Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Vacation This Week

I will be attending to personal and health matters throughout the week …

Happy Thanksgiving and I'll be back and recharged on Monday, December 2.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

399 US House Members did NOT Sign a Letter to NOM

National Organization for Marriage
On its blog today National Organization for Marriage writes: Three Dozen Lawmakers Applaud NOM's Efforts to Find the Truth about the IRS; Vow to Continue Fighting to Hold Obama Adminstration <sic> Accountable. Apparently it is now Obama's fault that NOM's unredacted tax return for 2008 was sent to someone who forwarded it to the Human Rights Campaign.

Signatories to the letter addressed to John Eastman are the usual suspects — from Bachmann to Yoho with Louie Gohmert and Steve King somewhere in the middle. In other words the lunatic fringe have signed this missive.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Doug Mainwaring has a new gig with Witherspoon (of course)

Doug Mainwaring
Last March I wrote “Doug Mainwaring, is a Tea Partier and openly gay man. He is also married (to a woman) and has children. Apparently, he does not engage in gay sex due to his conservative Catholic convictions. He is proud to say, ‘I'm gay and I oppose same-sex marriage.’ Well good for him. At least he admits that there is such a thing as a gay person. That's progress.”

Mainwaring was National Organization for Marriage's little gay puppy dog; Their house faggot. He was part of the marriage discrimination road show, traveling from Maryland to Minnesota to Illinois; testifying before legislative committees in an effort to thwart marriage equality. NOM yanked the leash and Mainwaring obeyed. Mainwaring found “the homosexual lifestyle®” so tedious and unsatisfying that he has decided to play house with his wife. It seems that Mainwaring lied and entered into a sham marriage, left the marriage to play gay and has now returned.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Paprocki's offensiveness goes beyond his silly exorcism

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois did an exorcism today in order to drive out the evil spirits of same-sex marriage. Who cares? Seriously. If he wants to hold his little ritual and get the media attention that he seems to crave, he is still irrelevant. Marriage equality has come to Illinois. The issue is settled.

It is what he told the press that warrants our opprobrium:
It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NOM has a new tax problem

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage ("NOM") and National Organization for Marriage Education Fund ("NOMed") are affiliated entities with common organization and control. In simple terms:
  • NOM is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit which means that they are tax-exempt but contributions are not tax deductible.
  • NOMed is a 501(c)3 which means that they are tax-exempt and contributions are tax deductible.

Monday, November 18, 2013

NOM shows $2,000,000 loss in 2012 (Updated with analysis)

National Organization for Marriage
Update: I have given this a fairly cursory glance. The bottom line is that National Organization for Marriage's revenues swelled by $3,000,000 year  which makes sense in an election year. However, their expenses increased by $6,000,000. Net assets are now a negative $2.7 million. Three donors were responsible for $6 million or two-thirds of the revenues.

I notice that Maggie still drew a salary of $160,000 for doing nothing while Brian Brown's salary remained the same at $230,000.

This is somewhat offset, however, by the fact that NOM Education had revenues exceed expenses by $1.6 million. Their largest grant was $200,000 to the ActRight foundation. It looks like Deborah and William Owens are no longer receiving grant money. However, Deb Owens' LinkedIn page suggests that she is a NOM employee.


Hate Group, World Congress of Families, is "Appalled"

Managing Director Larry Jacobs said he was appalled that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R, Il.) bowed to the demands of radical sexual extremists and cancelled the use of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for a pro-family symposium.
“Radical sexual extremists” means anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “Pro-family symposium” means how to export and import anti-gay hate.

Pope Honors Gay Teen Who Developed Pancreatic Cancer Test

Jack Andraka and the Pope
Jack Andraka is an amazing 16-year-old kid. He developed a cost-effective test to diagnose pancreatic cancer —a particularly lethal form of the disease. He has received considerable recognition for his work. He never expected to be honored by a Pope.

He was awarded the Vatican’s International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pope-francis-honors-gay-teen-genius-cancer-test181113#sthash.XMkd3ezh.dpuf
Over the weekend, Pope Francis presented Andraka with the Vatican’s International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work.

Andraka told WBAL over the weekend, “It’s really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist. I mean this would be unheard of just a few years ago. To be part of this bridge of progress is really amazing.”

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

[Doc] Fed. Judge requires PA to defend marriage ban in court

Judge John E. Jones
On Friday a federal judge rejected a plea by the State of Pennsylvania to dismiss a marriage equality case, Deb Whitewood et al v. Michael Wolf et al (fka Deb Whitewood et al v. Corbett et al).

District Judge John E Jones, for the Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, ruled that the state of Pennsylvania must defend the ban despite the contention by the state that his court had no authority to rule in the case. One of the more interesting portions (relevant to the existence of a federal question):

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rubio tells anti-gay hate group that our children are at risk

Marco Rubio
Tonight my junior senator, Marco Rubio, keynoted an event for an anti-gay hate group, Florida Family Policy Council. FFPC is perhaps best known for its leader, John Stemberger, who formed the Christian-only, gay-free Boys Scouts alternative. In 2008, this group was behind a successful Florida constitutional amendment initiative that banned marriage equality. Among Rubio's remarks:

Another compassionate Christian leaves a note - stiffs a waitress



Former US Marine Dana Morales is a server at  Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, NJ. After serving a table of four and expecting a tip on a $94 check, she received a note on the credit card slip reading “I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.” Their book seems to say something about this:
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Friday, November 15, 2013

We're baaaack

The obstinance of Network Solutions, the stupidity of GoDaddy and my volcanic temper brought this site came to a crashing halt due to the absence of nameservers. Ugh!

NOM's Delusions or Pathological Dishonesty

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
I just received a gimme-your-money email from National Organization for Marriage that is remarkably titled “It's Still Common Sense.” Brian Brown and common sense are not familiar companions. Brown goes through the proforma "mommy and daddy" nonsense, indulges in some pretentious scholarly quotes and finally gets to:
We've seen this common sense most recently in Hawaii where over ten thousand people came out in peaceful and prayerful protest against their legislature's decision to redefine marriage. In fact, we know that it is the vast majority of Hawaiians, and by no means the minority, who know that marriage is the union of one man and one woman — who know that marriage matters because the love of a mom and the love of a dad are equally invaluable to the well-being of a child. 

Illinois Bishop Paprocki Plans Exorcism to Protest Marriage Equality

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
We don't need to know much more than the headline. Nevertheless; Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield said that people who enter into same-sex marriage are committing a "serious sin." I wonder if that sin is greater or less than gay sex. Is gay sex more or less sinful if the participants are married?

Paprocki is planning his ritual to coincide with the signing of the legislation by Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday. Paprocki criticized Catholic politicians for supporting the bill. These folks have a firm expectation that Catholic lawmakers will legislate as Catholics. Indeed, in then Cardinal Ratzinger's treatise on same-sex unions he wrote:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NOM loves self-deception

Brian Brown - National Organization for Marriage
I cannot decide if the Nommers are liars or delusional. Either way, according to a new National Organization for Marriage email blast titled "Crossroad:"
There is a silver lining now that Hawaii has voted to redefine marriage against the people's wishes: same-sex 'marriage' activists have run out of easy targets.
“Against the people's wishes?” According to the last poll that I saw, Hawaiians support marriage equality by 54%; 31% opposed. I have no idea where Brian Brown is getting his numbers from but I have some anatomical suspicions. It's also like say “now that the enemy has dropped a nuclear bomb, there is a silver lining. They have one less nuke.” What kind of sense does that make?


Another Pseudo-Expert on Witherspoon's Pseudo-Intellectual Blog

Witherspoon Institute's blog is WND for people who can express themselves with multi-syllabic words. The Opus Dei affiliate attracts Defenders of the Faith® who make no sense whatsoever.

Robert Carle
Along comes Robert Carle, a professor of theology at the rather mediocre Kings College in lower Manhattan. Carle doesn't seem to be gay and has no training in medicine, counseling or law. Yet, in a piece titled “When Government Keeps Teens from Seeing the Therapist,” he presumes to lecture us about the legal injustices and therapeutic shortcomings of laws that ban reparative therapy for minors.

First of all, the government doesn't prevent teens from seeing a therapist. It prevents quacks and charlatans from dispensing therapy that is ineffective and dangerous which is the role of government. Moreover, I suspect that parents, not teens, seek such therapists out of ignorance and religious zeal. Teens are usually coerced which is one of the reasons that these "therapies" are toxic. The government often protects children from the stupidity of, or abuse by, their parents.


Updated: PTSD and me

As some of you may know, pseudo historian David Barton said the other day that PTSD can be cured with Bible verses and rebuking Satan. I originally wrote this piece on September 19, after the Navy Yard shooting. It seems that we have so many incidents of mass gun violence casualties that it's hard to keep track. If just one or two people get killed it barely gets a mention on the news anymore.

I thought that this would be a good time to re-post this. It is not about me. I am trying to raise awareness of mental health issues, gun violence and, sometimes, the unfortunate collision between the two.

Another two months, more shootings and no progress on background checks or the mental health prohibited purchaser database.

mental healthI need no sympathy but as a victim of gun violence, this has been another very difficult week due to the fact that the body count increased by 13. This is a post that I have written, saved and edited many times since the tragedy in Newtown. All I could think about then was the enormous size of exit wounds from a diminutive six-year-old having been shot with a high velocity rifle.

In my case, I was shot, point-blank in the back with a .45 in the hands of a paid assassin — a presumably prohibited purchaser. It took a couple of surgeries and a total hip replacement so that physically I am not too bad — other than the constant pain. It is the serious mental health issues that cause me the most day-to-day difficulty.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cordileone is more politician than prelate

Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, chairs the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the USCCB general assembly on November 11, Cordileone expressed his outrage over the decisions of the US Supreme Court during the summer.
By advancing redefinition, the decisions harmed marriage and harmed our society almost immediately.
By redefinition Cordileone means allowing gay couples to wed. Cordileione doesn't seem to explain what that harms are let alone what happened "almost immediately."

Staver tortures truth and logic regarding NJ ban on reparative therapy for minors

Mat Staver - Liberty Counsel
Last Friday a federal judge in Camden dismissed Liberty Counsel's suit (Tara King et al v. Christie) attempting to overturn New Jersey's ban on sexual orientation change counseling for minors. I wrote an analysis on Saturday while providing a copy of the rather lengthy opinion. Needless to say, Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, is not happy.

According to American Family Association's blog, Staver claims:
This law infringes on the client's right to receive information regarding change and the counselor's right to be able to provide that kind of information that the client seeks. It's exactly and only focused on the content and specifically the viewpoint of speech.

Here is an interesting NOM statistic

National Organization for Marriage
I did a search in my news aggregator of National Organization for Marriage items this month. Here are a few scores based on the number of mentions in the headline and teaser since November 1:

ENDA 7
Hawaii 1
Illinois 4

I think that NOM has figured out where the money might be. So much for any representation that NOM is about "defending marriage," whatever that means.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Once reluctant legal group leading the way to marriage equality in the Bible Belt

During the summer of 2009, tensions were high within the gay community. Private differences would become a very public squabble surrounding the  Prop 8 litigation — Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Several LGBT groups challenged the wisdom of bringing Prop 8 to the federal courts, possibly prematurely. The concern was that the case would eventually end up before a conservative Supreme Court and the cause of marriage equality would be impaired for decades.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights had recruited the improbable legal team of Olson and Boies. In July, Chad Griffin, then head of AFER, sent letters to the heads of the American Civil Liberties Union, Lamba Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Griffin stated that he opposed their participation (as "intervenors") in the Prop 8 case because “you have unrelentingly and unequivocally acted to undermine this case.”


Monday, November 11, 2013

Knight: ENDA Was a Vote to Repeal the Bible

Robert Knight has worked for at least six anti-gay organizations. These include Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Media Research Center, Coral Ridge Ministries and, currently, the American Civil Rights Union. He also has a regular column in the Washington Times. Today that column is: A ban on the faith-based workplace.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Religious group claims that they submitted enough signatures to overturn transgender protections law

Frank Schubert
Privacy for All Students claims to have submitted 620,000 petition signatures to put transgender rights on the ballot. 505,000 signatures are required. The campaign will be headed by Frank Schubert. Schubert managed five unsuccessful campaigns for National Organization for Marriage in November 2012.

Schubert, a fundamentalist Catholic has claimed that transgender people do not exist. These are just "confused" people.

Each county clerk is responsible for signature verification.
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With ebbing options NOM concentrates on defining friends and enemies

A struggling National Organization for Marriage continues to enlarge its enemies list. Most infuriating to NOM this week is Illinois Republican House member Tom Cross. Cross, who previously opposed marriage equality, changed his mind. According to NOM, Cross is currently running for state treasurer. NOM's head, Brian Brown, boasts; “We'll be working to ensure that Cross answers for his lack of integrity.”

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Doc: Fedral Court Upholds NJ Ban on Sexual Reorientation of Minors

Gavel and Legal Text
A New Jersey law banning therapies to affect the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor was upheld on Friday, November 9, 2013 as constitutional.

The decision in federal court in Camden NJ establishes that therapy is conduct in contrast to speech. Moreover, there is a dearth of non-anecdotal evidence that such therapies are safe and effective.

This is a very interesting opinion. It is easy to read and not over-burdened with legalize. I suggest starting with Issue "V. First Amendment — Freedom of Speech" on page 22. It has bearing on numerous LGBT issues. I'm sure that Liberty Counsel will be complaining about biased judges come Monday.

Friday, November 8, 2013

NOM claims that homosexuality is a vague concept

Predictably, National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown is upset over the passage of ENDA in the Senate with a number of Republican votes. I am not at all sure what this has to do with “defending marriage” but I am reasonably certain that Mr. Brown could come up with some illogical explanation. I am almost amused by this part of NOM's press release, quoting Brown:
While protecting people against <sic> discrimination is a very important goal, this legislation is problematic because of its broad and unclear definitions. Concepts like 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' are too vague to be a basis for such a law which could lead to individuals facing reprisals or even criminal action simply for expressing their values in the workplace.

Two very different worlds - and visions

Billy Graham
Billy Graham circa 2011
I was struck by a headline in Charisma News: Billy Graham Saw Decline in Our Country in 1952. Steve Strang, the founder and publisher of Charisma goes on to explain, “In going through the archives, it was interesting to see what Billy Graham told Christian Life in 1952:”
I do not believe there has ever been a time even in the days prior to the Civil War that we as Americans have gone to the polls with greater issues than those at stake in the upcoming election.
[…]
The reason the Western world is failing now, in my opinion, is because the church has failed. If the church had been aggressive and dynamic and strong and members of the church had been living holy, satisfied, separated lives, producing the fruit of the Spirit, we would not be in the economic mess we’re in today.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Would someone please stick a fork into Jennifer Morse? If she wiggles, remind her that she's done

Jennifer Roback Morse
When a visible senior executive in corporate America gets whacked, the second thing they do (after consulting with their attorney) is to write an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal. Luckily for Jennifer Roback Morse, she has the pseudo-intellectual blog at the Opus Deist Witherspoon Institute to float a bloated treatise upon.

Morse was an executive at National Organization for Marriage. That is, until she seemingly got spontaneously terminated. Apparently NOM gave back her Ruth Institute (which is assetless) and Morse is on her own.  Was she too crazy even for Brian Brown?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Never Again" Brian Brown Screams

Brian Brown seems to have perfected Reverse Midas. Everything he touches turns to … Things have not been going well for National Organization for Marriage lately. My hypothesis is that their string of losses, coupled with mounting evidence of inevitability, is choking off the flow of discrimination dollars. NOM would like to take this time today to tell all of us just how effective they have been. Prepare to be impressed:
The only time marriage lost on the ballot was in 2012, where in four deep blue liberal states we were outspent 4-1 and the other side was able to eke out a victory. After these losses NOM vowed to do everything in its power to make sure that we were never again outspent by those margins.

This takes balls - NOM congratulates Chris Christie

The only thing consistent about Nation Organization for Marriage is their inconsistency. As recently as October 24, Brian Brown wrote Christie Surrender Provides an Object Lesson in (Lack of) Leadership. So all of sudden Christie is their new best friend?
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today congratulated Governor Chris Christie on his reelection and harshly criticized the Republican Party's national leadership for failing to adequately support Ken Cuccinelli, which they said is the primary reason for his narrow loss.
NOM might want to consider that the libertarian candidate in Virginia received about 7% of the vote and he is a proponent of marriage equality. Moreover, Governor Christie had no real opposition.
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LaBarbera: We've kicked God to the curb in Illinois

Peter LaBarbera
I have generally ignored Peter LaBarbera. It's just not very sporting to shoot at such an easy target. Needless to say, Pete is not happy about events in is home state of Illinois. According to American Family Association's blog:
"Sadly, as this state, and increasingly the country, kicks God to the curb, we're setting up all sorts of new-fangled legal arrangements – and that's exactly what homosexual so-called marriage is," he laments, adding: "It will now be easier in schools to propagandize in favor of so-called homosexual marriage."

Hawaii's Public Filibuster Comes to an End - Equality Moves Another Step Forward

After nearly 60 hours of public testimony, a Hawaii Joint House committee passed a marriage equality bill by a vote of 18-12.

This bill now goes to the House floor where it is likely to pass. It will come come up for a vote either Friday or, more likely, early next week. The bill will require Senate approval for amendments before Governor Neil Abercombie can sign it into law, as he has promised to do.

The amendments provide additional "protections" (rights to discriminate against gay people) similar to the wording in Connecticut's equality law.

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NOM's self-fulfilling prophesy

Predictably National Organization for Marriage sent out a formulaic press release “condemning” marriage equality in Illinois. They can condemn all they want; Marriage equality is here to say.

Quoting Brian Brown we get this bit of sophistry:
The legislation that has been adopted contains no meaningful protections for religious liberty. We will see a torrent of actions aimed at people of faith and religious groups,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NOM loses a BIG one

National Organization for Marriage was heavily invested in discrimination in Illinois. They stopped a marriage equality bill once and they presumed, by manipulating the African American community that they would do it again. The didn't!

While the Illinois bill has not yet been signed into law, it will be shortly.

Over 37% of US citizens now live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.
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NOM is actually accelerating equality

National Organization for Marriage
At this point the folks at National Organization for Marriage are fighting a futile battle. They remind me of the last Japanese soldiers on Saipan. Plagiarizing Wikipedia, “… the battle on Saipan was hopeless for the defenders, but the Japanese were determined to fight to the last man.”

In both cases, defenders were out of supplies. In NOM's case they are in critically short supply of coherent arguments. They just released a post titled Eleventh Hour Fight in Illinois. Among the claims:
They didn't have the votes to pass this bad bill in the spring session. So gay 'marriage' activists poured MILLIONS of dollars into a lobbying campaign over the past few months trying to buy up the votes they need to impose their radical social agenda.

Illinois House vote today - Hawaii getting closer

It looks like marriage equality will finally come up for a floor vote in Illinois today. If you live in the state, and you haven't already contacted your representative, now would be a very good time to do so.

Hawaii seems to be ripening. The "citizen filibuster" of conservative Christians trying to testify in order to delay the inevitable is starting to wind down.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Tomorrow it will be my pleasure to vote for the first openly gay mayor of Miami Beach - Michael Gongora

Michael Góngora seems the only sensible choice for Mayor of Miami Beach. While Philip Levine is tempting due to the fact that he has not been a participant in any of our sundry messes, Michael can hit the ground running. Moreover, Michael is an accomplished litigator — and an impressively smart guy. These are skills that will benefit the job performance of our next mayor.

Much of our municipal code needs to be rewritten to eliminate subjective criteria that invites and facilitates graft. We are arguably one of the most corrupt cities in America. The general assumption is that anything can be had for a price. We also have a blatantly brutish and violent police force; Something that is counter-intuitive to good civics. Someone needs to realize that we endure many quality of life crimes on a daily basis that have never been addressed.


GOP Sens Portman and Toomey Join Majority on ENDA

The Employment Non-Discrimination act cleared the Senate today with of 61-30 vote. Late in the session, Democrats picked up the support of two additional Republicans, Senator Portman of Ohio and Senator Toomey of Pennsylvania. Claire McCaskill was attending a funeral. This was a cloture motion which clears the bill for debate.

Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his opposition to the bill earlier today. The potential for it to even come up for a vote seems slim
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FRC again claims that gay people are a threat to children

Family Research Council Logo
Family Research Council released a statement this afternoon, commending John Boehner for his opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). FRC's head, Tony Perkins, began his comments with this:
We commend Speaker Boehner for opposing ENDA because of the costly lawsuits that burden businesses in an already struggling economy.
So FRC's first objection to ENDA is not Christianity but the economy? Really? If this sounds familiar, it is. It was crafted by Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation and used by Boehner as his excuse for opposing ENDA. Perkins continues:

Everyone should remember what NOM said today

National Organization for Marriage is invested in Ken Cuccinelli for Governor of Virginia. In an email blast and blog post, NOM's leader, Brian Brown, claims that "Victory is Just Hours Away." The graphic says "Ken Cuccinelli - a True Champion for Marriage and Life." That's not what people should remember. This is:
The importance of this race goes far beyond the borders of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It will help set the tone for the 2014 midterm elections, and will be closely watched and analyzed by candidates, consultants and party leaders on both sides of the aisle.

What to do about Charlie?

 

← This crazy guy has got to go!

This guy is in the closet and dangerous. →
Florida is one of the nuttiest states in the Union. Our "A to Z" is represented by Casey Anthony to George Zimmerman. After sugarcane, Florida's 2nd-largest field crop is peanuts. Figures.

By all accounts our current governor, Rick Scott, should be in the federal slammer for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies, all of which occurred during Scott's tenure as CEO. The company agreed to a fine of over $600 million — the largest fraud settlement in US history.  Scott had to spend more than $50 million of his own money to become governor. What we got was a Tea Party crazy whose social issue positions are aligned with Family Research Council.


Maine Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Comes Out as Gay

Democratic Maine gubernatorial challenger Mike Michaud confirmed today that he is gay. It is unknown what effect, if any, this will have on the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Michaud, who is currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the disclosure in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets.

Schlafly provides a template for ENDA opposition

Phyllis and Fred would make such a lovely couple
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum offers a talking point summary for Christian opposition to ENDA. In part:
Under the guise of equality, ENDA creates special rights for homosexual and transgendered individuals and will forbid employers from considering the consequences of this behavior in the workplace. Employers are already being trampled and crushed by a wide variety of federal, state, and local laws and regulations which constrain the way they run their businesses or organizations.

Is ENDA DOA?

This morning Senator Dean Heller (R - Nev) announced that he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Heller provides the 60th vote to prevent a filibuster. At the same time Speaker Boehner has stated that ENDA will create frivolous litigation and cost jobs. Sure.

Boehner's contrived talking points represent much of what is wrong with Republican politics. The reason that he won't bring ENDA up for a vote (and he probably won't) is because the GOP remains controlled by a handful of noisy Tea Party crackpots. The Tea Party closely overlaps the Christian right and the Christian right is obsessed with all things gay.


NOM provides IL African-American front group $85,000

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage is waging some of its battle to maintain marriage discrimination in Illinois through the African American Clergy Coalition. The PAC has been entirely funded by NOM. This is another example of NOM's strategy of (a Republican organization) exploiting the Black community. I originally wrote about this in August. However, we now have more financial disclosure filings.

According to the Illinois State Election Board, AACA was created on March 13, 2013. NOM's payments to the organization though September 30 have been for a total of $82,000:
  • $20,000 - 3/13/2013
  • $20,000 - 3/20/2013
  • $17,000 - 3/27/2013
  • $15,000 - 4/03/2013
  • $10,000 - 7/01/2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another "Poor Us" From NOM

Poor Me
National Organization for Marriage loves nothing better than being a victim — the object of self-manufactured persecution (as they go about persecuting others). Today, they are writing about ENDA, calling it a Trojan Horse. They recommend reading Heritage Foundation's analysis, something that I reviewed this morning. Then comes this gem:
When an argument for traditional marriage is first made, it is scoffed at and dismissed outright. When that argument is then proven to be valid and true, it is studiously ignored. It is the equivalent in public discourse of putting your fingers in your ears and humming.