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10/30/2014

PFOX's Quinlan says SBC leader's opposition to 'reparative therapy' is cruel

by Jeremy Hooper

At this week's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission conference, Russell Moore, top dog of that Southern Baptist enterprise, came out against so-called "reparative therapy." Then he and his allies proceeded to spend a large percentage of that conference telling gay people they can't be gay (celibacy was their main suggestion). Because let's be clear: the Southern Baptist Convention is light years away from accepting us; they are just increasingly willing to admit that the barbaric attempts to "change" people, which they have supported and emboldened for years, are, in fact, wrongheaded and even dangerous.

But the change in stance was more than enough to tick off professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan. In fact, Quinlan says Moore's words were "cruel":

Russell Moore, director of the ERLC, also spoke at the conference. He said Southern Baptists don't support "reparative therapy" for homosexuals based on psychological counseling and don't believe people can necessarily eliminate same-sex attraction.

Greg Quinlan of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays) considers that statement an affront to people who have been successfully treated through the psychological therapy.

"There are thousands of us who have left homosexuality and many of us went through therapy for those of us where it was available to do so," he shares. "So to make that suggestion is just cruel. It was a cruel thing to say – and I would hope that these good men would get educated on the facts about therapy."
FULL: Where are Southern Baptist leaders headed re: homosexuality? [ONN]

Thousands and thousands and thousands. You just never see any of them. Or meet them. Or talk to them. But there are thousands. Trust Greg.

Look, when you have Southern Baptist leaders and Republican governors like Chris Christie admitting your snake oil is just that, it's time to move on and apologize, not double down. This game is over.

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10/30/2014

That Idaho wedding venue posts new 'rules and regulations'; will still perform non-Christian weddings

by Jeremy Hooper

The Hitching Post, that for-profit Idaho venue that has repurposed itself as a solely religious enterprise in order to exclude same-sex couples, has posted the new policies for who can and who cannot marry there. The gist: Even though they are claiming that they are waaaaaaaaay to Christian to every marriage same-sex couples (or polygamists or bigamists, which they say in the same breath), they will totally marry people who ascribe to faiths other than Christianity. Because let's get real here: it was always just gay people they wanted to exclude.

Oh, but don't worry, gay people—you can still "stand with brides and grooms" at their own weddings. Oh, and you can obtain resources about weddings. You just can't solidify your own perfectly legal bond (state and federal), even if you yourself are very much a Christian.

Here's the new rule sheet for who does and does not get a stone cast in their direction:

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Ya know, acceptance (or even just basic tolerance) requires far fewer bullet points. Just saying.

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10/29/2014

Another deceptive thing about NOM's duplicitous anti-Hagan ad

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 At 7.29.25 PmYesterday I showed you the increasingly desperate National Organization For Marriage's new ad targeting incumbent US Senator Kay Hagan, and I mentioned how her Republican colleague, Sen. Richard Burr, also praised and approved of the federal judge that NOM is faulting Hagan for supporting. I also noted how that judge, Max Coburn, was ultimately confirmed by a unanimous vote in the Senate.

But I just thought of something else: There was a second U.S. District Judge, one William Osteen, who also ruled for marriage equality in North Carolina just days later. And this Judge Osteen? He was appointed by none other than President George W. Bush, the man who championed NOM's beloved federal marriage amendment and who supported the NOM agenda in every way. Moreover, both of the Republican US Senators at that time, Elizabeth Dole and the aforementioned Richard Burr, spoke highly of Judge Osteen and recommended his immediate confirmation, which did follow—unanimously.

So even without "Hagan's judge," as NOM likes to call him, North Carolina's marriage amendment, which NOM so ardently championed, would've come down. "George W. Bush's judge" would've seen to it.

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NOM trying to shape Arkansas politics without even learning state's abbreviation

by Jeremy Hooper

This is the official YouTube copy of NOM's new ad attacking incumbent US Senator Mark Pryor and advocating for his GOP opponent:

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[YouTube]

A title that would be great if Mark Pryor was running in Alaska. But considering Arkansas' abbreviation is AR, NOM might want to go for a rewrite.

Then again, the organization has absolutely no ties to this, a state that they are simply carpetbagging. Why should anyone expect the anti-gay opportunists to know anything about the state, its voters, or its representation, two-letter or elected?

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10/28/2014

Video: Focus on the Family staffer who calls homosexuality 'particularly evil lie of Satan' hangs out in Chicago's Boystown

by Jeremy Hooper

Glenn Stanton, a longtime anti-LGBT activist is somewhat notorious for his claim that homosexuality is a "particularly evil lie of Satan" (a claim that still runs on Focus on the Family's website, by the way). Stanton also believes same-sex marriage "actually deconstructs humanity itself" and that same-sex parenting turns children into "human guinea pigs." To name just some of his many slights.

But he loves us, natch. And he wants to be our friend, of course. And to prove it, he's spending his afternoon in one of America's most famous gayborhood for what appears to be little more than a book trailer:

Grace. Right. Is that why you added the word "particularly" to your belief about where our sexual orientations rank on Beelzebub's evil lie chart, Glenn? Just so overflowing with grace that you had to make it clear that scared gay teens are not only created by the Devil's evil fibbing, but by one of his worst fibs ever?

Ugh. I hope he at least bought something and gave back to the local economy. Though knowing the way the ever-entitled and self-victimizing anti-LGBT community works, Stanton likely thinks the locals owed him something.

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Video: Another new NOM ad targets Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR); uses James O'Keefe video as source

by Jeremy Hooper

I've already written about the attempt at a "gotcha" from conservative hidden camera activist James O'Keefe, in which a local gay youth leader's hearsay suggestion to what she believes to be a potential donor is accepted as fact. Now this same conjecture and video is the basis for a new NOM ad attempting to making US Senator Mark Pryor, who is on record as being opposed to same-sex marriage, into a faker. Like the disingenous one targeting Kay Hagan in North Carolina, this one is also from NOM's newly launched "Victory Fund":

Desperate.

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What the heck is 'NOM Victory Fund'?

by Jeremy Hooper

At the end of the National Organization For Marriage's disingenuous new ad attacking US Senator Kay Hagan for joining her Republican colleague in recommending, and all of her colleagues in confirming, the District Judge who recognized that North Carolina's marriage amendment is, in fact, unconstitutional, the text lists some new organization and URL for NOM:

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"NOM Victory Fund"? New to me. And it's new to everyone, in fact, since NOM only bought that domain last week:

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The site has yet to launch, so it's anyone's guess what this organization has planned in order to turn its three years of virtually unceasing defeat into something resembling "victory." But I can bet you it will be silly and weird and obtuse and ultimately detrimental to its own movement, In other words, NOM's brand.

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*UPDATE: Minutes after I went live with this post, they launched the site and issued a press release. It's a Super PAC, basically:

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[NOM]

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Video: NOM reminds North Carolinians that they, Thom Tillis forced state into unconstitutional mess

by Jeremy Hooper

Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for US Senate, championed North Carolina's marriage bill. When it went to ballot, the National Organization For Marriage and its team masterminded the costly campaign that forced both sides to squander time and resources.

Now, with Tillis running against pro-equality incumbent Kay Hagan and the unconstitutional marriage ban that Tillis and NOM pushed nothing but a bad memory, NOM is, for some strange reason, reminding Tar Heel voters of the always wrongheaded battle that they (and many others) forced upon the state:

Hagan's judge? Interesting how NOM completely overlooks the high praise that NC's other (and senior) US Senator, Republican Richard Burr, a marriage equality opponent, heaped on Judge Cogburn at his confirmation:

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Cogburn was confirmed, 96–0.

But yeah, blame Hagan. And blame the judge for the overturning of the amendment, and not the unconstitutional amendment itself. As genuine and fact-loving as always, NOM!!

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