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03/27/2015

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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 president Tony Perkins says the following:

"It was disappointing to see eleven GOP Senators and moderate Democrats join with the Obama Administration by approving the Schatz amendment that usurps state laws the people passed to uphold natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Did these eleven Republican Senators not know that federal departments already recognize same sex couples? The purpose of this amendment was to use federal policy to redefine marriage in states in which the people voted to support natural marriage. A majority of Americans continue to believe marriage is the union of one man and woman, and do not want Washington, D.C. imposing a redefinition of marriage upon them"
(via emailed press release)

On the disappointment note: Buckle your seat belts, Mr. Perkins, because the GOP of the next ten years is going to be dealing you heaping helpings of disappointment on marriage equality. You've largely lost, and both parties realize it.

But the greater nonsense here is in Tony's ludicrous claim that a majority of Americans still share his position on marriage. There isn't one credible poll indicating this. Tony is of course using a bunk poll that FRC commissioned with a right wing firm to make his claim. Because that's all he can do at this point: write fiction. And really bad fiction at that.

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

by Jeremy Hooper

In the wake of Indiana passing a particularly strident version of a license-to-discriminate bill, this clip is going viral:

Keep talking, kiddos. The wrong side of history always sounds the worst when it's feeling the most emboldened.

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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" why their movement needed to take on this push as a sort of Phase Two of their marriage fight. It was only a few months later that I saw them beating the drum in state after state, reconfirming just how concerted, on-message, and vicious the other side can be when they want to pass something nasty and hide it as a social "good."

Fortunately, I think Indiana's passage of a particularly strident license-to-discriminate law might have been a bridge too far. Some are calling it a new "Prop 8 moment," referring to how the ugliness of the soul-crushing loss actually helped us in the long run since it sparked some an undeniable fire under folks who were far too complacent prior to the California ban's ignoble passage. Whether the Prop 8 comparison is an overstatement or not remains to be seen. I do know that I am seeing strong backlash like I haven't seen in a very long time. A taste:

KEEP READING...

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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 if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages.
FULL: Eleven Republicans Vote For Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples [Buzzfeed]

The eleven are Ayotte (NH), Burr (NC), Collins (ME), Corker (TN, Heller (NV), Johnson (WI), Kirk (IL), Moore Capito (WV), Murkowski (AL), Portman (OH), and Tillis (NC). They also answer to the collective name, "The-Clear-Writing-on-The-Wall Caucus"

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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:

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[NOM]

Here is what this very same group believes about homosexuality, which they have shared on the Facebook page where they are vigorously promoting NOM's march:

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 At 10.59.27 Amb. Homosexuality interferes with the normal development of societal patterns and as such it proves detrimental to all. These endangered patterns include personal values regarding sex which people normally take to be a vital part of their existence and a valuable asset to their living a normal life, esteemed by others.

c. The homosexual degrades his own sex and thus denies to himself the self-respect that is generated from the feeling that one is in line with God’s creation.
Homosexuality appears to be of two kinds: physico-genetic and habitual. Physico-genetic homosexuality is of physical origin due to secretory abnormalities that may produce organic changes. This type of homosexuality is rather rare and is treated as any other medical disorder.

the Orthodox Church cannot subscribe to the demand that homosexuals be recognized by society and its agencies as legal spouses
Habitual homosexuality may have more than one cause. All, however, point out to a moral failure at some stage of the individual’s development, or to the animate environment from which the homosexual originated.

Thus, although homosexuality followed as a way of life by the sufferer, may be subject to psychopathological investigation and treatment, the origin of it, in all but the few physico-genetic cases mentioned above, brings with it a moral failure. It is because of the realization of this that homosexuality has been described from ancient times as a moral stigma.

Thus, the Orthodox Church cannot subscribe to the demand that homosexuals be recognized by society and its agencies as legal spouses and as deserving the same respect as men and women enjoy in the state of wedlock.

Society and its values, religious and societal, have legitimate claims over the behavior of its members, especially in so vital a function as the sexual one on which not only the survival but its quality as well depend. No one has the right to do whatever he wishes with his body and still claim recognition and respect on the part of society.

The Orthodox Church believes that homosexuality should be treated by society as an immoral and dangerous perversion and by religion as a sinful failure.

The Orthodox Church believes that homosexuality should be treated by society as an immoral and dangerous perversion and by religion as a sinful failure. In both cases, correction is called for. Homosexuals should be accorded the confidential medical and psychiatric facilities by which they can be helped to restore themselves to a self-respecting sexual identity that belongs to them by God’s ordinance.

[Crown Them With Glory]

Good to know, NOM. I don't mean good for me to know, as I've long known that NOM is a very anti-gay organization. I mean it's good for the Supreme Court to know. I, for one, will make sure that they do!!

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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

by Jeremy Hooper

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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:

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[Times Herald-Record; June 26, 1969]

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

by Jeremy Hooper

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 [CNN]

Supporters of the license-to-discriminate bill, including the conservative governor who might run for president in '16, are pretending like this push is benign and that the time is coincidental. Bullsh*t. Indiana does not protect LGBT people from discrimination, and this is a naked attempt to keep it that way (and chip away at existing protections in jurisdictions across the state). It is in every way a response to same-sex marriage, which is now legal in Indiana. This is the far-right's strategy to get around marriages that they don't personally like. I know. I saw some of their (intercepted) strategy documents a full two years ago.

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*One of the chief anti-LGBT/pro-discrimination groups behind the measure doesn't even hide its intent:

Churches, Christian businesses and individuals deserve protection from those who support homosexual marriages and those who support government recognition and approval of gender identity (men who dress as women). SB 101 will help provide the protection! [Advance America]

Governor Pence has personally thanked this very organization for "bettering the state."

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