“If the Republicans can propose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, why can’t the Democrats propose a right to privacy amendment? Making this implicit right explicit would forever end the debate about whether there is a right to privacy. And the debate over the bill would force Republicans who opposed it to explain why they don’t think Americans deserve a right to privacy.”
– Dan Savage in a Nov. 16, 2005 New York Times opinion piece.
“The question we put before voters reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage, it was not about benefits….The courts and other people that decided to take that up, that’s their prerogative. If anything, we’d like to see the debate moved away from tying marriage and health care benefits together. We support universal health care.”
– Ned McGrath, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Detroit, on Michigan’s marriage amendment, as quoted by The Detroit News, Nov. 21, 2005.
“You know, it’s not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It’s more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen. And then some doors are open and light comes in, and there are skylights and it widens. Brad’s my partner, we’ve been together for 18 years. So, I’ve been ‘open,’ but I have not talked to the press. In that sense, maybe that’s another opening of the corridor there.”
– George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Hikaru Sulu, in the Nov. 8, 2005 issue of Frontiers.
“On one side are those who may or may not approve of homosexuality on religious grounds, but who nevertheless believe that every American should be treated equally in the workplace and by the law. On the other side are those who believe that laws preventing them from punishing or harassing gay people are somehow an ‘endorsement’ of homosexuality.”
– Sheila Suess Kennedy, associate professor of law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in a Nov. 17, 2005 Indystar.com opinion piece.
“In the course of my research, I’ve spent a lot of time with lesbian couples and their children, exposure that made me face my own assumptions, prejudices and fears about sex that differs from what I know as a straight mother in a 36-year marriage. I have seen the utter normality of two-mom families.”
– Peggy Drexler, author of “Raising Boys Without Men,” in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Nov. 8, 2005.
“I suspect it’s a fear that they are going to enjoy it… They don’t understand that you are not going to become sexually attracted to men by recognizing the beauty of a love story between two men.”
– Jake Gyllenhaal on why “Brokeback Mountain” makes some men uncomfortable, as quoted in Newsweek, Nov. 21, 2005.