“Marriage is the most fundamental right in our society and it should not be defined by activist judges.”
– George W. Bush during his June 5, 2006 press conference in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment.
“I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a shit about it. He never talks about this stuff.”
– An anonymous friend of Bush on the President’s feelings about same-sex marriage, as quoted in the June 12, 2006 issue of Newsweek.
“The President should be bringing Americans together, rather than trying to turn us against our gay and lesbian family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. I am confident that the American people will see this for what it is: a mean-spirited attempt to score political points in an election year.”
– U.S. Senator Russ Feingold reacting to Bush’s support of a constitutional amendment on marriage, June 5, 2006.
“The great irony of this misplaced alliance between some black ministers and white conservatives is that it wasn’t too long ago that many of these same white conservatives were using the Bible to justify racist practices against African Americans. During the era of segregation, based on his reading of the Bible, Jerry Falwell did not let African-Americans into his church. He once called the civil rights movement the ‘civil wrongs movement.'”
– Deborah Lake, a spokesperson for Black LGBT & Allies for Equality, in a June 2, 2006 statement.
“I know what his economic vision is, and it involves all of us going door to door to sell little bars of soap to each other. I also suspect that he is fully tolerant and open to diversity among white monogamous heterosexual males who are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.”
– Jack Lessenberry on Republican candidate for governor of Michigan Dick DeVos in the May 31, 2006 issue of Metro Times.
“Series Finale Of Will & Grace Ends Eight-Year Truce Between Gay, Straight Communities.”
– May 29, 2006 headline from satirical newspaper The Onion.
“Forty years ago, if you asked the question, ‘What is gay?’ not a lot of people could tell you. Today, I think – not only with ‘Will & Grace’ and all of the other TV shows and movies that have come out, including ‘Brokeback Mountain’ – people have a much better feel that being gay can be anything. But are there any images, really, of the bisexual man or woman? Not really.”
– Bisexual activist Michael Huffington as quoted in the June 6, 2006 issue of The Advocate.
“OK, I’m straight, but I wish I was gay. Most of my gay friends are just so much fun and energetic and positive, and they’re always great to be around. It would also be great to be with someone who has as giant of a sex appetite as I do. it seems like in the gay culture it’s easier to get ass.”
– Daniel Letterle, who will play gay in the upcoming film “The Most Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green”, as quoted in the June 2006 issue of Out.