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02/16/2013

Illinois' top marriage equality opponent: 'We cannot pretend..homosexual relationships are equal'

Illinois Family Institute head David Smith continues to show how far his opposition really goes. The aggressive "ex-gay" advocate just wrote, publicly on Facebook, that he doesn't want gay relationships to be treated as equal: "THEY ARE NOT EQUAL." Tells...

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Anti-gay Boy Scout protest: More 'Burn-in-Hell'-y than initially realized

When it went down a few weeks back, I posted some of the truly nasty signs ("Homosexuality is an abomination unto God"; "God votes no on gays"; etc) that attendees of the official "Save Our Boy Scouts" rally chose to...

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02/15/2013

Programming Note: Illinois' top marriage equality opponent shows true agenda

Programming Note: Illinois' top marriage equality opponent shows true agenda [GLAAD]

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POTUS applauds PFLAG (p)founder

Remarks by the President at today's presentation of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medals: "When Jeanne Manford learned that her son Morty had been badly beaten up at a gay rights demonstration, nobody would have faulted her for bringing him home,...

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What DOMA means to me(me)

This is the idea we came up with over on the March 4 Marriage Facebook page: But the pro-equality community is nothing if not creative, so we want to hear your own ideas. Go to this link and find a...

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Video: Christians caused [marriage equality]

These days, I largely avoid posting about Westboro Baptist. This one seemed kind of worth it: By the way, this is the daughter of the man in the video: Former WBC Member Speaks Out [No H8] I guess sometimes Christians...

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Video: Marriage momentum, Minnesota style

YouTuber Lizzie Bellman caught some of the action that went down at the Minnesota state house on Freedom to Marry day (yesterday afternoon): **David Badash has more on the Minnesota momentum

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Illinois' leading purveyor of gay marriage myths now pushing offensive infertility claims

As part of a public exchange about the historic movement on marriage equality in his state, Illinois Family Institute head David Smith made this outlandish claim about why infertility befalls some straight couples: [IFI head's public Facebook wall] In truth,...

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02/14/2013

Illinois Family Institute's predictably fair, measured, rational reply to Senate passage of marriage bill

For the aggressively anti-gay Illinois Family Institute, it's either civil marriage equality or the (stock photo) family: [IFI] Not even leaving room for a tie? Really? They're just going to go ahead and declare there to be one eventual "winner"...

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Video: NOM cofounder's ridiculously convenient take on church/state separation

Robert George, Catholic-motivated conservative who found NOM, will now "explain" why he and his faith-motivated co-laborers are totally free to do things like ban your civil marriage: Such a red herring. No one is claiming that religious people cannot enter...

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BREAKING: By a 34–21 vote, IL Senate passes marriage equality bill!!

Now on to the House. Then the Governor. Then history. *** UPDATE: I recorded audio of the vote for those who'd like to hear it. *** KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING: facebook.com/March4Marriage

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Does NOM's Comm Director think our love is fake?

Check out the highlighted hashtag, which National Organization For Marriage Communications Director Thomas Peters uses for his resistance to Illinois equality: Because what could be truer or more loving than spending your Valentine's Day working to keep others from solidifying...

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Empty Calories, Artificial Sweetness

Join the momentum:facebook.com/March4Marriage

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Meet Laurie and Caroline...

Join the momentum: facebook.com/March4Marriage

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Laurie Higgins continues to show IL anti-equality movement's true agenda; Calls homosexuality a 'phenomenon'

Another one from the loose-lipped IFI researcher who is going to win us marriage equality in Illinois: "Some make the absurd argument that since families led by homosexuals exist, schools must teach about them. The truth is, however, that schools...

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Laurie Higgins continues to show IL anti-equality movement's true agenda; says it's 'unfortunate' that schools hire gay teachers

I've focused a lot on the militant "ex-gay" advocacy that has come to define the Illinois Family Institute, the organization leading the charge to stop marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln. But now get this one. In a fear...

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Audio: Janet Mefferd caller sums up an entire movement's flawed thinking

For wanting to be peacefully included rather than forced into separate-and-unequal status, gays are "covetous" like "birds that steal other birds' nests" Homosexuality is a "choice" Gays "mold young boys into becoming gay" The whole thing is "Satan's lie" God...

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'The Paris Flat': Gorgeous short film highlights plight, hope of binational couples

A perfect clip for this V Day morning: [John Saint Denis]

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02/13/2013

ADF prays for God to 'manifest goodness' in life of #Prop8 plaintiff Paul Katami

They've already taken it upon themselves to pray for Kristin Perry, Ted Olson, and others who they are opposing in court. The week, it's gay man Paul Katami who gets the second slot, which is always reserved for an oppositional...

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NOM pushing nasty meme pitting fatherlessness against gay people's marriage

A new graphic that NOM is pushing around Facebook: Actually, in my same-sex marriage, fathers are hyper-relevant! In fact, the court that just certified Andrew and me as having a qualified adoptive home put a premium on our two-parent bond....

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Catholic Conference of Illinois' Bob Gilligan: Gays can 'control and contain' their 'behavior' (just like cigarette smoking)

It's always maddening when someone reduces our sexual orientations to "behaviors" like cigarette smoking or "attributes" like impatience. But when it's a man who lobbies on behalf of his church against gay people's legal right to marry, it is downright...

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Reminder: Even Maggie Gallagher thinks we'll win on DOMA

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Envisioning NOM board member's contribution to the comic canon

DC Comics has hired incendiary National Organization For Marriage board member Orson Scott Card to write two digital-only editions of Superman. Artist Ben Bates and writer Ryan Sohmer imagine what that might look like FULL: Gutters —Issue #378 To be...

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And now for your Ash Wednesday message of unity: Springfield Bishop says pro-equality Catholics 'harm the common good of society'

Thomas Paprocki, the Illinois Bishop who has most actively pitted his personal faith convictions against the shared public policy of his supposedly church-separated state, is using the date of tomorrow's planned senate vote on the Illinois marriage bill to position...

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Just in time for V Day, Peter Sprigg denigrates every gay person's marriage

Yesterday afternoon, Family Research Council issued a press release pushing media to book Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg as an "expert" on same-sex marriage. Because of astute commentary like this: [@SpriggFRC] Oh. And here I thought my marriage was beneficial to...

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Today on 'Anderson Live': Libby Phelps faces family she once hurt

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player The clip doesn't make it clear, but Libby is one of the (growing number of) grandkids who left the church. I'm in regular contact with Libby, and I can tell you that she is genuinely...

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Illinois' leading 'pro-family' leader doubles down on 'ex-gay' advocacy

David Smith is the head of the Illinois Family Institute, the organization leading the charge to stop civil marriage equality in the state. But as I've shown you several times already, David's agenda goes far beyond the ring finger [David...

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02/12/2013

'No matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love'

https://www.facebook.com/march4marriage *** *FULL text of State of the Union 2013 (including two more gay mentions, both pertaining to service members): Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Washington,...

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Brian Brown: Orson Scott 'I will bring down government if it supports gay marriage' Card is a victim

Orson Scott Card isn't a mere supporter of "traditional marriage." The National Organization For Marriage board member, who also once wrote a nasty treatment of Hamlet that portrays the king as evil because he was gay, has pointedly declared that...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM’s Roback Morse: It’s a ‘breach of faith’ for orphanage to place kid with gay parents

NOM’s Roback Morse: It’s a ‘breach of faith’ for orphanage to place kid with gay parents [NOM Exposed]

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Video: Anne Heche's mom refuses to 'celebrate' homosexuality (or alcoholism)

We haven't heard from Anne Heche's "ex-gay" advocate mom in a while. So here, let's catch up with this new Christian television appearance all about her work "saving" LGBT from ourselves. There are a few LGBT-specific chunks, but this cued-up...

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And now for another fair, measured, totally astute legal analysis from Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber

jmattbarber Oh why oh why can't Matt be the one arguing the Prop 8 and DOMA cases before the Supreme Court? Pretty please?

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AP memo: Marriage license not enough proof of a same-sex marriage

Thankfully I've written a book and a boatload of commentary pieces in which I refer to my legally-wed spouse as my husband. I say "thankfully" because according to a new Associated Press memo, the AP is only going to list...

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Video: Behind the Prop 8 filings and amicus briefs are human faces; here are four of them

*Remember to LIKE our March4Marriage page, where we are building momentum for all of the events surrounding the SCOTUS cases (and challenging NOM's March for Marriage plans)

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AFA's new target: Gay veterans' skeletal remains

You know that phrase about vultures picking the bones of a corpse? Yeah, well: American Family Association: Keep Dead Gay Soldiers Out Of Arlington Cemetery [J.M.G.] Lest you thought mortality's cruel limitations was going to give you sweet relief from...

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Audio: Tony Perkins emboldens caller's Nazi Germany parallels #PerkinsLive

Here's how you do it: "No, caller. Nazi Germany was a historic blight that resulted in the mass extermination of millions of people. It is one of the worst displays of mankind. Even when speaking of modern events that actually...

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Breaking: French National Assembly handily passes marriage, adoption bill

French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill [AP via US News.com] The bill now heads to the Socialist-controlled Senate. Once it passes there, no word on which of the National Organization For Marriage American supporters pay the bill for president...

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Video: The Law vs. Family Values, Volunteer state style

As a gay man, proud husband, and Tennessee native, this gives me a chill: When Andrew and I return to the state of my birth, we are downgraded to become legal strangers. That's both demeaning (for obvious reasons) and scary...

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Gallagher & Blankenhorn now bickering like old married couple (that used to fight gays' marriages together)

--Robert Oscar Lopez, whose career is now fully built around knocking same-sex parents, did his reliably hostile shtick. --David Blankenhorn, the one-time Prop 8 witness turned marriage equality proponent, feels compelled to say that he "is repulsed by what Lopez...

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Prop 8: The gift that keeps on giving (us heartache)

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Far-right continues to fight inclusive scouting by engendering adult-child mistrust

When it comes to sexual abuse of my child, it would never cross my mind to be skeptical of an adult who I know and trust. Hopefully most adults feel that way. I would like to think we still live...

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02/11/2013

Another IL bishop pits personal faith against public policy

Grab your armor, Peoria area Catholics. Those pesky gays, by virtue of wanting their deserved civil rights as taxpayers to be independent from your theological condemnations, are unfairly maligning you. In fact, they are "attacking." Or so the latest letter...

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Bryan Fischer admits his side discriminates against gays (and murderers and thieves)

Bryan Fischer makes "no apologies" for equating homosexuality with murder and thievery and admitting that he wants to discriminate against all three. I, for one, am not seeking an apology for such a frank, over-the-top, and credibility-damning admission. Clip should...

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IFI ally says to treat gays like drug addicts; IFI president 'likes' it

Linda Jernigan is a professional "ex-gay" aligned with the Illinois Family Institute. Before it was postponed, Linda was announced as a featured speaker for the IFI's Lobby Day on the marriage bill, a role she will likely still play at...

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Anti-gay chorus finds its exceedingly vicious 'Medley'

Obviously, I see and hear a lot of nasty denigration in my days monitoring the anti-LGBT movement. The following words are about as sweeping and downright offensive as any I've ever seen, especially when you consider that they come from...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM determined to make Doug Mainwaring seem like a coalition rather than an individual

NOM determined to make Doug Mainwaring seem like a coalition rather than an individual [NOM Exposed]

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LGBT Catholics to Rome: Maybe time to free the favored scapegoat?

A respectful statement combatting disrespectful rhetoric and treatment: PRAYERS FOR BENEDICT, HOPES FOR HIS SUCCESSOR Equally Blessed coalition prays for a pope who understands damage done by discriminatory policies on LGBT issues WASHINGTON, D. C., February 11, 2013--The Equally Blessed...

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Conservative gospel, Gaylord

Focus on the Family CitizenLink, the Family Research Council, Eagle Forum, National Organization For Marriage, and Liberty University. Those are just some of the anti-gay organizations that are sponsoring this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In a you-can't-this-stuff turn...

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Brian Brown pushes It Gets Better–co-opting message

It Gets Better, as you surely know, is all about giving LGBT and allied kids an inspiring message that cuts through the discrimination, inequitable treatment, bullying, harsh rhetoric, and everything else that still makes life more difficult for certain kinds...

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'Activists who care more about conformity than character'

The outrageous comments are much easier to pinpoint. But to me, the subtle denigrations that the far-right social conservative groups and speakers use to win support and/or votes are often more offensive than the directly stated condemnations. Take this little...

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