Thursday, April 30, 2015

Breitbart reports on a different evil gay conspiracy to control the world

Anti-Gay North Dakota Rep. Randy Boehning
According to Breitbart on Wednesday, “Big Gay Hate Machine Outs Lawmaker Who Votes Against LGBT Special Protections Bill

Good for them and just how trashy is Breibart since the demise of its (possibly bisexual) founder?

Turns out that the “Big Gay Hate Machine” consisted of one 21-year-old gay man:
Dustin Smith, a 21-year-old openly gay North Dakota man has outed one of his state’s lawmakers after seeing sexually explicit photos and messages from him on Grindr, a social network for gay and bisexual men.

Smith said he outed Rep. Randy Boehning to expose his “hypocrisy” for the legislator’s vote against a bill that would grant special privileges to gays.
Those of you who are familiar with this story know that Breitbart's reporting is reasonably accurate except for the “special privileges” bullshit. But that headline goes beyond click bait hyperbole. For the most part Breitbart simply plagiarized the Washington Post story.

Newsbusters explains the new evil gay conspiracy to control the world

According to Newsbusters on Thursday, Bloomberg Promotes ‘Gay Corporate Warrior,’ Stealth LGBT Funding Conference. Newsbusters, an organization controlled by the rabidly anti-gay bigot,  Brent Bozell, continues:
Liberals who habitually decry all the money in politics may want to turn their attention to Dallas today. That’s where a secretive meeting of millionaires and billionaires is convening and planning how to deploy $100 million over the next decade to influence American politics.

Closed to the press and public, the exclusive, invitation-only event includes the famous and not-so-famous, just so long as an attendee has at least $25,000 a year to give to causes “philanthropic” and political.

According to Tony Perkins the "freedom to believe" is at risk

Tony Perkins - FRC

In an email to supporters on Thursday, Tony Perkins solicited donations for his organization, Family Research Council, by suggesting that the “freedom to believe” is in peril:
To those who have already given to sustain FRC's efforts to defeat the forces against your freedom to believe and follow your Christian faith without punishment -- thank you!

If you have been prayerfully considering giving to this special effort, I wanted to let you know that midnight tonight is the deadline to multiply the impact of FRC's "Free to Believe" Challenge Grant.

Over the past month, I've emailed you about persecuted Christian heroes in America.

ADF - 1 part abuse of process to 2 parts BS

Well here we go again. It's Barronelle Stutzman time. When we last left this saga Ms. Stutzman, the Washington State florist who denied service to a gay couple, was fined $1,000  after pursuing the matter in court. The state did not ask for legal fees. The case now moves forward because Ms. Stutzman and her counsel, ADF, are not interested in religious freedom. Oh no. Ms. Stutzman is interested in making a point. ADF, an anti-gay organization, has a formula to make money off of bigotry. Both are happy to proceed.

On Wednesday ADF had this to say:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York State Assembly passes conversion "therapy" bill

Seal of New York.
Late Wednesday New York's Assembly, with bi-partisan support passed a bill that would protect minors from the discredited practice of sexual reorientation therapy. The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

If you are in New York state, please contact your state senator and let him know how important it is to protect children from a practice that is both ineffective and potentially toxic.

NOM's latest missive - they are broke

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage sent out a money-beg today titled “A Fresh Breeze is Blowing.” First off, Brian Brown is confused about events. According to him:
Between now and then [June], it is imperative that the justices and the media hear from us loudly and regularly on behalf of the American people that we expect them to uphold our votes for marriage and the right of voters and legislators to preserve marriage. They need to know that any decision purporting to redefine marriage will be seen as judicial activism and be considered illegitimate.

Starnes: Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience over gay marriage - Really?

Todd Starnes claims that Christians simply will not obey same-sex marriage. According to Starnes:
"We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line," read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. "We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve."

Franklin Graham starts "Persecuted Christians Fund"

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham has started a fund to help out Christians persecuted by gays. Were it not for his father, Franklin Graham's job might entail asking; “Want fries with that?” or “Fill 'er up?” Apparently Christians who discriminate in violation of state and local laws are victims and should be treated as such. In a recent case a judge in Oregon recommended that Sweet Cakes by Melissa and its owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, should pay the couple that they denied service to the sum of $135,000. According to Graham:

The President and Supreme Court of the United States

Robert Bork
While the matter is fresh, It is worth noting that yesterday's oral arguments before the Supreme Court would never have occurred had John McCain prevailed in 2008. No Obama — no Kagan — no Sotomayor. Perhaps Robert Bork could have been a McCain appointee (Bork died in 2012). How about Paul Clement? Priscilla Owen frequently comes up in conversation. Does Miguel Estrada ring a bell? How about Ken Starr?

Indeed I would argue that United States v. Windsor would never have happened had John McCain won in 2008. Attorneys would never have pressed the case. I suspect that Hollingsworth would have made its way to the Court with the same outcome, invalidating Proposition 8. However, look at a map. Where would we be?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NOM, SCOTUS and a subtle change - NOM economizing?

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage claims – through their chairman John Eastman – that they are “encouraged” by today's arguments before the Supreme Court. What else are they going to say?

Aside from my observation that Mr. Eastman is a reliable reverse barometer, I have now listened to both parts of oral argument. I am reasonably comfortable that we are going to see a pro-equality ruling in June.

With the caveat that it is very difficult to differentiate the voices accurately, Justice Kennedy seemed indifferent to question two (interstate recognition) which further suggests that he has resolved question one (marriage recognition) in favor of equality. Interstate recognition become irrelevant if marriage equality becomes the law of the land.


Monday, April 27, 2015

My junior senator (Rubio) clarifies his stance against marriage equality

Marco Rubio

Rubio claims that the constitutional argument for marriage equality is “ridiculous.”

David Brody at CBN interviewed Marco Rubio in Iowa on Saturday. When asked about a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Rubio Said:
It doesn’t exist. There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage. There isn’t such a right. You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex.
Got it now? Any questions about Rubio and gay rights? Is there any ambiguity?

A "demand" of the Supreme Court from the Jewish version of Scott Lively

Rabbi Yehuda Levin
Rabbi Levin expresses "mortification" after VP
Joe Biden commends Jews for their support of
marriage equality
Rabbi Yehuda Levin now claims to represent 850 congregations, something that I seriously doubt. In a press release Sunday — “850 Rabbis Demand Disqualification of Justices Kagan and Ginsberg in Upcoming Supreme Court 'Marriage' Case

The simple question that they refuse to answer

I have sent out scores of emails with a simple question. No replies — not one. Try to tweet it if you like. Prepare to be ignored. The question:

If a same sex couple is raising a child will that child be advantaged or disadvantaged if his or her parents marry?

I suspect that their lawyers are going to have to answer this question on Tuesday. It may very well be the key to marriage equality. The truthful answer is “advantaged.” Then why would the state intentionally disadvantage a child by refusing to allow his or her parents to marry?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gay Jews hosting Mr. Cruz

Ted Cruz
How dare Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass overlook Mr. Cruz's appalling disdain for the gay community?

An article on the Daily Beast Sunday points out that the two hoteliers who hosted Ted Cruz — Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass — did so because of Cruz's “support” for Israel. That seems more like a justification for massaging the egos of these two self-absorbed schmucks. It reminds me of a GOProud event in New York City. GOProud paid Ann Coulter to insult them (all of us really) and they got what they paid for and GOProud no longer exists.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Before anyone starts sending money to the Kleins ...

This thing is far from complete. Nevertheless, discrimination might be costly. Bigotry is always expensive.

Discrimination is expensive - Oregon baker fined $135K (FRC)

Family Research Council is not exactly the most reliable source of information. I cannot confirm that any of the following is accurate. In fact, there is likely more to this story. According to FRC in an email to supporters:
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins made the following statement after an Oregon administrative judge today issued an order demanding that Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, pay fines to the State of Oregon totaling $ 135,000 because they declined baking a cake for a same-sex wedding in January 2013 based upon their religious beliefs:

"What happened today is an egregious assault on the freedom Americans have to peaceably live their lives according to their beliefs.

"An Oregon judge made clear in no uncertain terms to the Kleins and all Oregonians that the state has the right to demand that citizens engage in activities that violate their beliefs and if they refuse, they will lose their ability to make a living. In a free country, this is a ruling that cannot and must not stand."
This goes on and on but you get the idea. Later this evening I will try to track this down.

Gallup estimates 780,000 Americans in same-sex marriages

Friday, the Gallup organization estimates that 780,000 Americans have formed 390,000 same-sex married unions. Another 1.2 million Americans are in unmarried same-sex partnerships. According to Gallup:
Approximately 0.3% of adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse, and another 0.5% identify as being in a same-sex domestic partnership. In examining the total population of 243 million U.S. adults,

Just because they believe their own BS doesn't mean that we have to

Bullshit

In 2009, as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was being debated in congress, the Christian conservative lobby pretty much went unhinged. In unison they assured us that the sole purpose of hate crimes legislation was to lock up Christian pastors. I am not exaggerating. They really said so and, astonishingly, people believed them. Educated grownups were telling their constituents that characterizing certain bias crimes as “hate crimes” was designed to put Christians in criminal peril. Educated grownups (albeit lacking in critical thinking skills) were afraid.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CADC knows just what to do about the upcoming marriage cases before the Supreme Court

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission is in a lather over gay marriage. They don't exactly explain their objection except to tell supporters:
Next Tuesday, April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a landmark case. The case would determine whether homosexual couples in every state have the absolute right to marry under the Constitution.

But they know just what Christians should do.

  • First, contact the United States Supreme Court and demand that Kagan and Ginsberg recuse themselves from this decision.
    • Call: 202-479-3211
    • Contact online: Click here. [They forgot to embed a URL]
  • Second, ask your pastor to get involved.
    • Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26th.
    • Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28th.
I am only surprised that they didn't tell their sheep to call collect. But rest assured, Justice Kagan and Justice Ginsburg are going to get right on that. And if prayer actually worked, well, we wouldn't be here. Would we?

Most offensive in Jindal's NYT Op-Ed is the notion that his beliefs are under attack

Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is presumably running for President of the United States. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal authored an Op-Ed in the New York Times titled “Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage” because his is presumably running for President of the United States.

According to Jindal, regarding his own state's effort to pass an enhanced RFRA known as the Marriage and Conscience Act:
Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?

Dobson: Christians are about to become a "hated minority"

James Dobson has once again demonstrated the hardships of being a white-heterosexual-Christian-male in America. Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his Family Talk radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a “hated minority” if the Supreme Court advances marriage equality.

Dobson failed to explain how a majority of Americans could numerically become a minority because about 5% of the populace achieved recognition of a constitutional right.

We now have yet another crazy and nonsensical reason to oppose same-sex marriage.

Poll: More than 6 in 10 Americans support marriage equality


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Schaerr: Gay marriage disproprotionately harms underprivileged women and their children


Gene Schaerr is no idiot. He is a top notch appellate lawyer who was a senior partner in a respected international law firm. Having said that, his avid devotion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) is obviously incompatible with critical thinking and intellectual honesty.

We have long memories Mr. Rubio - we have to

From the October, 2013 email promo,
(L-R) Mat Staver, Eric Metaxas, Marco Rubio
On the evening of November 16, 2013 my 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. The group was behind the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in Florida. John Stemberger, has an extensive history of anti-gay animus as documented by GLAAD. As a United States Senator Rubio lent considerable credibility to a fringe hate group.

Alabama Sen. Opens With Prayer Seeking "Forgiveness for Allowing Sexual Perversions"

The Alabama Senate was opened with a prayer on Tuesday that reflects what passes for wisdom in the “Heart of Dixie” state. David Gonnella, pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, prayed “Forgive us for allowing sexual perversions to be considered as normal.”

Later, Mike Cason of AL.com, asked Gonella if he was referring to homosexuality. Gonnella said that he was referring to anything that God considers an abomination.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AFA's hyperbole is so adorable

In an email to supporters Tuesday, American Family Association explains what is about to happen at the Supreme Court. Here are three short paragraphs from the missive — and one big steamy bundle of … exaggeration. Highlighted are just three of the most egregious overreaches.
As hard as it is to believe, nine people will decide if our nation will honor God and obey Him, or turn its back on the most fundamental building block of society and on God himself.

This will be the most important decision in the history of America.

I don’t have to tell you, the consequences this decision could have on people of faith is staggering. As you know, private business owners have already come under great pressure to surrender their religious liberty and provide services to same-sex marriages. It would only be a matter of time before pastors and churches would be coerced to do the same.

Conservative Mormon lawyers opine on the worldwide acceptance of marriage equality

Nineteenth Century Mormon Missionaries
According to a post Tuesday on Witherspoon Institute's blog, gay couples should not be allowed to marry because most countries don't recognize same-sex marriage. It seems that most countries don't have our constitution either1. The post is titled “Judicially Mandating Same-Sex Marriage Would Put the US at Odds with the Western World.

Eastman: "Just the Facts" - and then flows the BS

John Eastman
John Eastman is chairman (and lead counsel) of National Organization for Marriage. On Monday Eastman took to the blog of Witherspoon Institute with “Just the Facts, Ma’am: Rebutting the False ‘Inevitability’ Narrative.” After spending some time explaining why all of the polls are wrong – with the exception of one commissioned by Family Research Council – Eastman explains why Justice Ginsburg was wrong when she said that Americans are ready for gay marriage:
… the intensity of the fight over marriage is unparalleled in modern American politics. Over the past decade and a half, more than $215 million has been spent on ballot initiatives defending (or trying to overturn) the traditional, biologically rooted definition of marriage. No matter what Justice Ginsburg says, the more than fifty million voters who have spent an immense amount of time and treasure to protect the fundamental nature of the institution of marriage are not at all likely to “accept” a Supreme Court decision that takes the decision about marriage policy away from them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

FRC seeks to enlighten us with a panel discussion

According to an email sent out to supporters: “U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Case to be Focus of Family Research Council Panel Discussion.” And what brilliant minds will FRC bring to the challenge?
To discuss the implications of these pending cases, Family Research Council (FRC) has brought together an exceptional panel of experts to discuss the marriage and sexuality issues before the Court. The panel will feature leading analysts who will discuss the roles constitutional law, statutes, social science, and the media will play in the Court's decision.

Turns out that a VP of Catholic Relief Services is gay married

LifeSiteNews has just gone into meltdown. According to them, the individual “promotes gay agenda:”
Public records show that Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services’ Vice President of Overseas Finance, who has worked for the U.S. Bishops’ official international humanitarian agency since as long ago as 2001, “married” his homosexual partner in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 4, 2013.

Estridge’s information on the professional networking site details his employment history totaling 14-plus years within CRS …
Forget the fact that this guy has provided long and dedicated service for 14 years. Forget the good works of the charity. None of that matters:
Catholic donors may wish to reconsider whether they would like their donations to go to an organization whose employees, by their actions, make a mockery out of the sacraments of the Church …

ADF touts NC "Religious Freedom" law by leaving out the good stuff

Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group, is out with 3 Reasons Why North Carolina Needs A Religious Freedom Law. It's what they don't say that identifies the problem.

ADF points out the majority opinion by Justice Scalia in Employment Division v. Smith. In one of Scalia's saner moments he wrote that religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws make those laws unenforceable. As ADF further points out, the federal RFRA does not apply to the states. ADF then explains that “there have not been widespread cases of discrimination against LGBT.” According to them it has perfectly benign benefits like allowing a Muslim prisoner to grow a beard or putting the brakes on a Ft. Lauderdale ordinance that prohibited a Christian from distributing food to the homeless. Who wants to prevent a Christian from giving food to starving children? There must be a puppy in this image.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Same-sex marriage causes more abortions

Gene Schaerr
Fuck! Just when you think that you've heard it all, these people come up with another insane reason to object to the legalization of same-sex marriage. This from our friend Gene Schaerr, the uber-Mormon lawyer and it is via the Heritage Foundation's blog:
Forcing States to Recognize Gay Marriage Could Increase Number of Abortions

On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated. However, as explained in an amicus brief of 100 scholars of marriage, filed in the pending Supreme Court marriage cases and summarized here, the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain that the Supreme Court would be wise not to set in motion.

New Clinton campaign video - "That's our gal" - for supporting marriage equality


In a campaign video released on Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton is shown sitting at a table listening to a man thanking her for urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

Mr. Brown - Why don't you fund one of those busses?

Brian Brown is a big sport
Afraid?” According to Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage they need money to bring people to their “marriage march.” This plea has all the earnestness of that guy who recently reached out to his flock to fund a more comfy private jet:
I am tremendously concerned right now that we will not raise the money we need to pay for the buses we have reserved to bring thousands of marriage supporters — willing to take time out of their weekend to stand up in defense of marriage — to the 2015 March for Marriage.

Robby decides to send a letter to the Pope

Robert P. George

Thursday, Princeton Professor Robert P. George sent a letter to Pope Francis. This was in response to a letter to the Pope form a group of prominent citizens of San Francisco requesting the removal of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Cordileone also chairs the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and was an architect of Calironia's Proposition 8. He is the Church's point man on marriage discrimination. I always thought that Cordileone was Benedict's final “fuck you” to the gay community of San Francisco before he abdicated.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Robert Gagnon whines about "Smearing Sexual Orientation Change"

Robert A. Gagnon

In an article that appeared Wednesday in the conservative Catholic blog, First Things, Robert A. Gagnon expressed his profound displeasure with a piece in the Independent titled Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to find a gay cure. Gagnon refers to the Independent piece as a a “juvenile op-ed piece” and a “hatchet job.” That reference seems rather odd (if not ballsy) given the fact that Gagnon is a one-man walking hate group.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Can anyone explain the Christian conservative fetish for Third Reich imagery?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Wednesday, in an email to supporters, Bill Johnson, head of American Decency Association, is comparing their resistance to marriage equality with Dietrich Bonhoeffer's resistance to the Nazi regime (text below). It is patently offensive to me as a Jew. It is highly insulting.

Bonhoeffer, as you are probably aware, was a German Lutheran pastor and outspoken critic of the Third Reich. He was eventually executed in 1945 after spending nearly two years in prison.

Utah's grand defender, Gene Schaerr, via Witherspoon

Gene Schaerr
Gene Schaerr
The bottom line is that this is bullshit.

Remember Gene Schaerr? Schaerr used to be the chair of Winston & Strawn’s appellate and critical motions practice. He was a heavy hitter with a major international law firm which, by the way, has a 100% HRC corporate equality index rating. Schaerr left the firm in January of 2014 to join Utah's defense of its same-sex marriage ban (Kitchen v. Herbert). In an email to staff Schaerr wrote that he was fulfilling a “religious duty … in the state where my church is headquartered.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Florida passes clean adoption bill

On Tuesday, the Florida Senate sent Governor Rick Scott a bill that repeals the state's ban on adoptions by gays. This was merely a formality because the ban was struck down by an appeals court in 2010.

However, conservative Christians are very disappointed that they could not obtain a “conscience clause” added to the bill. That would have allowed private adoption services to discriminate in spite of the fact that they are funded by taxpayer money. In effect these private services are contractors that do the work of the state. A separate bill licensing the discrimination was passed in the Florida House but died in the Senate last week.

Gov. Scott has not said whether or not he would sign the bill.

Staver wants SCOTUS to review gay conversion 'therapy' case that he lost

Mat Staver - Liberty Counsel
As I observed yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld New Jersey's ban of conversion “therapy” on minors. Mat Staver and three other lawyers from Liberty Counsel represent a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their teenage son.

Now Staver, having lost this case at trial and on appeal, has asked the high court to review the matter. According to him:

PS, Katy Faust: You are irrelevant (even at Witherspoon)

Opus Dei Cross
On Tuesday Katy Faust, marriage discrimination advocate, has yet another post on Witherspoon Institute's blog. This one titled “PS, Justice Kennedy: Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Good for Kids.” Faust offers the same nonsensical rhetoric that we have become so familiar with. According to Ms. Faust:
Earlier this year I wrote you a letter, “Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent.” My letter has now been quoted (and criticized) by the Family Equality Coalition (FEC) and COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays) in the amicus brief they have filed in support of same-sex marriage. The brief is filled with quotations from children with gay or lesbian parents asking the court to redefine marriage for the entire country so that their two moms or two dads could get married.

Perkins: "Persecuted Church in America"

Persecuted Church in America
The extent to which a white-Christian-heterosexual-male like Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, can whine about persecution is nothing short of astonishing. And you will never guess who is persecuting Mr. Perkins and his friends. According to an email sent to supporters Tuesday morning:

AFA sponsors "Day of Truancy"

“Openly homosexual activism?” You would think that they are demonstrating gay sex. One never need wonder why American Family Association is a designated “hate group.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ryan T. Anderson has a new enemy - "Big Law"

Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan Anderson has become the Tedious Defender of the Faith™ but he is correct about one thing. As HRC notes, the country’s most prominent law firms, as ranked by American Lawyer, occupy the top spot – in terms of industry representation – among 100 percent-rated employers in the Corporate Equality Index. Indeed, the current index lists 89 law firms that score 100. Conclusion: Our most prestigious law firms support LGBT equality.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds NJ Ban on Conversion Therapy

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Monday that U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson was correct when she  rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their teenage son.

The case is known as John Doe v. Governor of the State of New  Jersey. The four attorneys representing the couple are all with (anti-gay hate group) Liberty Counsel and include Mat and Anita Staver. The opinion is here.

No easy task given the sheer volume of imbecility

Finding the most stunningly stupid amicus brief in the marriage cases before the Supreme Court was a challenge given the amount of material that is available to work with. Nevertheless, on Friday, “Same-sex attracted men and their wives” provided us with their offering. This is a Mormon group comprised of openly gay men married to women.
All agree that marriage between a man and a woman is inherently unique, and all have chosen to marry and remain married to their wives—notwithstanding their attractions to men— because of their realization that such marriages bring joy and happiness to themselves and to their spouses, children, grand-children, and communities.

Their stories are not based on “reparative therapy,” so-called attempts to “pray away the gay,” or other efforts to change sexual orientation. Rather, amici fully accept the reality of their same-sex attractions and fully affirm their individual self- worth, just as they are.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Erick Erickson calls gay rights movement "totalitarian"

Erick Erickson
Right Wing polemicist Erick Erickson is angry. To express that anger he offers us, on Friday, Too Soon to Go Full Totalitarian. When did gay rights activists become a dictatorial government? Yeah, I know, Obama's evolving opinion on same-sex marriage is tyranny and Erickson seems particularly upset with Frank Bruni:
In the New York Times, liberal columnist Frank Bruni insists that Christians must be "made" to change their church doctrines on sexual immorality, doctrines that are 2,000 years old. Bruni actually quoted a gay rights advocate that "church leaders must be made to take homosexuality off their sin list." Bruni called this "worthy" and "warranted."

American Family Association has a "Family of the Year" freak-out

Dan Savage

American Family Association doesn't like Dan Savage. Therefore, they are outraged that ABC has a new sit-com – Family of the Year – that is loosely based on Savage's life. It's about a is about the “perfect” American family turned upside down when the youngest son, Danny, comes out of the closet.

According to Tim Wildmon, head of AFA, in an email to supporters:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ken Blackwell's alternate reality explored

Ken Blackwell

According to a post by Ken Blackwell on Thursday, Gay Activist Claims 'End of Marriage' Is Near. They have been saying that “the end is near” in one form, or another for over 2,000 years. It never happens but the appeal still works. Go figure. Blackwell — who is a “Senior Fellow, Family Empowerment” at Family Research Council — goes on to say:
There is a "Back to the Future" quality to the current culture clash going on in Indiana, in the country at large, and throughout the Western democracies over marriage and over the gay lobby's insatiable demands.
By “insatiable demands,” Blackwell is probably referring to equal protection under law with a dose of respect for the establishment clause in the First Amendment.

Then we just start to get to the good stuff:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BREAKING: Florida Senate blocks anti-gay adoption bill

Wednesday evening the Republican dominated Florida Senate blocked a bill that would have allowed taxpayer funded private adoption agencies to refuse to place a child with a same-sex couple. The bill had sailed through the Florida House.

The 57 GOPers who signed the Republican congressional amicus brief

Of 299 Republican members of Congress only 57 signed onto the brief. That amounts to a paltry 19%. The total is comprised of 51 House members and 6 senators. Their argument is mostly a federalist approach — this is a matter for the individual states to resolve. They also caution against swift social change. The word “procreative” is nowhere to be found. Noticeably missing from the signatories is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III. The list, as presented in the brief:

This priest has some strange ideas about civility

John Zuhlsdorf
John Zuhlsdorf is a Roman Catholic priest who resides in Madison, Wisconsin. According to Wikipedia he is a Catholic Internet personality — blogging as “Father Z.” Last week Father Zuhlsdorf posted a piece to his blog titled When they come to destroy your business because you are pro-traditional family.

According to Zuhlsdorf:
I’ve been thinking about how homosexualists target Christian businesses for destruction.  Approach a florist or a bakery or, now, a pizzeria and tell the owner that this is for a homosexual “wedding” and then hammer them with law suits.

Way to go NOM: 5 days - 5 thousand signatures vs. 3 million members

In an effort to re-energize it's campaign against Angie's List, National Organization for Marriage sent out an email blast to supporters on Wednesday. The email mirrors a new blog post titled Fight Back Against The Intolerance! Angie's list has more than three million members. In five days NOM has persuaded 1,600 people to claim to have canceled their List memberships and another 3,800 people to sign a petition claiming that Angie's List is bad, bad, bad.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In brief(s)

Some of the more interesting amicus briefs in support of the states (respondents) in the marriage cases before the United States Supreme Court. The cornucopia of crackpottery is deep and wide. There are plenty to choose from.

In no particular order:

Lary S. Larson is a Salt Lake City native practicing law in Idaho and, yes, that is the correct spelling of his first name. His argument is that marriage “means having the State ap­ prove and condone a couple’s sexual relationship and lifestyle.” Homosexuality is immoral and the “promotion of moral values in society is a le­gitimate State interest, and the traditional institu­tion of marriage has been a powerful force in that effort. But it is reasonable to believe that allowing same-sex couples to marry would lessen the effective­ness of marriage as a means of promoting moral values.” Apparently same-sex marriage causes more people to be gay.