So many news items, so little time!
Smart, Handsome, and MANLY Son Continues to Speak Out for Gay Parents
Remember Zach Wahls? He was the uber-cute University of Iowa student with two moms who made a tear-jerking speech in the Iowa state legislature, defending gay marriage and gay families.
Wahls is still speaking on behalf of his family to audiences around the country about gay marriage, even taking time off from his classes to stand up and speak out for families. Choice quotes from an October 4 speech at a school in Northern Kentucky:
“The bible isn’t a buffet, so you can’t pick and choose from it,” said Wahls. “But even then, it shouldn’t be used for modern marriage laws. The constitution states that ‘government shall make no law regarding religion.’ And so basing any laws off the word of the bible is unconstitutional, and to those that say that we were founded as a Christian nation? I suggest they read the Treaty of Tripoli.”
The treaty was written by President John Adams and opens with the phrase “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
“I don’t have a dad, I was artificially inseminated into my mother and born naturally,” He said. “I mean there is a guy somewhere who was paid money to jerk off into a jar, but that doesn’t make him my dad. ‘Dad’ is a title you have to earn.”
Via The Northerner
Last Man Laughing
According to NY Mag, Tim Allen’s new show Last Man Standing leaves nothing to be desired, with bad jokes targeting women, gay families, and body wash. The idea behind the show is that Time Allen plays Mike – a super manly guy – so he has to be put off by gays and women, right? RIGHT?
What the show doesn’t seem to realize (or maybe they do and they are just trying to milk ratings out of the last few idiots out there) is that it’s just not that interesting. A sampling of the jokes:
“Ruby’s two dads are here and they’re making muffins,” the wimpy guy in charge of the day care tells Mike. “Flax and pumpkin.” “I hope those aren’t their names!” Mike zings back.
Maybe ABC should take a cue from Zach Wahls, who’s take on manly is a bit more open-minded:
“I’m a pretty manly guy,” said Zach. “I’m hairy, I drink whiskey, I’ll smoke a cigar every now and then; but if you ask me to be in a drag show, I’m down. If you think I’m tall now you should see me in heels.”
On the other hand, ABC might be redeeming itself for the Allen disaster by producing a new Ellen Degeneres show that will be an interracial family comedy.
And on the other, other hand and completely unrelated to ABC, but totally related to HBO and gay parents, is word that The Kids Are Alright, the 2010 hit indie film that made everyone want to wear comfortable t-shirts and provided a (sorta?) normal look at a lesbian-run family, is being made into a TV series.
NJ Teacher Sounds Off on Facebook, Forgets She Is On The Internet
Viki Knox, a 49-year-old special education teacher at Union High School in New Jersey, is under investigation for anti-gay remarks she allegedly posted on her Facebook that criticize a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month display at her school. The display included photos of Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk and Neil Patrick Harris.
Knox reportedly posted that homosexuality is “a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation,” and a “sin” that “breeds like cancer,” according to The Newark Star-Ledger, The New York Times, and every gay news outlet ever.
Among other exchanges on her page, Knox commented that “Union (High School) is not South Orange/Maplewood where one out of four families consist of two Mommies or daddies… Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?” and “I/we do not have to accept anything, anyone, any behavior or any choices! I do not have to tolerate anything others wish to do.”
While Knox also commented that she had gay friends and loved ones, she believed that the way they lived was “against the nature and character of God” and that the high school was “not the setting to promote, encourage, support and foster homosexuality.”
The comments were noticed by a local attorney, John Paragano, who then notified the school district. Knox’s Facebook page has since been removed from public view, and the school district is investigating. This incident, as with others, is in that tricky space between public and personal, the protected freedom to express your opinions and beliefs outside of your workplace and the law-breaking implications of revealing those opinions, especially when the person is teaching children. Regardless of what happens in Knox’s case, I think we can all agree that anyone with a Facebook page and a brain these days should know that sounding off on Facebook is not the same as shooting the shit at your local knitting circle.
Via Huffington Post.
President Obama Confirms the Nation’s Second Lesbian Federal Judge
Alison Nathan was confirmed as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Thursday after a 48-44 vote.
Nathan will serve as the nation’s second lesbian federal judge, joining U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts who currently serves on the bench of the Southern District of New York.
Bonus IC note: Nathan is a Cornell Law School graduate and lives in New York with partner Meg Satterhwaite with her twin sons, Oliver and Nathan.
Congrats Judge Nathan!
Via LGBT Weekly