poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Saturday, February 28, 2004

SF mayor looks forward to arguing gay marriage before high court
BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer
Mayor Gavin Newsom on Saturday accused President Bush of political showmanship and discrimination after the Social Security Administration announced it wouldn't accept any marriage licenses from San Francisco -- gay or straight -- until the same-sex issue was resolved."I think it was political and retaliatory," Newsom said in an interview after his first town hall meeting since taking office 52 days ago. "The president is not only now discriminating against gay couples, he's discriminating against straight people."


Speaking to huge town hall crowd, San Francisco mayor slams Bush, defends gay marriages
(02-28) 16:52 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --
Mayor Gavin Newsom accused President Bush of political showmanship and discrimination because of the Social Security Administration's decision to not accept any marriage licenses from San Francisco -- gay or straight -- until the same-sex issue is resolved. Newsom addressed a huge crowd at his first town hall meeting Saturday, 52 days after taking office and a little more than two weeks after he authorized city officials to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Such meetings typically draw a few dozen people, but nearly 1,000 gathered for Saturday's town hall in the Castro district, a predominantly gay and lesbian section of the city. Some in the crowd carried signs reading: "Thank You Mayor" and "Gavin -- Our Hero."


New York town caught up in gay rights fight
THE battle over gay marriage in the United States has spread to a small New York town.
The mayor of the village of New Paltz, about 130km north of Manhattan, began marrying same-sex couples on Friday in the first such ceremonies in the state. The weddings came on the day when California's bid to halt San Francisco's gay marriage blitz was rejected by its Supreme Court.


More gay couples to marry in N.Y.
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — More than 500 same-sex couples have signed up on a waiting list to be married in this village that has joined San Francisco in offering the ceremonies.


Poll: Most Oppose Gay Weddings


"Homos want to destroy civilisation with their dirty tricks!" 2/27

At Baptist Baylor, student paper OK on gay unions


Westchester residents have mixed reactions to gay union ceremonies in Ulster County


Gay marriage: One issue Schwarzenegger could do without

Gay couple from Erie plans to wed in California

Jennifer never expected the opportunity to be married so soon. She's only 25, but she knows it's what she wants. She met her partner three years ago — "love at first sight," she said — and they started talking about marriage.

Institute of Hate
Right-wingers are targeting liberal pastors -- including at least one in S.F. -- who favor gay marriage
The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the personable pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Noe Valley, is the last person one might imagine to be the subject of scrutiny from a former CIA analyst employed by a pressure group co-founded by a one-time collaborator of Col. Oliver North.

In most ways Oliveto is like any other Methodist minister: She organizes church suppers, gives Communion, leads funerals, baptizes children, preaches the Christian gospel, and performs weddings -- she joined eight couples in the first 2 1/2 weeks of this month. But because those weddings were for same-sex partners,...(more)

New York Gay Weddings To Continue


Pope urges authorities to stop gay marriages

Just-Married Gay Couples Ask What's Wrong
Just-Married Gay Couples Wonder What's Wrong With Desire to Be Functioning Families

Pataki, Bloomberg Cautious On Gay Weddings
(ALBANY) While President Bush's call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage may help solidify his conservative base, it has caused political headaches for New York Republicans. Both Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while not openly criticizing the president, have said they don't see any need for such an amendment. "I believe it is up to the states, not to the federal government ... I don't think we need a constitutional amendment," the mayor said at a press conference Wednesday.


Gay Marriages - God's Rules and Caesar's
Pacific News Service
by Peter Y. Sussman
President Bush is violating his contract with the people by insisting that his religious view on marriage be included in the secular Constitution.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said it exactly right when he told the media that President Bush "has always strongly believed that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman."

keep thinking; D.C. next...keep thinking; D.C. next...keep thinking; D.C. next...

Gay Marriage: Is D.C. Next?
by Paul Johnson
(Washington, D.C.)  Same-sex marriage may be come coming to George W. Bush's own front door.

District of Columbia City Administrator Robert Bobb said Friday that officials are looking into whether the city can legally perform same-sex marriages. Interviewed on American University radio station WAMU, Bobb said that Mayor Anthony Williams has asked the Corporation Counsel to look into the legal and constitutional issues.

The city already has a domestic partners law on the books, but Williams came out last week in favor of same-sex marriage. Williams said he is "on record as far back as the 1998 campaign in recognizing that marriage ought to apply to everybody."


we must be ready to face this challange!!

Conservatives Announce $2 Million Ad Campaign To Fight Gay Marriage
by Doreen Brandt Newscenter
Washington Bureau
(Washington, D.C.)
A coalition of the nation's largest right wing "pro-family" organizations announced the launch of a $2 million newspaper ad campaign to express their gratitude to President Bush for announcing his support of the "federal marriage amendment" to ban same-sex marriage...(more)

I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*

go Nyack!!!!

Marriage Fever Spreads In NY
(New York City) The mayor of Nyack, New York, a quiet suburb of New York City, announced Friday afternoon that he will recognize any same-sex marriage wherever it was performed.

While the measure is largely symbolic it shows the growing acceptance of same-sex couples in the wake of the court decision in Massachusetts that gay marriage was legal and the nearly 4,000 gay weddings already performed in San Francisco......(more)


New York Moves To Halt Gay Marriages


Bush Gay Marriage Waffle 
by Paul Johnson
(Washington, D.C.)  The president embraced doublespeak Friday as reporters pressed him on same-sex marriage.  

Asked about his support for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage Bush said that marriage between a man and a woman is "the ideal" -- and it's his job to "drive policy toward the ideal."
However, when he was asked how same-sex weddings harm traditional ones, he was unable to answer the question, repeating earlier statements that marriage is under threat from activist judges and officials seeking to redefine a fundamental human institution.


Indiana GOP Stonewalled Over Anti-Gay Amendment Bid

open the flood gates.....!!!!!!

More Gay Couples to Marry in N.Y.

Associated Press Writer
More than 350 same-sex couples have signed up on a waiting list to be married in this village that has joined San Francisco in offering the ceremonies.
Mayor Jason West married 25 couples Friday and vowed to continue.
"Absolutely, I'll be doing this again," he said Friday before a cheering outdoor crowd. "I broke no law. I abided by the constitution of New York state and my oath of office."were legal".....(more)

yes... we need more pockets of resistances...!@!@!!!

Gay and Lesbian Couples Try for Marriage Licenses in Iowa City
By KCRG-TV9 News Reporter Mike Wagner – TV9 Iowa City Newsroom
Gay and lesbian couples staged a protest Friday against the laws that keep them from getting married. They gathered as a group and tried to get marriage licenses in Iowa City. But the Johnson County recorder had to deny their applications.


this is very exciting... we need this to happen everywhere... take a stand, wear a pink triangle, rise the rainbow flag, get married to a queer... the revolution is now.. and it will not be televised

Gay group plans LI march seeking same-sex marriages

Hoping to force a court ruling opening the way for same-sex marriages in New York, gay and lesbian couples next week plan to march into the offices of every town clerk on Long Island and ask for marriage licenses, said the leader of the group organizing the effort.


U.S., Pakistan Deny Bin Laden Was Captured
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran - Pentagon and Pakistani officials on Saturday denied an Iranian state radio report that Osama bin Laden was captured in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan "a long time ago."

watch for a sept... surprise from bush... it will happen.. a duck from the hat.. a cheney from a rumsfeild

What is going on is a revolution, what we are witnessing is the rise of a new truth and the fall of the strong hold of power; as New Paltz' Green Party mayor, Jason West, "What we're witnessing in America today is the flowering of the largest civil rights movement the country's had in a generation,"
. . . this is all in the face of a oppressive government, one that has taken away one right and freedom after another another they want to write in to law an amendment that creates a two tiered system..this is the story of a petty bureaucrat loosing power... taking mean and spiteful action. this is a president who believes in an ideal.. and ideal government, and ideal marriage...and ideal that leads to smoothness and orderliness . . . . everything in it proper place...a dogma, a fascist action..... we need to move ahead..we need more pockets of resistance... NOW!.. we need everyone to say they are queer and get married... this is a revolution... come to san francisco.. go to your streets.. make noise do not stop till bush is out of office..

this is a historical event.... pockets of resistance, individual standing up to the powers that be... take a stand, please.. its time to join in the resistance-.. wear a pink arm band... put up your rainbow flag.. go get married.... stand in the street and scream I am not going to take it any more....

I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*

Lockyer pleads to top court
State justices give S.F. until Friday to defend licenses

O'Donnell inspires other artists
Gays, lesbians no longer limited to backing up straights' ceremonies


this is the story of a petty bureaucrat loosing power... taking mean and spiteful action.. we need to move ahead..we need more pockets of resistance... NOW!.. we need everyone to say they are queer and get married... this is a revolution... come to san francisco.. go to your streets.. make noise do not stop till bush is out of office..

Social Security won't take S.F. licenses
White House's first bureaucratic obstacle to same-sex marriages

The Bush administration has taken its first bureaucratic poke at same-sex marriages in San Francisco, ordering administrators nationwide to reject requests for name changes on Social Security accounts based on any marriage licenses -- same-sex or opposite-sex -- recently issued by the city.

The order from the Social Security Administration, disclosed Friday, was mainly about record keeping and did not address larger questions of eligibility for a spouse's Social Security benefits or other federal marriage rights.
But it was a message of presidential disapproval for the weddings that have vaulted San Francisco into the national spotlight.


California court to consider challenges to gay nuptials
By Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO —SAN FRANCISCO —The California Supreme Court yesterday refused to immediately halt San Francisco's same-sex marriages, but the court indicated that it would swiftly consider hearing legal challenges to the city's decision to allow those nuptials.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Mayor of New York town marries gay couples


Wedding shots deepen gay-marriage divide
Marriage ceremonies have put a human face on an abstract issue, bolstering support and opposition.
By Amanda Paulson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

CHICAGO – As images of gay couples exchanging heartfelt vows flicker across TV screens nationwide, the cultural debate on one of today's most divisive issues has grown as clangorous as wedding bells, as contentious as a nasty divorce. With coverage from Massachusetts to San Francisco, where thousands have lined up for marriage licenses, an abstract issue suddenly has a human face - thousands of them.

Some say all the talk of "gay marriage" has made the term less dissonant, scattering it through the public consciousness so that it grows familiar, if not popular. San Francisco's move has sparked spontaneous support from far-flung places - Australians sending flowers to couples at City Hall; a Minnesota church mailing cards; a message from Atlanta reading "Straight, but not narrow-minded." . . . (more)

Pressure on San Francisco to halt gay marriages as O'Donnell ties knot

Gay marriages create US legal storm

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Calif. Supreme Court won't immediately stop same-sex marriages
DAVID KRAVETS, AP Legal Affairs Writer
(02-27) 17:09 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --

The California Supreme Court declined a request Friday by Attorney General Bill Lockyer to immediately shut down San Francisco's gay weddings.

Lockyer had asked the high court to take the matter under urgent consideration, to instruct San Francisco officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses and to nullify the more than 3,400 marriages already performed.



Oakland mulls whether to urge county to issue same-sex licenses

please, please, support all and any pockets of resistance...NOW!!!

Shanna Compton
Publishers Face Prison For Editing Articles from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya or Cuba

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control recently declared that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes which include Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Cuba. Although publishing the articles is legal, editing is a "service" and the treasury department says it is illegal to perform services for embargoed nations. It can be punishable by fines of up to a half-million dollars or jail terms as long as 10 years.

When you have stopped shaking in anger, please find AND EDIT one poem or short piece by a writer in Iraq, Iran, Cuba or any similarly embargoed country. Be sure to include a note what editorial changes you made to the piece. If possible, also include a brief bio or information link to the work of the writer. English translations are great, as are works in original languages.

Alternatively, you may submit small jpgs or gifs of poems in the original, as long they contain photographic evidence of editing. (For instance, a deletion mark on a comma or an inserted word or space. Spell out a number. Capitalize something. Edit something, then stet it. Whatever.)

Poems will be posted at, This blog will, in effect, become both an act of protest and a petition. You may post or email anonymously if you like. To facilitate anonymous submissions I have created a Hotmail account:
You may log in at with the password dareyou. Please use this account responsibly.
Please spread the word.

Shanna Compton

a little bit of shameless promotion:
Noah Eli Gordon
you has put links to every single writer at human verb

Amazing new magazine announcement!
Bling Bling, edited by Michael Carr, is about two inches long and an inch and a half wide. The thing will fit in yr wallet!! The first issue features small poems by Eric Baus, transdada - me, John Mulrooney, Aaron Tieger, Dorothea Lasky, Daniel Bouchard, Christina Strong, Noah Eli Gordon, Chuck Stebelton, Michael Carr, Sara Veglahn & Mark Lamoureux.
This is a rad little zine. info:
Noah.. hope you don't mind I lifted this... its a great zine, love your the entire project... but I am trying to fight oppression and trying to maximize my time.. . peace Now ~~~ kari

Newspapers reconsider gay marriage announcements

When Zandra Rolon and Lori Rogers took the opportunity for gay couples to marry and exchanged their vows in San Francisco last week, they didn't just tell their friends about it. They put it in the local paper....(more)


'The Federal Government Should Not Be Stepping In'
One of gay marriage’s staunchest opponents thinks amending the constitution is a bad idea
By Jonathan Darman
Feb. 27 - When President Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage earlier this week, he seemed to be playing smart politics. Facing a tough re-election fight from a reinvigorated Democratic Party, the president needed an issue that would energize his conservative base. In recent weeks, those voters had been set ablaze by images of gay couples flocking to the altar in San Francisco and the prospect of legal gay marriage in Massachusetts starting in May. By tying himself to an issue conservatives feel passionately about, the president no doubt hopes they would start to feel more passionate about him....(more)


Poll: Gay Marriage Is Big Voter Issue
Gay marriage is a more powerful social issue for voters than either abortion or gun control, a new poll suggests.

Four in 10 voters say they would not vote for a candidate who disagrees with them on gay marriage, even if they agree with the candidate on most other issues, according to a poll released Friday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Only a third in the poll, 34 percent, felt they would not vote for a candidate who disagrees with them on abortion even if they agree on other issues and 32 percent who felt that way about a candidate who disagrees with them on gun control...(more).


Kerry says U.S. fueled conflict in Haiti
John Kerry is pointing to the worsening crisis in Haiti as an example of failed Bush administration foreign policy.

Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry accused President Bush's administration Thursday of fomenting conflict in Haiti out of ideological opposition to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Kerry called on Bush to name Florida Sen. Bob Graham, one-time rival for the Democratic nomination, to be a special envoy to the Caribbean nation to negotiate a peaceful resolution between Aristide and the rebels threatening to oust him from power.... (more)


California attorney general goes to court to stop gay marriages in San Francisco

At the prodding of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's attorney general asked the state's top court Friday to bar San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses and to nullify the nearly 3,500 marriages already performed. Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the Supreme Court to take the action until the seven justices rule on the legality of the gay marriages. "It's a matter of statewide concern and voters want to know, Californians want to know and couples that participated in ceremonies need to know the status of their relationship,"....(more)

The case for gay marriage
From The Economist print edition
It rests on equality, liberty and even society

SO AT last it is official: George Bush is in favour of unequal rights, big-government intrusiveness and federal power rather than devolution to the states. That is the implication of his announcement this week that he will support efforts to pass a constitutional amendment in America banning gay marriage. Some have sought to explain this action away simply as cynical politics, an effort to motivate his core conservative supporters to turn out to vote for him in November or to put his likely “Massachusetts liberal” opponent, John Kerry, in an awkward spot. Yet to call for a constitutional amendment is such a difficult, drastic and draconian move that cynicism is too weak an explanation.No, it must be worse than that: Mr Bush must actually believe in what he is doing....(more).

Marriage Amendment Must be Defeated
by Reggie Rivers
President George W. Bush this week threw his support behind a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. He cited a wave of "activist judges" who are threatening to undermine "the most fundamental institution of civilization."

Before we allow the president's inflated claims to lead us into yet another battle, let's pause to consider the facts. Even if you don't believe that the basic civil liberties of gay people should be protected, you should oppose this amendment.

The original Bill of Rights and most of the 17 amendments that followed were designed to protect individual citizens from two powerful entities: the government and the majority.

The Constitution gives individuals the power - through the courts - to challenge specific violations of their rights. If the police break into your house without a warrant, you can go to court and argue that your Fourth Amendment rights were violated. ....(more)


Lockyer to ask state Supreme Court for same-sex ruling

California's Supreme Court was the first state high court in the nation to legalize interracial marriage 56 years ago. Twenty-five years ago, the court upheld gay rights by saying business could not arbitrarily discriminate against homosexuals.

Now, it's in the center of the national debate over same-sex marriages.

Mayor Newsom moved toward gay marriages because of President's anti-gay speech


I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*


this is real dangerous, when folks start throwinf out words like ideal
... keep your ears open and listen to loss of freedoms..

Bush stands by decision to support amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage
Calling marriage between men and women "the ideal," President Bush defended his decision to seek a constitutional amendment outlawing gay weddings.


and what or who is a real woman.. Really? I guess once the amendment banning gay marriage comes in to place we will find out.. this is just the beginning of a gender social plan...

Chinese transsexual(sic) disqualified for beauty contest


Wounded gay soldier decries DADT policy
President Bush ‘almost as bad as Saddam’
— While riding in a helicopter in Iraq, “Joe” took an AK-47 bullet in the abdomen. The bullet sliced out part of his liver and barely missed his spine.


Gay mags ‘out’ of stock at Reagan National
Airport newsstands don’t sell gay mags, but do offer Playboy

With layovers and flight delays seemingly becoming the norm these days, it’s common for travelers waiting in airports to head to the nearest newsstand to find a newspaper or magazine to pass the time.

But gays who visit at least one major airport in the Washington, D.C., area may not be able to get their favorite gay-themed magazines. At least two of the major news retailers with stores located in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport do not carry gay-themed magazines.


I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*


Vice President Cheney's lesbian daughter becomes target in gay marriage debate


Film with gay-LDS theme will screen


chel, came out as a lesbian. I considered writing a column about it, but what is there to say beyond the sentence you already read? The details are none of your business.


Same-sex marriage special report


Gay Maryland couple legally ties the knot


I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*

THIS IS STILL SEPARATE BUT EQUAL... I do not know who Kerry is trying to fool . . . THIS IS STILL SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.. do not buy into it.. it is an unaccpetable compromise., one evil over another... this is truly a sad times, and a time to act...

I call on every one, and every queer and to be queer (symbolically - dont worry.. we will not convert you..) to wear a pink arm band, as reminder of Information in the Paragraph 175 Nazi German penal code
,.. for solidarity. and for now.. we must come together and form coalitions... action committee. we must be a strong united front...

I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights in *all* state... some state do not includes trans folks

Kerry Backs State Ban on Gay Marriage
presidential candidate John F. Kerry said while stumping in Ohio that he supports amending the Massachusetts constitution to ban gay marriage and provide for civil unions for gay couples, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Kerry told the Globe that he would support a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit gay marriage so long as, while outlawing gay marriage, it also ensured that same-sex couples have access to all legal rights that married couples receive:


Draft of a Constitutional Amendment to Defend Biblical Marriage

As certain politicians work diligently to prevent marriage between two
people of the same sex, others of us have been busy drafting a
Constitutional Amendment codifying all marriages entirely on Biblical
principles. After all, God wouldn't want us to "pick and choose" which of the Scriptures we elevate to civil law and which we choose to ignore:

Draft of a Constitutional Amendment to Defend Biblical Marriage:

* Marriage in the United States of America shall consist of a union
between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam3:2-5.)

* Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron11:21)

* A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If
the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut22:13-21)



and to be sure we are split, they are coming at us from all angles.. ...not only do they want to take queers rights away, but Subpoena Abortion Records, which could be the first step in getting rid of a women's right to choose

we must act now.. they are going into medical record, library records-.. we must withdraw form this social exhibitionism... do not give your information away...

we must form our own country-.. san francisco will become the capital.. and we will succeed from the union... we must draw a line in the sand and resist at every moment, at work, on the street... no, more fascist order... no more shopping order...

Justice Dept. Subpoenas Abortion Records
-- The Justice Department has subpoenaed hundreds of medical records from six Planned Parenthood sites as part of the government's defense in lawsuits challenging the Partial-Birth Abortion Act.


again, by not extending 9/11 Panel, the cover up continues. and as with, the amendment to ban gay marriages, while out collective eyes are off 9/11, and on the spectacle, they are talking rights away, starting another war, and spying on world leaders... it is now.. to the streets....and no more orderly fashion protest, that is what they want... shut it down... shut it down...!!!!!

 Hastert Tells W. House He Won't Extend 9/11 Panel
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
In a blow to the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, the speaker of the


now matter what media or this governments says, the leaders of the coup in Haiti are old time fascist from an old time regime, there is no reason to doubt this... really ask your self, has our government ever done this before.... yes... time and time again
....this country has a sorted history of dirty deals, of murder in exchange for a new is no wonder they crashed two planes in the world trade centers, the world is tired of being used as department store..

Haiti's Lawyer: U.S. is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries,
    Calls For UN Peacekeepers
    By Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill
The US lawyer representing the government of Haiti charged today that the US government is directly involved in a military coup attempt against the country's democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ira Kurzban, the Miami-based attorney who has served as General Counsel to the Haitian government since 1991, said that the paramilitaries fighting to overthrow Aristide are being backed by Washington.


Marriage Issue Heads to Court
California Attorney General Set to Ask State Supreme Court to Decide Gay Marriage Issue
Gay California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is planning to ask the court Friday whether San Francisco's issuing of same-sex marriage licenses violates state law, which designates marriage as only between heterosexual couples.

Lockyer has said that he personally believes San Francisco is violating state law, but that the high court should decide the controversy.


pay attention how the national press uses its catch phrases-.. Calif. Wants Gay Wedding Ruling, no, the government wants a ruling, or conservatives want a ruling... we want equal rights... the constitution needs to be rewritten and the fools thrown out of power... democrats, bureaucrats, republican and conservative born again praise god christians...

Calif. Wants Gay Wedding Ruling


as if you need to read this.. but do... and you know Rep. Dennis Kucinich, is still the best... I propose, Kucinich, and Nadar, share the presidency and help rewrite us a new nation...let push for a shared ticket... no more single figure head,, a coalition government...

Complete Transcript: Democrats Participate in Calif. Debate

I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*

this is truly scary.. one of the biggest mobsters to kill small communities, walmart, is supporting big money.. duh!!! are you surprised-.. and by the way, you should know walmart censors its books, magazine and music shelfs, not only their shelfs, but the material in them... do not buy at walmart... boycott walmart...

Wal-Mart Poised To Become Biggest Business Contributor To Political Campaigns. Not Suprisingly, 85 Percent Has Gone To Republicans


Unborn Victims Legislation is nothing more then back door approach to taking a woman's right to choose away...

House Passes Unborn Victims Legislation
WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to treat attacks on a pregnant woman as separate crimes against both her and the fetus she is carrying. Critics say it would undermine abortion rights by giving fetuses new federal legal status.

I ask that everyone wear pink triangles until we have full and equal rights for *all*

and what about the institution of divorce, should that be in the constitution... and prostitution, both are lasting institution...

Gay couples can be as stable as straights, evidence suggests Bush quote makes longevity an issue

Democratic presidential rivals come out against gay marriage


Ohio gay GOP official turns Democrat
by Tom Musbach
Saying he can't stomach President Bush's support for the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), a gay Republican leader in Ohio announced on Thursday he is becoming a Democrat.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Say "I DO" to marriage equality

and this from: Ellen Redbird @ pyriformpress

Hi, kari. I'm with you. I think we already have a "separate but equal"
environment--but only at best in a few regions. Mostly queers are not only separate but also not equal at all. And even if this ban on same-sex marriage is not worded to be a direct attack on other disadvantaged groups--ethnic, ability, etc.--it does attack all groups, and at the very least, in one case, quite directly. My U.S.-born, male-classified friend cannot legally marry his male-classified partner who is from Mexico. There is always the threat of being separated because of the partner's not being a citizen. Therefore, I say that the ban on same-sex marriage is also a racist attack. I'm sure other cases could be made.

Sometimes people talk about same-sex marriage in terms of it being just a copy of a patriarchal model of ownership. I don't have anything against a marriage that considers the partners equal. But actually, I would like to expand marriage to mean family building. I don't mean the traditional two parents and kids model. I mean that I want to be able to say, "Out of love for these several people, I would like us to be a family--to have the rights of access to each other in the hospital, to share health benefits, to be able to adopt and co-parent if we choose (plus, I think children should have more rights), to grant citizenship to those from countries other than the one they reside in, to be given all the rights that couples have. This doesn't necessarily mean that all members of the marriage family are romantically involved (though why not, if adults?)--they just choose to be there for each other in any way they define and have that recognized and protected by the law. And gender/sex/orientation would have no place to land in such a family. It could not limit anything. But before something that radical could ever come to be, I think there has to be the idea that at least any couple can marry, regardless of the rigid classifications thrust upon them.

I admit that I haven't done much activism lately. I actively protested prop 22 a few years back, but then felt like the wind got knocked out of me. If writers can do something through writing, then maybe a group of us should organize and collaborate around this issue.

Same-sex-marriage issue dominates Democrats' debate
  by George E. Condon Jr.
After more than 30 debates, the Democratic presidential candidates were forced off message for the first time in Thursday night's showdown in Los Angeles.

The issues that brought the four remaining candidates this far – jobs, trade, health care, the war in Iraq – were pushed momentarily to the back burner. Instead, for too much of the debate, the candidates were forced to grapple – very uncomfortably – with the issue of same-sex marriage.


another who knows truth and has the courage to act...

Village mayor in New York says he will marry gay couples

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) _ The 26-year-old mayor of this Hudson Valley village says he will begin performing gay marriages Friday, calling it "my moral obligation."


Gay marriage ban defeated in House
Just three votes shy of passing, proposal returns Monday -- and activists promise a fight

Gay marriage offers pitfalls, opportunities for Schwarzenegger

nice perspective at stephanie young's the well-nourished moon

Log Cabin declares war
Patrick Guerriero, the leader of nation’s largest gay Republican group, is furious over President Bush’s endorsement of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. But he says the battle to defeat it only makes his organization stronger

House Adjourns Until Monday Without Resolving Stalemate Over Gay Marriage Ban

(INDIANAPOLIS, February 26th, 2004, 5 p.m.) -- The Indiana House adjourned until Monday without resolving the stalemate over a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The Irony and the Ecstasy: Church Losing Grip on Marriage
—By Fenton Johnson, Pacific News Service
February 26, 2004 Issue
Neither the state nor the church seems qualified to define marriage these days, much less assert moral authority over the act. But commentator Fenton Johnson points out that even when marriage was clearly the church's domain, it was defined in a way that led to some major ambiguities. The Roman Catholic Church declared -- and still does -- that two individuals establish the sacrament of marriage when they have sex. More simply put: no sex, no marriage. But just as in the days when commitment-shy kings and princes used the impossibility of proving consummation as a way to escape undesirable unions, the definition has proven to be inadequate.....(more)

What will Rudy say to his gay friends?
Speculation that Bush might replace unpopular veep Dick Cheney with the popular -- and extremely gay-friendly -- Rudolph Giuliani came to an abrupt halt when the president called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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By Eric Boehlert
Feb. 26, 2004 |
Whether President Bush's decision to back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages will hurt his Democratic opponent in the 2004 election campaign remains to be seen. But it's clear that the White House announcement was a setback for at least one high-profile politician with national ambitions -- Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.

Dividing Not Uniting
By David Sirota, Christy Harvey and Judd Legum, The Progress Report
February 25, 2004
With its economic policies failing to lift the economy, its Iraq policy in shambles, and its international credibility shredded by the failure to find WMD, the Bush Administration has done the only thing it knows how to do in a tight spot: Head straight for the wedge issue that, according to the Washington Post, "satisfies the conservative base." Despite a President having absolutely no role in the passage of a Constitutional amendment and despite opposition from many of his allies in Congress, the President – who promised to be a "uniter not a divider" – yesterday announced his support for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. American Progress issued a statement in response, saying, "The Constitution has been amended to eliminate slavery, to give women the right to vote, and to secure for every person the equal protection of the laws. It has never been amended to mandate discrimination. Nor should it be." ......(more)

Twelve Reasons Against a Ban on Homosexual Marriages
by Joyce Marcel
There are so many things wrong with the idea of adding an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Constitution of the United States that I can barely list them all.....

Gay Conservatives Fight Bush on Wedding Vow
A key GOP group plans a campaign against the proposed constitutional amendment in several states crucial to the president's reelection.
by Johanna Neuman
WASHINGTON — Angered by President Bush's endorsement of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely the union of a man and a woman, gay conservatives are laying the groundwork for a campaign against the proposal in swing states, such as Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Ohio, that are critical to the president's reelection.

Bill To Ban Gay Marriage In Kentucky Withdrawn
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: February 26, 2004 5:02 p.m. ET
(Frankfort, Kentucky) After days of wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in the Kentucky legislature a bill that would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage has been abruptly withdrawn.

Gay Alderman Calls On Chicago To Begin Issuing Gays Marriage Licenses
by Steph Smith Newscenter
Chicago Bureau

Posted: February 26, 2004
(Chicago, Illinois) A week after saying same-sex marriage is not the most pressing issue facing the city's gay community Alderman Tom Tunney is calling the Cook County Board to approve issuing marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples.

Rosie O'Donnell, girlfriend obtain marriage license in San Francisco
LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, February 26, 2004

(02-26) 13:41 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --
Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime girlfriend picked up their marriage license Thursday for a private wedding in the city where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12.

I just received this over my email… called and verified it.. this is a scary piece of work… call can complain.. take action NOW!!!!

Room 433 - State Capitol Bldg. - Jefferson
City, MO 65101 -
Phone: (573) 751-2306

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information
February 26, 2004 Barbara Mustoe
(573) 751-2306


The United States is facing a crisis of values,
which is quickly reaching catastrophic proportions. It is impossible to
drive down the highway, turn on the television or open a magazine without being confronted with our society’s moral decay.

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” is one of our most
important works of history and we must learn the lessons of that
book in order to prevent a future historian from writing the
epic work “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire.”

One of the most critical breakdowns in our society
is that of the family. This nation was built on the foundation of Judeo-Christian values,
with family being based around the marriage of a man and a woman.I have to admit I never expected that we would ever have to legislate that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, but that is exactly what lawmakers are being forced to do.

This week the Senate gave first round approval to a measure I co-sponsored, Senate Joint Resolution 29, which would allow voters to amend Missouri’s constitution to state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

In 1998, lawmakers passed a statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman – regardless of where a marriageis performed. SJR 29 would allow voters to place similar language in Missouri’s constitution.

It’s a tragedy that we have to consider this type of legislation, but with same-sex marriages now being performed in San Francisco and laws on marriage changing in other states – it’s imperative that Missouri act quickly to clearly define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.

A constitutional amendment would help defend the ban on same-sex marriages if challenged in court. Currently, 37 other states have laws that forbidsame-sex marriages.

First-round approval on the Missouri measure came on the same day that President George Bush said he endorsed an amendment to be put in the United States Constitution banning same-sex marriage to “prevent the meaning of marriage from being forever changed.”

Since being elected to the Missouri Senate, I have had the opportunity to drive across the state to attend meetings and conferences. I enjoy seeing our state’s scenery, however, I have been horrified by the proliferation of X-rated billboards littering our highways advertising “adult cabarets” and other sexually oriented businesses.

It’s time to change that.The Senate has given first-round approval to Senate Bill 870, which would prohibit locating sexually oriented billboards within one mile of a state highway.

Personally, as a grandfather, I want to be able to drive down
Missouri’s highways without having to worry that my granddaughter will be
exposed to the seedy messages and suggestive pictures bought and
paid for by an industry with no regard for the innocence of our children.

After a final Senate vote, both of these bills will be sent to the House ofRepresentatives for consideration.
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NYC Resolution Denounces Gay Marriage Ban
by Beth Shapiro Newscenter
New York Bureau

Posted: February 26, 2004 2:01 p.m. ET
(New York City) Three New York City Democrats introduced a motion Thursday at city hall to condemn a proposed amendment to the US Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Public opinion on several gay issues erodes after high-profile cases

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON- Public support for gays has eroded over the last year on several fronts as legal cases around the country focused more attention on gay marriage.

Public opinion analysts suggest such high-profile cases raise awareness about issues like gay marriage and tend to raise anxiety among those who don't have strong opinions on the topic or who are undecided. That unease is showing up in the polls.

Feb. 26, 2004 | San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom "looked like the cat who ate the canary," Supervisor Tom Ammiano recalls, at a hastily convened private meeting Feb. 10. That's when Newsom told Ammiano, who'd run against him for mayor last November, about his plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and asked for Ammiano's support.

Statement By Rev. Troy D. Perry Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Today, the President of the United States endorsed a constitutional amendment barring the legal recognition of same-sex marriages -- a shameful stand that violates the president's pledge to be a "uniter, not a divider."

gay news blog



Acceptance of gay marriage growing in state
FIELD POLL: Half of voters still against it -- but even more oppose constitutional ban
Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer

Half of California voters oppose same-sex marriage, but even more don't like President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment to ban such unions, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

Christian Conservatives Attack Rose Parade Over 'Gay Floats'

this is horrible...

I guess now the real option is Nadar.. I can not now or or ever vote for this person…..another george bush as a demacrate

Kerry Backs Mass. Anti-Gay Amendment
by Michael J. Meade Newscenter
Boston Bureau

Posted: February 26, 2004 2:01 p.m. ET
(Boston, Massachusetts) Sen. John Kerry has made his strongest statement yet on amending the constitution to prevent same-sex marriage.

Rosie O'Donnell to marry girlfriend in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Former television talk show host Rosie O'Donnell said she planned to marry her longtime girlfriend Thursday in San Francisco, where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since February 12.

From:Julie Renszer's 613 Mitzvot
Wednesday, February 25th, 2004


I have watched this debate about marriage for gay and lesbian people unfold since the day of the Lawrence decision. I was on vacation in Provincetown and read the Scalia dissent with horror seeing the set up for the 2004 Presidential election.

I've been "gay for pay" since 1991 and have been engaged and enraged with the public approach in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of our country since I was a young teenager watching AIDS be ignored. Still, I feel as though my history is a short one in what is going to be a marathon struggle for equality for queer people.

Yesterday, I was in Annapolis for the judicial committee hearings on the state defense of marriage act. There was the usual array of support of the bill, primarily the Catholic church and even the Mormon church, although the LDS have a small presence in Maryland. There was also strong support from orthodox Jews for the bill (Baltimore has a large orthodox community.) Equality Maryland, the state wide LGBT organization, also organized a great presence and provided compelling testimony. Until yesterday, we felt that there was no way that our very democratic legislature was going to let this out of committee. Now we are not so sure. It is very difficult for politicians to be perceived of as "voting against" marriage and stand up to the way this is used as a wedge issue by the Republicans and the extreme right. Let me be clear: they should be able to stand up to it and it is absolutely the right thing, but the vote on the Federal DOMA demonstrates the difficulty and the drama that is playing out in state houses all over the country further makes that point.

One of the things that saddened me the most was seeing the true fear in the eyes of people testifying to support the bill. Once the paid lobbyists were gone from the room and the hour was late, two panels of folks came to speak from the outlying areas of Maryland. They clearly were using talking points from the christian coalition or some other group (which I don't fault them for--we did talking points for our folks), but their fear about what will happen to this country if gay people can marry was real and palpable. It made me sad more than angry and left me wondering what "compromise" will come out of this like "don't ask, don't tell" came out in 1993 and who will be hurt by the "compromise".

I am further depressed today by Senator Kerry's endorsement of the constitutional amendment process in Massachusetts. I am only heartened by knowing that this is a marathon and that in the end there will be success, although I am somewhat dubious that I will see it in my lifetime.

All of this to say, yes! to Alicia's email about having ways to counter people and ammunition to engage in the change that is happening in our country on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. A week ago, I decided to journal through the 613 mitzvot that Jews are required to do as a result of a poem I wrote about a shatnes tester (shatnes is on of the mitzvah that commands us not to wear linen and wool together). I was emailing them to a small group when I decided to post as a live journal. Necessarily, because it is me thinking about these mitzvot as I watch and live my life as a lesbian, I am writing more and more on a daily basis about G-d and queer people. I invite you all to visit the journal periodically and join the journey. They are quick and pithy ten minute entries as I am trying to struggle with G-d, being a Jew, and what is happening in the world.




Poll: Majority in state oppose gay nuptials ban
By Tracey Kaplan

A new statewide poll shows for the first time that a majority of Californians oppose amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage -- with opposition running strongest in the liberal Bay Area, which has become ground zero for the national debate


Gay, lesbian caucus lambastes governor
By Anna Oberthur, Associated Press
Members of the Legislature's gay and lesbian caucus Wednesday said they will introduce a resolution calling on legislators to oppose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage proposed by President Bush.

The legislators also asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to apologize for remarks he made last weekend about same-sex marriages happening in San Francisco that they called "insulting" and "inflammatory."g strongest in the liberal Bay Area, which has become ground zero for the national debate


this is the future to come:

Straight talk about gay rights in Natick
By Shannon Haley Daggett / News Staff Writer
NATICK -- When asked if Natick High School is a safe school for those openly gay and lesbian, just one student out of roughly 60 said yes it is.


Pair files suit, challenging Florida ban on gay marriage


Stratton recants on rites for gays
Schenectady-- Mayor won't marry same-sex couples until it's legal
By MIKE GOODWIN, Staff writer

Gays and lesbians won't be getting married in Schenectady anytime soon.

this is just the beginning of the hate crimes, you watch... more and more wacko will come out of the woodwork, embolden to act on the poor impulse control


Gay-bashing victim needed over 200 stitches
HAMILTON - - Police have described an attack on a gay man whose face was slashed with a beer glass as the worst unprovoked hate crime they can remember.


Gov. Pataki, normally a loyal ally of President Bush, yesterday broke with him over gay marriage, saying he opposes a constitutional amendment to ban it.


Keep gay marriage out of Constitution


This is a great, point.. and how about capitalism, or institutionalized violence or lack or education..

Gay Democrats ask for marital history of GOP legislators
By Tim Evans

Claiming divorce -- not same-sex unions -- is undermining the sanctity of marriage, a group of gay Democrats on Monday asked state GOP Chairman Jim Kittle to identify Republican legislators who have been divorced.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Take action!

George W. Bush has just publicly thrown his support behind an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that would "protect the sacred institution of marriage" and define it as being "between a man and a woman, husband and wife." What can you do to register your opposition to this Federal Marriage Amendment and make your voice heard?

Here's a list of Web sites that are actively involved in mobilizing against the proposed amendment:
Help the HRC support Marriage Equality

Human Rights Campaign Action Center
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Below are some resources with which you can contact your elected officials or media news outlets on this and a variety of other issues.
Find and write or call your congressperson
Find and write or call your local media
Write the president

Gay marriage opponents ask California top court to intervene
DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, February 25, 2004

(02-25) 15:44 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --
Opponents of gay marriage asked the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to stop San Francisco from issuing any more same-sex marriage licenses and to nullify the thousands of weddings already performed.

We need to organize today.. send in any information I can post to help this stupidity..

Washington -- President Bush's decision Tuesday to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage -- and his call for prompt congressional action -- is likely to push the issue to a vote during this election year, members of Congress said.

KateyToot’s One Good Bumblebee
Is it just me or is Bush the only person in America that wants to ban gay marriage?

'Seven Challenges for a Twenty-First Century Artist' by Rick Visser

1. I understand that because we have entered a very decisive era in world history, one in which the entire world-system is disintegrating, I am witness not only to the end of the world as we know it, but also to the end of art as we know it. In light of this, I understand that the next few decades will be a time of terrible troubles, a chaotic time, a time of wild oscillations economically, politically and culturally. I understand that nobody knows how it will come out and that it is inherently indeterminate.
2. I understand that, because of this, there cannot be a clear path or sense of certainty in my artistic journey, that I am bound to wander “through dark woods” with insufficient clarity as to where I should be heading and that I should be prepared to change directions as new understandings become clear. I should not view this as intellectual or artistic immaturity but, if done in the spirit of these challenges, one of integrity and courage.
3. I understand that in such a time as this (a time of structural crisis), although the future is essentially unpredictable, individual and small group action can actually be more affective than in stable times - small inputs can lead to large outputs - and from this understanding, I take the view that my work (and every other small act) can and will affect the larger equation.
4. I understand that I must seriously study the alternatives in art, politics, thought and ethics.
5. I understand that I must work very hard, politically, intellectually, morally and artistically to move my life and work in a direction that will contribute to the creation of a world reflecting the highest human aspirations.
6. I understand that I must consciously assemble the tools necessary to do this work and create models of the building I want to see built.
7. I understand that collaboration, both in art and in politics, may be the most important means of bringing this vision to fruition. I must discuss and share my thoughts and ideas not only with the artistic community, but also, as importantly, with those in other disciplines, not just in my own locality but throughout the world. I may neither disregard my most immediate community nor ignore the most distant.

Putting Bias in the Constitution
The New Tork Times | Editorial
Wednesday 25 February 2004
With his re-election campaign barely started and his conservative base already demanding tribute, President Bush proposes to radically rewrite the Constitution. The amendment he announced support for yesterday could not only keep gay couples from marrying, as he maintains, but could also threaten the basic legal protections gay Americans have won in recent years. It would inject meanspiritedness and exclusion into the document embodying our highest principles and aspirations....

From Canada. And I love the title

Equal marriage tests the land of the free
President Bush used the U.S. constitution as a political tool this election year, when he shamefully attacked American personhood yesterday, by calling for Congress to swiftly pass a constitutional amendment. The revision would send same-sex relationships to the back of the bus.

Gay Marriage Poll Gets Annulled

When the American Family Association posted an online poll last month asking its constituents their position on gay marriage, it thought it was engaging in a straightforward exercise.
The conservative organization supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, and it planned to forward to Congress the results of the poll, which it expected would support its position, as evidence of Americans' opposition to gay marriage.

And this from Allison Cobb:

kari: thank you so much for this powerful call to action. i agree with everything you say. even if the bush call for a constitutional amendment is a cynical bid to pander to his far-right constituency that he doesn't believe will actually pass (something i have read), the move is sickening. one positive is the spreading of the potential backlash beyond san francisco. i am now in my home state of new mexico, helping care for my mother, who has the industrial society disease of breast cancer. anyway, just as i arrived, two dozen queer couples were receiving marriage licenses in a place outside albuquerque called sandoval county. the state has since stopped the practice and invalidated the licenses, but the fight is now on. new mexico's laws don't place any gender specifications on marriage licenses, so, unlike 38 other states, they don't specifically prohibit "same sex" marriages. new york is the same. when i gt back, jen and i are going to go apply for a marriage license. maybe, as with new mexico, some clerk will be moved to sympathy by bushie's intolerance and open up the issue there as well by granting us a license. this is no kristallnacht, but, like the activists who opposed the separate but equal doctrine, we will need to fight this one with our bodies, by just placing ourselves in front of the law and demanding recognition. these kinds of fights are why i find it difficult to contemplate leaving the u.s. so much is bad here, it seems there's a lot of work to be done. anyway, thanks for your passion and intellect on this. lv allison

Gay Penguin's Constitutional Amendment


michaela cooper’s


Beloved American patriot Jerry Falwell recently announced that he will devote the remainder of his Godly life to advocating a Constitutional amendment banning marriage between people of the same gender

Check out Jonathan Mayhew's poem at as/is:
Heterosexuality is fragile, it must be propped up

(San Francisco, California) A conservative group that was twice turned down in attempts to get a court order to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples took their battle to the California Supreme Court this afternoon.

(Washington, D.C.) The two leading contenders for the Democratic Party nomination to run against President Bush in November accused the President Tuesday of using same-sex marriage to cloud the administrations failures to improve the economy, fight terrorism, and win the peace in Iraq.

WASHINGTON — Democrats wasted no time Tuesday lambasting President Bush for his support of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

"By endorsing this shameful effort to write discrimination back into the Constitution, President Bush has betrayed his campaign promise to be 'a uniter, not a divider,'" Sen. Ted Kennedy (search) of Massachusetts said on the Senate floor.

A Japanese court yesterday rejected a request for refugee status from a gay Iranian man who claimed that his homosexuality would be grounds for the death penalty if he was sent back to his homeland.


Washington --WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve (news - web sites) Chairman Alan Greenspan (news - web sites) urged Congress on Wednesday to deal with the country's escalating budget deficit by cutting benefits for future Social Security (news - web sites) retirees. Without action, he warned, long-term interest rates would rise, seriously harming the economy.

I will do what I can to keep information up-dated, I would also encourage YOU to submit information; resources, options, poems, essays.. whatever ever it takes..

Lets stop this oppression and overt discrimination now. Stop the the addition of an amendment to the constitution to Ban Same Gender Marriage:

Please contact and write your Representive and Senators:

Write Your Representative
Contact Senators of the 108th Congress

Here are further resources and support and activist organizations. Contact them, support them, become a member!!!!

Human Rights Campaign



Lambda Legal

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Creating Change



the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization

Soulforce is an interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against (GLBT) people

Youth Resource


Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples

Yahoo! Directory Lesbian,
Gay, and Bisexual Civil Rights Organizations

ITS TIME TO ACT NOW...!!!!!!!!!

Washington --President Bush's decision Tuesday to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage -- and his call for prompt congressional action -- is likely to push the issue to a vote during this election year, members of Congress said.


Bush move to ban gay marriage takes pressure off Newsom

Ronald Reagan’s daughter says marriage should be about love, not sexual orientation


Nader's support of gay marriage sets him apart


S. Ariz. congressmen Kolbe, Grijalva oppose changing Constitution.
Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe issued a statement opposing an amendment.

"I oppose an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the rights of one group of Americans. Never before has it been proposed that our constitution should be used to limit the rights of citizens rather than expand those rights. We must not start down such a dangerous path now,

House Committee To Weigh Gay Marriage Bills
Annapolis, Md. (AP) - State lawmakers will review bills Wednesday that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriages and invalidate marriage licenses obtained by gay Maryland couples in another state.


Utah House OKs amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage l

CNN poll yes or NO to banning Gay Marriages

HELENA - Karen Loos of Missoula has feared for her daughter's physical safety.
She has watched her child suffer from job discrimination, prejudice and personal torment.

And she thinks President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban gay marriage in the United States would escalate the prejudice her transsexual daughter and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people face on a daily basis.

A Gulfport woman who this year had a sex change operation is part of a 48 Hours report on transgender people.

OLDSMAR - She lost nearly everything trying to find out who she was.

Her employers fired her. Her spouse kicked her out of their house. She sold her motorcycle because she needed money. Even her brother disowned her.

But in the end, she would have done it the same way.

Jennifer Edwards' transition from her former self, Edward Kozlowski, is part of 48 Hours Investigates: Trapped, airing tonight on CBS. The show looks at transgender people, who believe they were born the wrong sex.

Edwards made news in June 2003 when she made her first public appearance as a woman heading the Oldsmar code enforcement board meeting.

LATER I will be putting resources, names, number, orginisations.. keep posted....

and I will keep as up to date with information as possible, and you are welcome and invited to send things a long; including reactions, poems.. ect.

Reaction to President Bush's call Tuesday for a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage fell largely along party and ideological lines.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

and this from: Jonathan Alexander-

I sincerely respect both your feelings and your position...and I share
them--to a great extent. I have had, though, a slightly different
reaction. I'm sitting at my desk this afternoon wondering the
following...So, OK, we'll have a constitutional ammendment that essential limits the rights of part of our population. Whats our response? For me, I want to go home, talk to my partner, talk to the lesbian couple down the street, and say--hey, let's all get married. My partner and I could each take a lesbian as a *wife,* with pre-nups drawn up CAREFULLY. If my partner loses his job, then the lesbian he marries can extend her medical benefits policy to him (and I would agree, pre-nuptially) to pay for them myself. Other scenarios and provisions would have to be argued out, but what the fuck? This seems to me to be a particularly QUEER solution, if handled correctly to protect all of our interests. Even MORE QUEER would be our INSISTENCE on LOUDLY and VOLUBLY announcing what we're doing as a model for others. To wit: so, Mr. President, you want to limit marriage to a man and a woman? Well, go ahead. Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered will all get married, and we'll fuck up your concept of marriage both right and left. So FUCK YOU.

Gay Marriage: The New WMD?
Bush demands Constitution be changed to ban gay marriage.
By DuWayne Charles

FEB. 24, 2004. "Troubled" by decisions in Massachusetts and San Francisco to award lesbian and gay couples the same civil rights as heterosexual ones, George W. Bush, today, demanded that the U.S. Constitution be changed to ban same-sex marriage.

BuzzFlash presents The Angry Liberal

.......It's clear to anybody who wants to read the constitution that denying a marriage license to a couple on the basis of the gender of that couple's members is patently unconstitutional and that doing so causes a boatload of harm to that couple (denial of spousal health insurance benefits, denial of automatic inheritance and survivorship rights, etc.). Therefore, no court in the land is going to enforce any ban on gay marriage currently in place with the crummy constitution we Americans are forced to live under. It turns out we need a constitution that takes away civil rights if the United States is going to remain a Conservative Capitalist Christian State. So the second-rate minds that told us that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons are now contemplating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Yes, Americans won't rest until we've given gays and lesbians the constitutional read more click here

CAUTION IN CONGRESS: Influential conservatives counsel against rush to amend Constitution

Washington -- Key conservatives in Congress said Tuesday they either opposed or wanted to go slow on a constitutional amendment that would bar same-sex marriages, but opponents fear that such an amendment would probably win approval.

this is just the beginning folks.. wake up.. its time to be in the streets.. do not let this happen...

Federal agency cuts gay data from siteChristopher Curtis, / Network
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 / 02:53 PM
Federal workers wanting to complain about discrimination on the job because of their sexual orientation won't be able to get the information they need from the agency charged with protecting government whistleblowers.

Scott J. Bloch, the Republican appointed head of the Office of Special Council (OSC), removed references regarding sexual orientation discrimination from the complaint form and educational pamphlet on the agency's Web site.

Today is also Black Tuesday.
Today is also Black Tuesday.

I, too, am greatly disheartened
by this country's official forms
of limiting the freedoms of many.
Of its symbolic
and its real bashing,
it's self-important otherings,
it's official-holier-than-thou-rhetoric
mask of religion,
its legal courses and actions
intending to sanction the freedoms
and benefits for many in many ways,
and now today, in Bush blocking freedoms
and the life-giving, necessary benefits
of marriage for same-sex partners.

Chris Murray - texfiles

   By Daniel Ellsberg
Where are Iraq's Pentagon Papers?

At 10:45 a.m., George W. Bush did something no other president
in U.S. history has ever done: he demanded a constitutional
amendment to require discrimination in America.

With this endorsement, President Bush struck a cruel blow
against equality and liberty in our country; he escalated the
fight for marriage equality to a dangerous and divisive new
level. Now it's your turn to make history visit

That is why we are launching a comprehensive campaign to
accomplish 4 crucial goals:

1) Stop the anti-marriage, anti-family Federal Marriage
2) Block similar efforts to deny marriage equality at the state
3) Multiply public education efforts on a national scale.
4)Preserve the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision of
November 2003.

We need your support to move forward with this campaign. Visit us here to donate now.

These are difficult goals to undertake. We need your help to
raise $500,000 by Friday to jumpstart this campaign. In
November, you helped us raise over $200,000 to place ads in
newspapers around the country. Those ads impacted millions of

Today, we need to try and at least double that effort to
strengthen our marriage equality campaign. We know we can with
your help, please visit use here

Can you believe this…!!!

San Francisco, California) A judge who twice denied a conservative group an injunction to stop San Francisco from marrying same-sex couples has has been removed from the case.

Congressional Democrats expressed anger and outrage at Presidents Bush’s endorsement yesterday of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. They accused the White House of practicing “wedge” politics.

How the Public Feels About Gays, Marriage How the Public Feels About Gays, Gay Marriage and Efforts to Ban It

BBC - Democrats and gay groups in the US have condemned President George W Bush's call for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who directed the city to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Feb. 12, said Tuesday morning that "Americans should be deeply saddened by President Bush's decision to support enshrining discrimination in our Constitution. Today, President Bush has chosen a path that runs counter to our nation's most cherished values of freedom and justice,"

Political cartoonist Mark Fiore has crafted a flash animation called "The Gay Agenda Revealed" that finally reveals the terrifing truth!
Attack of the Gay Agenda!

ACTION ALERT -- People For the American Way
Alert Date: Feb. 24, 2004

Bush Endorses Anti-Family Marriage Amendment - Next Action Steps


President Bush today urged Congress to pass a constitutional
amendment that would require discrimination.

Organize an event for family and friends to swamp the first two
committees likely to evaluate an amendment with opposition

Get a complete letter-writing event toolkit and support at:

If you haven't yet signed the petition to Congress, do so now.
And, keep urging others to get involved by signing today.

Democrats slam Bush on same-sex marriage ban


Same-sex marriage ban might lack Congressional support

Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry, said Tuesday that she believed the country would eventually move toward acceptance of gay

I have been disheartened today, not only by the news of the president on support for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but by the lack of reaction in general on various lists and blogs. it is true I get to keep reading bits and pieces on poetic inhalation... but I wonder if the same thing would happen if it was blacks, latinas and latinos, women, and or the disabled, who could not get married, or could not do this or that...? I wonder if this is not a blindness of a privileged heterosexual position that makes folks not care, or not say anything, or keep writing about the flower?

now, I know this is no kristallnacht, or jim crow laws that led to separate but equal, but it seems close enough to scare me. to actually see a president limit the rights of some and reinforce the position of others as right, as special.

this false presidency of george bush is troublesome to say the least; the list of lies, deceit, and atrocities are endless; and I am sure somehow it has worn everyone down... but the assault on humanity is still going on, the killings, lies, and loss of liberties. and now the push to pass an amendment to the constitution. as I said before this is nokristallnacht, or seperate but equal, but it close enough. it is a further segmenting of society, like the neat order the nazis thought they could create, or as this president so aptly put it; there are those with us, and those against us. this is the idea that there can be a special order of things, a proper order, a proper place, and proper ones.. is based on the idea of a fixed and permanent state of being; which in propaganda terms is the ideal information to put forth. in other words, this is the way it always is and this is the way it should always be; endless enslavement of some for the good of the new world order.

what is happening(ed) here in san francisco, should be happening everywhere; the people should rise up against this oppression, whether what happened here was with the correct motive or not, it was an act of resistance to this oligarchy, to a fascist dictator. so, if this president wants to secure the boundaries for the union between a man and woman as the most enduring human institution, thus creating an institution of those *not*, then the president is on the right path, since queerness.. has been around, dear as long as the enslavement of women..

a few other things to think about; is this the first step to eroding the laws that protect the GBLT populations? will this act embolden some to perpetrate *more* hate crimes against queers? you bet it will, watch and see as violence against queers is on the rise. one last thought, since this dictator is trying to institute marriage, which situates gender, do you not think it will affect those that do not fit in to neatly to the proposed program or gender segregation? its time to act now... do not wait for the next iron boot to be heard......

Bishop Rosemarie Koehn told newspaper Aftenposten on Tuesday that she thinks it's remarkable that Christian Democrats' leader Dagfinn Hoeybraaten won't address issues that have raged for weeks: How some taxpayer-supported Christian organizations forbid gays or even divorced people from joining or working for them, and why the Christian Democrats oppose gay partnerships.

President Bush announcement of support for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

when push comes to shove, the opaqueness of the beast will dissipate and through the transparency of plastic, you will see a mister bush puppet playing president, trying to create a two tiered country one for heterosexuals to fuck themselves and make babies and one for queers... it is time to dethrone the king..

President Bush announcement for support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Transcript of Bush statement

....this is a note to everyone who may fall on to this site and see the many of links to the theme of marriage and think I am in support of the theme, idea or practice of marriage

... please know, I do not support the idea of marriage, and see the pitfalls of this entire cultural event as gross acts of non-questioning of an already bankrupt system, and somehow participating in this drama casts significance to the dominate powers that be... this is nothing more than a display of an over the top desire or hysteria, to buy into, and practice the rituals of the power elite, only to create resistance and hoarding by those in power. this is in practice, over determines those ritual as significant... stop buying into the system...they they are empty an meaningless.... let them know that

....a bigger question, is standardized heath care, equality in wages, and abolishment of borders... but what has happened is we have taken our eyes off the prize and settled for the candy. we need to be concentrating on the aggression and killing by this nation for world dominance and stop it at all cost, not buy its products.

....what I think is critical here is an overt culture conflict, being waged on a world scale against queers, with various players vying for power, to either destratifying or super reinforcement the various strata... this is the heterosexual dominance of culture flexing its muscle... echos of an action figure living in the white house ... this is a world leader with its head stuck way to far ups its moral righteousness of a broken down myth to see beyond its own bigotry... not do this without questioning it.... do not use the masters tool to gain your freedom..