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03/29/2015

Man who insinuated it's better to be thrown into sea than support homosexuality attended #SB101 signing ceremony

by Jeremy Hooper

Micah Clark, the head of the American Family Association of Indiana, once used a biblical admonishment against the Boy Scouts, suggesting that it would be better to be drowned than to lead a youth into "treatable, changeable" homosexuality:

This very same Micah Clark, along with other anti-gay leaders like Curt Smith and Eric Miller, were standing right behind Indiana governor Mike Pence (R) when he signed Indiana's extremely controversial license-to-discriminate bill during a closed-door event. Clark himself promoted signing the event:

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[AFA of Indiana's Micah Clark]

This new law was not designed to be anti-LGBT? Riiiiiiiight, governor. I guess these folks who've built their careers off such advocacy just happened to be in the neighborhood and you grabbed them off the street to fill some seats? I get it, governor. That happened to me once with a taping of The View.

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*UPDATE: Twitter user @SeaMonkey237 made a handy graphic (using the GLAAD CAP data that I helped create):

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I'm also 90% sure that's the Alliance Defending Freedom's Kellie Fiedorek to Clark's right. Remember her?

ADF's Fiedorek equates serving an LGBT person with serving the KKK, burning Koran, but Chris Cuomo is having none of it [GLAAD]

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03/27/2015

Considering vast (and frankly odd) amount of time he spends talking about us, no wonder Tony Perkins thinks we're 'special'

by Jeremy Hooper

Family Research Council's exceedingly anti-gay president offers this take on Indiana's license-to-discriminate law:

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[Tony Perkins]

Bully. Their whole movement is built around bullying. The license-to-discriminate bills, like all anti-LGBT policies, constitute bullying through actions. But even this tweet, with its oft-repeated canard, is a form of bullying in which Perkins changes words in order to put those pesky gays in their place. "STOP SQUIRMING AND LET ME DIMINISH YOUR RELATIONSHIP BEFORE I DEMEAN YOU AT MY PLACE OF BUSINESS!"

The truth, of course, is that the basic rights and protections afforded to homosexuality and gay people as we dance through life are no more "special" than the basic rights and protections afforded to heterosexuality. Straight people have a right to live and love and marry and serve and patronize and rent and apply and engage with society in all of the myriad ways that one engages with his or her society. Gay people have the same right. No American taxpayer deserves to be unfairly penalized in public life simply because of who he or she chooses as a sex partner and/or spouse. There is nothing "special" about this. it is simple. It is decent. It is something most of us assumed we were moving beyond, only to find social conservatives of 2015 rebooting debates from the 1950's.

Dismissing our sexuality as "behavior" and the associated rights/protections as "special" is just the adult form of the "macho" locker room bully who picked on the scared gay kid in the back when all he was trying to do was keep his head down and get dressed in peace. Anti-gay people spend their whole lives trying to other" us. Tony Perkins has built his entire national profile around it.

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FRC keeps lying about where majority of Americans stand on marriage equality

by Jeremy Hooper

Reacting to the news that eleven Republican US Senators voted in favor of a measure that ensures Social Security and veterans benefits to same-sex couples regardless of whether or not their state has marriage equality, exceedingly anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says the following:

"It was disappointing to see eleven GOP Senators and moderate Democrats join with the Obama Administration by approving the Schatz amendment that usurps state laws the people passed to uphold natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Did these eleven Republican Senators not know that federal departments already recognize same sex couples? The purpose of this amendment was to use federal policy to redefine marriage in states in which the people voted to support natural marriage. A majority of Americans continue to believe marriage is the union of one man and woman, and do not want Washington, D.C. imposing a redefinition of marriage upon them"
(via emailed press release)

On the disappointment note: Buckle your seat belts, Mr. Perkins, because the GOP of the next ten years is going to be dealing you heaping helpings of disappointment on marriage equality. You've largely lost, and both parties realize it.

But the greater nonsense here is in Tony's ludicrous claim that a majority of Americans still share his position on marriage. There isn't one credible poll indicating this. Tony is of course using a bunk poll that FRC commissioned with a right wing firm to make his claim. Because that's all he can do at this point: write fiction. And really bad fiction at that.

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Audio: Indiana restaurant owner openly discriminates against gays, glad to have added protection to do so

by Jeremy Hooper

In the wake of Indiana passing a particularly strident version of a license-to-discriminate bill, this clip is going viral:

Keep talking, kiddos. The wrong side of history always sounds the worst when it's feeling the most emboldened.

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Indiana legislature, Gov. Pence awaken a fierce, powerful, anti-discrimination giant

by Jeremy Hooper

I started beating the drum about "religious freedom" laws relatively early. I've mentioned on here before how, in or around the summer of 2012, I got hold of an intercepted document in which a collection of anti-LGBT groups were "explaining" why their movement needed to take on this push as a sort of Phase Two of their marriage fight. It was only a few months later that I saw them beating the drum in state after state, reconfirming just how concerted, on-message, and vicious the other side can be when they want to pass something nasty and hide it as a social "good."

Fortunately, I think Indiana's passage of a particularly strident license-to-discriminate law might have been a bridge too far. Some are calling it a new "Prop 8 moment," referring to how the ugliness of the soul-crushing loss actually helped us in the long run since it sparked some an undeniable fire under folks who were far too complacent prior to the California ban's ignoble passage. Whether the Prop 8 comparison is an overstatement or not remains to be seen. I do know that I am seeing strong backlash like I haven't seen in a very long time. A taste:

KEEP READING...

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Eleven Republican US Sens. give anti-gay conservatives a taste of a near and less divisive future

by Jeremy Hooper

This is notable, even if it's basically ceremonial:

WASHINGTON — Eleven Senate Republicans joined with all of the Democrats on Thursday night in supporting an amendment to guarantee equal Social Security and veterans benefits to married same-sex couples — even if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages.
FULL: Eleven Republicans Vote For Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples [Buzzfeed]

The eleven are Ayotte (NH), Burr (NC), Collins (ME), Corker (TN, Heller (NV), Johnson (WI), Kirk (IL), Moore Capito (WV), Murkowski (AL), Portman (OH), and Tillis (NC). They also answer to the collective name, "The-Clear-Writing-on-The-Wall Caucus"

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NOM proudly touts #March4Marriage backers who believe homosexuality 'should be treated by society as immoral, dangerous perversion'

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage is very excited that "Crown Then With Glory," a group from The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, is marching and organizing with them at their upcoming March For Marriage:

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[NOM]

Here is what this very same group believes about homosexuality, which they have shared on the Facebook page where they are vigorously promoting NOM's march:

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 At 10.59.27 Amb. Homosexuality interferes with the normal development of societal patterns and as such it proves detrimental to all. These endangered patterns include personal values regarding sex which people normally take to be a vital part of their existence and a valuable asset to their living a normal life, esteemed by others.

c. The homosexual degrades his own sex and thus denies to himself the self-respect that is generated from the feeling that one is in line with God’s creation.
Homosexuality appears to be of two kinds: physico-genetic and habitual. Physico-genetic homosexuality is of physical origin due to secretory abnormalities that may produce organic changes. This type of homosexuality is rather rare and is treated as any other medical disorder.

the Orthodox Church cannot subscribe to the demand that homosexuals be recognized by society and its agencies as legal spouses
Habitual homosexuality may have more than one cause. All, however, point out to a moral failure at some stage of the individual’s development, or to the animate environment from which the homosexual originated.

Thus, although homosexuality followed as a way of life by the sufferer, may be subject to psychopathological investigation and treatment, the origin of it, in all but the few physico-genetic cases mentioned above, brings with it a moral failure. It is because of the realization of this that homosexuality has been described from ancient times as a moral stigma.

Thus, the Orthodox Church cannot subscribe to the demand that homosexuals be recognized by society and its agencies as legal spouses and as deserving the same respect as men and women enjoy in the state of wedlock.

Society and its values, religious and societal, have legitimate claims over the behavior of its members, especially in so vital a function as the sexual one on which not only the survival but its quality as well depend. No one has the right to do whatever he wishes with his body and still claim recognition and respect on the part of society.

The Orthodox Church believes that homosexuality should be treated by society as an immoral and dangerous perversion and by religion as a sinful failure.

The Orthodox Church believes that homosexuality should be treated by society as an immoral and dangerous perversion and by religion as a sinful failure. In both cases, correction is called for. Homosexuals should be accorded the confidential medical and psychiatric facilities by which they can be helped to restore themselves to a self-respecting sexual identity that belongs to them by God’s ordinance.

[Crown Them With Glory]

Good to know, NOM. I don't mean good for me to know, as I've long known that NOM is a very anti-gay organization. I mean it's good for the Supreme Court to know. I, for one, will make sure that they do!!

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03/26/2015

Video: Gee, with compelling videos like this one, I just can't imagine why the anti-gay right is losing in court

by Jeremy Hooper

This is just a mess:

(h/t: Joe)

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