Finally, a cute funny gay Superbowl ad

Thank you, FritoLay, for finally airing a gay Superbowl Doritos ad that is not homophobic, but rather cute and funny.

Maybe companies are starting to get the message that homophobic advertising isn’t good for their bottom line, or their reputation?

NOTE FROM JOHN: I’m not so sure I’m happy with the flaming stereotype depicted in the ad. Curious about your thoughts?


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Florida Finally Recognizes Martin Gill As The Legal Father To His Sons

Martin Gill, the Florida man who's been battling for years to adopt his two foster sons, and who conquered the state's ban on gays adopting back in October, has finally been granted his legal adoption. Best wishes, gents.

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Limbaugh On DADT repeal: ‘Does this mean Mrs. Clinton can finally … join the Marines?’


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Finally. A big win for equality in California’s AG race

Liz Newcomb and I have both written about the importance of the California Attorney General’s race between Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Steve Cooley. Harris said she wouldn’t defend Prop. 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Cooley said he would.

It was a nail biter, but, today, Cooley conceded.

Congratulations to Kamala Harris.


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Finally! Focus on the Family makes post with which we can agree

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Yes, it is in fact a placeholder. Good job, FoTF.

Now if you all will just stop presenting homosexuality as a placeholder between abstinence and reparative therapy, we might find ourselves agreeing more often.

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HRC Finally Knocks Target, Best Buy + 3M With 15-Point Deductions. But Not For Anti-Gay Donations

The Human Rights Campaign's ninth annaul Corporate Equality Index has been uploaded, and some 337 companies (up from 305!) managed a 100 percent score. Many of them have been quick to spit out press releases announcing the news, including SC Johnson, Cox Enterprises, and UPS. Not waving around the new PDF file? Target, Best Buy, and 3M, which all contributed at least 0,000 in cash to MN Forward's effort to elect anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and who all (finally) lost the 15 points allotted for "Responsible Citizenship," defined as "exhibit[ing] responsible behavior toward the LGBT community; does not engage in action that would undermine LGBT equality. Employers found engaging in activities that would undermine LGBT equality will have 15 points removed from their scores." But not for the reason you'd think.


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Bushie, not Barbie: Ken Mehlman to finally come out

From Mike Rogers:

I am able to report – here for the first time — that Ken Mehlman, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee is set to come out of the closet in a column by Atlantic writer Marc Ambinder Friday morning or early next week.

Ken Mehlman is coming out [BlogActive]

Everyone comes out on their own time. But few do it after designing, contributing to, and making no apologies for a strategy that gay-baited to increase their boss and party’s electability.


*FLASHBACK, 2006:I’m not gay, but those stories did a number on my dating life for six months.” -Ken Mehlman, speaking to the NY Daily News

**UPDATE from Andy Towle:

Just got off the phone with Chad Griffin of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization challenging Proposition 8 in federal court, regarding former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman and reports that he is about to come out of the closet.

Griffin tells me that Ken Mehlman is chairing a major fundraiser in late September that has already raised over million for the organization battling Prop 8. The fundraiser is co-chaired by prominent Republican donors Paul Singer and Peter Thiel and will be held at Singer’s home.

A large number of other Republicans are co-hosts of the fundraiser including Mary Cheney, Margaret Hoover, John Podesta, and Steve Schmidt. Dick Gephardt is also among the hosts.


**MAJOR UPDATE: The Ambinder interview is now live:

“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.”

Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush “was no homophobe.” He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called “the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.”

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I’m Gay [Atlantic]

Look, we’re glad that Ken is out. Everyone should be free to be, as much as they can as soon as they can.

But at the same time, we cannot allow revisionism about what went down during the Bush era. We lived them. Through tears. Ken profited from them. For years.

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‘The Prop. 8 Report’ examines what went wrong, what went right and how to finally win

David Fleischer from the LGBT Mentoring Project has authored a new report, The Prop. 8 Report: What defeat in California can Teach Us about Winning Future Ballot Measures on Same-sex Marriage.” The full report is here. The purpose of the report is explained in the Executive Summary:

The purpose of this report is to help supporters of same-sex marriage learn from the Prop 8 campaign. This knowledge can hasten the day that we are able to return to the ballot to win same-sex marriage in California or in any state where we have previously lost on the issue.

There is much to learn. Many commonly held beliefs about Prop 8 are factually incorrect. The data show that the pro–same-sex marriage side, the No on 8 campaign, made both smart choices and costly mistakes. This report aims to help our entire community recognize and learn from both. Understanding what happened will help all of us face and embrace the hard work ahead.

Fleischer also has an op-ed in today’s L.A. Times, which provides the highlights some of his key findings. For example, parents with kids under 18 shifted against support for marriage. Those ads worked:

One big question after the election: Who moved? Six weeks before the vote, Proposition 8 was too close to call. But in the final weeks, supporters pulled ahead, and by election day, the outcome was all but certain.

After the election, a misleading finding from exit polls led many to blame African Americans for the loss. But in our new analysis, it appears that African Americans’ views were relatively stable. True, a majority of African Americans opposed same-sex marriage, but that was true at the beginning and at the end of the campaign; few changed their minds in the closing weeks.

The shift, it turns out, was greatest among parents with children under 18 living at home — many of them white Democrats.

The numbers are staggering. In the last six weeks, when both sides saturated the airwaves with television ads, more than 687,000 voters changed their minds and decided to oppose same-sex marriage. More than 500,000 of those, the data suggest, were parents with children under 18 living at home. Because the proposition passed by 600,000 votes, this shift alone more than handed victory to proponents.

That’s very important info.

The report has a section titled, Most of the Conventional Wisdom about the Prop 8 Campaign is Wrong. For example, we can’t easily overturn the election. The other side would have benefited more if people weren’t confused by the ballot. So, we’ve got a steeper hill to climb than initially envisioned.

But, there is one piece of conventional wisdom that is accurate:

Mormon money was essential to the success of Yes on 8.

This one is true. According to Schubert Flint, the lead consulting firm for Yes on 8, the Mormons raised million from July through September with 40% of the money or more coming from members of the Church of Latter-day Saints



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