News and Updates

What Obama has done for gay marriage (Salon.com)

We may be at a public opinion “tipping point” …

President Obama’s public endorsement of gay marriage hasn’t had any discernible effect on his approval rating or his head-to-head standing with Mitt Romney. And with Romney and most top Republicans largely content to leave the subject alone, it seems clear that the marriage issue will play a very minimal role in the national campaign, if any at all.

But a new PPP poll provides evidence that Obama’s announcement will play a major role in killing one of the most persistent talking points for opponents of gay marriage.

Maryland legalized same-sex marriage back in March, when Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill passed by a Democratic Legislature. Opponents immediately mobilized to put a repeal referendum on this November’s ballot, and initial polling showed only a slight majority of voters favored upholding the law. But in the new survey, the margin has exploded to 20 points, 57 to 37 percent, a shift that PPP explains this way:

The movement over the last two months can be explained almost entirely by a major shift in opinion about same-sex marriage among black voters. Previously 56% said they would vote against the new law with only 39% planning to uphold it. Those numbers have now almost completely flipped, with 55% of African Americans planning to vote for the law and only 36% now opposed.

This is consistent with an ABC News/Washington Post poll of national voters this week, which showed support for marriage equality among African-Americans jumping from 41 to 59 percent in the wake of Obama’s announcement.

In Maryland, the surge in black support means that gay marriage is very likely to be approved by voters this fall. If that happens, opponents will no longer be able to make a claim they’ve been relying on for years – that everywhere gay marriage has been on the ballot, it’s been rejected by voters. Tony Perkins and Ken Blackwell, for instance, penned a column for Fox News earlier this week that made sure to note that “in the 32 states where voters have been allowed to express their views, all 32 have affirmed traditional marriage and rejected its same-sex redefinition.”

That will no longer be the case a few months from now, unless there’s some kind of major, hard-to-envision shift in public opinion in Maryland.

The rest of the article can be read online here.

Why PACE is Bringing Outrage to Shreveport (21 May 2012 Press Release)

What follows is a press release from PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Outrage, the Emmy-nominated documentary film is not about outing closeted gay politicians!  So what is it about…and why is PACE bringing it to Shreveport on May 23rd?

Shreveport, LA — May 21, 2012 — PACE, People Acting for Change and Equality, will host the Emmy-nominated 2009 documentary film Outrage premiering in Shreveport on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at minicine, 846 Texas Ave.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion including panelists who appear in the film and whose lives have been personally affected by events described in the film.

Outrage features powerful closeted gay politicians whose anti-gay votes brought, and continue to bring, great harm to ordinary gay Americans and their families.  There is a common mis-perception that the purpose of Outrage is to out these closeted gay politicians, but this is a very superficial way of looking at the film as all the politicians featured in the film had been outed very publicly years before the film was made.  In fact, as is often the case, these politicians’ closets had doors that were wide open.  Yet those closets confirmed to anti-gay members of Congress and the media that the closet was exactly where gay people knew they belonged.

The film’s real message is about the evils of the closet and the media conspiracy to enable the closet to persist.  Outrage makes clear how the closet can lead politicians to betray those closest to them and their own personal integrity for the perks of political power.

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Why Show Outrage? (from PACE website)

Why is PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) hosting the Shreveport premiere of Outrage?

Outrage is the Emmy-nominated documentary film that will have its Shreveport premiere on Wednesday, 23 May 2012, at minicine, 846 Texas Avenue, Shreveport LA.  Doors will open at 7:00 PM; the screening will begin at 7:30 PM followed by a panel discussion including panelists who appear in the film and whose lives have been personally affected by events described in the film.

Outrage features powerful closeted gay politicians whose anti-gay votes brought, and continue to bring, great harm to ordinary gay Americans and their families.

There is a common misperception that the purpose of Outrage is to out these closeted gay politicians, but this is a very superficial way of looking at the film as all the politicians featured in the film had been outed very publicly years before the film was made.  In fact, as is often the case, these politicians’ closets had doors that were wide open.  Yet those closets confirmed to anti-gay members of Congress and the media that the closet was exactly where gay people knew they belonged.

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New Shreveport PFLAG Website Coming Soon

Hello everyone …

We are moving our website from Google Sites to WordPress.com because it will give us greater flexibility and improved integration with Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s the information for our new website and Twitter account:

As soon as our new website is ready for full-time usage, we will post the new web page link on the old web site and ensure that the national PFLAG organization also has the new website address as well.

Thanks.