A top New Hampshire Democrat warned Hillary Clinton fans that they "can’t be like a group of my gay friends at a Lady Gaga concert." The comments, which were made in front of Clinton and caused the candidate to laugh, were made by New Hampshire Democratic party chairman Ray Buckley.
"The trip to the New Hampshire Democratic Party offices found Clinton addressing a roomful of state lawmakers and party staffers. State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley offered ample praise for Clinton and her husband, whom he described as faithful supporters of the state’s Democrats through the years. At one point, Buckley nodded to Clinton’s celebrity status – assuring the room that Clinton would have time to meet everyone, and cautioned the lawmakers against rushing too vigorously to greet the candidate," the Concord Monitor reports.
“You can’t be like a group of my gay friends at a Lady Gaga concert,” Buckley said, prompting laughs from the room and from Clinton herself. “She may be your Lady Gaga, but she will come to you.”
Clinton said she welcomed the comparison to the pop star. She spent about 15 minutes addressing the lawmakers – outlining broad goals of her campaign platform, praising the work of President Obama and brushing off criticism from her Republican political opponents.
“Those of you who I have worked with and campaigned with, you know I never give up,” Clinton said. “I won’t quit on you.”
The chapter of the Young America’s Foundation at George Washington University is currently threatened with a loss of funding for refusing to attend mandatory LGBT sensitivity training. The student government at GWU recently made this a requirement for all student leaders, and YAF is being called hateful for objecting. According to Allied in Pride, the school’s LGBT student group, this merely scratches the surface of the YAF chapter’s crimes.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized the RISE project (Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower) in Los Angeles County for its work to fight "anti-gay and anti-transgender bias" in the child welfare system in the county:
As the debate over gay marriage began heating up, supporters of the idea insisted that it was a matter of basic libertarianism. “Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one,” went the bumper-sticker-turned-rallying-cry. Of course, it was never going to be that simple with regard to something as foundational as marriage, and now we are starting to see there are real consequences to being publicly opposed to the practice.
Because of the prosecution of homosexual acts and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895, which ended a glittering trajectory through late Victorian English society, most people are unaware that Wilde was actually a family man, indeed initially and enthusiastically so.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told Chick-fil-A that the fast-food company is not welcome in his town because "Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values." In other words, because Chick-fil-A ownership believes in traditional marriage, it shouldn't bother opening up shop in Chicago.
When President Obama came out last week in favor of redefining marriage, he couched his opinion in the context of federalism, saying, “I think it is a mistake to — try to make what has traditionally been a state issue into a national issue.” During that same interview, however, he declared that a bipartisan law designed to protect states from judges who redefine marriage in other states, is “unconstitutional.” It’s very hard to square these two statements.
President Obama made what's being heralded as a big announcement on same sex marriage. "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC News in an interview broadcast this morning. Obama's the first sitting president to come out in favor of same sex marriage.