Maurice Bojangles Blanchard http://wfpl.org en Denied Marriage Licenses, Louisville Same-Sex Couples Ask to Join Federal Lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/denied-marriage-licenses-louisville-same-sex-couples-ask-join-federal-lawsuit <p>Earlier this week, plaintiffs' attorneys were encouraged by U<a href="/post/kentucky-must-recognize-out-state-same-sex-marriages-federal-judge-rules">.S. District Judge John Heyburn's opinion that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex couples.</a></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:27:02 +0000 Joseph Lord 8597 at http://wfpl.org Denied Marriage Licenses, Louisville Same-Sex Couples Ask to Join Federal Lawsuit Poll: 65 Percent of Kentuckians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage http://wfpl.org/post/poll-65-percent-kentuckians-oppose-same-sex-marriage <p>A survey conducted by <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/04/kentucky-miscellany.html">Public Policy Polling shows Kentucky voters still overwhelmingly oppose same-sex marriage</a> despite national trends.</p><p>The poll was taken in early April, and it finds 65 percent think it should remain illegal and only 27 percent support marriage equality for gay, lesbian and transgendered couples.</p><p>That is in stark contrast to national figures that indicate <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/53-percent-americans-support-gay-marriage-poll-finds-144319219--politics.html">marriage equality is gaining popularity across the country</a> and for the first time hovers well over 50 percent. A number of Republican and Democratic senators have come out for marriage equality in recent weeks such as Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio.</p><p>But in Kentucky the idea faces solid opposition regardless of political party. According to PPP, 54 percent of Democratic voters in the state also oppose gay marriage while only 37 percent support it.</p><p>The Rev. Maurice Blanchard of Louisville says LGBT residents are getting tired of defending their relationships, adding Kentucky is falling behind the times.</p><p>"Those poll shows how disconnected some people are in this state to what’s happening on a larger sense. And that resistance while they’re proud of it is isolating and alienating us from the progress that’s taking place in the larger sense," he says.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4974 at http://wfpl.org Poll: 65 Percent of Kentuckians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage News of Rift Among Kentucky's LGBTQ Leaders is News to LGBTQ Leaders http://wfpl.org/post/news-rift-among-kentuckys-lgbtq-leaders-news-lgbtq-leaders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-court-gaymarriage-kentucky-idUSBRE92C05220130313?irpc=932">Reuters article</a> published this week puts Fairness President Chris Hartman and True Colors Ministry's Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard "at loggerheads"—but the two men in question disagree.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 4493 at http://wfpl.org News of Rift Among Kentucky's LGBTQ Leaders is News to LGBTQ Leaders Strange Fruit: Reverend Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard on Faith and Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-reverend-maurice-bojangles-blanchard-faith-and-fairness <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82406910%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-qQF6c&amp;color=f800ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Our friend Reverend Bojangles Blanchard is always up to something. On any given day, he could be getting <a href="http://www.fairness.org/NewsEvents/IntheNews/GayministermakeswayinBaptistfaith/tabid/1178/Default.aspx">ordained</a>, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rev-bojangles-blanchard-hopeful-sit-arrest-inspire-calls-change-gay-marriage-ban">arrested</a>, or<a href="http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/50629818"> interviewed on MSNBC</a>. But this week, the leader of <a href="http://hbclouisville.viastaging.com/category/congregational-life/true-colors/">True Colors Ministry</a> took some time out of his busy activist life to stop by the studio and catch us up on the latest.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>He'll be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/483009868413519/?ref=22">marching at the State Capitol </a>on March 26th in support of marriage equality. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with the good Reverend about the event he has planned, why faith remains important in LGBTQ life, and the fine line between paying homage to civil rights leaders of the past and co-opting their tactics and images.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in this week's Juicy Fruit segment, a look at Kevin Hart's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rNbbaoc6Oo">Pope Quvenzhané Wallis sketch</a> on Saturday Night Live lead to a discussion of drag used by heterosexual male comedians—when it's respectful, and when it's not. We also looked into reports that Dr. Story's home state of Michigan has been <a href="http://americanindependent.com/218779/not-so-confidential-hiv-testing">keeping records of confidential HIV testing</a>&nbsp;results, and possibly using the results to criminally prosecute gay men for having sex.</span></p><p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 4413 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Reverend Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard on Faith and Fairness The Rev. Bojangles Blanchard: Hopeful Sit-In, Arrest Inspire Calls for Change in Gay Marriage Ban http://wfpl.org/post/rev-bojangles-blanchard-hopeful-sit-arrest-inspire-calls-change-gay-marriage-ban <p>The Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard spent <a href="/post/baptist-minister-bojangles-blanchard-arrested-after-applying-marriage-license">Tuesday evening in jail.</a></p><p>The charge? He and his partner, Dominique&nbsp;James, asked for a marriage license — and were denied — &nbsp;at the Jefferson County Clerk's Office in downtown Louisville.</p><p>"We were told by the manager of the office that she was unable to provide that for us," Blanchard said in an interview Wednesday with WFPL</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:03:03 +0000 Laura Ellis & Joseph Lord 3561 at http://wfpl.org The Rev. Bojangles Blanchard: Hopeful Sit-In, Arrest Inspire Calls for Change in Gay Marriage Ban Baptist Minister Bojangles Blanchard Arrested After Applying for Marriage License http://wfpl.org/post/baptist-minister-bojangles-blanchard-arrested-after-applying-marriage-license <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Reverend Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard was arrested Tuesday evening after applying for a marriage license at Louisville's County Clerk's office. The arrest followed a protest and sit-in Blanchard called the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/472784752779150/">Southern Satyagraha</a>, which happened on West Jefferson Street near the Hall of Justice.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 3552 at http://wfpl.org Baptist Minister Bojangles Blanchard Arrested After Applying for Marriage License Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Defies Southern Baptist Stereotypes http://wfpl.org/post/maurice-bojangles-blanchard-defies-southern-baptist-stereotypes <p>A familiar face showed up on the cover of Monday's Courier-Journal: A <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120701/FEATURES10/307010062/Gay-minister-makes-way-Baptist-faith">profile of Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard</a>&nbsp;looked at his life, his recent ordination, and some criticism from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler. Reverend Mohler says Blanchard's ordination illustrated the rift between traditional Baptist churches and more liberal congregations like Highland Baptist Church, whom Mohler says "defy scripture."</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:28:41 +0000 Laura Ellis 884 at http://wfpl.org Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Defies Southern Baptist Stereotypes Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/bringing-faith-lgbtq-community-maurice-bojangles-blanchard-defining-fairness <p>Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard was born in Promised Land, South Carolina, the son of a Southern Baptist Minister, and says, "I grew up in church as much as I was in home." He was given his nickname at the age of three, when his grandfather noticed his ability to replicate any dance move he saw.</p><p>When he came out as a gay man, he experienced rejection from the church. "I was angry at God," he says. After struggling to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation, he says he came to the conclusion that, "I was created like this, so I can't believe in a God who would create me bound to hell, as they're telling me I am."&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 187 at http://wfpl.org Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, Defining Fairness