Man who stands in way of Texas equality works to stunt economic windfall as well
Responding to the obvious-stated report that Texas' economy would benefit if it opened the booming wedding economy to same-sex couples, the state's head of the self-appointed morality police, Jonathan Saenz, wonders the following:
Of course the answer is no because responsible researchers prefer to cull their data from sensible study and projections based off the many states that have had marriage equality for some time now rather than the fear mongering of people who collect a paycheck off of this form of discrimination.
But that's the thing with anti-gay activists circa 2014: they act like it's still 2002. Even though we now have nineteen states with marriage equality, full federal rights and benefits, and consistent polling that shows majority support, they still use the same "sky is gonna fall" rhetoric that they used back when this conversation was fully theoretical. They haven't evolved one bit. And yet they expect their broken rhetoric bank to yield different results?
Dude, Jonathan—ridiculous fears like the one you traffic in here are a big reason why you're movement is in the state it is in now! You're side has lost, Jonathan.Get out of the way and let your caterers and florists and planners make a little more cash. You've blocked enough already.
Miami-Dade Circuit judge rules state marriage ban unconstitutional; stays ruling
The voter-enacted ban "offend(s) basic human dignity." Here's a pertinent snip followed by Judge Sarah Zabel's full ruling (the second pro-equality Florida ruling in as many weeks):
Video: With marriage equality, Texas could put in a pool at the Alamo
CWA ably demonstrates ludicrousness of American Christian right's persecution complex
As part of its summer fundraising pitch, Concerned Women For America is highlighting five cases of supposed Christian persecution. Here they are:
The fourth bullet point is, in fact, an act of persecution. It's a human rights abuse. It's disgusting and has earned international condemnation.
The fifth bullet point is, in fact, an act of persecution. President Obama and his state department have called for the pastor's punishment and called for his release.
The first three bullet points? Not. Persecution. AT ALL. All three involve state nondiscrimination policies and a public business owner's desire to openly flout them. In all three, these business owners wanted to use their Christian faith to slight (some might even say persecute) fellow Americans simply because they did not like the request they were making. They wanted to deny goods that they readily and freely sell simply because they believe their faith gives them the right to limit the fair accommodation of others.
It is mind-blowing that CWA would group these situations together. At least it would be mind-blowing if I wasn't so familiar with the American Christian right and its unbelievable, insistent, self-centered, and downright hubristic "victim" routine.
Video: CBS News hosts '50 Years Later, Civil Rights;' includes marriage equality, obviously
Marriage equality rockstar Evan Wolfson starts talking around 42:00; the whole thing, however, is worth your time:
Audio: White House? Nah. But in race for most anti-gay House member, Bachmann a strong contender
Rep. Michele Bachmann, who once told an audience that homosexuality is "part of Satan, I think," is getting back into the viciously anti-gay game off which the Minnesota Republican largely built her national profile. In clips that Right Wing Watch posted today, Bachmann accuses gay activists of bringing about a "rise of tyranny" that will ultimately legalize polygamy, she predicted that God is going to punish same-sex marriage with "profound consequences that we haven’t yet realized,” and referred to this growing acceptance of equal marriage as part of the "evil we see unleashed upon the world today." Oh, and she also demanded that gay activists are creating a world where "adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually."
Here's one clip; find the others at the subsequent link:
Brian Brown is the victim, y'all. How many times does he have to tell you?
Remember that kid on the playground who would get so red-faced angry when he was losing a game that he'd dramatically grab his ball, yell, "It's mine and I'm taking it!" and then storm off in a huff to tell his mommy how the better players on the field refused to let him win? Yeah, well:
"It has long been clear that same-sex marriage activists don't want a fair and even-sided debate. They don't want honest public discourse that hears both sides. They want instead the enforcement of double standards that work to bolster their own side while silencing any opposition. To take one instance: the oft-repeated call to a standard of "live and let live" is not really meant to apply equally, to everyone. It isn't meant to apply to people of faith, or those who believe in traditional marriage. No, such people are supposed to be harassed and harried for their views at every opportunity. Their businesses should be targeted with nuisance lawsuits, and ultimately they should be forced out of public life altogether unless they wholly embrace the ideology of so-called "marriage equality." Imagine a game—say a football game—where the sides were deliberately matched unevenly. A game with two sets of rules: one for them, and one for us, their opponents. A game fixed by the referees, with penalty flags thrown only against the "wrong" side. That's the game the same-sex marriage lobby wants to play."
—National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown, a man who has spent the past decade of his professional life trying to create an uneven playing field that directly, proudly, and unapologetically treats certain tax payers less equally under the law
Penalty flags, Brian? You mean like amendments that turn governing documents into weapons against certain kinds of taxpayers and their families?
Uneven matches, Brian? You mean like the ones where you pit a popularity contest against laws passed by duly-elected legislatures and/or reasoned courts of civil law?
Refs that try to fix games, Brian? You mean like how some self-appointed refs try to drive wedges between minority populations in order to fan hostilities?
Just forfeit, Brian.
Congrats, gay activists—Bryan Fischer has found new group for his weekly 'Nazi' branding
The "gay gestapo" is temporarily off the hook, it seems: