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03/31/2015

#RFRA and a movement that shirks responsibility (almost) as much as it shirks equality

The Indiana "religious freedom" (i.e. license-to-discriminate) fight has revealed a few key things. One, it shows how much this tide has turned and where America and its power sources are coming down on LGBT discrimination. Two, it has reinforced how...

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Audio: Limbaugh admits #RFRA fight is about same-sex marriage; links homosexuality to bestiality

Keep talking, conservatives. I seriously though I'd have to pay you all to be so unwittingly helpful to our side:

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Sen Schumer, federal #RFRA coauthor, knocks down lie that Indiana's version is the same

This was needed: Sen. Schumer [Facebook]

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Video: I can't fathom invoking concentration camps in my political discourse. But Glenn Beck on the other hand...

It's all fun and games until gay people and our allies start sending others to concentration camps. Or something: If you're going to a Passover seder this weekend, look for the oldest relative at the table and ask them how...

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Get a load of this double-talk from the Family Research Council #RFRA #Indiana

I'm not sure what, exactly, Tony Perkins and his friends at the Family Research Council think cakes and flowers and photography packages are. But apparently they don't believe them to be "non-religious goods or services" since they claim that RFRAs...

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NOM admits 'religious freedom' bills are about discriminating against same-sex couples; thanks, NOM

It's telling how Brian Brown, the head of an organization that will say, do, and pass anything that weakens or works around civil marriage equality, singles out Miley Cyrus, as if the singer is the only one saying anything about...

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03/30/2015

'Indianapolis Star' to Governor Pence: FIX THIS NOW

Front page of tomorrow's paper:

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Bill Maher's monologue on dialogue he'd prefer remain a monologue

I like Bill Maher and like his show even more. But his closing monologue on this past week's show was largely off-base and misdirected: Regardless of his personal feelings for the stories he mentions, Maher's take is actually the one...

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Video: Even Michael Steele thinks Indiana law is too broad; Ryan T. Anderson constantly interrupts, still loses

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Watch Gov. Pence heap praise on lobbying group that admitted #SB101 was all about same-sex marriage

Advance America, an anti-LGBT lobbying group whose head has admitted it sees homosexuality itself as wrong, led a major lobbying effort on behalf of Indiana's now-infamous "religious freedom" law. And in every last material Advance American put out, they fully...

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Shellshocked Gov. Pence in full-blown spin mode

He has made anti-LGBT policy work a major part of his career, leading opposition to Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal back when he was in Congress and opposing marriage equality in every way possible. He has praised the very anti-LGBT...

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Video: Man who's called for exporting gays goes on CNN to defend Indiana law, earns deserved result

CNN's Chris Cuomo has really proven himself as the go-to guy for smacking back ridiculous far-right pundits. Today it was Peter Sprigg's turn: *** **Sprigg has openly called for gay people to be "exported" and/or faced with criminal sanctions: *SOURCE:...

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03/29/2015

Man who insinuated it's better to be thrown into sea than support homosexuality attended #SB101 signing ceremony

Micah Clark, the head of the American Family Association of Indiana, once used a biblical admonishment against the Boy Scouts, suggesting that it would be better to be drowned than to lead a youth into "treatable, changeable" homosexuality: This very...

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03/27/2015

Considering vast (and frankly odd) amount of time he spends talking about us, no wonder Tony Perkins thinks we're 'special'

Family Research Council's exceedingly anti-gay president offers this take on Indiana's license-to-discriminate law: [Tony Perkins] Bully. Their whole movement is built around bullying. The license-to-discriminate bills, like all anti-LGBT policies, constitute bullying through actions. But even this tweet, with its...

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FRC keeps lying about where majority of Americans stand on marriage equality

Reacting to the news that eleven Republican US Senators voted in favor of a measure that ensures Social Security and veterans benefits to same-sex couples regardless of whether or not their state has marriage equality, exceedingly anti-gay Family Research Council...

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Audio: Indiana restaurant owner openly discriminates against gays, glad to have added protection to do so

In the wake of Indiana passing a particularly strident version of a license-to-discriminate bill, this clip is going viral: Your browser does not support iframes. Keep talking, kiddos. The wrong side of history always sounds the worst when it's feeling...

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Indiana legislature, Gov. Pence awaken a fierce, powerful, anti-discrimination giant

I started beating the drum about "religious freedom" laws relatively early. I've mentioned on here before how, in or around the summer of 2012, I got hold of an intercepted document in which a collection of anti-LGBT groups were "explaining"...

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Eleven Republican US Sens. give anti-gay conservatives a taste of a near and less divisive future

This is notable, even if it's basically ceremonial: WASHINGTON — Eleven Senate Republicans joined with all of the Democrats on Thursday night in supporting an amendment to guarantee equal Social Security and veterans benefits to married same-sex couples — even...

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NOM proudly touts #March4Marriage backers who believe homosexuality 'should be treated by society as immoral, dangerous perversion'

The National Organization For Marriage is very excited that "Crown Then With Glory," a group from The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, is marching and organizing with them at their upcoming March For Marriage: [NOM] Here is what...

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03/26/2015

Video: Gee, with compelling videos like this one, I just can't imagine why the anti-gay right is losing in court

This is just a mess: (h/t: Joe)

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#TBT: Even after legal equality, Americans—and particularly religious Americans—struggle to accept certain marriages

The most devout churchgoers are the most adamantly opposed. Couples face discrimination in housing and public accommodations. Opponents worry about the "innocent children" brought up in such marriages. Now? No, then: (click for full size) [Times Herald-Record; June 26, 1969]

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Indiana threatens its commerce, tourism dollars, reputation, general welfare of its citizenry

What to say, really? Another GOP-led legislature in another red state has passed a measure that the far-right hopes will help them discriminate against same-sex couples who seek their services: Indiana's governor signs bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers...

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03/25/2015

Video: AFA prez expounds on organization's movement-destructive ad by adding even more religious fervor

Yesterday I showed you the pragmatism-deprived ad that the American Family Association, one of the high-profile "pro-family" groups that has been working in concert with the broader conservative movement to stop marriage equality in this nation, placed in The Washington...

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03/24/2015

NOM resorts to blatant lying in its 2015 #March4Marriage materials

Check out this nonsense, which you can find in the talking points that the National Orgaanization For Marriage is distributing in support of its upcoming "march for marriage": SOURCE: NOM's March For Marriage talking points Of course the truth is...

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NOM coalition partner: America will fall unless you March For Marriage

This comes from the Coalition of African American Pastors, an affiliate of the National Organization For Marriage: This scripture sums up the condition of America today; there is no new thing under the sun, and all nations eventually end up...

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AFA helps SCOTUS see that opposition to *civil* marriage equality is all about religious fervor

The American Family Association has placed this unwittingly helpful ad in The Washington Post: Well that'd weird, AFA. Because I'm pretty sure that couples wanting to enter into a civil marriage (i.e. the only thing we're talking about here) must...

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03/23/2015

Video: Did this Texas 'biblical marriage' rally assemble least diverse crowd in recorded human history?

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About those children of fractured families who keep blaming same-sex parenting for their issues...

Divorce is hard. From what I understand, at least. Both my and my husband's parents have been happily married for around fifty years, and Andrew and I have a marriage solid enough to make even the toughest rocks jealous. I'm...

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Ha! NOM uses ad for a desk to represent president's real office

This is the header from the National Organization For Marriage's latest action alert: [NOM] Cook office! Sleek. Modern. With the times. Only thing? It's not Brian's office. Although it could be if he wants to pay the Executive Desk Company...

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03/22/2015

Idaho House makes a mockery of legislature, targets judiciary

If you can't beat 'em, just end their careers: IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage [J.M.G.] If this were to pass into law, there is no way it could hold up under legal scrutiny....

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03/20/2015

Org that infamously vowed to 'drive wedge between gays and blacks' equates marriage rulings with slavery

I've lost count of how many social conservative commentators, many of whom are clearly working off of some sort of coordinated intra-movement script (yes, they have those), have made the truly heinous logic leap of connecting the infamous Dred Scott...

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03/19/2015

NOM cofounder Maggie Gallagher proposes new org: NORL

Claiming that she and her "traditional marriage" supporters are a minority group and bemoaning that "big business" is coming out strongly against the so-called "religious liberty" (i.e. license to discriminate) bills that are emerging in conservative-led legislatures across the nation,...

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03/18/2015

Veteran Tony Perkins shows shocking disrespect for war and its human toll

Wes Modder's job is on the line after Naval Nuclear Power Training Command students complained about the chaplain's insistence that a student who had premarital sex was “shaming herself in the eyes of God” and his contention that he can...

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Video: Dolce & Gabbana attempt to rollback comments; 'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything.'

In a CNN exclusive, the designer pair (and particularly Gabbana) attempt to get beyond the controversy that they totally and inexplicably drummed up themselves. They now kind of support gay parents but are still traditional. IVF is fine, or maybe...

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If you support adoption but oppose same-sex adoption, the reason is animus

In the wake of the Dolce & Gabanna fiasco, I keep seeing social conservatives highlight one comment in particular: Now, there are obviously many wonderful and viable paths to parenthood for gay people. But for the purpose of this post,...

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03/17/2015

Presbyterians officially back marriages for gay and lesbyterians

NY Times: After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. FULL: Presbyterians Give Final Approval...

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Psst, NOM—your stock photo supplier, like your country, accommodates gay marriages

The National Organization For Marriage is up with another one of their pithy photo memes that position opposite-sex unions above all others: [NOM] Funny thing though? If you go to the purchase page of NOM's stock photo supplier, you don't...

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Focus on the Family enters 40 days of prayer for marriage discrimination

Coupled with the bald faced lie that civil marriage equality strips Christians of their First Amendment protections (selling a cake you claim to sell for profit is not an act of prayer, actually), Focus on the Family's action arm (clumsily...

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Gabbana thanks man who calls me, Ricky Martin, Ryan Murphy, Elton John 'disgusting,' 'repulsive tyrants'

It's no secret that Robert Oscar Lopez is obsessed with me. It's something of a joke in LGBT activist circles. Even though everything I have ever written or said or know or care about him is based solely on the...

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03/16/2015

Video: Sen Manchin (D) finally elaborates on his resistance to same-sex marriage; says it 'would be hard to oppose'

Throughout this interview, the lone Democrat to not endorse marriage equality uses the phrase "sexual preference," so it's another indicator that Sen. Joe Machin (D-WV), someone who didn't even vote for Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, is not where we...

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Catholic NOM announces two speakers for its Catholic-led march against civil rights; both Catholic

With just over a month to go before its third (and final?) attempt at turning its feeble "March For Marriage" into a thing, the National Organization For Marriage, a thoroughly Catholic organization that often tries to mask that true, has...

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Congrats, Dolce & Gabbana! America's major marriage discrimination org. thinks you're on trend

From the National Organization For Marriage: Bravo to Dolce and Gabbana for daring to speak the truth; they are as bold in their speech as they are in their designs, and deserve to be applauded. While others will continue to...

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Video: Conservative Republicans of Texas prez makes tourism ad for Wrong Side of History

It looks like one of those call-a-lawyer ads you see in between syndicated talk shows. Except, you know—this one is about putting religious fervor above the law: You guys, he punned "marriage" and "mirage." How will we ever overcome?

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Yes, I will absolutely #BoycottDolceGabbana. For my kid.

I'm not a big boycott guy. Despite popular misconception, I, a person who was front and center in the Chick-fil-A nonsense from a few years back, never called for, signed on to, or even supported any kind of "official" boycott...

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03/13/2015

Keep proving animus right before SCOTUS takes up marriage case. Genius strategy, FRC. Really. I mean it. Just brilliant, guys

Derek Packard is the man who shoots most of the Family Research Council's videos and whatnots. If you look at this YouTube page, you'll see some of his handiwork. Anyway, today FRC let him write something for its "Call 2...

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FRC dedicates entire weekly prayer sheet to praying God stops gay people's marriages

When it comes to marital discrimination, pro-discrimination special interest group Family Research Council put itself out there in a major way. If you factor in both extremity of view and level of Washington access, there are few organizations that have...

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Video: Liberty Counsel's Staver vows to disobey marriage equality; fine, and you'll suffer the penalties, Mat

The far-right "culture warriors" who hijacked the Republican party all those decades ago have always operated with one of the most extreme and self-satisfied cases of entitlement in modern American history. However, the prospect of fifty-state marriage equality revealed the...

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03/12/2015

NOM admits its strategy: Framing SCOTUS's most likely marriage ruling as illegitmate

I've mentioned on a couple of occasions how groups like the National Organization For Marriage are now playing a long game where they've given up on actually beating us in court on marriage and are instead working to paint the...

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Science doesn't believe homosexuality is genetic, claims noted geneticist Maggie Gallagher

Actually, the most recent major study—and one featuring brothers, to boot—suggests that homosexuality does have some sort of a genetic link. But not so, demands omnipresent gay rights opponent Maggie Gallagher. According to the doyenne of marital discrimination, science is...

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NOM liaison speaks for all civil rights pioneers; ignores major civil rights pioneer standing front and center

In an interview with Breitbart, Willie Owens, the extreme-tongued man who serves as the National Organization For Marriage's religious liaison and heads up an offshoot group of African-American pastors, yet again goes after President Obama for supposedly hijacking the Civil...

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