Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Grove, Las Vegas, Nevada

Written by scott on October 31st, 2014

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Las Vegas, NV, USA. The Grove is a garden wedding and elegant reception facility located in Centennial Hills and is by far the most beautiful setting you will find in Las Vegas.

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New Starbucks Ad Stars Adore and Bianca

Written by scott on October 31st, 2014

Starbucks adOK, this one’s just for fun, to cleanse your palate.

Towleroad.com reports:

Drag Race stars Adore Delano and Bianca del Rio come to a peace accord with the help of a couple of skinny lattes in a new advertising collaboration between Starbucks and Canada’s OUTTV.

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New US Poll: 55% Think LGBT Employment Protections Should Cover All Employers

Written by scott on October 31st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that a majority of Americans believe LGBT protections should cover all employers:

SDGLN reports:

Twenty years after its introduction, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is still being debated in Congress and across the United States. While most Americans continue to give the bill strong support, a new national survey shows that most Americans simply don’t believe that employer exemptions are justified when it comes to basic workplace safeguards for LGBT Americans. Slightly over half (55%) of all adults don’t believe that any employers should be exempt if federal law were expanded to include protection from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. When asked specifically, some Americans do agree with certain exemptions. The latest survey shows 35% of all adults believe churches or other houses of worship should be exempt, and 30% believe privately held businesses with owners citing religious beliefs should be exempt. Also, 21% of adults believe publicly held businesses citing religious beliefs should be exempt, and 19% believe small businesses generally should be exempt.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – October 31st

Written by scott on October 31st, 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.


Gay Marriage Supporters Are Equality Nazis, Self-Hating Gay Says

Openly gay UKIP MP David Coburn seemed to take great glee in knocking members of his own community who fought so hard for marriage equality:

“What you’re doing with the gay marriage issue is you’re rubbing people’s noses in the dirt. Everyone had agreed and been quite happy with the idea of civil partnership, it was all bedded in and people were happy with it, they got used to the idea. But when you go across the road to pick a fight with someone of faith, that’s not got anything to do with it, that’s the equality Nazis trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking. You know it, I know it, we all know it – it’s false bollocks, the lot of it.” He also said that LGBT rights advocates’ successful campaign for marriage equality in Scotland only matters to “some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People.”

It’s bad enough to see such rank homophobia coming from anti-gay “christians”, but to see it from someone who should know better is truly disturbing.

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Giving Gays Equal Rights Is Just Like Raping Travelers

Pat Robertson is incensed about the Houston LGBT rights ordinance, comparing it to the raping and death of a woman in the Bible:

Robertson said Judges 19 was a story of “militant homosexuals” who wanted to rape a Levite traveler in Gibeah but ended up raping his female concubine, who ultimately died. “These homosexuals abused her all night long,” Robertson said. Robertson suggested that Houston might face fate similar to that of the Benjaminites of Gibeah: “Benjamin had been annihilated. They had killed all the women, they had killed a good portion of the fighting men, they burned a number of their cities, it was a complete mess. Why? Because they had defended these rapist homosexuals. Is that a message for Houston? For someplace else in America?”

It strikes me that these people are all up in arms that some subpoenas were sent to group of pastors. But they’re totally fine with Pat Robertson and his ilk comparing gays and lesbians to rapists and murderers?

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Climate Change Alarmists Promote Homosexuality to Control Population Growth

Wow, this one’s out of left field – Family Research Council president Tony Perkins manages to combine two of the right’s favorite boogeymen – climate change and gay rights – into one great fear-based money pitch:

A listener called in to tell the Family Research Council president that he thinks the reason homosexuality is “promoted is because it doesn’t lead to reproduction and that’s why it’s promoted. There’s this anti-life agenda, there’s a total anti-human, anti-life, human beings are a virus, type of mentality.” Perkins responded that the caller was “absolutely correct,” saying that he once wrote about how “climate change alarmists and those who are pushing population control” actually “promote homosexuality” because “there’s no procreation there. They go crazy, they deny it but the evidence is there, it’s footnoted in my book.”

Let’s take an informal survey – when were you first contacted by a climate change alarmist and turned gay? On the other hand, it’s great to know you’re doing your part for the environment every time you sleep around.

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Lesbian Mayor Has Houston Under Totalitarian Rule

And Tony Perkins is back for another go-round, this time accusing Houston Mayor Anise Parker of being a totalitarian:

“It may be Halloween, but even Mayor Annise Parker can’t mask her real agenda. The Houston leader couldn’t have been clearer yesterday that while she may have withdrawn the churches’ subpoenas, she has no intention of withdrawing from the battle over fundamental democracy. Remember, this whole saga began when the Mayor pushed a bad special rights ordinance, which morphed into a voting rights violation when she discarded over 30,000 signed citizen petitions. From there, it mushroomed into an attack on the First Amendment, and pastors started to challenge her totalitarian rule. While we’d like to think yesterday’s move was the result of the Mayor’s changed heart, it’s more likely the result of overwhelming public pressure. No doubt the Mayor would like the national scrutiny to go away, but as long as she continues to use her power to intimidate voters, the spotlight will remain.”

Lest we forget, the city council passed the ordinance – it was not put into place by fiat. And the Mayor had nothing to do with the subpoenas, but did order them withdrawn once the religious right and Fox News turned up the heat.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 31st

Written by scott on October 31st, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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!

Worldwide: 18 US allies say allowing transgender soldiers to serve openly in the military is doable. full story

Mexico: LGBT migrants are facing abuse and discrimination in Mexico. full story

Singapore: The advocate profiled the gay couple to challenge the country’s sodomy ban. full story

Puerto Rico: Singer Ricky Martin is calling for the legalization of same-sex adoption in the territory. full story

UK: The Bishop of Buckingham says he is ashamed of the way gay people have been treated by the Church of England. full story

UK: Former Foreign Secretary William Hague is warning that the situation for gay people is worsening in many countries. full story

UK, Scotland: Conversions from civil partnerships to full marriage will be free in Scotland for the first year. full story

Ukraine: Someone threw a smoke bomb in Kiev in the theater during a gay film screening. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has ten shocking facts about the anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom. full story

USA: I new study shows that conservatives are more easily grossed out by discussing things than liberals. full story

USA: A new study finds that, despite dealing with discrimination, transgender parents raise happy kids. full story

USA, Alabama: More state briefs have been filed in the marriage equality case. full story

USA, Arkansas: Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter Has spoken out against marriage equality in an ad for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson. full story

USA, Arkansas: The National Organization for Marriage just released a new ad targeting Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. full story

USA, Florida: The ACLU is asking a federal court to ignore a request by Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi and lift the stay on marriages for same-sex couples. full story

USA, Idaho: The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee just approved resolution to oppose marriage equality. full story

USA, Idaho: Even though marriage equality has now come to the state, Republican Gov. Butch otter has vowed to keep fighting it. full story

USA, Kansas: A federal judge will hold a hearing on the marriage equality case in the state this afternoon. full story

USA, Mississippi: and editorial in the Clarion-Ledger says that same-sex couples can’t wait any longer for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Nevada: The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has filed a notice in the Ninth Circuit related to their claim that the selection of the three-judge panel in the Idaho and Nevada marriage cases wasn’t impartial. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia city Council unanimously approved a bill to add attacks based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability to the city’s hate crimes law. full story

USA, Texas: Carlos Maza at Equality Matters profiles how Fox News is working to kill Houston’s new LGBT rights ordinance. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Written by scott on October 30th, 2014

Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel - Las VegasPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

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Singapore High Court Upholds Sodomy Law

Written by scott on October 30th, 2014

Singapore - google mapsSingapore’s High Court upheld the country’s sodomy law yesterday.

Towleroad.com reports:

The law, known as Section 377a, has been in place since Singapore was a British colony. It carries up to a two-year jail term for men who commit acts of “gross indecency” with other men, whether in public or in private. Yesterday’s ruling came in response to lawsuits by couple of 16 years Gary Lim [above right] and Kenneth Chee [above left], and by Tan Eng Hong, who was charged under the anti-sodomy law after being arrested while having sex in a public restroom in 2010. Both lawsuits argued that Section 377a infringes their constitutional right to equal protection under Article 12 of the Constitution, and violates their right to life and liberty, as guaranteed by Article 9.

It’s a huge blow to LGBT rights in the country, especially since the government has refused to repeal the law.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – October 30th

Written by scott on October 30th, 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.


I Totally Don’t Understand What The First Amendment Says

Joe.My.God Points out that Bryan Fischer is mixing up his lies about the First Amendment. Speaking about the Houston pastor subpoenas, he said:

“The openly lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has issued subpoenas for 17 different forms of communication, both public and private, from pastors who oppose her ‘bathroom bill,’ the ordinance that guarantees the right of men to walk in on your daughter while she’s in the shower at the local Y. In the process, she has violated every single right enshrined in the First Amendment. She has violated the right of these pastors to the free exercise of religion, because they are motivated by their sincerely held beliefs about gender differences that come from the Creator God who made us male and female. She has violated their rights to free speech, since she wants to shut them up. She wants to penalize them for speech they have already uttered. In fact, she wants to throw them in jail, because that’s what happens to people who defy subpoenas.”

But as Joe so cleverly points out:

Fischer has apparently forgotten his regular claim that the First Amendment only applies to Congress. From his September 17th column for OneNewsNow:

First, the amendment applies only to Congress. “Congress shall make no law…” No other entity is restrained by the First Amendment. Since the amendment applies only to Congress, it is legally, historically and constitutionally impossible for a state, a county commission, a city council, a school board, a school principal, a school teacher or a student to violate the First Amendment. This is for one simple reason: none of them is Congress. Violating the First Amendment is something only Congress can do.

Fischer has also claimed that the First Amendment only applies to Christians. Congress, obviously, includes many non-Christians:

I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly to this point.

What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.

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Matthew Shepard’s Death is a Hate Crime Myth

ADF attorney Erik Stanley says the whole Matthew Shepard thing was a myth cooked up by gay activists to advance their agenda:

“It’s all part of a public relations strategy to portray gays as victims, ADF attorney Erik Stanley told those gathered at the Nashville conference, titled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” That strategy was put forth, he said, in the the book After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s, by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, which he cited as “a playbook for how to advance the homosexual agenda.” The book is now out of print. “Think of the narrative of the Matthew Shepard crime, which has now been debunked as a homosexual hate crime,” Stanley said, as an example of what he claimed are inaccurate depictions of gays as victims. “Think of hate-crimes laws.”

Unfortunately,some on our side are taking the bait, lending these charges credence, including Andrew Sullivan, who should know better.

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Upscale Sodomites Spread Ebola At Starbucks

Pastor James David Manning, the anti-gay “christian” who regularly posts inflammatory anti-gay rhetoric on the sign at his Harlem Church, is back in our pages again:

“Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks. Generally upscaled [sic] sodomites who frequent Starbucks, who sit there with their computers and it’s a meeting place, they exchange a lot of body fluids, hands shaken and contact. Stay away from Starbucks if you don’t want to get Ebola. And especially the Starbucks in the urban areas…”

Aside from the sheer nastiness of his allegations, there’s a danger to this man spreading misinformation on public health issues like Ebola. Let’s say it again for the record – you are highly unlikely to get Ebola from public contact – the disease is transmitted by contact with bodily fluids once a person is actually symptomatic, and even in the initial phases of symptoms, the viral count is very low, making transmission unlikely. Add to this the fact that any potential carriers of the disease are being closely monitored as they return from Africa.

It’s both irresponsible and immoral that this man is trying to spread misinformation in order to link Ebola to the LGBT community. The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

If I were Starbucks, I would sue.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 30th

Written by scott on October 30th, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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!

Europe: The European Parliament is condemning the Russian crackdown on Non-Governmental Organizations, including LGBT ones. full story

Israel: A gay surrogacy bill passed its first reading in the Knesset this week. full story

USA: Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally officially come out of the closet. full story

USA, Arizona: Although marriage equality is finally come to Arizona, it is not recognized by the Navajo Nation. full story

USA, Arizona: The Department of Health Services is reviewing the state’s vital records law now that marriage equality is legal under a federal court ruling. full story

USA, Florida: After an appeals court rejected Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi’s request to send a marriage equality case directly to the state Supreme Court, the AG is still insisting on fast-tracking the case. full story

USA, Florida: A gay high school science teacher is asking the Brevard Public Schools to recognize his marriage. full story

USA, Florida: Edie Windsor has put together a video telling Gov. Rick Scott he should stop fighting marriage equality. full story

USA, Kansas: A federal judge has rescheduled a marriage equality hearing for 10/31. full story

USA, Kansas: One of the plaintiff couples in the Kansas marriage equality case is profiled. full story

USA, Montana:The Great Falls Tribune editorial board is calling on the Atty. Gen. to accept the inevitable on marriage equality. full story

USA, Tennessee: More than 1,000 evangelical pastors attending a conference on gay marriage were told to hold the line against the homosexuals. full story

USA, Texas: January 5 date for a hearing in the Texas marriage equality case means the US Supreme Court would likely not rule on the case until 2016. full story

USA, Texas: Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced that the city will withdraw subpoenas of five pastors in the lawsuit over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. full story

 

Texas Poll Skewed By Polling Company

Written by scott on October 29th, 2014

titleEven though not a single state has passed a civil unions bill in years and years, and the prospects of another state passing a civil unions bill are slim to none – at this point it’s marriage equality or nothing – some polling companies insist on continuing to ask about support for these skim milk marriages, diluting support for marriage equality in the poll numbers by giving respondents an out.

Case in point – Texas, in a University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll:

Asked whether those couples should be allowed to marry, 42 percent say yes and 47 percent say no, the poll found. When civil unions are added to the question, voters are more permissive: 39 percent say they would allow marriage, 28 percent would allow civil unions and 25 percent say they would not allow either sort of formal bond.

Look how support for marriage equality actually drops 2 points when civil unions are added to the mix. Not to mention this poll shows a much lower level of support than an April poll at 48% support.

When will these polling companies finally give up the whole civil unions thing?

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