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11/30/2014

NOM can't even keep its holidays straight

This is the warm, fuzzy stock photo that the anything but warm and fuzzy National Org. For Marriage used to recognize a day that they make more hostile towards gay family members everywhere: [NOM] Only thing? The stock photo is...

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11/26/2014

No, you really don't seem to know what tyranny is, Jerry Cox

Responding to yesterday's ruling in favor of marriage equality in his state, Arkansas Family Council head Jerry Cox writes: “This is another example of judicial tyranny. Arkansans voted overwhelmingly to define marriage as the union of one man and one...

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Vatican's #Humanum event meant to paint gay families as 'evil' and 'obscene,' admits invited guest

Even some participants at last week's Vatican gathering of anti-gay social conservatives are starting to admit that the happy, hunky dory, positive vibe that the attendees were so desperate to message out was, in fact, disingenuous. In fact, Catherine Ruth...

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11/25/2014

Read: Federal judge calls MS's marriage ban what it is: discriminatory

In a stayed ruling—the second one today from a southern state—U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves has ruled Mississippi's discriminatory marriage ban to be just that. Read it and weep, NOM: Mississippi ruling The hold lasts for fourteen days. But...

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Yet another federal judge accurately notes crude discrimination within Arkansas' marriage ban

In a stayed ruling, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker today struck down one of our more conservative state's discriminatory marriage ban: Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas' Gay Marriage Ban [AP] It is a near-certainty that the state will appeal to the...

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Prominent conservative outlet equates LGBT activists with Nazi paramilitary

LGBT equality activists are now just like the SA members who brought Hitler and the Holocaust to rise (aka "Brownshirts"). Because this is what passes for acceptable conservative rhetoric in prominent conservative journals: Regardless of how they began, the colors...

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New pledge: Conservative pastors choose to separate selves from civil marriage

The prominent Christian conservative outlet First Things is promoting a new effort called "The Marriage Pledge." Essentially, it's a recognition, at long last, that church ceremony and civil marriage are, in fact, separate and distinguishable (even if many, or perhaps...

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Read: ADF creates fake 'victim' superbook; misapplies business matters to churches

When legal outfits like Alliance Defending Freedom take up the cases of bakers and florists and photographers who try to skirt local nondiscrimination law so that they can refuse service to LGBT customers, they most always lose. That's because public...

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P&G reaches out to pro-discrimination activist, learns it made right choice

Following Procter & Gamble's major decision to come out in favor of marriage equality, Phil Burress, a local anti-LGBT activist from P&G's home state of Ohio, claims the CEO of the company called him to discuss the matter. And here's...

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11/24/2014

In prep for Pope's 2015 visit, World Meeting of Families readies gay stigma, exclusion

The Pope has already announced that he will travel to Philadelphia next September for the Catholic Church's 8th World Meeting of Families. And when he does, let's go ahead and make it perfectly clear: this supposedly new and different pontiff...

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Today in ambition: NOM cofounder vows to fight marriage equality for 100 years

This comes from Robert George, an author of the Bush era Federal Marriage Amendment and the cofounder of the National Organization For Marriage: We have to resolve that we will stand for marriage and fight for however long it takes—it...

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Video: Mississippian who made soldier his lifestyle choice seeks freedom based on unchosen orientation

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11/21/2014

One of America's most anti-gay organizations rallies for the Duggars; because of course they would

Over the past few years, TV's Duggar family has gone from reality television personalities who mostly keep their political lives separate from their public personas to a family that proudly pushes its beliefs into public policy. Eldest son Josh took...

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11/20/2014

Photo: Stop! Turn around! Don't let NOM force you onto the dead-end pier that is their cause!

A family that (presumably) supports NOM walking toward a dead-end that ultimately culminates in an insurmountable ocean? It seems that the National Organization For Marriage has finally found the perfect image to "meme" their go-nowhere cause that's built, as it...

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One day, two country singers—zero closets

We are everywhere, including in the once impenetrable world of country music: Country Singer Ty Herndon: 'I'm an Out, Proud and Happy Gay Man' [Towle] Country Singer Billy Gilman Comes Out as Gay: 'It's Time to Be Honest and Truthful'...

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Fringe pro-discrimination group thinks it can stop companies from sponsoring HRC event; adorable

MassResistance, the anti-LGBT organization that has only seen LGBT rights grow in the Bay State the more they try to stop them, is now targeting Citizens Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Staples, and CVS Health. These companies' major crime? Simply sponsoring...

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Video: Josh Duggar promoting civil inequality for thousands of grown kids (and counting)

From yesterday's anti-gay rally in Little Rock, Arkansas. Speaker is reality TV personality Josh Duggar: Um, Josh, when the Duggar family population swells large enough to form a sovereign nation, then you all can enact laws and ignore courts. But...

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Brian Brown's focus on Kansas, Gov. Brownback shows how much of a political game this is for him

In a National Review Online commentary, Brian Brown, president of he deeply debt-ridden National Organization For Marriage, repeats his call for conservative Kansas governor Sam Brownback to just up and ignore court rulings, and stop same-sex couples from marrying in...

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Tiny fraction of North Carolina magistrates choose to free up their days rather than serve local gays

Sixteen civil magistrates have reportedly chosen to quit their jobs rather than perform their duties—the very same duties they perform for any other straight couple, free from any "morality" tests—rather than serve same-sex couples: NORTH CAROLINA: 16 Magistrates Have Now...

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11/19/2014

Video: Reality star Josh Duggar leads sad little inequality rally in Little Rock, AR

From Little Rock's ABC affiliate, KATV: KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

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READ: Federal judge strikes Montana's discriminatory marriage ban

Noting that his decision might not be popular with all but that civil rights are not a popularity contest, US District Judge Brian Morris (who once served as a Supreme Court clerk for very conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist) today...

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Major global brand P&G comes out for marriage equality

Huge development in the corporate world: For the first time in its history, Procter & Gamble is openly supporting same-sex marriage. The Cincinnati-based consumer products giant says it embraced gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees for more than 20 years....

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In 2013, HRC went red for equality; NOM just went in the red

Despite 2013 being a monumental year in the marriage fight, the organization tasked to fight us on the other side had a terrible time raising funds, with over half coming from just two major donors. The Human Rights Campaign has...

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Meanwhile, on the right side of history and inevitability...

SOUTH CAROLINA: First Gay Wedding Takes Place After Judge Issues Licenses [J.M.G.]

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WHOA! Mark Regnerus made the #Humanum conference videos?!

A few months back, I played a clip where Mark Regnerus of the infamously shoddy study that hoped to discredit gay parents mentioned he was filming videos around the world. Today, Baptist writer and activist Denny Burk answers the question...

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Video: #Humanum closing video goes after France's civil marriage law; because theocracy, apparently

The closing video from the Vatican colloquium that has proven to the world that this Pope is not quite the LGBT rights change agent that some wanted him to be, the major focus is on the religious-driven movement in France...

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AFA's Fischer links Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations to homosexuality

No one is as good at making clumsy and offensive links as the American Family Association's truly obsessed Issues Analyst: [AFA's Bryan Fischer] Yup, that's right: to the man that one of America's leading anti-LGBT group employs as its chief...

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GLAAD: #Humanum Day Two: How many ways can you dismiss gay lives?

#Humanum Day Two: How many ways can you dismiss gay lives? [GLAAD]

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11/18/2014

Tony Perkins attacks President Obama for 'forcing' fed. contractors to 'tolerate abnormal sexual behavior'

In a year-end fundraising pitch letter, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins doesn't just attack the president for his support of same-sex marriage. Tony takes it even further, demanding that mere tolerance for what he crudely demands to be "abnormal...

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Video: Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore at #Humanum: Marriage equality undermines human flourishing, God, goodness

More from that nastier-than-I-even-thought-it-would-be conference that's going on this week at the Vatican:

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#Humanum speaker accuses gay activists of hijacking civil rights movement; 'God will not be mocked!'

Dr. Jacqueline C Rivers addressing a Pope-blessed conference at the Vatican: [FULL SPEECH] According to Twitter, Rivers received the second standing ovation of the conference. But it's not anti-gay. Nu uh. No way.

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GLAAD: #Humanum at the Vatican: Courting inequality at expense of goodwill

#Humanum at the Vatican: Courting inequality at expense of goodwill [GLAAD]

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Video: Vatican #Humanum event claims terms homosexuality, heterosexuality 'were created for political battles'

I've written up my thoughts about Day One of the Vatican's big anti-gay event, The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium, which will be up later today. But in the meantime, here's the scene at Day Two, where...

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11/17/2014

Social conservatives vow to further divide GOP with outdated 'culture war': Rob Portman edition

One of the big stories of the recent midterms is how anti-gay groups like the National Organization For Marriage played a role in helping elect pro-equality Democrats by waging war against moderate Republicans in a few key races. NOM has...

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In accusing HRC of 'war on Christians,' American Family Association reveals own desire (need?) to fight

The Human Rights Campaign has launched new initiatives to talk to and with Christians in the southern United States. "A war on Christians," demands the American Family Association: “There is a war against the Bible in America and a war...

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Matt Barber: Scott Lively's critics are 'enemies of God'

Scott Lively's work and rhetoric has been so over-the-top that even his own movement doesn't really support him. Even like a Family Research Council or a National Organization For Marriage would never hold him up as a team member since...

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Video: Pro-exclusion video from Vatican's anti-gay #Humanum conference

This is the kind of thing that this supposedly frank and refreshing new Pope and Vatican are showing invited guests (Rick Warren! Maggie Gallagher! Russell Moore!) at this week's anti-equality conference in Rome: But hey, at least they aren't trying...

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At least three NOM personalities at Vatican #Humanum conference

People keep telling me that this Pope is new and different and more accepting. Only thing? Just this morning, at the big marriage and family conference currently underway in Rome, he gave a whole speech about marriage being only one...

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11/14/2014

Before the anti-gay movement makes Arizona wedding officiant their next martyr...

...they might want to consider a few other things that Susan Latimer believes. All of these come from the "Affordable Wedding Minister" Facebook page on which she, a wedding planner and minister who pointedly and proudly turns away same-sex couples,...

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Let's be clear: Ben Carson is very much against same-sex marriage

The PR person who pitched me the following clip presented it coupled with the claim that Ben Carson, conservative pundit, rumored presidential candidate, and man who has equaled homosexuality with bestiality, is "not against same sex marriage." Just because he...

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11/13/2014

Yeah, that's smart, Brian Brown—'sharply condemn' the Supreme Court. Go ahead, buddy

What do you do when you can't get the conservative-tilting United States Supreme Court to ever (like ever) come down the way you want them to on marriage cases? Well if you're the head of a conservative special interest group...

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Audio: Catholic radio host warns of 'abnormal' gays and the 'grave consequences' we bring to society

In between interviews with National Organization for Marriage co-founder Robert George and former NOM senior official Jennifer Roback Morse, Catholic radio show host Drew Mariani went on a truly breathless rant about those pesky gay Americans whose existences corporate America...

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11/12/2014

Gay Westboro Baptist members can finally marry in-state

Marriage equality has come to Kansas, per late-day Supreme Court action: GEIDNER: Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In Kansas [Buzzfeed] Congrats, friends of Dorothy.

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This wacky idea that marriage court cases are themselves out-of-line

On Monday's edition of Catholic radio's The Drew Mariani Show, National Organization For Marriage president coupled his concession that the Supreme Court might rule against his movement with the idea that the courts never should have been involved in the...

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READ: Federal judge strikes South Carolina's discriminatory marriage ban

In a ruling that is stayed until 11/20, US District Judge Mark Gergel struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. Equality Case Files brings us the order: 2:14-cv-04010 #37 South Carolina Order by Equality Case Files This is the...

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11/11/2014

On this #VeteransDay, anti-gay activist calls 92-yr-old WW2 vet 'disordered,' 'abhorrent'

The Associated Press ran a Veterans Day story about 92-year-old Rupert Starr, a World War II hero who went on to fight against "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Professional anti-gay activist Matt Barber was clearly touched: Barbwire.com founder Matt Barber says...

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Audio: Tony Perkins mad at Tim Cook for having audacity to be gay

Whenever a brand and its leaders are into conservative causes, Tony Perkins is right there. "Chick-fil-A day" was like a national holiday at his Family Research Council. Hobby Lobby is an in-house hero. Oh, and he was so involved with...

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GLAAD: 'The War on Christmas' mirrors anti-LGBT movement's current playbook

'The War on Christmas' mirrors anti-LGBT movement's current playbook [GLAAD]

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11/10/2014

Audio: Just the spouse of one of Congress' most anti-gay members justifying dangerous attempts to de-gay humans; no biggie

Rep. Michele Bachmann (Shockingly Far R—MN) believes homosexuality is "part of Satan, I think." But it's husband Marcus and his clinics that do the on-the-ground work of removing that damn demon from the gay person:

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NOM to GOP: We will continue to tear you apart in 2016, too!

The National Organization For Marriage helped elect three pro-equality Democrats in the most recent election, two in the US House and one in the US Senate. To be fair, I would say "helped" is a very strong word since NOM...

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