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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, September 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.

Keep The Gays Away from the Normal People

A fringe presidential candidate in Brazil, Levy Fidelix, went on a homophobic rant during a presidential debate. reports:

“On the Sunday debate, he said that gay people “need psychological care” and are better kept “well away from” other people. He also suggested that Brazil’s population would be reduced by half if homosexuality were encouraged because “the excretory system” does not function as a means of reproduction.”

Apparently the other candidates aren’t particularly staunch supporters of the LGBT community, because none of them commented on his asinine remarks.

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Men Were Born to Have Sex With Animals

Bryan Fischer’s back in our pages, commenting on a bestiality case where a man was convicted for having sex with a puppy:

“How long before an attorney defends a guy like this on grounds it’s his orientation, he was born this way?”

Yes, because sex between two consenting adults is exactly the same as forcing yourself upon an animal, right? Come on, Bryan, you can do better than that.

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I’m Totally Not A Hater – I Just Think Gays Will Burn in Hell

Mat Staver protests that he doesn’t hate gay people:

“For me believing in something that is that obvious. I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God’s truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation.”

Of course, then he kinda blew the whole thing by saying same sex marriage “is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell”

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The Human Rights Campaign Is Like The Khmer Rouge

Robert Oscar Lopez is back in our pages today with a lovely comparison:

“The main item on the gay lobby’s agenda is patently insane. People don’t generally want to let lesbians milk sperm out of their testicles. People don’t usually like the idea of gay men gestating babies in their wombs and then taking them away. (And no, ‘visitation’ plans where these gamete donors get to see their progeny a few times a month are not a good arrangement; that stuff’s really creepy.) [snip] According to some historians of the so-called killing fields, in the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge hunted down people with eyeglasses and killed them en masse. They did this ostensibly because they worried that people who were too intelligent might challenge the draconian policies of the government. Fortunately, the Human Rights Campaign has no killing fields, so I and my contact lenses are safe for now. God grant that the awakening of reason come earlier rather than later.”

The Khmer Rouge – the poor man’s Nazis. And you know what they say – when you play to the Nazi card, you’ve lost the argument.

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Gay Rights Activists Are Demonizing Us Christians

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back too, with his own Nazi card:

“This demonization is just – it’s what’s been done to minorities [in] the past and like I said, it’s what the Nazis did to the Jews. We’re losing our freedoms.”

And if anyone knows what demonization is, it’s LaBarbera. Lord knows he’s done it to us enough times during his illustrious career.

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Halla to the Haters at HRC

Looks like it’s full-court press time against the HRC and other gay organizations – The World Congress of Families issued a statement against them this week:

“The grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a so-called ‘report’ titled “The Export of Hate” that is nothing but an intentionally misleading, hate-filled attack on individuals and organizations and Christians who oppose their agenda of forcing a redefinition of marriage in America, and throughout the world. The ‘report’ has enjoyed some attention among uncritical, leftist online media outlets. As is their custom, the HRC cites long-discredited and ideologically partisan sources such as the Southern Poverty Law Center to give apparent credibility to their hate-filled invective. They also intentionally misrepresent facts, twisting them beyond recognition to justify the charge that somehow supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman around the world is wrong.”

This is over a report that exposed what these organizations have been doing around the world against the LGBT community. Guess they don’t like a little sunlight…

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Gays Deserve to Die from AIDS

Gosh, we’ve got the whole anti-gay team together again today. Matt Barber wants you to know you deserve death for being gay:

“The wages of sin is death. I’m honored to say that I’m one of those ‘haters’ called by God to sound the alarm. While folks do send me positive and encouraging notes on a regular basis, I likewise receive a steady stream of hate mail – chiefly when I write (or speak) on the issues of marriage, God’s moral law and His natural order for human sexuality. While the positive correspondence is always heartening, it is, believe it or not, the nasty stuff – the uglier the better – that especially lifts my spirits. Christ’s promises are true: ‘Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake’ (Matthew 5:11). When God calls you to be an instrument of His truth, the biblical harmonies you play will often strike sour with those in rebellion against Him, sending them into blind rage and deep denial. This is a spiritual battle old as time itself. It is between good and evil. It is sublimely humbling to be used of God in this way”

Is it just me, or are these folks ramping up the rhetoric again because they know they are losing?

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Gay Marriage Will Lead To Marrying Dogs & Adopting The Puppies

Mexican Catholic Bishop Jose Maria de la Torre Martin thinks that if his state legalizes marriage equality, we’ll see a rash of interspecies weddings:

“Bishop Jose Maria de la Torre Martin is very concerned that if his Mexican state of Aguascalientes were to approve its proposed same-sex marriage bill, next will come “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies.”

Look, do we have to explain the whole “two people” vs. “a person and an animal” thing AGAIN???

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/30/14

Tuesday, September 30th, 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!

Brazil: Actor Mark Ruffalo withdrew his support of Brazilian presidential candidate and environmental activist Marina Silva over her opposition to marriage equality. full story

Burundi: The Burundi man who was arrested on charges of homosexuality has been released. full story

Italy: A Florence court has overturned a marriage equality ruling on a technicality, sending it back to the lower court. full story

UK: Former shadow Home Secretary David Davis says introducing same-sex marriage “was a disaster” politically for the Tories because it “looked like a distraction”. full story

UK: A poll of Tory councillors finds that 60% oppose the new marriage equality law and the party’s efforts to pass it. full story

UK: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says it’s “very difficult” to bring up the subject of gay rights with anti-gay leaders of other nations. full story

UK: A new study shows that homophobia is rampant in Southeastern England. full story

Uganda: The Ugandan judges who invalidated the country’s draconian anti gay law have experienced a backlash for their action. full story

USA: Equality on on Trial reports on the US Supreme Court’s conference yesterday, and reaction to it. full story

USA: New studies estimate the extent of the US LGBT population – 9.5 million people, 124k married couples, with 30k children. full story

USA, California: California Governor Jerry Brown just signed four new laws to bolster LGBT rights: banning the gay panic defense, respecting the identities of transgender people after death, training health professionals to work with LGBT and intersex people, and protecting sex workers from prosecution for carrying a condom. full story

USA, Minnesota: HRC is condemning a transphobic ad aimed at the Minnesota High School League. full story

USA, Missouri: A judge heard the city of St. Louis’ challenge to the state’s marriage equality ban yesterday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A deal has been proposed to recognize the marriages of couples who wed before the state officially allowed same sex marriage. full story

49% in Utah Support Marriage Equality

Monday, September 29th, 2014

titleMarriage equality support in Utah has risen to record levels:

On Top Magazine reports:

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they should be allowed, while 48 percent said they remain opposed. Majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (51%) support marriage equality, as do 29 percent of Republicans. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said same-sex marriage would not affect their families. Ninety-four percent of married respondents said allowing gay couples to marry would affect their own marriages not much or not all, while 5 percent said it would a great deal or somewhat. A large majority (67%) of respondents also want the Supreme Court to decide the issue and 66 percent believe the court will strike down state marriage bans.

That’s almost 50% in the state that’s home to the Mormon Church!!!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/29/14

Monday, September 29th, 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!

Canada: The youth wing of the Liberal Party is campaigning to end the country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years.
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Mexico: Thousands protested marriage equality in the state of Coahuila. full story

Nigeria: A ruling on a case seeking to repeal the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act has been postponed for the second time. full story

UK: A new survey shows that 16% have had sex with someone of the same sex. full story

UK: The same survey also showed that 16% (presumably a different group) think that gay sex should be illegal. full story

USA: In honor of gay history month, Gay Star News looks at 8 states where gay rights history was made. full story

USA: Michelle Bachmann clarified that her statement that the marriage equality issue was “boring” was targeted at the media for only asking Republicans about it, not democrats. full story

USA, Missouri: A legal challenge to Missouri’s marriage equality ban by the city of St. Louis is due back in court today. full story

USA, Vermont: Two centuries before the Windsor decision, a lesbian couple married in Vermont and lived together for 40 years. full story

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 9/29/14

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Matt BaumeThis is the week when the Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case.

After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th.

Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration.

The court could take one case, or several, or none at all.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Supreme Court Could Choose a Marriage Equality Case Tomorrow

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorTomorrow is the first day the US Supreme Court could actually choose a case or cases in the marriage equality fight this year.

NBC News reports:

The justices, who will meet in a closed-door conference on Monday, will consider whether to hear any of three same-sex marriage lawsuits during the next term, which officially starts Oct. 6. If they decide to review one or more of the cases, a ruling could be reached by July on whether same-sex marriage must be allowed nationwide. If they choose not to hear the cases, the decision would allow gay nuptials in the ten states covered by the three lawsuits. The court could also wait for a circuit court to disagree with the others and support the state bans. The justice have until January 2015 to make their decision. Both opponents and supporters of gay marriage predict that the justices will hear at least one of the cases.

Which case do you think they will take, if any? Utah, Oklahoma, or Virginia?

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New Poll Shows Three Quarters Want to Keep Marriage Equality Law

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

titleSome great new polling out of France this morning on marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

“…a poll today may crush the hopes of those wishing to block same-sex marriage – as a majority of UMP members now support keeping the law, as well as an overwhelming majority of the French public. 56 percent of UMP voters now support keeping the law in place, despite many being fiercely opposed before the law was implemented, with just 44 percent wanting it repealed. Across the public, at large, 73 percent now want the law to remain in place, with just 26 percent opposed and 1 percent unsure. Over 7000 same-sex couples married in France last year, with Paris alone recently celebrating its 2000th marriage – meaning any attempt to repeal the law would likely be a bureaucratic nightmare.”

Looks like marriage equality is here to stay in France, regardless of what Sarkozy says.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/28/14

Sunday, September 28th, 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!

Internet: There’s a migration underway of LGBT internet users to the new social media site Ello in the wake of the Facebook “real names” scandal. full story

Uganda: The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, was denied a visa to the US because of of his stancw against homosexuality. full story

UK, Wales: The Church in Wales has launched a consultation to decide whether it should solemnise same-sex marriages.
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USA: US couple Shawn and Mike are one of three finalists in a competition to win an $80k dream wedding from an American theater company. full story

USA: Barney Frank said transgender people don’t have rights because they wouldn’t lobby for them in 2007. full story

USA, California: Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a new bill outlawing the “gay panic” defense in court. full story

USA, Florida: The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg are joining a growing number of Florida cities that support lawsuits to overturn the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Louisiana: The state ruling overturning the marriage equality ban has been appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court. full story

USA, Louisiana: A church in Keithville, Louisiana has ended its five year relationship with Alcoholics Anonymous over concerns that the church might have to allow a same-sex wedding in the future. full story

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Saturday, September 27th, 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 Just Want Gays to Enjoy the Blessings of Being Straight

“Pastor” Scott Lively, who has pushed for anti-gay laws in Uganda and Russia, among other places, says his position on the gays is misunderstood:

“I want them to receive salvation in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and be able to enjoy the blessings of being able to live a heterosexual life and have a wife or a husband, depending on what your gender is, and the great blessings that come from doing things the way God designed us to live.”

As On Top Magazine notes, Lively has said many things about gays, none of them particularly nice, including callig us “monsters … so far from normalcy that they’re killers.”

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Jesus Brim-stoned the Gays

The ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem has a new hate statement on its sign:

“When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem, Jesus fire and brim-stoned them.”

Harlem Church Sign

As The Advocate points out: “Of course, according to the Bible, Jesus hadn’t yet been born at the time God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, which is recounted in the Old Testament. Also, many modern scholars have interpreted the Sodom and Gomorrah story as being about inhospitality and rape, not consensual gay sex.”

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Gossips and Gays Deserve the Death Penalty

So says Chris Johnson, writing for the American Decency Association, which notes on its Facebook page:

“We aren’t just defending marriage – whether we call it natural marriage or traditional marriage or Biblical marriage – because it’s the way we’ve always done things. We have a much more firm foundation than tradition. We affirm marriage in the way that God himself intended it. The church is not a Christian congress or Supreme Court. The laws of God cannot be overruled or deemed unconstitutional. Of course, we ALL break those laws and being a homosexual doesn’t make a man a sinner any more or less than being a gossip. Both crimes deserve the death penalty, and only the one who relies on the righteousness of Christ can escape it.”

So much for Christian love and kindness. And since when do people who gossip deserve to be put to death? That would eliminate a sizable chunk of the US population, including a lot of Christians.

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Duck Dynasty Tanked Marriage Equality Support

The Duck hunters killed marriage equality, according to Maggie Gallagher’s analysis of a drop in US support in one poll:

“The most likely candidate is A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after he expressed, rather colorfully, rather standard orthodox Christian views on gay sex… [I]f my analysis is right, the future depends on two things: whether gay-marriage advocates continue to press the idea that supporters of the Christian and traditional understanding of marriage should be treated as bigots in the public square – and whether stories of the oppression of opponents of gay marriage ‘break through’ the media blockade.”

“If my analysis is right”… that’s a big if – it’s been a long time since this woman was right about anything. And there are questions about the way that poll was conducted that suggest it’s an outlier.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/27/14

Saturday, September 27th, 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!

Worldwide: The UN just passed a resolution opposing violence and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation by 25-14, with 7 countries abstaining. full story

Worldwide: Twenty one countries either voted against or abstained from voting on a measure to oppose violence and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. or gender identity full story

Indonesia: The Aceh Province’s legislature has approved a bill to give men 100 lashes for being gay. full story

Malawi: President Peter Mutharika finished his first hundred days in office without mentioning or taking any action on minority rights. full story

USA: The highest paid female CEO in the US, Martine Rothblatt, is a transgender woman. full story

USA: Scandal actor Jeff Perry just joined the Human Rights Campaign. full story

USA: Attorney General Eric Holder will reportedly ask the US Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality nationwide. full story

USA, Alaska: The state submitted an amicus brief defending its marriage equality ban Friday. full story

USA, Florida: The Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution in support of marriage equality. full story

USA, Louisiana: The state court ruling striking down the marriage equality ban has been stayed pending appeal. full story

USA, Oregon: NOM is still pushing for an en-bank hearing to overturn Oregon marriage equality. full story

USA, Washington DC: Marriage equality is apparently being downplayed at this year’s Values Voters Summit. full story

USA, Washington DC: Asked about marriage equality at the Values Voters Summit, Michelle Bachmann called it “Boring” and Not an issue.” full story