Video: Another hour, another anti-gay activist warning society of its impending, gay-initiated doom
This time it's James Dobson, the Focus on the Family founder, who is suggesting that our gay marriage–having future is going to destroy America. Going to destroy "the entire superstructure of culture," in fact:
Of course the truth is that marriage equality doesn't weaken marriage or the family—it strengthens both. But seeing as how neither tolerance nor understanding are in Dobson's greater hits collection, we find the onetime powerful tunesmith entering this season of life by crowing the same fear on which he placed his twentieth century bets. And even though he's been wrong about it all, he expects us to still listen.
If interviewer Billy Hallowell (of The Blaze) were doing his job, he would challenge Dobson on this offensive idea that civil marriage equality for good, decent, hardworking American citizens and our families is somehow the Armageddon that is going to undermine, if not all-out destroy, the ideals of the religious right's idyllic America. Unfortunately, there are still more than a few complacent and complicit co-conspirators in conservative America who are more than willing to help the broken notions of the past stymy our present potential.
Video: Target features gay dads in new ad #MadeToMatter
It's quick, like all of the shots. But it's there, at around :19:
Made to matter, indeed. Another bad blip for those who choose to deny us our worth.
Brian Brown warns America: We probably won't survive gay people's marriages
National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown writing for the (Mormon owned) Deseret News:
"Marriage is a foundational institution, something at the core of civilization. It is our only institution that brings men and women together as husbands and wives to be fathers and mothers to any children born of their union. Marriage is the foundation of the family and an essential element of a thriving society. No nation can long survive if it abandons the natural family and denies the unique contributions men and women each bring to child rearing."
FULL: Brian S. Brown: In defending marriage, Utah is standing in the breach [Deseret News]
Of course the truth is that gay people are as natural as anyone else and our families are well within the spectrum of normalcy. This is true with or without marriage rights; our inevitable civil parity will only increase peace of mind, not murder America.
But Brian, you see, is a fear merchant. He is about out of hope, so he has no choice but to offer warnings. When faced with the expansion of happiness and a public that is ever-more happily embracing it, Brian has no choice but to try to crap on it. The role of optimist is no longer available to him. He has to play the doomsday card.
But let's be real: he doesn't really believe that "no nation can long survive" same-sex marriage. What Brian really fears is that his chosen form of discrimination can no longer survive the political reality. It's been quite the cash cow for him, this whole job of hurting certain people and our families. He's surely going to miss that paycheck when it's gone. Soon.
Ben & Jerry's has the scoop on our inevitably sweeter future
One of America's sweetest company has a long history of supporting the rich, creamy goodness that is marriage equality. Late last week, the company took the support to a whole other level, urging the Supreme Court to hurry up and do the right thing already:
We’re proud to have signed onto an “Employers’ Amicus Brief.” That’s fancy lawyer speak for a formal legal petition asking the Supreme Court to review these latest circuit court rulings, and make a ruling that state governments may not act to hinder a business from treating all of its legally married employees in the same way. We’ve signed on with 30 other global and local companies who are fed up with a state-level ban on allowing a legally binding marriage, and all the benefits that go with it.
FULL: Ben & Jerry’s joins Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court supporting Same Sex Marriage [Ben & Jerry's]
Not to be outdone, the anti-equality movement believes they are *this close* to getting the National Council Of Stale Licorice to support its cause.
READ: HRC's 'Export of Hate' report puts American activists on notice
And now more on the American anti-LGBT activists (Brian Brown, Robert Oscar Lopez, Peter LaBarbera, etc.) who are taking their frustrations here at home, cashing in their frequent flier miles, and looking for better chances overseas:
*EARLIER: 'Yahoo! News' notes NOM's shocking turn toward global extremism [G-A-Y]
NOM president joins NARTH's VP of operations at Utah conference
Brian Brown is the president of the National Organization For Marriage, the national group that pretends it is focused on policy rather than personal animus toward LGBT people. David Pruden is the VP of Operations at NARTH, an organization that unapologetically pushes the idea that gay people can and should "change" their sexual orientations through scientifically discredited therapy efforts.
The two men are right next to each other on the bill for a "family" conference that will be held in Provo, UT, later this week:
Of course these two are rubbing shoulders. Their agendas have always been one in the same.
This Utah conference fully admits that it is against "distorted ideas about human sexuality" and that it wants to take on "the issue of same-sex attraction." It's time for NOM to come on out the closet and admit that it is not just a "protect marriage" group. That game is over.
'Yahoo! News' notes NOM's shocking turn toward global extremism
Just last week, National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown was back in Russia stirring the pot against LGBT rights. A great new report from Yahoo! News, which builds off work from the Human Rights Campaign (for whom I first revealed NOM's plans to launch an International Organization For Marriage), makes note of the American anti-equality organization's quickly accumulating passport stamps and the overall global trend of their associated movement:
[Brian] Brown is just one of many in the American “traditional marriage” movement who are aggressively pushing their message abroad now that they face an increasingly tough sell at home. In so doing, he is making common cause with foreign activists whose anti-gay rights crusades are more robust—and more resoundingly successful—than America’s homegrown one. Among them are Americans who actively worked behind the scenes to support the passage of Russia’s law preventing gay people from adopting, as well as Uganda’s law that punishes homosexuality with up to a lifetime in prison.
FULL: America's gay marriage battle goes global [Yahoo! News]
It's been pretty startling to track NOM's trajectory. This was an organization that, in the beginning, was nothing if not pragmatic. Its minders carefully protected its image and messaging so as to no seem like an animus-driven organization on par with all the other anti-LGBT groups. That jig is very fully up. In other nations, they are not only fighting against marriage equality but against basic welfare for LGBT people. They can't accomplish that here, so they are doing what other careless people have long done: they are acting out while on vacation.
My big question, though: "Why would any nation turn to an organization with so much loss on its record?" It's kind of like asking the Kardashians for advice on how twenty-first century Americans are able to keep family matters so private.
Anti-gay American Family Association claims the discriminatory business owner is our modern-day Hester Prynne
We all know that the anti-LGBT activists have made a movement-wide choice to pretend that those who are called out for their attempts to discriminate are the real victims and that the citizens who suffered the embarrassing, unfair, and unlawful denial of service as the bullies. And we all know why: it's because they are now very much on the defensive in the larger conversation and need some way to shirk responsibility for the harms that they favor.
What's funny is watching the ways they try to sell that narrative to a public that, outside of their own echo chambers, is really not buying any of it. In a new piece for the American Family Association's monthly magazine, writer Teddy James uses the conceit of Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel The Scarlet Letter, demanding that business owners who have attempted to flout nondiscrimination laws so that they would not have to service gay couples are the modern-day victims of a Prynne-like witch hunt. And of course in his telling, these owners weren't doing anything wrong (heaven's no!). They were simply standing for their beliefs, natch:
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magnum opus, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing as a public declaration of her sin, adultery. Modern America has a new scarlet letter – I, for intolerant. Intolerance is the great cultural sin of our day, and many are forced to wear the scarlet I not because they were objectively wrong, but because they stood for their beliefs.
KEEP READING: Conviction Costs [AFA Journal]
I suspect misappropriation, literary and otherwise, will be a big part of the futures of groups like the AFA. The tale, as written, is certainly not going their way, and they demand that it MUST. They were promised, after all. Because they were born winners, don't you know? They have all the answers. They know better than the rest of us. They've been telling us that for decades.
And now that fewer and fewer are listening? Well, you know what they say about desperate times.