Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 19th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


Disordered Gays Have No Recourse To Marriage, Sadly

Father Charles Pope, writing for the Archdiocese of Washington, says the poor gays who are unable to change their orientation just need to buck-up and realize they can’t get married:

“The Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. ‘Disordered’ here means that they are acts that are not ordered to their proper end or purpose. Sexual acts are, by their very nature, ordered to procreation and to the bonding of the mother and father who will raise the children conceived by their sexual intimacy. There can be no sexual intercourse for any who are not in a valid heterosexual marriage. We cannot give approval for it; we do not have the power to do this, no matter how insistent, forceful, or even punitive the demands that we do so become. This will not change because it cannot change. Sadly those of unalterable same-sex attraction have no recourse to marriage. But all of us bear burdens of one sort or another, and not everyone is able to partake in everything life offers.”

“Yeah, it said you gays can’t get married. But hey, everyone has their burdens.” First off, the only reason we haven’t been able to get married is because of jerks like this guy. And second,, makes you wonder what his “burden” is, doesn’t it?

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Ban Gay Marriage Because Droughts, Floods, Severe Winters, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Plagues, Arctic Vortex, Tsunamis, Sinkholes, Mudslides, Blizzards, Hip and Knee Replacements, Cancers, and Ebola

Susanne Atanus, a fringe Republican candidate for Congress, thrw the entire kitchen sink at marriage equality in a handwritten letter to the US Supreme Court:

Homosexuality is sin and we are a nation under God and it is sinful to disobey God’s word in the Bible,” Atanus said in her 4-page letter. “We have seen the consequences of sin that is harmful to all mankind: droughts, floods, severe winters, tornadoes, hurricanes and many diseases, ailments, sickness, cancers, bacterial infections, etc. Also plagues, arctic vortex, tsunamis, sink holes, mudslides… we don’t want to anger or provoke God for more diseases. In conclusion, we are experiencing the harmful effects of sin including homosexuality and same sex marriage with deadly diseases, ailments and many with multiple hip and knee replacements, cancers, sicknesses, bacterial infections, including Ebola and severe and catastrophic and deadly weather. And therefore the Ninth Circuit [Court] of Appeals and other courts should not lift the same sex marriage ban, because same sex marriage and homosexuality is sin and the consequences of sin to all mankind is harmful that causes suffering, sickness and death and severe bad and extremely cold weather that can cause death, physical destruction and injury to mankind with catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, blizzards, etc.

Wow. I mean, just wow. I’ve seen gays blamed for particular events, like Hurricane Katrina, or the flooding in the UK. I’ve seen is blamed for particular diseases, most famously AIDS. but I’ve never seen someone blame the LGBT community and marriage equality for the entire sum of human misery. That’s ambitious.

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HRC is Trying to Murder Me

Drama queen Scott lively is freaking out about a new report in which the Human Rights Campaign details his role in exporting homophobia to other countries:

“The so-called Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has taken a page from the left wing hate group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and published a new report called ‘The Export of Hate.’ A’ la SPLC, this publication is nothing less than an enemies list designed to help people like ‘gay’ activist Floyd Lee Corkins identify their assassination targets. I have special cause for concern in this matter because I am listed by HRC as Target #1. Not every ‘gay’ activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their ‘human rights advocacy’ to harassment, intimidation and slander. But make no mistake, if they thought they could get away will killing every person on the HRC and SPLC hit lists, they would do it. They smolder with malicious hatred against anyone who stands in their way. I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list. That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some ‘gay’ activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric. The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!”

“Not every ‘gay’ activist is physically violent, thankfully.” okay, let’s say we just give you Floyd Lee Corkins. Although I’d argue he’s more and unstable man then and LGBT rights activist. In any case, that’s one. But stacking up against the hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of people who have committed violent acts in the name of religion. And let’s take a look at the rhetoric you’ve used against LGBT community.

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Gay Marriage Leads to Abortion

Linda Harvey is back, this time tackling two birds with one bigoted stone:

“The Planned Parenthood and anti-life lobby is heavily imbued and connected to homosexuality. They’re in favor of opening up the doors and spreading the boundaries of sexuality all across the board. That includes homosexuality. The lines are very blurred, and unless you stand strong on this issue, you’re going to see much more, and you do see much more, out of wedlock sexuality and then of course, more abortion.”

She makes this claim despite the fact that the US abortion rate has reached its lowest level since 1973, while marriage equality is ascendant.

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Marriage Equality Round–Up 9/19/14

Written by scott on September 19th, 2014

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Nigeria: Melanie Nathan speaks with the state attorney who is fighting Nigeria’s anti-gay laws. full story

Peru: Michael K. Lavers at The Washington Blade profiles the fight for LGBT rights in the country. full story

Thailand: A new report from the US Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme says that LGBT Thais face stigma and limited job opportunities in the country. full story

USA: A gay London vicar who married his partner calls the current discussions with the Church over marriage equality and same sex weddings “pointless”. full story

UK: A gay Anglican clergyman is facing opposition to his plan to add a blessing for same-sex weddings at his local church. full story

USA: Southern Baptists are taking exception to a new group called Evangelicals For Marriage Equality, saying the group’s position contradicts “God’s Word”. full story

USA: Openly gay Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’s ENDA discharge petition so far has 75 signatures, all of them Democrats. full story

USA: Representative Polis also introduced a bill that would change copyright law to recognize same-sex marriage for inheritance purposes. full story

USA: The White House is backing representative Polis’s ENDA discharge petition, but won’t say whether they support the narrowed religious exemption in the bill. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel is calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse yourself from the upcoming marriage equality cases, because she spoke publicly on the issue. full story

Values Voters Summit

USA: Joe.My.God Has the scoop on the final list of speakers for the Values Voters Summit. full story

USA, Arizona: A coalition of Latino leaders has announced its support for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Colorado: The 10th Circuit just put the state’s marriage equality case on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA, Philadelphia: A Catholic Archbishop who opposes marriage equality has condemned an anti-gay attack in the state. full story

USA, Texas: A Dallas hotel has reportedly canceled the stay of Uganda’s President Museveni. full story

USA, Texas: The couple in the marriage equality case is profiled. full story

USA, Vermont: Sunmin Kim Profiles Ben & Jerry’s long history of support for the LGBT community. full story

USA, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin marriage equality decision has been stayed by a federal appeals court until the US Supreme Court weighs in. full story

Vatican: The anti-gay head of the Vatican’s “Supreme Court”, Cardinal Raymond Burke, is about to lose his position. full story

 

Ninety Year Old Newlyweds Talk About How They Fell in Love

Written by scott on September 18th, 2014

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Lesbian Couple IowaRemember that lesbian couple who married in Iowa after being together for 72 years? They have an adorable video about how they met and fell in love.

Towleroad.com reports:

I wrote the other day about Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes of Iowa, ages 91 and 90, getting married the other day after 72 years of being a couple. Well, the women did an interview with the Des Moines Register. A-DOR-able.

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Congressman Jared Polis Files ENDA Discharge Petition

Written by scott on September 18th, 2014

Colorado Representative Jared PolisThe openly gay House member from Colorado is filing a discharge petition to force a House vote on the Employment Non Discrimination Act.

Towleroad.com reports:

Out Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) announced today that he has filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Polis is the chief sponsor of ENDA and is also the co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. From Rep. Polis’ statement: A discharge petition is a procedure to force a vote on legislation if it receives signatures from the majority of the House of Representatives. This move comes after the House Republican leadership has continued to refuse to hold a vote on this bipartisan bill. “This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate,” said Rep. Polis. “The Republicans have been dragging their feet on this bill for too long, allowing workplace discrimination against hardworking LGBT Americans to continue.

This new version of ENDA would include a narrower religious exemption.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/18/14

Written by scott on September 18th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia: New South Wales became the second state to introduce a bill that would erase convictions for gay sex, after Victoria. full story

Ireland: The Irish government has promised to publish a long-awaited bill recognizing transgender people by the end of this year. full story

Nigeria: Nigerian LGBT rights defenders are awaiting a court decision on the country’s anti-gay law. full story

Puerto Rico: Briefs have been filed in the territory’s marriage equality case. full story

Russia: A new HBO documentary shows what life is like for Russia’s gays. full story

Singapore: Walter Woon, an ex-Atty. Gen. in Singapore, is calling for the repeal of the country’s ban on homosexuality. full story

Taiwan: Democratic Progressive Party legislator Yu Mei-nu has promised to put a marriage equality bill on the legislature’s agenda. full story

USA: Time Magazine’s website has the new Target ad that features a same-sex couple with their son. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign is putting the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown on notice. full story

USA: The anti-gay group Concerned Women for America has filed a brief with the US Supreme Court, claiming that the court should uphold Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, because gays are not politically powerless. full story

USA: Mary Cheney says the GOP should embrace LGBT rights in order to become the majority party. full story

USA: After meeting with a group of drag queens, Facebook has refused to change its “real names” policy, instead giving them two weeks to get their affairs in order before forcing them to change their pages or deleting them. full story

USA, Florida: An ordinance that would ban discrimination against the counties transgender citizens advanced unattended zero vote this week full story

USA, Indiana: A federal judge has reinstated the plaintiffs’ claim against Gov. Mike pence, saying the Governor had proved that he did have influence over the issue. full story

USA, Maryland: A powerful new art exhibit in Columbia called “Erase Hate Through Art” is taking on hate crimes. full story

USA, Mississippi: Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a same-sex divorce case, via the Alliance Defending Freedom anti-gay group. full story

Wisconsin: Jacob Dorsey, the 19-year-old GOP candidate for state assembly, has dropped out of the race after homophobic and racist comments he had made on twitter surfaced. full story

USA, Wisconsin:The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit seeking recognition of more than 500 same-sex marriages performed when the state’s ban was overturned. full story

 

Marriage Equality USA Launches New Interactive Maps

Written by scott on September 17th, 2014

MEUSA Maps

Knowledge is power! With our new, interactive marriage equality maps, you can instantly find out what you need to know – an overall picture of the movement in addition to court cases, legislation, ballot initiatives and current polling!

Our maps are divided into 5 categories: State of the States (the current status regarding marriage equality for each state); Legislation; Litigation/Lawsuits; Ballot Initiatives; and, Polling. You can download each map, resulting in a clear, attractive PDF.

Did you know that via our State of the States Map, you can find the 10 states that ban marriage equality via the state constitution and also have a state law banning same-sex marriage?

Or, that on our Legislation Map you are able to see see which 7 states legalized marriage equality via state legislation, not the courts or the ballot box.

By using our Litigation/Lawsuits Map, you can find the 4 states with marriage equality cases at the state court level, and each state with a case at the federal level.

On the Ballot Initiatives Map you can locate the state which banned same-sex marriage via a ballot initiative, and which now has an initiative pending to legalize same-sex marriage.

And, our Polling Map shows you the states that are just about to break 50% support for marriage equality! As well as the 1 U.S. Territory with marriage equality polling on record.

Please check out, use and download these new, interactive maps! Send us your input if you are aware of marriage equality data that would be appropriate for our maps, or, if you have specific questions or suggestions, please let us know! Just email info@marriageequality.org

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 17th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


Gays Are the Worst Creatures, Beheading Terrorists Say

The terrorist organization ISIS just put out a video that goes after gays, lumping them in with drug users and pedophiles:

“If you have family in these kafir [infidel] countries [i.e., countries ruled by non-Muslims], what is gonna happen most probably? You don’t have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it is a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools, and who’s gonna teach your children? It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile, you know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people, Allah says that they are the worst of creatures.”

Being called evil by group like ISIS is almost a compliment – I mean, would you really want to be someone this horrible group actually liked? On the other hand, life must be truly awful for any LGBT people trapped in the territory that ISIS. controls,

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Parents Have a Right to Raise Their Kids as Bigots

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has claimed that parents have a right to teach their kids that being gay is not normal:

“This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes. You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do – for example is it going to become illegal to teach the politically correct view that being gay is not normal? I think we’ve gotten to the point, if we’re going to politically correct our kids, we might as well hand them over to the government and let them raise them.”

What’s fascinating to me here is that this was apparently a discussion about NFL player Adrian Peterson whipping his child with a stick. And where does Fox News go with it? Straight to gay marriage! I do have to say, though, that Sean Hannity is absolutely right here. Parents do have the right to raise her kids however they want. But society also has the right to treat such open bigotry with disgust. So what will those kids find when they enter the larger world?

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Gays and Lesbians Aren’t Real Parents

Ludovine de la Rochere, president of the group La Manif Pour Tous, claims gays and lesbians aren’t really parents:

“Since the adoption of same-sex marriage, there were 721 requests for adoption by homosexual couples. So there will be 721 more orphaned children, in the name of the law!”

In other words, being adopted by a gay or lesbian couple is just the same as being an orphan. This woman would really prefer that these kids be stuck in foster homes or state run homes than with a loving family, just because the family is gay?

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Could Tiny Norfolk Island Be Next for Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on September 17th, 2014

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The self-governing Australian territory us considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry. The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

‘Over the years, gay and lesbian Norfolk Islanders have made a really important contribution to our community and I want to recognize this by giving them equality and dignity in return,’ Evans said. ‘That’s why I am tabling a draft Bill to allow same-sex couples to commit to each other through marriage and have the same rights and recognition heterosexual couples have. If the bill becomes law it will showcase to the world that Norfolk Island is an accepting and supportive community where everyone is valued.’

Norfolk Island would be the third South Pacific same sex wedding destination, by my calculations, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/16/14

Written by scott on September 17th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Bangladesh: The country will veto the International Conference on Population and Development proposal to provide rights for gay and lesbian people. full story

Canada: Amateur Hockey is opening its doors to transgender players. full story

Egypt: Police are using Grindr and other gay dating apps to track down and arrest gay men. full story

Italy: Bologna’s Catholic Diocese has denounced the city’s move to recognize same sex marriages. full story

Jamaica:The country’s parliament will consider repealing the anti sodomy law. full story

Kazakhstan: Anti-gay activists are pushing the government to pass an anti-gay propaganda law. full story

United Kingdom: Lord Fowler, a former Conservative Party Chairman and former member of the Thatcher Cabinet, has apologized for section 28, the law that banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. full story

USA: A prominent Ugandan LGBT rights advocate has gained asylum in the US. full story

USA, Arizona: The state will likely be the next with a marriage equality ruling full story

USA, Arkansas: Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane just announced his support of for marriage equality. full story

USA, Missouri: A new study says marriage equality could add $36 million to the state’s economy. full story

USA, Tennessee: An anti-gay group in Tennessee has bought a billboard that says “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. – God. Love the sinner, hate the sin. full story

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USA, Texas: A group of 60 cops, firefighters, and paramedics submitted an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, West Virginia: The stay on the overturning of the state’s marriage equality ban has been extended until the US Supreme Court rules on marriage equality. full story

USA, Wyoming:A new study says marriage equality could add $2.4 million to the state’s economy. full story

 

Supremes May Wait on Marriage Equality if 6th Circuit Supports It, Ginsburg Says

Written by scott on September 16th, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has indicated that the US Supreme Court may wait to wade back into the marriage equality debate unless there’s a disagreement at the Circuit Court Level.

ABC News reports:

Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted. She said if the appeals panel falls in line with other rulings there is “no need for us to rush.”

If the Court doesn’t take any cases this year, the number of states with marriage equality would almost double very quickly as the circuit court rulings were applied to each state in those circuits. And it’s awfully hard to imagine the Supreme Court turning back marriage equality once it’s legal in 35 out of 50 states.

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