April 19, 2019

Freaking the Straights on Gay Marriage

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and with it the annual debate over whether open participation by marchers associated with the LGBT (sorry if I forgot an initial there) movement should be allowed to appear. The epicenter of this year’s conflict was Cincinnati, where the sponsors of the parade stood firm and refused to […]

The Gay Marriage Beauty Pageant

Have you ever felt like you were having one conversation while the person you were talking to is having a different one? If you’re married, the answer is probably yes. So it is with the debate in America over the meaning and purpose of marriage. Conservatives think they are in a boxing match; liberals understand […]

Election Day Victories for Gay Marriage and Marijuana Reform

Via AP : Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but […]

The Soul-Crushing Scorched-Earth Battle for Gay Marriage

How much is victory worth?  And after you win, if you win, what do you have to show for it? As these principles go with warfare, so they go with propaganda.  The Greek word polemos, “war,” led not to the English word “war,” but rather to the English word “polemics.” The gay movement is not […]

What Would Che Think of Same-Sex Marriage?

About thirty years ago, trying to scratch out a living as a free-lance photo-journalist, I took an assignment from the Kansas City Star Magazine to write about the city’s gay church, the Metropolitan Community Church by name.  In the course of my research, I covered a gay wedding, equal parts traditional and transgressive, to wit, […]

The Numbers Behind Obama’s Gay Marriage Dilemma

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By W. James Antle, III on 5.9.12 @ 11:55AM Two numbers explain Barack Obama’s incoherence on gay marriage more than any other. According to the Washington Post, one in six of Obama’s top campaign bundlers — the fundraisers who bring together major donations — are gay. In Hertford […]

Biden, Obama, and Gay Marriage

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By W. James Antle, III on 5.7.12 @ 12:55PM Vice President Joe Biden appeared to endorse same-sex marriage on Meet the Press yesterday, though he did so in his usual Bideneseque way: proclaiming himself “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual  men […]

Science: Watching Romanitc Comedies Can Hurt Your Marriage

Via HuffPo: Jenna McCarthy, author of If If Was Easy They’d Call The Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon, stopped by AOL studios recently to share a few of the surprising facts she learned about successful marriages while researching her book. McCarthy told AOL that watching romantic comedies might actually hurt your marriage. “[A] study found […]

Arab Winter Watch: Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Forced Marriage to Rapist

Via al Arabiya: A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports. Last year Amina’s parents filed charges against their daughter’s rapist, a man 10 years older than her but it was only recently that a judge in the northern city of Tangier […]

Context of the ‘National Tide’ on Same-Sex Marriage

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By David N. Bass on 2.22.12 @ 11:02AM My local newspaper, the News & Observer of Raleigh, today proffered another story on the upcoming marriage-amendment referendum in North Carolina. This piece was penned in the context of pending pro same-sex marriage legislation in Maryland and Washington State. The […]