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05/24/2013

Audio: TX Gov. Rick Perry says 'their maker' will hold Boy Scouts execs in account

Add Texas' Republican Governor to the list of commentators warning Boy Scout officials about their eternal futures: [SOURCE: Washington Watch w/ Tony Perkins; 5/24/13] Is there any debate tactic any weaker than this? I mean, threatening mortals with afterlife retribution—isn't...

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Video: Bryan Fischer repeats claim that Boy Scout Execs would be better off tossed into the sea

Clip is cued: Fortunately, Boy Scouts are usually good swimmers.

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Heritage Foundation's Associate Director accuses me, GLAAD of character assassination

GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, which I work on, consists of nothing more than the anti-gay commentators' own documented words. There is no virtually no editorializing; the project is simply a round up of things that these commentators have themselves put...

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Anti-gay kids book author Amber Dee Parker: Gay couples need to break their mortgages and flee 'the Enemy'

Earlier this week, I introduced you to Amber Dee Parker and her anti-gay children's book, which both the American Family Association's Tim Wildmon and the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg have endorsed. Now to round out the week, let's get...

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Tony Perkins: Gay Boy Scouts run counter to science, nature, human history

Tony Perkins on the Boy Scouts decision: "We do need to reach out in love to everyone. You know, we allow everyone into our church and we want everyone to come into our church. But we're not going to celebrate...

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GLAAD: Red State's Erick Erickson goes full-on anti-gay; gay Boy Scouts must 'repent'

Red State's Erick Erickson goes full-on anti-gay; gay Boy Scouts must 'repent' [GLAAD]

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A new low, even for Bryan Fischer #BoyScouts

Forced drowning is better than simple inclusion, apparently

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NOM EXPOSED: National Org. for [Animus Against Gay Boys]

National Org. for [Animus Against Gay Boys][NOM Exposed]

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No, Maggie Gallagher—we can't agree on that

National Organization For Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher asks: "If we can’t agree on anything else, can we at least agree that Jonathan Rauch’s noble dream (it was noble) that gay marriage could be part of strengthening a marriage culture generally...

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Why gay man and activist John Corvino wrote a book with Maggie Gallagher

In the year since the release of the book he co-authored with Maggie Gallagher, Debating Same-Sex Marriage, many of you have wondered why LGBT activist and gay man John Corvino (pic.) chose to link his name and literary gifts to...

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05/23/2013

Losing 'On My Honor' coalition says #BoyScouts can no longer use 'timeless values' phrase in good faith

From The On My Honor coalition which, despite coordination from D.C. groups like FRC and Shirley Bannister Public Affairs, was only able to muster 31% support for their discriminatory position: Grapevine, TX – Following the vote today by the Boy...

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Tony Perkins on #BoyScouts vote (hint: he isn't happy)

The Boy Scouts just delivered a whopping defeat to the anti-equality crowd. But for some reason, FRC president Tony Perkins, someone who has been denigrating the current BSA leadership all through this process, still thinks he has the capital to...

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BREAKING: #BoyScouts lift the ban on gay scouts!!!!!!!!

WE WON!!!!!! But here, let him tell you instead: **UPDATE: According to a report I just got, it wasn't even close. 68%–31% are the numbers I'm hearing! (*now confirmed) **Of course there is still the ban on adults, which MUST...

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Why I care so much about the Boy Scouts vote

While LGBT rights fights are uniquely personal for LGBT people for obvious reasons, there is usually some degree of distance between known experience and current debate. With marriage, the fight tends to be prospective. You fight for the right to...

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New Jersey's leading 'family' group posts truly nasty video equating gays with adulterers, alcoholics

Many of you have seen the following video, produced by far-far-far-right anti-gay figure Janet Folger Porter: Well guess who is now promoting and defending this clip? That would be none other than the New Jersey Family Policy Council, the organization...

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A #BoyScouts dialogue with Manhattan Declaration's Exec. Director

I actually kind of like chatting with Manhattan Declaration Executive Director, NOM march speaker, and Sam Brownback son-in-law Eric Teetsel because I find him well mannered, respectful, and open to frank discussion. But he's also wrong:

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Um, actually there *is* a right side of history; obviously

This is just a silly thing to say: "It’s not accurate to say the times have relegated the defense of marriage to the geriatric ward. And there’s no such thing as being on the “right” or “wrong” side of history....

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Discriminación!

Who says the Catholic Church is no longer engaged in effective outreach? [US Conference of Catholic Bishops (with link to the Spanish bulletin)] Because why should English be the only language that is bastardized with code words that mask the...

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New ad: One of America's most hostile anti-gay groups asks BSA Delegates to make horrible mistake

The Family Research Council, an organization whose leaders have supported criminal sanctions for gay people, claimed "it's a fact" that homosexuality leads to "eternal damnation," and said gays are "pawns in the hands of their malevolent master" the Devil (to...

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05/22/2013

Boy Scouts president cuts through the noise: 'Let in gay boys'

A huge statement just hours before delegates are scheduled to vote: Boy Scouts president: Let in gay boys [USA TODAY]

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Video: GOP Congressman from Oklahoma attacks 'intolerance' of supporting gay boys in khaki

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK1):

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Equal #BoyScout opponents don't want to hear how anti-gay their allies are

The "On My Honor" coalition is proudly touting the backing of the American Family Association, once of the most legitimately hostile anti-LGBT groups working today. So since it is the day before the big vote, I thought I'd give them...

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Maggie doesn't want us treated cruelly, just as less 'normative' than heterosexuals

"I personally still cherish the hope that we can as a society eliminate cruel homophobia without jettisoning heteronormativity — which is the need for social norms and institutions to be oriented strongly around the problem and the blessing that sex...

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GLAAD: Opponents of Equality in #BoysScouts Project Adult Baggage Onto Supportive Future

Opponents of Equality in Boys Scouts Project Adult Baggage Onto Supportive Future [GLAAD]

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Freedom to Work files suit against oil company I drive miles out of way to avoid

The subject, Exxon, is a reliably low-ranking company on the gay rights spectrum, scoring a negative twenty-five (!) on the Human Rights Campaign's latest Corporate Equality Index. The lawsuit, however is a first of its kind. Basically, Freedom To Work...

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Gee, I wonder if Disney is okay with French coalition using Darth Vader for its anti-gay poster

Found on the Twitter account of NOM's Comm. Director, Thomas Peters: Translation: "Who Is My Father?" [@AmericanPapist] First of all—what the hell does this even mean? Just because Darth Vader uttered an iconic line with the word "father" in it...

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Video: Equal Scouting pioneer ponders blazed trails, brighter paths

James Dale:

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Liberty Counsel & Liberty Univ. personality proud of his extreme rhetoric; I applaud him for owning it!

You have to say one thing for Liberty Counsel lawyer and Liberty University Associate Dean Matt Barber: unlike so many in his anti-LGBT movement, he is actually proud to stand by his reliably over-the-top rhetoric. Latest case in point: He...

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Audio: Anti-gay activist compares Harvey Milk Day to Hitler

"Save California" leader Randy Thomasson tells popular conservative radio host Janet Mefferd why California parents should keep their children home today. It's because teachers and administrators who back Harvey Milk Day are just like Hitler, natch: *Source: Janet Mefferd, 5/21/13...

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Two top anti-gay leaders condemn anti-gay murder

Tony Perkins: "We denounce any and all acts of unprovoked violence. No American should be the target of violence - period. We hope and trust that justice will be served in that the perpetrator of this senseless act of violence...

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'National Catholic Reporter' commentary: Church can show it's not anti-gay by backing gay Boy Scouts

A welcome change of pace on the Catholic commentary circuit: "Though few will state it publicly, one of the arguments against admitting homosexuals as adult scout leaders is the unsubstantiated belief that homosexuals are more prone to sexual abuse of...

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05/21/2013

TownHall columnist: 'It's high time for…heterosexual America to stand up'

Considering I've been waking to news of a new anti-gay hate crime on what feels like a daily basis, my patience for loose rhetoric like this is really wearing thin: "No matter how many TV shows are produced about gay...

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John Stemberger attacks Canadian scouts: 'A joke' ; 'a group of hippies'

John Stemberger is the man leading the current effort to keep the Boy Scouts discriminatory. Yesterday, he decided to go after another country's young scouts as well: *Source: Janet Mefferd, 5/20/13 A joke? Hippies? Lacks esprit de corps (common spirit...

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'Ex-gay' junk science group tells Boy Scouts to keep discriminating; so score one for our side

Remember that moment in the third presidential debate of 2012 where President Obama was all like, "Please proceed, Governor," since he knew his opponent had unwittingly painted himself into trap? Yeah, well—that's kind of how I feel when orgs that...

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NOM's summer speaker, Rob Gagnon, calls me 'an abrasive homosexual activist'; my outfit welcomes this badge of honor!

Remember when Exodus International's Alan Chambers added me to an email thread of conservatives, revealing all kinds of nasty things that were being said about me/us? Well, one of the thread's participants adds more: "Earlier this month, [Alan] Chambers even...

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Scout's Dishonor: Gay BSA employee shares pain, hope

If found out, his bosses would instantly remove him from his job. That's where we still are with the Boy Scouts of America, and that's where we will remain unless there is a policy change. Gay boys and gay adults...

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Matt Barber accuses distraught New Yorkers of 'politicizing' gay man's murder

Last night, thousands of distraught New Yorkers took to the streets to rally/protest against the violent turn that has gripped the Big Apple during the month of May. The powerful and peaceful rally also included victims and families of the...

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'Heather Has [A New Book Shunning Her] Two Mommies'

After a school day where the teacher tells him that "God made men to be fathers and women to be mothers"… …and a zoo trip where add teaches him that all all animal families "consist of a male, a female,...

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05/20/2013

Report: IL has votes to free itself from marital discrimination's slipping grips

With just eleven days to get pass the marriage bill, this promising report out of Illinois: Advocates: votes are there for marriage bill [Windy City Times] As someone who happens to love both equal rights under the constitution and Chicago-style...

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David Barton: AIDS, meningitis are gay people's 'due penalties'

The conservative movement's favorite "historian", David Barton, wants you to believe that gays are inherently diseased and that no cure will ever be strong enough to fend off God's wrath: *Source: WallBuilders Live, 5/20/13 "SHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! The adults are conducting research!"...

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Are gay boys not boys? A look at the cruelty the equal Scouting opponents engender

Spotted at one of last Friday's "On My Honor" rallies against inclusive Boy Scouts. This was posted to the On My Honor coalition's official Facebook page: [SOURCE: On My Honor] So apparently it's not enough to deny gay boys and...

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Audio: The time VA Lt. Gov candidate E.W. Jackson directly connected gays to pedophiles

MSNBC's Daily Rundown just ran the following clip, featuring the Republican party's current nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and attributed it to me. I thank Chuck Todd's team for reminding me that it exists: *Source: Faith 2 Action 4/6/10...

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MassResistance: NOM a 'no-show' in Illinois

I can't say I'd blame the National Organization For Marriage for laying low in Illinois, considering the team fighting against marriage equality in the state is one of the most hostile local coalitions I have ever witnessed. But this is...

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FRC quite literally pitting God against little boys who happen to be gay, good at knot-tying

In the Family Research Council's latest round of "prayer targets," the viciously anti-LGBT organization first declares that inclusive Boy Scout programs "will have the exact opposite influence upon American morals than its founders intended," before then asking God to keep...

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Anti–equal Scouting coalition: All signs point toward fairness, but trust us—discrimination is right

The paid organizers trying to keep the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy posted this reassurance to the "On My Honor" Facebook page: A way to recruit fake "victims," that'd for sure. But as for me? I'll stick with the polls.

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