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|Outspoken: Vice President Joe Biden, Sarah Longwell and more...|
|Written by Staff|
|Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00|
“For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”
— Jeff Simpson, CEO of the parent company of Salt Lake City television station KSL, on why the station, which is owned by the Mormon church, will not air “The New Normal.” The NBC sitcom about two gay dads who have a child with a surrogate mother launches Sept. 11. (Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 24)
“Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country.”
— Herndon Graddick, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, criticizing KSL’s decision not to air “The New Normal” as “sending a dangerous message to Utah.” (Glaad.org, Aug. 25)
“You are freeing the soul of the American people.”
— Vice President Joe Biden, praising LGBT rights advocates for their “courage” in advancing civil rights “at great expense,” during a campaign visit to Provincetown, Mass. (Advocate.com, Aug. 27)
“I’ve always fought for justice and equality in America, which is why I think it is wrong to tell two people in love that they can’t get married just because they are gay or lesbian.”
— U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality project. (HRC.org, Aug. 22)
"The majority of young conservatives under the age of 40 believe in marriage equality, and if their party wants to stay relevant — wants to continue to grow and acquire new members — it's going to find itself needing to rethink its position on gay marriage pretty soon."
— Sarah Longwell, a board member for the gay Log Cabin Republicans and a leader of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, in an interview as Log Cabin prepared to join in the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 27)
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