Friday, September 19, 2014

How a transgender rights ordinance creates a "violation of civil rights"

Anthony Verdugo - Florida's Christian Family Coalition
Anthony Verdugo
Christian Family Coalition
Only Anthony Verdugo at Florida's Christian Family Coalition could voice anything this insane. Per an email blast:
On Tuesday, September 16th, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson recklessly re-introduced a previously defeated discriminatory "transsexual" amendment that creates discrimination and promotes civil rights violations. The incendiary proposal would legalize discrimination by allowing employees to be fired from their jobs and employers to be sued if they don’t agree with letting men claiming to be women to use women's bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms or locker rooms, and vice versa.

Johnny Weir's Marriage blows up

No fan am I of Johnny Weir. In his self-absorbed fabulousness he is an embarrassment to the gay community. I am posting this piece because I refuse to be embarrassed by his divorce.

Victor Weir-Voronov sued John Weir-Voronov on Thursday in New York County Supreme Court.  Weir's estranged husband claims that the three-time national champion assaulted, battered and defamed him, accusing him of "having 'herpes' or 'some sort of sexually transmitted disease.'"       

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Staver amusingly claims that Justice Ginsburg must recuse herself from marriage cases

According to Mat Staver at Liberty Counsel (a designated hate group) ina press release issued today, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Violates Judicial Code of Conduct. Justice Ginsburg has done nothing of the sort but that's not the point. The point is the spectacular stupidity of the Christianists who seek to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.

The piece correctly notes:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience at the University of Minnesota Law School that if the Sixth District Court of Appeals rules in favor of same-sex marriage, there will be “no need for us to rush” on a decision on the definition of marriage. If however, the appeals court that covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee upholds the centuries-old, natural definition of marriage as one man and one woman, “there will be some urgency.”

Blowhard Bill Donohue takes on HRC

Bill Donohue, a divorced man, is paid over $400,000 a year to be an unofficial apologist for the Catholic Church. In a screed posted last night, Blowhard Bill claims “GAY GROUP ATTACKS FIRST AMENDMENT” — Blowhard Bill's titles are always all caps.

According to Bill:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is ill-named: it is a gay rights group that often disrespects the human rights of those with whom it disagrees. Its latest burst of intolerance recently took place when it attacked David Tyree, the New York Giants’ hero in the 2007 Super Bowl. HRC president Chad Griffin blasted the Giants for hiring Tyree as its Director of Player Development.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our physical safety is never assured

Map of Florida highlighting Wilton Manors
Hate crime shocks Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors, Florida is the second gayest city in America (next to Provincetown, RI). As of 2010 approximately 14% of the city's residents were LGBT.

Yesterday a resident of Wilton Manors was physically and verbally assaulted. For no apparent reason a gay man was chased down the street by a male with a shaved head. The alleged assailant was throwing rocks and calling the victim “faggot.” The victim walked a couple of blocks to his home. Thereupon  the assailant continued to throw rocks at the man's home as he was shouting gay slurs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brian Brown cannot accept the simple truth that NOM's clock ran out

Backwards clock running out of time
National Organization for Marriage is no longer a participant in the marriage equality tournament. Their clock has run out and their limited organizational and management skills are now clearly evident. Today, NOM wants potential donors to forget all that and pony up. NOM's managers are now part scam artists and part delusional religious zealots. According to Brian Brown in an email blast:
As I wrote to you in a letter recently, the critical, upcoming November elections are just a couple of short months away. And NOM is gearing up to make an impact!

Monday, September 15, 2014

NOM is quoting the pope

National Organization for Marriage has always been devoted to imposing the teachings of the Catholic church on civil law. It's really quite arrogant when you think about it. First they tried to hide the connections. Back in 2008, during the Prop 8 contest, I was writing the Tips-Q blog (an enterprise I miss every now and then). I wrote something about NOM's connections to Opus Dei. NOM sent out an email blast. They were appalled that anyone would connect them to a "religious order."