I apparently can fly; cool, I've always wanted to!
I'm a legally married gay man who has accomplished a state- and federally-recognized union. Which, according to exceedingly anti-gay talker Steve Deace, puts me in the same league as Superman:
"I mean, someone might think, I have the right to fly and I’d love to fly and I have a desire to fly and I even found a judge that gave me a piece of paper that told me I have the right to fly. But when I fling myself off the top of a skyscraper, I run smack-dab into the law of gravity. It didn’t change because some judge said so. It still exists."
But the marriage law has changed Steve, in many places and everywhere soon enough. So considering you're as much as an expert as you seem to think you are, I guess that means we gay folk will all turn into flappy birds soon enough. Which is going to save a ton on honeymoon airfare. Score!!
Starving selves to stop others' happiness: Virginia edition
Fall is filled with such yummy foodstuffs. Apple cider. Hearty stews. And when it comes to the most popular of all autumnal treats, you can basically put pumpkin and its associated spices into a tube of lipstick and call it a dish, and I'll eat it.
Yet some Virginians are planning to deny themselves of this yumminess and instead greet the seasonal turn with ravenous prayer. All because some citizens dare to see themselves as equal under civil law:
The Family Foundation [of Virginia] is asking that you join us for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage from August 27 until October 5, 2014. Our state and nation are mired in a morass of confusion and post-modern thinking that does not believe in absolutes nor that any truth can even be known. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. Pagan philosophies, a secular humanist education establishment and an entertainment industry that is absolutely determined in pushing the envelope on decency and morality have all combined to turn this great land into a country that our forefathers could not even begin to recognize.
Virginia: 40 Days Of Prayer, Fasting And Repentance For Marriage [Focus on the Family's Citizenlink]
I fast for one day in the fall, on Yom Kippur, and I'm like a he-beast by the time the sundown bagels roll around. I can't imagine doing it for days on end.
Then again, I also can't imagine being so bothered by other people's love that I dedicate my life toward raging against it, so I guess everyone's different. That's why there's chocolate and vanilla—and I intend to fill my fall 2014 with plenty of both!!
NOM-aligned organization claims God will soon punish us for pro-equality rulings
The Coalition of African American pastors is one of the National Organization For Marriage's key strategic partners. In fact, CAAP's head, Rev. Bill Owens (pic. at left), is one of NOM's official religious liaisons. CAAP and NOM work together on a number of projects and are currently coordinating the upcoming "march for marriage" in Washington D.C (pic is from NOM's 2013 march).
Now that you have that brief background, take a moment and learn how this same organization, in words attributed to the aforementioned Bill Owens and his wife Deborah, believes that God is about to put us all "on a rough ride" ("hold on to your hats") because of our President, Attorney General, and judges who determined that gay citizens really do have the right to marry under the laws of the country to which they pay taxes:
How will the Lord judge our activist judges?
Across this nation, activist judges continue to strike down state bans on same-sex marriages; one after the other, judges across the land are inserting their own political views in order to interpret laws already on the books as ‘unconstitutional.’ A judge in Texas is one of the latest to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage, even though the citizens of the great state of Texas voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Judge Bernard Friedman of Michigan, unlike the other judges who showed discretion and respect for the process, did not suspend his decision while the Michigan attorney general pursed an appeal. Instead, he allowed clerks to continue issuing licenses to same-sex couples unless a higher court intervenes.
So not only are these judges defying God, but they are repudiating the states’ Constitutional right to enact and enforce their own laws! These moves come on the heels of Attorney General Eric Holder’s instruction to the state attorney generals suggesting that if they didn't want to enforce the laws of their states regarding same-sex marriage, then they didn't have to! He literally gave them permission to break the law, assuring them that there would be no legal action taken against them from the Department of Justice.
This pattern of ‘lawlessness’ is becoming all too familiar and it originates from the top—the White House itself. When the Commander in Chief no longer executes the laws of the land, but rather his own political and ideological agendas, then we are in trouble. Note: that Michigan judge made the decision to allow county clerks to continue issuing licenses “unless a higher court intervenes.” The spiritual significance of this decision is very chilling because America truly is petitioning a ‘Higher Court’ with every stroke of the pen!
When the courts are actively in defiance of the Laws of Almighty God, then there is no true ‘justice’ in the land. And when there is no justice, then the Most High will bring justice to the Earth…the scripture declares… “Then MY OWN ARM brought justice.” (Isaiah 59:16) So hold on to your hats. America’s in for a rough ride!
CAAP, along with 6000 pastors, is sounding the alarm! The Antichrist must rejoice in the way that the lawless policies of this current administration are destroying this land. We will continue to shed light on this Administration’s crystal clear strategy to transform America into a country that no longer considers the rights of its citizens, but rather its own ideological proclivities.
FULL: How will the Lord judge our activist judges? [CAAP]
Well if we're in a for a rough ride, Rev., can we at least go ahead and get full, fifty-state, equal civil marriage first? I know you think our insurance policies will hold no benefit in the eternal realm, and it's totally your right to believe that. But when God starts his whole vengeance thing and our mortal kingdom starts a'rockin' (because a supreme deity's a'knockin'), I know some currently estranged couples who would certainly like to shore up the earthbound rights and protections that come from civil marriage.
Oh, and while I have ya, Rev—please, please, pretty please (with sugar on top) convince your side to start talking about the Antichrist and his supposed rejoicing the next time one of these cases makes it way to the Supreme Court. I'm thinking even a Clarence Thomas might have a hard time standing with a movement that submits the victory party of Jesus' arch nemesis as evidence for why loving same-sex couples are going to break civil marriage.
GLAAD: The rise of toxic terminology: Losing anti-LGBT movement turns to corrosive labeling
Founder of anti-gay Boy Scouts alternative links sexual orientation, adultery; earns merit badge in ill-intended comparisons
As a married gay man, this link always strikes me as particularly bizarre. For the past eleven years, my gayness has been an expression of commitment—to one man and one many only. Without that one man, I have no sex life. In a sense, the idea of adultery is the direct opposite of my sexuality and its physical manifestation.
But to the Stembergers of the world, this doesn't matter. I can be married and committed to the same man for fifty years, and my relationship will still be more comparable to a straight guy who steps out on his wife at every lunch hour than it is to a lifelong straight marriage. To them, we are "broken" by virtue of continued existence; we are committing an act like adultery, no matter how we live our truths. And of course our supporters are to be publicly flogged on social media for simply "liking" us.
Thankfully, I stopped caring what people like John Stemberger think about me years and years ago. I will, however, continue to use his public protestations for the continued benefit of my political team's steadily rising polls.
'Playbill' to let the two previously unaware playgoers in on Broadway's love for gays
Playbill magazine, the incomparable information guide and de facto cooling fan for Broadway and off Broadway theatergoers, has announced that it will print in special rainbow colors for Pride month (June):
Playbill Will Go Rainbow for Pride [Advocate]
"Ooh, they must be sponsored by Skittles," says reliably clueless tourist Dottie Winston.
In a related story, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association have announced that it will dedicate the June issue of its monthly membership magazine to making life harder and less colorful for people born and/or believing differently than they do. So status quo.
New record: Anti-gay activist Ralph Reed contradicts self in less than minute
Ralph Reed at the 7:02 mark, pushing lies that have been laughed out of federal court:
"The social science is irrefutable: a child who grows up in a home without the mother and father present, and they both very unique procreative, nurturing, and socializing roles, they’re nine times more likely to end up dropping out of high school; they’re five times more likely to end up in poverty; and they’re three times more likely to end up addicted to drugs and alcohol.”
Reed at 7:40 mark, contradicting the pretense that he himself stated just forty seconds prior:
“I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples”
The venue: ABC's This Week:
(H/t: Joe Jervis)
Shorter Reed: "I have no data, I'm not a social scientist, but I am a paid political operative hellbent on pushing my personal theology into public policy at the expense of LGBT people and their children. Happy Easter. He is Risen (and so are my consulting fees)."
Read: NOM's guide to pressuring lawmakers to ban marriages (while pretending you're doing something good and positive instead)
Even though one of the bills for which they are lobbying is, quite literally, one that would alter our U.S. Constitution so that is specifically bans same-sex marriage (H.J. RES 51, Federal Marriage Protection Amendment; Huelskamp), the National Organization For Marriage is telling its supporters to not admit their true intent:
Instead, NOM is telling folks to use the following message, which falsely pits "standing for marriage" with a supposed loss of a right to speak:
Those are just two points you will find in NOM's guidebook for how its supporters are to lobby their elected representatives when visiting the nation's capital on June 19th (the day of NOM's silly "march for marriage," pricey gala, and associated lobby day)
Full trailer: 'The Normal Heart'
Vintage Clinton era oppo memo perhaps even more relevant today
As part of today's massive document dump of previously restricted files comes a 1995 memo titled "The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce." It's astounding how applicable it is to our present political world (and particularly the LGBT fight):
Of course now, there are thousands more outlets that do this kind of work and countless more folks, from everyday bloggers to paid Fox News contributors like Todd Starnes, who facilitate the same trend outlined above. I harp on it all the time. Rather than Vince Foster or Whitewater, the above could easily apply to any of the fake stories that the anti-LGBT movement dreams up and then turns into national incidents via their willing allies in media and Congress. There's nothing new under The Sun (or Fox News or The NY Post or The Washington Times or ...)
In fact, this same document specifically outlines the games of WND founder and "birther king" Joseph Farah, who is still very much working against us today:
If anything, Farah has only ratcheted up his work from where he was back then.
Look, I'm not going to pretend that politics is all pure on the left side, either. It isn't. But when it comes to turning outright myth into an incident and turning cruel demonization into a "values" position, the far-right has no counterpart. This has deeply damaged our debate. It didn't have to be that way then; it doesn't have to be that way now.