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40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans - NYTimes.com

It’s a press cliché that “gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places.

Op-Ed Columnist - 40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans - NYTimes.com

If the country needs any Defense of Marriage Act at this point, it would be to defend heterosexual marriage from the right-wing “family values” trinity of Sanford, Ensign and Vitter.

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Robert Christgau on the Mass Culture Spectacle of Michael Jackson in 1984

All he wants is the chance to entertain every single human being in the entire world.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama slow on pledge to gays

"Unless the president on Monday articulates a strong action plan, and is willing to do it with cameras rolling, it is going to go from bad to worse," said Socarides, the Clinton adviser.

On the DNC’s gay fundraiser controversy: It started with that hateful DOMA brief

Obama stocked his West Wing with people who think gays are trouble.

I’ve hidden the drugs inside this political football

How have we arrived at this odd situation where one of the culturally universal human activities, modifying our consciousness with drugs, must be looked down on publicly to the point where our politicians are free to ignore evidence when it suits them.

Mind Hacks: I’ve hidden the drugs inside this political football

Political double book-keeping is probably why the severity of drug laws around the world have virtually no relation to the drug use of the population.