Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NOM asks for money to oppose David Koch

Brian S. Brown
In a blog post today, National Organization for Marriage acknowledges that one of the GOP's largest donors and bundlers is a proponent of marriage equality. According to Brian Brown:
I have to let you know exactly what we're up against.

Recently, the news reported that David Koch—the conservative boogeyman of the left—will be interviewed by ABC's Barbara Walters for her "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" special scheduled to air on Sunday.

In the interview, he unequivocally states, "I'm basically a libertarian, and I'm a conservative on economic matters, and I'm a social liberal." It harkens back to a 2012 Politico article where he said, "I believe in gay marriage," pointing out that he openly supported legal abortion as a Libertarian party candidate in 1980.

NOM Appealing Decision on Legal Fees

National Organization for Marriage has filed notice that they intend to appeal a circuit court decision denying them recovery of $691 thousand in legal fees incurred in their suit against the IRS. John Eastman must need some money.

h/t Fred Karger

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ActRight Action (Brian Brown's other enterprise) is now more than a half million dollars in the hole

Brian S. Brown
Does this man suffer from Reverse Midas?
In 2012 ActRight Action (founded by NOM's Brian Brown) lost $277 thousand. Now we know that, for 2013, ARA lost an additional $291 thousand. In case you did not already know, Mr. Brown is not exactly a business genius. At the end of 2013, his venture had a negative net asset value of more than $519 thousand. Along with comparable negative working capital the organization was (and probably is) essentially insolvent.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The GOP's Shameful Defense of Michigan's Right-to-Discriminate Bill

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957
Last week, the Michigan House passed what it cynically calls the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The obvious intent is to suggest that Michigan is simply enshrining federal code into state law and that is simply not the case.

The first point that the Michigan House Republican Caucus makes in their rather shabby defense of the bill is to point out:
The MiRFRA, like its federal counterpart, provides no new rights to people of faith to refuse service to LGBT people.
Oh so just existing rights to discriminate are protected? The simple fact is that this law is intended to nullify local non-discrimination ordinances. Moreover, the Michigan version is not just an incorporation of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. For starters, the federal act was not intended to justify discrimination against the LGBT community while that is the very purpose of the Michigan bill. In order to ensure that religious whack jobs don't have to do things like hire us or serve us, the Michigan bill has some clear differences. For example, when it comes to the exercise of religion, here is the federal definition:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just on a brief hiatus

English: Fred Karger at the Iowa State Fair in...
The Frog has not croaked.

I'll be back on Monday. Fred Karger was a welcome visitor to South Beach this past weekend. We had a long and interesting lunch on Sunday. Two cranky old Jewish queers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bill May's tips for dealing with homosexuals at the Thanksgiving table

Defender of the Faith William B. May of Catholics for the Common Good has some advice for Thanksgiving conversations:
The question becomes, do we need a civil institution that specifically unites kids with their moms and dads? Yes or no? And, if no, why not? This is the fundamental question and don’t get sidetracked.
The answer to that question is simply “Yes and that is one of the reasons that I support marriage equality.” Don't say another word.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The next "victim" - Atlanta's fire chief

Kelvin Cochran
Kelvin Cochran
Kelvin Cochran, fire chief of Atlanta, Georgia, has called us perverts (he wrote that homosexuality is a perversion) in a self-published book. Atlanta mayor, Kasim Reed, said on Monday that Mr. Cochran will be suspended for a month without pay and will be required to complete sensitivity training.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the book titled "Who Told You That You Are Naked?" identifies Cochran as a devout Christian and as the city's fire chief. City council member Alex Wan, who is gay, says Reed should investigate whether Cochran's views have affected LGBT employees.