Talking to Rachel Maddow, the gay immigrant journalist voiced his objections to a controversial Heritage Foundation report.
Jane Lynch on the Rachel Maddow show discussing the evolution of queer acceptance and just being her usual witty self.
The former executive editor for the New York Times says conservatives “are swimming against against a fairly fast moving tide” in polls on marriage equality.
Rachel Maddow says a story in the New York Times Magazine this weekend is exactly what the country needs to start a debate about whether marriage equality is on its way to becoming law nationally.
Maddow interviewed Bill Keller, the story’s author and former executive editor for the Times, about the speed with which approval for marriage equality is growing.
Keller points out that within the last six months, national polls began consistently showing majority support for same-sex marriage. He notes that experts once predicted gains of about 1 point or so each year, “but it’s already three or four percent a year. It’s changing at a very rapid rate.”
Young people are a big source of the change in sentiment. Keller warns that conservatives “are swimming against against a fairly fast moving tide.”
“I think the contours of that tide are under appreciated,” Maddow said.
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Mar 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT
I was a college freshman, and I had just figured out that I was gay. I was heady with the self-importance of a 17-year-old who knows everything and is smarter than everybody—a trait that is great at the moment and really hard to live with in retrospect. I…
Rachel Maddow noted Hillary Clinton’s speech to the United Nations on LGBT rights in her coverage last night.
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When most people look at the photo behind Rachel Maddow, they see a campaign rally for Barack Obama in 2008. But when the National Organization for Marriage found the same picture, they claim to have seen “tens of thousands of New Hampshire voters who are part of our effort” to repeal marriage equality.
NOM’s president Brian Brown tried to explain today in a blog post why his group had taken the copyrighted image and manipulated it to look like those same thousands of people were actually at a much, much smaller NOM rally in New Hampshire. They’ve since removed the image, Brown says, “to avoid the distraction” — not because of the copyright issues raised by those who caught NOM’s fakery.
The re-imagining of history was first caught by the Good As You blog, run by Jeremy Hooper, who noted that the picture of thousands of cheering supporters was actually from Reuters and of a rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Then MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow directed her large audience to Hooper’s discovery, and now NOM is trying to explain it all away.
“They object to us using a photo of a crowd scene, which symbolizes the tens of thousands of New Hampshire voters who are part of our effort,” Brown wrote. “They’re upset that the photo was not taken at a NOM rally. Seriously?! NOM using a common use photo in the public domain is considered a great scandal, yet they can redefine marriage?”
Of course, the photo in question isn’t in the “public domain,” as Brown contends. In fact, bloggers discovered that the two other photos used in the NOM “collage” (that’s what Brown is calling it) were from pro-gay photographers keeping tabs on the group. The photographers had posted their pictures on Flickr under a license that requires them to be credited if used (and they weren’t credited).
The Human Rights Campaign issued a news release calling on NOM to account for the “stolen” images.
“While I know that NOM has never been above misleading the public to further its cause, this new phoniness is an example of just how far you will go to make people believe your pursuit — the denial of equal treatment under the law — is supported by New Hampshire voters and Americans in general,” wrote HRC president Joe Solmonese.
Hooper reacted in amazement on his blog to Brown’s explanation.
“Seriously?!” he wrote. NOM is “really acting like it’s some sort of standard practice for an organization to take the historically sized crowds of one of their biggest political foes and Photoshop said crowd into the organization’s own collage, as a de facto symbol for their own support base?! That’s fair and common use in NOM world?!”
Hooper was among a chorus of bloggers astounded by NOM’s response, and he points out that NOM decided to use the Obama photo over its own pictures.
“It’s even more galling when you consider that NOM has its own crowd shots from its own New Hampshire rallies,” he wrote. “It’s just that the Obama crowds are infinitely larger and are not half-filled with counter protestors.”
Maddow Covers NOM’s Photo Fakery
I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships. I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture.
-Rachel Maddow is worried that marriage will turn Gay America into a Land’s End catalog.
She’s not the first. Marriage equality is an obvious civil rights issue (burn, DOMA, burn), but what will it do to queer culture?
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow is in no rush to get married, and she worries something bigger is being lost while others do.
The network’s top anchor is profiled on the cover of the latest Hollywood Reporter, and in the interview Maddow sounds doubtful about whether marriage — which she has championed on air — is a panacea for LGBT people.
“I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships,” she said. “And I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture.”
Maddow has been with partner Susan Mikula since they met in 1999. They live together in Massachusetts with their dog, Poppy, a black Labrador. And they’ve never taken advantage of their home state’s laws allowing same-sex marriage.
“We know a lot of people who have gotten married,” she said, “but I don’t think we feel any urgency about it.”
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Rachel Maddow Recaps Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban
This includes 2 speeches and an interview with the parents of a deceased gay soldier.
Most days I feel extremely disheartened by the lack of representation for lgbtq support in our government. When I see clips like this I am reminded why I shouldn’t give up and lose all hope.
Rachel Maddow reviews the run-up to the historic repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with five servicemembers who were discharged or suffered under the ban.
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