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12/31/2013

Brian Brown: Why can't those 'perverse' gays stick to designing Rose Parade floats?

He's had an awful year. Like truly terrible. I, possessor of both an active imagination and NOM-initiated gag reflex, could not have scripted a worse year for his org. To make things a little sweeter for Brian, we tried to...

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Video: Straight, Mormon, Utah resident supports the freedom to marry (*and knocks down common canards)

In this very effective video, a practicing Mormon from Utah not only comes out in support of the marriage equality that is now a reality in his state, but he actually cites the common untruths that groups (like his church)...

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Fox News' resident anti-LGBT crap-stirrer demonstrates far-right's blatant hypocrisy

When citizens and a cable network react to a public person's vicious comments, Todd Starnes, FOX News' in-house middleman between anti-LGBT groups and the mainstream media, claims they are "anti-Christian brownshirts": But when anti-gay people react to a certain public...

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Same folks who blasted A&E for taking action against Phil Robertson pushing Rose Parade to stop same-sex marriage

I seriously wonder if any of the anti-gay social conservatives have stopped for even a second to consider their hypocrisy. Coming right on the heels of the whole thing with the Duck Dynasty guy, the very same anti-LGBT activists who...

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12/30/2013

Group that lost IL marriage fight sticks to same extreme rhetoric that led them to lose

Gay people are living just so that we can ruin Laurie Higgins' TV viewing appearances, leading the IFI researcher to believe Christians should oppose our public acceptance the way they might oppose incest or slavery. It's just another day at...

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'Duck Dynasty' takeaway: Stop letting anti-gay far-right set up false stakes, fake 'victims'

I keep hearing people talk about who "won" or "lost" the whole Duck Dynasty fiasco. This is truly bizarre to me. I do not and never did see this as a game to "win" or "lose." A man came out...

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Video: Just listen to Brian Brown's tone of voice. Ugh.

When watching this clip, don't even focus so much on Brian Brown's reliably skewed rhetoric. Instead, I want you to focus on the clear difference between the way the National Organization For Marriage president speaks and the way the rest...

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Video: MassResistance's Camenker stirring up animus in Jamaica

Earlier this month came the news that longtime anti-LGBT activist Peter LaBarbera travelled to Jamaica to press that nation to uphold its laws against homosexuality. Turns out Pete wasn't alone. Brian Camenker, the indefatigable head of the fringe group MassResistance...

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12/29/2013

Anti-LGBT activist Linda Harvey writes book about not tying your shoe laces together (or something)

Anti-LGBT activist Linda Harvey possesses no sort of formal training that credentials her to tell American parents whether or not their children are, in fact, gay. But she does have one of the most radical quote banks imaginable, routinely denigrating...

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AFA senior spokesman equates same-sex marriage with murder, adultery

Responding to the news that a Rose Parade float will feature a legal marriage ceremony between two men, American Family Association senior analyst Bryan Fischer tweeted the following: [Bryan Fischer] There also aren't floats about brute judgements, militant stone-casting, or...

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Host of TV's top rated morning show happens to be gay

We see your basic cable TV duck hunter and we raise you a top rated network star: 'GMA' anchor Robin Roberts publicly acknowledges she's gay [CNN] Roberts isn't the first openly LGBT person on morning television. Weekend Today's Jenna Wolfe...

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12/28/2013

More Phil Robertson: 'It goes from rank immorality to women sleeping with women and men with men; perversion kicks in'

Two newly discovered clips, both from a 2011 sermon Phil Robertson delivered to the congregants of Lakeland, Georgia's Southside Baptist Church: FULL: 20110306 The Duck Commander (Phil from Duck Dynasty) [Vimeo] **EARLIER: Audio: Another Phil Robertson clip; 'Whether you're a...

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Audio: Another Phil Robertson clip; 'Whether you're a prostitute or a homosexual or a murderer or a rapist, drug addict...'

He's quite fond of lumping gays with all kinds of nastiness, this Duck Dynasty guy. In a recent interview promoting both his book and his A&E show, Phil Robertson advised Christians that they needed to bring the "salt" out of...

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12/27/2013

Head of pro-discrimination group: Basically, our cause is like Jesus' birth

Writing at the end of what has been a worse year for his organization than I could have even scripted (Nine marriage states! DOMA falls! Utah!?!), National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown essentially equates what he sees as the...

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NRO's Lopez replies to my GLAAD piece—by sidestepping every word of my GLAAD piece

I was the first person to bring to light the matter of Bob Newhart planning to perform at an anti-LGBT organization's annual summit, so it's safe to say that I know the conversation well. Basically, this is an organization that...

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12/24/2013

Merry Christmas from the right side of history!

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12/23/2013

Scott Lively: Those gays are all my enemies, even if they vote (R)

Having successfully helped shape the policy of Uganda, a man known for stirring up worldwide animus against minority populations continues with his domestic agenda: We must remember that the “gay” movement is a single, united cult of cultural Marxists, following...

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NOM president is 'anxious' (*about losing his six figure salary built around discrimination)

Every year around this time, the National Organization For Marriage strikes the fear of God in its donors, telling them that their failure to give MORE, MORE, MORE might make or break the following year. This year, Brian Brown is...

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Or put another way, Star Parker: If going near a menstruating woman is okay, why isn't homosexuality?

Anti-gay commentator Star Parker: It happens that the prohibition on bestiality appears in the Book of Leviticus in the verse directly following the verse prohibiting homosexual behavior. Understanding [Phil] Robertson is not hard. He is a Christian man who accepts...

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Liberty Counsel looks back at '13: We were downright obsessed with gay people

This is the copy that the Liberty Counsel is using in its year-end, please-give-us-money message: During this year, we filed federal lawsuits challenging laws in California and New Jersey that prevent minors from receiving Christian counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex...

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Phil Robertson: Jesus will cure gays, adulterers, liars

Free speech: "Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference?" —Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, speaking to his bible group He has every right...

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NOM Chair elaborates on NOM's plans for a constitutional convention

Earlier this year, I revealed that the National Organization For Marriage has purchased a cache of domain names referring to a "marriage convention" (or "marriage con con"). On Catholic radio last week, NOM Chairman John Eastman elaborated on NOM's plans:...

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12/22/2013

LDS Church issues very muted rebuke of Utah's newfound marriage equality

Same-sex couples are marrying in Utah as we speak, and the state Attorney General's request for an emergency stay was denied. So as to be expected, the LDS Church is speaking out about what's happening in Salt Lake and all...

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Interesting: Maggie Gallagher says she probably *would* bake a cake for a gay wedding

Even though the organization she co-founded has spent the better part of the past two years rushing to make victims out of any vendor who wishes to flout his or her local nondiscrimination laws so that they don't have to...

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12/20/2013

As typically happens on a Friday, Utah gets marriage equality

HUGE: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage I'm at a holiday party, so I can't say much more right now. Mainly because I'm now busy reassuring the people at this party, to whom I excitedly shared this...

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American Family Association's Fischer links Uganda anti-gay law to 'Duck Dynasty'

The American Family Association has led the charge to turn a reality TV show into a rally cry. Now look on as that organization's senior spokesperson directly links the man at the center of that controversy to the just-passed Uganda...

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On day Uganda law passes, driving force behind it presents his 2014 plan for America

Scott Lively is best known as one of the guiding voices behind the unbelievably chilling, truly nightmarish anti-homosexuality law that the Uganda Parliament just passed. And now, even as he faces a trial for "crimes against humanity," conservative media outlet...

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Video: Students walkout of Catholic high school in support of gay, married principal; yay, future

We know that both Catholics, despite their leadership, and young people, despite grownup baggage, tend to support equality in heightened numbers. Here's what those truths look like when they come together at one Washington high school:

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Uganda Parliament passes its chilling anti-homosexuality bill

The Uganda Parliament just passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009, which allows for life imprisonment of people convicted of "homosexual acts." Dr. Frank Mugisha, who has been at the forefront on the right side of the fight, sums it up: Some...

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Kudos to David Limbaugh for noting that #StandWithPhil is not a 'free speech' matter

Can't say I agree with much else he wrote. However, I am glad to see David Limbaugh stepping up as the first conservative I've seen to note the obvious about that weird an wacky reality TV situation we've all been...

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FRC's final 'prayer targets' of '13: Prays Congress will roll back clock on 'destructive' LGBT rights

Like virtually all of their weekly "prayer targets" this year, the Family Research Council is closing out 2013 with yet another knee-based plea for God to stop LGBT people's basis rights and protections: [FRC] By opposing ENDA, FRC is supporting...

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12/19/2013

Tony Perkins wants companies free to deny service to gays—but not to react to an employees' press statements?!? #StandWithPhil ?

Exceedingly anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins surely doesn't see the hypocrisy in this. I trust that you will: "Phil Robertson has been targeted simply because he expressed his religious beliefs but there is a clear double standard that...

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BREAKING: New Mexico Supreme court rules in favor of marriage equality!

I'm just getting the word. Check back for updates. **UPDATE: Here's the decision, which seems to have just made NM our seventeenth state: NM Supreme Court marriage opinion

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Bob Newhart pulls out of anti-gay Legatus summit

I'm proud of this one: Bob Newhart bows out of gig with anti-LGBT organization [GLAAD] Love this man; love this decision. **ICYMI: My initial post exposing Legatus' anti-gayness: Bob Newhart, don't become the next Kirk Cameron! [GLAAD}

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Head of org. that leads national fight against *civil* marriage equality: Homosexuality is 'not logical,' 'degrading to the human soul'

Here is the latest from National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown, the man who has leads the anti-equality movement in its opposition to civil marriage equality: "Well guess what — homosexuality IS a sin in the bible, and virtually...

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Phil Robertson unites Westboro Baptist and NOM (both #standWithPhil)

Equating gays with pedophiles, terrorists, and those who perform bestiality makes for strange bedfellows. Overnight, both the "God Hates F*gs" church and the organization that leads that anti-equality movement's national opposition to marriage equality have come out in support of...

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12/18/2013

Turns out comparing gays to terrorists, sheep schtuppers not good way to sustain cable TV success

Just in from the A&E network, which did the right thing and acted quickly on today's "Duck" fiasco: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are...

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NOM's latest red herring completely sidesteps most pertinent legal point

Check out this duplicitous framing: [NOM] What NOM neglects to tell you is that the reason—the only reason, I might add—that the man does not have to divorce his same-sex spouse before entering into an opposite-sex marriage in North Dakota...

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Congrats, A&E—you have one of America's most viciously anti-LGBT voices in Phil Robertson's corner!

Bryan Fischer is schoolgirl-giddy over the Duck Dynasty star's shocking anti-gay comments: This would be the same Bryan Fischer who has, on multiple occasions, called for gay people to be criminalized, rounded up, and treated like drug addicts (to name...

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Fowl: 'Duck Dynasty' star, bored with simply helping folks kill ducks, goes after gays

Man who became famous for the time he spends with birds thinks being gay is on par with screwing animals: Not only does "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson fail to understand what it's like to be gay, but he also...

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FRC smears Obama administration with outside groups' independent effort

In yesterday's Washington Update, the Family Research Council (in words attributed to prez Tony Perkins) said the following about a new effort to inform the LGBT population about the Affordable Care Act: It looks like the President really is skirting...

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CA's anti-trans coalition pre-spins its potential loss

With it looking ever likely that the anti-trans movement's attempt to repeal a California law that protects transgender students will ultimately fall short of the percentage of valid petition signatures it needs to move forward with a ballot initiative, this...

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Mass. GOP activist: Gay Republicans 'more dangerous' than liberal Democrats

MassResistance's Brian Camenker has a really odd plan for moving his party forward: [Openly gay Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei] is challenging Democrat incumbent John Tierney, who beat him in 2012. Camenker says it would be better for Tisei to...

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12/17/2013

Just in time for Christmas, NOM tells kids of gay parents that they're 'deprived'

GLAAD has a holiday campaign called "Only Wish," which features real families stating why their households deserve full legal recognition. It's sweet, positive, and perfectly in line with the holiday spirit Only Wish [GLAAD] So what are the Grinches at...

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Bryan Fischer's a big fan of The Advocate's person of the year

I can't even disagree with Bryan here. Pope Francis, who both The Advocate and The New Yorker's Richard Socarides chose as an LGBT person of the year (or "hero," as Socarides frames it), has in fact said all of these...

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GLAAD: CNN gives Tony Perkins another chance to peddle his 'salacious propaganda'

CNN gives Tony Perkins another chance to peddle his 'salacious propaganda' [GLAAD]

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Cool examples, Peter Sprigg. Except none of them have anything to do with ENDA

Peter Sprigg, a man who has called for both "exporting" and criminalizing gay people, writing for The Christian Post: Under ENDA, anyone who expresses the personal moral conviction that homosexual conduct is wrong would be vulnerable (or make their employer...

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'Advocate' scoops 'Onion'; LGBT mag chooses Pope Francis as person of the year

Wouldn't have been my choice: The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis [The Advocate] To be perfectly frank (as opposed to Francis), as a non-Catholic who thinks there is far too much faith encroachment in our public life, I've...

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12/16/2013

For that person on your list who loves coffee, special interest swag, discrimination

The Family Research Council's rhetoric certainly brings to mind something that is both brown and steaming. Now, just in time for Christmas, FRC wants to play host to another brown, steaming product: [SHOP: The official mug of one of America's...

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NOM lowers bar on 'amazing' accomplishments

Almost every day for the past several months (and sometimes two or three times a day), the anti-gay, anti-equality, pro–wrong-side-of-history organization that does business as the National Organization For Marriage has begged its supporters for cash. Claiming to have finally...

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