SHe Said

"Leaving out protections for transgender people is unacceptable, and passing a bill riddled with loopholes will make it harder to achieve equality on the job. You can't be fired for being a lesbian or a gay man, but you can be fired if your boss thinks you fit their stereotype of one."

- Executive Director Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal news release, Oct.1, 2007

"Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is fearless. He has faced down al-Qaeda, the Mafia and the National Rifle Association. But when it comes to facing homosexuals, he's a wimp. So are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson. They're all victims of a Pink Panic that calls into question their ability to lead this fractured nation."

- Jonathan Capehart, columnist, Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2007

"The GLBT community and their allies have become a people of purpose, with nerves of steel, whose only fault was to allow [homophobic] venom to be spread for too long. The days are gone when intolerant persons who strike out against us will be tolerated and a few narrow-minded citizens sway elected officials into voting against civil rights issues. Vermont lawmakers know the difference between civil rights and the rights of the religious, as the Constitution separates civil rights from religious beliefs, and intolerance is now finally focused on the few homophobic persons that have lost their grip."

- Michael Saint Joseph, Enosburg Falls, Vermont, Sept. 28, 2007 responding to an insulting homophobic Letter to the Editor, Barre Montpelier Times Argus newspaper. A marriage bill is currently before the Vermont Legislature pertaining to civil marriage for same-sex couples.

"A study of families in the Netherlands indicates that children raised by lesbian couples "do not differ in well being or child adjustment compared with their counterparts in heterosexual-parent families."

-Reported in Science Daily, Sept. 30, 2007,

"We need to be very precise about what I said wearing my stars and being very conscious of it. And that is, very simply, that we should respect those who want to serve the nation but [we should] not, through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God's law."

-Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace, at the Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington, Sept. 26, 2007. Pace said he would be supportive of efforts to revisit the Pentagon's "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" policy so long as it didn't violate his belief that sex should be restricted to a married heterosexual couple.

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