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Seriously?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world.

“Noah” Film Doesn’t Show That Gays Were Responsible for the Flood
Conservative Christian writer Don Feder hates the new Noah movie. “Scripture is a bit vague on the reasons for the flood. The Bible explains: “Now the earth was corrupt before God. And the earth became full of robbery. And God saw the earth, and behold it had become corrupted.” (Genesis 6:11-12). Corrupt in what way? Would God destroy the world over larceny? Later in Genesis, the Canaanite cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are blotted out, this time by fire, over sexual deviancy. The term “sodomite” doesn’t refer to someone who knocks-over convenience stores. Try to imagine Hollywood making a movie that inveighs against sexual immorality, when the entertainment industry goes Lady Gaga over gayness and presents cohabitation, adultery and abortion as lifestyle choices.” Hey, I thought God was infallible, and the Bible was the direct word of God. If he had wanted to say that gays had caused the Flood, wouldn’t he have just come out and said it???
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Homosexuals are Like Axe Murderers
That lovely comparison comes from Colorado Pastor Kevin Swanson: “When you come down to things like axe murder or homosexuality and you say, ‘we’re really going to promote it and we’re going to encourage everybody in America to engage in this or at least support this thing,’ there will be people on the other side who will take an adamantly opposed position to your support of axe murdering or homosexuality. They will be intolerant, they will be very intolerant of that which is evil, like axe murdering. Here’s my prognostication for Nabisco: I think they’re going to lose business.” Yes, and bigots are like assh*les.
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USA, Oregon: UCLA Says Marriage Equality Would Add $47.3 Million to State Economy

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageAllowing same-sex couples to marry would boost Oregon’s economy by $47.3 million over the first three years and generate 468 new jobs in the state, according to an independent research report conducted by UCLA’s Williams Institute.

The study released today uses data from sources such as the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. It estimates that 5,887 Oregton gay and lesbian couples will marry in the first three years of marriage becoming legal and that couples will on average spend $6,399 on their weddings.

Next week, a federal judge in Eugene will hear final arguments in a legal case challenging the constitutionality of Oregon’s law that excludes gay and lesbian couples from marriage. Since the Supreme Court struck down part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act last year, 11 of 11 federal judges have ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and 61 federal cases are pending around the country.

The researchers who conducted the study are independent of the marriage campaign.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Oregon.

Seriously?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world.

Chick-Fil-A CEO is a Coward
Remember the right’s love affair with Chick-Fil-A? They even held a big Chick-Fil-A “appreciation day” to thank CEO SDan Cathy for his anti-gay views. Well, no more. Now that Cathy has toned down his rhetoric, the right is looking for a new favorite restaurant. Mike Huckabee is leading the charge, calling the CEO a coward. Hey, what goes around, comes around.
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Homofascists Have Banished Me to Europe
Conservative (alleged) homosexual Robert Oscar Lopez, who has never met an anti-gay cause he didn’t like, explains his recent sojourn to Europe. “I was delighted to come and speak to the BBC in London, to German parliamentarians in Brussels, and to Italian jurists, but one of the reasons that I was so available to help European allies was practical: having been blacklisted and driven out of the public square by a cadre of unhinged homosexual fascists… There was still a belief among many defenders of marriage that compassion, civility, and professionalism could overwhelm the gay lobby with kindness. The result was that troublemakers like me were banished to Europe.” Maybe because your message of hatred toward the gays no longer sells so well in the US? I’m just sayin’. And hey, when is that “compassion, civility, and professionalism” gonna begin on the anti-gay side?
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Gays Caused the Forest Fire
Pastor Javier Soto says God is using a forest fire to order an end to a proposed civil unions bill. Just like he used a Tsunami to order Japan to repeal the country’s marriage equality law? Oh wait, they don’t have one. Just like he used fires in California to protest marriage equality there a couple years back? Oh wait, it was still illegal in the state then. We could go on…
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Gays Are Bound for a Lake of Fire
A taxpayer-funded Catholic school in Alberta says gays will end up in a “lake of fire.” Hey, I like a vacation at the lake as much as the next guy, but seriously?
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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/15/14

Tuesday, April 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!

Brunei: The UN is urging the Asian nation to delay a new law that encourages the stoning to death of gay people. full story

Canada: Pete LaBarbera was arrested in Canada in a publicity stunt after refusing police orders to leave a school campus. full story

Italy: A gay wedding service in Italy is making waves. full story

Russia: Gay pride has now been banned in Crimea. full story

USA: RuPaul’s dag race will drop the use of the term “she mail” in deference to the transgender community. full story

USA: A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says same sex marriage is good for public health. full story

USA: A new survey says an astonishing 26.5% of women are bisexual. full story

USA, California: Prop 8 plaintiffs will celebrate the one year anniversary of the overturing of the hateful law in Los Angeles on 6/28. full story

USA, Ohio: Some Muslim cab drivers in Cleveland are refusing to drive taxis with advertisements for the Gay Games. full story

USA, Ohio: The judge who just forced the state to recognize out of state same sex marriages is now considering whether to stay his ruling pending appeal. full story

USA. Oklahoma: The 10th Circuit will hear arguments in the OK marriage equality lawsuit Thursday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh city council members are urging the FDA to drop the ban on giving blood for gay men. full story

USA, Utah: A GSA in St. George is holding a town hall tomorrow on marriage equality. full story

USA, Ohio: AG Mike DeWine Approves Language for Ballot Repeal of Marriage Equality Ban

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWineIn our second big story out of Ohio for the day, the state’s Attorney General has approved the language for a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s ban on marriage equality.

Towleroad.com reports:

The language for a proposed ballot initiative aimed at overturning Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been approved by the state’s Attorney General Mike DeWine. The AP reports: The amendment language approved by DeWine Monday would also keep clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. The language goes next to the state ballot board for review. The group FreedomOhio is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio’s 2004 prohibition on gay marriage.

The measure could reach the ballot as early as this November.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Ohio.

USA, Ohio: Judge Says State Must Recognize Same Sex Marriages Weddings Performed Elsewhere

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

OhioOhio took a step closer to full marriage equality yesterday, when a Judge told the state it must recognize the marriages of same sex couples who wed in other states.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize lawfully performed same-sex marriages is a violation of constitutional rights and “unenforceable in all circumstances. The record before this court … is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state’s ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” Black wrote. he state plans to appeal Black’s ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

While the ruling leaves intact the ban on same sex weddings within the state, for now, it seems likely that too, would be struck down under the logic the judge used, if it were challenged directly.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Ohio.

USA, Oklahoma: Community Call After Thursday’s Marriage Equality Hearing

Monday, April 14th, 2014

image1297440Please mark your calendar now to join Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held on the evening of Thursday, April 17 to discuss the day’s events surrounding the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT /
7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Sign up now to receive the call in information!

On 17 April 2014, the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Denver will hear oral arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case, Bishop v. Smith. The hearing will begin at 1:30pm MT.

You are invited to our Community Call to discuss what happened in the courtroom, hear community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info!

Participants on the call will include: John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal and Public Policy Director; Kathleen Perrin, nationally recognized legal expert; and Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA’s Executive Director.

To receive the call in information, sign up at http://tinyurl.com/oklahoma10. All attendees will receive the information on the morning of Thursday, April 17.

Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/14/14

Monday, April 14th, 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!

UK, England: A lesbian couple in Bournemouth is believed to be the first same sex couple married in a church in the UK. full story

USA: Apple CEO Tim Cook is again pushing for Congress to pass ENDA. full story

USA: NFL Player Chris Kluwe is calling in the NFL to catch up to the rest of society on LGBT rights. full story

USA, Illinois: With marriage equality legal in some counties but not others (until June 2nd), the government is addressing the issue of statewide recognition of marriages already formed. full story

USA, Michigan: The lesbian couple in Michigan’s marriage equality case objects to the state’s request for a full 6th Circuit hearing on the matter. full story

US, Michigan: The ACLU is filing a lawsuit to force recognition of the 300 same-sex marriages formed last month when marriage equality was briefly legal in the state. full story

USA, Ohio: A Federal judge’s ruling forcing the state to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states is expected today. full story

Seriously?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world.

You Can’t Marry Because We Love You
Utah AG Sean Reyes assures us that “we are not motivated by hate, we are not targeting out of animus or any sinister motives particular individuals or families in Utah” in opposing the right of same sex couples to marry in Utah. Can’t you just feel the Christlove as the AG tries to block couples from marrying and adopting kids?
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Gays Are Forcing Children to Give Up Their Mothers and Fathers
An opponent of marriage equality at a Salt Lake City rally tells a reporter: “it rings a little bit hollow to tell children that you need to give up a mother and a father in order for us stand on the right side of history.” Nevermind that these kids are already with same sex parents, and banning their parents from being married does not change that.
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Here Come the Gay Supremacists
A black tea party supporter, Mary Baker, says “Gay Supremacy is becoming a monster that carries greater evils than white supremacy ever did.” Because there are more anti gay people than there were blacks, or something like that. She should be ashamed of herself – anyone who has been the subject of rank discrimination that turns around and supports discrimination against another minority group has lost their own moral standing.
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Gay is Not OK (And I Have a T-Shirt to Prove It)
Some students in regon marked the Day of Silence, a day against bullying, with a little bullying of their own, wearing shirts that said Gay is Not OK, some with crosses. Was anyone, anyone wearing shirts that said being Christian is not OK? I didn’t think so – so who’s the bully here?
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I’d Go to Dinner With Gay Sinners Anytime
The winner of the Masters, Bubba Watson, re-iterated his belief that gays are sinners. “[If] any person that was gay called me, I’d go to dinner with them any time. It’s just my belief system on the Bible says you can’t be gay. That’s a sin. So somebody living in sin I believe to be wrong.” I’m not sure that any of those “sinners” would want to go out to dinner with him.
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USA, Nevada: GOP Drops Opposition to Marriage Equality

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Nevada mapThe Nevada GOP just voted to drop opposition to abortion and marriage equality from its party platform.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion.

Is it a fluke, or are conservatives slowly moving to support marriage equality? Will we see this replicated in other states in time for 2016?

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Nevada.