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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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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, October 21st, 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.

We’re Making Shitloads of Money off this Idaho Lie

Tony Perkins is flogging the Idaho story of a couple who own a Christian wedding chapel like his life (or more accurately, his bank accounts) depended on it:

“If homosexuals get their way, Pastor Donald Knapp won’t be behind the pulpit — he’ll be behind bars. That’s the stunning development in Idaho, where the day liberals promised would never come is already here. Two ministers — a husband and wife team — have been told by their city government that refusing to ‘marry’ a same-sex couple will send them straight to jail. FRC warned this moment was coming, but even we didn’t expect the government to move this quickly.”

Unfortunately for the religious right, the whole story turns out to be a lie:

City officials in Coeur d’Alene say they have not received any formal complaints that the Hitching Post wedding chapel has violated the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance by refusing to solemnize same-sex marriages. A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday on behalf of Don and Lynn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post, claims the couple’s constitutional rights to religious freedom are being violated by the city, through the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, because it compels them to officiate over gay marriages. The law, adopted in 2013, prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity to be used as a basis for discrimination in housing, employment and other public accommodations. News of the lawsuit sparked national headlines over the weekend, primarily from conservative media, claiming that the city is threatening to arrest the Knapps. “We have never threatened to jail them, or take legal action of any kind,” said city spokesman Keith Erickson. [snip] Gridley wrote that the city will not prosecute legitimate nonprofit religious corporations, associations, educational institutions, or societies or other exempt organizations or anyone else as a result of their lawful exercise of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. When contacted by The Press for comment, Don Knapp said the Hitching Post is not operating as a not-for-profit religious corporation. He also said he does not know ADF Attorney David Cortman.

But don’t expect these guys to let the truth get in the way of a good fundraising effort.

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Christians Should Run for the Border

Pat Robertson is suggesting that Christians in states that now have marriage equality need to get the hell out:

“If I were that couple I’d get ahead of the curve. Get on an airplane and leave Idaho or get in your car and drive across the border into Montana. Get out of that state and if need be close your chapel down. Get ahead of it because this is outrageous. But I was afraid this would happen. The next thing you know it’ll be a church, a church is going to be forced to do things like that. You can see some Catholic church being forced to perform a gay marriage.”

And of course, as soon as “Christians” do run for the border under this spurious threat, Robertson and his ilk will claim that they had been driven out.

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Gay Mariage Is Destroying the US

Rush Limbaugh has launched one of his trademark diatribes against marriage equality and the left:

“Standards have deteriorated, morality is no longer allowed to be defined or used. Nobody is allowed to pass judgement on what’s obviously right or wrong. There’s no foundation, there aren’t any guardrails anymore…it’s no wonder people who are rooted in the great traditions and institutions of this country may think they are crumbling, because they’re routinely assaulted – they, the people, and the institutions.”

Or maybe what you so narrowly define as “right and wrong” was based on a lie in the first place… that gay people choose to be that way and so are inherently sinful?

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Gay Marriage is a Pestilence of Gay Gremlins

That’s what Anthony Culler, Republican candidate for South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, apparently thinks of the gays and marriage equality:

“Same-sex “marriage” is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family… Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.””

Let me set you straight here. Gay people are not gremlins. They are people – your neighbors, teachers, doctors, and yes, constituents – people who just want to live a normal life with the person they love. Allowing them to marry changes exactly nothing for you or your “way of life”.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Wednesday, October 15th, 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.

There’s No Ebola Vaccine Because of Fat Lesbians

That’s the contention of right-wing commentator Erick Erickson:

In a post titled “Fat Lesbians Got All The Ebola Dollars But Blame the GOP,” Erickson insists that it was the federal government’s choice to fritter away taxpayer money on useless studies. Chief among them: a project “studying the propensity of lesbans to be fat.”

This is, of course. absolute idiocy. The reason we don’t have a vaccine is that our health care system is profit-driven, and there’s no profit in it. But the truth never gets in the way of a good gay bashing for the right wing.

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God Will Get Us With Ebola or Worse for Liking the Gays

Pastor Ron Baity picks up the theme:

“In’it amazing for a 150+ years we’ve had the laws and many of the same laws on the book and all of a sudden we’re supposed to have had a vision overnight at how dumb we were all of those years and now the things that even put laws in place that said homosexuality is breaking the law is now putting so called laws in place saying that it’s ok, that it’s a lifestyle that’s acceptable in our society… we are bringing the judgment of God on this nation as sure as Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed. Don’t be surprised at the plagues. Don’t be surprised at the judgment of God. You think Ebola us bad now? Just wait. If it’s not that, it’s gonna be something else.”

Aside from the rampantly poor grammar, the open bigotry and hatred for gays expressed in this man’s speech is chilling. Twenty years ago, it was AIDS that was God’s judgement for being gay. What will it be in 2034?

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The Rainbow Flag is the Mark of the Beast

That’s what Bryan Fischer says, talking about a T-Shirt printer who refused to print a Pride shirt:

“The Mark of the Beast today is the rainbow flag. You think about the number of examples, and I just ticked through a list of examples here, of people who were unable, who were not allowed to engage in commerce because they would not take the mark of the Beast on their hands or on their foreheads. They would not allow the Beast to dictate to them what they did with regard to the homosexual agenda, what they did or what they thought.

A couple things here. First off, no one is telling these people what to think. That has never been suggested. In fact, our side has been quite clear that you are free to thing (and believe) whatever you want. Clearly – just read these pages to see the proof. But I was unaware that the bible had a passage proclaiming the rights of people to conduct commerce. In fact, I kinda remember a passage where Jesus didn’t treat kindly the merchants engaged in commerce. We need to separate religion in this country, which is often a beautiful, noble thing, from for profit businesses. Yes, you can be a Christian and run a for-profit business. But the rules of the state apply, not the rules of the church. And the rules of the state now say quite clearly – you need to treat everyone equally. If you just want to print Christian T-Shirts, do it as a hobby. But once you start trying to male a profit, you have to open the doors to everyone. Gays, lesbians, Buddhists Muslims, men, women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, young, old, married, single – everyone.

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Christ Still Rules Our Democracy, Despite What Judge Says

Yeah, that’s the confusing message from Jim Minnery, head of Alaska Family Action, in response to marriage equality coming to the state via a judicial ruling:

“Apparently, [Judge] Burgess agrees with one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs suing the State who said that marriage is a “changing institution.” Changing exactly into what is the most frightening aspect of this ruling. Under what logical rationale would the Courts now deny other “evolving” forms of marriage ? Three wives for one husband ? Marrying your aunt or niece or brother ? Group marriage involving any number of couples and individuals with various sexual orientations ? Once you eliminate sexual complementarity from the marriage equation, is there any reason to keep other cornerstones we’ve all taken for granted for generations including exclusivity, permanence and monogamy? There can be no doubt that this was a subversion of the democratic process. Who is the true owner of our state constitution ? Is it the people of Alaska or unelected men and women who happen to wear black robes? If it’s the latter, then the idea that we live in a representative democracy is nothing more than wishful thinking. Despite our disappointment with the Burgess ruling, Christ is still on the throne.”

Um, you at least kind of had a coherent point, however misguided, in that you think judges shouldn’t be able to overturn the rule of the people. But then you had to go and blow it with the whole Jesus on the Throne thing. This is still a democracy where the people decide – via a vote or via the legislature or via judges who are able to put a check on decisions that violate the Constitution. The big one, you know, for all the states? And that Constitution also contains a separation of Church and State. I know you hate that, but it’s there. So unless and until that is changed, Jesus doesn’t have a vote. Nor does Mohammed, or Buda, for that matter.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Saturday, October 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.

Don’t Let Your Gay Uncle Near Your Kids

That’s the message US Cardinal Raymond Burke is sending to families:

Burke was asked by the website LifeSiteNews, “How should Catholic parents deal with a difficult situation like this? When planning a Christmas family gathering with grandchildren present, parents are asked by their son, who is in a homosexual relationship, if he can come and bring home with him his homosexual partner.”

“This is a very delicate question, made more delicate by the aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda. If homosexual relationships are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are … then what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person? If it were another kind of relationship – something that was profoundly disordered and harmful – we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship, to the direct experience of it. And neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil. Families have to find a way … to try to draw the person away from a relationship which is disordered.”

What Cardinal Burke and other bigots like him are really afraid of is that children will grow up in a world where being gay is normal, because it is, and will no longer follow them or their anti-gay teachings.

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It’s Time for Massive Civil Disobedience

Pat Buchanan wants to see “Christians” in the streets against marriage equality:

“Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage? Not long ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes. But today rogue judges and justices, appointed for life, answer to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on what laws we may and may not enact… Why was there not massive civil disobedience against this anti-Christian discrimination, as there was against segregation? Why did Congress, which has the power to abolish every federal district and appellate court and to restrict the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, not act?”

Seriously, he expects Congress, THIS Congress, to do something? And good luck with the whole civil disobedience thing. Your sides’ rallies over the last couple years have been on life support.

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We’re Never, Never, Never Gonna Be Together With the Gays

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio says the Catjolic Church has no plans to consider blessing same sex unions:

We have to be honest. For us, and not just for us but for human culture in general, marriage is between a man and a woman. To bless this type of union… to say that they are like [heterosexual] marriages, never. This is simply for reasons of logic and identity. To bless them is not part of the way we see Christian doctrine.

Maybe not for Catholics, at least not yet. But many other Christian faiths already do bless same sex unions. Maybe once this generation of the hidebound Catholic hierarchy moves on…

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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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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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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, September 9th, 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.

Terrorist Gays Sent Me Death Threats

GOP Lobbyist Jack Burkman, who had called for a huge rally Sunday against Michael Sam, says he canceled the rally because of “death threats”:

Jack Burkman

“I and others in my organization received death threats over the phone Saturday and early Sunday. We took them very seriously and I did not want to risk anyone’s life to send a message. Whether gay radical activists or others made these threats is not clear yet. What is clear is that there are those who oppose us so vehemently that they will stop at nothing-and even resort to violence-to attack Christian values. Whoever did this are no different than terrorists.”

Yeah, you got death threats. In Texas. For being anti-gay. More likely, Burkman saw the writing on the wall, and also saw a way to rings more publicity out of his little stunt, while painting gays in a bad light.

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Everyone Should Be Allowed to Smoke, and Fire Gay People

Carolina House Republican Robert Pittenger made that weird assertion at a recent town hall in Charlotte:

“You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business. It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?”

Yes, because you have the inalienable right to do whatever the hell you want, even if it kills someone else or forces and into poverty. Because you’re an Amurican. Your rights trump everybody else’s, because obviously days and non-smokers aren’t as Amurican as you.

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The New Government Religion Will Revoke Citizenship for Catholics

Cardinal Francis George made this rather bizarre claim earlier this week:

“In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes. What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval. The “ruling class,” those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone. We are told that, even in marriage itself, there is no difference between men and women, although nature and our very bodies clearly evidence that men and women are not interchangeable at will in forming a family. Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.”

We hear this rather bizarre claim about gays having gone from a request for “tolerance” to forcing their views on others quite a lot lately, quite interestingly, from the people that had been trying to force their views on us through legislation for decades. However, nobody is suggesting that churches be “forced” to accept marriage equality. Only for-profit businesses, just like we do for customers who are African-American, for people who are women, and for people in mixed-race marriages, to name just a few. But somehow these are no longer considered “forcing their views” on Christians. At least not by most people. But this is a first for me – this claim that government is actually establishing a new religion.

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Gays Will Marry Nine-year-olds in Arabic Nations and Return to New York

Pastor James David Manning has released another rant against homosexuality and gay marriage:

“Marriage is between a man and a woman, so these are not marriages, they are fixations, if you will. They are, if you will, legalized, perverted orgies, if you must. Mark my words, like Michael Sam and others, someone is going to take a nine year old boy to an Arabic Nation or to a nation without power to retort, marry that nine year-old, and come back into Ellis Island and through customs and New York State will have to recognize that marriage because under the law that you can marry who you will, and marriage in another state must be recognized. That’s exactly how pedophilia is going to begin to grow all over the place.”

OMG – there are so many things wrong with this. First off, the accusation that a marriage between two men or two women is a “perverted orgy” is just out and out offensive. Second, what the hell does Michael Sam have to do with any of this? Third, Arabic nations do not allow members of the same sex to marry. Not one of them. Fourth, even if they did, mirroring a child is pedophilia, and not one government in the world allows that, at least not that I’m aware of. Fifth, was the last time anybody emigrated through Ellis Island? Sixth, as mentioned in point four, no government recognizes pedophilia, and so New York State would not either. This man is so full of bullshit, it’s amazing it’s not coming out of his mouth. Oh wait, it is.

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Crazy Things Homophobes Say about Gay Parenting

for our last feature today, we turn to Pink News, where they’ve compiled a list of seven crazy things homophobes is said about gay parenting, including:

Yes, it’s child abuse. Seriously, do I even need to spell this one out? Thankfully, the likes of UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie and Tory peer Lord Tebbit have both shone tremendous amounts of light on this matter. McKenzie, in 2012, said that having a child adopted by “two men who kiss regularly” is something to “worry about. That is abuse. It is a violation of a child’s human rights because that child has no opportunity to grow up under normal circumstances.”

You won’t want to miss one crazy little morsel.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Monday, August 25th, 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.

No Marriage for Gays Because they Can’t Join in One Flesh

So much for all those high-falutin’ spiritual reasons for not allowing same sex couples to marry. The Editors of the National Catholic Register have a new reason:

“Our bodies have meaning. The conjugal union of a man and a woman is not a factory to produce babies; marriage seeks to create a total community of love, a ‘one flesh’ union of mind, heart and body that includes a willingness to care for any children their bodily union makes together,” said Archbishop Cordileone. “Two men and two women can certainly have a close, loving, committed emotional relationship, but they can never, ever join as one flesh in the unique way a husband and wife do.”

Got that? Yes, you gays can stick your flesh together, but there’s no meaning there. Says the guy who filled his own meaningful body with alcohol and drove drunk one night back in 2012 and then joked about it. And who, BTW, can never get married or experience the “one flesh union” he so ardently describes.

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Marriage Equality = Government Tyranny

The Family Research Council’s Travis Weber is alarmed about the latest ruling striking down the state’s ban on marriage equality:

What’s most striking to me about these opinions … is the inability to comprehend marriage as anything but what the state defines it to be. You know this definition of morality and standards by which human beings order their lives by which the state … [is the] ultimate standard in law, authority in law, we should be aware of the danger of that. Yet that’s what we are buying into here.

What’s most frightening to me is people like Travis Weber, who want to substitute the rule of law with the Bible. And not just the Bible, but their own particular right-wing interpretation of it. And that should scare you too.

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Houston Gay Rights Opponents Turn in Signatures to Repeal LGBT Rights Ordinance

Saturday, July 5th, 2014


It looks like opponents of the new LGBT rights ordinance in Houston have turned in more than enough signatures to force a public vote in November.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Opponents of Houston’s new LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance on Thursday delivered what they say are thousands of voters’ signatures requesting that it be repealed. The group, consisting of pastors and faith-based organizations, said they had collected more than 50,000 signatures calling for a ballot referendum aimed at repealing the measure; a total of 17,269 valid signatures are required to place the issue on the November ballot. They say they want the public to have a chance to vote on the anti-discrimination ordinance, and not just city council members.

It’s amazing to me that these folks hate us enough to want to block even employment and housing protections for the LGBT community. Remember how they always used to tell us it was just about the word “marriage”?

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Have Marriage Equality Opponents Given Up?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Gay Wedding

Three stories came across my desk this morning, and together they paint a picture of where we are with marriage equality in the US.

First off, a story out of Pennsylvania on a rally against same sex marriage there.

Philly.com reports:

For the hour that Mike McMonagle and his allies stood in protest Thursday outside Gov. Corbett’s office in Center City, they were spared from heat and rain. But little else went in their favor. Drivers paid no attention to the 30 people holding rosaries and signs railing against same-sex marriage. A man spat on the ground at their feet. Soon, they had to share the sidewalk with other protesters – a younger, louder, more organized group. While McMonagle’s group spoke of the need to “defend our children” from nontraditional families, a group from Cook-Wissahickon School brought in actual children to make the case for increased state funding for arts and education.

It was not so long ago that our rallies would draw 20 or 30 true believers, and that we were the ones who were being spat at.

But it’s not just the rank and file who are dwindling against this issue.

Even GOP candidates for Senator are laying down their arms on the issue.

Think Progress reports:

…in a testament to the rapid advance of LGBT rights, just a tiny fraction of this year’s GOP Senate candidates are explicitly calling for a constitutional amendment. In fact, there are nearly as many Republican contenders touting their opposition to federal action as there are ones calling for it. A ThinkProgress examination found that of all 83 current Republican Senate candidates, just six mention their support for a federal marriage amendment to ban marriage equality. The six include three current senators — John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) — as well as Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) and two GOPers running in Oklahoma, Randy Brogdon and Andy Craig.

Remember when no less than the President of the United States was standing up and calling for a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage? That was just ten years ago.

And finally, this gem from a new Washington Post-ABC News poll on the intensity of belief in the fight.

The Washington Post reports:

And while gay marriage opponents are an ever-shrinking portion of the population, just as importantly, they are far less keen on pressing the issue. The new poll also asked people how important the issue of gay marriage is to their vote for Congress. While 81 percent of strong gay marriage supporters say it’s at least “somewhat” important, just 50 percent of strong opponents say the same. Nearly half of those who strongly oppose gay marriage (48 percent) say it’s not even somewhat important to them. Just 19 percent of strong gay marriage supporters are so casual about it.

And that, in a nutshell, is why we are winning the fight for marriage equality. Because for us, it’s about our lives, and has a real impact on our day-to-day existence. For much of the opposition, it’s just an old, worn-out slogan – the redefinition of marriage, that has no practical impact.

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