“We are making progress, but we have a hell of a long way to go.”
– Allan Gilmour on the advancement of gays, minorities and women in the corporate world, as quoted by the Denver Post, June 14, 2006.
“I know Republicans are desperate. But does it make sense to use gay love to hatemonger here when we have so much real hate coming at us from abroad?”
– Maureen Dowd, New York Times, June 7, 2006.
“It’s a strange sort of attack, to be sure: a wonderfully pacific attack, a supportive attack, an attack without the slightest intention or capacity to cause harm, consisting, as it does, of the earnest wish of certain loving couples to join themselves to that very institution and thus to feel themselves, and be accepted as, full members of the American (and human) family.”
– Hendrik Hertzberg on the so-called “attack” on marriage by gays, in a commentary posted to The New Yorker Web site, June 12, 2006.
“The history of the struggle for black civil rights demonstrates that only when political leaders actually lead do they begin to help change attitudes. If poll-driven Democratic politicians run away from the issue of full equality before the law for lesbians and gays — including equal rights for their committed couples — they will be retarding social advancement of the goal of full human freedom for all — an integral part of America’s promise. And, as the famous slogan rightly puts it, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
– Doug Ireland, TomPaine.com, June 13, 2006.
“Republicans want to make an issue of Nancy Pelosi in the congressional races this fall: Would you want a San Francisco woman to be speaker of the House? Will the podium be repainted in lavender stripes with a disco ball overhead? Will she be borne into the chamber by male dancers with glistening torsos and wearing pink tutus? After all, in the unique worldview of old elephants, ‘San Francisco’ is a code word for ‘g-a-y,’ and after assembling a record of government lies, incompetence and disaster, the party in power hopes that the fear of g-a-y-s will pull it through in November.”
– Garrison Keillor in a June 8, 2006 editorial in the Baltimore Sun.
“It is well past the time for the progressive religious movement to provide leadership in efforts to end sexual injustice. We cannot call ourselves a progressive prophetic movement but be silent on women’s moral agency, on the rights of young people to honest sexuality education, on stopping the sexual abuse of half a million children a year, on prevention of HIV transmission, and on the full inclusion of gays, lesbians, and transgender persons in our faith communities and in society at large.”
– Reverend Debra W. Haffner, director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, in an article posted on the Mother Jones Web site, June 9, 2006.
“[Meryl Streep] was pretty maternal with Lindsay. I personally wanted to go out to the clubs with her.”
– Lily Tomlin on working with Lindsay Lohan in Robert Altman’s new film “A Prairie Home Companion,” “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” June 9, 2006.
“A Senate committee on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, apparently forgetting that our forefathers wore wigs and satin Capri pants.”
– Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, June 3, 2006.