These crime-fighters are badass.
The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community. Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week.
Along came Anita Bryant with her Save Our Children crusade and enough was enough. This kid, steeped in Bible-believing, conservative fundamentalism, sat down and wrote a letter to the newspaper denouncing Bryant's intolerance. To say the least, it was noticed.
When defenses like these succeed, they are copycatted. If Ethan Couch can argue that he is the victim of bad parenting, why can't the murderer who was abused by his parents avoid jail time or even conviction ?
1993: Yale University announced that it would begin extending health benefits to the domestic partners of same-sex couples
Scherr was sitting in the audience at the campus theater where a panel discussion of the case was taking place. I was one of the panelists. When Scherr was introduced from the stage, I couldn't resist saying to him on my microphone, "Care for a Twinkie?"
Harvey Milk had prerecorded a message after receiving several anti-gay death threats during his political career. The message said, "If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door."
Many Americans are talking back to government, some more viciously than the majority, but Pelosi's broad brush seems to paint all Obama administration critics as potential violent offenders and inciters.
My point is not that the attacks on Obama are not racist; it is pretty clear that some are. However, it is far less clear what supporters of the president gain from making this argument.
This week, a few organizations championing same-sex marriage will announce their opinions as to whether to try to reverse Prop 8 in 2010 or 2012.