Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on July 25th, 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.

Obama’s Executive Order is Liberal Progressive McCarthyism
Former Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land called the new executive order protecting LGBT employees who work for federal contractors “liberal Mccarthyism”: “It really is getting down to liberal McCarthyism. You know, the question is, are you now, or have you ever been, opposed to homosexual or lesbian or gay bisexual transgender behavior? If so, then you’re not fit to be the CEO. If so you’re not fit to give the prayer at the inauguration. if so you can’t have a Federal contract… It is liberal, progressive McCarthyism.” OK, let’s go through this. Because one guy resigned after not just his anti marriage equality leanings came out but his anti Jewish ones as well – he resigned, he was not fired – under pressure from his own capitalistic company, not from gay rights advocates, and because a President who supports marriage equality choose not to have someone speak for whim who doesn’t, it’s liberal, progressive McCarthyism.” Against those two purported cases of discrimination, we can stack up the thousands upon thousands of “homosexual or lesbian or gay bisexual transgender” who have been fired for being who they are, who have been kicked out of housing, who have been beathen and abused and thrown out of their own families. You want to talk about discrimination? Let’s talk.
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Obama’s Executive Order Means You’ll Be Interviewed By an FBI Agent in Drag
Conservative radio host Sandy Rios’ voice practically drips poison as she conflates drag with being transgender. “That, ladies and gentlemen, was the sound of your President signing two executive orders to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal contractors and employees from from workplace discrimination. That means of course that, maybe in six weeks or so your doorbell will ring and you will have the privilege of being interviewed by an FBI agent, male, wearing a dress, because that’s really what this does mean.” The nastiness and bile from these people toward the transgender community is palpable – totally overlooking the fact that a man in a dress is something totally different from someone who was born transgender. But hey, it scares the base.
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Gays Will Demand Incest Rights Because Game of Thrones
They’re on to us – the anti-gay right has finally figured out that The Game of Thrones is our gay agenda bible. Michael Brown, head of the anti-gay Coalition of Conscience, says: “Gay activists constantly tell us that there’s no such thing as a slippery moral slope and that the acceptance of homosexuality will not lead to the acceptance of other sexual practices, such as incest. The facts prove otherwise, and it is clear that we are rapidly sliding down the very slope whose existence they deny. With increasing frequency and openness, the media are now promoting and even celebrating incest. The popular HBO series Game of Thrones also features an adult, brother-sister sexual relationship. And there is no slippery slope!” Seriously? Harry Potter features a magical school that only magicians can attend by riding a magical train. Planning on attending classes there soon, Mr. Brown?
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Only 2% of the US is Gay? I Don’t Buy It

Written by scott on July 25th, 2014

titleOn July 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement that just over two percent of Americans over 18 identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. This statistic–the outcome of polling 34,500 adults–muddies the already murky numbers attempting to quantify America’s homosexual population. (Other reports suggest as much as 20 percent of America is gay). Frankly, this new CDC stat feels as if it’s hanging on the underside of a reasonable margin of error, and with no accusation of bad motives by the CDC, I don’t buy it.

The degrees of separation between society-at-large and homosexuals are closing in as more people acknowledge being gay, thus bringing homosexuality into the fold of many who were previously unaware they were touched by it. While it’s dubious to say that a number has a feeling, the impact of gay America feels larger than two percent.

In fairness to the CDC, as a health-oriented organization it benefits from raw data produced from consistently controlled variables. Concrete numbers are plainly more effective when dealing with the health issues of any population. Perhaps the results are less indicative of the prevalence of homosexuality than of the reluctance homosexuals (or anyone anything other than 100% straight) feel to openly discuss their sexuality.

Authored By Charley Carroll – See the Full Story at Dot429

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/25/14

Written by scott on July 25th, 2014

Gay Wedding CakeHere’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!

Italy: Bologna is the latest Italian jurisdiction to register its citizens’ same sex marriages from abroad. full story

UK: LGBT activist Peter Tatchell has threatened to out some gay Bishops if they try to punish their openly gay colleagues. full story

UK: Same sex couples in civil partnerships who want to convert their partnerships to marriages can now do so with an official ceremony. full story

USA: Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet turned down a photo request from Rick Santorum over the politician’s anti-gay views. full story

USA, Arizona: State attorneys are trying the “gays can’t marry because they can’t procreate” defense of the state’s marriage equality ban that has failed in so many other places. full story

USA, Colorado: The Boulder County clerk who started the mariage equality ball rolling last month by issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples in the wake of the Utah appeals court ruling will keep doing so. full story

USA, Florida: Senator Marco Rubio doubled down on the red meat for social conservatives, saying gays were being intolerant of Christians. full story

USA, Florida: Same sex couples married in other states are asking AG Pam Bondi to drop her appeal of the marriage equality decision in Key West. full story

USA, Florida: Two commissioners from Orange County say they support marriage equality. full story

USA, Florida: Equality Florida delivered 7K signatures to AG Bondi in support of marriage equality. full story

USA, Indiana / Wisconsin: The majority of briefs filed in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage equality cases at the Seventh Circuit are anti-gay. full story

USA, Iowa: A newspaper editor who was fired after using the word “gaystapo” on his personal blog is suing the paper for “religious discrimination”. full story

USA, Minnesota: Archbishop John Nienstedt considered labeling a priest who supported marriage equality “disabled” to force him to shut up, documents revealed. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: In another case dealing with retroactive marriage, the state Department of Revenue ruled that a woman whose spouse passed away in 2012 did not have to pay a tax penalty because the two were effectively married. full story

USA, Texas: The Dallas Voice profiles a gay couple who married after 53 years together. full story

 

Edie Windsor on “Her Love Affair With the Gay Community”

Written by scott on July 24th, 2014

Edie and TheaToday, in honor of the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in her home state of New York, Marriage Equality USA is proud to release the final part of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor.

Today also celebrates the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in Edie’s home state of New York

“When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said ‘I don’t see why I have to be identified with those queens.’ — I mean those queens changed my life. And I saw them and I loved what I saw. ” ~ Edie Windsor

In this last segment Edie talks about trying to protect her family through Thea’s declining health, how she first met with attorney Robbie Kaplan, and how she continued to break the rules (not surprisingly) even on the eve of her Supreme Court victory.

“I was moved by Edie’s final thoughts on her perspective of her journey and I’m in awe of her legacy to the LGBTQ community!” commented MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva.

Each of these videos, the final being released today, explores Edie’s life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words – PART 1 (June 26)
Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words – PART 2 (July 10)

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/24/14

Written by scott on July 24th, 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!

Worldwide: The Washington Blade profiles the UN and its actions on LGBT rights. full story

India: The Indian government says it has no plans to repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex until the Supreme Court finishes its third review of the law. full story

Kenya: A transgender rights group just won the right to officialy organize under a court ruling. full story

UK: Openly gay actor John Barrowman helped kick off the Commonwealth games with a gay kiss. full story

UK: The Quakers are asking the UK government to allow them to perform wedding ceremonies for same sex couples. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A Christian group released a poll showing that 60% disapproved of an action against a baker that refused to make a “marriage equality” cake. full story

USA: ExxonMobil anti-gay bias lawsuit to move forward. full story

USA: The Washington Blade profiles transgender southerners. full story

USA: Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) has introduced a fix for the Social Security issues related to marriage equality. full story

USA: Openly gay US Rep. Jared Polis is starting a discharge petition on ENDA to trie to force a vote in the House. full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s marriage equality lawsuit will get its day in court on 10/10. full story

USA, Florida: An appeals court has turned down a request to list the stay on same sex weddings in Monroe County. full story

USA, Indiana: Ten other states have joined Indiana’s appeal of its marriage equality case – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. full story

USA, Maryland: The state now offers health care for transgender people during transition. full story

USA, New York: The NY Giants just hired an NOM spokesman as the director of player development. full story

USA, North Carolina: A lesbian couple encountered about 150m anti-gay protesters as they tried to get a marriage license in Marion. full story

USA, Texas: A new report from the Williams Institute, says that marriage equality could boost the state economy by $181.6 million over three years. full story

USA, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen claims there’s no fundamental right for same sex couples to marry. full story

 

Wisconsin Marriage Equality Poll Shows 56% Support

Written by scott on July 24th, 2014

titleA new Wisconsin marriage equality poll shows majority support.

Fox11 reports:

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. The poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Wisconsin’s marriage equality case is awaiting a date at the Seventh Circuit court of appeals.

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Saudi Arabian Man Sentenced to Three Years, 450 Lashes for Being Gay

Written by scott on July 24th, 2014

Saudi Arabia - Google MapsA man in Saudi Arabia was just sentenced to three years and 450 lashes for the crime of being gay,

Towleroad.com reports:

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “the practise of homosexuality,” after attempting to arrange to meet another man using Twitter, reports LGBTQ Nation. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transexual Rights UAEArabic newspaper Al-Watan said that “the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice…tracked down the owner of the account” of the man who was trying to arrange sex with another man. The man’s phone, which contained pornographic images, was also confiscated.

Prison for being gay is harsh enough, but to order a man to be whipped FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY TIMES is simply barbaric.

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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling – But Then a Stay

Written by scott on July 24th, 2014

ColoradoAs expected, a Federal Judge struck down the state’s marriage equality ban… and then stayed his ruling.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state’s ban no longer be enforced. Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court – though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.

Attorney General John Suthers has appealed the ruling.

Joe.My.God reports:

Notice is hereby given that John Suthers, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of Colorado, in the above named case, hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from the order granting a preliminary injunction entered in this action on the 23rd day of July, 2014. Respectfully submitted this 23rd day of July, 2014.

In the meantime, a state judge jas once again denied a request to block Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from giving marriage licenses to same sex couples.

On Top Magazine reports:

A Colorado judge on Wednesday denied a stay of his ruling allowing Boulder County to continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. “In actuality, the State is asking this Court to reconsider its July 10, 2014 ruling and block Clerk Hall from issuing same sex marriage licenses,” District Court Judge Andrew Harman said in his ruling. Harman said he was denying the request because the state “has offered no actual support in favor of reconsideration, more cases have found same sex marriage bans unconstitutional since the Court issued its ruling and the State [has] not met its burden to obtain a stay pending appeal under established Colorado law.”

Dot429 interviews Hall:

dot429: What was the moment you first identified with LGBT rights?

Hillary Hall: My very first experience was when I was in high school and we had a youth minister from a neighboring church whom everyone thought so highly of. He put on religious plays, and he would go around and tour on spring break. One year, he had a play that featured a gay character, and shortly after that he came out himself. And I just remember how these people who had loved and adored him turned on him. That hadn’t—and still never—makes sense to me.

Correction: we reported yesterday that Hall had stopped issuing licenses – but we cannot find any further substantiation of that report.

The Colorado fight is now proceeding on two separate tracks – one in state court and one in the Federal Courts. Which will get there first?

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on July 24th, 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.

Your Anus Isn’t a Vagina, So No Marriage For You
Seriously, that’s the final argument by writer Stephen H. Webb against marriage equality. Mark Joseph Stern takes him down a peg or two. Webb says, facetiously: “The anus is the same as the vagina. The most intimate act of self-giving, of penetration, in homosexuality is just as sacred, just as physically and psychologically healthy, just as fecund, just as spiritually uplifting, just as mutually pleasurable, and just as tenderly beautiful as the sexual intercourse of a heterosexual couple.” Stern takes him down far better than I could: “The problem with this logic, aside from reducing the marriage bond to an act of genital penetration, is that it surely finds no support outside of orthodox Catholic circles. Very few married couples view penile-vaginal intercourse as the core of their relationship, the physical, spiritual, emotional connection without which their entire marriage would be a sham.”
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The Militant LGBT Agenda
Fox News correspondent is very unhappy with the new executive order on LGBT employment for federal contractors. Maybe he shoulda supported ENDA with its religious loopholes? He says President Obama is “hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda.” Um, just what is the “militant LGBT agenda, exactly? My only agenda is to marry my partner, just like my mother married hers, and my brother and sister married theirs. And this is militant?
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Obama is Treating Christians Like Second Class Citizens
By taking away their “right” to discriminate against gays. The AFA is pissed: “Obama is ordering Christians to embrace sin and forfeit their faith convictions if they want to have the same business opportunities as non-Christian businesses. Obama has overstepped his authority and treats Christians as second-class citizens.” Gee, being treated like a second class citizen. I wonder what that would feel like? I’ll bet it would suck.
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You Are Possessed By Pig-Scaring, Putrid Demons
Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, knows why you sometimes get gassy. You and all the other gays are possessed by putrid demons. “Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. There is an account in the Bible where Jesus casts out 2,000 demons out of a man. The demons came out screaming and begged Jesus to send them into the pigs. The pigs didn’t want them, so they ran down a steep hill and were drowned in the sea.” So the next time you think you need a little beano, don’t worry, it’s just that putrid demon inside of you. LOL… who knew?
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The Non-Fasting Fast
The Virginia-based Family Foundation is fasting to protest the upcoming appeals court hearing on marriage equality. But this is a special kind of fast – the kind where you eat food. “We are asking the entire Body of Christ to join us for this feast – giving up physical food isn’t necessary – but feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.” Wow, such dedication to the cause. Hmmm… I think I’ll fast for marriage equality this week. Going out for Starbucks – anyone want anything?
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The Most Dangerous Line in the Hobby Lobby Ruling

Written by scott on July 23rd, 2014

Hobby LobbyThe most dangerous line in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby doesn’t come until page 46. It reads as follows:

The principal dissent raises the possibility that discrimination in hiring, for example on the basis of race, might be cloaked as religious practice to escape legal sanction. Our decision today provides no such shield. The Government has a compelling interest in providing an equal opportunity to participate in the workforce without regard to race, and prohibitions on racial discrimination are precisely tailored to achieve that critical goal.

That doesn’t sound too bad; indeed, it is probably one of the few statements in Justice Alito’s opinion that many of us would endorse.

Its danger, particularly to the LGBT community, rests in what is not said.

As we have discussed at length, Hobby Lobby allowed a family-run, for-profit arts and crafts company to deny its female employees access to certain contraception simply because that contraception violates the religious beliefs of the company owners.

GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent cautioned that the Court was opening a door to allow anyone to use the pretext of religion to opt out of antidiscrimination or public accommodations laws. Justice Alito’s response was to deny the charge, arguing that where the government has a compelling interest in preventing discrimination, as it does in preventing discrimination on the basis of race, the Hobby Lobby exemption would not succeed.

But what happens when the government does not have that “compelling interest”?

Authored By Ari Ezra Waldman – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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