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08/29/2014

Joseph Farah still clueless about nondiscrimination law

Earlier this week, I showed you how WND (formerly WorldNetDaily) founder and very anti-gay person Joseph Farah was using all kinds of easy-to-counter hypotheticals in order to diminish the case for fair nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual consumers....

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Hobby Lobby president to join extremely anti-gay activists at 'Star Spangled' event

The Benham brothers routinely equate LGBT rights with Satan. Tony Perkins equates homosexuality with drug abuse and says it's a fact that gay people will face eternal damnation. Mark Harris has admitted he doesn't want people to see homosexuality as...

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FRC's Sprigg admits his side put up 'weak defense' in 7th Circuit

Everyone on the pro-equality side who has listened to the audio from this week's hearing at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (involving marriage cases out of Indiana and Wisconsin) is extremely pleased with how things went down. Folks are...

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08/28/2014

Photo: The latest totally convincing, in no way silly attempt at a meme from anti-gay Ruth Institute

Sorry advocates for civil marriage equality, but we have officially lost. The Ruth Institute, a former NOM offshoot that has since gone it alone, just drove a state in our reasoned, rational, winning constitutional arguments: [Ruth] WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! A...

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AFA's Fischer: Time for Christians to 'get up in somebody's grill' like Jesus would

The problem with Christians involved in politics is that they are just too nice. At least that's the latest movement-delegitimizing musing from the American Family Association's most senior and most omnipresent (and most hostile) voice: It's time to be done...

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GLAAD: The World Congress of Families sparks protests in Australia. Let's examine why.

The World Congress of Families sparks protests in Australia. Let's examine why. [GLAAD]

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GLAAD: NOM cofounder: 'Hard to see... the logical stopping place' between gay-affirming, murder-affirming Christians

NOM cofounder: 'Hard to see... the logical stopping place' between gay-affirming, murder-affirming Christians [GLAAD]

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08/27/2014

'Nonpartisan' NOM's entrenched Republicanism again showing

For an organization that likes to claim it's beholden to neither party, the National Organization For Marriage sure is eager to "retake" the Democratic-controlled Senate: [NOM] There's no other potential meaning. The US Senate is under Democratic majority leadership, and...

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GLAAD: His other tactics failing, NOM president turns to anti-trans fear-mongering

His other tactics failing, NOM president turns to anti-trans fear-mongering [GLAAD]

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AFA's Bryan Fischer: Diversity is 'most sinister and dangerous lie'

Bryan Fischer has a new enemy. This time it's the very idea that our world is a salad rather than a beige mush: Perhaps the most sinister and dangerous lie the left has beaten into the brains of unthinking Americans...

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WND activist: 'Dan Savage has done far worse things than Westboro [Baptist];' says to send him to Iraq to challenge those who hang gays

Another sterling moment from WND video columnist Molotov Mitchell:

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Michael Sam's teammate offers perfect response to silly shower 'story'

Over the past few days, ESPN and other outlets have reported that openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam is spending his time at training camp self-segregating his showering habits so that he doesn't make his teammates uncomfortable. Teammate...

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08/26/2014

Photo: Negligent NOM posts baby with choking hazard; will someone please think of the children?

As a parent of an infant, my eyes are like laser beams in constant hunt of objects that might pose a choking hazard to my little peanut. But while I know that anything small enough to pass through a toilet...

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Audio: #7thCircuit considers whether marital discrimination is as ugly as other forms (hint: it is)

Via Freedom to Marry comes the oral arguments from today's Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hearing. There were two cases, one out of Indiana and one out of Wisconsin, and the three judges' questioning (at a court known to be...

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'Are you now or have you ever been a gay rights supporter?'

Apparently believing it's an earlier era much more palatable to his anti-gay activism, longtime voice of hostility Peter LaBarbera is going full-on McCarthy, hoping to root out politicians who he can then flog for simply supporting the reality of certain...

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With marriage fight lost, Maggie Gallagher (Srivatav) moves to more neighborly writing

With the discriminatory cause that defined her professional life now all but settled (by her own admission), longtime anti-equality activist Maggie Gallagher Srivastav has found a new creative outlet. The National Organization For Marriage cofounder has joined the staff of...

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Read: HRC tracks American pro-discrimination activists' international flights

Over the past few years, as much attention has turned to the global LGBT rights fight and the often draconian threats that remain, a once little known group called the World Congress of Families has risen up as an odd...

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Video: Right-side-of-history activists rally in Chicago (#7thCircuit #HoosiersInLove)

Today in Chicago, couples from Wisconsin and Indiana head to Chicago's Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where they will make the case for basic fairness under the law. Last night, in that same Windy City, was another chance to make...

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08/25/2014

Far-right still pretending limited nondiscrimination law opens whole new can of frosting

Of the many situations they have failed to grasp over the years, the anti-LGBT far right's failure to understand nondiscrimination law and proper compliance to the same is certainly one of the worst. Take these latest musings from a longtime...

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GLAAD: Upcoming conference proves how rudderless, off-message, self-defeating NOM has become

Upcoming conference proves how rudderless, off-message, self-defeating NOM has become [GLAAD]

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From NOM co-founder's new book: Gay couples as disqualified from marriage as twelve-year-olds

In his new book, Conjugal Union (cowritten with Patrick Lee), National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert George makes many arguments that, as any perceptive person would except, attempt to frame his deeply Catholic views about same-sex couples and our marriages...

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Video: Preacher Michael Wilson calls for amendment to imprison gay people

With all other proposals going nowhere fast, this preacher is taking a new approach toward stopping gay equality. In this scenario, we get thrown in jail and are forced to do hard—hot, sweaty, throbbing—labor: The truly sad part is that...

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08/22/2014

Maggie 'always-the-victim' Gallagher did nothing to earn her anti-gay reputation

Maggie Gallagher has admitted she sees homosexuality as "an unfortunate thing" and advises gay people that "you can always control your behavior." She also once described homosexuality as "...like infertility. It is a sexual disability, preventing certain individuals from participating...

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Anti-gay activists still don't realize 'recruitment' claims make them look ridiculous

The idea that gay people "recruit" is like a throwback attack. It's from the Anita Bryant era of fear, back when the opposition movement was debating things like our ability to teach children, not our freedom to marry. But even...

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Florida pro-discrimination activist John Stemberger's history leaves no room for LGBT people

John Stemberger is an aggressively anti-LGBT man who has been responsible for most of the hostile efforts we've faced in the Sunshine State over the past decade. He's also the founder of the anti-gay scouting group that launched simply because...

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08/21/2014

Read: Federal Judge strikes down Florida marriage ban; stays ruling

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle (a Clinton appointee) just issued a strong order in favor of both in-state marriage and out-of-state recognition, yet again dealing a blow to Florida's already vulnerable marriage ban: 4:14-cv-00107 #74 Florida Preliminary Injunction by...

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Video: Southern Baptists promote upcoming anti-gay (and pro-'ex-gay') conference

Because nothing else important is going on it the world, the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is dedicating its entire national conference—the whole damn thing!—to us. Namely, they will spend their time scheming ways to stop our...

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The marriage debate per anti-LGBT, pro-discrimination activist

After spilling more ink pretending that the Liberty Ridge Farm owners are simply "farmers" when they are in fact business owners, and once again attempting to conserv-splain why religious people should be free to flout fairly enacted nondiscrimination laws that...

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AFA's daily prayer equates homosexuality with incest, bestiality, pedophilia

Every morning the American Family Association offers a daily prayer to its supporters. Here is what the AFA, the official sponsors of an upcoming summit featuring some of the top conservatives in the nation, have to say this A.M: We...

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08/20/2014

GLAAD: What FRC's exploitation of Robin Williams' death is really about

What FRC's exploitation of Robin Williams' death is really about [GLAAD]

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Scott Lively's new mission: Making America's churches super-duper extra anti-gay

On apparent break from stirring up global animus and his crimes against humanity trial related to said efforts, Massachusetts pastor, rabid anti-LGBT activist, and gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively is determined to make America's churches even more hostile to homosexuality. To...

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BYU protects the sanctity of pre-printed greetings

After some same-sex wedding cards were accidentally stocked in an on-campus bookstore (which contracts with gay-friendly Hallmark), the intensely Mormon Brigham Young University stepped in and removed the "offending" items before anyone could lick any of their back flaps: SALT...

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Breaking: Supreme Court delays fairness, justice in Virginia

The US Supreme Court has extended the stay on the 4th Circuit's pro-equality marriage ruling, meaning same-sex couples will not be able to marry in the Commonwealth starting tomorrow, as they had planned. Justice again delayed; justice again denied. Indignity,...

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Negligent anti-LGBT voices determined to eliminate *all* nondiscrimination laws

What follows is the "logic" of Randall Wenger, chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Family Institute for why business owners should be free to deny LGBT customers whenever they are feeling too religious-y to sell them an item they purport to...

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Video: To Focus on the Family's Citizenlink, a simple business request = 'home invasion'

Get a load of this false witness: Let's start with Stuart Shepard's intro. He acts like the couple just took on weddings as a fun way to earn some money from close friends, as if it were some sort of...

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08/19/2014

Audio: Former senior NOM official says we'll have 50 state equality by 2015

From 2008–2013, some of the most crucial years of the marriage equality fight, Jennifer Roback Morse was on the front lines, serving first as a Proposition 8 spokesperson and then in a six-figure, senior role with the National Organization For...

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Video: Florida AG Pam Bondi advocates for delayed (and denied, if she had her way) justice

There are multiple lower court cases, all decided in favor of equality, that are playing out in the Sunshine State's appeals process. But according to the state's Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, the Florida courts should just sit around and...

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Audio: Michelle Duggar robocalls against LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, AK

Reality TV star Michelle Duggar has a lesbian sister. But this: MORE: Michelle Duggar robocall tries to rally opposition to Fayetteville’s anti-discrimination proposal [Fayetteville Flyer] The proposed ordinance would simply safeguard local LGBT people in housing, employment, and public accommodations....

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AFA commentator equates homosexuality with blindness, paralysis

Ed Vitagliano, Director of Research and News Editor for the American Family Association Journal, starts his column by professing to "love homosexuals." Then he spends the rest of it saying that our push for equality is "extremely destructive to individuals...

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AFA's senior issues analyst (again) equates homosexuality with necrophilia, bestiality, incest, pedophilia

The Director of Issues Analysis at the American Family Association learned that a straight morgue worker has had sex with over one hundred corpses. So he took the time to say this: [Bryan Fischer, star AFA employee] Thing is, the...

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'The nation's attic' to get some rainbow-hued light

Our history finds a respected home: WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular...

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Marriage equality's main legal opponents now outsourcing fearful visions to Hollowood

The film The Giver, currently in theaters, tells of a futuristic society that is presented as a utopia but that ultimately reveals itself to be a totalitarian dystopia. Most critics have compared it to other fearful visions like The Hunger...

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08/18/2014

GLAAD: BarbWire.com: Making the anti-LGBT movement look more extreme by the day

BarbWire.com: Making the anti-LGBT movement look more extreme by the day [GLAAD]

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Right on equal rights, from the right

Paul Singer, who has been key to securing marriage equality in New York and elsewhere, is putting his money toward elephant-riders headed toward history's right side: WASHINGTON — A Republican group tied to hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer plans to...

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'Ex-gay' org. creates homosexuality evacuation plan. Literally. There's a map

The latest wacky idea from "pray away the gay" group PFOX (Parents and Friends of "Ex-gays") is a so-called "evacuation plan" from homosexuality and supportive church teaching. And because they are a totally rational organization and in no way an...

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Audio: FRC prez, in a church, calls for 'throwing unelected judges on the dung heap of history'

While delivering a sermon at Leesburg, Virginia's Cornerstone Chapel, Family Research Council Tony Perkins had this to say about a crucial third branch of government: [SOURCE] The fact that a D.C. worker bee who makes his living in American politics...

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NOM: Marriage fight is 'civilization-defining battle'

National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert George is now going around saying that the fight for marriage, which from his perspective is a fight to stop same-sex couples from access to it, is the "civilization-defining battle" of our time. NOM...

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08/15/2014

Video: Garfunkel and Oates' adorable (and surprisingly touching) marriage equality song

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Catholic organization NOM takes itself out of pertinent debate on *civil* marriage

The National Organization For Marriage is a very Catholic organization. That is not news. I beat that drum for years, back when NOM failed to acknowledge its obvious religious root, but now NOM is not really even trying to hide...

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Maggie Gallagher's reliable sleight of hand

It was a few months after she helped pass the discriminatory Proposition 8, roll back equality in California, and write marriage discrimination into the Golden State's constitution that I first heard Maggie Gallagher go on in length about how she...

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