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07/23/2014

Read: Federal court judge rules against Colorado's discriminatory marriage ban

by Jeremy Hooper

He stayed his ruling until August 25th in case the wrong side wants to appeal to the 10th circuit (where panels have already stricken Utah and Oklahoma bans), but US District Judge Raymond P. Moore has done as expected and ruled against Colorado's discrimination marriage amendment. Full order:

1:14-cv-01817 #45 by Equality Case Files

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You guys, will you please pipe down so Sen. Rubio can dismantle your deserved freedoms?

by Jeremy Hooper

And now the gentle-victim from Florida will take the floor:

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 At 6.12.48 PmThose who support same-sex marriage have a right to lobby their state legislature to change its laws. But Americans like myself who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have the right to work to keep the traditional definition of marriage in our laws without seeing them overturned by a judge.”...

“I promise you that even before this speech is over, I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who’s anti-gay,” he said. “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage.


—US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in speech to Catholic University; full remarks at Right Wing Watch

Senator, your policies, if allowed to extend to their logical end, would legally divorce me from my husband and legally estrange us from our daughter. So sorry, senator, if you feel that gay Americans who push back against you are "attacking" you for these, the views that are absolutely, 100%, in every way hostile to families like mine. But it's not "hypocrisy"—it's self defense.

And I say this without calling you any kind of name (I never do). The only label I need for you is "wrong."

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'Mask is coming off' LGBTs, says man who vowed to export and/or criminalize LGBTs

by Jeremy Hooper

Peter Sprigg:

“The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace – including religious liberty.” [SOURCE (the column of Fox News' resident anti-gay crap-stirrer, Todd Starnes]

Peter Sprigg:

Peter saying he'd like to export gays:


*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]

Peter saying homosexuality should come with criminal sanctions:


*SOURCE: MSNBC
**MORE: Peter Sprigg [GLAAD CAP]

Mask-less actor says what?

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Exxon, infamous holdout on fair and decent employment protections, could be running out of options

by Jeremy Hooper

Year after year, Exxon Mobil secures its notoriety when it bucks the Fortune 500 trend and chooses to reject nondiscrimination protections for LGBT workers. Thanks to President Obama's historic action, the oil giant might be running out of options:

IRVING, Texas — Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will comply with the new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, while still sidestepping the question of whether it will formalize that by changing the language of its corporate policy.
Exxon Mobil says it will comply with new federal protections for gay, transgender workers [AP via Republic]

I'll bet there are many within the company's high ranks who hope this will, in fact, lead to permanent policy change. Sure, the company still does well (to say the least). However, notoriety like this is not good for business. My husband and I go out of our way to avoid Exxon Mobil gas, and I know many other people who do the same. Even with billions in profits, the company would surely like a little more. But as time goes by and more people catch on to the company's continued feet-digging, resistance is only going to come at a greater cost.

With this, more pragmatic company decision makers can be like, "Oh well, the President has forced our hand." That way they can formalize the change in policy yet do it without much fallout from the wrong-side-of-history holdouts who prefer to tap rather than cap the well of inequality.

So congrats, Exxon powers that be: the President is saving you from your selves.

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Oregon baker who refused same-sex wedding cake bakes for 'ex-gay' org

by Jeremy Hooper

Sweet Cakes by Melissa was one of the first of the high profile bakeries to earn national attention and a civil rights complaint for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake. But while Melissa Klein and her team won't make a cake for happy gay people who find love, she will bake for an "ex-gay" organization that tells those same gay people they are wrong, immoral, and in need of "fixing":

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[Sweet Cakes by Melissa]

And not just any "ex-gay" organization, either. Restored Hope is an extremely aggressive group that launched in the wake of Exodus International's demise. Headed by "ex-lesbian" Anne Paulk (whose ex-"ex-gay" former husband is now back to being an out and proud gay man) and affiliated with exceedingly anti-gay personalities like Rob Gagnon, Restored Hope is one of the most hostile "ex-gay" group we've seen in some time. Just last week the organization suggested that banning scientifically discredited "ex-gay" therapy makes the government a partner in gay men's deaths. That's their speed.

Just in case you needed more evidence that these wedding cake refusals are most always acts of anti-gay aggression that extend well beyond the one request itself, here it is.

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PFOX rebrands; into group play, seemingly

by Jeremy Hooper

The silly little "ex-gay" organization known as PFox has updated its look. This is the "gays-should-change" organization's new logo:

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Looks like a party, frankly. A frisky one. Careful where you place those hands, boys!

Although I think it's just plain perfect that the junk science group chose maroon as the color for the one boy who left the group. After all:

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Hopefully our marooned "ex-gay" will get off his isolated island and come back to his truth.

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Audio: Listen to this ADF spinmeister and his anti-gay spin

by Jeremy Hooper

Jeremy Tedesco of the anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom wants you to know that religious organizations don't actually want to discriminate against gay people. Oh, no, no, you silly thing. Instead, they just want the "right" to penalize you for not being able to meet their "standards when it comes to sexual morality and sexual conduct":

FULL: Focus on the Family

So enraging! The anti-gay, religious-driven, pro-discrimination crowd is so determined to make their obvious hostilities seem like what they so obviously are that they act like those of us who refuse to accept their position are just too dense to understand the nuance and gradation of their view. They know that being outwardly against a minority population and that population's ability to move freely within society is a terrible, no good, very bad thing, and they know that history always—always, every time, in every case—looks back with remorse on the long held acceptance of such biases. To get around that inconvenient truth, they unleash word salads like the above because they want to be able to take away our rights and absolve their consciences too.

But the truth is that these distinctions are not clever. These explanations are not true. These positions are not more noble when you separate the human being from his or her capacity for love, relationship, marriage, and family. We see right through it—and so does the future.

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07/22/2014

Report: US District judge won't deny justice to gay Coloradans; might delay it, though

by Jeremy Hooper

U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore, an Obama appointee, has indicated that he will grant an injunction one Wednesday that will strike down Colorado's marriage ban. The question now is whether or not he will issue a stay while the matter makes its way up to Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and the six who could theoretically side with equality.

The AP has the story:

Judge Ponders Overturning State Gay Marriage Ban [AP via WaPo]

Should the judge move forward without a stay, marriage equality would open up statewide. Should he stay the ruling, it will be another one of those "YAY!! DAMN!!!" combos that have become increasingly familiar in this patchwork of marriage law that we call America circa 2014.

Stay (or not) tuned.

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AFA to POTUS: End your 'love affair with homosexuality,' give anti-gay Christians entitlement instead

by Jeremy Hooper

The American Family Association can't believe the President would do something fully within his executive power to fulfill a commitment that he has always professed to having. So since they could not defeat him and his promises in either of his two elections, they are now sending angry emails instead:

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[AFA]

"Preferential treatment to a lifestyle," eh? That's rich coming from an organization that absolutely wants preferential treatment. For an actual lifestyle choice. That they made. To discriminate against millions of people on the basis of their chosen beliefs.

Oh, and it's downright hilarious that you all continue to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to promote your little slices of animus, AFA. There are novelty toy shops in Provincetown that are less pro-gay than those three.

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Congressional right wing's right-side-of-history whip count: 8–271

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 At 2.01.43 PmAnd then there were eight:

FLORIDA: US Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) Becomes Eighth Sitting GOP Member Of Congress To Back Same-Sex Marriage [J.M.G.]

The other seven are Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA). The other two hundred seventy-one are still relying on the advice of noted influence peddler Chicken Little from the Big Sky-Fall lobby.

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