Joining the team (officially)

January 18, 2011 at 8:00 am 83 comments

Change is the only constant of movement-building. When I founded the Courage Campaign five years ago, I hoped we’d build an independent, progressive movement that would make our state more governable and certainly more progressive.  I had learned from chairing Howard Dean’s campaign in California and wanted to build on that.  It took a few years, some experimenting and finding the right team.  Eden James, whom Adam mentions below, was key to that team when he joined us three and a half years ago.  Other folks you all know who joined up then were Julia Rosen and Robert Cruickshank.  We’ve grown (from 27,000 in August 2007 to over 700,000 today) and changed.  We’re both a statewide organizing network—a key part of the California progressive infrastructure—and the only national LGBT online network, the only truly bottom-up movement based organization in the country.

Appropriately, then, we bring on new talent as we enter new phases of our journey.  Adam Bink, whom you all know, writes about his new position with Courage.  Adam is a gem.  He understands politics, online (and offline) organizing, writes faster than a speeding bullet train and is determinedly optimistic.  We at Courage are delighted that he’s joined us.  I know you will be, too. -Rick Jacobs

By Adam Bink

We’ve had some movement of personnel here at Courage Campaign, and now that everything’s official, I wanted to share the news with you all.

Yesterday was my first official day as Director of Online Programs at Courage Campaign. As many of you know, I come from OpenLeft.com, a progressive political blog I’ve been at since we launched in 2007, and worked full-time in political consulting. I’ve been asked to post and manage P8TT three times over the last six months or so (the 1st NOM tour in the eastern US, the 2nd NOM tour in California, and to help cover the 9th Circuit ruling and efforts to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”). After each tour of duty, it became clear that Courage and I are a good fit together (measured, in no small part, by the way, by supportive comments from many of you- the Courage folks really do pay attention to the comments!). And we have the same approach to organizing online, as well as organizing around many issues beyond LGBT equality.

So, last week was my last week with OpenLeft.com and in political consulting, and I’m joining Courage full-time. I will be staying in DC, but traveling quite a bit to California (I am actually typing this on a flight to LA) and other key places. In this new role, I will be managing Courage’s online shop including e-mail actions, with a special focus on LGBT equality. And I’ll still be managing things here at P8TT.

The news, however, does not come without a bittersweet moment. I will be taking the reins over (in part) from Managing Director Eden James, who many of you know from way back in the day when P8TT launched, and as recent as last month. Eden decided to take a job as Director of Organizing at Change.org, starting just a few weeks ago.

I don’t have to tell you that without Eden, P8TT would not be where it is today. We’ve been organizing around LGBT equality and other issues for well over a year now, and he is a remarkably dynamic, creative operative. From where I sit (and I don’t think I’m alone), it is no exaggeration to say that he is one of the most talented organizers that we have in the struggle for LGBT equality. Please join me in wishing him well. He told me he’ll be watching and lurking here and there in the comments, so if you see him, say hi.

So some new, but I hope familiar, blood at Courage Campaign. We’re going to step up things even further as we face critical fights about which I’ve written in recent weeks. And of course, bringing you bar-none coverage of the Prop 8 trial. Let’s get it started.

Onward!

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  • 1. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Welcome aboard, Adam. Looking forward to great things.

    And Eden, I wish you nothing but the best in your new job, but I sure miss you.

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    • 2. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Agree on both accounts!

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      • 3. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

        me too…..Congratulations!!!!!……<3…Ronnie

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        • 4. Ann S.  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

          Me three (or is that four?), and congratulations to Adam and Eden!!!

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          • 5. JonT  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

            Heh, welcome aboard Adam. I kept wondering why you’d post and say something like ‘this is my last post’, but then you’d come back for more :)

            And good luck to you too Eden. Hope to see you ‘drop in’ once in a while.

    • 6. Eden James  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Kathleen (I miss you too :-), Adam, Rick and everyone here on P8TT! It was difficult to take on a new job with a new organization, but I left with tremendous confidence that Courage and its members would be in good hands.

      Rick made an excellent decision in hiring Adam, one of the most talented and creative organizers I know in the LGBT rights movement — and the progressive movement at-large. As you all know, and reflected in comment thread feedback, his work on P8TT was consistently excellent and on-point. He gets what Courage is about — especially its community empowerment mission — and I’m thrilled that he’ll be leading the charge into 2011.

      Helping facilitate P8TT in 2010 was a unique pleasure and I will indeed miss it. But I will be here, lurking for the most part, and keeping in touch with the pulse of this wonderful community. Thank you, everyone, for continuing to make it such a warm, educational, and entertaining forum for robust discussion on the Prop 8 case and all things equality!

      Eden

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      • 7. anonygrl  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        We wish you ALL the best, Eden, and thanks so much for making this place what it is today.

        Handing over the reins to Adam looks like a fine move to me, but know that we will miss you a whole bunch too, and expect (EXPECT!!!) you to lurk your way in here and say hello once in a while, if for no other reason than the cookies and MILK.

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      • 8. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Onward and upward my friend!!

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    • 9. Rhie  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Ditto to both :)

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    • 10. adambink  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks!

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  • 11. Peterplumber  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Congratulations and good luck in your new position!

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    • 12. Straight For Equality  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Ditto, to both of you.

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  • 13. fiona64  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Welcome (officially) on-board!

    Love,
    Fiona

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  • 14. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Just couldn’t stay away, huh? Welcome Adam, and best wishes to Eden at Change.org.

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    • 15. adambink  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Just couldn’t stay away. You folks are too much fun.

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  • 17. Bill J.  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed following your work here & am eager to see what’s coming!

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  • 18. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations, Adam! And Eden, if you are lurking today, I am glad to see that you are still with a group that believes in making positive changes in this world. wishing both of you a lot of good things in your near, middle and distant futures. And as Adam so eloquently said: Onward! To Equality!

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    • 19. Eden James  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Richard! I wouldn’t have it any other way. (See my reply to Kathleen upthread for more).

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      • 20. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        I did. And I want to reiterate here that I hope we get to meet face to face someday. I want to meet all of my P8TT family. Let us know anytime you might be in the Fayetteville, NC area.

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  • 21. Anna Bryan  |  January 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Speaking of joining the team, did you know that Thomas Peters of AmericanPapist and CatholicVote fame (as well as “vota tus valores”) has joined the hate-mongers over at NOM? I’m sure everyone will want to congratulate him! If you are on twitter, you can send him a message @americanpapist!

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  • 22. nightshayde  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I just found this news story on yahoo:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110118/ap_on_re_us/us_supreme_court_gay_marriage

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage who want to overturn the District of Columbia’s gay marriage law.

    Score one for the good guys/gals!

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    • 23. Ed  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Its gonna be really interesting to see what bishop jackson does about marriage equality in Maryland….

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      • 24. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

        I know. It’s too much to hope that he’d just go back to ministering to his flock and leave the rest of us alone.

        BTW, for anyone who doesn’t know the long history of this legal battle, there a good overview here (not up-to-date) This latest is just the most recent incarnation of the court cases.
        http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issue_caseDocket_Jackson_v_DC_Board_of_Elections_and_Ethics

        The legal issues in the case weren’t about the relative merits of marriage equality, per se, although that’s what would have been the impacted. There’sa good synopsis of the legal issues in the case in the “3.2.10 opinion by Chief Justice Roberts rejecting application for a stay(pdf)” available at the above link.

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      • 25. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Yes, it will be interesting. wonder if it will be possible to round up a contingent of married couples from NC to go up and give our brothers and sisters in Maryland some support and encouragement. It would only be tit for tat, since Bishop Harry keeps wanting to being in out of staters for his fight to keep discrimination alive and unwell!

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    • 26. bJason  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Most excellent!

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  • 27. Brandy  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Congrats Adam!

    Eden, good luck in your new position! I can see why they wanted you :)

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  • 28. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    @6:20 of the video….. “You know, people try to make it about black & white. He talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now, people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexuality people. God bless the gay people. They are great people.”~ Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley also briefly spoke out against discrimination towards Hispanic people…..Another athlete that supports Equality….Thank you Charles for letting your voice be heard…..<3…Ronnie:

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    • 29. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

      I got this from towleroad.com…..It is from the pre-game show before the Celtics-Magic game….with a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr……<3…Ronnie:
      http://www.towleroad.com/2011/01/barkley.html

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    • 30. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Barkley has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality for years. Here’s an article from 2006:
      http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2566899

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      • 31. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

        interesting….thx Ronnie…and Kathleen : )

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      • 32. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

        You’re welcome Gregory & thank you Kathleen…I didn’t know that…..<3…Ronnie

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  • 33. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Virginia Judge Reverses Course, Allows Lesbian Couple to Share Last Name
    http://acluva.org/6189/virginia-judge-reverses-course-allows-lesbian-couple-to-share-last-name/

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  • 34. Manilow  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hey All – just another link to an event coming up in LA:

    http://www.nba.com/clippers/groups/equalitynight.html

    I already bought tickets in the cheap seats! And I know that Kathleen did too.

    (Kathleen, I can’t wait to meet you. I’ll most likely be wearing a FCKH8 shirt if it doesn’t make me look too fat.)

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    • 35. Manilow  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Ugh, I’m such a jerk. Sorry – Congratulations to both Eden and Adam – I’m sorry I didn’t say that before. I just get so nervous to post on here.

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      • 36. nightshayde  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

        Don’t be nervous, Manilow. We don’t bite! Well – I suppose some of us MIGHT bite if you ask very nicely … but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.

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        • 37. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

          LOL : ) “Hi Manilow!”

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        • 38. anonygrl  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

          We usually start off with a little gentle nibbling and see how you react to that…

          :)

          Have fun meeting Kathleen. I am jealous.

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      • 39. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        But, Manilow, your writing is just as wonderful as Barry’s songs. And yes, I have been a Manilow fan ever since American Bandstand. There is a reason that Barry Manilow’s music has endured, and why he still has a very large following.

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    • 40. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Looking forward to meeting you, too, Manilow! Whatever I wear will still make me look too fat, but sigh, it’s just one of the facts of life these days… btw, you can see a picture of me (for ID purposes) on this link:
      http://prop8trialtracker.com/2010/12/06/9th-circuit-perry-v-schwarzenegger-hearing-live-thread-and-chat/
      Third photo down, with DaveP and Ann S; I’m holding the American flag,

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  • 41. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    WATCH: BLACK LGBT GROUPS MARCH IN L.A. MLK DAY PARADE
    http://www.towleroad.com/2011/01/watch-black-lgbt-groups-march-in-la-mlk-day-parade.html

    Black LGBT & Straight Ally groups marched in L.A.’s Kingdom Day Parade in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr….Also in the parade was our Straight Ally, California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

    NMDL (No More Down Low) writes:
    “This was the third consecutive year that the Barbara Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition, The Here to Stay Coalition, Black Lesbians United, In the Meantime Men’s Group, At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride, and over 50 same gender-loving/LGBT activists marched down Crenshaw and King Blvd. to promote acceptance, visibility, dialogue and community-building as a strategy to fight homophobia and promote more awareness of Black LGBT issues within the Black community.”

    <3…Ronnie:

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    • 42. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      this video really touched me Ronnie…. wow….

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  • 43. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    No Objections
    What history tells us about remaking marriage
    Nancy F. Cott

    http://www.bostonreview.net/BR36.1/cott.php

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    • 44. Straight For Equality  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Very good article! Thanks, Sagesse.

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    • 45. Peterplumber  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Nice read. Took me a few hours, tho. After all, I <bam at work…

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  • 46. bJason  |  January 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Best of luck Eden. You will be missed!!

    (Official) Congratulations, Adam!

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  • 47. Jyo  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi there — I hate to ‘hijack’ this thread, but I *need* to share a link with you all…some of you have probably already seen http://borngaybornthisway.blogspot.com , but I haven’t seen the URL posted here yet (I checked the last week of comment threads or so and couldn’t find a mention).

    I found the site really moving in the same way that the “It Gets Better” campaign was: people are invited to post pictures of them being themselves as children — often while they were still too young to feel the need to hide and conform — and then tell the story behind that picture.

    I cried a little, and laughed a *lot*, and anyone who’s on the wrong side of the nature/nurture “debate” just hasn’t read this site yet.

    (Thanks for indulging me.) P.S. Adam: I really hope you’ll find that this new job is a better fit for you than the one at Open Left.

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    • 48. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      I was just getting my daily dose of that site before checking back in with P8TT! I LOVE that site. I discovered it last week and check in every day for new additions. Some of the pictures are beyond wonderful and the stories are so moving. It just makes me smile.

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  • 49. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    UPDATE Mass DOMA cases. Here’s the skinny on the non-complying government brief (as reported earlier).

    Court ORDER:
    The brief filed by [government appellants] on January 13, 2011 is not in compliance with the following Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and/or Local Rules of this Court and/or Administrative Orders of this Court:
    • 1st Cir. R. 28.0(b), requiring that the addendum begin with a table of contents identifying the page at which each part begins. The addendum does not begin with a table of contents identifying the page at which each part begins.

    The order sets a due date of Feb 1 for the corrected brief and also states “The due date for appellee’s brief shall run from service of the corrected brief.” I think this means the due date for the answer from “our side” is moved back 19 days to Monday, March 21. But I’d have to get confirmation to be sure of the date.

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    • 50. anonygrl  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      So, the US Government is substandard on their homework, and instead of getting a failing grade (and being kicked out) they just get an extension.

      Must be nice.

      On the flip side, what kind of lawyers are my taxes paying for who can’t file a BRIEF? Hell, *I* am not a lawyer, and I am fairly certain I could write the paperwork correctly.

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      • 51. bJason  |  January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        I know you could! However, YOU have better sense than to have appealed the ruling.

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        • 52. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

          I still have to wonder if the only reason it is being appealed is so that the Supremes have to weigh in on it, and effectively strike DOMA down on a basis that will affect all of us nationwide by giving us all the same recognition at the federal level.

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    • 53. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Correction – this means the brief from “our side” might be due as late as Mar 21, but it could be sooner if the gov’t files the corrected brief earlier than Feb 1. I’m hoping the Court will issue a new briefing schedule once the corrected brief has been submitted.

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    • 54. bJason  |  January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, as always, Kathleen. What a crummy thing. I understand the schedule being pushed to allow appropriate time for a response. However, this means that the schedule has been pushed back!!

      Thanks to you, others here, the excellence of the P8TT site and all the trials in the past year – this stuff is now crack to me. Just like my monthly Discover Magazine – cover to cover immediately then long dry spells waiting for my next fix!!

      Once we are all free and equal it will be hard to get off “the juice”. Unfortunately, I think it will be some time before I have to break the habit.

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      • 55. Chris in Lathrop  |  January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        What a bittersweet day it will be…

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  • 56. Chris in Lathrop  |  January 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Congratulations to Eden and Adam both, and best of luck in your new ventures! Eden, you will be sorely missed around here, so make sure to pop back in every now and then. Adam, you’ll do wonderfully, as you always have here.

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    • 57. adambink  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. And thanks to everyone upthread and downthread- been hard at work so I haven’t found time to respond individually to everyone.

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  • 58. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  January 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Adding my congratulations to your joining CC, Adam. And, Eden, sorry to see you leave but look forward to your dropping in.

    Sheryl, Mormon Mother

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  • 59. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Further elaboration on today’s SCOTUS response to the DC marriage referendum.

    Supreme Court refuses to revive effort to put D.C. same-sex marriage law to vote

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/18/AR2011011802214.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

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  • 60. Ronnie  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    FIRST PHOTO: ELTON JOHN AND DAVID FURNISH REVEAL BABY
    http://www.towleroad.com/2011/01/first-photo-elton-john-and-david-furnish-reveal-baby.html

    Says Elton: “I’ve never felt anything like it in my life. You’re so awestruck, I will never forget that feeling ever.”

    (me) Aweee…little Zachary is sooooooo cutes…..again, Congratulations to Sir Elton John & David Furnish…<3…Ronnie

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  • 61. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    UPDATE: DADT case (LCR v USA)

    ORDER from 9th Circuit – Temporary Stay on briefing

    Before this stay, the government’s opening brief in the appeal would have been due next Monday, Jan 24. This order puts a hold on the schedule until the Court decides the question of whether to put a long-term hold on the appeal, per the government’s request.

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  • 62. MichGuy  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    UPDATE : Same Sex Adoption Challenge
    Fifth Circuit hears argument en banc tomorrow on case testing interstate recognition of adoption decrees

    This is the federal district court in Louisiana

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    • 63. MichGuy  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      http://beyondstraightandgaymarriage.blogspot.com/

      Does anyone have a copy of the court order in the DC marriage case and in the Fifth circuit adoption case ?

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    • 64. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      The DC Marriage case was just a notice saying cert was denied, as part of a list of cases in which cert was denied. You can see it here as the “Order List” from 1/18/2011
      http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/ordersofthecourt.aspx

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      • 65. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        And not sure what court order you’re looking for in the 5th Circuit adoption case.

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        • 66. MichGuy  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm

          http://beyondstraightandgaymarriage.blogspot.com/

          It was the court order in refrence to this 5th circuit case which is being heard e banc tomorrow

          http://www.lambdalegal.org/news/pr/la_20110114_federal-court-to-re-hear.html

          Federal Court to Re-Hear Same-Sex Couple’s Challenge After Louisiana Refuses to Respect Out-of-State Adoptions

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          • 67. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

            Sorry, should have been more specific. What order are you looking for in that case? The order that granted the en banc review? The original opinion from the 5th Circuit panel opinion?

            I’ll locate (or retrieve from PACER) whatever it is you’re looking for if I know exactly what it is.

          • 68. MichGuy  |  January 19, 2011 at 2:04 am

            @ Kathleen below.
            I found the docunment that I was looking for but thank for offering. X_x : )

  • 69. DeepBlueShe  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Wow…I had no idea P8TT existed until someone mentioned it on HuffPo today. So glad to see you!

    Loved the blogs by Adam and Karen.

    And to close with nothing to do with nothing: my husband & I repeatedly had to replace our “NO on Prop 8” yard signs when it was on the ballot. Sometimes stolen, sometimes crumpled up and left in our yard, other times tossed into the street. I still feel angry about it. We finally had to start calling LA (we live 110 miles north in the most conservative county in Cali.) for replacement signs.

    Anyway, good job everyone. Glad you’re here. Bookmarked! ;oD

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    • 70. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Welcome to the family, DeepBlueShe! Pull up a chair and have some cookies, challah, and MILK!

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    • 71. Kathleen  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Glad you found us. Welcome!

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  • 72. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t usually reproduce an entire e-mail, but this from the Williams Institute will be of interest. The report itself is about 20 pages.

    http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/home.html

    Williams Institute Releases New Study Finding 44% of LGB and 66% Transgender People in Utah Report Employment Discrimination

    Today, the Williams Institute released a new research study providing evidence of employment discrimination against LGBT people in Utah. The study shows that substantial percentages of LGBT people in Utah have experienced discrimination and continue to fear discrimination in the workplace.

    Using data from the Census Bureau, the study estimates that there are between 32,000 and 43,000 gay, lesbian, and bisexual people working in Utah. Other data sources suggest that there may be more than 4,700 transgender people living in Utah.

    The study found that Utah’s LGBT employees are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Over 43% of LGB respondents and 66% of transgender respondents to the 2010 survey reported that they had been fired, denied a job, or not promoted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Nearly 30% of LGB respondents and 45% of transgender respondents experienced workplace harassment on a weekly basis during the previous year.

    The study further found that Utah’s LGBT employees are being discriminated against and harassed even when they do not disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, and many fear that they will be discriminated against by their current employer because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    “These findings address arguments that have been raised in response to efforts to pass laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” explained Clifford Rosky, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor and one of the study’s co-authors. “First, the findings demonstrate that discrimination against LGBT people is not rare. Second, the findings belie the popular belief that employment discrimination only happens when employees ‘flaunt’ their sexual orientation or gender identity at work.”

    Funding for this study was provided by the B.W. Bastian Foundation.

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  • 73. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    A hint at what NOM’s reaction will be to SCOTUS regarding the DC marriage referendum.

    Voters silenced: Sup. Court lets stand D.C. ‘gay marriage’ ruling

    http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34456

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    • 74. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Why am I not surprised that the Southern Baptist Convention wants to have a vote on civil and human rights? Of course, what they are forgetting is that if such an initiative were to be placed on the ballot, it would not pass, because the majority of DC residents actually asked for marriage equality. And I love how they are trying to limit the Human Rights Act in DC to pertain only to housing and job protections. Excuse me, but being allowed to marry the person you love IS A HUMAN RIGHT!

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    • 75. JonT  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Boo Fing Hoo. I like how they *still* put “gay marriage” in scare quotes.

      Funny guys.

      Duke added, “What happened in D.C. should serve as a reminder to people across the country that the agenda of the radical homosexual movement is to force on the American public complete acceptance of homosexuality and that it is committed to achieving that goal through slow incremental progress that hides the full extent of its motives until it is too late.”

      And “radical homosexual movement”? Really? I suppose with these guys, if you aren’t beating gay people to death, or enticing them to commit suicide, then you are ‘radical’.

      A hint to these “Baptists”, you are already too late. Enjoy your coming downfall into irrelevance.

      /smirk

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  • 76. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Wyoming update:

    Anti-gay-marriage bill advances

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_4e078203-1c7b-512f-9dab-5adfef0efaa6.html

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    • 77. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      This is why we have to keep fighting in the courts, in the streets, and in courageous conversations. We have got to use every peaceful means at our disposal to stop this madness of discrimination and bullying. And that is exactly what this law is. Bullying of adult couples who want to spend the rest of their lives together, loving each other and caring for each other through good times and bad, and having that love and commitment recognized by the Civil, Secular, Legal system and government of this country! Civil rights should NEVER be brought up for ANY kind of a vote!

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  • 78. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Maryland update:

    Maryland Gay Marriage Bill To Be Introduced This Week, Rich Madaleno Says

    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7341&MediaType=1&Category=26

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    • 79. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      From the article:

      “I think supporters of redefining marriage are looking [at] any place they can gain ground,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), told the Christian Post. “In every state where the people had the chance to vote, in both blue and deep red states, they have voted against same-sex marriage.”

      I notice that Brian is trying to make it sound as if we are the ones who are trying to deceive the public, and not mentioning the fact that NOM keeps interfering, spreading fear, hatred, and dissension, never once staying at home to work on their own marriages, never once telling the truth about the matter at hand, and always using the psychological ploy of projection to conceal their own fantasies and portray them as ours, all in the name of redefining marriage into their idea of what marriage is supposed to be, and doing everything they can to convert this country from a constitutional republic into a theocratic monarchy!

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      • 80. JonT  |  January 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        “I think supporters of redefining marriage are looking [at] any place they can gain ground,”

        Just like you do BB, just like you do.

        Thing is — we don’t have to lie, while you do. That is why you will inevitably lose.

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  • 81. Sagesse  |  January 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    New York update:

    New York’s Thomas Duane To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill

    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7345&MediaType=1&Category=26

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  • 82. Sagesse  |  January 19, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Fascinating.

    Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/us/19gays.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

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    • 83. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 19, 2011 at 6:12 am

      Thanks, Sagesse. BZ asked me to once more thank everybody for all of the fascinating reading material we have gotten from everyone here. Of course, the results of this report don’t really surprise me. I still remember attending the MCC in Greensboro, NC, from 1991 to 1994, and I remember at least 2 dozen couples with children there. And there were even more couples with children in the UU congregation that let us have services in the building.

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