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02/27/2015

Video: Man who's directly compared homosexuality to pedophilia will now lecture you on extremism

Family Research Council employee EW Jackson believes gay people are "frankly very sick" and sees a direct connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. But for some reason, the extremely anti-LGBT FRC believes that he, an undeniable voice of anti-gay extremism, is...

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The 'why can't they take their business elsewhere?' line: Not only offensive but legally meaningless

Whenever these stories about the florists or bakers or photographers who want to deny services to same-sex couples come to light, there is an inevitable chorus that will ask, some from the pro-LGBT perspective but most from the anti-LGBT perspective,...

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02/26/2015

FRC's ridiculously bunk new poll (*from partisan polling firm)

The Family Research Council is going around pushing the following stat, so much so that they have made several memes and even created a microsite to host the associated polling: Only thing? The stat is meaningless. And deeply deceptive. It's...

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Video: 'Vice' covers the sad, dangerous, discredited world of 'conversion therapy'

My heart truly breaks for these men who so desperate need to learn self-love but who are instead drinking the poisonous snake oil:

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Buzzfeed: Jeb Bush's nascent team is teeming with gay Republicans

Building on last week's announcement that the Bush-in-waiting has hired an out and quite activist-minded gay man as his communications director, Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins has filed a lengthy report on the full breadth of the Republican's burgeoning campaign and its...

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FRC prays against gay acceptance to 'avoid the wrath of God'

From the Family Research Council's latest round of weekly "prayer targets" [FRC] Wow, a majority seeking to "correct our nation" so as to keep a minority population from getting too uppity. How many times in world history have we heard...

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02/25/2015

Video: Mark Cuban supports religious biz owners that 'just say no' to serving same-sex weddings

He seems to realize that keeping it out of the legal realm is the good idea. However, noted entrepreneur Mark Cuban is flat-out giving business owners advice (e.g. "just say no") that encourages them to flout nondiscriminations laws, which could...

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We're not driven by animus, say groups that are known for showing animus toward gay couples

You guys, the Southern Baptists and other groups who are known for their longheld resistance to anything having to do with gay acceptance, both within their own pews and within public policy, are tired of you accusing them of animus....

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02/24/2015

Video: Onetime LGBT community foe delivers crushing blow to 'religious freedom' (a.k.a. license to discriminate) bills

When he was the state attorney general of Georgia (first as a Democrat and then as a Republican), Mike Bowers acted like a very anti-gay, very conservative politician. You know the Bowers v. Hardwick case of 1986 in which the...

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Q. How does Mark Regnerus 'prove' he's not an anti-gay activist?

A. He speaks at one of the most anti-gay activist groups on the planet, the Family Research Council (an SPLC-designated hate group) [FRC] When a federal judge described Regnerus' junky work on same-sex parenting as "entirely unbelievable and not worthy...

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It's not a 'marriage debate' simply because pro-discrimination lawmakers say it is

I keep seeing local media outlets use some variation on the following headline in their coverage of a go-nowhere, wantonly discriminatory marriage amendment that a couple of conservative Republican lawmakers in Iowa have dreamt up: [DM Register] This kind of...

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The AFA's 'Anti-Christian Bigotry Map' is the most unintentionally hilarious thing you'll see today

In an obvious attempt to flip the script on the Southern Poverty Law Center for tracking actually hostile groups that genuinely promote dissemination or worse, the American Family Association, one of the most proudly pro-discrimination organizations on the planet, has...

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02/23/2015

Exec. Editor of conservative bible 'National Review' signs statement to 'make marriage achievable for all who seek it'

Reihan Salam, executive editor of the conservative movement's stalwart publication, National Review, has joined over one hundred other scholars and leaders (including quite a few conservatives) in signing on to a new statement that marriage equality opponent-cum-proponent David Blankenhorn has...

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Ginsburg repeats what her 'recuse!'-ers fail to acknowledge: SCOTUS has *already* moved the marriage ball into a new court

In an interview with The New York Times' Gail Collins, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the following about marriage equality and its future at the court: So Ginsburg is planning to be on the bench when the Supreme...

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Three Notre Dame professors condemn school for backing what majority of US Catholics already support

Three Notre Dame professors have taken to the increasingly hostile Public Discourse site (which is edited by increasingly hostile marriage inequality activist Ryan Anderson) to chastise their own university and its president for extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples....

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Scott Lively: Yep, married gays are going to cause Armageddon

This is an actual headline, graphic, and text from an actual conservative pundit person (Scott Lively) on an actual conservative news site Spiritually speaking, the official endorsement of “gay marriage” by the most powerful and influential nation on earth, and...

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02/20/2015

I kind of love the pro-gay snarkiness of Jeb Bush's new Communications Director (@timodc)

It was announced today that Tim Miller, former exec. director of the conservative America Rising PAC, will be the the communications director for Jeb Bush's upcoming presidential campaign. Miller is an out gay man. But more than that, he loves...

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No, I don't want the baker, florist, et al. to lose a house—that's why I oppose the ADF's deceit!

In the wake of the opinion against discriminatory Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, just like in the wake of similar opinions to come before, I keep seeing anti-equality groups and figureheads make it all about Ms. Stutzman's age ("She's a grandMOTHER!")...

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Rep. Huelskamp reintroduces Federal [Mirage] Amendment

Just a few steps out the door following a truly enjoyable tour of the US Capitol, eight-year-old Tommy Anderson stopped on heel, raised his hands above his head, and yelled out, "shotgun!" No, he wasn't a burgeoning lobbyist for the...

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02/19/2015

New low for 'Public Discourse': Conserv. site compares fifty-state marriage, fifty-state slavery

In Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), a 7–2 majority on the United States Supreme Court held that African Americans are not American citizens and upheld slavery as being legal nationwide. In the United States v. Windsor (2013), a 5–4 majority...

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NOM trying to sell 'damage to families and society' as foregone conclusion

For years the National Organization for Marriage, as well as the frankly much more effective organizations that preceded it, have been trying to sell the idea that marriage equality would hurt people and families and countries and planets and billy...

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So do it, Alabama judge. Go ahead. Let's see it. Stop marriages. Poop or get off the pot

I'm so tired of certain Alabama judges dragging feet and making petulant threats. Latest: Alabama Supreme Court Justice Threatens To Abolish All Marriages In The State to Prevent Gays From Marrying [Towleroad] So go ahead, Judge Murdock. Stop all marriages...

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READ: Full text, signatories of offensive and hubristic 'Evangelicals and Catholics Together' statement

Rick Warren, Maggie Gallagher, Ryan Anderson, Robert George, and Rob Gagnon. Those are just some of the notable movement conservatives who have signed on to a new religious statement on marriage, the full text of which has finally been released....

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CNN poll: 63% of Americans respect same-sex couples' basic, fair, deserved civil rights

Inevitability: On another issue slated to come before the court this term, 63% of Americans say that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized by the law as valid. That's up from 49%...

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02/18/2015

Breaking-but-in-no-way-shocking: Washington florist did discriminate against gay couple

Business owners who run a public accommodation that purports to offer a certain service do not have the right to treat same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples, at least in jurisdictions that have shored up fair nondiscrimination protections. That's really...

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The telling way anti-equality conservatives hide behind the marriage debate

Over on the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, staffer Kelsey J Harkness has a piece up under the following headline: [Daily Signal] Harkness repeats the "because of his belief in traditional marriage" line in her opening. The idea being that Kelvin...

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Anti-gay Alabamans think showing up and waving signs will change the law, apparently

It's the least they could do. I mean that literally: [Sanctity of Marriage Alabama] Have at it, kids. You can even bring some shredders and destroy ten thousand copies of the United States constitution, if that feels cathartic to you....

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CPAC readies a marriage panel; its last?

The Conservative Political Action Conference, colloquially known as CPAC, gets under way next week. And just like in past years, there will be a marriage (in)equality panel: [CPAC] No surprise. The political conservatives have been politicizing this issue, from the...

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02/17/2015

Video: Rep. Gohmert, Gov. Huckabee, other radical anti-gay activists in new trailer for fear doc

In the last teaser clip, we saw longtime anti-gay/pro-discrimination activist Janet Porter carrying a lantern through darkened woods, the suggestion apparently being that America is lost in a fog of gayness and only Ms. Porter's light can guide us home....

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Truly beyond the pale words from someone the right wing media keeps promoting

As with every activist I've challenged over ten years time, everything I know, write, feel, or care about relatively minor player Robert Oscar Lopez comes from the words, speeches, articles, amicus briefs and advocacy work that he, per his own...

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Does even NOM realize that 'holiness' should be separated from civil marriage?

Over the weekend, the National Organization For Marriage updated its "March For Marriage" organizing site with some information about this year's (non)event. This is how it read: [Google Cache] But this morning, NOM updated the page so that it reads...

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02/15/2015

SNL's forty years of gay visibility: As messy and imperfect as America's own journey (#SNL40)

Having come into being in the mid-'70s, a time when the gay rights movement was itself coming into its own, the forty year history of Saturday Night Live is a sort of archival document of our visibility, our treatment in...

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02/13/2015

Freedom to Marry nails its Alabama video

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What NOM's Ginsburg 'demand' is really all about

You've probably heard by now that the National Organization For Marriage, a fail-prone organization that hasn't won just about anything in the past three years, and that has instead shepherded a nation where a majority of the states have and...

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Anti-gay SCOTUS justice clearly prefers crayons, colored pencils

One of the high court's most anti-gay members: ‘Don’t paint me as anti-gay,’ says Scalia [Washington Blade] To which I respond: "Oh, so you'd prefer I use these?" **** *RELATED: Here Are the 7 Worst Things Antonin Scalia Has Said...

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Maggie Gallagher pushes GOP to ignite anti-gay 'culture war'; where (and from whom) have we heard this before?

If the GOP sweeps in 2016, Maggie Gallagher knows what she wants to be her party's top priority. It's the unfettered right to deny LGBT people goods and services, natch: If the GOP would like to leave a legacy that...

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02/12/2015

FRC prays SCOTUS 'will rule in the fear of God'

With all hopes lost, social conservatives aren't even hiding their belief that courts of civil law should operate like churches, and particularly red line ones at that. The latest example comes from the Family Research Council. In its latest round...

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Video: When junk science, a cheesy premise and offensive glibness collide

The study is bogus, shepherded by a priest who has done anti-gay work for Family Research Council and can't even write the word "marriage" without putting it in smear quotes. The journal also seems to be one of those pay-to-publish...

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Video: Ruth Bader Ginsburg says America is grownup enough to deal with human love

All hail:

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02/11/2015

AL GOP chair predicts God's pending destruction; eh, I guess that's one way to beat Hillary

The Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party wants you to know that God is going to soon show his wrath all across the good ol' US of A. I trust you can guess his—and I'm being generous when I call...

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Those daggum 'earthly courts' and their opinions about *civil* marriage policy

Billy Graham's son, who is infinitely more of an anti-gay activist than his father ever was, is all kinds of mad about that the United States Supreme Court did not defer to some sort of unseen Jesus Court (is that...

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Sen. Cruz champions go-nowhere, pro-discrimination, Federal Marriage Amendment Light

Blarty blarty blarty blah: WASHINGTON, DC -- Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, along with 11 fellow Senators, re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which respects the definition of marriage held by the people of each state and protects states...

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NOM directly links its anti-gay, pro-discrimination cause to 1963 March on Washington

I hope you haven't just eaten: Dear Marriage Supporter, In 1963, something happened that changed the civil rights movement. For the first time, six major organizations working on civil rights issues came together to support what they called the "March...

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Desperate National Org. For Marriage now pushing abject, undeniable animus

I've always believed that the closer we get to victory, the more disgusting our opposition is going to get. Latest example: [NOM] You cannot respect your LGB neighbor and also relate their real or theoretical marriages to that which might...

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02/10/2015

In Buzzfeed sit-down POTUS blasts Judge Roy Moore, predicts marriage equality victory at SCOTUS

Ben Smith and his team get some good insight: Post by BuzzFeed News. In one sense, I hate that he mentioned Moore at all. You just know that a mention from the President of the United States is precisely what...

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Photo: Anti-gay Alabama group helps critics link interracial marriage, same-sex marriage protests

The bible was absolutely, indisputably, heavily used to justify bans on interracial marriage, Jim Crow laws, and other blights on the history of the segregated south. And of course we are talking about civil marriage (and related rights), not religious...

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Sen. Sessions decries the Bush-nominated judge, former colleague that he once championed

Conservative U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is all kinds of ticked off at Judge Callie Granade for bringing marriage equality to his home state. The four-term member of the upper chamber tells CQ Roll Call: “I think it’s an unhealthy...

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Video: Heterosexual Alabamans get taste of marriage inequality

What's most notable to me is how the groom-to-be, about halfway through the clip, seems to have a lightbulb moment about "the gays" and fairness: It's annoying, isn't? Now multiply the indignity and annoyance times a billion and you know...

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Video: Republicans Joe Scarborough, Ted Olson harken back to Selma, Wallace to chastise Roy Moore

Ted Olson is passionate on this issue. But I have to say that Joe Scarborough also scores some points with me on this one:

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Former strategist: Constitutional lawyer Barack Obama understood basic rights, fairness before he was allowed to admit it

This is both frustrating and vindicating for those of us who spent the years 2007–2012 pressing the president to step up to full marriage equality: “I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Obama told [former political strategist David Axelrod], after...

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