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APRIL 23, 2004 D
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"It is an immense honor to be listed alongside heroes like Nelson Mandela. And I am
thrilled to see this recognition that marriage
equality for same-sex couples is a crucial
civil rights struggle whose time has come."
Evan Wolfson. executive director of
Freedom to Marry, on being named one of the
"Time 100," a lis! in a special edition of Time
7nagazine featuring the 100 most influential
people alive today; Wolfson is included in the
"Heroes and Icons " section of the list
"Some believe that gay marriage is our most pressing issue because the Bible tells
them so. Of course, the Bible says some unusual things, for example, that it's permissible to stone to death adulteresses but not adulterers. Is that so state legislatures can
maintain a quorum?"
Henry Riekert, a columnist writing in the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky. April 19)
"This has nothing to do with a gay lover or his relationship with any female. Once we
get all the facts, we'll he able to realize what really happened. He's a good kid. He really is."
St. Louis lilues forward Mike Danton's agent, Dave Frost, after the FBI arrested
Danton for allegedly arranging the murder of his roommate, who local law enforcement
authorities say is his lover (Sports Illustrated, April 19)
"It brought shame and humiliation, shock and revulsion."
Attorney Michael Thorman, explaining why his client, Michael Magidson, 23, joined two
others in brutally beating and then hanging to death Owen Araujo when Magidson discovered after sex with Araujo that Araujo was born male (Associated Press. April 15)
'"I thanked him for all that he had done and
asked him not to support this. So in that sense. I
guess I failed."
Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the
Log Cabin Republicans, on how he approached
President Bush at a White House Christmas party
and asked him not to back the federal marriage
amendment (New York Times Magazine, April 11)
"I'm still voting for Bush. ... but I have serious
issues with the current team the president has
put around him to cultivate the religious-right
John Karczynski, vice chair of Log Cabin's chapter in Orange (Jaunty. Calif, who said many gay
Republicans will vote for Bush bin "with their eyes
closed" (Associated Press. April 17)
"There's hardly a family that doesn't know that one of them - someone's daughter,
sister, brother, father, mother, uncle, whatever - is gay. ... I think that's why we can't
put this in the tube anymore."
Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the church s first openly gay bishop, explaining in
a speech at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H., why gays are like toothpaste that
won't go back into the tube (Associated Press. April 13)
"It emild get very, very ugly in the next six months. I hope it's not, but the amount of
hate we saw was hard to take."
Jennifer Crossen, a member of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, after the Kentucky
state Ipegislature put a constitutional amendment banning marriage onto the November
ballot (Associated Press, April 14)
"He's an embarrassment to religion everywhere. I think Fred Phelps thinks about
homosexual sex more than any other person on the planet."
Southern Poverty Law Center
spokesperson Mark Potok, on the group s
efforts to track virulently anti-gay Rev.
Fred Phelps, who is traveling the country
demanding that communities with Ten
Commandments monuments also erect
memorials condemning Matthew Shepard,
the gay Wyoming student beaten to death
in 1998 (Associated Press, April 8)
"Forget making gay weddings illegal. Mr.
President. If you want to make marriage
more stable, make divorce illegal, if people
knew they couldn't get out of it, they'd be
more careful getting into it."
Satirist Andy Rooney in his "60Minutes"
commentary (CBS News, March 21)
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