Sunday, January 25, 2015

Federal judge stays Alabama marriage equality for two weeks

U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the the marriage cases in the Spring. However she did issue a 14-day stay this evening to give the state time to appeal her decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fred Karger puts another dent in NOM

Fred Karger
Based on a complaint filed by Fred Karger, National Organization for Marriage is again under investigation, this time for violating California campaign finance disclosure laws. Since Proposition 8, NOM has refused to comply with regulations in numerous states. They feel that it is essential to keep the identity of their donors confidential. They might be right. However, they are still obliged to follow the law.

NOM has referred to Karger as  a “serial complaint filer.” Karger wears that as a badge of honor. The reality is that NOM is a serial flouter of the law. It's organizational hubris.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Perkins Pitches a Fit Over Alabama Decision Tossing the State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

On Friday US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. In doing so, she noted:
Additionally, these laws further injure those children of all couples who are themselves gay or lesbian, and who will grow up knowing that Alabama does not believe they are as capable of creating a family as their heterosexual friends.

For all of these reasons, the court finds that Alabama’s marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Adventures with International Healing Foundation

Richard Cohen - International Healing Foundation
Richard Cohen - International Healing Foundation
International Healing Foundation is the Maryland based reparative “therapy” operation run by Richard Cohen and Christopher Doyle. Since January 12 I have been trying to get a copy of the organization's 2013 tax filing. They have ignored my emails and telephone call. Making the filing available to the public is required by law.

Christopher Doyle
I am done. If this issue is not resolved today I will make a referral to the Internal Revenue Service. One of the scarier things that I notice on their website is that they are now accepting insurance. While Doyle is a licensed counselor reparative therapy is a thoroughly discredited practice. I'll try to find out which carrier or carriers are involved and put a stop to it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Larry Tomczak is trying to get his bigoted hate speech aired on Ellen's show

Larry Tomczak
Larry Tomczak released a 12 minute video today in response to some comments made by Ellen DeGeneres about an article that Tomczak had written. Tomczak basically repeats, in video format, the idiotic arguments that he made in his original piece at Charisma News.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Perkins produces a Florida "victim" of the gay horde

Lana Rusev - Simply Elegant Events
Note: I am researching this matter and will update this post when I find out more. Meanwhile, Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is waving a flag and thumping a bible over some idiotic wedding planner who thinks that she is doing God's work renting out banquet furniture:
When Lana Rusev fled Ukraine, she was trying to avoid the religious persecution she’s now experiencing in Florida! The wedding planner, the latest in a long string of Christian targets, is watching with horror as the hostility she had once seen in Eastern Europe followed her to America, courtesy of Jacksonville’s radical LGBT community. Obviously when she saw the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your yearning to violate your conscience’ wasn’t what the Ukranian had in mind.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Once again NOM claims that sending them money will influence the outcome of marriage cases before the Supreme Court

Today, National Organization for Marriage is making the dubious claim that they can somehow affect the outcome of the marriage cases now before the United States Supreme Court. And they need donations to do so.
I just don't see how Justice Kennedy, likely the swing vote, can distance himself from the strong reasoning he used in the Windsor case where he said that states have historically regulated marriage …

What this means is that we have five very short months to make our case BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage, and we have a lot of work to do!

Will you stand with NOM today by renewing your commitment to defending marriage with a $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more to help us make the case for marriage BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage in the coming months?