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Let’s Admit What Really Went Wrong in Houston

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Hayden MoraIt’s a dangerous myth that Houston was unexpected. National leadership of the LGBTQ movement has known or had very good reasons to suspect that our opponents — still reeling from their defeat around same-sex marriage — would seize on trans issues to energize their supporters, refill their treasuries, and create a new opportunity to gain traction with voters and the public at large.

But our funding has been so focused on marriage equality that we were left fighting for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance without the proper resources for political strategy, organizing, and effective, wide-scale public education. We were caught unprepared and that is inexcusable.

The voters’ decision on HERO comes at a pivotal time in our movement and raises key questions for all of us — especially our leaders — about what happened, why it happened, and where to go from here. How much and how quickly we learn from this loss depends on whether we, as a movement, engage in an unsparing and rigorous analysis not just of the Houston campaign, but also the ways in which we have and have not prioritized trans issues.

The reaction to the loss itself is telling. Many whose engagement is bounded by the victory of marriage equality and the goal of passing the Equality Act are left shocked. On the other extreme, for those who spend most of their lives working on the “margins” of our community — the undocumented, the young, people of color, trans folks, and those that hold multiple marginalized identities — Houston is like a distant rainstorm amid an ongoing level 5 hurricane of profound and pervasive violence and oppression. Identifying how and working toward bridging this divide is part of the crucial work that must occur in order for us to develop a stronger, smarter, and more holistic strategy of how to move forward.

By Hayden Mora – Full Story at The Advocate

Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

KimDavisABClargeON US TV today (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn’t believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June – being called ‘a hypocrite’.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a ‘Religious Liberty’ award for fighting ‘legal tyranny’, been called ‘the bravest woman in America‘ and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecutionShe even admitted denying marriage licences to friends, and receiving death threats.

All because she believes in her Christian duty to break the oath she took as a US Government official to uphold the law, in a country whose constitution explicitly forbids the primacy of any religion. The First Amendment clearly states that the US government cannot make any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ In the words of the Supreme Court, this generally means that the government can’t “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another,” or otherwise become entangled in religious affairs.

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If I Must Accept the Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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June 2014: the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In a 5-4 vote, the court allows corporations to claim religious exemptions from federal laws. Opponents are angered but accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject.

June 2015, the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 vote, the court grants same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Opponents are angered and do not accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject. With excessive pouting, they demand an end to the Supreme Court as we know it.

Texas senator Ted Cruz, self-appointed leader of the outraged, convened a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting titled, ‘With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions.’ He spoke gravely with lots of heavy sighs and theatrical turns of phrase: “Much to my great disappointment, this past term, the court crossed a line. Continued its long descent into lawlessness. To a level that I believe demands action. [dramatic pause] The court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature.” A musical stab would have worked wonderfully here to punctuate his point. He continued in a supremely serious tone: “Five unelected judges declared that the marriage laws of all 50 states were now, somehow, transformed into being unconstitutional … That’s not law. That’s not judging. That’s policy-making.”

By Domenick Scudera – Full Story at the Huffington Post

‘Rainbow Profile Pictures for Sex Offenders’ – Homophobia NOT Satire

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of 26 million people who used the rainbow filter on his profile picture. SOURCE: Facebook

IT’S LATE – my phone rings. It’s someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I answer.

His greeting is warm, but it sounds like he’s been drinking.

He chats about Facebook – he says he doesn’t use it much but he’s logged in and noticed the rainbow filter on my profile picture, the only one among his list of friends on the site.

He says he is concerned because he has just read an article claiming that sex offenders have been ordered to use rainbow profile pictures on social media so others can easily identify them as potential predators. Click to continue »

Anti-LGBT Bills Become Law in Michigan, North Carolina

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Two states enshrined anti-LGBT discrimination into law yesterday, legalizing dangerously broad “religious freedom” aka right to discriminate laws.

The first one was North Carolina, where the House rushed through a veto override with no time for discussion. The Washington Blade reports:

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The North Carolina legislature has succeeded in overriding Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of controversial legislation that would enable magistrates to opt out of performing marriages to which they have religious objection, including a same-sex union. The override succeeded in the House on Thursday by a vote of 69-41, which is three votes more than the three-fifths vote needed for the legislative maneuver. The Senate already succeeded in overriding the veto last week by a vote of 32-16. The legislation, Senate Bill 2, would enable magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of issuing marriage licenses for a period of at least six months to same-sex couples — or any couple — based on a religious objection.

Up north in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder wasted no time signing his own state’s bills. The Washington Blade reports:

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“Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law on late Thursday morning a package of religious freedom bills seen to enable anti-LGBT legislation in the state’s adoption agencies. Snyder announced he had signed the legislation — House Bills 4188, 4189, 4190 — just one day after the Michigan Senate approved the bills. The Michigan House already passed the bills in March. In a statement, Snyder said he signed the legislation as a means to ensure children without homes in Michigan have access to families to care for them. The new laws are set to go into effect in 90 days.”

Let’s be clear that the laws in both states allow someone to refuse service to anyone, not just gays and lesbians, based on their own personal religious beliefs.

Seriously? Enough is Enough

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Seriously?Here at Marriage Equality Watch, we have made it a habit of discussing the wackadoodle things that marriage equality opponents say – from comparing gay marriage to all kinds of things – chairs, tables, napkins and more, to the series of stock phrases we’ve grown so accustomed to:

–The will of the people
–Unelected judges
–“So Called” marriage
–Traditional marriage
–Natural marriage
–Thwarting
–Shoving down our throats

Then there are the more extreme claims – that gays want to adopt children to rape them; that transgender people are stalking young girls in bathrooms, and this week’s assertion that gay people are flavoring Starbucks coffee with “sodomite semen”. Seriously.

Well, after this week’s midterm elections, I’m done with it. I’ve decided it’s time we no longer give these folks, who have hatred in their hearts, a platform, even if the intent is to ridicule them.

I sometimes feel like those folks who work for the search engines who spend day and night looking at pictures showing the worst of humanity to screen them out for everyone else. It marks your soul.

So we are no longer going to publish all the stupid, inane, hurtful, nasty, bigoted, crazy things these folks say. We’ll use that time instead to expand our positive coverage in other areas.

So I bid Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson, Pastor James David Manning, Eugene Delguadio, Brian Brown, Matt Barber, James Dobson, Linda Harvey, and their ilk goodbye, and good riddance.

My soul needs a litte light.

–Scott

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – November 4th

Tuesday, November 4th, 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.


Gays Are Created by Sexual Abuse And Distant Fathers

That’s the gist of Christopher Doyle’s argument for ex-gay therapy:

“Homosexual feelings are often the result of underlying sexual trauma or emotional detachment from same-sex peers and parents – when individuals realize the source of their feelings and pursue healing in their lives, change happens. In my work with the International Healing Foundation, so much of our ministry is dedicated to working with church leadership to help them better understand how to minister to those who experience SSA – we’re helping them transform their pews from one of judgment and condemnation to hope and healing.”

Speaking for my own experience, I was never sexually abused as a child. And I was always close to my father. In fact, in recent years, we become even closer. And guess what? Still gay.

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Gay Marriage Will Make Me Stop Worshiping the Lord

Don Boyd, a right-wing wingnut, submitted a motion to intervene in the South Carolina marriage equality case:

“DON BOYD, MUSICIAN AND PSALMIST, Anointed and Assigned as a Watchmen of the souls of the people errantly calling themselves lesbian and gay WOULD PURSUE DISMISSAL of what is in essence and in truth a RELIGIOUS matter couched of late as a secular deprivation of constitutional rights by the Gay Agenda (of said people errantly identifying and calling themselves lesbian and gay) apostate and rebellious from The Most High GOD and Creator LORD of all the Earth, covetous of the Portion of those marrying and given in marriage in this world, troubled and incited of that Wicked One Lucifer the Devil unto discontent with Divine Constraint their Portion and glorious Calling in this life unto Reward of the Next. [snip] Any ratifying of gay “marriage” would compel me to leave off worshipping THE LORD with music and psalms – free exercise of my religion – to assume the life of a protester and wedding crasher.”

Seriously, if your faith is weak enough that two guys down the street getting married is enough to end your devotion to God, your faith isn’t very strong.

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Were Totally Gonna Boycott Starbucks More

The folks over at The National Organization for Marriage, who been boycotting Starbucks for years, are apoplectic about the new ad featuring two drag queens:

“The pro-same-sex marriage corporate behemoth Starbucks has taken its ideologically-driven LGBT agenda to a new level with a new ad featuring two reality TV star drag queens. The ad feature Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano, two drag queens from a reality TV show on the LGBT network, OUTtv. Thus Starbucks continues to serve up a healthy dose of ideology added in with the cream and sugar in its cups of coffee. It’s as good a reason as ever to Dump Starbucks if you haven’t made the commitment to do so already.”

As Joe my God points out, their petition for the boycott, after three years, has just 70,000 signatures. But most of them were probably already getting their coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts instead.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – November 3rd

Monday, November 3rd, 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.


London is the City of Cosmopolitan Poofters

David Little, the UKIP candidate for Dover, Kent, posted a racist and homophobic graphic on his Facebook page:

A candidate standing to be a British MP for UKIP has drawn criticism after posting a cartoon image on his Facebook page that refers to London as being full of “cosmopolitan poofters” and Africa as “Bongo Bongo Lands”.

Stay classy, UKIP.

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Marrying Gays Would Put My Soul At Risk

A magistrate in North Carolina who quit rather than have to marry same sex couples is in fear for his very soul:

“I prayed about it; I asked for wisdom. I think our hearts have been led away by the cares of the world, our desires, and ultimately, our intense arrogance – our hubris – against the Lord. We’ve rejected the prime authority of the scriptures, something our nation’s Founding Fathers, such as John Adams, knew better than to do… In both the Old and New Testaments, homosexuality is something the Lord does not approve of, and since He doesn’t, I could not put the sanction of the state on a relationship that runs afoul of scripture. I hate to wax it so biblical but it says, ‘What good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul?’ So that’s the stakes I put on this.”

Yes, because Jesus never showed compassion for the outcasts and downtrodden of society, so he totally wouldn’t approve of you doing so with same sex couples.

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Let’s Push Out the Lesbian Extremist Mayor

Matt Barber wants to “strike while the iron is hot” and recall Houston’s openly lesbian mayor:

“Should we make an example of her? Absolutely. I was born in Waco, Texas, and lived in Houston, so I’ve got a dog in this hunt. Really, we all do. Houston Mayor Annise Parker has disqualified herself from the privilege of serving the people of south Texas. She must either resign, effective immediately, or Houstonians should begin, without delay, the process of recalling her from office. Strike while the iron’s hot, I say, and right now it’s glowing cultural Marxist red. Parker has been caught, cold, with her hand in the totalitarian cookie jar. She has, on multiple counts, betrayed her oath of office. She’s put her own radical self-interests above the best interests of her constituents and has all but spit on the very U.S. Constitution she’s sworn to uphold. This woman (I’m loath to lend her credibility by calling her ‘Madam Mayor’) has revealed herself to be a single-issue-driven sexual extremist with zero regard for the rule of law.”

Let’s just put this in perspective. Mayor Parker AND the city council passed an ordinance protecting the rights of the LGBT community that had NOTHING to do with churches. These church groups, as is their right, collected signatures to put a repeal of the law on the ballot. They failed. They sued to contest the results of the signature counts. Also their right. But it was the churches who sued. The city asked for all the information about the meetings which were held to plan the petition drive, which were HELD IN CHURCHES. The Pastors freaked out, and claimed that they were the victims. The people suing the city to strip rights from the LGBT community.

Plus Joe.My.God notes this: “Hate group leader Matt Barber, who recently ran a column from an extremist who calls for executing all homosexuals.”

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – November 2nd

Sunday, November 2nd, 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.


Tim Cook Might Bring Ebola to Russia

Showing his ignorance is as vast as the distance between US and Russia, St. Petersburg city council member Vitaly Milonov wants to ban the Apple CEO form visiting Russia:

“What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there. Ban him for life.”

It should be noted that Milonov is an apple user. These conflations between AIDS and Ebola, and the implication that Ebola has something to do with being gay (carried by gays, God’s wrath for being gay) seems to be spreading faster than the disease itself.

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I Don’t Care That Cook Is Gay. Except When He Talks About It

Tony Perkins thinks it’s fine that the Apple CEO is gay. He just doesn’t think Cook should talk about it:

“Apple’s old logo was colored by the rainbow — and it looks like their top management still is. Three years after taking the company over for an ailing Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed what many people suspected: he identifies as a homosexual. Cook, the head of the tech world’s colossus, said he made the announcement because his predecessor had urged him to ‘be himself’ as the company’s chief executive. This may surprise liberals, but as far as I’m concerned, Cook’s sexuality is irrelevant. It only becomes an issue when homosexuals make it one — and use their businesses as a platform for radical activism.”

Things were so much better when the gays just sat quietly in their closets, weren’t they?

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – October 31st

Friday, October 31st, 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 Equality Nazis, Self-Hating Gay Says

Openly gay UKIP MP David Coburn seemed to take great glee in knocking members of his own community who fought so hard for marriage equality:

“What you’re doing with the gay marriage issue is you’re rubbing people’s noses in the dirt. Everyone had agreed and been quite happy with the idea of civil partnership, it was all bedded in and people were happy with it, they got used to the idea. But when you go across the road to pick a fight with someone of faith, that’s not got anything to do with it, that’s the equality Nazis trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking. You know it, I know it, we all know it – it’s false bollocks, the lot of it.” He also said that LGBT rights advocates’ successful campaign for marriage equality in Scotland only matters to “some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People.”

It’s bad enough to see such rank homophobia coming from anti-gay “christians”, but to see it from someone who should know better is truly disturbing.

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Giving Gays Equal Rights Is Just Like Raping Travelers

Pat Robertson is incensed about the Houston LGBT rights ordinance, comparing it to the raping and death of a woman in the Bible:

Robertson said Judges 19 was a story of “militant homosexuals” who wanted to rape a Levite traveler in Gibeah but ended up raping his female concubine, who ultimately died. “These homosexuals abused her all night long,” Robertson said. Robertson suggested that Houston might face fate similar to that of the Benjaminites of Gibeah: “Benjamin had been annihilated. They had killed all the women, they had killed a good portion of the fighting men, they burned a number of their cities, it was a complete mess. Why? Because they had defended these rapist homosexuals. Is that a message for Houston? For someplace else in America?”

It strikes me that these people are all up in arms that some subpoenas were sent to group of pastors. But they’re totally fine with Pat Robertson and his ilk comparing gays and lesbians to rapists and murderers?

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Climate Change Alarmists Promote Homosexuality to Control Population Growth

Wow, this one’s out of left field – Family Research Council president Tony Perkins manages to combine two of the right’s favorite boogeymen – climate change and gay rights – into one great fear-based money pitch:

A listener called in to tell the Family Research Council president that he thinks the reason homosexuality is “promoted is because it doesn’t lead to reproduction and that’s why it’s promoted. There’s this anti-life agenda, there’s a total anti-human, anti-life, human beings are a virus, type of mentality.” Perkins responded that the caller was “absolutely correct,” saying that he once wrote about how “climate change alarmists and those who are pushing population control” actually “promote homosexuality” because “there’s no procreation there. They go crazy, they deny it but the evidence is there, it’s footnoted in my book.”

Let’s take an informal survey – when were you first contacted by a climate change alarmist and turned gay? On the other hand, it’s great to know you’re doing your part for the environment every time you sleep around.

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Lesbian Mayor Has Houston Under Totalitarian Rule

And Tony Perkins is back for another go-round, this time accusing Houston Mayor Anise Parker of being a totalitarian:

“It may be Halloween, but even Mayor Annise Parker can’t mask her real agenda. The Houston leader couldn’t have been clearer yesterday that while she may have withdrawn the churches’ subpoenas, she has no intention of withdrawing from the battle over fundamental democracy. Remember, this whole saga began when the Mayor pushed a bad special rights ordinance, which morphed into a voting rights violation when she discarded over 30,000 signed citizen petitions. From there, it mushroomed into an attack on the First Amendment, and pastors started to challenge her totalitarian rule. While we’d like to think yesterday’s move was the result of the Mayor’s changed heart, it’s more likely the result of overwhelming public pressure. No doubt the Mayor would like the national scrutiny to go away, but as long as she continues to use her power to intimidate voters, the spotlight will remain.”

Lest we forget, the city council passed the ordinance – it was not put into place by fiat. And the Mayor had nothing to do with the subpoenas, but did order them withdrawn once the religious right and Fox News turned up the heat.

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