Monday, September 30, 2013

NOM's 'Fantastic News!' - - - YAWN

Fantastic news for National Organization for Marriage means that they are  trotting out, again, NOM's supposed, (manufactured) victimization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Brian S. Brown
Just to refresh memories. An unredacted (donors disclosed) 2008 tax return [PDF] ended up in the hands of the Human Rights Campaign. Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of NOM and then chairman of NOM's board claimed that a low-level employee was duped into sending out the form. Brian Brown or NOM's PR firm must have perceived a fund-raising opportunity. Suddenly, NOM claimed that HRC must have received the return from a rogue employee of the IRS because HRC's president was an Obama campaign co-chair and the form showed a small contribution from a Romney PAC which, NOM claimed, embarrassed Romney. Sure.

Olson and Boies are getting the case that they wanted in California

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David Boies
Today, the legal team of David Boies and Theodore B. Olson announced their participation in a challenge of the gay marriage ban in Virginia, which also includes a denial of recognition of such unions sanctioned by other states. The case involves two gay men and two lesbians who were refused a marriage license in Norfolk Circuit Court. Virginia's electorate approved the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage in 2006 by a margin of 57% to 43%.

The case, by the way is (2:13-cv-00395-AWA-LRL) Bostic et al v. McDonnell et al. The cause is violation of equal protection and due process. It was filed on July 18, 2013. Adding to the drama is the fact that the Commonwealth of Virginia was the defendant in the Loving case

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Why every committed gay couple should marry regardless of where they live

Gay Marriage Bands
So you live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. If it did, would you marry your partner? If the answer to that question is “yes” then you should seriously consider going out of state to wed. If you answered “yes” and you have children then it is irresponsible not to get married.

There are very few things that I know to an absolute certainty. One of those things is that we are all going to die. Some people perceive it as finality. Others look forward to that non-stop tea dance in the sky. Either way, at some point we are all done for. Sound advice is to save like you are going to live forever and plan like you might die tomorrow.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

NOM is OUTRAGED - Victimized again in NJ

Marriage discrimination in New Jersey is nearly at an end. National Organization for Marriage is losing their religion-based war on equality faster than anyone ever expected. Equality advocates are fighting discrimination in the courts and in the legislature (to override Chris Christie's veto). We enjoyed a victory of sorts today because Superior Court judge Mary Jacobson ordered the state to begin granting and recognizing same-sex marriages starting October 21.

Christie has already said that he will appeal — and I expect him to lose. In a state where 60% of the voters favor marriage equality Governor Christie must presume that his opposition to equality is a must for his political future.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The pseudo-intellectual posts on Witherspoon's pseudo-intellectual blog are almost comical

RJ Snell
R.J. Snell
Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog is notable for attracting pseudo-intellectual discourse. As most of you know, Witherspoon is an Opus Dei organization that was co-founded by Robby George. Witherspoon funded the thoroughly demolished Regnerus study.

The following is the beginning of the second part of a spectacularly boring and frankly useless essay. It is written by RJ Snell who is an associate professor of philosophy at Eastern University, a Baptist institution in Philadelphia. Snell's baccalaureate is from Liberty U. Why am I not surprised? The first paragraph is a single run-on sentence:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Is FRC really threatening SPLC and Morris Dees?

Family Research Council and its head, Tony Perkins, know perfectly well how not to be designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Yet, they continue to do the very things that got them listed in the first place. They lie about and denigrate gay people. Now they are lying about and trying to denigrate the esteemed SPLC. Perkins thinks that everyone is as stupid as his incurious constituency.

According to the blog of American Family Association (which is also listed as a hate group by SPLC):

Providence College reschedules Corvino

John Corvino
Earlier this week  Providence College provost, Hugh Lena, canceled a scheduled talk by John Corvino. chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University and an advocate for marriage equality.

However, in a message to the campus that appeared yesterday on GoLocalProv, Lena said that the event is being rescheduled “sometime in the spring semester” as a debate between Corvino and Sherif Girgis.

Girgis, you may recall, is a Robby George protege and one of the authors, along with Ryan Anderson, of a book that was designed and timed to influence the Supreme Court in the Prop 8 and Windsor cases.
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So NOM is not a "special interest group?"

Choreographed by the National Organization for Marriage, the entire Roman Catholic hierarchy in Illinois is fighting to sustain marriage discrimination.
National Organization for Marriage
Catholic Conference of Illinois
Cardinal George, Archbishop of ChicagoChampioning marriage
discrimination and thanking African-American Pastors

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Senate Votes to Confirm Todd Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Todd Hughes
This afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Like all of the President’s judicial nominees, Hughes has the intellect, experience, integrity, and temperament to be a successful judge. He is also gay.

The United States Courts of Appeals are the second-highest courts in the nation – a level just below the Supreme Court – and there has never been an openly gay judge to serve on a Court of Appeals until now.  Hughes’s historic confirmation is yet another “first” among President Obama’s federal judges.  Many of the President’s circuit judges have broken new diversity barriers – including three Hispanic, two Asian American, and one African American -- who are “firsts” in their respective courts.

Read the rest at the White House blog
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NOM's intellectual misadventures in marriage economics

Jennifer Roback Morse
National Organization for Marriage is not exactly known for its collective acumen. Due to the fact that they shut out all others (particularly those with different opinions), they reinforce their own failures of logic, fact-finding or reasoning. Apparently Mr. Peters has been replaced with an even dimmer bulb. In a post titled “The ‘Least of Illinois' Concerns,’” he or she writes:

Monday, September 23, 2013

"We're now saying" - nothing that makes any sense at all

Smells like BS
Among the Christian right, a popular theme is to suggest that gay marriage means that "we are now saying that children no longer need a mom and dad." Taking a whack at this is David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee via Focus on the Family. When we get to the subject of marriage equality. Fowler's rhetoric pushes logic further south than Memphis:

With the experiment taking place with same-sex marriage, we’re now saying that kids don’t even need the value brought to a child’s well-being by the complementary natures and qualities that a mom and dad bring.  Dad can be replaced with a second mom, and mom can be replaced with a second dad.

Crackpottery Awards: "Mat Staver Honored for Defending Freedom at Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner"

Mat Staver - Liberty Council
Well, Staver might receive some dubious honor if anyone bothers to show up this time. According to Liberty Council:
Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman, will be honored at the First Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner on September 30, 2013, for his work defending change therapy in California and New Jersey.

Hosted by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a national, nonprofit organization that advocates for former homosexuals and their families, the event will also feature Dennis Jernigan, who will share his music and story of coming out of homosexuality.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Mat Staver. “It is my privilege to represent minors who struggle with same-sex sexual attractions and who seek counseling against those who want to intrude into their counseling room and tell them and their counselor what may be said,” said. Staver.

Chutzpah: Tony Perkins accuses SPLC of hate speech

Tony Perkins' latest piece in Charisma is titled: “When Hate Speech Triggers Hateful Violence.” Once again, the leader of the hate group, Family Research Council, is trying to get some mileage from the attack on their headquarters by Floyd Lee Corkins. Corkins shot an employee of FRC in the lobby opf the building. According to Mr. Perkins:
Soon after the attack, Corkins admitted to the FBI that he identified the Family Research Council as a target through the Southern Poverty Law Center's so-called "hate map." Prosecutors later revealed in federal court this link between the center and this act

Friday, September 20, 2013

Focus is confused (or misleading) regarding recent Department of Labor guidance

On Wednesday the Department of Labor announced guidance that employers should treat legally married gay couples as married irrespective of residence with respect to pension plans governed under ERISA.

ERISA, which was signed into law by President Ford, regulates the way in which corporate pension plans are administered. Without regulations, employers demonstrated that pension plans were routinely underfunded.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NOM likes the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act"

Paul Labrador
Rep. Paul Labrador
National Organization for Marriage is promoting an article in the Washington Post. Rep. Paul Labrador (R-Idaho), a Cracked Teapot®, is probably best known for his Grazing Improvement Act (HR-657). Now he is proposing a bill that would supposedly protect religious institutions and "other nonprofit groups that don't recognize same-sex marriages" from potential discrimination by the Internal Revenue Service. The identity of "those other groups" and how they do or don't recognize equal marriage remains unknown.

PTSD and Me

Updated Here

I published the update before stabilizing the link. Oh well.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Petition to rehear California ban on reorientation therapy for minors misstates the science

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The background of this litigation is less important than the arguments being made against California's ban of so-called reparative "therapy" for minors. The complete filing is below. Briefly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an injunction barring enforcement of California's law. This is a petition  to have the matter reheard by the entire bench which will probably be denied.

An interesting side note is medical insurance coverage. In banning this practice relegating it to faith healers the legislature has removed it from reimbursable medical service. The economics play a role in this issue. But let's get to the crackpottery in their filing:

Brian Brown is all sorts of pissed off this morning

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
The dim bulb running National Organization for Marriage is apparently in denial that national marriage equality is inevitable.

Three members of the Richmond City Council have introduced an ordinance that would recognize same-sex 'marriages,' in violation of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia!

This is the latest in a string of nationwide efforts by the same-sex 'marriage' lobby to circumvent the law and impose a genderless

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NOM promotes post claiming that Matthew Shepard was a drug dealer

Just how low will NOM go to disparage gay people?

Earlier today I wrote about the spate of Matthew Shepard revisionist history. Now National Organization for Marriage has joined with WND and Breitbart to assist in marketing this reprehensible nonsense.
Three lies that built a revolution

The myth is that Matthew Shepard was martyred by redneck homophobes. A stunning new book by a gay journalist debunks this.

Cashing in on the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder

Did Jerome Corsi author fiction under a pseudonym?

On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old college student was kidnapped, tortured and left tied to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming in sub-freezing weather.  Sheppard died on October 12, 1998. It was reported that Shepard was beaten so brutally that his face was completely covered in blood, except where it had been partially washed clean by his tears.

Matthew Shepard was murdered by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The matter was settled. Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering Shepard with robbery as the underlying motive. McKinney was tried and convicted of kidnapping and murder. At trial, McKinney's defense first claimed "gay panic" temporary insanity and at a later point claimed that robbery was the motive.

Gay congressional candidate argues with T-Party father in campaign ad

In a campaign ad featuring his Tea Party father, liberal Democrat and openly gay candidate Carl Sciortino, Jr. will begin airing tomorrow in the campaign to succeed Ed Markey in Congress.

"My father and I disagree on just about everything," said Sciortino, "I am grateful that he was willing to appear in my TV ad even though he probably thinks he should be running against me."
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Monday, September 16, 2013

NOM's Brian Brown challenges dollar-driven determination

A supposedly hapless gay guy contrasted with what looks like superNOM. Very subtle. Of course, the answer to dim-bulb Brown's question is obvious and simple. National Organization for Marriage is a proxy for the Catholic Church. NOM exists because of the religious objection to marriage equality.

The Church, NOM and the Defenders of the Faith® gain nothing by trying to ban gays from marrying. They lose nothing as a result of marriage equality.  We, on the other hand, have everything to gain.

The contest for resolve is one that NOM has already lost.

You know what's coming next:

Regnerus: "Russian Lawmaker Misusing My Gay Parenting Study"

Mark Regnerus
That may be but Mark Regnerus has never authored a “gay parenting study.”

The beleaguered researcher comments on pending Russian legislation that would remove children from gay parents:
… such a legislative move would be wrong. Why? Because the study in question, and no shortage of other analyses of population-based data, reaffirm that kinship and stability are important for children.

Christianist Scouts Tell a Fib

Why does the holier-than-thou crowd seem to have a penchant for not telling the truth? When did the God squad become demagogues?

For his part, John Stemberger, founder of the new Scouts alternative and dull witted Florida attorney, must presume that nobody will fact check. Writing of their executive national director, Rob Green:
Rob became Scout Executive/CEO in September 2004, and helped facilitate the Palmetto Council’s turnaround, consistently balancing the budget, growing programs, and achieving Quality Council distinction year after year.

Friday, September 13, 2013

NOM: More BS - Less Subtlety

These days National Organization for Marriage seems to be asking for money on a daily basis. This is the graphic in its original size that is on the bottom of gimme du jour:
Sometimes I wonder if there really is a matching donor. The folks at NOM are pathological liars — something that they continue to demonstrate. In today's email they continue to suggest that there is some possibility of a marriage amendment (which is patently absurd).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is NOM approaching its 'sell-by' date?

Today's Marriage News from National Organization for Marriage is a sad and tedious communique.

We start with NOM's dishonest claim that the Australian election results were a referendum on equal marriage. About 65% of Australians support marriage equality.  As Equality Matters pointed out, Tony Abbott won in spite of being opposed to equality.

We go from one dishonesty to the next:
Speaking of amendments, here at home we're continuing to work to encourage support for the Federal Marriage Amendment being sponsored by Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. We've

We neither seek nor require your approval!

“They won't be satisfied until we affirm their deviant lifestyle.”

We have all seen it. Supposedly, the reason for opposing gay rights is because what we really looking for is acquiescence. Aside from the ridiculous claims of community mind reading, the argument is illogical per se. More importantly it is fiction. We don't care what so-called "Christians" think about us. It's just another knowingly dishonest talking point from the likes of Tony Perkins or Timmy Wildmon. Here is another one of my personal favorites:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rhetorical questions - gays and Jews

Tony Perkins
According to people like Tony Perkins, as a gay Jew  I am destined for his version of Hell — twice. Even the more moderate Rick Warren (who keeps some of his homophobia in check) required little prodding from Max Blumenthal to confirm that the journalist was headed for the nether regions. A number of leaders of Christian right organizations are quietly antisemitic. They try to cover it up with vocal support for Israel. However, that advocacy is really a product of Rapture-ready end times fetishism when, by the way, all the Jews die.

In their minds, Jews run Hollywood which is Satan's propaganda ministry.

Another teacher terminated by a Catholic school for being gay

Kristen Ostendorf
Kristen Ostendorf
An English teacher at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, MN has apparently been terminated because she is gay. The teacher, Kristen Ostendorf, had been a faculty member since 1995.

This is outrageous and possibly illegal. Ms. Ostendorf was a lay employee with a secular position. What she does in her private life should be irrelevant if she does a good job. 

How many fornicators, masturbators and adulterers are on the school's payroll? How about women who use birth control? Any of the staff ever have an abortion? Anyone divorced? Why is it that gay and lesbian always seems to be highlighted in yellow when it comes to rules and regs?
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Andrew T. Walker adapts to the pseudo-intellectual style of Witherspoon's pseudo-intellectual blog

Andrew T. Walker
Another pompous intellectual impostor makes another logic-challenged critique of marriage equality.

In a piece published last evening, Andrew T. Walker writes about marriage in Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog. Walker bills himself as  the Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. I am surprised that they didn't give him a pretentious academic title. He is also a policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation.

In the way of background, Walker has a BA in religion from Southwest Baptist University and a master of divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NOM is certainly predictable

Earlier I wrote that I was patiently waiting for National Organization for Marriage to come unglued over Hawaii. Less than an hour later …

Cue the victims!
In his comments announcing the special session Governor Abercrombie made several other outrageous claims. For example, he claims with a straight face that marriage can be redefined "without violating the religious principals of anybody in this state."

Patiently waiting for NOM's renewed freak-out over Hawaii

About three weeks ago, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said that he would call for a special legislative session to effect marriage equality, if he had the votes. Yesterday, Governor Abercrombie called for that special session which presumably means that he has the votes.

On August 21, Brian Brown sent out an "urgent" request, on behalf of National Organization for Marriage, urging people to contact their legislators. Not surprisingly, NOM cited Larry Silva's letter which had not yet gone out. NOM is just a proxy for the Church.

Apparenly I am not the only blogger seeking comment from the Russian Medical Society

I thought that I would be oh-so-clever and see where the Russian medical establishment stands on the pseudoscience that is the basis for the Federation's anti-gay laws.

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Straighter Scouts?

John Stemberger is a fearful man.

John Stemberger
Der Stemberger
He subscribes to the theory that the way to keep his sons heterosexual is not to expose them to homosexuals. The gay is contagious you see.

The difference between the Boy Scouts of America and John Stemberger's gay-free, Jewish free “Trail Life USA” is that the gay boys in Stemberger's organization are going to be in the closet. Semberger and his compatriots are not thinking about the kids — they are thinking about themselves. The only reason that a boy will join Trail Life is likely to be his conservative Christian parents. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Justice Scalia on Religious Exemptions to Laws

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 Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, observed that the Court has never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law prohibiting conduct that government is free to regulate. Allowing exceptions to every state law or regulation affecting religion “would open the prospect of constitutionally required exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind.” Scalia cited as examples compulsory military service, payment of taxes, vaccination requirements, and child-neglect laws.

Russia and the IOC Deserve Each Other

Russia is playing the IOC and the IOC is playing everyone else.

According to the AP, Sochi Olympics head, Dmitry Chernyshenko, has asked the IOC to calm down "those who are still trying to speculate on this very transparent and very clear topic," adding, "It's very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue." IOC President Jacques Rogge said that the group would tell athletes, once again, not to protest or make political statements during the games. Rogge once again assured the world that Olympians will not be placed at risk — as long as they cooperate.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Simple Answers: 'Suppose a homosexual business was asked [fill in the odious blank]?'

J. Matt Barber
They are all just too clever for us!

Michael Brown asks:
What if I asked a gay-owned t-shirt shop to make me a street-preaching shirt that said, “It is not OK to be Gay.” If he declined, would that be discrimination based upon my religious beliefs?
Matt Barber puts it this way:
What if ‘Gays’ Were Forced to Serve Westboro Baptist Haters?
This is in response to the idiotic Oregon baker who claims that he was forced to close his doors after refusing a lesbian couple a cake for their commitment ceremony. It's worth noting that, back in February, NOM claimed that said bakery was enjoying a boom in business.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Suddenly Tony Perkins is an Expert on International Affairs

I just received:

Alert: FRC President Tony Perkins to State Position on Syrian Military Action 

Tony will tell it all tonight. Does anyone really care? Why the advance notice (you're not that important)?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Now it's the Louisiana Guard that won't process gay spouse benefit paperwork

Just how petty are these people? It's not like the state is funding these benefits. They are not. This is in-your-face discrimination and it is unacceptable. It's just one more gratuitous "fuck you faggot."

Guard spokesman Lt. Col Mike Kazmierzak says "We refer any individuals that are interested in applying for those benefits to seek guidance at a federal military installation," meaning gay soldiers and airmen in the Louisiana Guard who are legally wed in states that recognize same-gender marriage would have to go to a regular U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps base.

Exactly what the point or logic of this is remains unexplained. It's just another example of mindless bigotry perpetrated against people in service to their country.
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Brian Brown calls Justice Ginsburg "clueless" - I am amused

Maybe National Organization for Marriage actually raises money off this drivel.

According to Brian Brown:
Justice Ginsburg is obviously clueless when it comes to understanding the true nature of marriage. And that is terribly scary since she's one of the nine most important people in America when it comes to preserving the future of this great institution …
Brown calling anyone else “clueless” is extremely amusing. However, this is my favorite bit of meaningless hyperbole:

NOM wants you to do two entirely irrelevant things

Brian Brown's "Two Things" is dedicated to a third; Send National Organization for Marriage some money. Please!

After a profoundly verbose summary of how great NOM is and how great the things that NOM does are, Brown finally gets to the "two things:"
I'm asking you today to reaffirm your stance for marriage, for religious liberty, for the rights of children, and for the health and well-being of our society.

Here's two simple ways you can do this:

First, you can visit our Advocacy Center and, with just a few clicks, raise your voice for marriage and speak truth to power. Some of our current highlighted action items include:
  1. Urge Congress to Support the Federal Marriage Protection Amendment.
  2. Demand Answers from the IRS and Human Rights Campaign.