"I consider it discriminatory and I abhor discrimination by our goverment against its taxpaying citizens," Connerly writes. "That is why I am voting no on Proposition 8."
In an interview today with The Times, Connerly said he made the decision without telling the No-on-8 campaign consultants, and against the wishes of some of his political advisors.
"There are times when you have consider who you are," Connerly said.
Connerly, whose wife is white, noted that when he got married in 1962, "the government in many parts of our country did not legally allow us to do that. I have never forgotten that."
"Many people invoked the Bible to say that blacks and whites should not marry and that our marriage was going to destroy Western society," Connerly said. "All that stuff comes back."
In July, Connerly came out strongly for gays and told the Arizona Republic there was no contradiction between opposing affirmative action and supporting gay rights and domestic partnerships.
Connerly has probably done more to single-handedly oppose affirmative action and roll back many gains that minorities and women made in corporate hiring and purchasing. Not to mention state-sponsored affirmative action programs in California. But we'll take almost any opposition to Prop 8 where we can find it.
"I play a gay married man on television and in the movie but in real life I am just a gay California man," Spearman says. "Now I have the right to get married in California .. and there are a group of people who want to take that away from me. They want to write inequality into the straight constitution and turn back the clock and take away my civil rights. I am fighting hard so that will not happen."
In a previous post, one reader described Doug Spearman as the "quiet giant" of the Noah's Arc. We'd have to agree. Spearman isn't the star, isn't the sex symbol and doesn't have the most memorable lines. But he was the only principal cast member who was openly gay during the run of the show, and, off-screen has been extremely dedicated to gay rights and equality. Simple, powerful, effective.
Karen Ocamb has a great interview with the reverend at Bilerico. The money quote is when the reverend questions prominent anti-gay, black mega-church pastors such as Apostle Frederick K.C. Price who are in the front on this issue.
I would remind - particulalry the African American clergy - that the people who are driving this fight for Proposition 8 and to deny the civil rights of one group of people are the same people who considered African Americans inferior and used the Bible to justify slavery, Jim Crow segregation, discrimination. It's the same Church - the Mormon Church that did not allow blacks into the priesthood and did not allow them into Mormon heaven. So I think we have to consider the source - and so when you look at the source, it should automatically cause a red flag to be raised.
When you see an absence of clergy—particularly the African
American clergy—who are absent when it comes to -70% of all new AIDS
cases affecting black women and you don't hear anything about it; when
you see an absence of clergy when 50--60% of black and brown boys are
dropping out of school, going into gangs and into the prison industrial
complex—where are the clergy on those issues?
Teen heart throb Tristan Wilds serves "schoolboy realness" in a full page editorial in the brand new VMAN 12. The issue is covered by gay vague Gossip Girls star Chace Crawford and profiles this year's bumper crop of barely legal actors making a splash on the big and small screens. "It's pretty dope to be the first black guy on 90210," the 19-year-old actor says (PDF).
Wilds made his big debut as Michael on The Wire and his character was responsible for snuffing out Snoop. In addition to 90210 you can catch him as Dakota Fanning's love intertest in the wonderful tearjerker The Secret Life of Bees. And of course a little somethin' somethin' for the fashionistas: The editorial was styled by Jessica De Ruiter and photographed by VMan's Adam Whitehead. The shirt is Diesel and the skinny jeans are Reiss. Of course Omarion and Bow Wow would approve. The full page scan is after the jump and, for those who want to read the article, the PDF is here.
Records also show that Balfour missed a meeting with his parole
agent on Friday, the day Hudson's mother and brother were murdered and
her 7-year-old nephew went missing. Reached by phone that afternoon, he
told the agent he was "baby-sitting on the West Side of Chicago,"
according to the documents, obtained by The Associated Press.
The agent said he thought he heard a child in the background during the call.
The Associated Press reports authorities declined to prosecute Balfour on drug charges last summer. If they had pressed charges, he would have been behind bars and the family of the Oscar-winning actress would probably be alive today.
The Cook County Medical Examiner has determined 7-year-old Julian King died of "multiple gunshot wounds to the head."
California's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, tapes a "very calm and reasonable plea to vote No" on California's Proposition 8. The ballot initiative would be a "terrible mistake for California, " Feinstein says, adding, "It changes our constitution, eliminates fundamental rights, and treats people differently under the law."
Feinstein "joins the chorus of leaders across California who are calling on voters to reject this unfair initiative," notes Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors, adding the senator "is a trusted and respected voice that will resonate with voters."
Feinstein "may annoy most queers I know but is a hugely popular moderate Democrat in California," says Out.com Popnographer and Rod 2.0 blogging buddy Shana Naomi Krochmal, who thanks Feinstein for "remember[ing] her roots" and regaining some street cred.
California's junior senator, Barbara Boxer, also speaking out against Prop 8. Boxer says if someone beleives a gay couple getting married "is a threat to their marriage then there is something wrong with their marriage."
The Philadelphia Inquirer analyzes new HIV infections in Philadelphia which occur "at a rate more than 50 percent higher than residents of New York City and five times the national average." One third of the infections are the result of men having sex with men, and, no surprise, black gay/bisexual men are hardest hit. But there is precious little mention over three pages. Oh, except for this ...
While activist gay communities, largely white, have been educating themselves about the disease for decades, there is "a lot of hidden homosexuality in black and Latino communities," said [John] Cella, [the city's top AIDS official].
Stigma in minority cultures makes it less likely that these men will discuss their secret lives with wives and girlfriends. They then become infected as the epidemic rages in their communities.
"There is no question in my mind that we are seeing a younger population of African American kids with the virus," said Karam Mounzer, medical director of the Jonathan Lax Center, the biggest HIV clinic in the city.
That's it. Three pages of facts, figures, anecdotes, strategies and solutions and there is a throwaway quote or two with the much discredited linkage that the down-low culture is responsible for increasing HIV rates. Not one black gay or HIV/AIDS activist is quoted.
In August 2006, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's AIDS Activities Coordinating Office was criticized for a controversial HIV prevention campaign that showed young black men in the cross hairs of a rifle. The ad campaign was intended to target men on the so-called "down-low" and the ad agency responsible for the campaign said "fear tactics" were the best way to reach the audience.