Pro-discrimination activists continue to use one woman's one-sided spite against ex-husband to attack marriage equality
Last time I wrote about this situation, the ex-husband in the story, Leif Anderson, left this tactful response to the ex-wife who had just publicly maligned him:
But social conservatives who are eager to gain ground in a fight they are quickly losing don't care about painting an accurate picture. Instead, they continue to eagerly push Janna Darnelle's personal story as some sort of warning sign about what same-sex marriage will do to this nation:
Divorce sucks. So do closets. But when it comes to marriage equality, it is greater acceptance that will lessen both, not less. I'm confident that most Americans understand the obviousness of that.
And I encourage Mr. Anderson to keep taking the high road. I know your kids are surely proud.
Audio: Tony Perkins minimizes actual religious persecution; pretends he and anti-gay pals face 'deadly consequences'
Religious persecution is very real. It involves war. And kidnapping. And hostages. And draconian prison sentences. And death—lots of death, in the name of a deity.
And anti-LGBT commentator Tony Perkins totally gets it. After all, he and his movement here and America are told that they must comply with nondiscrimination laws that protect gay consumers, must at the very least tolerate civil marriage rights for tax-paying same-sex couples, and generally find a way to live in peace with certain kinds of people who happen to have been born a certain way. "There's a correlation," demands Tony:
Stay tuned for Tony's next show where I hear he'll convey how he totally understands those who live in fear of possible beheading since he himself owns a comb with a tricky tooth that occasionally scratches his scalp. A gay clerk sold it to him, of course.
Ryan Anderson, Mark Regnerus, Rick Warren, other inequality advocates urge Pope to 'commit to marriage'
While they do not use the words "gay" or "same-sex" or language that speaks specifically to marriage equality, it's clear by the signees (Ryan Anderson, Robert George, Mark Regnerus, Rick Warren, Jennnifer Roback Morse, more) that this new letter, written to the Pope, as well as "eminences and excellencies of the Synod of Bishops," is yet another attempt to conservative Catholics and like-minded allies to prioritize marriage discrimination at the detriment of the church and its potential growth:
The truth is that these folks are very afraid of this Pope and his potential to move on to actual social issues that truly plague the world. While we should be clear that this Pope is not the moderate accepter of LGBT rights that some have mistakenly framed him as being (at least not yet), it does seem that Pope Francis has more desire and potential to move the needle in the right direction than any of his predecessors. When it comes to possibly understanding that the acceptance, encouragement, and protection of gay-headed families is actually the opposite of a threat to the family, this Pope is certainly miles ahead of Benedict. And that makes those who make a living (or at least part of a living) off of discrimination understandably nervous.
GLAAD: Are some anti-LGBT activists missing a self-awareness gene?
FRC faults Dems for broken, obstructionist Congress while advocating for broken, obstructionist Congress
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":
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:
If you don't believe people should even be gay, then why would you want them protected?
FRC senior staffer: 'Ex-Gays: The Best Kept Secret in Your Child’s School'
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:
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.
Video: In inclusive ad, AZ Sec. of State hopeful makes discrimination his rival
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:
The anti-LGBT stuff as always been offensive. But now they get to be on the defensive. As we always knew they would be.
That discriminatory OR baker is really overthinking reason why she's national news
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:
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.