Friday, November 30, 2012

Nevada Decision Was Completely Expected

Nevada ImagesAs I wrote on November 8, the objective in Sevcik v. Sandoval (challenging Nevada's marriage amendment) was to get the case to the friendlier 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The matter was before Judge Robert Clive Jones of the United States District Court for Nevada. Judge Jones has served as a Mormon bishop and was appointed by GW Bush. He had been openly critical of Judge Vaughn Walker's decision in the Proposition 8 case and skeptical of the plaintiffs' arguments in this case. His decision in opposition to marriage equality was nearly a foregone conclusion.

Mr. Duncan's Logic

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No. It's not my habit to read the Washington Times. Nevertheless, William C. Duncan writes that "If the Supreme Court fails to hear Hollingsworth v. Perry, also known as the Proposition 8 case, it will be approving injustice." He goes on to state: "Thus, the right of the people of California to decide on this important issue was overturned by the state’s judiciary."

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tony Perkins Does Stupid

Hate group, Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins seems determined to affirm his status as a hyperbolic buffoon. Before claiming that SPLC is losing its credibility, desperate and motivated solely by money, Mr. Perkins would be wise to compare financials. In round numbers (000 omitted):

FRC SPLC
2010 Contributions and Grants 11,988 32,773
2011 Contributions and Grants 12,249 36,125
Percent Change 2.2% 10.4%
Nevertheless, Tony uttered:

Thomasson: Homosexual judges promote homosexuality, cross-dressing

Randy Thomasson is president of The Campaign for Children and Families     better known as SaveCalifornia.com. Think of Thomasson as a West Coast version of Porno Pete LaBarbera. Thomasson's thinking is along the lines that gays are contagious evil perverts who recruit children and mock God.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Who?

National Organization for Marriage:
Haun: The Limited Government Case Against Gay Marriage

William Haun, a lawyer in DC, makes the limited government case against gay marriage:
OK. Who the hell is William Haun? He has no Martindale bio (a basic requisite for any real practitioner). Apparently, he is William J. Haun who has the bizarre title of "policy chairman of the Young Conservatives Coalition." YCC is all of a year old. Did this guy go to a real law school?

It gets worse:
...A society where marriage is divorced from its procreative purpose within a stable union is a society that neuters its ability to prevent predatory men from impregnating women and abandoning them and to ensure that men take responsibility for their offspring. And it denies the child an incontrovertible social benefit: a present mother and father.
Predatory men? How about precious bodily fluids? Seriously.


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FRC Wants More Money Because They Have Been Incompetent

Logo of the Family Research Council.
Hate group, Family Research Council, has audacity     I'll give them that. In a gimme more email from their Senior VP, Tom McClusky, FRC makes an interesting case. They need more money because they were entirely unsuccessful during President Obama's first term.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, FRC had an operating budget of nearly $13 million; Over $14 million if you count FRC Action. According to them, they didn't accomplish much (although they did pay Tony Perkins $225K). The passages that I have highlighted also indicate that FRC is perfectly comfortable being a hate group:

High HIV Rates in Young Gay Males

Before I get into this, being gay is not unhealthy. Having unprotected sex     straight or gay     carries the risk of being exposed to AIDS and other communicable diseases.

According to a report released yesterday, one in five new new HIV infections occur in a tiny segment of the population - young men who are gay or bisexual.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said blacks represented more than half of new infections in youths. The estimates are based on 2010 figures.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2012/11/cdc-hiv-spread-high-in-young-gay-males.html#storylink=cpy

Get Tested     Be Protected

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2012/11/cdc-hiv-spread-high-in-young-gay-males.html#storylink=cpy
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What would a week be without some material from Peter Sprigg?

Family Research Council's expert on the homosexual agendaTM is undoubtedly Peter Sprigg. Sprigg is also one of the reasons that FRC has been labeled a hate group. Apparently Sprigg's divinity degree is the source of his erudition on sexual orientation. Oh my.

Now Sprigg weighs in with The Irony of the November 2012 Marriage Votes. According to Sprigg:

Are those who oppose marriage equality "bigots?"

Blankenhorn asked this question a bit more delicately on Sunday. The short answer is "no." National Organization for Marriage frequently floats the theme that they suffer charges of bigotry from homosexual activists when all they are doing is "defending marriage."

It's not the point of view that is offensive so much as the way that it is fostered. I consider the following just some of the things that depict bigotry.
  • Insisting that sexual orientation is mutable and choice.
  • Suggesting that gay people present a threat to children or appealing to stereotype.
  • Attempting to impose your religious beliefs on everyone else.
  • Knowingly making false statements about LGBT people to advance a political agenda.
  • Manufacturing victims of supposed gay "intolerance" who are really victimizers.
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[Video] Rick Warren on Equal Marriage: "Tolerance Does Not Mean Approval"

Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church.
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren has said that being tolerant of homosexuals does not mean one approves of their choices, while appearing on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday to promote the re-release of his book. Choices?

I have biblical views regarding what marriage is about. I am not in favor of redefining marriage, I'm not. It's not illegal to have a gay relationship, so it's not a big issue to me.
...
The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean 'I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means – 'you must approve of everything I do.' There's a difference between tolerance and approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. He doesn't approve of everything I do, or you do, or anybody else does either. You can be accepting without being approving.

We Have Arrived!

The Central Intelligence Agency and Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce  are sponsoring a community-wide networking event at the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach. The event is this Wednesday. Heads must be exploding.

It wasn't that long ago that gays could not get a security clearance. Now we are being recruited.
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Strange "reasoning" - even for NOM

English: The Supreme Court of the United State...
National Organization for Marriage seems intent on proving that gays are not a "suspect class." Exactly why they are doing so is inexplicable. Do they think that their blog is going to influence the Supreme Court? Nevertheless, they have posted items over the last two days titled:
  • Politically Powerless? "Openly Gay Leaders Will Control Legislative Chambers in Five States" and;
  • Politically Powerless? HRC's Griffen Demands Obama Appoint "First Openly LGBT Cabinet Secretary, G-8 Ambassador" and "Judges as Well" 

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Opus Deist on NOM's Board Speaks

Luis Tellez is an Opus Dei numerary which means that he is a celibate lay person who donates the bulk of his income to the order. Mr. Tellez, in addition to being the President of the Witherspoon Institute, is on the board of National Organization for Marriage.

In Witherspoon's organ, Public Discourse, Mr. Tellez wrote an article titled The Future of Marriage: Why "The Inevitable" Is Not Inevitable. Therein, after bemoaning the "drubbing" that he/they took on election day, he claims:

The attention paid Uganda hides a larger problem

78 countries criminalize same-sex sex. Five of those put people to death for their sexual orientation. Those five are Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen plus twelve northern states in Nigeria and the southern parts of Somalia. President Obama has not resolved our foreign policy hypocrisy in putting pressure on Uganda while turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia. Apparently, right and wrong differ with the oil supply. Uganda is about to become even less civilized with help from some American Christianist crackpots     Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge and Don Schmierer who visited Kampala in 2009.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Speaking of Taxes, There's Porno Pete

The hypocrisy of the holier-than-thou crowd is astonishing. NOM, for example, doesn't comply with campaign finance disclosure laws. Mr. LaBarbera has a real problem with tax returns. The laws don't seem to apply to him. One can only imagine what his personal tax returns look like

I had a friend contact Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. Pete failed to respond to several emails. He also failed to provide copies of AFTAH's 2010 and 2011 tax returns (form 990) as required by the IRS. The only thing we know for sure is that Pete filed a 990 for AFTAH for calendar year 2009 on October 15, 2010. They lost their non-profit status in June or July of 2011. According to Pete, he was reinstated in September, 2012.

Target's Offensive Black Friday TV Ad

I like Target. It's important to note that Target Corporation enjoys a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

However, this advertisement provides a "sissy" gay stereotype. I contacted Target and received what is obviously a boilerplate reply initiated from someone low in the food chain. The good news is that this ad will be history at the end of the day.

You decide.

 
 
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NOM really has no class


Aside from the fact that Brian Brown is the biggest turkey this Thanksgiving, the above is followed with the usual rhetoric including photos from France and a photo of Brown's newest child. Tacky. Brown also needs to understand that he is not National Organization for Marriage and National Organization for Marriage is not him.

Particularly after this election, NOM should have simply wished everyone a happy thanksgiving and left it at that. They don't do that because nobody at NOM has every really run anything. Nor have any of them worked in an organization where they would receive some management development training.

These people are not just classless. They are clueless.
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Ken Mehlman Appeals to a GOP That No Longer Exists

There was a time when Ken Mehlman could have made a difference for LGBT Americans. Instead, the one-time chair of the Republican National Committee chose to not only stay in the closet but to actively work against the interests of those same LGBT Americans.

All is forgiven. Seriously. It makes no sense to continue to berate Mehlman. He is out of the closet now and he is an accomplished, smart gay American. Aside from being a Harvard educated lawyer, Mehlman is a very successful businessman. Moreover, he has devoted time, money and energy to advance the cause of marriage equality.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blowhard Bill Donohue is at it again

Today, Blowhard Bill (head of the Catholic League) spews:
For most of American history, manger scenes adorned public property at Christmastime without controversy. It was also normal to ban public nudity. But times have changed: now the authorities in Santa Monica and San Francisco are set to rule on these issues.

Brian Brown: Gay marriage is not inevitable if you give us enough money

Interviewed by the Baptist Press, National Organization for Marriage Head, Brian Brown claims that they were outspent three to one in the last election cycle. On November 7, the same Mr. Brown said that they were outspent by at least four to one. At one point their Thomas Peters said it was eight to one in some cases. Make up your mind. I am remiss in not working the numbers myself; Something that I will soon correct.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kudos to the Obama/Biden Campaign

The campaign is contacting volunteers by email and sampling opinion about what went right and what could use improvement. Dr. Deming would be proud. This is quality management at its very best.

If you are the recipient of one of these emails, please take the time to fill out the questionnaire. It's a real opinion survey that does not conclude in a request for money. It is important and could shape how things get done in the next mid-term election or even in shaping the legislative agenda.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

NOM's 2011 Financials


National Organization for Marriage has made the 2011 IRS filing (form 990) available. I would caution people not to jump to conclusions regarding the significant decrease in contributions. 2011 was an off year with the exception of New York and NOM seems to get large contributions related to their needs. Indeed, in 2011 NOM decreased their net asset deficit by about $400,000. Moreover, the board approved nominal raises for all of the executives and accounts payable at the end of the year were a third less than the prior year. I don't think that NOM was in dire financial straits at the end of 2011.

Friday, November 16, 2012

NOMnuts - "Oh poor us"

According to Bloomberg Businessweek:
Gay-marriage advocates, coming off their first ballot-box victories, are targeting New Jersey and five other U.S. states where the road to legalization is simpler because voters can’t overturn laws through referendums.

The Bizarre World of L. Brent Bozell, III

speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26, 2011.
Yesterday, Bozell's organization outdid themselves for anti-gay hyperbole. First some background: L. Brent Bozell, III is a fundamentalist Catholic and founder of the far right Media Research Center. An offshoot of MRC is the Culture and Media Institute ("CMI"). The mission of CMI is to reduce what Bozell claims is the negative liberal influence on American morality, culture, and religious liberty.

In April, 2011, the apparel retailer J. Crew ran an Internet advertisement in which Jenna Lyons, who was J.Crew’s creative director, has applied hot pink polish on the toes of son Beckett who is having a great time. Well, blue is for boys and pink is for girls and boys don't have their nails painted; And Culture and Media Institute became apoplectic. Their Erin Brown wrote this:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preserve Marriage Washington Must Have Some Bills to Pay

Preserve Marriage Washington is a National Organization for Marriage franchise. The franchisee is the Family Policy Institute of Washington. I'm guessing that they have some unpaid bills because they are still sending out gimme-gimme emails. According to the latest email:

Aww, the poor T-Baggers

Bradlee Dean's Tea Party group (Sons of Liberty Media) just released this via Christian Newswire I'm not going into all of the factual inaccuracies. I don't have to. After all, this is whack job Bradlee Dean we are talking about. Suffice it to say, Dean frivolously sued Maddow using equally crazy lawyer Larry Klayman:

NOMnuts, November 15


I am reminded that nobody at National Organization for Marriage has ever really run anything before. Nor do that have the training or experience to run anything of any substance. In private industry, Brian Brown would be a mediocre middle manager with few prospects for meaningful advancement.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OK Gary Randall - If you have the goods, have at it

Gary Randall is the shady anti-gay and antisemitic Oregon pastor who seems to make a living by running anti-equality campaigns in Washington State. While Randall solicits what he calls "tax deductible" donations for the Faith & Freedom Foundation as well as non-deductible donations for  Faith & Freedom PAC and Faith & Freedom Network, none of these entities seem to be registered with the Internal Revenue Service as non-profit corporations. Faith and Freedom shows a Washington address on its website while its domain is registered to an organization in Lake Oswego, Oregon. According to Guidestar, the IRS revoked non-profit status for the Network and the Foundation.

Today, Mr. Randall is accusing     through innuendo     Washington State Senator Ed Murray of having had an improper relationship with his stepson. Were this true, then Randall has an exclusive because nobody else seems to know anything about it. It's an old trick of making an accusation without really making an accusation. There is nothing to be accountable to. The truth is more likely to be that Mr. Randall is upset because Senator Murray was a winner on election day with marriage equality legislation having been sustained by the electorate.

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Jeff Jacoby is a Lawyer?

Conservative columnist, Jeff Jacoby claims to have a law degree from BU. Yet, he seems perplexed by the difference between putting weed legalization on the ballot and putting marriage equality on the ballot. The "right" to smoke pot without getting arrested is not comparable to the civil right to marry which we contend is an issue of equal protection under the law as well as a basic civil right in accordance with Loving v Virginia. Moreover, those claims have been upheld in federal court at trial and appeal     and are now pending at the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cardinal Dolan Seems Disconnected From Reality

Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ne...
Timothy Dolan continues to cling to the idea that he has a sacred obligation to impose Catholic theology on US law     to the exclusion of the beliefs of all other religions. Either the Cardinal is unaware of the Establishment Clause (unlikely) or he thinks that it only applies when it is convenient. People like Dolan are the very reason that the Establishment Clause was incorporated into the First Amendment. Based on the following, it would appear that he is beginning to believe his own script:

No Mr. Donohue - No, No, No

Leave it to Blowhard Bill to foster a dishonest debate. In a piece titled (originally in all caps) Beware Advice From Foes, the President of the Catholic League warns:
In the wake of the election, practicing Catholics and Protestants of a traditional orientation have been inundated with advice from their liberal brethren. The advice generally goes like this: to win future elections, conservative Christians need to moderate their views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration, and other issues. In other words, they need to move left so that the liberal agenda can be fulfilled without resistance.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Study: Same-sex weddings in three US states could increase spending by $166 million

At the risk of stating the obvious, a new study by the Williams Institute has estimated that 18,000 new couples will marry in the next three years in Maine, Maryland and Washington. This will result in at least $166 million worth of wedding spending.

Take that NOM nuts.

Dr. Andre Van Mol Gets it Wrong - Again

Either Dr. Andre Van Mol is misrepresenting the infamous Renerus study, he did not read it or he does not understand the sampling. Van Mol, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, claims that a recent study of lesbian Parenting by the Williams Institute at UCLA is flawed.

He then claims there is a more credible study by sociologist Mark Regnerus of Texas University, who found children raised by same-sex parents do tend to have more psychological problems later in life than those raised by heterosexual parents.

CP: "Vatican Not Giving Up on Traditional Marriage Despite Defeats"

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning
Citing L'Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of Vatican City, the Christian Post paints a defiant picture of the Catholic Church regarding marriage equality.

Last week was a tough one for the Pope. In addition to the four election losses in the United States, France also made it clear that it will legalize same-sex marriage by early next year while Spain firmly upheld its marriage equality laws. Spain must be particularly galling to the Pope given that its constitution recognizes the importance and authority of the Catholic Church.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Oddly Normal: "He can dye his hair hot fucking pink if he wants to"

‘Oddly Normal,’ by John Schwartz is the story of parents' love and support of a gay son.  "He can dye his hair hot fucking pink if he wants to" is a quote from a jock who stood up for the  bullied kid. The book is reviewed for the New York Times by David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

NOM, Please! NOMnuts November 9

After getting obliterated on Tuesday, you would think that the National Organization for Marriage would strive for some more intellectual honesty. Apparently, they have learned nothing.

Survey conducted on Election Day Confirms September Poll Showing Widespread Support for Man/Woman Marriage ... The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released the results of a nationwide survey of voters conducted on Election Day that shows 60% of Americans who voted in the election favor marriage being the union of one man and one woman.

First of all, this poll was conducted by Kellyanne Conway's firm. Ms. Conway is a Republican operative. She was the Todd Akin consultant who compared GOP attacks to the siege on Waco.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

This is a bit depressing

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The above is from the Fox News exit polls. It's a pretty good sample size. How on earth were 22% of GLB people willing, or even able, to vote for Romney? Romney not only signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge but he promised to appoint judges like Scalia.

Don't gay people understand what that would have meant? Are 22% of us really that stupid? That uninformed? It demonstrates that our community has much work to do from within.

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NOM and Brian Brown are working on 0 for 5

National Organization for Marriage is now one for five in marriage equality contests at the polls (given that Maine was erased). If we add in legislative victories for equality, they have done even worse.  When the courts set Prop 8 aside, NOM will be zero for five at the polls. NOM has excuses for their losses this year:
  1. They are vastly outspent and;
  2. The margins were very close.