“Tweeting birds when I wake up. It’s easier getting out of bed in springtime because of that sound. Also, Mother’s Day. My mother and I are best friends. Mother’s Day gives me another opportunity to honor that relationship.”
"Yes. The ban is too arbitrary. I have lots of completely responsible gay-male friends. I'd rather get their blood than some of my straight friends'. The policy is antigay and doesn't make sense. There's no statistical proof that it's helpful."
Is it appropriate to ask an LGBT judge to recuse him- or herself from a marriage-equality case?
student | Collingswood, N.J.
“No. My father’s a judge in New Jersey. Nobody would ask him to recuse himself from a case because he’s straight. The same should be true for a gay judge. [A judge’s] sexual orientation shouldn’t enter the picture. Judges should be able to separate their professional life from their personal life.”
Are the courts better venues than state legislatures to pursue LGBT equality?
actor | Northern Liberties
“No, it’s best to start with state legislatures — that’s where you have the opportunity to pass progressive legislation. After that, I hope the courts will interpret the new laws to benefit gay people. Having gay issues brought up in legislatures is helpful. The increased awareness can have a positive influence on judges.”
“Generally speaking, no. I can keep a secret. But if I found out about a politician who’s really giving gay people a hard time, I’d probably post the information on the Internet. I know gay people go through a lot. If I can lend a helping hand — fine.”
Should video cameras be permitted at the Proposition 8 trial?
flight attendant | Society Hill
“Yes. Educating the public on this controversial issue is to everyone’s benefit. I realize the need for judicial decorum but it’s up to the judge to have controls in place to prevent a circus atmosphere. It shouldn’t get to the point where either party would be offended.”
Should the U.S. Census include a specific question about sexual orientation?
claims analyst | Washington Square West
“If you can guarantee some level of privacy, I don’t see a problem with it being asked. Ideally, it would all be done through the mail. If a census worker visits the home, they shouldn’t ask the questions. They should just give the questionnaire to the person. Let the person fill it out, and seal it.”