June 8, 2012 |
I sometimes think of Canada as one of those science-fiction parallel universes -- a world strikingly similar to but slightly different from our own. The differences can be illuminating. In Ontario a controversy has been raging, as they say, involving legislation that would require schools to sponsor Gay-Straight Alliances, the anti-bullying clubs that some social conservatives see as Trojan horses for the “gay agenda.” (They're right, if by gay agenda they mean recognition that gay and lesbian students exist and should feel good about themselves and their sexuality.)
May 10, 2012 |
President Obama has crossed the Rubicon and come to the defense of same-sex marriage. For him, it was a small step, since his is already the most pro-gay rights presidency in history, but it will have big political ramifications. The war is on. The line is drawn. Mitt Romney -- who, in another incarnation as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said he stood to the left of Teddy Kennedy on gay rights issues - now is opposed, not only to gay marriage, but to civil unions.
September 2, 2011 |
On a remote ranch more than 70 miles west of Austin, Texas, top evangelical leaders from around the country assembled last weekend for a private two-day retreat. It wasn't a religious revival that drew the group of 200, which included luminaries of the Christian right; it was the chance to hear the personal testimony of one man: Rick Perry. Inside an air-conditioned tent, the Texas governor and Republican presidential contender was grilled about his beliefs and his record in extraordinarily frank sessions.
January 3, 2011
Airing some beefs Re "As the Rose Bowl nears, players dig in ? for beef," Column One, Dec. 29 I find the spectacle of numerous athletes involved in an (over-) eating contest somewhat disturbing in these times of economic malaise and high unemployment in California. Many families today do not have enough to eat. Any way you slice it, this event is very inappropriate in these times of hardship. I have no beef with anyone enjoying a good cut of prime rib. I simply suggest that this particular New Year's tradition be put out to pasture.
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January 22, 2010 |
An official proponent of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Thursday that he was involved in disseminating claims that same-sex marriage could cause children to become gay and spark legalization of sex with children, incest and polygamy. William Tam, one of five official proponents for the 2008 ballot initiative, also testified about his personal views toward same-sex marriage. "It is very important that our children won't grow up to fantasize or think about, 'Should I marry Jane or John?
August 26, 2008 |
Two weeks ago, news emerged that the co-founder of the website Manhunt.net had contributed $2,300 to the presidential campaign of John McCain. Uproar ensued. Haven't heard of Manhunt? Unless you're a gay man, that's to be expected. It's one of the most popular gay websites in the world, with 1 million registered members in the U.S. alone and 400,000 unique visitors a month. As its name implies, it's a site where many gay men go to find casual sexual encounters. Manhunt and sites like it have revolutionized one formative aspect of gay culture, taking what was once a public activity to the privacy of one's home.