Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Important Ruling in the Florida Marriage Equality Case

According to the Christian Family Coalition of Florida, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle denied a motion to intervene by Florida Family Association on the grounds that “[n]o FFA member seeks to enter a same-sex-marriage or will be directly affected if others enter same-sex marriages.”

Federal law permits parties to join a lawsuit without the consent of the original plaintiff or defendant. According to the rules of civil procedure (in essence), a court must grant a motion to intervene if the party claims an interest relating to the property or transaction that is the subject of the action where intervention is required to adequately protect those interests.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NOM gimme: "It's not too late"

In its latest blog post and email blast, National Organization for Marriage seems destined to promote their own failure. Perhaps they stopped paying the folks who used to write this stuff. When you title something “It's not too late” it gets people thinking “is it too late?” I have said many times that NOM is staffed with managerial amateurs. 

Between two donation links Brian Brown informs the faithful:
The Supreme Court will likely take up the definition of marriage again next year as many of the cases throughout the country make their way through the legal system. And we must use this precious gift of time to let the justices on the Court — as well as the politicians, media elites and voting citizens — know that America still stands for marriage!

Notre Dame ousts the TFP student cult from event

TFP Student Action
White boys in red sashes blowing horns
TFP (The American Society for Tradition, Family and Property) is a Catholic personality cult idolizing the late Brazilian right wing activist and fascist, Plinio CorrĂȘa de Oliveira. Oliveira, who supported men like Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, essentially founded the Brazil version of the John Birch Society. His movement was born of resistance to (much needed) agrarian reform efforts throughout Latin America.

Why J. Matt Barber is demonstrably wrong - again

J. Matt Barber
Matt Barber is one of the reasons that his employer, Liberty Counsel, has been designated an anti-gay hate group by the SPLC. For years now, Mr. Barber has been obsessed with all things gay. Barber's spectacular homophobia, in all its vitriolic glory, depicts an equally insecure man behind the angry rhetoric. The holier-than-thou crackpot is also a divorced man. But I digress.

Consistent with the pathology Barber is claiming that gay men are intent on having sex with teenage boys. Perhaps Barber has some interesting fantasies.

Monday, April 28, 2014

More gun nuttery in Florida

What should we expect regarding public policy? After all, we managed to elect a felon governor. A measure that would allow guns to be carried in school by people with “special training” has passed in the Florida House.

The bill (HB 753), sponsored by Sarasota Republican, Greg Steube, was approved by a vote of 71-44.

The proposal gives public and private school principals the option to designate one or several school employees to carry concealed weapons on campus at all times. That “special training” is the same training that’s required of security guards.

Archbishop of Wales - "Quoting Bible texts does not settle moral disputes"

Dr. Barry Morgan - Archbishop of Wales
Photo - BBC
While not yet committed to marriage equality, some sanity from the Church of Wales:
Moreover, the Church’s views can evolve and change … Just as there was a dissonance today between the State’s view on same-sex marriage and the Church’s so there was on the remarriage of divorced people some years ago.

Sometimes AFA should be smart enough to be quiet

If you're buying, we're selling
American Family Association is a hate group based in Tupelo, Mississippi. In contrast, “If you're buying, we're selling” is an innovative campaign in reaction to Mississippi's new license-to-discriminate law. It's a simple idea, really. It gives  businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their support of equality. The economic calculus for most of these establishments presupposes that more people are attracted to fairness than those who might be alienated — even in deep Dixie.

Probably not what the Pope intended

Nevertheless, credit where it is due.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Palin to NRA: 'If You Control Arms, You Control the People'

Sarah Palin
The imbecile from Alaska continues to have a constituency among the Tea Party crackpots. When she is not offering the usual word salad she is providing other imbeciles with “look-at-me” red meat. Yesterday, at the NRA convention, she claimed that they are “needed now more than ever because every day, we are seeing more and more efforts to strip away our Second Amendment rights.” She went on to yammer:
They are trying, though. You know who “they” are? If you control oil, you control an economy. If you control money, you control commerce. But if you control arms, you control the people and that is what they're trying to do.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Having Lost Effectiveness NOM is Trying for Relevance

Money down the crapper
Today's money-begger from National Organization for Marriage is titled “Because No One Else Will.” Brian Brown is prophetic because NOM is rapidly losing its constituency.  Noticeably missing from recent pleas is the ubiquitous matching donor. Perhaps he, she or it has thrown in the towel. The missive goes on to say:
I don't know if you have been following what has been going on in Oregon this week.

Gay marriage activists have brought suit seeking to overturn Oregon's duly enacted Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And, as has happened in so many other places recently, state officials — the Attorney General and the Governor — are abandoning their oaths of office and sworn duty to defend the state's laws.

Mark Regnerus has a new "study"

Mark Regnerus
Mark Regnerus
According to Regnerus his new study (to be published in September) suggests that there is a correlation between what people’s religious affiliations forbid, with respect to sex and marriage, and their behavior. This raises some questions and warrants a revisit to Regnerus' prior bullshit research.

In 2012 Regnerus published his “New Family Structures” study which was funded by extreme conservative Catholic organizations (Regnerus is a Catholic convert). The groups that provided the grant claimed that Regnerus proved that gay parenting injured children. That conclusion was arrived at prior to the  study. The intent of these groups was to influence the Supreme Court. When Regnerus was vilified by the scientific community NOM claimed that he was the victim of evil homosexuals. Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage even had the balls to make the claim to Dan Savage during their infamous dinner together.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Carl DeMaio scares the crap out of NOM - and for good cause

Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio is a Republican Candidate for California's 52nd congressional district (northern San Diego county). Mr. DeMaio happens to be gay; National Organization for Marriage is not.

DeMaio represents what some are calling the new generation of the GOP. Fiscal conservatives free from slavish devotion to the Christian right. These folks were once called "Rockefeller Republicans." Yet Barry Goldwater, who was far to to the right of Nelson Rockefeller, was independent of religious conservatives. So was version 1.28.7 of John McCain. At long last, GOPers might be realizing that uterus control and gay bashing are not winning hearts and minds.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Marching" for dollars

National Organization for Marriage is now at the point where they are in business to raise funds to stay in business. They sent out an email blast this afternoon titled “Why We March.” Brian Brown gets right to the point:
In response to last week’s appeal, over 100 of you donated more than $10,000! Thank you so much to each and every one for your generosity. But we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $100,000 by the end of the month.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Big Surprise: Gallaudet College Officer Loses Bias Claim

Graphic from Frank Schubert's anti-equality campaign in Maryland
In October of 2012 Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer at Gallaudet College, was placed on administrative leave with pay after it was determined that she signed a petition opposing marriage equality in Maryland. She was  was soon reinstated. McCaskill became the victim du jour. Frank Schubert, political director of National Organization for Marriage, dishonestly proclaimed that this was a reason for Maryland to enshrine marriage discrimination. Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg was among many people who chimed in. Oh the repression of Christians by homosexuals.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attorney who championed marriage discrimination is now planning his daughter's same-sex wedding

Charles J. Cooper
Charles J. Cooper – – Photo: L.A. Times
The Washington Post reports that Charles J. Cooper, the conservative lawyer who represented the proponents of Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court is  planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Will National Organization for Marriage react with “no wonder we lost?”

NOM asks "Haven't you had enough?"

Brian Brown
NOM president
Today's email blast and blog post from NOM bear the unfortunate title “Haven't you had enough?” I think that we have all had enough of National Organization for Marriage begging for money to thwart evil gay people. I think that we have all had quite enough of NOM devaluing our families while denigrating our community and our children. We have had our fill of NOM attempting to impose the teachings of the Catholic Church on everyone else in the guise of civic and social responsibility.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NOM's newest "victim" - the truth about Chauncy Childs

National Organization for Marriage introduces the victim du jour. This time it is a woman in Oregon named Chauncy Childs. Here's NOM's explanation:
You haven't heard of her? I'm not surprised. That's because she's not a gay activist. She's not a radical leftist trying to redefine marriage and family to suit her own personal desires. Instead, she's a pro-marriage individual who posted on her private Facebook page some expressions of her beliefs.

Focus on the Family finds an unidentified Ohio marriage equality poll that they like

Focus on the Family is apoplectic that Judge Timothy Black has ordered Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. First things first. Public approval of same-sex marriage is irrelevant. It has no bearing on equal protection and due process. Those are the grounds on which numerous federal judges have nullified state prohibitions.

Having said that, according to the most recent Quinnipiac poll conducted February 12 - 17; Ohio voters support same sex marriage 50 - 44 percent.

Fox's Todd Starnes' - Victimized again

Todd Starnes
Usually Todd Starnes is complaining about some manufactured victimization of white Christian heterosexual males. After all, the are an at-risk minority, right? In doing so, Starnes usually takes some liberties with the truth. People like Starnes have little engines that are fueled by divisiveness and invective. Whether it's gays, women who want reproductive rights, Blacks or non-Christians; there has to be a “they” who are guilty of something that Starnes sees as oppression. This time it is Muslims.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It is NOM that should apologize for their outrageous bigotry - not some city councilman

I wrote about this earlier today. Now we get this long-winded title for a blog post: National Organization for Marriage Condemns New York City Councilman’s “Outrageous, Intolerant” Remarks, Demands an Apology and Retraction from Entire Council.

I am sure that they will get right on that Brian Brown.

National Organization for Marriage is responsible for spreading countless lies and hate about LGBT citizens. Having lost the battle for marriage discrimination, they have become a full-blown anti-gay hate group. NOM owes our community an apology for claiming, repeatedly, that gay people are a threat to children. And that is just for starters. I think that we all know the scores of things that NOM has done that warrant a sincere apology.

The NOMmers are professional victims

Oh the poor dears. In a new blog post we get this: Did This Councilman Really Just Tell Millions of New Yorkers They're Unwelcome There? Yes. Yes He Did. Oh my. This is hypocrisy from an organization which exists to tell gay people that they are unwelcome unless they remain celibate. You would think that white Christian heterosexual males are a minority in peril.

NOM has become The National Organization for Martyrdom. What on earth does any of this have to do with whether or not gays can marry (something that is increasingly inevitable)? Given that inevitability, National Organization for marriage needs distractions. This all stems from an article in the Huffington Post about the aspirations of Chick-Fil-A to dramatically expand in New York City. According to HP:

Why is the Christian right so confused over speech vs. conduct?

Brendan Eich - Mozilla
The confusion is a persistent theme; particularly when it comes to “victims” of marriage equality. That New Mexico photographer, whose case was denied cert by the Supreme Court, didn't refuse service. Rather, she was denied freedom of speech. At least that was how Alliance Defending Freedom framed the case. ADF is similarly claiming that the florists and bakers who have run afoul of anti-discrimination laws should be free to employ their "artistic" expression as they see fit.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be Dedicated at White House May 22

I'm certain that the usual suspects are going to pitch a fit.

NOM fixated on Mozilla controversy

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage doesn't like a post in Slate about the Proposition 8 campaign to which Brendan Eich contributed. Their conclusion: They're Lying Again. The Slate piece, written by Mark Joseph Stern, reminds us just how ugly the Prop 8 campaign was. Well, not according to NOM.

Brian Brown provides some quotes from their political director, Frank Schubert, claiming that the campaign ads cited by Mr. Stern were neither run nor produced by the campaign.

Porno Pete refused entry into Canada

Peter LaBarbera was turned away by Canadian customs officials. According to Pete:
… a preliminary decision was made to deny my entrance into Canada on the basis that my speech at the SPLA would violate Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” law (essentially the potential for “public incitement of hatred” against a group of people based on their “sexual orientation”). The Orwellian experience at Customs dragged on for more than three hours as a formal document was issued outlining my denial of entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (citing the Hate Propaganda code). Finally, after 1:00 A.M., I was released pending my appeal of the decision today (Friday). My passport was seized until I arrive back at Customs today at noon for my appeal before a “Minister’s Delegate Review.”
I am reminded that Pete (along with his friend Scott LIvely) actively support Russia's draconian anti-gay “propaganda”law. Pete seems inconsistent.
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Ryan T. Anderson - Vigorous (and tedious) Defender of the Faith

Ryan T. Anderson
There is nothing that Ryan T. Andrson will not say or do – no matter how absurd – in support of the Church. Anderson, who is one of Robby George's creatures, is associated with numerous conservative Catholic organizations including Witherspoon Institute. His day job seems to be as a functionary for the Heritage Foundation.

Earlier this month Mr. Anderson (did he take the “blue pill”?) wrote “Is Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage at All Like Opposition to Interracial Marriage? No.” In addition to answering his own rhetorical question this is yet another exercise in intellectual dishonesty. Anderson tries to alter the comparison to segregation:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins exposes GLSEN's agenda

Laurie Higgins - IFI
Two hate groups converge; Illinois Family Institute offers an anti-gay tirade on American Family Association's blog. In the same post AFA recites: “Parents are being urged to keep their children home from school this Friday if their school decides to take part in the homosexual-backed ‘Day of Silence.’” Apparently truancy is a family value. This continues:

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute says there's a more sinister purpose. "Those of us who pay attention to GLSEN know what their chief aim is: to eradicate conservative moral beliefs about homosexual activity and gender confusion," Higgins tells OneNewsNow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What is the purpose of NOM's "Marriage March?"

Isn't it patently obvious that National Organization for Marriage is done? This "march" accomplishes absolutely nothing. Public support of marriage equality is at an all-time high, the last time it was on the ballot, in 2012, equal marriage ran the table. Marriage equality is now in the courts. Post United States v. Windsor supporters of equality are on the winning end 100% of the time. Marriage equality is headed to the US Supreme Court where the outcome is probably the same as the outcome in Windsor.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ADF attorney Jordan Lorence thinks that hunters and taxidermists are protected classes

Last night Family Research Council sent out an email about the astounding oppression and persecution faced by white heterosexual male Christians. It is titled “Photography Case another Snapshot of Intolerance.” Sure.

The following paragraphs illustrate just how little regard they have for the intelligence of their constituency:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jordan Lorence, who represented the husband-wife team, couldn't believe his ears. "Should the government force a videographer who is an animal rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy?" Jordan asked. "Of course not, and neither should the government force this photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Todd Starnes' nutty response to Elane Photography case

Todd Starnes
By now you all know that the Supreme Court denied to hear the case of Elane Photography. This lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that the company violated New Mexico's anti-discrimination ordinances when it refused to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony. No surprise. This was settled law.

Todd Starnes concludes a lengthy polemic — actually an advertisement for his upcoming book:

American Family Association encourages truancy

AFA's promotional
According to American Family Association, “If your child's school allows 'Day of Silence', keep your child at home April 11.” That's the advice from an organization designated as a hate group by SPLC. AFA continues:
The Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches. This year it will take place in most public schools on April 11. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day-even during instructional time-to promote GLSEN's socio-political goals.

Tony Perkins is "saddened" by the Supreme Court

Tony Perkins - Family Research Council
Family Research Council, a hate group according to SPLC, has now reacted to the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case of Elane Photography v. Willock. In an email early this afternoon the group's head, Tony Perkins had this to say:
The Supreme Court's refusal to hear and uphold the First Amendment rights of Elaine Huguenin, a wedding photographer, are deeply disturbing. Does our nation's highest court really believe the price of citizenship is the surrender of conscience?

Aww, poor them!

Last Friday evening, at about 9:40 PM EDT, National Organization for Marriage sent out an email to their base titled “The Mask is Off.” On Sunday, NOM's former subsidiary, the Ruth Institute sent out a similar email titled “The Equality Battering Ram.” Both of these emails dealt with the resignation of the newly appointed head of Mozilla, Brendan Eich. Eich came under pressure when it was discovered that he had made a contribution to the ultimately doomed Yes on 8 campaign. These folks have manufactured yet another victim. Oh the poor persecuted white, heterosexual Christians.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Trail Life advances but let us not forget why it exists in the first place

John Stemberger
John Stemberger
Today, Trail Life USA, the Christian Scouting alternative sent out its Spring News update. According to the information that I have received from several sources, a good portion of their members are kids who never joined the Boy Scouts of America. Perhaps these are the same children who are home schooled to avoid being “indoctrinated into the homosexual lifestyle” or exposed to evolution.