Video: Hey, Focus on the Family's Citizenlink—get your egos out of our marriage equality!
It's one thing for the anti-equality, anti-LGBT, anti–church/state separation religious right to keep pretending that nondiscrimination practices toward LGBT customers are some sort of undue burden. But if nothing else, I really wish they would stop acting as if these cases, which they keep highlighting (even though they keep losing them), are some sort of "proof" that we only want civil marriage equality so that we can lessen and inconvenience the lives of conservative Christians:
Nearly Twelve years ago (and nearly six years ago, under law), I pledged a lifetime to one man for any number of reasons. I can assure you that pissing off Stuart Shepard and his Focus on the Family employers was not even kind of on my radar. In fact, neither Mr. Shepard nor Focus are ever on my radar, outside of my work challenging their constant onslaughts against my freedoms as an American taxpayer.
Mr. Shepard's video is supposedly all about defining what it means to be a Christian conservative in America. For most people, however, that label has come to mean a team of people who overreach in order to serve their self-centered and exclusionary view of who does and does not get to participate in the American experience. There are decades of examples for why this is. One current example is this effort to say that our simple request for the a wedding cake that vendor purports to sell is some sort of clever scheme that we wily gay folk have designed in order to maim the business owner who was under the false impression that he or she gets to operate above the fair application of fairly enacted nondiscrimination ordinances. How egotistical to think that you, the players who make up the indefatigable and often well paid movement that dedicates workday after workday toward fighting against our civil rights, even factor into our lives, loves, and wedding planning. You don't. Or at least you wouldn't, if you would kindly butt the friggin' frick out of our existences.
Video: Hallmark features openly in love couple (who happen to be lesbians)
NOM's 'International Org. For Marriage' gets an Executive Director
For the past few years, the National Organization For Marriage has been paying Opus Fidelis, a Catholic technology firm, to handle much of its social media and web work. The head of Opus Fidelis is David Lejeune, a man with deep international ties within the Catholic church.
Apparently David Lejeune will be the head of NOM's spinoff, the International Organization For Marriage, whenever that long gestating effort gets under way. At least that is how he was listed at a recent event held at the UN:
Not a huge surprise, since ties are already in place. Ludovine de La Rochère, the head of the French anti-gay group La Manif Pour Tous, is the communications director for the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. David Lejeune sits on the Board Of Directors of that foundation(alongside other NOM-connected figures like John Haas). Through this, and other projects like Fidesco USA, Mr. Lejeune seems to have had an eye on international expansion for quite some time.
The only question is where IOM will make the same string of mistakes around the globe that NOM made here at home, giving global gay folk the same unwitting boost that its American counterpart has given America's fans of equality. Stay tuned; stay vigilant.
FRC prays for judges, governors, legislators to ignore marriage equality rulings
From the Family Research Council's latest round of prayer targets:
Would be funny. Would be, that is, if judges, governors, and legislators ignored FRC. Sadly they do not.
Read: AFA plays innocent about making Bryan Fischer a known pundit; no one's buying it
Here's the American Family Association saying they repudiate (a small percentage of) the nasty rhetoric former senior spokesperson Bryan Fischer, in an obvious attempt to coax the Southern Poverty Law Center into removing the AFA from its active hate groups list:
Here's the Southern Poverty Law Center having none of it. NONE. OF. IT:
BTW, this Patrick Vaughn, who penned this whole "we're so innocent" routine, recently wrote this about gay people and our unions:
Homosexuals have fought doggedly for the legalization of gay marriage, believing that if society will label their relationships “marriage” their hunger to feel accepted and approved will be satisfied. However, “gay marriage” will not mask a homosexual’s sense of alienation for long, because that alienation arises from the homosexual’s rebellion against God and His created order. Homosexuals’ misplaced hope in gay marriage is likely to leave gay activists even more belligerent toward people who label their sexual behavior as sin. The tortuous predicament in which the legalization of homosexual marriage traps homosexuals calls for holy and merciful responses from Christ’s Church.
FULL: Serpents & Doves [AFA]
What the SPLC said, Pat.
Yes you will coexist with civil marriage equality, Tony Perkins; that's a demand, not a request
On yesterday's edition of his viciously anti-gay radio show, proudly discriminatory commentator Tony Perkins demanded that people like him will never accept marriage equality regardless of the fact that we already have thirty-six* states, full federal rights, and the very likely prospect of fifty-state equality by year's end. Because it's "lawlessness," insists Perkins, and "lawlessness cannot reign" until someone "takes out" God.
Here's the clip:
Mr. Perkins, you can rip up every same-sex wedding invite you relieve. You can spend your months of June driving around looking for lesbian brides to scoff at. You can spend your Sundays preaching about how our ultimate honeymoons will be spent in hell. Have a great time, friend. One must keep oneself busy.
But in all areas of law and policy, Tony Perkins, you will accept civil marriage equality. I know that you, being one of the prominent spokesmen for one of the most hubristic movements in American political history, likely think everyone is waiting for your permission. But we are not. You fought against us, and you have largely lost. You will continue to lose this fight because you chose the losing side. In civil law, you will respect your fellow American citizens who enter into same-sex unions, their families, and their deserved rights. Or you will suffer penalties for your flouting of the law. Again, we're not asking. We are telling you this.
Oh, and T-Dog, I am head over heels in love with that reliable shtick you do where you're all like, "Oh, the left will go crazy when I say this!" Have you not realized by now that we consider you and your bombast one of our best assets? You make us mad? Ha! We promote you because you're practically fighting on our side at this point.
****We actually have thirty-seven or even thirty-eight states, depending on what happens in South Dakota and, especially, Alabama.
Report: The AFA has fired Bryan Fischer as Director of Issue Analysis
Astute readers will note that whenever I've written about infamously over the top anti-LGBT activist Bryan Fischer, I've most always referred to him by his prominent title at the American Family Association. It's pretty obvious why I've done this: because I've wanted to make sure to connect Bryan's jaw-dropping rhetoric, which has managed to disparage just about every minority group (and how!) in the handful of years that Bryan's been in the public eye, directly to his employer. I knew that if Bryan wanted to keep talking the way we all know Bryan wants to keep talking, then eventually it would bite the AFA right in the proverbial arse.
Apparently AFA has finally agreed. Rachel Maddow reported on her show tonight that the AFA has indeed fired Bryan as its Director of Issues Analysis:
A quick scan on the AFA's site shows that the anti-LGBT organization has in fact removed Bryan's headshot and bio from its website. Gone.
Apparently Bryan will still keep his radio show, but I don't see how for long. This is a clear line in the sand. Damage done to Bryan; damage done to the AFA for helping this guy, whose rhetoric has now proven itself to be exactly what we said it was, achieve whatever degree of a profile that he managed to achieve.
**For my money, this is one of the most chilling Fischer clips of all time. It's not even so much that he calls for rounding up gay people and "breaking their habit" through therapy. The most chilling part comes at 2:29 when he asks, "Do we put them to death," as if it's just one of the many menu options:
Video: These Alabama anti-gay protestors sound exactly like parody versions of Alabama anti-gay protestors
Federal judges are wrong. Because ABOMINATION: