Saturday, August 31, 2013

In presiding at a Same-Sex Wedding, Justice Ginsburg Sends a Powerful Message

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This evening, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Justice Ginsburg will wed Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and John Roberts, a prominent economist. The wedding, which will take place at the Kennedy Center, is expected to attract a roster of prominent and influential guests.

A Justice of the Supreme Court officiating a gay marriage where one of the men earns $1.5 million running a $200 million enterprise. We have come a very long way!
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Wanted: Christians Oppressed by Homosexuals

Do these people terrify you with their intolerance?
Do you want to make a difference in the defense of marriage? We present a unique opportunity to become a hero — a legend among the faithful.

Ideal candidates will own a public accommodation in a locale that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Your mission will be to deny some service to homosexuals based on your “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Eventually a complaint will be lodged against you.

Once a complaint is filed you will profess extreme sadness. After all some of your [fill in the blank] are gay and lesbian. You will invite others to pray for your victory over evil and the right to discriminate.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Robert Oscar Lopez: Increasing problem of rape now that muscular men are openly gay

Robert Oscar Lopez
Amazingly, Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He might even be tenured.

Mr. Lopez is obsessed with all things gay, He has this delusion that he is part of an international Catholic “resistance” to the legal advance of gay rights, particularly marriage equality.

After conceding that "the fight over marriage is all but lost," Lopez writes:

NARTH plans appeal of 9th CA ruling on gay conversion ban

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) issued a statement today decrying the opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I doubt that the Supreme Court would even take up a case like this. Also, NARTH has no money and their "lawyers" at Liberty Counsel have limited funds.

NARTH's statement is the usual diatribe about activist judges, freedom and unruly judges:

NOM: 'Huffington Post Admits We’re Right' - WRONG

Apparently National Organization has even less respect for the intellect of their constituency than I do, Their blog post, Huffington Post Admits We’re Right, fails to mention the author of the piece at Huffington Post's UK edition:
Mike Judge is Head of Communications at The Christian Institute. He has written opinion pieces for the Independent, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph. Born in Glasgow, but raised in Yorkshire, Mike became a committed Christian at the age of 19 just as he began studying journalism at university. He now lives in the North East with his South African wife and is trying to learn Afrikaans with mixed success.
The Christian Institute is the UK's mutation of a homogenized Family Research Council with National Organization for Marriage. It's hard to imagine that they could replace Mr. Peters with someone even less imaginative to edit their blog. But leave it to NOM.
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Ninth Circuit Rejects Appeal of California's Ban of Gay Conversion 'Therapy' for Minors

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that California’s law banning so-called “gay conversion” or reorientation therapies for minors is constitutional. Full opinion is below.

According to the summary authored by Court staff:
Reversing an order granting preliminary injunctive relief in Welch v. Brown, 13-15023, and affirming the denial of preliminary injunctive relief in Pickup v. Brown, 12-17681, the panel held that California Senate Bill 1172, which bans state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with patients under 18 years of age, does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents’ fundamental rights. The panel held that Senate Bill 1172 regulates professional conduct, not speech and therefore was subject only to a rational basis review.

IRS rules that it will consider gays married regardless of state of residence

Logo of the Internal Revenue Service
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

This ruling adds further impetus to national recognition of same-sex marriage. Moreover it provides further reason for the Supreme Court to eventually strike down Section 2 of DOMA which nullifies  full faith and credit between states regarding marriage in accordance with Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution regarding "full faith and credit."
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Revisiting Frank Turek's Notions About 'Freedom'

Frank Turek
Yesterday I wrote briefly about Frank Turek's piece, “Freedom: Another casualty of the gay agenda,” that appeared in the Christian Post. Today Turek's polemic is in American Family Association's blog. These things do tend to repeat themselves like greasy chili from a New Jersey truck stop.

It is hard to know where ideas in the Christian right echo chamber originate. Turek, who lost consulting gigs – including one at Cisco – due to his homophobia, is likely to be a repeater in contrast to an originator. The idea that Christians lose freedom proportionate to achievements in LGBT equality is neither new nor original. It is also easily debunked.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

'We don't serve your kind here'

Perspective on equal protection
Perspective
Frank Turek and William Murchison make heroes out of people who unlawfully refuse service to gays and lesbians.

You remember Frank Turek. He's the consultant who lost a gig at Cisco due to his anti-gay bigotry. Murchison is a right wing columnist. Here's Turek in today's Christian Post, Freedom: Another Casualty of the Gay Agenda:
If you think that same sex marriage and "non-discrimination" laws are all about love and tolerance, you couldn't be more wrong. A decision out of the New Mexico Supreme Court last week clearly shows why. The decision is itself intolerant and discriminatory.
And Murchison in the Washington Times, The New 'Equality' Principle:
The matter before the New Mexico court is in one sense about gay rights. It is in a larger and darker sense about freedom — freedom of the sort Americans at the founding of the republic thought they were enshrining forever.

The loud squeak-squawk you hear from the general direction of New Mexico is the cell door closing on the right not just to believe — as do the Huguenins — but to act on your beliefs, to put money wherever mouths may be.

Rally for discrimination in San Antonio

A shameless display of gay hate!

Sant Antonio rally for discrimination
Photo: WOIA - San Antonio
The proposed San Antonio non-discrimination ordinance (see the latest draft, below) prohibits discrimination “on the basis of race, color religion national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability.” Religious organizations have a hiring exemption. Regardless of what you may have heard, that's pretty much the extent of it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

John Stemberger is having a real bad day raising money for his gay-free Scout alternative

John Stemberger
John Stemberger is the force behind the gay-free Christian Boy Scout alternative (to be named later).

Earlier in the day Stemberger sent out an email blast requesting donations for his start-up venture. The funds were being collected by Stemberger's Florida Family Policy Council, earmarked for the new venture. I politely reminded Mr. Stemberger of several cases including Graves v Commissioner.

WSJ: Wal-Mart to Offer Health Benefits to Domestic Partners of U.S. Workers

If true, this represents a major policy change at America's largest employer.

American Apparel Posts Ad Recruiting "TansSexy" Models

Calling all 'transexy' models: American Apparel wants you! The company posted this notice on Instagram, asking interested models to visit its Chelsea store in NYC.


No surprise: African American Clergy Coalition funded entirely by NOM

James Meeks
NOM's Shill - Rev. James Meeks
National Organization for Marriage continues the strategy of pitting African-Americans against gay rights.

The Sun Times reports that a complaint against the African American Clergy Coalition, has revealed that NOM was the sole source of funding for the  thousands of robo-calls that flooded districts of African American state lawmakers. The calls condemning marriage equality featured Rev. James Meeks, a local (and controversial) Baptist minister. Meeks is also a former Democratic state senator.

“None of the money poured in from the masses of church-goers who employ Chicago’s African American clergy. Instead, the funding — all $82,000 of it, according to the campaign watchdog group, came from the National Organization for Marriage.”

Catholic Bishop Larry Silva of Hawaii calls for "just" discrimination against gays and lesbians

Bishop Larry Silva of Hawaii
Roman Catholic bishops seems to believe in Catholic Supremacy. They are wed to the belief that they can – and should – impose their religious beliefs on everyone else through civil law. In a letter distributed to parishioners, Silva calls for "just" discrimination:

People with same - sex attraction are a part of our community, ev en our Catholic community, and they deserve dignity and respect. Unjust discrimination against them is not acceptable. However, not all discrimination – that is, making distinctions – is unjust. We discriminate quite justly between adults and minors, ev en though both have equal dignity. We justly discriminate between those who are married and those who are not, because marriage is a special societal bond that assures the continuation of the race in the context of raising children in the loving environment that appreciates the complementary nature of male and female. (If there were no such discrimination, same - sex marriage would not be an issue, since anyone who wanted to apply for any benefits could do so, whether married or not.) There is just discrimination between parents and children, professors and students. While they are all equal in dignity as persons, they are not equal in their roles.

The often overlooked damage caused by the ex-gay movement

John Paulk
Proud gay man and former
national spokesman for the
ex-gay movement - John Paulk
We all know that the ex-gay movement is damaging to its participants. Moreover, we are aware of the fact that ex-gay mythology is used as a device for denying gays and lesbians equal protection under the law.

Conversion "therapy" is largely supported by religious organizations and the only ex-gays that we ever meet seem to have an economic interest in claiming to be ex-gay.  Exodus is gone; Its leaders acknowledging what we have always known, that nobody ever changes their sexual orientation. The AMA, the APA and the rest of the professional organizations have been correct after all. NARTH lost its tax-exempt status in March after failing to file a tax return for three consecutive years. They are hanging by an economic thread.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Documents re: Liberty Counsel's Suit v. Chris Christie Over Reparative "Therapy" Ban

First a reminder. With respect to children, the following organizations concur that sexual orientation is innate and the efforts to change sexual orientation are ineffective and harmful.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American School Health Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Interfaith Alliance Foundation
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Education Association
This is an effort to overturn New Jersey Assembly Bill Number 3371, “An Act concerning the protection of minors from attempts to change sexual orientation.” Governor Christie signed this  bill on August 19.

R.R. Reno Perpetuates the Myth That the Gay Rights Movement is an Upper Middle Class Endeavor

R.R. Reno - First Things
Defining the gay rights movement as elitist is important to the Christian right. It's an effort to disconnect gay civil rights from the average American.

Russell ("Rusty") Ronald Reno III is the editor of First Things magazine and previously a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. He is an important Catholic intellectual. So is Robby George for that matter. Being a prominent "thinker" doesn't necessary coincide with intellectual honesty or legitimate conclusions.

Friday, August 23, 2013

You've been NOMmed

National Organization for Marriage indulged in an email blast titled "You've been framed."

NOM offers the usual litany of victimization by the IRS, various county clerks, Fred Karger, donor disclosure, Andrew Cuomo and other horribles. Then they get to the subject. It is based on an article in the pseudo-intellectual blog of the Witherspoon Institute.
Many of you wrote to say you've read the new Public Discourse essay "Now that We are All Haters," about the power of the mainstream media and the gay rights lobby to choose the language, the stories, and the narratives around gay marriage. In particular the power of the narratives that frame those of us who stand up for marriage and the Biblical tradition as "haters" and "bigots".

Enough with this discriminatory New Mexico photographer and other miscreants

the wrath of God
Seriously. I have about had it with bakers who won't bake cakes and florists who won't sell flowers to gay couples. Imagine the outcry if that same florist, for example, refused to service an interracial marriage because it conflicted with her sincerely held religious beliefs. The idiotic New Mexico photographers were among the first of these cases. The outcome was never in doubt. As Fox's culture warrior, Todd Starnes, put it:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Russia promises IOC that it will not discriminate while promising that it WILL discriminate

The International Olympic Committee has received a letter from Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. Kozac has given the IOC assurances that Russia will comply fully with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination of any kind.

NOM complains about oversight that they have not complied with

Chutzpah!

On their blog, National Organization for Marriage posts “Albany, where even transparency is discussed in secret.” They go on:
The New York Times reports on the New York State Ethics Commission's questionable handling of requests for exemption from a state law, now two years old, that forces non-profits that engage in lobbying to turn over names of donors.
The same commission is responsible for oversight of campaign finance disclosure. In New York, NOM did exactly what they did in Maine and Iowa; They bundled contributions to political campaigns without disclosing their donors as required under New York State law.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! NOM desperate to convince people that marriage equality is not inevitable

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage seems to be feeling the brunt of marriage equality inevitability.

Today, Brian Brown cites two polls that appear to be outliers. The first is to a Rice University poll conducted sometime in 2012. The other a Fox News poll. Both polls suggest that a majority of people don't favor "changing the definition of marriage" to include same-sex couples. That "redefinition"  language is biased but so what? There are a few things that I know to a reasonable certainty.

New Mexico County Begins Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Seal of Doña Ana County, New Mexico
In a press release issued this morning, Lynn Ellins, clerk of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, announced that his office will issues marriage licenses to same sex couples. It remains to be seen if the resulting marriages can or will be recognized by the state. State recognition is seemingly required for a marriage to be recognized by the federal government.
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Gregory Quinlan thinks the effectiveness of reorientation 'therapy' is an ongoing medical debate

Greg Quinlan - PFOX/NJFPC
Is there any professional medical or counseling association that is not opposed to reorientation "therapy?"

I have to wonder; Do these people think that there is some vast homosexual conspiracy among medical and counseling organizations to suppress reparative therapy? Where is the scholarship, published to a prominent, peer reviewed scientific journal that supports reorientation therapy?

That doesn't stop Gregory Quinlan. Speaking for the New Jersey Family Policy Council in a press release issued today:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Boykin claims that the Pentagon is just unfair

William "Jerry" Boykin
Lt. General (Ret.), Rev. William "Jerry" Boykin is now executive vice president of the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council.

Reverend Boykin is upset that gay armed service personnel will be getting extra paid leave to get married if they don't happen to be stationed in an equality state. Oh, the horror of it all.

Today, Boykin sent out an email blast titled Take Action: Pentagon forces you to pay bonus leave for same-sex 'weddings.' Boykin wants you to know about the hardships you face due to those nasty gay "marriages" (Jerry and FRC love scare quotes) by armed services personnel. Furthermore, Jerry wants you to know that those dastardly homosexuals are getting "special rights."

Tony Perkins is right: "Chris Christie Undermines Freedom By Banning Sexual Orientation Therapy"

Tony Perkins - Family Research Council
Others have undermined freedom by banning lobotomy Still others have undermined freedom by banning "bleeding" children to rid them of demons.

Tony Perkins (or one of his trolls) has authored an email dealing with Chris Christie's signing a law banning sexual reorientation "therapy" for children. Of course, Governor Christie's real heresy was claiming that gay children are born gay. That undermines not freedom but the anti-gay agenda of hate groups like Perkins' Family Research Council. In the same email, FRC's gay go-to guy, Peter Sprigg, is quoted:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Study: Religion makes people stupid...

or stupid people cling to religion.

A meta-analysis was published August 6 in Personality and Social Psychology Review. According to the abstract:
A meta-analysis of 63 studies showed a significant negative association between intelligence and religiosity. The association was stronger for college students and the general population than for participants younger than college age; it was also stronger for religious beliefs than religious behavior. For college students and the general population, means of weighted and unweighted correlations between intelligence and the strength of religious beliefs ranged from −.20 to −.25 (mean r = −.24). Three possible interpretations were discussed. First, intelligent people are less likely to conform and, thus, are more likely to resist religious dogma. Second, intelligent people tend to adopt an analytic (as opposed to intuitive) thinking style, which has been shown to undermine religious beliefs. Third, several functions of religiosity, including compensatory control, self-regulation, self-enhancement, and secure attachment, are also conferred by intelligence. Intelligent people may therefore have less need for religious beliefs and practices.

Predictably, Liberty Counsel claims that Gov. Christie "harms children"

Earlier today, the New Jersey governor signed the law that bans conversion "therapy" for minors.

Liberty Counsel (the rabidly anti-gay hate group associated with Liberty University) announced in a press release that they will now file suit to block the law. According to Mat Staver:

NOM surrogate continues strategy of pitting African-Americans against gays

Robert Oscar Lopez - NOM-Bot
At this point, Robert Oscar Lopez is just a mindless NOM-Bot.

Bear with me. I'll get to Lopez in a moment. In March of 2012, a Maine court, investigating the failure of National Organization for Marriage to comply with the state's campaign finance disclosure laws, unsealed documents. Included in the documents was essentially a "business plan" to lure big donors. One part of that plan included the following:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Have you noticed just who is (still) complaining about the repeal of DADT?

Elaine Fucking Donnelly
It's not our men and women in uniform who bellyache (with the exception of a couple of self-made Christian "victims").

No. It's people like Elaine Donnelly who fought for years to keep the military from accepting gay people. Ms. Donnelly has no qualifications that I am aware of to weigh in on military matters. Nor, for that matter, has she ever served in the military. Yet she bills herself as a "military watchdog."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Would you all please send NOM and Brian Brown a box of tissues?

National Organization for Marriage Crying Towel
Yesterday's victim report from National Organization for Marriage brought me to tears.

It is called Breaking Bad Across the Nation and we begin our sad tale with with the trials and tribulations of Donnie McClurkin and Breaking bad in the nation's capital:
Who would think we would live to see the day when a black Mayor of the District of Columbia would use not only local but federal funds to ban a Grammy-award winning black pastor from performing at a concert in honor of Rev. King because — he believes and says that Christ liberated him from "the sin of homosexuality."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NOM trots out the Regnerus and "Bobby" lies to attack gay parenting

National Organization for Marriage knowingly repeats the same two lies:

Not All Children Raised by Gay Parents Support Same-Sex Marriage

In a 2012 landmark study on same-sex parenting (and its long-term effects on children), sociologist Mark Regnerus' identified 248 adults who were raised by couples in same-sex romantic relationships and gave reports unfavorable to the same-sex marriage agenda.

Robert Oscar Lopez bravely shares his own personal story on what it was like to be raised by two women, and what he missed out on …
  1. Regnerus did not study children raised by gay couples and;
  2. Robert Oscar Lopez was raised by his mother whose partner did not live with them most of the time and;
  3. Why can't NOM find more than one "victim?" and;
  4. The mainstream research disagrees.
     

USOC is willfully clueless

Laws based on the preposterous notion that gay people recruit children are not “disparate views.”

That is sheer bigotry and the US Olympic Committee is an enabler. Human rights should take precedence over athletic competition. The notion that these games sprinkle goodwill pixie dust around is patently absurd.

Culture: Preachers with snakes get their own reality TV show

Two snake-handling Pentecostal preachers are getting their own reality television show.


The National Geographic Channel will debut Snake Salvation on September 10. The two preachers are Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tennessee and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Rev. Coots wants people to know that “… the main thing is for people to see that there is more to us than wanting to handle snakes.” The show will also include scenes from services where congregants handle snakes. Rev. Coots is probably in for a disappointment.

I don't know about sinners but National Geographic has clearly lost its way.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

'Marriage Generation' website is owned & operated by Family Research Council

Tony Perkins
I notice that National Organization for Marriage is linking to a piece on a website named Marriage Generation:
Millennials Will Save Marriage

Here's a fantastic piece from Chris Marlink over at Marriage Generation. Millennials, he argues, the same generation poised to throw it all away, will ultimately be the ones to redeem and restore marriage.
According to the site:
We’re millennials who remain committed to the meaning and enduring value of marriage. Neither court rulings, nor elections, nor cultural pressures will dissuade us. Our passion is to revive a marriage culture, and to shape the way our generation thinks and talks about marriage.
That's all nice and squishy. However, Marriage Generation is owned and operated by the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council. There is no mention whatsoever of FRC on the site. Are they ashamed of it?

DOD will undoubtedly cause the turds to hit the right wing turbines

Today, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian service members will begin receiving full benefits and protections by September 3, 2013. While this was fully expected since the DOMA decision, the reality of it actually happening is another matter.

As they say in the military:

Incoming!


NOM Promotes Frank Schubert's Simplistic Ignorance on Gender Identity

Frank Schubert
National Organization for Marriage: “Schubert: There is No Such Thing as ‘Gender Identity’”

NOM is promoting a post by Frank Schubert (NOM's campaign manager) at Redstate. NOM summarizes this as:
One of the biggest problems I have with the movement to redefine marriage is the series of falsehoods we’re required to accept that fly in the face of the established natural order. Consider the contention that men and women are identical – not just equal but actually the same. If this is accepted as true, then having a gender basis for marriage no longer makes sense. But it’s not true; a man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man.

St. Petersburg Gay Activist to be Charged With 'Extremist Activity'

Kirill Kalugin
This is Propagating Tolerance
Remember Mr. Kalugin? He is the man who was peacefully protesting Russia's anti-gay laws when he was attacked by a pack of Russian paratroopers. Numerous media sources have translated Kalugin's sign as "This is propagating tolerance." A St. Petersburg authority claims that it reads "Sodom in every home." In any event, it looks like Mr. Kalugin's legal peril is far more than a modest fine. This piece from the Moscow Times gets more offensive by the paragraph: