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09/30/2014

GLAAD: Are some anti-LGBT activists missing a self-awareness gene?

by Jeremy Hooper
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Are some anti-LGBT activists missing a self-awareness gene? [GLAAD]

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09/30/2014

FRC faults Dems for broken, obstructionist Congress while advocating for broken, obstructionist Congress

by Jeremy Hooper

A bipartisan majority in the US Senate passed the Employment NonDiscrimination Act. All credible polling suggests the American public wants Congress to pass this law. Sadly, the obstructionist GOP House, which has made stopping President Obama and Democrats from passing anything, has blocked ENDA and even a vote on the bill.

But now check this. In a post where the viciously anti-LGBT Family Research Council encourages John Boehner's House to keep blocking this reasonable law from moving forward, FRC has the nerve to fault Democrats for a "poor policy record":

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[FRC]

Egregious. It's one thing to be both proudly anti-LGBT (which FRC is) and proudly determined to stop President Obama from even mild achievement (which FRC is). But to then turn around and blame the administration an party who you have made it your mission to stop? How nervy.

But for the real reason why FRC doesn't want ENDA, just look right below the above post, where the disgustingly discriminatory and ignorantly anti-science special interest group promotes a so-called "ex-gay" conference:

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[FRC]

If you don't believe people should even be gay, then why would you want them protected?

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FRC senior staffer: 'Ex-Gays: The Best Kept Secret in Your Child’s School'

by Jeremy Hooper

I know it's already in your calendar and you've already packed your lunch and pick your outfit. Even so, I do feel compelled to remind you that we are only days away from the second annual "Ex-gay Awareness Month" Conference. Super exciting, right?

And to get you even more fired up, sponsoring org. PFOX posted the agenda for the weekend event. The session that FRC's Peter Sprigg is leading really stands out:

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The Second Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Lobbying Day & Conference [PFOX]

Ah yes. Those secret "ex-gays" that are covertly filling the halls of American's institutions. Reading, writing, and reparative therapy, goes the modern twist on that familiar saying.

Although weird thing about those secret "ex-gays": they never attend science class. Wonder what that's about.

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09/29/2014

Video: In inclusive ad, AZ Sec. of State hopeful makes discrimination his rival

by Jeremy Hooper

It's fascinating to witness the shift in the way Democratic candidates for both state and federal office use their LGBT rights record. In the past, even our strongest allies would maybe give a slight nod to their pro-equality stances, but rarely were they the basis of an ad. And until a few short years ago, you could count on one hand the number of prominent candidates who went after their GOP rivals specifically because of their anti-equality positions.

But times have, indeed, changed. And nowadays, Democratic candidates in even purplish red states are going after their GOP rivals for standing on the wrong side of history—and highlight actual same-sex couples and their children in the process:

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That discriminatory OR baker is really overthinking reason why she's national news

by Jeremy Hooper

Fresh from her appearance at the uber anti-gay Values Voter Summit, the Oregon baker who famously violated local nondiscrimination laws when she refused service to a lesbian customer writes the following:

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Standard pablum of the anti-gay movement. Whatever.

But what Melissa doesn't seem to understand is that none of this applies to the situation that landed her in the news and could leave her with a hefty fine. And in fact, her deep analysis of whether or not she "hates" or simply "disagrees" speaks to the problem itself. As a business owner who set up a shop to serve the public, she should not be adjudicating whether or not she "agrees" with her customers' sexual orientations (which she tellingly disregards as "lifestyles") That is not her job. The job she purported to do and the contract she made with local public was a commercial venture, not a theological analysis of the pastry-seekers' "lifestyles."

But now she is fully entwined with a movement that will exploit her "cause" for all its worth. That might serve her if she wants to become a socially conservative commentator or policy analyst. But if Melissa wants to get back to a business of baking cakes for a hungry public, then she'd be well served to move on—this time with less judgement and more fondant.

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Robert Oscar Lopez confirms belief that gay parents are like slave owners

by Jeremy Hooper

Just last week, this man was on the bill at a big marriage conference and rally in Utah alongside NOM and other mainstream groups. Here is his guiding belief:

If there is one charge that GLAAD and the HRC throw at me tirelessly, again and again, it’s the charge that I compared gay parents to slave owners. Which I did. In many languages. In places where people get it. Based on landmark texts that are sitting there for anybody to reference.

So my dear friends at HRC, there is no need to put me on notice. I am guilty of the high crime of talking to people in other countries and sharing insights from world literature. If you think I am going to stop or apologize, you haven’t researched me well enough.
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Homo-eduphobia: The Gay Fear of Educated People [American Thinker]

Glad to see you taking ownership of this, Bob. That's all I want, really. Well, that and for your movement to put your disgusting and politically inept disregard for certain families in every future marriage ad.

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*MORE: Robert Oscar Lopez [GLAAD]

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Video: Values Voter Summit marriage panel was particularly boring, bad, ineffective this year

by Jeremy Hooper

It has taken me three days to even post the video, which should tell you something. From the clumsy moderating of a man who has openly called for gay people to be "exported" to the self-victimization of business owners who believe fair nondiscrimination laws should not apply to them, this year's big Values Voter Summit marriage panel was particularly terrible. And I don't mean "terrible" in terms of nasty rhetoric or demonizing talking points. I mean it was just a waste of everyone's time.

But here's the clip for anyone who wishes to waster their own:

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Conservative Catholic professor: Gay activists like segregationists in 'single-minded heedlessness'

by Jeremy Hooper

Esolen-1In a far-less-intellectual-than-he-thinks-it-is essay for the very anti-gay Public Discourse (edited by the very anti-gay Ryan Anderson), Providence College professor Anthony Esolen (a Catholic conservative, of course) makes a long-winded case that arguments in favor of slavery and segregation do not apply to opponents of marriage equality but do "characterize some of our opponents in the debate." While he does allow that there is difference in terms of odium, he insists that those of us who believe our tax-paying dollars entitle us to equal marriage rights under civil law are just like those who sought separate water foundations in terms of our single-minded heedlessness." Here's a pertintent snippet:


The segregationist wanted his separate water fountain because he wanted his separate water fountain. He wanted segregation for the sake of segregation. Unless he was a deranged ideologue, he did not think any farther than that. The proponents of homosexual pseudo gamy are like him not in odium but in single-minded heedlessness. They want their relationships to be recognized as marriages, and that is that. Unless they are deranged ideologues who say openly that they seek to destroy marriage, they do not think any farther.
FULL: Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain [First Things]

This is the kind of argument where I just want to step out of the frame and let the opposition talk until they can't talk any more. I know people like Mr. Esolen think they are making strong points when they directly compare the "heedlessness" of a minority population of people who are fighting for certain rights under civil law to those who cruelly denied another minority population in a long fight for certain civil rights (including marriage) under civil law, but I'm actually quite confident in the ability of the American public—including many within the not-yet-fully-gay-accepting portions of the public, in fact—to take exception with his crude, ahistorical, just a little too convenient analogies regarding persecution and the casting of related roles.

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