Equality news round-up: more reactions to President Obama’s marriage equality support, and other news
May 10, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- AFER’s Matt Baume has “2012′s Biggest Marriage Milestones So Far”:
- Mitt Romney viciously bullied a kid in school he perceived as being gay:
John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
Along with his definitively anti-LGBT policies he has proposed such as constitutionally banning marriage equality and civil unions, the new revelation that he went out of his way to attack gay people well before running for political office says a lot about the man.
- Who do we want to hear from regarding the president’s support of marriage equality? CNN thinks its viewers and the American people need to hear the opinion of a known hate group to help them formulate their own views.
- The president’s announcement could have a noticeable effect on Maryland’s marriage ballot initiative later this year:
In Maryland, some black church leaders have been vocally opposed to gay marriage and are leading the petition drive. Maryland is 29 percent black, and Obama carried the state in 2008 with 62 percent of the vote.
Obama’s support “could be a game-changer for our efforts in Maryland,” said state Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat who is gay. “Clearly the president is going to be at the top of the ticket, and having his endorsement for the issue, I think, makes it a lot easier for many Democratic voters to support the cause.”
- At Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, a reminder that black voters are not monolithic, that some will vote for marriage, some against, and there will be issues that are more important to black voters than whether the president supports marriage equality. Most minority groups get treated as if we all speak with one voice and have a single “gay” or “black” position on any issue, and it’s important to remember that is not an accurate frame. More on this here.
- North Carolinian Pam Spaulding explains how she is robbed of the ability to celebrate the president’s statement on marriage equality. She worked tirelessly to defeat Amendment 1 in the state, and put everything into the fight.
- Here are some views on the president’s statement from countries that are unlikely to support marriage rights for gays and lesbians any time soon
- Yesterday Log Cabin Republicans attacked President Obama’s support for marriage equality, and today, they’re attacking Mitt Romney’s lack of support for marriage equality:
“Governor Mitt Romney’s statement in opposition to not just marriage but civil unions jeopardizes his ability to win moderates, women and younger voters, especially as a large majority of Americans favor some form of relationship recognition for their LGBT friends and neighbors. Ultimately, the response of the Republican candidates this election cycle will determine not just endorsements by Log Cabin Republicans, but the votes of millions of Americans who are simply tired of the culture wars.” – LCR head R. Clark Cooper, via press release.
Here is more.
- There are also comments on the president’s statement on marriage from people you may have forgotten about: Bristol Palin weighed in while Rick Santorum (who supports criminalizing intimacy between gay couples and constitutionally banning recognition of our relationships) called it “a tragic day for America…” Maggie Gallagher from the homophobic and race-baiting National Organization for Marriage who has waged a strong effort in courts to hide their donors and advocacy efforts from public view called the president a liar while Rush Limbaugh who is in his fourth marriage says the president is at war with traditional one man, one woman marriage.