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04/19/2007


Gay 2012 Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei Exploring 2014 Bid

Richard Tisei, a former Republican congressional candidate and state senate minority leader in Massachusetts, has released a statement announcing an exploratory committee for a 2014 congressional bid. Tisei, who is openly gay and married his husband, Bernie Starr in July, lost the 2012 election for the state's 6th district by less than one percentage point.

RichardtiseiThe statement from Tisei reads:

“Like most Americans, I have been deeply disturbed by the dysfunction we are witnessing in Washington.   The critical challenges facing our country have not diminished since 2012.  Rather, they seem to be getting worse. The hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis has created a stranglehold on our government and is preventing us from moving forward.”

“We are a great country, but we clearly have reached a point where we need new leadership and a fresh start.  We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America.”

“The creation of this committee will allow me to more actively explore a potential campaign for the 6th Congressional Seat in the 2014 midterm elections.  I hope to be able to make a formal announcement regarding my plans later this Fall.”


Gay Congressional Candidate Carl Sciortino Marries Partner

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Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino (above right), 35, married his partner of over five years, Pem Brown, 29, on Saturday at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. The wedding comes in the finals days of Sciortino's primary bid for Massachusetts's 5th congressional seat. Sciortino spoke to The Washington Blade about how much things have changed for gay couples since he first took office, especially following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in United States v. Windsor:

"I think the fact that I can get married as a congressional candidate in a middle of the election, and it’s not a big deal, not a controversy, is a sign of how far we’ve come in the last 10 years,” Sciortino said. "When I first ran for office in 2004 at the height of the marriage debate here, it was inconceivable then that I could 10 years later be getting married, and have it be recognized not only by the State of Massachusetts, but the federal government."

The location of the wedding, at Boston's Old South Meeting House, was also significant for Sciortino and Brown as it was the place where the LGBT community came to celebrate the 2003 state supreme court ruling that cleared the way for marriage equality in Massachusetts. Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, officiated the wedding and spoke of the symmetry of Carl's wedding and that red letter day almost a decade ago:

"Carl had been in that building just about 10 years ago on the day of that decision," Solomon said. "It was really cool, exciting and moving to be back there for the ceremony. It’s a place where lots of social movements and resistance movements had taken off, from the Boston Tea Party onwards."

Last month, Sciortino released a web ad where he came out to his Tea Party Republican father...as a proud Massachusetts liberal. Though he faces an uphill battle in the upcoming October 15 primary, according to The Washington Blade, the ad has had tremendous impact. One poll from The Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows Sciortino up by 29% among those who had seen the ad.

In case you missed it, you can check the ad out HERE.

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(Photos by Glenn Livermore Photography)


Scott Lively, on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity, Announces Run for Massachusetts Governor

Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively, who is on trial for Crimes Against Humanity in Uganda and recently took credit for influencing Russia's anti-gay laws and also believes that Obama is working with Satanic gays to bring about the apocalypse, says he's running for governor of Massachusetts as an independent.

Scott_livelyWrites Lively on his website:

The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent). That parents and not the state have authority over their children, because government is our servant and not our master. That socialism is slavery and humanism breeds corruption. But mostly they need a leader who will remind the people that Massachusetts was founded upon Jesus Christ and the Bible and that our future security and prosperity depend on restoring our trust in Him. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 33:12.

He adds:

As a long-time favorite target of extreme “gay” and leftist slander I have skin thicker than a rhinoceros and cannot be intimidated or manipulated by critics or the media.


Unidentified Smith College Student Proposes Exclusive Sorority For Straight Women On Campus

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Smith College, an all-female liberal arts insitution in Northampton, MA, has had quite a media blitz this week. An unidentified student sent an email to her peers proposing the creation of a chapter of Delta Gamma sororities catering to straight women only. Smith students and faculty, as well as other involved parties, were not pleased.  

USA Today reports:

In the e-mail — which was originally posted and later removed on Tumblr by another Smith student known as "aQuieterRioter" — the unidentified author invited her classmates to help her create an "exclusive" chapter of Delta Gamma for "straight girls" with planned activities such as "sorority mixers with Amherst men, weekly dinner dates, weekly photo shoots where we would dress up nice [and] baking nights."

The self-identifying heterosexual student wrote in the e-mail that she felt "marginalized" at the women's college of 2,600 and that the straight-only sorority could be a "really great way to socialize with people we identify more with at Smith."

The response to the email was swift and addressed the issue of privilege in the situation:

"As a straight smithie I have NEVER felt marginalized by the queer community," @jnims wrote Sept 17. "I can't fathom how you see it as a source of oppression. Being straight isn't a burden, not at smith, anywhere."

Public outcry was so strong that the Smith College student who leaked the e-mail removed the original post, apologizing for the subsequent "witchhunt" against the author.

DeltagammaThe proposal has got more than just Smith students on the defensive. Delta Gamma's reputation is at stake as well.

Plans for the all-straight sorority was news to Delta Gamma's Mary Ellen Hardies, the national chapter's director of communication, who told USA TODAY Delta Gamma first heard about the Smith student's e-mail from a Google news alert.

"Our attorney has been in contact with the university trying to figure out what the heck is going on, who this girl is, to what extent things are happening" Hardies said of the unidentified student's e-mail. "That sort of approach does not fall in line with our values at all."

Smith's Student Body President, Augusta Gronquist, emailed her own words of support to her peers.

"Incidents of this type go against our understanding of what it means to be a community," Gronquist wrote. "People in our community are hurting right now; many issues, a lot of which are unspoken or frequently ignored, have been raised and need our attention."

The author of the original email remains unknown. Do you feel for her, or do you think the public outcry is warranted? Sound off in the comments.

Photo courtesy of PolicyMic.


Alabama's First Out Gay Lawmaker Patricia Todd Marries in Provincetown

Rep. Patricia Todd, Alabama's first openly gay legislator, married her longtime partner Jennifer Clarke on September 14 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, AL.com reports:

Todd“It was beautiful. It was perfect,” Todd, D-Birmingham, said of the afternoon ceremony on Cape Cod.

Clarke's 25-year-old daughter, a third-year law student, officiated the ceremony. Clarke sang a love song to Todd during her vows. The Birmingham legislator admitted that she got teary when they went to get their marriage license in Massachusetts.

“I sat there and thought, 'My God, we can get married. Everybody accepted it and it’s no big deal,’” Todd said.

The paper adds:

The couple met eight years ago when Clarke clicked on a pop-up ad for the social side of a political web site. After dating for a year, Clarke moved to Alabama after Todd was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006.

“I call her my Renaissance woman,” said Todd, noting Clarke’s two master’s degrees and singing and drawing talent.

Clarke said in Todd she saw, “a tremendous person who lived into the integrity of her convictions.”

Congrats to the happy couple!


Gay Congressional Candidate 'Came Out' to Tea Party Father...as a 'Proud Massachusetts Liberal' — VIDEO

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Carl Sciortino Jr. recalls coming out to his father in a new ad, but the gay candidate isn't remembering the time he said 'I'm gay'. Sexuality isn't the issue. Instead, he's remembering when he revealed his positions on gun control, abortion rights, tax reform, pay equity, and equality for All Americans, positions which his Tea Party-aligned dad, wasn't and isn't ready to accept.

Says Sciortino, who's running to succeed Ed Markey in the MA-05 special House election:

“My father and I disagree on just about everything. I am grateful that he was willing to appear in my TV ad even though he probably thinks he should be running against me.”

Responds, Carl Sr.:

“My son is a Massachusetts Liberal and, what’s worse, he’s proud of it. But I love him anyway.”

Sciortino has been a four-term state representative and has taken strong and early positions against the use of military force in Syrian and has passed landmark legislation establishing a 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics to protect women from harassment. His ad is set to run throughout the district on Wednesday.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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