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USA, Mississippi: Governor Bryant Signs “Right to Discriminate” Bill Into Law

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil BryantMississippi has a shiny new “right to discriminate” law that could allow businesses to turn away gay customers, single women, buddhists, pretty much anyone they don’t agree with.

The Advocate reports:

Mississippi Republican governor Phil Bryant today signed a bill into a law that will allow business and individuals to deny service to anyone in the interest of religious liberty, according to ThinkProgress. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses and individuals to deny services to anyone, if serving that person or organization would “substantially burden” the individual’s “religious exercise.” It also adds the words “In God We Trust” to the official state seal. It received overwhelming support in the GOP-controlled legislature.

Some arm-twisting was involved.

Towleroad.com reports:

The bill passed, and should any GOP representatives have been on the fence about the issue, Jimmy Porter, executive director of the lobbying arm of Mississippi’s Southern Baptist convention, the Christian Action Commission, was sure to set them straight, promising a “political calamity” should any of them vote against Jesus.

Said Porter in part, “The fact is that one’s position on this piece of legislation can be made public whether a vote is taken or not. The leadership of the House will take a lot of heat for its failure if that is the case but it will be undeserved. The Christian Action Commission will work diligently to ensure the blame will be laid at the feet of these 20 alleged Republicans [against the bill]. Approximately 60,000 Baptist households will read about it and know the truth. Add to that Pentecostal households, members of the Tea Party, followers of American Family Association, the Liberty Council and the Family Research Council, etc., and you begin to see the widespread interest in this bill.”

Where’s Matt Barber with his “long knives” when you need him?

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Canada, Ontario: Group Harasses Lesbian Couple

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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You gotta read this one to believe it. A lesbian couple received a threat in the mail that’s both cold and calculating. Queerty reports:

Kim Renders, a Queen’s University teacher, HuffPo blogger, and proud lesbian, arrived at her Kingston, Ontario home last Friday to find a rather aggressive and unprovoked letter in the mail. Addressed to the “lesbian bitches” at her address, the harassing five-paragraph letter demands that she and her partner leave the city under threat of physical violence.

The letter reads, in part:

We are a small but dedicated group of Kingston residents devoted to removing the scourge of homosexuality in our city. We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you. This will be the first of many reminders, each escalating to higher and higher levels of harassment and derailment. Since we have nothing personal against you, only against your sexuality, we suggest you move to more conductive climes like Vancouver, or preferably San Francisco.

Chilling and sickening that these folks think they have the ability and the right to remove all gay and lesbian citizens from Kingston.

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France: Mayor Who Performed First Gay Wedding Gets Threats, Feces in Mail

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Montpellier, France Mayor Helene MandrouxThe Mayor of Montpellier, France, Helene Mandroux, who made news by marrying the first gay couple after France’s marriage equality law went into effect, has gotten some nasty mail. The Huffington Post reports:

The French mayor has received countless threats, including one with feces, over her part in the marriage. According to Montpellier daily newspaper Midi Libre, since performing the wedding, Mandroux has received many letters that contain insults and threats expressing opposition to gay marriage in France. One of the packages mailed to the French official also contained feces, municipal officers discovered.

The opponents of marriage equality have abandoned all sense of civility in the fight – even the former leader of the movement thinks so.

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France: After Openly Gay Mayor Talks about Marriage Equality, He Gets Bullets in the Mail

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Sigolsheim , France Mayor Thierry SpeitelAnother disturbing story out of France, showing the dark side of the anti-gay protesters – Thierry Speitel, mayor of the town of Sigolsheim, received a threat in the mail for supporting marriage equality. Towleroad reports:

The threat comes after Speitel gave a recent interview to the local newspaper Derniers Nouvelles d’Alsace in which he talked about the probability he would marry his partner and the prospect of them adopting children. He also slammed the homophobic incidents that have taken place in France over recent months, that have been blamed on the poisonous atmosphere created by some of the more extreme opponents of gay marriage. Along with the bullets, Speitel, a practicing Catholic, was sent a copy of his newspaper interview, which contained scrawled handwritten homophobic insults.

I guess bigots don’t like being called bigots, huh?

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NY, USA: Jamestown Councilman Suggests Gay Weddings Could Boost Tourism, Gets Threats

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Jamestown Councilman Greg Rabb proposed using the new same sex law as a way to attract tourists to the city, but his comments have caused controversy. Now, Rabb’s supporters are rallying.

Rabb spoke out during a council meeting saying that one way to boost tourism would be for Jamestown to “market itself as a same sex destination”. He said it would help attract people from other states where gay marriage is illegal.

That comment sparked a fire storm of controversy. Several comments and editorials have been written on the newspaper’s website. Organizers of the demonstration said many of the comments written have not only been hurtful, but also threatened the councilman’s safety.

Full Story from WKBW

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NY: NOM Threatens State Politicians Who Support Marriage Equality

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Brian BrownNOM’s Brian Brown has informed the New York Times that he is ready to spend $1M to oppose the reelection of any GOP state senator that votes in favor of same-sex marriage. NOM has made similar threats in other states.

“We spent over half a million dollars in New York” in 2009, he said, “and we’re ready to spend that and more this time. We are willing to spend a million against any Republican senator who votes for gay marriage.” The group would not say which lawmakers were singled out.

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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CA: During Prop 8 Trial, Plaintiffs Received Threats

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Prop 8 PlaintiffsThe two plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 gay marriage case reportedly received numerous threatening phone calls during the trial last year.

According to the news magazine The Advocate, they may have come from Gregory Giusti, the man convicted of making threatening phone calls to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

The Advocate reports that Sandra Stier and Kristin Perry, who filed suit challenging California’s ban on gay marriage, received more than a dozen messages at their Berkeley home in January when the Proposition 8 testimony was being heard.

Full Story from ABC7

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PA: Library Receives Threats Over Screening of “Out in the Silence”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Kittanning Library is heightening security following threatening phone calls made to them because of tomorrow night’s showing of a film promoting homosexual lifestyles.

Library Director Amanda Gearhart said that an anonymous phone call came in yesterday at shortly before 5 PM. “Someone called and said ‘I hope your health insurance is paid up for Thursday’ and they hung up the phone,” she explained on last night’s Talk of the Town cable show.

The film entitled Out in the Silence is part of an overall campaign to increase the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people in rural and small towns. The political agenda targets states that have not passed gay marriage amendments by appealing to core audiences including youth, civic, and faith-based communities.

Full Story from the Kittenning Paper

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