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09/15/2012

Quote of the year #VVS12

"We will never have the elite, smart people on our side" —Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, speaking at the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit **And now audio:

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Comedy, #VVS12 style: Shooting empty chairs, beating up kids whose parents drive smart cars

Well he did refrain from calling Lady Gaga an "ugly broad"… ...or suggesting that Anderson Cooper should go to one of Marcus Bachmann's "pray away the gay" clinics… …but he did begin by "humorously" getting the crowd to applaud racism...

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Mitt Romney proudly addresses 'gays controlled by the Devil' group #VVS12

This is the Family Research Council: "Who do you think is ultimately behind the efforts to advance the radical homosexual agenda, indoctrinate our children, and ruin our military, now? Who's behind the efforts to get God out of government, Christ...

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09/14/2012

More #VVS12 humor: Married gays are not 'real men'

From Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber: Eh, call me a "fake man" if it makes you feel more macho. I can make a quiche and change a tire (and am not afraid of you seeing either). I know some women who'd...

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Video: Kris Mineau warns WA of the peace, low divorce rates, and non-controversies that stem from equality

Or at least he would say what I suggest in the headline if he, the man who failed to stop equality in Massachusetts, were honest about his state's lay of the land over the past seven years. But of course...

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Video: Democrats eager to talk about values #VVS12

From the Democratic National Committee, in response to the radically misnamed Value Voters Summit:

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While Paul Ryan lends credence, FRC prays for gays in 'destructive lifestyles' #VVS12

From the Values Voter Summit organizer's latest round of "prayer targets":

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Discriminating against gays = heroism? Yeah? That's what you're going with, Brian Brown?

This is how NOM (words attributed to president Brian Brown) closes out a new newsletter: [SOURCE] Clearly he means "hero" as in sandwich, since the line is both ham-fisted and full of baloney.

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Shocker—NJ's top marriage equality opponent backs 'ex-gay' therapy

Whenever marriage equality comes up before the New Jersey state legislature, the man who teams up with the National Organization For Marriage—and who even claims to have helped launch NOM with his donor rolls—is NJ Family Policy Council head Len...

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What Paul Ryan just supported #VVS12

The American Family Association boycotts any piece of entertainment or business that so much as acknowledges LGBT reality. The AFA's main spokesperson these days is Bryan Fischer, one of the most incendiary political voices working today. Liberty Counsel has never...

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#VVS12 live tweets

I'm doing a lot of tweeting today as I watch the so-called Value Voters Summit. So here, follow along. It's one of the most progressive, pro-LGBT (and often funny) hashtags around right now::

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Video: Jesse 'The Advocate' Ventura pins discrimination

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Watch Live: #VVS2012 (*aka Paul Ryan, others cater to nation's most anti-LGBT group)

Watch live streaming video from familyresearchcouncil at livestream.com

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NOM didn't have a good night in NY (despite what the spin machine might sputter forth)

Voter turnout for this, an off-year primary held on a Thursday (due to 9/11 observances), was unbelievably sluggish. Disappointingly sluggish for a New York politico like myself. But I digress. My point in mentioning the turnout is to say that...

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09/13/2012

Diversity Club by day, Discriminatory Advocacy by night

As his work with a local public high school, Noe Lara certainly seems committed to the concept of equality: It's just a shame that this very same Noe Lara doesn't seem to think that this "for all" concept he champions...

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Video: 26 mins of the kind of discrimination Paul Ryan (and various GOP electeds) will cater to this weekend #VVS2012

On the eve of the Values Voter Summit (so-called), the host of that summit, Tony Perkins, sits down with his pal Harry Jackson and CBN host David Brody for a verbal onslaught against same-sex-headed families. Most of it you've heard...

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WorldNetDaily columnist: 'The president and the pizza man literally couldn’t keep their hands off each other'

Continuing his site's newfound mission of "proving" that the Oval Office is really little more than an oversized closet, WND columnist Erik Rush is now intimating that this…. …was really some sort of reencounter between a married President and his...

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Fred Phelps' first passion: Organic gardening?!

There's a typo in the surname, but it's definitely the same one: God Hates Pesticides.

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Growing claim: If Democrats win, God will angrily roast your Thanksgiving turkey

The American Family Association's OneNewsNow site continues the now-prevalent far-right trend of suggesting that a Democratic victory in November will bring forth the wrath of a certain man upstairs. And no, by man upstairs, I don't mean that schmuck on...

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What Marylanders should know about equality's cynical opposition

Marylanders for Marriage Equality has issued a memo to the media noting some of the tried and (un)true tactics that the National Organization For Marriage—working in tandem with the organization's well-compensated political director, Frank Schubert—has used in the past, as...

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These New York candidates support the NOM agenda

The non–New York–based National Organization For Marriage has done us all a service, letting us know who on today's primary ballot supports its discriminatory cause. This is the the list that NOM wants you to support, in hopes that the...

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09/12/2012

Video: Life after Westboro Baptist Church

When you watch the following video, you'll see a wedding party being silly. Family, friends, lip syncing—the whole deal. It's exactly what a group of young people should be doing during that time in life when the world is yours...

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GLAAD guest post: FRC knows how to say sorry; we're waiting for more

FRC KNOWS HOW TO SAY SORRY; WE'RE WAITING FOR MORE [GLAAD]

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Video: Did Shakespeare bump quills with a Romeo (and was there much ado?)

Some fascinating points from scholar Stephen Greenblatt:

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NOM EXPOSED: Thomas Peters isn’t against anything (*expect for all those times that he is)

Thomas Peters isn’t against anything (*expect for all those times that he is) [NOM Exposed]

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'It's time to dial down your demonization of those who differ with you' says one of America's most anti-LGBT voices

And now, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins takes a break from his career built around stopping or taking away every single right and/or protection for LGBT people so that he can make this aggressively self-unaware claim: Reminder of just...

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What Paul Ryan will support this weekend: comparing homosexuality to drug abuse #VVS2012

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins comparing homosexuality to an "unfortunate experience" or "lifestyle choice" like drug abuse:

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Top GOP politicians have 'embarrassing' weekend plans #VVS2012

The Southern Poverty Law Center's president, J. Richard Cohen, on the disturbing politicking that prominent Republicans will engage in starting tomorrow: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be embarrassed. Why? Because they're lending the prestige...

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Video: Brian Ellner on the 'sexy and cool' way to vote

The marriage equality champion speaks to here! TV's Fiona Dawson: TheFour2012.com

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Bob Emrich knocks our interests; okay, so let's look at his

This from Protect Marriage Maine (so-called) head Bob Emrich: The Rev. Bob Emrich, chairman of Protect Marriage Maine, which opposes same-sex marriage, said ‘‘radical activists’’ are putting their own interest ahead of children. ‘‘The data confirms what we know to...

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Reminder: Terry Jones is also *INCREDIBLY* anti-gay

This is why he is in the news today: Florida Pastor Terry Jones' Latest Stunt Tied To Attacks In Egypt and Libya, Where U.S. Ambassador Killed [Miami News Times] This is how he is better known to equality activists like...

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Value Voters Flashback: When Romney said marriage discrimination = 'strength and preservation of a civilization' #VVS2012

Despite her listing on the schedule, Ann Romney will not speak at the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit (beginning Friday). A smart and obvious choice, considering the level and intensity of FRC"s rhetoric. However, this is actually an anomaly...

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WND moves beyond birtherism

This is the second or third such "story" that the far-right, anti-LGBT site has bannered in recent weeks: Article: WND For its years-long "birther" campaign, the site demanded to see the President's birth certificate. Not sure what proof they need...

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Far-right New Yorkers hope voters as unfocused (and discriminatory) as they are

It's pretty disturbing to see the way so many New York Republicans have signed on to the National Organization for Marriage' agenda of making marriage equality the number one issue of this election season. This one comes from Kathy Marchione,...

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09/11/2012

When Ann Romney and Paul Ryan are done speaking, here's where they can score 'ex-gay' brochures #VVS12

The National Organization for Marriage took two booths. The "ex-gay" PFOX group gets one. Check the list to see what other aggressively anti-LGBT orgs will be filling the swag bags at this weekend's Values Voter Summit: **EARLIER: Ann Romney joins...

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Southern Baptist leader: 'It wears me out to see two men together. It just does something to me.'

I'll say one thing about Terry Turner, president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention: at least he owns the inner, anti-gay stirrings that most on his side of this political conversation are less willing to admit: FULL VIDEO: Terry...

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Video: 'I just felt like it was the right thing to do'

I love that Ellen picked up on this, one of the summer's most inspiring stories: (H/t: Towle) Be a kind human. No, you probably will not be handed an oversized check by America's favorite lesbian talk show host. But then...

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Election 2012 = God's judgment

After demonizing "The New Normal" (premiering tonight!) and LGBT acceptance in general, career foe-of-the-'mos Peter Labarbera and reliably outrageous talk show host Janet Mefferd shared this exchange about the 2012 presidential race: Janet Mefferd: What it comes down to Peter...

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WA *civil* marriage equality foe: It's 'really a question of whether we know more than God'

From Joseph Backholm, one of the leaders of the so-called Preserve Marriage Washington coalition: In the Garden of Eden, before sin entered the world, the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say that if you eat of the tree of...

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Because all scientifically slighted movements should come with fun accessories

Have six bucks? A naked body part in need of some rubber? A bizarre insistence in the supposed credibility of a movement and idea that has no credible backing? If you answered yes to the above, then you're in look,...

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Desperate NOM pushes desperate infographic

From the National Organization For Marriage's Facebook wall: Ooh, look at that scary question mark. Although I gotta say, I really think they missed a multimedia opp. here. A scary "dum dum dum" sound effect would've really driven home the...

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09/10/2012

Video: Chris Kluwe talks equality, freedom, being a nice human

The NFL player expands on his headline-grabbing stand for equality and even teases his next letter to Maryland delegate Emmet Burns Jr:

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Catholic college equates gays with murderers; has at least one closeted student crying self to sleep tonight

I most know Franciscan University of Steubenville from a speech that Maggie Gallagher delivered to its student body back in the spring of 2010. Now the school scores a new blip on the "culture war" radar: The Franciscan University of...

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NOM recruiting a T'd off America

They don't seem to have publicized it at all, and someone else seems to have snatched up the preferred "Dump [insert company]" domain name. But it does seem that the National Organization For Marriage is quietly telling people to cancel...

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(UPDATED) Ann Romney joins Paul Ryan at FRC's rabidly anti-LGBT summit

The updated schedule for the Value Voters Summit is now up. Look at who will round out the first morning [Full Schedule] So basically, this chunk will begin with the host of this little party, a man who says stuff...

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Emrich to Maine: Protect the sanctity of late '90s missteps

In two different marriage fights in Maine, I've watched those on the so-called "Protect Marriage" side tout the following language as if its is some longheld, God-ordained verbiage to which the state is forever bound. This latest reference comes from...

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Video: Minnesota for Marriage determined to imposed theocracy, civil realities be damned

This video, from the team fighting to change Minnesota's constitution so that it expressly bans same-gender couples from *CIVIL* marriage equality, is jaw-dropping in its insistence on turning all marriages into religious marriages: Forfeit your own civil marriage licenses and...

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Harry Jackson at FRC summit: God will fix the economy if we sufficiently shun gays

At an FRC "let's tell Christians to vote Republican this fall by using coded language that never actually uses the word Republican" press conference held yesterday in Charlotte, anti-equality activist Harry Jackson said the following as Tony Perkins, Rick Santorum,...

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Preserve [hypocrisy] Washington

The "pro-family" crowd's capacity for hypocrisy knows no bounds: Just to recap: Marriage equality for same-sex couples is something that fairly passed through Washington state's people-elected legislature. The legislatively approved bill was then signed by the people-elected Governor. It could,...

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'The New Normal' is the new, well—normal

Gay characters on primetime television are now not only accepted and normal—they are actually common enough to be convention. Per The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley: Gay marriage may not be the law of the land, but it has become...

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