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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Friday, September 12th, 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.

Uganda Has Wholsesome and Biblical Values

Peter LaBarbera wishes Pres. Obama would stop trying to force nice countries like Uganda to do such horrible things as treating their LGBT citizens civilly:

“Just because America has fallen so far that we now treat sin, in this case homosexuality, as a civil right doesn’t mean we have the right to force that on other countries that have more wholesome and biblical values. That should be our number one priority. We shouldn’t be talking about homosexuality right now, but Obama is pandering to his base. He is the most pro-homosexual and gender confusion president our country has ever seen. It is high in his priority list, unfortunately to the detriment of our own security needs.”

Which begs the question, if you think that Uganda is such a wonderful place to live, and the US is so terrible, why not go to live there? We really wouldn’t miss you.

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Those Darned Girl on Girl Films Are Turning Kids Gay

When a woman called in concerned that her daughter had just come out as a lesbian, Pat Robertson offered this advice:

“She needs somebody to help her get her identity straight. She may not be right in this, she may have thought she has a crush on some older girl along the way and she’s actually homosexual when she’s not, I don’t know… Why is she that way? Was she molested when she was younger? The girl-on-girl movies, more and more and more, they’re getting straight actresses to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals and if you say anything against homosexuality you are just hooted out of court. But I do think you need to love your daughter and give her a chance to work this out because if she gets deeper and deeper in it, sooner or later she is going to be disillusioned and say, ‘this is wrong, I want to come out of it’.”

Amazing, out of the entire word salad, he got exactly one thing right. You do need to love your daughter.

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Marriage Equality Round–Up 9/12/14

Friday, September 12th, 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 United Nation’s “Free and Equal” campaign in support of LGBT equality says it has reached 1 billion people. full story

Worldwide: Facebook is apparently targeting drag queens, forcing them to list themselves as their legal names. full story

Australia: Marriage equality activists are condemning a proposed loophole that would let registrars opt out from performing same-sex marriages. full story

China: Gay-rights groups are asking 112 universities to meet basic demands of their LGBT students. full story

Ecuador: Starting September 15, same-sex couples in Ecuador can register their civil unions. full story

Finland: The Russian orthodox Christian church canceled a planned summit with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the latter’s support for gay rights. full story

Greece: Human rights groups are calling for stronger LGBT rights protections in the wake of an increase in homophobic incidents in the country. full story

India: The Indian government is asking the Supreme Court to clarify that its recent ruling on transgender rights does not apply to gay people. full story

Russia: After supposedly canceling their conference in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, the World Congress of Families is still holding its meeting there this week, and the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown Is attending. full story

UK: Nigel Farage, head of the UKIP, thinks the legalizing marriage equality wasn’t all that important. full story

UK, Scotland: After accepting a large donation from an anti-gay businessman, the Scottish National Party says it doesn’t mean the party’s anti-gay. full story

USA, Scotland: The Scottish Green party has taken the UK government to task for its treatment of LGBT asylum-seekers. full story

USA: A new survey shows that acceptance of gays in US churches increased to 48% between 2006 and 2012, but support actually dropped in Catholic churches. full story

USA, California: The human rights campaign is partnering with the Red Cross for a blood drive to bring attention to the fact that gays are still not allowed to donate blood. full story

USA, New York: Irish LGBT groups are applying again to March in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, while the Catholic league says it will sit next year’s parade out. full story

USA, Wisconsin: Two Dane County, Wisconsin judges have granted options to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Wyoming: The head of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce sent an email blast to local business owners, asking them to support marriage equality. full story

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Thursday, September 11th, 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.

Atheists Have No Right to Serve in the Military

Seriously, that’s what the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is arguing:

“This is an absolutely foundational, non-negotiable, bed-rock American principle: there is a Creator – with a capital ‘C’ (you could look it up) – and he and he alone is the source of the very rights the military exists to protect and defend. An individual who does not understand and believe this has no right to serve in the U.S. military. Military service should rightly be reserved for those who believe in and are willing to die for what America stands for – and what America stands for is a belief in God as the source of our rights. A man who doesn’t believe in the Creator the Founders trusted certainly can live in America without being troubled for being a fool. But he most certainly should not wear the uniform.”

Really, we now have a religious litmus test for US military service? Because only Christians are good at killing other people? Or because war ought to be godly?

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Math Is a Gateway to Homosexuality

Linda Harvey is back, this time warning that teachers are sneaking homosexuality into math questions:

“Not all teachers are wild liberals but quite a few are. And they get creative at getting the issue of homosexuality and gender confusion in front of children. In math, kids will face word problems that somehow incorporate same-sex parents as if this is no big deal. They’ll quickly move on, no questions allowed, smoothly normalizing deviance.”

I’ve heard there are wild conservatives out there, making crazy, unfounded accusations about gays and then quickly moving on before anyone can question them. Anyone else worried about this?

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Let’s Ban the Religion of Secularism from the Classroom

Rick Santorum has a great plan for getting all those geeky scientific ideas out of US classrooms:

“The idea that if you take religion out of the public square, if you take the Bible out of the classroom, that that’s neutral – well, no it’s not neutral! It’s a different worldview. I think we should start calling secularism a religion. Because if we did, then we could ban that too, because that’s what they’ve done. They’ve hidden behind the fact that the absence of a religion is not a religion of itself, which, in fact it is, because it has certain moral values and certain teachings that look like a type of moral worldview.”

“Secularism” is a classic strawman – something that exists only in the minds conservatives, created so that they can have something to rally against. So to call it a religion is beyond idiotic.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/11/14

Thursday, September 11th, 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!

Cameroon: Drinking Bailey’s or being a hairdresser can get you jailed for being a gay man in Cameron. full story

Egypt: The group Human Rights Watch is urging Egypt to free seven men accused of “inciting debauchery” after they appeared in a gay marriage video. full story

The Gambia: Amnesty International is urging the president of The Gambia not to sign the new anti-gay law. full story

Ireland: The Irish government announced plans to change the law to ensure the public service workers no longer face termination based on sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity. full story

New Zealand: LGBT activists are outraged over a radio stunt where two straight men married in order to win tickets to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. full story

UK: The Rainbow Laces campaign, a group that sent out rainbow shoelaces to soccer players all across the UK, also sent some to the Westboro Baptist Church, along with a strongly worded letter. full story

USA: A bill that would’ve required the Veterans Affairs Department to extend spousal benefits to gay and lesbian couples in states that don’t recognize marriage equality failed in House committee. full story

USA: New voter ID laws can have an unintended target this fall – transgender voters. full story

USA, Alabama: The Foundation for Moral Law is filed a brief with the US Supreme Court, asking them to uphold Utah’s ban on marriage equality, so that an Alabama women’s son’s estate does not go to his husband. full story

USA, California: A new study shows that Hollywood isn’t as liberal and gay as many people assume. full story

USA, Florida: Orange County clerks are getting ready for the advent of marriage equality. full story

USA, New York: Designer Betsey Johnson had a marriage equality came to her fashion week show – and she won. full story

USA, Oregon: After being rejected again and again in the courts, the National Organization for Marriage is asking the Ninth Circuit for an en-banc hearing to try to block marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Utah: State officials have filed their final brief in the marriage equality case before the US Supreme Court. full story

New Group “Evangelicals for Marriage Equality” Formed

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

 Evangelicals for Marriage Equality ad

There’s a new group of evangelicals supporting marriage equality.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality is serious and group spokesman Brandon Robertson has some impressive statistics to back him up: A third of evangelicals 34 to 48 support marriage equality and 43 percent of those 18 to 33 support marriage equality, according to Robertson. The group planned to launch with an ad that was rejected by Christianity Today. “There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that talk about love. There aren’t any that talk about the definition of civil marriage,” the ad reads. Whoa. That’s kind of racy for Christianity Today. How dare these evangelical extremists actually read the Bible.

More and more religious groups are supporting marriage equality, and it’s great to see some evangelicals jumping on the bandwagon!

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New Poll: 61% Support Marriage Equality in the Faroe Islands

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

titleA new poll out of the Faroe Islands, and autonomous country in the Kingdom of Denmark, shows that 61% support marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

The Islands – an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark – maintain control over their own marriage laws. The recent Gallup poll interviewed 600 people on their views towards same-sex marriage. 61% of respondents say they support same-sex marriage, while 32% of respondents say they are against. The rest say that they don’t know. Denmark legalised same-sex marriage in 2012, but the law does not apply to the Faroe Islands, where same-sex relationships are not recognised.

The government voted down a marriage equality bill earlier this year.

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What Happens if the Supreme Court Doesn’t Take a Marriage Equality Case?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Matt BaumeAlthough it seems unlikely, it’s possible the US Supreme Court will decline to take any of the marriage equality cases before it this year. So what happens then?

Matt Baume at the Advocate explains:

It’s hard to imagine, but the court could choose to deny a writ of certiorari for the petitions currently pending and anticipated over the next few months. If it did so, the impact would be immediate and huge. The most significant effect would be the lifting of stays in states where marriage bans have been overturned. Courts had imposed those stays pending final resolution of the cases at the Supreme Court as a last resort. Without that last resort, pro-marriage equality rulings would become the law of the land in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Those states alone would account for a massive surge in the number of Americans in marriage equality states. The population of those states adds up to a little over 27 million people. But it wouldn’t stop there. The victories in those states were at the appellate circuit level, which means the rulings would become precedent in neighboring states encompassed by the circuit as well.

Basically, marriage equality would become the law of the land immediately or shortly thereafter for about 65 million people, in the following states: Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. And if the expected Ninth Circuit ruling is favorable, add Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada to that list.

By my count, that pushes the total to 35 states, well over a majority of the country.

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US Supreme Court Could Choose a Marriage Equality Case As Early As Today

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorThe US Supreme Court could decide to take one or more of the marriage equality cases as early as today, or they could wait as long as January to decide.

ScotusBlog reports:

With lawyers moving very rapidly, the number of appeals to the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage rose on Tuesday to seven, as state officials in Indiana and Wisconsin separately challenged a federal appeals court ruling against their bans, and lawyers for the couples planned to file immediate replies. The new cases landed at the Court five days after that decision; the states had the option of taking ninety days to file. Along with the two new filings, the Court has awaiting it individual petitions on the issue from Oklahoma and Utah and three from Virginia. In all of the cases, both sides and a lengthening list of “friends of the Court” have agreed that the Court should take on the constitutional controversy now. The Court may indicate as early as tomorrow which of the seven cases, if any, will be considered by the Justices at their first Conference of the new Term, on September 29… If the Court opts to take on the controversy anytime up to mid-January, a final ruling could be expected before the new Term is completed late next June.

My totally uneducated guess is that they’ll make us wait for a while.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/9/14

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Marriage Equality for AllHere’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!

Egypt: Matt Northup at Dot429 profiles the perils of life for gay men in Egypt. full story

The Gambia:Gays in The Gambia are in desperate need of humanitarian help, according to Melanie Nathan. full story

New Zealand: A radio station is being condemned for a homophobic stunt in which they asked to straight men to get married for rugby tickets. full story

Taiwan: A fertility clinic refused to take eggs from a lesbian donor because they say recipients are afraid that homosexuality is hereditary. full story

UK: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has called attempts to “cure” gay people “shocking.” full story

USA: The American Foundation for Human Rights says it’s time for the Supreme Court to answer the door on marriage equality. full story

USA:The American Family Association is launching a boycott of Target in response to the company’s support of marriage equality. full story

USA: Actress Sarah Gilbert and her partner Linda Perry announced that they are expecting a child. full story

USA, Indiana / Wisconsin: Both the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage equality cases are now being appealed directly to the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Maura Healy, a lawyer who fought against the Defense of Marriage Act, won her primary, to potentially become the first out Atty. Gen. of a US state. full story

USA, New York: New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who praised Uganda’s anti-gay laws last week, just lost his primary bid for the state Senate. full story

USA, North Dakota: A federal judge will decide whether to rule on the marriage equality case there without a trial, as plaintiffs are asking, or throw the case out, as the state is asking. full story

USA: GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby is trumpeting the sport of two of the plaintiffs who fought for marriage equality in Oregon. full story

USA, Texas: The lawyer representing two gay couples who want to marry in Texas filed a brief Tuesday, asking the 5th Circuit Court to uphold Federal Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling overturning the ban on gay marriage. full story

USA, Utah Eighty Utah state legislators have filed an amicus brief saying that marriage equality will lead to incest and polygamy. full story

USA, Washington DC: Activists rallied before the White House on Tuesday calling for an immediate change to help LGBT people facing unfair, discriminatory treatment. full story

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Wednesday, September 10th, 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.

Our Gay Marriage Ban Has Nothing to Do with Homosexuals

Indiana Atty. Gen. Greg Zoeller actually had the balls to claim that the state’s ban on gay marriage has absolutely nothing to do with case:

“The court does not, and cannot, justify the assertion that Indiana’s definition of marriage targets homosexuals. The statue itself makes no mention of sexual orientation, and as the case record in this case amply demonstrates, homosexuals often do marry members of the opposite sex in Indiana.”

::: beating head against desk ::: it is beyond tiring see these folks continually trying to obscure the intended and real impact of these bans. They were enacted for one purpose and one purpose only – to stop gays from marrying gays and lesbians from marrying lesbians. End of sentence. And this bullshit about “anyone is allowed to marry a member of the opposite sex” is just that.

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Cakes for Dog Weddings and Pastors in Jail

In a discussion about gay marriage on Fox’s “Joni Table Talk” show, the homophobia was on glorious display. First, Rachel Lamb said:

“At what point is the line drawn as far as what is discrimination? You know, is it discrimination if they wanted to make a cake for them and their dog, and they’re going to get married to their dog, you know. Is that something that’s going to hold up? At what point do we say, okay, you know, this is not okay.”

Yes, we agree. You do have to draw the line. But is anybody besides Fox news and conservatives advocating for man–dog marriage, or even talking about it?

A little later in the show, Todd Starnes had this little nugget:

“I think that we are going to see some pastors that may quite frankly have to go to jail to defend their religious liberty. Some people say, oh we ought to be real quiet. We ought not to say anything. Well, you know what, I can appreciate that, but if I wanted to be persecuted for my faith, I’d go move over to China. I like to live in America, where we don’t get beat up on the way to church.”

No, Todd, we’re not going to send pastors to jail for opposing marriage equality. you guys bring that up again and again and again and again and again – once again, you are the only ones suggesting this. Oh, and nice use of the old fox trope “some people say”. It’s a great way to get your bullshit out there without having to own your sources.

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STDs Are God’s Wrath for Homosexuality And Immorality

“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson had something new to say about homosexuality this week:

“Do you think it’s a coincidence that all of these debilitating — and literally that can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct? God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff.'” Robertson explains that married heterosexual couples are “not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS.” “[E]ither it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or, it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct.’ I’m leaning toward there’s a penalty toward it.”

So under Robertson’s theory, a gay couple who is monogamous can contract an STD, because God is pissed. Can we please see the case studies that show this?

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10 Predicted Gay Marriage Catastrophes That Never Happened

Our friends over at Pink News have a list of 10 predicted catastrophes that never happened once marriage equality was passed in the UK, including:

The skies haven’t opened with freak biblical storms: In his open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron in April 2012, Mr Silvester wrote:”The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.” Following freak storms and floods in England at the start of this year, Mr Silvester proudly rubbed our faces in it – he was right all along. However, contrary to Sylvester’s beliefs, the weather this summer has been mostly pleasant, with only one or two light showers. A possible false flag?

See the full list of the link below – it’s entertaining.

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