Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 16th, 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 Like ISIS

Because they will do anything, including beheadings, to get their special rights, say Christian radio hosts Vic Eliason and Mat Staver:

Reacting to a recent court ruling in favour of equal marriage, Staver said: “What we’re seeing is the complete abolition of marriage between a man and a woman. Eliason added: “People see something they want, they steal it or they kill somebody or behead them. “Some of this stuff now that’s going on, the beheading, which has become a very sacred thing to the Islamics to behead somebody because that is a special right that is deserved by the infidels.” Staver continued: “Yeah, that’s exactly right. I think what we’re seeing today is a meltdown of morality.

Yes, following democratic principles to secure equal rights by acting through the legislatures, the judges, and the ballot to secure equal rights is just like beheading someone to draw the West into a war. That these so-called “Christians” would even thin to invoke the terrible acts of ISIS in their own political service is despicable and disgusting.

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Our Ice Cream is for Straight People

A New York City gelateria is hoping straight people will boost ice cream sales:

Sensing an acute lack of heteronormative ice cream parlors in the West Village, one Italian restaurant has positioned itself to capture the elusive demographic of those who’ll have two scoops of whatever John Wayne’s having (raw hamburger). Gallo Nero is down the street from Big Gay Ice Cream’s second location on Grove Street at 7th Ave. Reached by telephone, a manager at the restaurant seemed confused about the nature of our call. “What’s the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want,” he said. Asked if the sign was a reference to Big Gay Ice Cream, or if he could see how it may be interpreted as homophobic, the manager, who declined to provide his name, replied, “They have their own way, we have our own way.”

I thought pretty much all ice cream was straight ice cream, like pretty much everything else.

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There Are Only 45 Gay Kids in Louisiana, and They’re Not Really Gay

Wingnut Linda Harvey is back in our pages again, this time urging anti-gay folks to tell gay kids they are really straight:

I wish our side had the kind of boldness to go forward into, you know, San Francisco, or, you know, Provincetown, or, you know, Key West. I’m thinking of all the places that, you know, are homosexual,” Harvey told BarbWire columnist Gina Miller. “But, I mean, we should have just as much conviction about what we’re doing and go forward to the Gay Pride parades and be saying what we believe is true.”

Harvey and Miller also dismissed an HRC survey on harassment of LGBT youth in Southern states such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. “These folks are highly sensitive – I’m not saying these things don’t happen, but I think all of this is exaggeration,” Harvey said. “‘One-in-three LGBT students,’ you might be talking about 45 people in the total of Mississippi and they are not born that way so the issue is we need to be educating and counseling and coming along these kids and saying ‘you don’t need to be in this lifestyle”and harassment can be punished right now, no matter what the reason, so it’s all false.”

I wish we had the guts to march into Harvey’s studio and tell her what an insensitive jerk she’s being when she attacks LGBT kids.

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Gay Marriage Will Make the Superstructure of Culture Crash Down

James Dobson of Focus on the Family warns that gay marriage will, like, totally destroy society:

“Well, the family is not just a Christian enterprise. You know, it goes all the way back. Every continent on Earth, every place that mankind has taken hold, the family, the marriage unit has been evident. When you start to weaken that, or undermine it, when it becomes less significant, it influences the entire culture. And, in fact, the entire superstructure of culture can come crashing down. That’s happened in Rome. It happened in Greece. It’s happened throughout history. And I don’t think that America can survive in the form we have known … if we allow the family to disintegrate. And that is, in fact, what’s happening.”

I think if you asked the historians, they would tell you that gays and lesbians winning the right to marry was not what brought the ancient empires of Rome and Greece down. There are serious issues facing the American Family today – poverty, homelessness, ansentee fathers, and divorce, just to name a few. When will the AFA start tackling some of those?????

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The Gays Are Making Christians Worship Sodomy

Colorado Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt is freaked out about a NY state ruling that a venue discriminated against a lesbian couple:

“[They] cannot worship Christ during a wedding, unless they also worship and participate equally in sodomy in their own home. Christians are fined $13,000 and may no longer celebrate the Christian sacrament of marriage in their own home, unless they also host lesbian weddings. Literally the court is banning Christian worship, saying these Christian farmers cannot worship Christ during a wedding, unless they also worship and participate equally in sodomy in their own home. They are now coming into our homes, and dictating our worship. This unconstitutional policy, to punish Christians (with no religious exemptions) will be law in all 50 states, if ENDA is passed.”

Not when your home is a BUSINESS, open to all. You also can’t worship God during a wedding if that worship includes believing in segregation and you own a wedding venue. Because you own a BUSINESS. I didn’t know God wanted to protect business owners and their profits. Guess that whole moneychangers thing in the temple was just a fluke?

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Lambda Legal Files for Quick Overturn of Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on September 16th, 2014

Puerto RicoLambda Legal is asking a District Court to overturn the territory’s ban on same sex marriage.

Joe.My.God reports:

Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. Garcia Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said: “All families deserve to have their love and commitment recognized in Puerto Rico; they need the protections only marriage can provide as soon as possible, without discrimination. Every day that passes, our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family members are told they are inferior to our other family members. They are living, working and caring for each other now and need the dignity and respect of marriage.”

Now it’s spreading out to the territories…

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The Thirty Corporations Supporting Marriage Equality at the US Supreme Court

Written by scott on September 16th, 2014

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Last week, a group of thirty corporations submitted an amicus brief for marriage equality with the US Supreme Court.

Dot 429 has the List:

Alcoa Inc., Inc.
Aspen Skiing Company
Ben & Jerry’s
Bloomberg L.P.
CBS Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Eastern Bank Corporation
eBay, Inc.
General Electric Company
Intel Corporation
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Levi Strauss & Company
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
NIKE, Inc.
Oracle America, Inc.
Outerwall Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated
Staples, Inc.
State Street Corporation
SunLife Financial (U.S.) Services Company
United Therapeutics Corporation

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Facebook to Meet With Drag Queens Over “Real Name” Fiasco

Written by scott on September 16th, 2014

Sister RomaFacebook has agreed to meet with a group of drag queens about not allowing them to use their drag names on their FB profiles.

Queerty reports:

As momentum grew, Sister Roma planned a protest at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA… “This issue affects a lot of marginalized, creative, and professional communities, including transgender people, bullied youth, activists, LGBTQ people who aren’t out everywhere, survivors of domestic violence and stalking, migrants, sex workers, artists who work under pseudonyms, and various professionals who work in sensitive professions (eg. mental health, criminal justice, etc.) who may want to interact with friends without being found by clients…” Well wouldn’t you know it, the last thing Facebook wants are viral videos of drag queens with protest signs outside their headquarters hitting social media and the national news.

Don’t mess with Drag Queens.

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North Carolina Marriage Equality Support Reaches 45%

Written by scott on September 16th, 2014

titleA new poll shows support has outpaced opposition to marriage equality in North Carolina.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they didn’t know or had no opinion. The results are still within the poll’s margin of error, but pollsters say it’s the first time in the history of their polling they’ve seen support for gay marriage rise above opposition. “Support for gay marriage has picked up 4 percentage points since a spring poll and opposition has dropped 3 percentage points,” Elon University Poll said in a release. “It is the first time that Elon University Poll has found support for gay marriage to be greater than opposition, though it is within the margin of error.”

Remember, the state’s ban passed 61% to 38% just two years ago.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/16/14

Written by scott on September 16th, 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: A new report from the Human Rights Campaign titled “The Export of Hate” details how anti-gay US groups are spreading homophobia around the world. full story

Worldwide:Symantec will remove the option to filter LGBT words from its Norton Antivirus software. full story

Australia: The state of Victoria plans to erase the criminal records for men convicted of consensual homosexual acts. full story

Bangladesh: The UN ambassador from Bangladesh says LGBT rights go against the country’s values. full story

China: A gay activist is asking the World Health Organization to condemn “gay cures”. full story

France: Anne Hildalgo, the mayor of Paris, says she is thrilled that over 2000 same-sex couples have married in the city. full story

Italy: The city of Bologna is now recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples who wed overseas. full story

Jersey: Rev. Bob Key claims a proposal for civil unions on the island would ban church weddings. full story

Latin America: A new interactive map shows where same-sex couples can marry in Latin America. full story

Uganda: Melanie Nathan sounds the alarm in Uganda, telling Parliament “this is an American bill”. full story

UK: An anti-gay Tory MP is proposing civil partnerships for straight couples. full story

USA: Target snubbed an anti-gay boycott by including same-sex parents in its latest ad campaign. full story

USA, Arkansas: The state attorney general’s office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, FL: After the decision in a same-sex divorce case was vacated last week on a technicality, Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi says she will now contest the case. full story

USA, Idaho: Lewiston city councillors are speaking out against a proposed anti discrimination ordinance. full story

USA, Indiana: A stay has now been issued in the marriage equality case, meaning that same-sex couples cannot marry there until the Supreme Court takes up or rejects the case. full story

USA, Minnesota: Mike Priefer, a Minnesota Vikings coach who suspended for homophobic statements, has now been reinstated. full story

USA, Nebraska: HRC is launching a new chapter in Nebraska to fight for LGBT rights. full story

USA, New York: The Human Rights Campaign is applying to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A stay has now been issued in the marriage equality case, meaning that same-sex couples cannot marry there until the Supreme Court takes up or rejects the case. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A 19-year-old assembly GOP nominee is facing a backlash for an anti-gay tweets he sent for announcing his run for office. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. Jim Rooney, Beacon, New York

Written by scott on September 15th, 2014

Rev. Jim Rooney, Beacon, New YorkPeriodically 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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Come On, Supreme Court, OK Marriage Equality

Written by scott on September 15th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorMarriage equality can sound like a political cause. It’s been the subject of intense courtroom drama. But to Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich, it’s personal. It’s about whether the Constitution protects their individual rights. That’s why it is welcome news that the U.S. Supreme Court may be preparing to bring down the gavel on discriminatory laws.

The court will look at same-sex marriage cases from five states later this month at the first conference of its 2014 term. The court could agree to hear one or more cases, deny them all or delay a decision.

The need for the court to provide guidance is paramount. Three appeals courts have thrown out same-sex bans, and other appeals courts face challenges. Sevcik and Baranovich are the lead couple in a Nevada case that was argued before the Ninth Circuit Court this week. That court is expected to strike down laws against same-sex marriage in Nevada and Idaho.

See the Full Story at Arizona Central

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/15/14

Written by scott on September 15th, 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!

Serbia: Three suspects have been arrested in Serbia after a German gay-rights activists was attacked earlier this week. full story

UK, Scotland: Just over half of Scotland’s LGBT population says it will vote for independence, according to a Pink News poll. full story

USA, Arizona: A federal judge has indicated that he is likely to strike down the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Idaho: So far, the state has spent more than $70,000 defending its ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, New Jersey: A gay police officer from the city of West New York has filed a lawsuit claiming he was harassed and discriminated against because of his orientation. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Under the state’s blasphemy law, a teenager could go to jail for up to two years for simulating gay sex with a statue of Jesus. full story

Jesus Statue and Teen


Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 9/15/14

Written by scott on September 15th, 2014

Matt BaumeThe number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks.

Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week’s anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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