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10/31/2013

50th state closer to being equality's 15th (*plus D.C.)

By a 20–4 vote, the full Hawaii Senate passed marriage equality. Hawaii Senate passes bill to legalize gay marriage [Reuters] The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats hold a huge majority, and then to the highly supportive governor's...

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10/30/2013

Interesting strategy: Hawaii opponents admit that Hawaiians support marriage equality

I don't think I've ever seen this before. On the "Let The People Decide on Marriage" site that the anti-equality forces in Hawaii have set up as a way to trip up the marriage equality bill, the coalition includes this...

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Maggie Gallagher: 'I believe SCOTUS is going to impose gay marriage in all fifty states within the next two years'

From her mouth to society's ears... (*Clip should be cued. If not, pertinent point is at 25:43) So stop giving to the National Org. For Marriage, potential donors. Your fight is all but fruitless. NOM's co-founder has pretty much admitted...

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If I focus on you, it's because I think your advocacy is a liability to your movement

Bryan Fischer once called me a "stalker." Peter LaBarbera has called me "obsessed." Jennifer Roback Morse called me "her minder," in an attempt to undercut my public pushback against her public role. Other social conservative assume that I and other...

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Sandra Day O'Connor makes strong marriage equality move; thanks, Pres. Reagan!!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg did it. Now the Supreme Court Justice's retired counterpart is getting in the game: Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Officiates Gay Wedding AT Supreme Court [J.M.G.] And social conservatives looking for someone to blame for the fact...

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Head of Hawaii's anti-equality movement: Marriage equality will lead to bestiality, women marrying selves

Jim Hochberg is Hawaii's longtime foe of marriage equality and the head of the current effort against us. Here's what he's telling his neighbors: HFA-4 from OFM LLC on Vimeo. Beastaility [sic]? Conubinage? Person-on-self marriage? Oh, the aggressive fear mongering!...

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10/29/2013

HOLY CRAP! NOM attempts to link same-sex marriage to incestuous marriage!

The Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins is one of the most extreme-tongued voices in the anti-LGBT movement. Like for reals, her rhetoric must be seen to be believed. But it's not out of line for NOM. They just pushed one...

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GLAAD: Why the anti-LGBT movement should fear greater TV representation (theirs)

Why the anti-LGBT movement should fear greater TV representation [GLAAD]

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Brian Brown admonishes man 'who lost virtually every election he was involved with in 2012;' oddly, he wasn't talking to giant mirror

The National Organization for Marriage has had one of the worst years of any special interest groups in recent memory. Come Christmas time, they could string together their many losses the way others string together popcorn. But get this: in...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM prez Praises Man who Claims a Direct Connection between Homosexuality and Pedophilia

NOM prez Praises Man who Claims a Direct Connection between Homosexuality and Pedophilia [NOM EXPOSED]

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'We win, they lose' says person whose movement has been losing—and hard!—for past year

As regular readers well know, Bryan Fischer's favorite "values" issue is the denigration of LGBT people. And here's that American Family Association's spokesperson's view on how things are going and need to go: If the past year is how Bryan...

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Oh HI, right side of history: HI Senate committee advances marriage equality

By a 5–2 vote, the Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee voted to advance a marriage equality bill: State Senate committee passes same sex marriage bill [Star Advertiser] Now on to the full Senate, a House committee, and the full...

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Audio: Tony Perkins vs. humor

A caller dialed into Tony Perkins' radio show and claimed that Satan uses humor to persuade the viewing public that homosexuality is okay. The Family Research Council prez was simply giddy to have such a like-mind on the line: *First...

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10/28/2013

Man leading current fight against #HI4M once admitted he wants to 'discourage' homosexuality

These days, you're less likely to hear James Hochberg, the man heading up the current fight against Hawaii marriage equality, admit that he thinks homosexuality is like drug addiction. But that wasn't the case back in 1993, when people like...

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NOM's latest (destined-to-fail) attempt at a social media meme: Denigrating kids raised by single parents

The National Organization For Marriage, an organization supposedly focused on civil marriage equality, wants you to change your Facebook pic so that it tells all of your friends who happen to be raised by loving single parents, same-sex parents, grandparents,...

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Hawaii Republican Assembly radio ad: Marriage equality is really push to 'normalize all sorts of deviant behavior'

With marriage equality going before the state legislature this week, the Hawaii Republican Assembly is determined to shoot its own movement in the foot by showing how extreme and personally denigrating the pro-discrimination movement really is: What the hell is...

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Pundit who cable news loves to portray as mainstream: Gay people are 'outside of God's design'

In yet another fundraising blast built around denigrating LGBT people and equal marriage rights, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is yet again telling anyone who will listen that we gay people are intrinsically broken because we are "living outside...

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10/27/2013

Video: CA pastor Jack Hibbs tells churchgoers to vote against transgender student protections

Judging by the phrasing, I'm assuming this was shown today in California churches: "This is not some sort of a political plea"? Um, blatantly lying in the name of Jesus is still blatantly lying, Pastor Hibbs.

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10/25/2013

Video: Newly hired snake oil salesman welcomes you to his scientifically discredited store

Here is David Pruden, the new head of the so-called National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), putting a friendly face on damaging practices: It's like an auto mechanic touting his new shop geared toward repairing cars that...

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GLAAD: 'The Hill' runs FRC's opinion, helps push factually inaccurate smears

'The Hill' runs FRC's opinion, helps push factually inaccurate smears [GLAAD]

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'Hubristic quest for superiority is to be protected from civil coexistence. Not the reverse'

Or as NOM and conservative writer Eric Metaxas rephrase my headline: [NOM/Metaxas] It's as if they're trying to hypnotize us into believing their fictions. "You are getting sleepy. You will let us impose theocracy..."

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'If only he'd been more anti-gay...': A look at Maggie Gallagher & fellows' silly 'GOP autopsy'

Maggie Gallagher is one of three co-authors of a new report that purports to "explain" why the GOP lost in 2012. The report is pretty much tone deaf (/self preservationist), particularly in the way it focused on marriage equality and...

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10/24/2013

FRC prays for God 'to destroy those who embrace' the 'evil' of marriage equality

From the Family Research Council's latest round of "prayer targets": [FRC] So tell us again, FRC: why is the Southern Poverty Law Center wrong to classify you the way that they do?

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Unoriginal plumbing: NOM takes good-natured home improvement project, uses it for ill-natured disapproval of other people's homes

On the website vizimac.com, it's a handy image helping users learn how to replace a shower valve: Shower Valve Replacement [Vizimac.com] But when put through NOM's discriminatory filter, it becomes an attack on transgender kids who attend California's public schools...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM runs ad in Hawaii claiming marriage equality is ‘damaging our people’

NOM runs ad in Hawaii claiming marriage equality is ‘damaging our people’ [NOM EXPOSED]

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#ThrowbackThursday: Hawaii's late '90s pro-discrimination ads were as campy as they were disgusting

The National Organization For Marriage has announced a new television ad campaign telling Hawaii to not grant equality to its citizens. Perhaps they turned to some of these ads from 1998's version of making discrimination sound like something other than...

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Photo: IL marriage protestor confuses condemnation, smear quotes for civil policy debate

Another shot from yesterday's "defend marriage" rally in Springfield, Illinois, which the host organization is proudly promoting on its Facebook page: [SOURCE: IL Family Institute] A personally-held, cherry-picked, loosely interpreted faith condemnation printed on poster board—how ever will we compete...

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Does Illinois' top 'defend marriage' group think we're all 'mistakes'?

This was a popular refrain at yesterday's "Defend Marriage" lobby day in Springfield, Illinois: PHOTOS and full report: Gay marriage opponents gather at Capitol [Windy City Times] When people say "God doesn't make mistakes" in an LGBT context, typically they...

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We agree, Illinois protestor—civil unions are not sustainable!

This guy was front and center throughout yesterday's "Defend Marriage" lobby day in Springfield, Illinois: [Photos: IFI] Well, I don't know if I'd say God abhors them, per se. But I do know that civil unions surely aren't the best...

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10/23/2013

GLAAD: Bryan Fischer calls GLAAD 'sinister,' 'evil'; GLAAD clearly doing something right

Bryan Fischer calls GLAAD 'sinister,' 'evil'; GLAAD clearly doing something right [GLAAD]

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Illinois activists still relying on Linda 'homosexuality is Satan's plan' Jernigan

Buzzfeed's Tony Merevick sends this shot from the Illinois Family Institute's state Capitol rally against marriage equality @TonyMerevick That would be the same Linda Jernigan who says Satan has stolen gay people's identity, that gays have to be inebriated in...

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Audio: WND's David Kupelian compares six-year-old trans kid to Halloween ghoul

Grown adult David Kupelian is getting an early start on Halloween. Not by buying candy or hanging a big ghost on his house, mind you. No, no—the WND publisher is instead comparing the proper care, respect, and protection of a...

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AFA president says gay activism is 'an evil conspiracy'

Responding to Southern Baptist Convention spokesman Russell Moore's claim that gays are not the enemy and that people on his side should simmer down a bit, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon looks him right and the eye and says,...

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Video: Anti-gay IL pastor compares gay parents to 'five-year-olds who think they can drive cars'

The first thing that annoys me about this clip is the reporter's acceptance of anti-gay side's loaded terminology, "protect traditional marriage." But then stick around until the 2:00 mark, when a local pastor compares gay parents like me to "five-year-olds...

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IFI to IL Gov: Gays must 'flee immorality'

In a few hours from the time I write this, the extremely extreme Illinois Family Institute will gather at the state Capitol in Springfield to lobby legislators to vote against civil marriage equality. And they will be doing this because...

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10/22/2013

Tony Perkins: Pro-LGBT National Cathedral Dean is encouraging 'those who do evil'

Rev. Gary Hall (pic.), the Dean of Washington's National Cathedral, recently came out against groups like the Family Research Council and voices like Tony Perkins, noting the obvious threat that their homo hostility poses to LGBT people (and to LGBT...

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The bill is non-controversial; so here, let Focus on the Family needlessly inject some

Here is the perfect example of "pro-family" obsession with us. After five grafs about a non-controversial adoption bill that just made its way through the California legislature, Focus on the Family hands a quote slot to in-house analyst Carrie Gordon...

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NOM EXPOSED: Brian Brown, in Russia, strategizing with those seeking 'Solutions to Homosexual Behavior'

Brian Brown, in Russia, strategizing with those seeking 'Solutions to Homosexual Behavior' [NOM EXPOSED]

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IFI gets even more extreme (if you can believe it)

For months now, I've been telling you that the opposition group leading the charge in Illinois is more than your average family policy council. One of the few statewide family policy groups with public engagement hostile enough to make the...

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A third of the US population has marriage equality

American Foundation For Equal Rights brings this astounding stat: 33% of Americans live with marriage equality [AFER] Of course until it's 100%, we are still living under an injustice that belies the fair and free principles of this great nation....

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Video: 'This has not been a good few days for NOM'

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Tony Perkins: Chris Christie is now a 2016 'non-starter'

Because of his decision to drop his fight against the loving couples who are now marrying in his state, viciously anti-gay conservative leader Tony Perkins has declared New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to be off the table of consideration for...

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10/21/2013

Other options gone, NJ's top anti-gay voice resorts to denigration; gay unions = 'conjugal mismatch' & 'biological falsehood'

Marriage is legal and loving couples are already taking part. This being New Jersey's reality, the man who has been working for marriage discrimination for so many years has little left to do other than cast those same loving couples...

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Support gay soldiers, undermine homeland security?

Elaine Donnelly, professional sayer of things that she thinks might make the military (and society) more anti-LGBT, is back to beat the poor deceased horse that is Don't As Don't Tell. In her latest, Donnelly is going after Jeh Johnson,...

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NOM says Christie can't be president; but they also said Mitt *could*, so, you know.

The National Organization For Marriage has lost another friend. Here's president Brian Brown: "Regrettably, Governor Christie's decision to surrender on marriage reveals him to be a man who lacks the courage of his supposed convictions. As far as we are...

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Our losses are epic and unending—give us more money!

While still living within a worse year than one that even I could have scripted, and while suffering the crushing psychological blow of marriage equality now being a done deal in the state of its founding, the National Organization For...

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Report: Christie admin withdraws appeal, won't try to stop NJ marriages

This just in: [Bloomberg TV] Developing. **UPDATE: Multiple reports have now confirmed this initial tweet. MARRIAGE IS SAFE IN NJ!!!!!!!

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IFI's Higgins: Gay marriages, parenting, families = 'evil'

With her organization gearing up to lobby the state legislature on Wednesday, the Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins is trying her hardest to let the lawmakers know that the IFI's agenda is vicious and goes well beyond just marriage. To...

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10/18/2013

Shorter NOM: We know we've lost Jersey

Those pesky "activist judges" and their learned application of law: "It is extremely disappointing that the New Jersey Supreme Court has allowed the ruling of an activist judge to stand pending its appeal through the court system. The definition of...

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Monday: New Jersey to boldly join every state to its north and south

The state Supreme Court will not stand in the way. Starting Monday (10/21), Garden State same-sex couples will be free to marry: New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Stay, Marriage Equality To Begin Monday [Buzzfeed] New Jersey's always been such an...

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