"Now that she ( Carrie Prejean ) is officially becoming a crusader for traditional marriage, I think it's time for her to put down her Miss California ( USA ) crown, give up that title, and give up her position as Miss USA first runner-up. It's time for her to put on the sash of traditional marriage and really just work on that, if that's where her passion is." — Perez Hilton ( pictured ) on his blog, April 30.
"If ( U.S. Rep. Aaron ) Schock ( R-Ill. ) isn't gay, he needs to learn a few things about how not to be gay. 1. Don't obsess about your body and your abs ( you do ) . It's kinda gay. 2. Don't do interviews with Details magazine ( you did ) . We love them, but then again, we're kind of gay. 3. Don't go to dinner at gay diners where you're the only 'straight' guy in the place. You did, and people noticed. 4. Don't make excuses for why you're 27, gorgeous, smart, successful, powerful, and just can't seem to find the right girl ( you did, you are, and you can't ) . We've heard them all before, they're cliché as hell, and they just convince people even more that something isn't quite right. ... If anyone thinks this post is mean, you should read what I'm not writing about. It's a small town, Aaron. People talk." — Blogger John Aravosis ( AMERICAblog.com ) , April 24.
"I couldn't talk about anything in Russia. I was growing up in a very strict regime. But I rebelled. I wouldn't wear a tie, and I didn't want to salute the flag. At that time in Russia, sexual education did not exist, and there were no discussions of it. I had no idea how to masturbate. There was no sharing of information—I was isolated. ... I accidentally got off on the flow of bathwater on my dick. I came and then freaked out because I didn't know what had happened or what the cum was. Then, obviously, I loved the feeling, so I tried it again. It took me a while to figure out I could do it without water and instead use my hand. I felt guilty every time—people don't understand how damaging the Communist regime is." — Gay porn star and mogul Michael Lucas to the Village Voice's Michael Musto, April 21.
"My feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel accepted as much as heterosexuals ( but ) that we have to hold gay people above all others. ... Gay people are downtrodden. They are beaten. They are abused for their sexuality, and it goes across race. In the white community and the black community, gay people are the bastards of the world. And in order for things to change—because any one of you could have gay children or gay relatives or gay friends ... we have a responsibility to make this acceptable, to get all this bullshit so that some gay kid going to high school isn't getting the shit beaten out of him just because he's gay. Listen, I'm as hetero as they come. I don't even understand gay. I don't understand how you look at another guy and want to fuck him in the ass ( but ) what is this hang-up with the gay marriage? Who cares? Get on with your life!" — Howard Stern on his radio show, April 29.
"Just one month ago, there were only two states where same-sex couples could marry. Now, with this vote in ( both houses of the ) New Hampshire ( Legislature ) , we are on the verge of having five states that recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples. It's been quite a month." — Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, in an April 29 statement.
" ( T ) his is nothing against gay people. I have a lot of friends that are gay. This is not a verbal attack on gay people. It's just a matter of opinion, and the way that I was raised, the way that I was brought up, that was not an option. I knew I was going to marry a man growing up. And so, for me, it's a biblical thing, it's something that I was raised believing, um, that a marriage, you know, is between a man and a woman. Barack Obama even supports that. The majority of the people in our nation support that. The secretary of state supports that. So, I don't see anything wrong with it." — Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA, to this column April 26 after she failed to win the Miss USA pageant because ( as she sees it ) she told the judges, when asked, that "marriage should be between a man and a woman."
"Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy. I have lots of gay and lesbian friends and I want to see them get married. ... I'll do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. Discrimination has no place in America." — Singer Britney Spears tweeting April 23.
—Assistance: Bill Kelley