CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1996
As a lifelong Republican, I will have no reservation supporting President Clinton for reelection if the Dole campaign resorts to beating up on fellow Americans, be they gay or any other minority. I am ashamed to share my political party affiliation with the likes of Pat Buchanan, Robert Dornan, Jesse Helms and too many other elected Republicans who feast on trying to legislate their bigotry. Balance the budget and pass entitlement reforms, term limits and campaign finance reforms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1993
The Rev. Robert L. Morley ("On Rock 'n' Roll and Gays in the Military," Sermon, Voices, March 15) has rightly pointed out that the issue of homosexuality has largely been a matter of the heart rather than a matter of the head in our society. But instead of trying to inject some reason into the debate, he advocates keeping the debate on its current emotional level, stating: "You lead with your heart." How can we hope to have a better society by asking our citizens to check their brains at the door before they decide the policies that will guide our nation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1990
We commend you on your editorial, "It's as Good a Time as Any for City to Assure Gay Rights," (Jan. 28). You made a point which is often lost in discussions of this sort, namely that no one acquires civil rights because others approve of him or her, but automatically by virtue of citizenship. Approval or disapproval of a minority by the majority is irrelevant to the issue of civil rights for the minority. Just as civil rights does not stem from approval, guarantee of civil rights does not imply approval.
March 27, 2014 |
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of Africa's most homophobic countries. Held by immigration officers after returning to South Africa with an expired visa, he was allowed to stay only after an outcry from human rights groups mindful of new legislation in Uganda calling for life in prison for those who engage in repeated acts of gay sex. The harshness of the law signed days later by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - and similar strictures in more than three dozen African nations - is triggering a profound reaction in Africa.
December 11, 2011 |
Rick Perry took another shot at Mitt Romney's offer of a $10,000 bet, but the Texas governor found himself under fire himself Sunday, heckled at a campaign stop over anti-gay bias, including by a man identifying himself as a Marine veteran from the Iraq war. The heckling followed Perry's brief remarks to Iowa voters at a coffee shop in downtown Ames. "Why are you demonizing gay and lesbian people?" shouted one heckler. "Why can't gays compete in the military?" chimed in Jason Arment, 24, an English major at nearby Iowa State University.
August 18, 2009 |
In January, a video began circulating on cellphones in Baghdad showing men dancing provocatively with one another at a party. At the time, many Iraqis considered the video a sign of how much life in Iraq had normalized, an indication of new freedoms. But activists and some gays in Baghdad say the video instead served as a trigger for a systematic campaign of persecution and killings of gays by Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias. The Iraqi LGBT, a London-based group that supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Iraq, says it has documented 87 killings in Iraq so far this year related to anti-gay sentiments, including six in the last two weeks.
July 22, 2012
Re "The GOP's anti-gay? Not so fast," Opinion, July 16 David Lampo's apologetics reaffirm the link between mainstream Republicans and bigotry. His own reductionist argument reveals that, according to numerous polls, most Republicans oppose marriage equality: Christian conservatives, 86%; Republicans in 2010, 75%; Republicans in 2011, 88%;"tea party"members, 82%. Lampo's claim to have found "large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance" connotes the widespread belief on the right that civil unions are separate from but equal to marriage.
February 20, 2014 |
DOUALA, Cameroon - For Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, being gay came with a prison sentence, and ultimately, a death sentence. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to Jean-Claude, my dear friend and client. He died at the age of 35 in his home village of Ngoumou due to complications from a hernia he developed while in prison that never got proper treatment. Jean-Claude was imprisoned after he sent a text message to another man, which read: "I think I am very much in love with you. " In Cameroon, because of homophobic laws that were personally championed by President Paul Biya, that was enough to be considered a criminal offense, punishable with time in prison.
April 2, 2013 |
An old friend, a graduate of a Jesuit high school, called my attention to this story about the decision by McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, N.Y. , to allow two gay students to attend the school's Junior Ball as a couple. My friend commented: "Of course it's a Jesuit school. Humaneness is in the S.J. DNA.” But then I learned from another friend that a school operated by the De La Salle Christians Brothers, who taught me, also allowed a male couple to attend a prom. In both cases the reasoning was that the school doesn't presume that a couple who come to a prom together are engaging in sexual relations.