Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Simple Proposition

If you do not support our right to marriage equality then you do not view us as equals.

It is just that simple. If you do not see us as equals then you are going to be the object of opprobrium. Religious beliefs excuse neither intolerance nor inequality. If  If your religion or its leaders view us as unequal then both are regarded as opponents of LGBT people.

Example: On May 18, Maggie Gallagher wrote:

This same week, Manny Pacquiao, who Time magazine dubbed the world’s greatest boxer (and who is also a Filipino legislator), came out against same-sex marriage—specifically in response to Obama’s announcement.  He was then attacked as a bigot and a hater (and falsely accused of calling for the death of gay people!).
Manny Pacquiao's boxing prowess does not excuse his intolerance. Manny Pacquiao is a serial adulterer which makes him a hypocrite and a bigot. Ms. Gallagher seems to think that opposing our equality in response to the President's support of same is somehow excusable. Wrong. Pacquiao is not a victim of political correctness. We, in the LGBT community, are victims of Pacquiao's intolerance.

Gallagher continues:
Every time a Carrie Prejean is vilified for simply opposing gay marriage, ordinary Americans learn: it’s dangerous to speak out.  Their common sense views are now “toxic.”
"Simply opposing gay marriage" is simply opposing our right of full equality. Opposing equality is not some form of "common sense;" It is a form of bigotry. Ms. Prejean is not a victim. The fact that she feels comfortable in airing her intolerance in polite society is the ultimate victimization of the LGBT community.

Full equality means marriage equality. Anything less is "simply" unacceptable!
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spectacular little cartoon on biblical bullshit

Mark Fiore: Dogboy and Mr. Dan - Pray for Reign
h/t Mother Jones

PFOX Pretense

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays has filed a complaint with the Maryland Board of Education against Montgomery Count School Superintendent Joshua Starr. Superintendent Starr objected to PFOX handing out "change is possible" fliers to school children. PFOX claims that Starr is discriminating against so-called ex-gays.

This guy is sure clued in

I have absolutely no idea who Steve Fountain is. Nor, for that matter, do I really care. Apparently he is unaware that President Obama campaigned, in 2008, on the repeal of DOMA. That he is doing so again is not exactly news. Writing for Focus on the Family's CitizenLink, he opines:

Floyd Mayweather supports marriage equality

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the undefeated (usually) welterweight champion has come out in support of marriage equality.  "I stand behind President Obama and support gay marriage," Mayweather tweeted on Wednesday. "I'm an American citizen and I believe people should live their life the way they want."

Manny Pacquiao, serial adulterer, opposes marriage equality

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Public WHAT?

The Catholic League to Ban Marriage Equality & Civil Unions     better known as the National Organization for Marriage     continues to cite articles in Public Discourse. NOM would have people believe that it is a scholarly journal presenting intellectually honest and competing points of view.

In point of fact, Public Discourse is the organ of the Witherspoon Institute. Witherspoon is an Opus Dei organization and the only "discourse" one might find is between bishops and other Catholic clergy who have disparate, though fundamentalist, interpretations of scripture.

This is about what we would expect from the Catholic League to Ban Marriage Equality & Civil Unions. Out of habit and convenience they dismiss real scholars as "elites."
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

VanderSloot: A reminder

Glenn Greenwald at Salon has a remarkably candid piece on Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. VanderSloot, a devout Mormon, is best known for his support of Mitt Romney and his frivolous litigation against anyone who writes anything critical of him or his company.

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One in six Obama bundlers, blah, blah, blah

By now, we have all heard that one in six Obama bundlers is gay. A bundler is a fundraiser; an influential person who collects contributions from others and then presents the total to the campaign. Here's Brent Bozell's whine:
So Barack Obama declared he’s all for “gay marriage.” Really, was anyone surprised? Did anyone doubt it? Still, it’s official, and Obama is now the rental property of Hollywood. Obama’s doing all sorts of fundraisers with Hollywood and Manhattan millionaires and billionaires to get re-elected, the latest at George Clooney’s mansion. One of every six of his “bundlers” is openly homosexual.

[Video] Minnesota's Marriage Twinkie serves up some baloney

I have no idea where, how or why they found Kalley Yanta. This time she dazzles us by asking questions that aren't asked and then proceeding to give the wrong answer anyway. [Video below the Q&A.

Religions have every right to define what they think is a sin. For some Christians, gay sex is a sin. For Scientologists, seeing a psychiatrist or taking anti-depressants is a sin. For others, it might pertain to wearing the right kind of underwear.  It is irrelevant! In this country, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution clearly prohibits making laws in recognition of religion. It's not ambiguous.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Washington State marriage equality MIGHT not make it to the ballot

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19 days to go and, according to NOM's Washington franchise, they are still 63,000 signatures short of the estimated 150,000 required to put our rights and Referendum 74 on the ballot. R-74 seeks to nullify marriage equality passed by Washington's legislature and signed into law by the governor. The anti-equality folks started collecting petitions on March 16 and their original goal was to:
... get as many as 200,000 signatures by May 5 and send a message across the state and nation - marriage is one man and one woman!
They blew that. furthermore, at the current rate they are going to be about 35,000 signatures short. Were that the case then marriage equality is law in Washington.
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Faculty & Students wear rainbow ribbons as Cardinal George speaks

De Pere, WI — Many St. Norbert College faculty members and graduates wore rainbow ribbons on their gowns on Sunday, the only visible acknowledgment of lingering controversy in the school's selection of Chicago archdiocese Cardinal Francis George as its commencement speaker.

George drew national criticism in December by referencing the Ku Klux Klan in an interview with a Chicago TV station about the schedule and route of Chicago’s annual gay Pride Parade.

    Read more at the Green Bay Press Gazette
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Mr. Peters: Do they not teach logic at Ave Maria U?

Thomas Peters takes to the NOM blog with this bit of inanity:
HRC, Which Believes Moms are Optional, Calls on Moms to Condemn Organization Dedicated to Arguing Moms are Irreplaceable
Seriously Thomas. Are you capable of critical thinking?

Manny Pacquiao, serial adulterer, opposes marriage equality

Manny Pacquiao should be worrying about his fight with Tim Bradley on June 9. Instead, the Filipino welterweight and intellectual lightweight is quoting from Leviticus on the evils of homosexuality.  OK, Manny, a couple of things:
  1. You are not a citizen of the United States. Nor, for that matter do you reside in the United States. Before you open your mouth about our civil law, you should know that our Constitution mandates "... no law respecting an establishment of religion."
  2. While you claim to be a devout Catholic you are a serial adulterer. Moreover, your wife is frequently rumored to be in the process of divorcing you.

Maybe we should outlaw psychiatry and anti-depressants on behalf of Scientology. Or, we could cater to Jews and Muslims by outlawing the consumption of pork. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Strange World of Professor Robert George

Robert George, founder of National Organization for Marriage, has taken to the pages of the National Review in response to President Obama's support for marriage equality. With two others, George has authored a piece titled Marriage and the Presidency.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Selective amnesia

This from the NOM blog:
“It is not President Obama’s prerogative to decide which laws matter and which do not, nor his right to challenge constitutional amendments duly passed by the various states,” said the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.). “The Justice Department is duty-bound to enforce DOMA and to not do so is a flagrant disregard for the Constitution and for the rule of law.”
President Obama is not "challenging" any state constitutional amendments. Eventually, Olson and Boies will get around to doing that. More importantly, apparently Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R Pluto) does not remember all of those Bush signing statements. Those informed various parts of the executive branch how laws are to be enforced     or not enforced at all.

By the way, Tim, the Justice Department is enforcing DOMA. They are not defending it in court which most certainly is a presidential prerogative.
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Illinois Family Institute continues to prove that they are a hate group

Every now and then, it is worth revisiting Illinois Family Institute     just to freshen up Google.  Yesterday, their executive director, David E. Smith issued a statement on ChristianNewswire including the following:
Obama admits that he "has been going through an evolution on this issue." If that is the case, I'd like to know if his thinking could soon evolve to include plural, incestuous, and adult-child marriages. If Obama has flipped-flopped in his thinking on this issue, it isn't a stretch to believe that further redefinition of marriage is possible.

AFA is Planning to "Starbucks" Home Depot

Hate group, American "Family" Association is, planning to send representatives to attend the shareholders' meeting of Home Depot next week. I forwarded the email to Home Depot's investor relations department. Hopefully, AFA will receive the same kind of smack-down that NOM received from Starbucks. According to AFA:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

ADF piles more BS on the pile

From my in box:
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is astounded and disappointed by the president’s support of redefining marriage—a political move that has serious ramifications for your religious freedom.
First of all, they are certainly not "astounded." They are disappointed only if they believe in Tinkerbell. More importantly:

  • Marriage equality has no impact on religious freedom!
  • There are no victims of gays marrying. 

Harry Reid could teach Cardinal Dolan a thing or two

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not support marriage equality. Perhaps he has a religious objection as a devout Mormon. Nevertheless, he is able to separate civil law from religion.

Right on Cue: Timothy Dolan

Poor, poor Cardinal Dolan;  He's "saddened" by President Obama's support of marriage equality. We should consider ourselves lucky that the Catholic Church is not officially kosher or we would be fighting for the right to eat lobster     not to mention roast pork on garlic bread. Seriously. Nobody is suggesting that the Church should marry gay people. Nor, for that matter, does anyone seek their approval. When it comes to civil law they should stay the hell out of the way.

NOMnuts speaks

It took a couple of hours for CRC Public Relations to come up with a response for the dim bulb:
"President Obama has made the definition of marriage a defining issue in the presidential contest, especially in swing states... and we intend to win this marriage debate this November."—Brian Brown, NOM president—
One win in the Bible Belt and nitwit thinks that marriage is the "defining issue" of the 2012 election.  These people live in a very strange world.

A quickie from "Catholic Advocate"

This is the first response I have seen. This whack job is claiming that marriage equality infringes on religious liberty which is sheer nonsense.

This via


President Obama did the right thing this afternoon and asserted his support for marriage equality.  Certainly the President has determined that the electoral benefits outweigh the electoral risks.

North Carolina & The Gay Establishment

We are all disappointed in last night's outcome in North Carolina. Once again I find myself asking the same questions:
  1. Who is formulating strategy?
  2. Why do we keep repeating what doesn't work?
There are two reasons that people don't change. Either they are unaware of their problem or they are not sufficiently disturbed to take action to correct it. I would like to "disturb" some folks.

NOM's Washington State franchise failing?

I received an email this morning with the following:
Have you returned your GREEN R-74 petitions and signatures?  To date we have approximately 70,000 signatures turned in.  We need at least twice that many to ensure that we have 120,577 valid signatures.  That equates to 3,500 signatures per day between now and May 31st.  Please return what you have to date.  We will send you fresh petitions if you need more.
After last night's debacle, I hate to predict anything but it looks like they are having a very difficult time getting enough signatures to put R-74 on the November ballot. It is possible that we have already won this battle.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NC's Lemon Test

The Lemon test has nothing to do with used car sales.  Rather, it is a 1971 unanimous Supreme Court decision that codifies the Establishment Clause at the state level. The Lemon test is a three-pronged assessment:
  1. Does the law have a secular purpose and;
  2. Does it not have the effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion and;
  3. Does the law not result in excessive government entanglement with religion?
North Carolina Amendment One flunks. Moreover, religious organizations have orchestrated and financed this anti-gay enterprise. National Organization for Marriage and the Christian Action League are responsible for $425,000 and $300,000 respectively that was forked over to NOM's North Carolina franchise; Vote for Marriage NC.

The First Amendment seems to apply only when conservative Christians are feigning victimization.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Maggie Gallagher champions marriage equality?

Maggie Gallagher writing for the Manila Times notes:
Divorce is down; family instability is up. How can that be?

More and more young men and women are choosing to have children in cohabiting rather than marital unions.

And cohabitation turns out to be a poor substitute for marriage.
I don't know if Maggie's first premise is correct about divorce and instability. What I  do know is that some two million children in this country are being raised by a gay parent or a gay couple. Wouldn't the same logic apply?

Obviously, I am using selective observation and editing. However, Ms. Gallagher really is concerned about the best interests of family and children. Were she not a willing captive of her religion, she would probably be a staunch ally for marriage equality.
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So what's pissing off the masochists at AFA today?

The American "Family" Association is in a tizzy. Of course, one must realize that the folks at AFA are, themselves, masochists. These people get off on being pissed off     and mightily pissed off they are! Turns out that Sears is selling dirty books with titles like Woof - Perspectives into the Erotic Care Training of the Human Dog.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Civil unions moving forward in Colorado with bipartisan support

Obviously we would prefer marriage equality. Nevertheless, I think     I hope     that we are going to start seeing more and more of this after the election (assuming that President Obama wins). Take religion out of the equation and conservatives should become proponents of marriage equality. In the alternative, for as long as the Christian right controls the GOP, it will be a backward, anti-science and anti-intellectual party crafting policies to appease religious zealots.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Log Cabin's R. Clarke Cooper on Romney

Mr. R. Clarke Cooper took to the Washington Times to opine about the departure of Ric Grenell  from the Romney campaign. Therein, Mr. Copper refers to the GOP's gay bashing as a stereotype that the GOP needs to address. Seriously.

A stereotype, Mr. Cooper, is a presumptive or collective preconception of a group of people. In point of fact, the Republican Party is a wildly homophobic collection of politicians. Some of this is genuine hate and some is simply pandering to conservative Christians. The difference is irrelevant. The Republican Party, as a Congressional caucus, has opposed every measure it has ever considered that would provide gay people with more safety, dignity or security. That's not a stereotype; That is organized discrimination.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Can we at least be honest about NC Amendment One?

The Roman Catholic bishops have issued a statement (below). 93 year old Billy Graham has now come out in support of Amendment One. The entire Amendment One enterprise is fueled and orchestrated by organized religion.

Amendment One has no secular purpose!

The Christianist Stylings of Al Mohler

Albert Mohler doesn't like the New York Times editorial titled Bigotry on the Ballot taking North Carolina to task for Amendment One. Mohler's biggest problem with the Times piece seems to be the first part of the concluding paragraph (which he cites):

Oh, The Poor Dears

Today, the Alliance Defense Fund tells us that Across America, Christians Are Denied Basic Legal Protection. To prove the point, they cite the anti-choice student who was given permission to erect a field of crosses on the campus of Western Kentucky University in protest of abortion. Then, according to ADF, another student was given permission to put condoms on the crosses by her art professor.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Washington State desperation?

I received this email from someone who changed their mind about marriage equality. This is not an email blast. This seems like a desperate attempt to round up enough signatures to put marriage equality on the November ballot. They have until June 6 to get about 150,000 signatures to yield 120,000 that can be verified. 

You would think that someone would give these schmucks a spell checker. I have highlighted the misspelled words. Indeed, they even spelled the recipient's name wrong. Examining the headers, this was sent from a residential computer (not a mobile device) in Tukwila, WA.

Preacher Sean Harris' VERY incomplete retraction

Sean Harris is the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettevile, NC. Yesterday, on Pastor Sean's Blog, the lead item was a 55 minute video of a fire and brimstone sermon about the evils of gay people and gay marriage. Today, that has been replaced with a statement titled Official Statement of Retraction.

As most of you know by now, via a widely circulated audio, Harris said, in that sermon,  

Missouri GOPer outs himself

A Republican Missouri House member has publicly announced he's gay and is calling on GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

Rep. Zachary Wyatt held a Capitol news conference Wednesday at which he said he was disclosing his sexual orientation for the first time. Wyatt and several other lawmakers denounced a bill that would prohibit teaching, extracurricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation unless they relate to the scientific facts about human reproduction.
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We can learn to ignore NOM's bullshit

Brian Brown (or one of NOM's numerous PR flacks) wrote an inarticulate hit piece about Dan Savage.  Therein, as head of one of the most vociferous anti-gay groups in the country Brown has the balls to write:
Tolerance and respect for the basic human dignity of each person is core to what we believe at NOM. There is simply no excuse for bullying—in any arena—and the White House is right to encourage a culture of civility and respect in our nation's schools.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012