"I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes. Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn't work the same." Possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to The New Yorker, June 28.
"Brilliant. Love him. Want him ( lawyer Ted Olson ) on our side on all the issues we care about." National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell live-tweeting from the closing arguments of the federal Prop 8 trial in San Francisco, June 16.
" ( Pro-Prop-8 lawyer Charles ) Cooper ( says the ) evidence showed lesbians especially change their sexual orientation many times. This explains my desire to schtoup George Clooney." National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell live-tweeting from the closing arguments of the federal Prop 8 trial in San Francisco, June 16.
"The plaintiffs' witnesses were quite candid and unequivocal and uniform that sexual orientation does change. It does change over time. And it apparently changes especially inin women." Pro-Prop-8 lawyer Charles Cooper at the federal Prop 8 trial June 16 in San Francisco.
"We can 'accept' ex-gays and we can take them at their word, I suppose, and allow them to enjoy their ex-gayness unmolested. But when a conservative politician or religious bigot points to ex-gays as proof that no one else has to be gay ( and hence there's no need to protect or acknowledge the civil rights of gays and lesbians ) and when ex-gays allow themselves to be used to make an explicitly anti-gay political pointthen we have a right to ask that political/religious bigot this question: 'Would you want your daughter to marry one?' The answer is always no. Because the people out there pimping 'ex-gays' don't believe in ex-gayness any more than the still-gays and never-gays do." Gay writer Dan Savage on his blog, March 21.
"I've never run so fast in my life. After we ran away from the anti-riot police, ( activist ) Ira Fet and I took refuge in the small room of a VIP building where they keep the trash. We stayed there for 20 minutes while I was receiving calls from media outlets." Russian gay leader Nikolai Alekseev, one of 40 people who violated a city ban and staged the first gay pride parade in Minsk, Belarus, on May 15. The unauthorized parade was violently broken up by police forces. Two marchers required medical attention.
"'We've always done it that way,' is the ... corollary to 'Because I say so.' It's not a reason ( to restrict marriage to a man and a woman ) ." Lawyer Ted Olson at the closing of the federal Prop 8 trial, June 16 in San Francisco.
"Plain and simple, on the big ticket itemsthe ones that matter most like employment nondiscrimination and repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' and the Defense of Marriage Actleadership from the White House has been scarce at worst and inconsistent at best." Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld in a June 14 commentary.
"I know that when you're in the midst of a great movement of change it seems like it is glacial, but any fair assessment, from my perspective, having lived longer than at least more than 75 percent of you that I see in this room, is that it is extraordinary what has happened in such a short period of time." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her official "LGBT Month" event, June 22.
"Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all. ... We are elevating our human rights dialogues with other governments and conducting public diplomacy to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her official "LGBT Month" event, June 22.
"I'm sensing relief now. I had not consciously decided to come out, but there's no doubt looking back that I had become increasingly bold about attending gay events, like pride festivals, and going to dance clubs and bars. Last year I attended Las Vegas Pride and San Diego Pride." Outed California state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, to the Los Angeles Times, June 12.
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