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posted Friday, July 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 27

"Quote Unquote"
"[Senior Adviser] David [Axelrod] and I have been together for a long time. ... I think back to that day that I called Ax so many years ago and said, 'You and I can do wonderful things together,' and he said to me the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: 'Let's go to Iowa and make it official.'"

-President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association Annual Dinner, May 9.



"At a state level, it's [same-sex marriage] up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary - it's called Queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do - what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing."

-Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to Christianity Today, May 4.



"[Nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage is] a sure thing. Clearly, the momentum is on our side. It's just a matter of time."

-Openly Gay American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero to The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11.



"They [my parents] were angry and disappointed [when I came out to them]. I was the star son, the golden boy. For them, it was like they were meeting the first homosexual in their lives, and it was their son."

-Openly Gay American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero to The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11.



"I believe that same-sex marriage will be approved by a majority of the 50 states in the Union within the next five years. When that occurs, the federal resistance will end and the Congress will vote in favor of federal recognition of same-sex marriages with equal benefits to both homosexual and heterosexual couples. ... As a matter of fundamental fairness, civil marriage must be made available for all consenting adults, irrespective of sexual orientation. And it will happen, more quickly than the public thinks."

-Former New York Mayor Ed Koch blogging at the Yonkers Tribune, May 11. Koch has declined to answer reporters' questions about his own sexual orientation.



"Tom Brokaw appears with his wife. Why can't Anderson Cooper appear with his boyfriend?"

-Gay activist and author Larry Kramer to New York's Daily News, May 3.



"Listen, I like a good ass-fuck as much as the next guy. ... That makes me Gay? C'mon. It's the 21st century. ... Despite what Family Guy would lead you to believe, I'm not Gay."

-Seth MacFarlane, creator of the TV show Family Guy, on Real Time with Bill Maher, May 10.



"Only in America would the notion of a nearly naked fundamentalist Christian beauty queen tossing her processed hair and parading brand new pageant-bought plastic breasts across a Las Vegas stage in front of millions of television viewers with all the modesty of a blue ribbon heifer at a county livestock fair (the same fundamentalist Christian beauty queen who would later tell a television reporter that she heard God whispering in her ear as she answered a celebrity-worshipping internet gossip columnist's question about Gay marriage) be treated as anything other than an occasion for high comedy and mirth."

-Journalist Michael Rowe writing about Miss California USA/Miss USA first runner-up Carrie Prejean at Salon.com, May 4.



"I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am. I could claim noble reasons as coming out in order to move Gay rights forward, but I must admit it is for far more selfish reasons. Now is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion with me."

-Actor David Ogden Stiers, who played Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III on the '70s TV series M*A*S*H, in a March interview with Gossip-Boy.com that just recently caught the attention of other media.



"In the past, I opposed Gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage. Article I in the Maine Constitution states that 'no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person's civil rights or be discriminated against.'"

-Maine Gov. John Baldacci as he signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, May 6.



"At its core, [this bill] simply changes the term 'civil union' to 'civil marriage.' Given the cultural, historical and religious significance of the word marriage, this is a meaningful change. I have heard, and I understand, the very real feelings of same-sex couples that a separate system is not an equal system. That a civil law that differentiates between their committed relationships and those of heterosexual couples undermines both their dignity and the legitimacy of their families."

-New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch announcing May 14 that he will sign a bill passed by the Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. Lynch requested the addition of some specific language protecting certain rights of religious entities that oppose Gay marriage - and legislative and Gay leaders said the changes were fine with them.



"All hell is going to break loose. We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this. What you've got to understand is 98 percent of my constituents are black and we don't have but a handful of openly Gay residents. Secondly, at least 70 percent of those who express themselves to me about this are opposed to anything dealing with this issue. The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that."

-Washington, D.C., Council member Marion Barry, the city's former mayor, after the Council passed a bill May 5 to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries.



With assistance from Bill Kelley


"Quote Unquote"

"[Senior Adviser] David [Axelrod] and I have been together for a long time. ... I think back to that day that I called Ax so many years ago and said, 'You and I can do wonderful things together,' and he said to me the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: 'Let's go to Iowa and make it official.'"

-President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association Annual Dinner, May 9.



"At a state level, it's [same-sex marriage] up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary - it's called Queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do - what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing."

-Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to Christianity Today, May 4.



"[Nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage is] a sure thing. Clearly, the momentum is on our side. It's just a matter of time."

-Openly Gay American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero to The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11.



"They [my parents] were angry and disappointed [when I came out to them]. I was the star son, the golden boy. For them, it was like they were meeting the first homosexual in their lives, and it was their son."

-Openly Gay American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero to The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11.



"I believe that same-sex marriage will be approved by a majority of the 50 states in the Union within the next five years. When that occurs, the federal resistance will end and the Congress will vote in favor of federal recognition of same-sex marriages with equal benefits to both homosexual and heterosexual couples. ... As a matter of fundamental fairness, civil marriage must be made available for all consenting adults, irrespective of sexual orientation. And it will happen, more quickly than the public thinks."

-Former New York Mayor Ed Koch blogging at the Yonkers Tribune, May 11. Koch has declined to answer reporters' questions about his own sexual orientation.



"Tom Brokaw appears with his wife. Why can't Anderson Cooper appear with his boyfriend?"

-Gay activist and author Larry Kramer to New York's Daily News, May 3.



"Listen, I like a good ass-fuck as much as the next guy. ... That makes me Gay? C'mon. It's the 21st century. ... Despite what Family Guy would lead you to believe, I'm not Gay."

-Seth MacFarlane, creator of the TV show Family Guy, on Real Time with Bill Maher, May 10.



"Only in America would the notion of a nearly naked fundamentalist Christian beauty queen tossing her processed hair and parading brand new pageant-bought plastic breasts across a Las Vegas stage in front of millions of television viewers with all the modesty of a blue ribbon heifer at a county livestock fair (the same fundamentalist Christian beauty queen who would later tell a television reporter that she heard God whispering in her ear as she answered a celebrity-worshipping internet gossip columnist's question about Gay marriage) be treated as anything other than an occasion for high comedy and mirth."

-Journalist Michael Rowe writing about Miss California USA/Miss USA first runner-up Carrie Prejean at Salon.com, May 4.



"I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am. I could claim noble reasons as coming out in order to move Gay rights forward, but I must admit it is for far more selfish reasons. Now is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion with me."

-Actor David Ogden Stiers, who played Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III on the '70s TV series M*A*S*H, in a March interview with Gossip-Boy.com that just recently caught the attention of other media.



"In the past, I opposed Gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage. Article I in the Maine Constitution states that 'no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person's civil rights or be discriminated against.'"

-Maine Gov. John Baldacci as he signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, May 6.



"At its core, [this bill] simply changes the term 'civil union' to 'civil marriage.' Given the cultural, historical and religious significance of the word marriage, this is a meaningful change. I have heard, and I understand, the very real feelings of same-sex couples that a separate system is not an equal system. That a civil law that differentiates between their committed relationships and those of heterosexual couples undermines both their dignity and the legitimacy of their families."

-New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch announcing May 14 that he will sign a bill passed by the Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. Lynch requested the addition of some specific language protecting certain rights of religious entities that oppose Gay marriage - and legislative and Gay leaders said the changes were fine with them.



"All hell is going to break loose. We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this. What you've got to understand is 98 percent of my constituents are black and we don't have but a handful of openly Gay residents. Secondly, at least 70 percent of those who express themselves to me about this are opposed to anything dealing with this issue. The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that."

-Washington, D.C., Council member Marion Barry, the city's former mayor, after the Council passed a bill May 5 to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries.



With assistance from Bill Kelley
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