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11/08/2013

Hawaii House passes marriage equality!!

By a vote of 30–19, the Hawaii House of Reps. gave final approval to the long-debated marriage bill. The bill must go back to the state Senate, where it has already passed. But marriage equality is as good as done...

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Maggie Gallagher: Sen Coats' ENDA opposition is 'a profile in courage'

Sen. Coats (R-IN) was the lone Republican to speak against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would do nothing more than expand federal workplace protections to include LGBT people. According to National Org. For Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher, standing against these...

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The autumn we became equine weapons/condom company mascots

In the past month, social conservatives have claimed that the Employment Nondiscrimination Act... [SOURCE] ...families with three parents.... [SOURCE] ...and the LGBT rights movement in general.... [SOURCE] ...are all sneaky "trojan horses" hellbent on destroying society from within. Which is...

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Troubling: One of America's most anti-LGBT orgs claims pro-equality Gap Inc. caved to its demands

This isn't LGBT related, but it is always troubling to hear that a prominent VP of a pro-LGBT company is sending personal letters catering to one of the LGBT community's most vicious opponents. I'm talking about the American Family Association,...

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Supposed 'protect marriage' group continues to protect invasive workplace discrimination

The National Organization For Marriage, a once pragmatic organization that was very protective of the idea that it is simply a "traditional marriage" rather than an animus-driven anti-LGBT group, is continue its drift toward full-blown extremism. In yet another piece...

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11/07/2013

'It may be legal but it's never going to be acceptable'

Every time a marriage bill passes, I hear social conservative after social conservative utter some version of my headline. "They can make it legal but they can't make me accept it," is the basic gist. What these social conservatives don't...

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Anti-LGBT social conservatives slowly realizing their increasing political marginalization

Even the farthest of the far right is now shying away from that which even moderate Republicans (and some Democrats) once took on as a pet cause. The professionally anti-gay are starting to clue into—and they are pissed! That's the...

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Audio: At long last, anti-gay movement gets its dance club hit

Jerry Sulwer of ForHimForever.com says he wanted to record a song that would... Does his new techno track accomplish his goal? Here, judge for yourself: SOURCE: ForHimForever.com (h/t Scott Hutcheson) For me, it's certainly no "We Shall Overcome" or "It's...

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Taking joy in the Illinois Family Institute's irrelevancy

I just came across a particularly nasty piece written by Laurie Higgins, the Illinois Family Institute writer and researcher known for both reliable hostility and verbosity. Out of instinct, I opened up a browser window and began writing up a...

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U.S. Senate passes #ENDA! 64-32

By a bipartisan majority (McCain! Flake!), the U.S. Senate has passed the Employment NonDiscrimination Act. As you likely know, Speaker Boehner has vowed to completely undermine he own civil rights legacy. Or, to say it another way: he has vowed...

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AFA's star voice: Treat gays like trans fats

And yet the American Family Association wonders why people see them as a "hate group": [American Family Association Sr. Issues Analyst Bryan Fischer]

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FRC honors Veterans Day by claiming gay soldiers have ruined our military

Because of the lifting of the ban on openly gays soldiers, "a no-longer secret war" is being waged against Christians. That is the completely reprehensible way the rabidly anti-LGBT Family Research Council is choosing to recognize this year's Veterans Day:...

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The anti-gay movement loves 'activist judges' (*so long as they're conservative activists)

Responding to a pair of court cases in which two couples married elsewhere but then filed for divorce in their home state of Texas, Lone Star State activist Jonathan Saenz says the following about the Supreme Court justices who will...

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Photographer to anti-gay Hawaii coalition: Stop using my pic!

Earlier this week, I showed you how the rabidly anti-gay Hawaii Republican Assembly is using two different images, one of an opposite-gender marriage and one of a same-sex marriage, to condemn marriage equality in the Aloha State. Over night, the...

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11/06/2013

'I'm happy if they're [managing to find happiness despite my best efforts on behalf of discrimination]'

My headline is the more accurate phrasing of this, newly re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's comment on the same-sex couples who are now marrying in his state: Christie On Gay Marriages In NJ: I'm Happy 'If They're Happy' [TPM]...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM prez joins radical coalition seeking ‘to hire and fire at will’

NOM prez joins radical coalition seeking ‘to hire and fire at will’ [NOM EXPOSED]

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Video: Hi, this is fate calling—is a loving family available to do an amazing thing?

As someone who has personally fielded this kind of call, I can certainly relate to this new Family Equality Council spot: As I write this, I'm watching my little one sleep. It's only been six weeks since I was in...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM living out one horrible week (and it's only Wednesday)

NOM living out one horrible week (and it's only Wednesday) [NOM EXPOSED]

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Petty AFA 'news' site can't even write the word 'gay'

This is pretty funny. One News Now, the "news" outlet of the rabidly anti-LGBT American Family Association posted a story with this headline: But apparently someone higher up at AFA caught wind of this headline, which used gay instead of...

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Hawaii one step closer to being infinitely more desirable (and profitable) wedding destination

Meanwhile in Hawaii, a joint House committee passed the marriage equality bill, setting up for a full House vote sometime this morning: House committees pass Same-Sex Marriage bill, advances to floor for vote [Hawaii News Now] After today's reading and...

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What's the implication here, Dirty Mind Research Council?

Check out the Family Research Council's latest headline decrying The Employment NonDiscrimination Act (ENDA): [FRC] "Up clothes"? What is it, exactly, that they think ENDA does: force second base on unsuspecting Americans? Perhaps they think it's "in 'da", like "in...

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11/05/2013

BREAKING: Illinois passes marriage equality! We're up to 15 states (plus D.C.)!!

By a vote of 61–54, the Illinois House just passed the marriage equality bill. The bill will immediately go back to the Senate, where it has already passed, and then it will go to the desk of supportive Gov. Pat...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM claims marriage equality ‘tears our society apart’

NOM claims marriage equality ‘tears our society apart’ [NOM EXPOSED]

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Peter Sprigg flat-out lies; claims FRC never supported Ugandan law that it *TOTALLY* did support

On yesterday's edition of "Washington Watch Weekly," in response to an FRC supporter who quite literally said that gay people should be put to death, fill-in host Peter Sprigg made this comment about FRC's supposed lack of support for the...

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FRC radio caller: 'Dead people don't marry'...'sodomites are to be put to death'

Yesterday afternoon, Steve from Kansas called into Tony Perkins' daily radio show. This is what he said about us: SOURCE: Washington Watch Weekly, 11/4/13 (comments come around 38:45) Long-time listener; first time backer of genocide.

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Tweets from a failing, inevitably losing movement

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Anti-gay org. seizes chance to marry anti-gay author with anti-gay policy

Check out Focus on the Family's latest headline for a piece condemning the Employment NonDiscrimination Act [SOURCE: Focus on the Family Citizenlink] Of course "ENDA's Game" is a play off Ender's Game, the book and now movie that sprung from...

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Hawaii anti-gay group: We must stop the happiness of 'American Idol' contestant Jim Verraros

Here is a photograph from the 2009 wedding of season one American Idol contestant Jim Verraros and his husband Bill Brennan. Fausto Fernós of the Feast of Fun blog and podcast took the shot: SOURCE: Photos from Jim Verraros and...

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11/04/2013

BREAKING: U.S. Senate advances ENDA!!

By a vote of 61–30, the U.S. Senate has invoked cloture on the Employment NonDiscrimination Act!! Historic!! The final Senate vote could come this week. More to come. *** **VOTE NOTE: Seven Republicans (Ayotte, Collins, Kirk, Hatch, Heller, Portman &...

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Video: AFA spokesman equates all LGBT people with Jerry Sandusky

This is what passes for rational commentary on the side opposed to the Employment NonDiscrimination Act. Clip is cued:

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Video: NOM finds another way to take a donor-funded vacation

Remember that series of Brady Bunch episodes where the family goes to Hawaii, where Bobby's tiki idol causes a whole host of horribles (tarantula! surfing accident! bad perms!) befall the brood? Yeah, well—consider this the National Org. For Marriage's version...

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POTUS reminds Congress that wantonly firing people because of who they are is a bad thing

With our so many advancements, it's easy to forget how great it is to have a President who says things like this: "America is at a turning point. We're not only becoming more accepting and loving as a people, we're...

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FRC tells a truly hysterical joke

The biggest guffaw you will have all day: [Family Research Council, while telling why the org. wants to discriminate against LGBT workers] I better step away now before this comedy club imposes a two drink minimum.

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KY Baptist org. realizes Uncle Sam's ATM access code is 'E-Q-U-A-L'

Here's a very interesting story out of Kentucky that's stirring up all kinds of consternation among southern evangelicals. Basically, a Southern Baptist children's services agency is admitting that, soon enough, it's going to have to change its LGBT-exclusionary employment practices...

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The latest Facebook posts from the National Organization For 'Marriage' (?)

Going after transgender students and their protections in California public schools: Going after basic employment protections for LGBT workers (and misnaming the bill): And one more against workplace protections, this time with scary "trojan horse" imagery: SOURCE FOR ALL: NOM...

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Because discriminating against your tax-paying neighbor is just so fun

Check out this event announcement that Hawaii's leading anti-LGBT group pushed over the weekend: SOURCE: Hawaii's pro-discrimination group It's a fun family outing! Unless, of course, you are out. And have a family. And think equality is fun. Although these...

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Video: The most precocious civil rights conversation you'll see today

Here now, a fifteen minute glimpse into the future—one where acceptance, joy, and genuine excitement will greatly out shadow the opposition: I almost feel bad making the younger kids discuss this. A big reason why I do what I do...

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Myopic Tennessean says to shun same-sex couples; stops short of suggesting a border fence (for now)

I lived in Tennessee for twenty-two years and have lived in Manhattan for eleven-and-a-half. But since I am a legally married gay man, David Fowler, the head of Tennessee's big anti-gay group, thinks my family and I should just stay...

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Openly gay Michaud looks popular opinion in eye, comes out as member of U.S. Congress

Another sitting member of the U.S. Congress has come out as gay: Mike Michaud: Yes, I am gay. ‘But why should it matter?’ [Bangor Daily News] This brings the number to seven current members of the House (Michaud, Maloney, Simena,...

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