as gay or lesbian Ñ because that makes them uncomfortable. They would rather their children live loveless cramped lives than come out.”
– Dan Savage on the anti-gay right, as quoted on Rolling Stone’s Web site, June 21, 2006.
“He’s some kind of demagogue without any core values whatsoever. His only dominant value is expediency. He’s only doing this because he’s losing what core support he had, and anyone with half a brain can see it. He’s shameless.”
– Rev. Fred Phelps of “God Hates Fags” fame, on Bush’s support for the anti-gay marriage amendment, as quoted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.
“Homophobia is replacing the set of flag and race issues of a generation ago. It’s the last refuge of the scoundrel.”
– Former Nixon strategist Kevin Phillips, as quoted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.
“You know what? I don’t care what this administration thinks of gays. Right now our military cannot afford to turn anyone away. We need boots on the ground, and if some of those boots happen to be Prada, fabulous!”
– Lewis Black on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” June 29, 2006.
“I disagree. It’s a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.”
– Jon Stewart, responding to Bill BennettÕs claim that the gay marriage debate is over whether one thinks marriage is between a man and a woman, on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” June 7, 2006.
“As Democrats, we believe that every American has a right to equal protection under the law and to live in dignity. And we must respect the right of every family to live in dignity with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. Today’s decision by the New York Court of Appeals, which relies on outdated and bigoted notions about families, is deeply disappointing, but it does not end the effort to achieve this goal.”
– From a June 6, 2006 statement by Howard Dean on the New York Court of Appeals Ruling on marriage equality.
“New York’s highest court has harmed both the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and its reputation as a guardian of individual liberties by denying same-sex couples the right to marry.”
– From a New York Times editorial, July 7, 2006.
“I wanted to show people that I’m here, and I’m gonna fight. Feeling confidant, feeling sexy and feeling sexual are all parts of living. I refuse to stop feeling those emotions just because I have HIV. My posing is not about glamorizing HIV; it’s about showing confidence. I don’t just mean confidence in your looks, but the confidence to believe in myself and live each day to the fullest. And the confidence not to let HIV be the driving factor in your life.”
— Todd Murray, executive director of Hope’s Voice, on his nearly nude cover shot for the July 2006 issue of POZ.