- A couple celebrates the dawn of same-sex marriage in the District (Photo: Associated Press)
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE chairman Maggie Gallagher doesn't want to be blamed when gay kids kill themselves: "Forced sex, childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, early unwed pregnancy, substance abuse—could these be a more important factor in the increased suicide risk of LGBT high schoolers than anything people like me ever said?" Gallagher writes. "The deeper you look, the more you see kids who are generally unprotected in horrifying ways that make it hard to believe—if you are really focusing on these kids' well-being—that gay marriage is the answer."
Wired's Steve Silberman explains why people like Gallagher are not off the hook: "groups like NOM, Focus on the Family, and the Family Research Council are routinely given a pass in the mainstream press for retailing crap faux-science and simply making things up in the interest of the media maintaining an illusion of balance on hot-button issues," Silberman writes. Then, the two go at it in the comments! Silberman on the exchange: "It's rare that a married gay man gets to smack down the arch-enemy of marriage equality directly, but I was offered that opportunity last night."
THE BACHMANN TEST: Politico on the GOP's gender gap:
You could look at Rep. Michele Bachmann's long-shot leadership bid as the first real test of the Tea Party versus the GOP establishment.
Or you could look at it another way: It's Bachmann versus John Boehner's boys—an early test of how newly empowered Republicans deal with a huge gender gap in leadership positions and chairmanships.
. . . while Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), has the inside track on the Republican Conference chairmanship, Bachmann's bid illustrates a long running problem for the House GOP - despite electoral gains in the lower ranks, women have had virtually no success penetrating the inner circle of the Republican congressional hierarchy.
ALANTE SAUNDERS has pleaded guilty to the murder of D.C. principal Brian Betts: "Hours before he was killed, well-known D.C. principal Brian K. Betts made plans with a stranger he met on a sex chat line: The front door of his Silver Spring home would be unlocked, the man was to let himself in and Betts would be waiting. . . . Alante Saunders, 18 at the time, arrived at the house and went directly to Betts's upstairs bedroom, prosecutors said in court Monday, revealing new details in the case as Saunders pleaded guilty to felony murder charges." Saunders will be sentenced to 40 years in prison.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES on how straight people ruined marriage, then enticed gays to pursue the bastardized institution for the insurance benefits.
THE NEW GAY interviews Margaret Cho: