Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, was the keynote speaker at the national convention of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians last week, where she said acceptance of LGBT youth is necessary to help them live healthier lives. "Together, we all need to stand up and do our part to keep our kids safe, and give them everything —- the love, the support and acceptance they need to learn and grow and fulfill their dreams," Biden said. Patch.com/OldTownAlexandria (11/4), Washington Blade (11/4)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
- Speaking about marriage for gays and lesbians in terms of love and commitment rather than rights and benefits is more likely to attract supporters, according to a bipartisan group advocating for a new approach to messaging about the issue. Third Way, a centrist Democratic organization, has launched the "Commitment Campaign" to encourage those fighting for marriage rights to engage others using language that speaks to the values of those who can be persuaded on the issue. USA TODAY (11/6)
Via AmericaBlogGay: Clint Eastwood "doesn’t give a f*** about who wants to get married to anybody else"
As Scott notes, there's a certain eloquence to how straight guys put things. First, Clint Eastwood in a new interview in GQ:
"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don't give a f*** about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
There is something truly beautiful about how straight guys approach the topic of marriage equality. See, they aren't dealing with a lifetime of feeling shameful and unworthy. And they aren't fetishizing the tactic of presenting their views in nice, inoffensive ways that don't scare the straight people. They haven't sent their talking points through the Gay, Inc. car wash for a nice polish and buff sure to better appeal to America's soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and their deeply felt religious convictions.