Monday, June 30, 2014

Staver still claims that gays were sexually abused as children

Mat Staver - Liberty Counsel
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel is “saddened.” The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the California law that bans sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors. This lets stand a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the state has a valid interest in protecting children from a procedure with no proven value that can be harmful. According to Staver:
I am deeply saddened for the families we represent and for the thousands of children that our professional clients counsel, many of whom developed these unwanted attractions because of abuse of a pedophile. The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from this counseling. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Representative Dave Camp contributes to the message distortion in NOM v. US (IRS)

National Organization for Marriage lost its case against the Internal Revenue Service in summary judgment. A federal judge, essentially of NOM's choosing (NOM used an employee's address to file in Virginia) dismissed all of NOM's claims. Judge James C. Cacheris, a Reagan nominee, determined that there was no basis in fact for claims of intentional disclosure, gross negligence or unauthorized inspection regarding NOM's 990 filings with confidential donor information. NOM settled for $50,000 in damages caused by an inadvertent disclosure (nothing more than a clerical error).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Yet another FRC rocket scientist weighs in on marriage equality

Chris Gacek - FRC
Chris Gacek is the Senior Fellow, Regulatory Affairs at Family Research Council. He is also quite upset that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Shelby in stating that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Mr. Gacek is an opponent of what he calls "homosexual marriage."
The Supreme Court has recognized that there is a fundamental right to marry for all Americans. Consequently, the question before the court was not a loose one, such as whether there is a right to marry a person one loves. Rather, it is whether there is a right to enter into a same-sex marriage. Courts that have considered this question, with the exception of the district court in the Proposition 8 case (California, 2010) and the court in this case, have rejected the argument there is a fundamental right to homosexual marriage.
Really? Including the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 17 courts (in a row) have concluded that same-sex marriage is, indeed, a fundamental right. Where has this guy been?

Teen forced to wear "Gaytard" nametag at work

For a first-hand view of what homophobia does to gay kids, watch this video to the very end.

Sixteen-year-old Tyler Brandt wanted to work at Taco John's in Yankton, South Dakota to make a few extra bucks that he needed. The teen put up with a heap of verbal abuse from the store's manager. Then:
He pulled me into the office and gave me a name tag that read 'Gaytard' on it and asked me to wear it. So, I put it on because I didn't want to upset him and I felt that if I did do anything to upset him, it would cause me to lose my job because he'd be looking for ways to fire me .

NOM in denial while FRC's Sprigg is now an inept lawyer

Peter Sprigg - FRC
Family Research Council relies heavily on Peter Sprigg to be their expert on all LGBT matters. Somehow that expertise flows from the fact that Mr. Sprigg is a Baptist minister. According to Rev. Sprigg (on the "news" blog of American Family Association):
This flood of judges who have ruled against state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman I think reflects an unseemly desire to be on what they perceive to be the cutting edge of history rather than due respect for the existing constitution and law and precedents.

Erickson falsely claims that IRS "leak" was malicious and intentional

Erick Erickson
Erick Erickson - HACK
The false narrative about National Organization for Marriage's 2008 donor schedule continues. According to Erick Erickson:
We now know that some person or persons at the IRS intentionally and maliciously leaked confidential tax records of a non-profit organization so that gay rights activists could target the donors of the organization for harassment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FRC: "Courts will not have the final say on marriage"

Logo of the Family Research Council.
Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Also, today, a federal judge has struck down Indiana's marriage discrimination law. Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, reacts:
While disturbing, today's rulings come as no surprise given the rising disdain for the rule of law promoted by the Obama administration. …

Competing facts emerge in NOM's IRS litigation fizzle

National Organization for Marriage
Updated with Robert George's reaction. In settling their suit against the IRS for $50,000, National Organization for Marriage took a monetary and credibility beating. You may recall that this lawsuit was originally based on the assertions that NOM was targeted and; That the Obama administration conspired with the Human Rights Campaign to release confidential information that embarrassed Mitt Romney. NOM also asserted that the document was sent directly from the IRS to HRC.    

None of that was true. Not one word of it. Every one of those claims was dismissed by the trial judge as lacking substantiation and believability based on the evidence. NOM was looking for an enormous payday based upon the theory that the IRS was willfully and grossly negligent.

Can we at least remember that NOM lost this case in summary judgment?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NOM's IRS Case ends with a modest settlement

NOM vs United States (the Internal Revenue Service) is at an end. NOM saw this as a huge payday and it doesn't seem to have ended up that way. "Reasonable" legal fees are still recoverable. This will give us some insight into what their chairman, John Eastman, has been charging the organization:
CONSENT JUDGMENT.
ORDERED that the parties' motion for entry of a consent judgment is GRANTED; that the Plaintiff, the National Organization for Marriage, Inc., shall have and recover judgment against Defendant, the United States of America, in the amount of $50,000.00, inclusive of Plaintiff's claims for actual damages under 26 U.S.C. § 7431(c)(1)(B)(i) and it claims for costs of the action under 26 U.S.C. § 7431(c)(2); that the Court shall retain jurisdiction of this action so that Plaintiff may file a motion seeking reasonable attorneys' fees under 26 U.S.C. § 7431(c)(3), which the United States may oppose; that, in all other respects, this case is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by District Judge James C. Cacheris on 6/23/2014. (rban, ) (Entered: 06/24/2014)

AFA: Macy's is "contemptible" for supporting gay pride

Macy's logo
The hate group, American Family Association, reveals “the shocking truth about Macy's Department Stores.” AFA claims that “Most American families don't know about the contemptible role of Macy's department stores in supporting 'gay pride' throughout the nation.”  AFA continues:
The radical events and activities of a typical 'pride' week-end are decadent and highly-sexualized. They are a disgrace to communities and certainly shouldn't be financially supported by a retailer like Macy's that claims to serve families.

Sex parades in many cities, among them New York City, Columbus, Phoenix, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City, are supported by Macy's sponsorship. In Orlando, Macy's is the "presenting sponsor" of the parade.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Matthew J. Franck is as full of crap as the average Catholic pseudo-intellectual

Matthew J. Franck
Matthew J. Franck of the Opus Deist Witherspoon Institute is possibly a smart guy. Yet he has squandered his intellect to his ancient text fetish which has deprived him of authentic critical thinking.

Writing in Witherspoon's blog it is abundantly obvious that Franck firmly believes that society should reflect the conservative teachings of the Catholic Church. Frank's truth is found in the Bible and in the mouths of ambitious priests. He is satisfied to accept doctrine without evidence or even rationalization. Today's diatribe is titled “What’s Wrong is Right: A Revolution in Rationalization.” You know what's coming in painfully pedantic and verbose prose in the style of Thomas Aquinas.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NOM, where did the money go?

Photo credit:
Michael Kay, Washington Blade
Today National Organization for Marriage and Family Research Council (among others) staged a staggering failure — the second annual “March for Marriage.” NOM started advertising this demonstration on April 8. In May NOM claimed:
We know of over 100 buses, full of marriage champions, that will be making their way to the nation's capital, and many of these folks still need help in paying their way. Your bus sponsorship donations are beginning to make this possible.

Amazingly, just yesterday I learned of even more marchers who want to charter buses for the March for Marriage.

Bryan Fischer rejoices over the absence of a gay gene

Bryan Fischer is one of the primary reasons that his employer, American Family Association, is designated as a hate group. Now Mr. Fischer seems thoroughly confused with respect to sexual orientation being innate. According to the bloviating windbag:
One of the reasons that homosexual activists bludgeon people into accepting biological determinism with regard to homosexuality is that they must have it. If homosexuality is not in fact genetically caused, they have nothing. Their entire argument, their entire movement, is predicated on the utterly false premise that gayness is the genetic equivalent of race. The foundation on which they stand is their claim that just as no one can do a thing about skin color, so no one can do a thing about sexual orientation.

Oy Veh of the Day - Tim Huelskamp

Tim Huelskamp
Apparently Representative Tim Huelskamp (Republican from Kansas) is of the opinion that marriage equality causes men (presumably gay men) to divorce women or … something. Speaking at today's “marriage march:”
[Married women are] desperately looking for a husband. They’re desperately looking for a father … Be a real man of God because this is about you. Marriage is about you and your wife and your children.
I concede that I am not fluent in Huelskamp's dialect of drivel but I understand enough to say “what the fuck?”

In my neck of the woods we just got a gay African-American US judge

Darrin P. Gayles
Judge Darrin P. Gayles has been confirmed for appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida which is one of the nation's busiest federal benches. Previously, Judge Gayles served as a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2011. Gayles was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1966. I'm sure that he appreciates our better weather (as do I). He earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

An example of religious liberty run amok

The following horror story is from court files:

Misty Mansfield was a dispatcher at the Lee's Summit Police Department where she met police officer Caleb Horner. They married in 2004. Caleb was part of a religious group led by his brother, John Horner. The group practiced "faith healing" rather than modern medicine, and the couple agreed that their children would be delivered at home without the help of medical professionals.

AFA is having a collective stroke

President Barack Obama
The hate group, American Family Association is most displeased with President Obama. Today, they sent out an email with the subject: “Nine statements by Obama yesterday made a mockery of God's word.” Somewhere along the line the Establishment Clause is simply an awkward inconvenience. Their nine examples of hell on earth:
  1. The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America.

NOM & CWA go head to head for mindless idiocy regarding the President's intended executive order

Poor Us
President Obama is on the verge of signing an executive order that will extend employment non-discrimination protection to gays and lesbians who work for, or who are being considered for employment by, federal contractors. It's a simple to understand concept. Gays will not be preferenced but cannot be terminated, rejected for employment of denied a promotion on the basis of sexual orientation.

For most gays and lesbians such protections have the effect of eliminating the need for them to lie about who they are. Like anything else that affords gay people some dignity, good Christians crawl out from the woodwork to oppose it. In doing so they are tacitly endorsing workplace discrimination while claiming the usual victimization. Here's Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

March4Madness

National Organization for Marriage
As a proxy for the Catholic Church, National Organization for Marriage doesn't get it. National Organization for Marriage will never get it. The United States of America is past marriage discrimination. None of the moronic talking points about “procreative” marriage have made so much as a dent in the support for equality. Nor, for that matter, does anyone give a rat's ass about some boob who decided not to bake a cake for a gay wedding. He sure drew a line in the sand for … something.

Monday, June 16, 2014

FRC doesn't like Obama's intent to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating

Logo of the Family Research Council.
The President plans to sign an executive order that will provide employment non-discrimination protections to people working for federal contractors. Needless to say the hate group, Family Research Council, is displeased.

“Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg released the following statement:”

Tony Perkins seems confused by - Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins - FRC
The Christian right tries desperately to describe gayness as a behavior in contrast to sexual orientation. In doing so they can attempt to argue that a group of people whose similarity is limited to their sexual attractions is not due constitutional protections. Accordingly, Tony Perkins sent out an email over the weekend regarding Governor Rick Perry's anti-gay statements which include comparing sexual orientation to alcoholism. Perkins attempts to lend support to Governor Perry:

Friday, June 13, 2014

No it ain't Roe

“National Organization for Marriage is far more interested in its continued existence than anything that has a societal benefit.”

Today National Organization for Marriage cites an article in Crisis Magazine written by Kenneth D. Whitehead. NOM's post is titled Marriage Debate Far From Over. The piece is titled Marriage Takes a Beating and I recently wrote about it as well. Needless to say NOM's observations and mine are quite different.

NOM spokespeople have frequently made the comparison of “defending marriage” to Roe v. Wade. Both matters, they claim, are not settled irrespective of any judicial decisions that they do not like. According to NOM:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New York considers ban on conversion therapy for minors

New York State's Assembly was set to consider a bill today that would ban sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors. Bans against gay conversion therapy have already gone into law in New Jersey and California. A proposed ban was voted down in Illinois in April.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the measure and is the only openly gay member of the Senate, said that he heard from a man who had electrodes attached to his genitalia to curb his homosexual desires.

The Bill, A06983B, designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

There is no indication from the assembly of any actions taken today.

NOM skirts the real issue - so what else is new?

Salvatore Cordileone
In a blog post titled “Hypocritical Liberals Try to Shame Archbishop Cordileone,” National Organization for Marriage expresses their usual brand of outrage over a letter. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed onto a missive urging Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (the Church's point man for marriage discrimination) to skip this year's “marriage rally” staged by anti-gay organizations.

NOM's reaction is pretty well summed up by the second-to-last paragraph of their post which reads (in part):
The letter ends with a suggestion that Archbishop Cordileone not speak at the March for Marriage and instead "join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred."  Ironically, the signers of the letter are the ones promoting division by trying to divide the Catholic Church, which has always and will always teach that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, a Sacrament ordered toward bringing the sexes together to create new life.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AFA Proves Again How Difficult it is to be a White-Heterosexual-Christian-Male in America

Tim Widmon - AFA
Why is this douche-bag grinning?
American Family Association is a designated hate group for good cause. This is the merry band of idiots that employs the very unbalanced Bryan Fischer as its spokesman. Today Tim Wildmon asks “How you can live in a thought-police culture?”

This, of course is followed by the usual litany of gay bullies oppressing the 95% majority.

NOM has no shame

National Organization for Marriage is sending out the following:
Dear Marriage Supporter,

The people of Pennsylvania have been denied due process on so many levels when it comes to the marriage debate — it must stop.

Take the time today to join our friends at the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network in urging support for resolutions spearheaded by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R.-Butler) in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Sen. John Eichelberger (R.-Hollidaysburg) in the Senate calling for the Corbett Administration to appeal the recent court decision that invalidated Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.
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Another Catholic "intellectual" sees marriage as a zero-sum proposition

Kenneth D. Whitehead
Kenneth D. Whitehead
Kenneth D. Whitehead, writing in Crisis Magazine, begins a piece with “Traditional marriage has been taking quite a beating ever since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Windsor case handed down in June 2013, ruled that same-sex unions must be considered true marriages …”

Now Whitehead is a bright guy. He was a career diplomat who also did a stint as a United States Assistant Secretary of Education during the Reagan Administration. Yet, he is thoroughly wed to the idea that if gay people can legally marry that has some adverse effect on so-called traditional marriage.

I spent much of the morning reading Judge Crabb's 88 page decision in Wisconsin. She faced the same issue:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mainwaring? Witherspoon must be running low on crackpots to write its pseudo-intellectual blog

“What Mainwaring completely overlooks is the changing dynamic.”

Doug Mainwaring
Doug Mainwaring
According to NOM's house faggot, Doug Mainwaring, “I am a gay man who is opposed to same-sex marriage.” That would be fine. He is free not to marry another man. Mainwaring, however, is National Organization for Marriage's willing (conservative Catholic) accomplice. He allows himself to be dragged around like a little puppy just to prove that there are gay people who are opposed to marriage equality. A couple of years ago, whenever a state legislature was considering same-sex marriage, Mainwaring was dragged by his leash to testify before the applicable legislative committee. In those arenas, Mainwaring has proven to be spectacularly unpersuasive.

NOM tries to turn IRS case loss into a huge victory

April, 2012: “HRC President & Obama Co-Chair Implicated in IRS Leak Scandal.” That was the title of a piece on the blog of the very paranoid (or very cynical) National Organization for Marriage dated April 12, 2012. NOM's diatribe consumed 2,141 words to describe the dastardly deed. The themes would be repeated day after day, ad nauseum. NOM was in the deep end of a political scandal. There never was a scandal and that accusation turned out to be rubbish.

18 months later, when NOM filed suit against the IRS, John Eastman, NOM's chairman, claimed “They [the Human Rights Campaign] wanted access to NOM's confidential list of donors, lists that NOM is required to file with the IRS but are not public information.” Again, the notion that this had anything to do with HRC was, well, more rubbish. At this point we can call it by its proper polite name; bullshit.

Friday, June 6, 2014

"What's Coming Next?" NOM mythology of course

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage asks “What's Coming Next?” According to Brian Brown, the answer is not in a Time Magazine article titled “The Transgender Tipping Point.” NOM does not provide a link to the unpaid preview. Nor do they mention that the piece was written by Laverne Cox a cast member of Orange is the New Black. Perhaps Brown did not want to feel obligated to use the correct pronouns. According to Brown:
In it, the author argues that the fight for marriage is over... that the Supreme Court has already decided everything... and that the next great "civil rights" movement "poised to challenge long-held cultural norms and beliefs" is the transgender movement, which is "emerging from the margins to fight for an equal place in society."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Now that the IRS case is mostly done will the Service finally go after NOM for its illegal tax scheme?

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, is the worst kind of imbecile. He thinks that he is smart. However, every scheme, every ploy gets discovered. The Maine case, where NOM got hammered, is a perfect example of the intellectual arrogance of people who are not terribly bright.

Last November I wrote about NOM's scheme to divert money donated to National Organization for Marriage Education Fund to National Organization for Marriage.  

Why does that matter?

Eastman to NOM: 'Pony Up'

National Organization for Marriage has been engaged in futile contests to undo marriage equality in Oregon. They are represented by their chairman, John Eastman. To that end they have attempted to intervene (act in lieu of state officials) in the case and they filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in the state. The district court denied NOM's request to intervene and the Supreme Court denied NOM's request for a stay. Yet both of these misadventures come with considerable legal expense — fees earned by Mr. Eastman.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NOM loses most of IRS suit in summary judgment

In brief (I am short on time this afternoon) the judge in this matter has concluded that the IRS's disclosure of NOM'c confidential 2008 donor schedule as neither willful nor gross negligence. That rules out punitive damages. There was also an unlawful inspection claim that was dismissed. The only issue remaining for trial is NOM's actual damages as a result of this disclosure. These seem likely to be minimal.

I will try to post the full opinion later this evening.
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Peter Sprigg has a boo-boo - and some insane predictions

“Sprigg never explains the mystical effect that same-sex marriage has on the birth rate of opposite sex couples as he claims.”

It seems that Mr. Sprigg is very, very upset with United States District Court Judge Michael J. McShane who ruled for equality in Oregon. Sprigg won't say it but McShane's greatest crime is J.W.G. or judging while gay. Worse yet, Judge McShane and his partner, Gregory Ford, have a son. Oh my. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ooh, NOM has a 'President's Council' and everyone is in it

According to Diego von Stauffenberg, director of development at National Organization for Marriage:
The March for Marriage is on June 19th and we're doing everything in our power to make it HUGE! The bigger the March, the clearer the signal... to the courts, the media and the country... that marriage is worth defending!

Settled Law Mr. Brown, Mr. Perkins et al

National Organization for Marriage and its sundry allies have been dependably incompetent. Whether it is “great thinker” Robert George his hostage, Ryan Anderson or Brian Brown, they have been incapable of making a secular case to ban same-sex marriage. They have never answered the key questions:
  1. What is the state's interest in regulating marriage?
  2. What is the state's interest in denying marriage equality?
  3. Without indulging in the abstract, what are the consequences of same-sex marriage?

Monday, June 2, 2014

NOM: 'It's not tolerance, it's tyranny'

Brian Brown at last year's futile
'marriage march'
National Organization for Marriage is doing what National Organization for Marriage does. Attempting to obfuscate the simple truth that they seek to ban marriage equality, by force of law, at the behest of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church is a voluntary organization. Individuals are free to accept or reject its teachings. What kind of arrogance is required to attempt to impose those instructions on everyone else?