Friday, March 28, 2014

Perkins must have run out of gimme ideas

A few weeks ago, Family Research Council (designated a hate group by SPLC) started running a "defense of natural marriage campaign" independent of National Organization for Marriage.  Apparently it's not going well:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michigan Episcopal bishops on marriage equality: "Discrimination is not the Lord's way"

The following appeared as an Op-Ed in the Detroit Free Press:
As bishops of the Episcopal Church in Michigan, we are compelled by our office and our conscience to present a perspective on marriage equality that differs substantively from the positions of our state’s top elected leaders and the religious leaders whose voices have dominated the public square. We offer a message of hope to those alienated by the traditional teachings of the church and the constitutional denial of civil rights.

Michael Brown goes Batshit over World Vision

Michael Brown, a Christian convert (from Judaism), is another anti-gay ranter on the fringe of society. I rarely write about Brown. There  are more important things to consider than what Brown or, for that matter, Matt Barber or Porno Pete LaBarbera “think,” if indeed they think at all. Brown is better educated than Barber of LaBarbera but he is part of the same operatic chorus, taking the zero sum approach that what is good for gays is bad for Christianity. Brown is just better educated than most of the Christianist whack jobs.

World Vision, a $2 billion Christian charity, has announced that they will not discriminate in the employment of gays who are married. According to the charity they have employees from more than 50 denominations and some of these sanction same-sex marriage.

Planning for World Congress of Families Suspended

World Congress of Families (recognized as an anti-gay hate group by SPLC) has, for time being, pulled the plug on its the Moscow Congress which was, or is, scheduled for September 10-12, 2014. WCF attributes their pause to the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea. Of course, they still have much love for the very anti-gay Russian Federation:
The foregoing is not meant to reflect negatively on the Russian people, churches or individuals who have taken a leadership role in the fight to preserve life, marriage, and the natural family at home and as part of the international pro-family movement.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Florida Judge predicts marriage equality in the state by June, 2016

Rand Hoch is Florida's first openly gay judge. On Sunday, at an equality demonstration, Hoch predicted that Florida, and the rest of the nation will enjoy marriage equality by June, 2016.
As a lawyer who closely follows this issue in federal courts across America, I feel comfortable in predicting that before the end of June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all laws across the nation which prevent lesbians and gay men from marrying their partners.

Elane Photography case re-distributed for March 28 conference

Just a brief note: This was the case of the New Mexico photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay commitment ceremony. As I previously noted:
  1. This matter was heard by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. Elane lost.
  2. This matter was appealed in federal court. The US district court moved it to state court.
  3. This matter was heard before the state district court. Elane lost.
  4. This matter was heard before the state appellate court. Elane lost.
  5. This matter was heard before the state supreme court. Elane lost. 
In theory, this is settled law due to Scalia's opinion, for the majority, in Employment Division v. Smith but ya never know.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Michigan Judge DESTROYS Regnerus - Srikes down marriage equality ban


US District Court Judge Bernard Friedman, for the Eastern District of Michigan, has struck down Michigan's ban on marriage equality:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that defendants are hereby permanently enjoined from enforcing the Michigan Marriage Amendment and its implementing statutes, as they conflict with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Dear Brian Brown - Fuck you very much - Sincerely, Fred Karger

NOM's John Eastman
For those of you who have not been following the National Organization for Marriage v. United States saga, here's a brief summary. NOM claims that the IRS released their confidential 2008 donors list as part of conspiracy aimed at conservatives. They also claim that the release was part of an Obama conspiracy with HRC and its past CEO, Joe Solmonese, who went on to be a co-chair of the Obama reelection campaign.

NOM also claims that Fred Karger used this donors list to file a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission which cost them $10,500 to defend. NOM took the opportunity to depose Fred in what amounted to a fishing expedition by NOM's chairman and attorney, John Eastman.


FRC's Ken Blackwell is as full of crap on guns as he is on gays

Ken Blackwell - FRC
Ken Blackwell - FRC
Today, Ken Blackwell puts his usual anti-gay tirades on pause to tell us that those darned liberals want to “disarm America.” He warns of government agents ransacking our homes to confiscate our weapons.

Blackwell is “senior fellow of family empowerment at Family Research Council.” I have no idea what that pretentious academic title means. Family Research Council is an SPLC designated hate group. Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, is one of the reasons that FRC is considered a hate group. Blackwell, writing about the departure of Piers Morgan from CNN diverts to fear mongering:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anti-gay hate group is "offended" by Nabisco commercial that includes a gay couple and their child

American Family Association (an anti-gay hate  group) has issued a challenge through its one million moms group:
Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, "Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome."

Maryland Petitions asking anti-LGBT supporters to pray for a miracle

Neil Parrott
Maryland is considering a bill to protect transgender citizens. Neil Parott, a Maryland delegate runs an anti-LGBT hate group called MDPetitions.com. He has moronically framed transgender protections as they "all" do calling it a “bathroom bill.” It must be near passage because he has issued the following statement:
I am requesting that you pray for that miracle, that the bill is stopped in the legislature this year. Also, please forward this email to others to encourage people to go to MDPetitions.com where they can easily send their legislator an email urging them to vote against this bill.
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NOM desperate for relevance

National Organization for Marriage is clinging to the notion that their shrinking base is still above critical mass and that it can be motivated. To that end their president, Brian Brown, is soliciting both financial support and activism. Today's email blast and blog post is titled “Three Ways to Get Involved.”
  1. Spread the word via social media.
  2. Become a bus captain (for their so-called marriage march in June).
  3. Take advantage of lobby day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jennifer S. Bryson's turn at the wheel of Witherspoon's pseudo-intellectual blog

Jennifer Bryson
Jennifer Bryson
For the uninitiated, Witherspoon Institute is an ultra-orthodox Catholic organization co-founded by Princeton professor Robert George and Luis Tellez. Tellez is an Opus Dei numerary which means that he is a secular celibate. Both men were founding directors of National Organization for Marriage as well.

Witherspoon hosts a pretentious blog that seems to serve two purposes. 1) To inform us that reproductive choice is the ultimate evil in the world and; 2) That same-sex marriage would be the ultimate evil were that distinction not held by reproductive choice.

Jennifer S. Bryson, Ph.D. is Director of the Islam and Civil Society Project at Witherspoon. Today she writes:
Stanford University is once again facing controversy about freedom of speech on campus. Today, the issue is a student group, the Stanford Anscombe Society, which supports man-woman marriage and plans to hold a conference in early April. Students active in LGBTQ causes would like to prevent this conference from taking place.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another fired gay educator sues another parochial school

A former Catholic high school teacher in Los Angeles, who says he was fired after marrying his partner, is suing his former employer.

The former English teacher, Kenneth Bencomo, has sued St. Lucy’s Priory High School in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit alleges wrongful termination in violation of public policy, violation of the state Labor Code and breach of contract. Bencomo seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

At the time of his dismissal last June Bencomo was in his 15th year of employment. According to the suit, “At that time, and at all times thereafter, Bencomo’s sexual orientation was common knowledge among many of the students, faculty members and the administration of St. Lucy’s.”

NOM has another goofy idea

NOMnuts
National Organization for Marriage has turned its marriage march into “National Marriage Lobby Day.” The futile fest is scheduled for June 19. After all, it was so successful the last time around:
Last year's tremendously successful March brought thousands of marriage champions to the nation's capitol the day the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We sent a clear message to the powers that be in Washington that Americans believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that children deserve both a mom and a dad. The voices and presence of several thousand marriage champions echoed through the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court that day.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Scott Lively: Homosexuals are in control of California and its governor

Hate monger on a hate group's site. Scott Lively took to the blog of American Family Association to explain that:
This tiny group of probably less than two percent of the population of California has clearly taken control of the Democratic Party, which means they are in control of the state of California.
Governor Brown is just privy and part of this campaign to advance the homosexual movement at the expense of Christianity.

Sullivan either misses or obfuscates the issue with Brandon Ambrosino

I am not a gratuitous Andrew Sullivan basher. While I often disagree with him he is provocative — and that's a good thing. He causes me to think. Having said that, I am disappointed with his take on the Brandon Ambrosino affair.

I case you don't know, Brandon Ambrosino, who is openly gay, is a graduate of Liberty University. He was recently hired by Ezra Klein's new venture, Vox, as a "writing fellow" (already with the pretentious academic titles). The problem with that is Ambrosino himself. In addition to being an apologist for conservative Christian detractors, he asserts that gay is a choice. During the Duck Dynasty flap, Ambrosino accused the gay community of being bigots. Ambrosino has also referred to tansgenderism as a "sexual choice." Equality Matters has covered Ambrosino in more depth here, here and here.


Christopher Doyle defends his brand of child abuse in Christian media

Christopher Doyle doesn't seem to understand that attempting to change the sexual orientation of a minor constitutes child abuse. Children cannot give informed consent. Therefore, the therapist quack is yielding to the parents' wishes rather than those of the child. Gay kids are often so beaten down by religious conservative parents that they will do just about anything to make the mistreatment stop. “Why can't my parents love me for who I am?” [anonymous quote from a gay kid]

Christopher Doyle
Doyle wrote an op-ed for the Christian Post on Thursday titled “Setting the Record Straight on 'Gay Conversion' Therapy for Minors.” This was prompted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal to hear an appeal over the 2012 California law prohibiting Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on children.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pat Robertson claims that watching certain movies gives demons permission to haunt

The virulently anti-gay Robertson says:
A few years ago I heard about a teenage girl who was demon possessed, and people began to deal with the demon and try to cast it out. And you know what the demon said? ‘I had permission.’ And the permission was granted when this child had gone to some double-X-rated movie, or whatever it was, and had allowed this thing to come into her.
Well I have permission to call Robertson a crackpot.
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NOM's 'serial complaint filer' wears the description as a badge of honor

Fred Karger
Fred Karger
Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage calls Fred Karger a “serial complaint filer.” Fred is “lovin’ it.” The reality, of course, is that NOM is a serial flouter of campaign finance disclosure laws. NOM's folks seem to think that they don't have to comply with the laws like everyone else. NOM wants special rights.

We are all fortunate that Fred has been on NOM's case. NOM is forced to divert time and energy to defend their unlawful actions. Furthermore, it was through discovery — due to the case Fred pursued in Maine — that we know about NOM's intentions to create a wedge between gays and the Black community. Needless to say, NOM is not fond of Fred.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So What's NOM up to with Fred Karger's deposition?

English: Fred Karger at the Iowa State Fair in...
Fred Karger
National Organization for Marriage v. United States of America is a case in which NOM alleges that it sustained damages because an employee of the IRS provided a third party with a confidential 2008 schedule of donors. NOM claims that the disclosure was intentional while the IRS claims that it was inadvertent.

NOM's claims tie into the conservative meme of the IRS punishing President Obama's political enemies. At one time NOM claimed that the disclosure was intended to embarrass Mitt Romney because a PAC affiliated with his campaign made a relatively small donation. The absurd accusation is noticeably absent from NOM's civil complaint.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

FRC's Peter Sprigg redefines marriage law

Peter Sprigg
Family Research Council is an anti-gay hate group. Peter Sprigg, an ordained Baptist minister, is FRC's "expert" on all things gay. Today, Sprigg is the author of “Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Valid under the Constitution of the United States.” Rev. Sprigg asserts that the decisions by federal courts in states like Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia are all wrong.

Allow me to cut to the chase. In United States v. Windsor Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, opined:
In order to assess the validity of that intervention it is necessary to discuss the extent of the state power and authority over marriage as a matter of history and tradition. State laws defining and regulating marriage, of course, must respect the constitutional rights of persons, see, e.g., Loving v. Virginia, 388 U. S. 1 (1967) ; but, subject to those guarantees, “regulation of domestic relations” is “an area that has long been regarded as a virtually exclusive province of the States.” Sosna v. Iowa, 419 U. S. 393, 404 (1975).

After Marriage - Is EPPC Defining the Next Battle for Equality?

Robert P. George
Robert P. George
While ADF has been visible in crafting anti-gay state legislation in the guise of “religious freedom,” the real work, behind the scenes, is being done by the Ethics and Public Policy Center. EPPC is yet another largely conservative Catholic anti-gay organization based in Washington, DC. Our old friend, Princeton professor Robert P. George, is vice chairman. We now know that “Religious freedom” means freedom to discriminate against LGBT citizens.

In addition to Robby, this is where George Weigel makes a home and the organization is headed by Ed Whelan. Whelan, a promiscuous blogger at National Review Online, was engaged in a crusade to reverse Judge Vaughn Walker's decision in the Proposition 8 case — solely because Walker is gay. In effect, Whelan has been the NRO conduit for National Organization for Marriage. Virtually every NOM issue has been mirrored by Whelan on NRO.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

J. Matt Barber's New Personality Disorder Has Surfaced

J. Matt Barber - Liberty Counsel
Matt Barber, a staffer at the hate group Liberty Counsel, is confounded and confused. He is also very pissed off that new polls indicate that a majority of Americans (59%) support marriage equality.

According to American Family Association's blog:

Barber calls it remarkable that half of those surveyed believe there is a constitutional right to same-gender marriage. America's founders would be shocked at that attitude, he says.

AFA issues stern "warning" to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the rest of the Disney folks

According to the hate group, American Family Association, “We warned them then and we warn them now.” The them would be Disney. What are the consequences of not heeding AFA's warning? What power do they think they have? Are they going to neuter Pluto? According to the crackpots at AFA:
Last week, the pro-gay machine inside the Disney Corporation flexed its muscles and yanked all funding from the Boy Scouts until it agrees to fully capitulate and allow gay adults to serve as leaders.

NOM needs money "urgently" because of a gay hairdresser

National Organization for Marriage has a persecution complex and they continue to make less sense by the day. NOM has lost at the polls; they lost in court; lost public opinion and now the NOMmers have lost their minds.

Today's gimme recycles a story that is two years old:
You may have seen an article that has recently been circulating online about a story from 2012 in New Mexico, where Governor Susana Martinez was given the boot by her hair stylist. Why? As the stylist, Antonio Darden, proclaimed on a local news station, because of her support of marriage! …

Four Men in Nigeria Publicly Whipped for Being Gay


According to the AP and BBC, four young Nigerians have been convicted in a sharia court for being gay. The punishment was a public whipping. A gay rights activist says that the men, who are 20 and 22 years of age, gave false confessions after being beaten by police. Gays can be sentenced to death under Islamic Shariah law in force in some northern Nigerian states.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2014/03/four-men-accused-of-being-gay-whipped-publicly-in-north-nigerian-court.html#storylink=cpy
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Christians: Make a sign - Problem solved

The owners of this establishment do not approve of homosexual "marriage"
ADF and Ethics and Public Policy Center are busy getting state legislatures to provide Christians with a license to discriminate against gay people in public accommodations. The idea is that they get to opt out of anything that goes against their “sincerely held religious beliefs” — whatever that means. Did anyone mention special rights? Why do they get to opt out?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Here we go again - at Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog

Adam J. MacLeod
Witherspoon's blog is, perhaps, more interesting for who is blogging than what they are blogging about. There are certain connections that you can count on. You just have to find them.

Today it's Adam J. MacLeod who writes “What’s at Stake at the Bakery: How Property Rights Got Sexy.” The article is idiotic. I'll deal with that later. As for Mr. MacLeod, he is an associate professor at Faulkner University (Christian) Law School in Montgomery, AL. The fourth-tier school (not ranked by USN&WR) is, perhaps, for people who cannot meet the rigorous entrance requirements of Liberty Law or Regent Law.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Apparently Witherspoon's Pseudo-Intellectual Blog Has Run Out of Marginally Sane Authors

"The Great Catholic Monarch"
For the uninitiated Witherspoon Institute is the Opus Dei led group founded by Robby George and Luis Tellez (Tellez, an Opus Dei numerary, is also on the board of National Organization for Marriage). Witherspoon funds junk science (like the Regnerus "research"). Its blog provides a place for Thomistic polemics that are verbose, nonsensical and authoritative sounding with opinion stated as fact. It is impossible to believe that a single human being (the Pope) is inerrant and still be a critical thinker.

This Sunday we were entertained by Kelly Bartlett. According to Witherspoon, “Kelly Bartlett writes about pro-life and pro-family issues at MercatorNet.com.” That's it. Mercatornet.com is an Australian fundamentalist Catholic site; “Put another queer on the barbee.”

Were Star Parker ever correct it would be by accident

Star Parker
Former welfare witch and neo-Christianist Star Parker claims to be upset over Governor Brewer's veto of Arizona's SB 1062 — the freedom to discriminate bill. I write “claims” because Parker is a right wing caricature. She doesn't know much but she knows how to get paid without being genuine.

There is a very simple solution to all of this.”

In the far right Washington Examiner Parker claims “'Gay rights' struggle is really a culture war.” She writes: