Tag Archives: Gay Life

‘The culmination of a 10-year campaign to change attitudes in this country’

Sixty-two percent of voters who participated in the Irish referendum voted for a gay marriage amendment to the country’s constitution. I wish people would drop the facile analogies. Our federal system means ensures fifty state governments must have their say. … Continue reading

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‘I knew deep down that they would love me no matter what’

This is how to make a campaign: start with relatives, then sell your story: Thirteen years ago Padraic Whyte did one of the hardest things he has ever had to do: He told his Roman Catholic parents living in rural … Continue reading

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‘That’s what lawyers do: make the law work for them.’

The NYT profiles Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who became the first same-sex couple known to apply for a marriage license. Following the journalism adage of going through the window when the door is locked, the couple took advantage of … Continue reading

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To prepare a face for the faces we will meet

“History shows that the divide between gays who reject any cultural embroidery on their sexual orientation and those who spend evenings hand-stitching it has been around since homosexuality, as a human category, was invented,” J. Bryan Lowder writes in the … Continue reading

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Mother love: Mommy

Some movies want to belt you out of the theater; Mommy wants to tie you to the chair, jam a stick of dynamite in your mouth, and light it. The young Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan has made fascinating movies that … Continue reading

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Gay workers…?

Digby: It’s hard to imagine a country in which it’s legal for gay people to marry but it’s also legal to discriminate against gay workers, but it’s possible. In the past, as miscegenation laws were struck down, in some states … Continue reading

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Katha Pollitt: ‘Reproductive rights come with a price tag’

Katha Pollitt has a way of clarifying important questions. Recent gains in acceptance of gay marriage have not translated into a concurrent rise in accepting reproductive liberty. Pollitt: Reproductive rights are inescapably about women. Pervasive misogyny means not only that … Continue reading

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