Monday, February 29, 2016

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to NJ law prohibiting sexual reorientation therapy for minors

English: The Supreme Court of the United State...
Today the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear anti-gay hate group, Liberty Counsel's challenge to the New Jersey law prohibiting sexual reorientation therapy for minors. This means that fewer that four justices were interested in hearing the case.

Liberty Counsel claimed that the ban infringed on First Amendment rights. According to Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel:

Now those Texas bakers have a lawyer - claim to receive death threats

Edie Delorme - Kern Bake Shop
Edie Delorme - Co-Owner Kern's Bake Shop
Image credit: Unknowm
On Friday I wrote about the bakers (David and Edie Delorme) who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. In Texas they have not violated any law but they are the recipients of considerable opprobrium. The Longview News Journal interviewed the participants in this needless controversy.
We don’t do alcohol-related cakes or risque [cakes],” she told reporters. “We’ve turned down cake for, ‘Can you make a giant Skoal can?’ … It’s not that we single out one [reason].
The problem of course is that the consumers of those cakes are not part of an at-risk minority. Delorme fails to appreciate the difference.

Blowhard Bill compares Dan Savage to David Duke

William Anthony Donohue
Image via South Park
Bill Donohue (a divorced man), head of the Catholic League is distressed that ABC has a new sitcom loosely based on Dan Savage's teen years. Donohue hasn't seen any episodes of “The Real O'Neals” which premiers on March 8 but the fact that Savage has a production credit is enough for him to condemn the show. So much so that he paid thousands of dollars for a full page ad in the New York Times. It begins:
ABC, which is owned by Disney, will launch a new show on March 8, "The Real O'Neals." It is billed as a comedy about an Irish-American family, loosely based on the life of one of its producers, Dan Savage. For those not acquainted with him, his maniacal hatred of Catholicism is so strong that it would be as though David Duke were hired to produce a show about African Americans.

Miami: One teen dead, another in custody following gun accident

This story won't make it to national media but one 14-year-old was showing off a gun to another 14-year-old who was accidentally shot and killed last night. We have enough weaponry in Miami-Dade to take and occupy a small country. We also have more than our fair share of preventable gun deaths.

The surviving kid has been charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a minor. He is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center in downtown Miami. Two lives ruined because of far too many guns with far too little gun safety. There has been a rash of these things in South Florida lately and nobody gets the message. There is no Florida law that holds this kid's parents responsible. Sometimes I feel like sending every Florida legislator a copy of my x-ray images prior to my surgeries.

It's not a contest - It's a bare knuckle fight

Waiting for equality
LGBT American citizens have not yet won the so-called “culture war.” Achieving national marriage equality was a giant step forward but we have a long way to go before we achieve true Equal Protection. As HRC reminds us, we can marry on Sunday and be fired on Monday for having done so.

What is most disturbing is the certain knowledge that there are LGBT children with fragile egos in places like Alabama, Florida and Georgia. These kids are hearing a terrible message every day. Sadly the transmitters are sometimes  ignorant parents. The message is that they are evil little perverts who don't deserve the same fair treatment as others. Eventually these innocent kids believe the bullshit.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Brian Brown makes my hair hurt

The latest missive and money grub from National Organization for Marriage is titled “ Brian Sandoval Makes Our Point.” Apparently the point is that if one donates to NOM they in turn will maintain the Republican majority in the Senate and, thus, ensure that the Supreme Court regains its conservative tilt after the demise of Scalia. NOM is in control. I shit you not:
Our work to help elect a Republican Senate over the last several election cycles, especially during the critical 2014 races where the GOP captured control of the Senate is a key factor in why Obama will not succeed in his goal of moving the Court to the left, perhaps for generations to come. Our work to help support pro-marriage candidates who won was possible only because you gave of your time and resources. I'm asking you to make a contribution today of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 or more so that we have the resources we need this year to hold the line against president Obama's attempts to secure another appointment to the Supreme Court.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Another baker wants the right of approval

David and Edie Delorme own Kern's Bake Shop in Longview, TX. They turned away a gay couple and now they are upset by the opprobrium. The sob story according to the anti-gay hate group American Family Association:
On Feb. 17, two homosexuals decided to test the Delormes' faith when they ordered a wedding cake for their same-sex wedding.

Homosexuality is a "temptation"

Landon Schott
According to Landon Schott: “I agree that you can't choose the temptations that come to you, but you can choose how to respond to those temptations.” I suspect that Mr. Schott has been tempted. Schott is an energetic young Christianist trying to turn the inevitable secular tide. Schott claims to have a BA from Trinity Theological Seminary which is an unaccredited diploma mill. In a few years he will be “Dr. Schott.” Schott claims to have some association with REACH Church in Austin, TX. A site search yields no result.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ryan Anderson is at a loss to understand why business hates anti-gay laws

Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson is unhappy. Today he writes: “The Hypocrisy of Big Business Attacking Georgia’s Religious Liberty Bill” at Heritage Foundation's blog. Anderson and many of his colleagues have never worked in private industry. Anderson might be a superlative catechist but he knows nothing about commercial competition or meeting a payroll. In his mid to late thirties now and still a single virgin Anderson has many areas of ignorance.

Liberty Counsel orchestrates disappointment in Brevard County

The anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel is taking credit for Brevard County School District unanimously rejecting expansion of their non-discrimination policy to include sexual identity and sexual orientation. Brevard County, population 550,823, is Florida's “Space Coast” about 20 miles east of Orlando.

Liberty Counsel's strategy is to put the school board on notice (see letter below) and then to mobilize Christians to attend a hearing. The letter includes:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Daugaard seems empathetic but will probably sign anti-trans bill into law

Dennis Daugaard
South Dakota's Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard, spoke with several young transgender people and one of their mothers on Tuesday. The Center for Equality reports that he listened, asked questions and was genuinely engaged.

After the meeting concluded, Daugaard said: “It helped me see things through their eyes a little bit and understand their perspective.”

Liberty Ridge Farm owners drop appeal of discrimination case

Robert and Cynthia Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm,  an event venue in upstate New York have decided not to appeal a 2013 judgment that fined them $13,000 for discrimination. The Giffords are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom.

In 2012 the Giffords ran afoul of New York State law when they turned away a same-sex wedding. Their lawyers at ADF tried to portray the Giffords as simple Christian farmers who rent out their home from time-to-time for special events. One look at the Liberty Farm website belies that notion.

North Carolina's GOP governor toes the party line on transgender accommodations

“By making this a public safety issue Governor McCrory is indulging in appalling bigotry.”

Governor Pat McCrory
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is displeased by LGBT nondiscrimination measure in Charlotte which includes transgender accommodations. He is asking for immediate action by the state's legislature to override the Charlotte's ordinance. In a memorandum to republican councilmen he wrote:

Puerto Rico now has a gay chief justice

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez
Late Monday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. She is the first openly gay chief justice in the country.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Stella Morabito explains the sinister LGBT agenda

Stella Morabito
Stella Morabito is obsessed with the idea that people are out to stymie dissent with political correctness. Civility and even good manners aren't at issue at all. Morabito is convinced that people are out to silence Morabito and her spew of bigotry. I am not out to silence anyone. In fact I subscribe to the belief that people like Morabito do us a service. They become cartoonish characters with their anti-LGBT diatribes.

You will be pleased to know that Washington County, Tenn. rejected a same-sex marriage resolution

Jonesborough Justice Center
Jonesborough Justice Center
It required nearly six hours of deliberation and more than 800 people packed the county courthouse. 57 people gave testimony. The proposed resolution from Commissioner Forrest Boreing asked the state to uphold its original definition of marriage, as that of between one man and one woman. In the end it had 12 yeas and 11 nays. However resolutions require 13 votes. Supporters reportedly stormed out of the courthouse while opponents erupted in cheers.

Get a grip. Either way it is irrelevant. Gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. That is the law of the land regardless of what some people in rural Tennessee think. We neither seek nor require their approval.

Can we just agree that Dawn Stefanowicz had crappy parents?

ADF is pimping the
Robert Oscar Lopez protege.

Dawn Stefanowicz
It is abundantly clear that the purpose of a new blog post at Alliance Defending Freedom is to denigrate gay people. In the post Dawn Stefanowicz speaks her fill of those awful homosexuals. “It’s so complicated, it’s so messy,” she says. “It wasn’t until she was in her late 20s and early 30s that she began to unpack the effects of growing up in a household that included her father’s same-sex partners.” 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Some potentially positive news from South Dakota

South Dakota Gov. Daugaard plans to meet with a group of transgender people on Tuesday. The meeting was organized by the Center for Equality in Sioux Falls. As I detailed on the 17th, the state's GOP controlled legislature has passed a mean-spirited bill that would make South Dakota the first state in the country to require schoolchildren to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth.

Georgia update - An invitation to discriminate

Will large employers beat back this anti-LGBT atrocity?
More than a license to discriminate, the Georgia bill (HB-757) is an invitation to discriminate against LGBT citizens who are targeted. I wrote about the revised anti-LGBT bill on February 17. The result is something that is simply unconscionable. The bill which sailed through the Georgia Senate Friday (38 to 14) provides an affirmative defense to charges of discrimination. That has the effect of obliterating local ordinances such as the one in Atlanta. HB-757 was originally the Pastor Protection Act. It was merged with SB-284, First Amendment Defense Act. It is now titled Act to protect religious freedoms (which means the freedom to discriminate).

Lesbian food service coordinator settles with KC Diocese

Colleen (left) and Rev. Donna Simon
Colleen (left) and Rev. Donna Simon
Photo credit: Kansas City Star
Colleen Simon claimed that in 2013 she was terminated from her job as a food pantry coordinator at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kansas City, MO when it became known that she was in a same-sex marriage to a Protestant minister. According to Simon, the priest who interviewed her knew that she was married. A new priest did not, which led to her firing. That suit has now been settled  for an undisclosed sum.

AFA: "Franklin Graham warns of impending doom"

Franklin Graham
American Family Association's “news” blog features a piece posted Sunday night titled “Franklin Graham warns of impending doom.” The fact is that the fundamentalist and rabidly anti-gay preacher is always warning of impending doom, often for different reasons.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

About that idiotic judicial complaint in Alabama

An exercise in imbecility. Last Wednesday a group of Alabama Tea Party Leaders and conservative Christians filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama against the Alabama Supreme Court. The basis for the complaint is inaction by the Court for over six months.

Complainants (representing themselves) are Barbour County Tea Party, Alabama Patriots, Rainy Day Patriots, Conservative Christians of Alabama, Common Sense Campaign, Christian Development and Renewal Ministries, Rev. Allen Forte, Jr. (True Love Baptist Church), and Dr. Ken Jackson (Christian Life Church. The complaint is signed by Dr. Terry B. Batton. Batton is the head of the Barbour County Tea Party.

I suppose that Brian S. Brown is not the next Lee Atwater

Money down the crapper
Brian S. Brown head of National Organization for Marriage does it again. This time the organization – with an assist from Frank Schubert* – ran negative ads against Donald Trump in South Carolina in support of their endorsed candidate, Ted Cruz. Apparently those advertisements were not terribly convincing. Cruz finished third behind a guy that has to get plugged in 45 minutes before every appearance.

It is all rather odd because just last Friday NOM told us:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Liberty Counsel loses another case - Mat Staver vows to appeal

Mat Staver
On Friday the Fairfax County Circuit Court dismissed a Liberty Counsel lawsuit due to standing. Liberty Counsel sued the School Board of Fairfax County, Virginia, for changing its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The court ruled that the anonymous Fairfax County student named in the case, did not face an injury, such as being expelled or suspended. Therefore, he lacked standing to sue. Mat Staver vows to appeal.

Friday, February 19, 2016

HRC tries to put a positive face on Jacksonville - Liberty Counsel takes credit

“Does Mayor Lenny Curry know that he is dealing with a certified hate group in Liberty Counsel?”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
Thursday evening proponents of an inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance for Jacksonville withdrew the bill in the face of insufficient support. According to the Human Rights Campaign:
Local Jacksonville leaders from the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality spoke at the hearing, sharing that while this was an unfortunate delay, our coalition would continue fighting until every LGBT family in Jacksonville is protected from discrimination.

Mississipi's employers and its casino industry need to seriously ponder the effect of the License-to-Discriminate

“Mississippi HB-1523 effects large-scaled state sanctioned bigotry.”

Welcome to Mississippi
Thursday, Mississippi's House Judiciary Committee advanced HB-1523 by a vote of 14-3. Ultimately, the bill, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, targets LGBT citizens for discrimination. That discrimination can be — for just about any reason whatsoever — by just about anyone who chooses to do so — in housing, employment and public accommodations — without consequences. It is a disgrace. Seven cities in Mississippi1 have inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. Passage of this bill effectively nullifies those laws. Mississippi HB-1523 effects state sanctioned bigotry.

LifeSite pitching a fit over Rubio deputy who signed marriage equality amicus brief

Rich Beeson
Rich Beeson, Marco Rubio's deputy campaign manager, has failed LifeSiteNews' purity test. Last year, Beeson was a signatory of Ken Mehlman's amicus curiae brief signed by several hundred Republicans in favor of marriage equality. That transgression begat, from LSN:
Marco Rubio’s deputy campaign manager is a gay ‘marriage’ activist

A pivotal member of Marco Rubio's campaign actively encouraged the Supreme Court to impose gay "marriage" on the entire nation by judicial fiat.

Senator Rubio's deputy campaign manager, Rich Beeson, signed a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage in last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Just got my invite to a new anti-gay hate fest

Watchmen on the Wall, Florida Family Policy Council, Liberty Counsel and Vision America have organized the “Pastors Awakening Summit” on March 4 in Orlando “in partnership with Liberty Counsel’s The Awakening 2016 Event on Saturday, March 5th.” I don't have an event schedule for March 4 but we do have one for March 5. Some highlights:

Oregon refuge occupier sues Feds (working for Satan) for $666 billion

Shawna Cox

According to Reuters:
I claim I and the others involved in these actions have suffered damages from the works of the devil in excess of $666,666,666,666.66," Cox wrote in a complaint filed in federal court in Oregon on Wednesday. The number "666" comes from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, and is believed by some fundamentalist Christians to signify the "beast" or the anti-Christ.
Cox, you may recall, was the Oregon occupier who challenged the FBI's version of events surrounding the killing of LaVoy Finicum by authorities. She did so in spite of the fact that there is a video showing Finicum reaching for a gun.

The folks at the Cardinal Newman Society are not having much fun lately

The arch conservative Cardinal Newman Society (ironically named after a presumably gay prelate) cannot cope with the changing culture. Today it is the “Preferred Name and Gender Policy” at DePaul University that is propelling the consumption of antacids. What they consistently fail to understand is that cultural changes are often the result of people being better informed. Today people have a better understanding of gay and transgender people than they might have had just ten years ago.

Based in Chicago, DePaul it is the largest Catholic University in the nation. According to CNS:

The Barronelle Stutzman traveling road show - and the "third sex" GOPer

Barronelle Stutzman
Barronelle Stutzman, the discriminatory Washington State florist who refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding is on tour with ADF. This week they were in Topeka to testify before the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Alliance Defending Freedom, the radical Christian right legal group, has authored the boilerplate for most of the anti-gay bills that red state legislatures are currently considering.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Frank Turek vs. the 14th Amendment

Frank Turek
Anti-gay polemicist Frank Turek doesn't approve of gay people. He once wrote that same-sex marriage is “stealing rights from God.” The demise of Justice Scalia provides an opportunity for Mr. Turek to display his wit. Writing about Scalia's originalism in a post titled “Scalia Defended Democracy, Liberals Subvert It:”
A hundred years ago, no judges thought that the Fourteenth Amendment granted women the right to vote. A Constitutional amendment had to be passed to recognize the right. Yet, today five justices think that the Fourteenth Amendment somehow grants a woman the right to marry another woman. (Newsflash: if the equal protection clause didn't guarantee a woman the right to vote when it was passed, it certainly doesn't guarantee her right to marry another woman today!)

What made SD legislators hate so much that they took it out on trans kids?

The Republican Party's continuing obsession with restricting where transgender kids can pee.
An anti-trans bill has made it through the Republican controlled South Dakota legislature and is sitting on the governor's desk. It is an exercise in ignorance and hate. The unwillingness to accommodate a small, fragile minority group is morally unacceptable. It has been a long time but I did some consulting in both Rapid City and Huron. This is not the South Dakota that I remember.

According to HB-1008 “The term, biological sex, as used in this Act, means the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person's chromosomes and identified at birth by a person's anatomy.” Having thus limited gender, the bill goes on to say:

Georgia senate merges two anti-gay bills

Georgia SB-284 (First Amendment Defense Act of Georgia) has been merged into SB-757 (Pastor Protection Act). The effect is to weaponize the less contentious SB-757. ADF wrote the boilerplate for both of these bills. It is something that they are peddling throughout red state America.

Before the merger, SB-757 was relatively harmless insofar as exempting clerics from performing same-sex marriage. Of course that right is part of Free Exercise within the First Amendment. The presence of the bill suggests that pastors require protection from “radical homosexual activists.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Apparently Cardinal Newman (and his boyfriend) are rolling over in their graves over drag queens

The Cardinal Newman Society is having one of its hissy fits because, well … , I'll let them explain:
A professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, is encouraging students to attend and work an off-campus “drag show” where students and faculty will dress up and perform as members of the opposite sex to raise money for a course at the University. The University has distanced itself from the event, but when asked by The Cardinal Newman Society if it was appropriate for a faculty member to encourage student involvement, a spokesperson refused to comment on the “private business” of faculty.

A lame apology from Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao told a local TV reporter that animals are better than gays:
The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.
Pacquiao  is enormously popular in the Philippines and has plans to run for the country's presidency. Reacting to the swift backlash he offered a couched apology.

NOM sinks Cruz

Brian S. Brown
The president of National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, suffers from reverse-Midas syndrome. Everything he touches turns to shit. Today's email from Mr. Brown is brief:
I'll be short. We have until Saturday to change the presidential race. Voters in South Carolina strongly support traditional marriage; Donald Trump does not. It's that simple.

Our powerful new television ad can get this truth out to voters. But we can only do it with your help. Click here to view our TV ad and donate so that we can get it on the air to more voters. We're running out of time to change the race. We can do it together, but we need your help now!
Chances are pretty good that Mr. Brown has just doomed Mr. Cruz's campaign.

FRC is having a transgender policy summit

On February 17 Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group, is hosting: “Bruce or Caitlyn? Why Everyone Should Care About the Transgender Movement.” The very premise of this religion-inspired bigotry is offensive. The event features polemicist Stella Morabito. She will not disappoint the faithful. In October, 2014 I documented her utterly nutty views on marriage equality.

Tony and Mat are terror-stricken - Brian too

Mat Staver and Tony Perkins with Kim Davis and spouse
Hate group leaders Mat Staver and Tony Perkins with Kim Davis and Spouse
Tony Perkins and Mat Staver, leaders of anti-gay hate groups Family Research Council and Liberty Counsel, respectively fear that an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court might disrupt their plans for oppressing LGBT citizens. While many conservative justices have become more liberal over time, the reverse doesn't seem to happen. The first of their emails to arrive was from Liberty Counsel at 6:13pm on Saturday. Mat Staver is quoted:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Meanwhile the conspiracy theorists at WND ...

I am guessing that the folks t WND know that its crazy conspiracy theories are bullshit. They also know that the crazy conspiracy theories drive up traffic. They report that “Scalia found dead with a pillow over his head.” Within that are links to companion crackpottery: “Urgent calls begin for Scalia autopsy.” The intended inference is that it's just common sense that Justice Scalia was murdered and Obama ordered the hit. About 1,700 comments (probably 2,000 by now) confirm that they have achieved their goal. Just the first three at the top of the page:

Further reading confirms that Breitbart and others were murdered on orders from President Obama. These people actually believe this crap. It's really rather depressing!

Cutting through all of the tactful analysis regarding Scalia

Justice Scalia at Rhodes College in Memphis - Sept. 22, 2015
The bottom line is that LGBT citizens are better off without Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. One need look no further than Lawrence v. Texas. The six justices in the majority held (on June 26, 2003) that laws criminalizing homosexuality were unconstitutional. In dissent Scalia wrote:
Today's opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

ADF only adds more inconsistencies to Bobby's story

Robert Oscar Lopez
A piece titled: “Marriage is Our Future: Bobby Lopez’s Story” was published  Friday on the blog of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF – the far right wing Christian legal group – has a pattern of trying to puff up clients in advance of litigation. Barronelle Stutzman and Kelvin Cochran are recent examples. Expect more of this fluff.

The author of this piece provides us with an understanding of what makes Lopez so bitter and melancholy:
Bobby Lopez, a professor of English and the Classics at California State University, describes his mother’s lesbian partner as “everything that was warm and caring.” But when he was 19 and his mother passed away, his mother’s partner moved out to focus on her biological children. Until then, Bobby never had a relationship with his father, and after his mother passed away, he felt like he had no one to turn to.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Oh no - NOM is running anti-Trump TV ads in South Carolina

National Organization for Marriage has decided (this week) that it might be more useful than a dead cat by running TV ads against Donald Trump (in effect for Ted Cruz). The ad attacks the fact that Trump said that the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in June is the “law of the land.” In point of fact that is, well … a fact. We can pretend otherwise but I could pretend that I am the pope and put an end to the farce.

Predictably C-Fam doesn't like those UN stamps

C-Fam, a traditional Catholic anti-gay hate group headed by Austin Ruse has reacted to the UN's issuance of stamps under the banner “Free & Equal – UN for LGBT Equality.”

According to Stefano Gennarini who is Director of the Center for Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)*:
UN Stamps Celebrate Homosexuality, Gay Parenting, Transexualism

Dark naked figures dancing around a fire and a powerful Greek god presided over the unveiling of six explicit UN postage stamps to promote homosexuality, transexuality, and gay parenting at UN headquarters last week.

The UN stamps depict male and female same-sex couples kissing and embracing, a homosexual coming out of a closet, a gay couple carrying a girl on their shoulders, and a human butterfly figure representing a transsexual.
Click to enlarge this terrifying image

eHarmony founder: "We've had quite a number of same-sex marriages"

Dr. Neil Clark Warren
81-year-old Dr. Neil Clark Warren, founder of eHarmony, was interviewed by CNN Money. You might recall that, in 2005, eHarmony was sued in New Jersey for discrimination against gay consumers. It is worth mentioning that eHarmony was represented by marriage equality champion, Ted Olson. In 2009 eHarmony settled the suit by launching Compatible Partners, a site for gay singles.

According to Warren, 350,000 eHarmony members departed out of principle. Warren is an Evangelical Christian and the company started out as a Christian dating site. “We didn't want to pretend to be experts on gay and lesbian couples. We're not anti-gay at all … It's a different match.”

Indonesia bans gay emojis

Pretty country. Ugly religiosity
Take note, Ted Cruz. This gives you something to shoot for. Indonesia, which is the world's most populous Muslim country, has demanded that apps and social media remove LGBT emojis and stickers. The government claims that they cause “unrest.”

Cruz claims to be the most discriminatory of the pack

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz, campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday, told an audience at Winthrop University in Rock Hill that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was “lawless” and that it “would not stand.” The decision by the nation's highest court established that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Cruz went on to attack his GOP opponents. Without naming them he said that his challengers for the GOP nomination were “weak on marriage.” Referring to arguments that marriage equality was the law of the land, Cruz said that “those are the talking points of Barrack Obama.” Apparently the marriage rights of less than 5% of the population are hugely important.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Georgia House OKs anti-gay bill

The AP reports that the Georgia House has approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages that violate their faith. That would be HB-757 which reads, in part:
(a) No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages, perform rites, or administer sacraments according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage, perform any rite, or administer any sacrament in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.

West Virginia couple berated by Christian clerk over marriage license

Gilmer County Courthouse
For Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich, the cost of obtaining a marriage license was more than just the fee. They had to endure a lecture from Debbie Allen, the Gilmer County deputy clerk who processed their application. Ms. Allen would probably want to refuse to issue the marriage license in order to demonstrate her “Christian” disapproval. Since she cannot do that a diatribe would have to suffice.

Before 'they' make Kim Davis a heroine ...

Kim Davis
On Tuesday, US District Court Judge David L. Bunning chose not to hold Kim Davis in contempt for having defaced marriage licenses (see the order below). I have seen a considerable amount of hyperbole from Davis' lawyers at Liberty Counsel and others. For example, at the headline reads: “Kim Davis defeats ACLU attempt to force her to violate her conscience.” Not exactly.