Have Faith in Love
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/7/10
THE election, two months ago, of the Rev. Mary Glasspool, a priest who has been in a committed relationship with another woman for more than 20 years, as a suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, has brought added turmoil to the Episcopal Church in the United States and to the worldwide Anglican Communion. There has been sporadic schism since the regular ordination of women as priests in 1977 and especially since the election of the Rev. Gene Robinson as bishop of N

Smoke the Bigots Out of the Closet
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/6/10
A funny thing happened after Adm. Mike Mullen called for gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military: A curious silence befell much of the right. If this were a Sherlock Holmes story, it would be the case of the attack dogs that did not bark.
John McCain, commandeering the spotlight as usual, did fulminate against the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' But the press focus on McCain, the crazy man in Washington's attic, was misleading. His yapping was an exception, not the rule.


Ad Follies of the Super Bowl
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/5/10
Just the other day, CBS took the forthright stand in the face of political pressure and accepted an evangelical group's anti-abortion commercial. That makes it all the harder to accept its timid rejection of a gay dating service's sendup of couch-potato machoness.

The resulting cries of censorship, of course, have garnered the gay dating Web site, ManCrunch.com, a world of free, multimedia publicity, while CBS denies it's fumbling with an obvious double standard.

Under its new policy of ac

A Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/4/10
Re "A Call to Topple Policy for Gays in Armed Forces" (front page, Feb. 3):

In World War II, African-Americans fought for a country that treated them as second-class citizens. A similar disrespect is heaped upon the brave homosexual members of the military, who under the offensive doctrine of "don't ask, don't tell" are relegated to having to hide who they are for no valid reason.

Senator John McCain of Arizona takes a back seat to no one for his heroic service in our country's military, b

Equality in the Military
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/2/10
History was made on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. More than 16 years after their predecessors helped impose the odious 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, the nation's two top defense officials called on Congress to repeal the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The principled courage of the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a major step forward for civil rights.
Their action leaves no further excuse for Republican lawmakers to go on s

Defending the Long Gay Line
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/2/10
I've had high hopes for Adm. Mike Mullen ever since I learned that his mom was an assistant to Jimmy Durante and his dad was a Hollywood press agent whose clients included Bob Hope, Ann-Margret, Phyllis Diller, Jimmy Stewart, Carol Burnett and Dyan Cannon.
That's the dream U.S.O. tour.

On Tuesday, the craggy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff showed that a lifetime in the military has not knocked all the showbiz pizazz out of him.

"I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we ha

The Trials of Gavin Newsom
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/19/10
Gavin Newsom still looks glossy, like someone who'd play J.F.K. in a Lifetime original movie.

But the 42-year-old mayor of San Francisco sees his once glowing political future in less glamorous terms.

'I mean, oh, God,' he said, sipping green tea in his elegant office. 'In a couple of years, you'll see me as the clerk of a wine store.'

It's easy to picture the lithe and charming Newsom with the well-cut suits, the electric Tesla, the beautiful blonde wife and baby advising a Pacifi

Judging the Trial: Gay Marriage in California
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/17/10
Re 'Stacking the Deck Against Proposition 8,' by Edwin Meese III (Op-Ed, Jan. 11):

Mr. Meese says pretrial rulings by the judge in the Proposition 8 trial put the California voters who supported the measure, which outlawed same-sex marriage, 'on trial' and put 'advocates of traditional marriage at an increasing disadvantage.'

He points to the judge's ruling that television advertisements, campaign press releases and workers' statements are relevant evidence. Of course, the voters ultimatel

An Odd Couple Defends Couples That Some (Oddly) Find Odd
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/16/10
It has been quite a journey for Ted Olson. He's gone from being the conservative lawyer who helped crown W. by winning the Bush v. Gore case before the Supreme Court, to being a lesbian.

"Maureen," he told me in his gravelly voice, "one of the biggest lesbian groups in this country told me I'm already an honorary lesbian."

Did it make you feel different, I wondered.

"I still like women very much," he wryly replied, as his biking pal, liberal adversary and now co-counsel David Boies laug

Renouncing Evil Powers
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/13/10
I went to church in San Francisco on Sunday, the big stone church on Nob Hill, whose name is an old slang term for a rich person, where a gaggle of railroad tycoons built their palaces high above the squalid tenements of the poor back in the Gilded Age, and there with considerable pomp we baptized a dozen infants into the fellowship of faith and we renounced the evil powers of this world, which all in all is a good day's work.

The term 'evil powers' is one you hear only in the church, or in M