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04/16/2015

WHOA: FRC 'reediting' all those heinous fasting-for-marriage prayers I've been showing you!!

For the past eight days, I have shown you the truly heinous ways that the Family Research Council, an organization that likes to deny it's an anti-gay animus group even though the more the talk the more they prove they...

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Man who dedicates his life to fighting marriage equality, gay parenting: 'I don't work to harm others'

Heritage Foundation staffer and National Org. For Marriage award winner Ryan Anderson has supported "change" efforts (or at least the catholic-Preferred celibacy), told a gay man who resides in a marriage equality state that he can never really be married,...

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04/15/2015

FRC's eighth day of fasting-for-discrimination: Uses passage about forced drowning to condemn gay parents

Day eight of the Family Research Council's twenty-one days of prayer is all about gay parents and our children. And this is how it begins: Day 8: April 14, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage [FRC] Pssst...it's...

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NOM: Marriage is some creepy number that looks like it's about to behead one spouse

First of all, the second spouse very much looks like it could be another woman. But either way, the whole effect is just weird and slightly creepy: [NOM] If nothing else, NOM's number looks just annoying. Like, "Get the hell...

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Desperate anti-gay movement's latest attempt to dehumanize: Gay unions harm straight kids

It's no longer enough for the losing marriage discrimination movement to claim that civil parity for certain kinds of couples—couples who have long existed, formed bonds, and formed families, regardless of equal marriage rights—is damaging to our own lives and...

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Legally educated Hillary wants SCOTUS to make legally educated marriage decision

Not surprising, but still good to get confirmation: BREAKING: [Hillary] Clinton urges Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality [WashBlade] The funny thing? Most of the GOP presidential candidates want the same thing, even though they'll never admit. It will...

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04/14/2015

Video: CNN's Tapper to Sen. Rubio: 'You're the candidate of yesterday' on marriage equality

"Candidate of yesterday." It has a good ring to it: Well to be fair, Mr. Tapper, he's part of the party of yesterday on this issue (among many others).

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FRC's seventh day of fasting-for-discrimination: In support of brief that 'explains' God's coming judgement

Yesterday's edition of the PR disaster that is the Family Research Council's twenty-one days of prayer and fasting for marriage (see collected roundup below) was actually a little muted. However, this bit stood out: Over a hundred and eighty briefs...

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Video: Just pro-equality rockstar @CoryBooker doing what a pro-equality rockstar does

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What exactly are the human beings who buy wedding cakes and flowers, Sen. Rubio?

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Republican U.S. Senator and just-announced presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) weighed in on the so-called "religious freedom" issue that has been in the LGBT news cycle for many years now and that just...

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04/13/2015

Shorter NOM: The wheels have come off our bus!

With no press coverage, major support, or anything resembling momentum, the National Organization For Marriage, which has been trying for weeks to fundraise and promote this year's "march for marriage" (so-called), are now running a GoFundMe campaign in hopes that...

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Latest wrong-side-of-history SCOTUS brief: Marriage equality ruling 'could exceed the disastrous consequences of Dred Scott'

If you've noticed an uptick in references to the infamous Dred Scott case in recent months, it's because the anti-gay movement has convinced itself that linking an ignoble ruling that allowed for the ownership of human beings who were branded...

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04/12/2015

FRC's sixth day of fasting-for-discrimination: Where to even begin with this one?!

In the Sunday edition of the stunt that the Family Research Council calls twenty-one days of prayer and fasting and that people like me call "the PR disaster that proves once and for all just how animus-driven this deeply GOP-connected...

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These men are very scared of a certain woman

Fear. Negativity: Positivity. Dare I say "hope":

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FRC's fifth day of fasting-for-discrimination: Attorneys arguing marriage hold 'the survival of many nations' in their hands

On Saturday, the Family Research Council dedicated its daily call for prayer-and-fasting toward the attorneys who will be arguing for marriage inequality before the US Supreme Court. Because as FRC will tell you, Sodom and Gomorrah proves that God is...

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04/10/2015

FRC's fourth day of fasting-for-discrimination: They're seriously praying SCOTUS justices have Scrooge-like nightmares

It's the fourth day of the Family Research Council's twenty-one days of fasting and prayer for marriage discrimination. Today it's all about the nine judges (and their clerks, their assistants, their friends, their families...), whom FRC is hoping will be...

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So now the anti-gay right is fine with the 'bigot' label?

I'm not an ad hominem guy in general. It's just not really in my nature to call people a name based on characteristics or even actions. I much prefer to address the actions and unpack the complexities rather than reduce...

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Prop 8 leader links 'anti-Christ, anti-God' spirt of LGBT activism to literal murder of Christians

California pastor Jim Garlow was one of the most visible faces of the Proposition 8 fight back in 2008, and he remains a well-connected player in the "pro-family" movement. Check out what he posted just before Easter Sunday: [Jim Garlow]...

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Scott Lively brands marriage at SCOTUS: 'Satan's Super Bowl'

Does this branding, from a man who is literally standing trial for crimes against humanity, mean that I get to make potato skins again? Look also for an increasingly virulent wave of self-righteous judgmentalism against faithful Christians and the Bible-believing...

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Video: Leave it to Focus on the Family to turn nature's beauty into discriminatory metaphor

In Colorado, you can find really pretty scenery. But that all might change unless bakers and florists are free to discriminate agains same-sex couples. Or something: I *love* that he used and iPhone to take his picture. For obvious reasons.

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04/09/2015

Maggie Gallagher's telling slip-up on what constitutes participation in a wedding

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul took a question today about those "religious freedom" laws that keep reminding America of how much some people want to discriminate against us. And while longtime champion of marriage discrimination Maggie Gallagher is pleased, she...

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FRC's marriage fasting Day 3: 'The wolf is at the door' (spoiler: we're the wolf)

The Family Research Council would be perfectly happy if all nine Supreme Court justices wrote "because God" on a slip of paper and offered it up as their unanimous ruling opposing *civil* marriage equality. Today the organization that cable news...

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Careful with your headlines, Focus on the Family

Their intention is to say that Colorado's proposed ban on so-called "conversion therapy" is a dangerous thing. But I can't be the only one who reads the headline as referring to a ban on dangerous therapy: [FoTF's CitizenLink] Yes, a...

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In good times and bad, richer or poorer, sickness and health— #LoveRules

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In SCOTUS brief, Idaho's GOP gov. claims marriage equality brings 'long-term harms to same-sex couples, their children, and society'

At several points in his brief, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (or the attorney who wrote the brief for him) references the group American College of Pediatricians as supposed "proof" that gay parents harm our children. As you may or may...

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04/08/2015

In SCOTUS brief, Mike Huckabee support group insists homosexuality is 'significant public health risk'

Mike Huckabee Policy Solutions (MHPS) describes itself as "a non- profit corporation based in Colorado formed for educational and advocacy purposes and backed by private citizens and organizations who support the national policy aims of Mike Huckabee, former Governor of...

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Huge: POTUS to help empty 'ex-gay' snake oil's already meager supply

This was unexpected: Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth [NYT] "Well that seems rash!" exclaims the doctor who still uses liquid mercury as a cough syrup and bloodletting as a way to release...

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Focus on the Family founder: 'We could have another' Civil War over marriage equality

On a conference call with extreme activists like the uber fringe Janet Porter (whose voice you'll hear first), Focus on the Family founder James Dobson insisted that our country could enter into another Civil War over civil marriage rights for...

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FRC leads supporters into 'spiritual warfare' against 'doctrines of the devil,' 'hosts of hell' (i.e. married gay people)

The Family Research Council is currently living out twenty-one days of prayer and fasting in hopes of stopping civil marriage equality at the US Supreme Court. As you can see from day two's prayer call, the SPLC-designated hate group isn't...

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04/07/2015

Southern Baptist leader demands: Christianity will outlast 'flash in the historical pan' that is gay-accepting America

Denny Burk is a Southern Baptist teacher and commentator with deep ties to the evangelical movement. Here is his warning in response to what happened with the anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law in Indiana: So the cultured despisers need to look...

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Photo: Evan Wolfson has long been my champion; Wheaties gets the memo

This is just about the coolest thing I've ever seen: Meanwhile, rumor has it that leaders in the anti-gay movement are busy lobbying dry toast to take on their cause.

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Stop. Lying. Tony. Perkins.

When William Jack entered Azucar Bakery in March of 2014, he requested two Bible-shaped cakes with anti-gay messages—one involving a figure of two men with an "x" drawn over them, and another with condemnatory slogans like "god hates f*gs." Owner...

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FRC claims Christians will be 'under accelerated assault for the rest of our lives' if SCOTUS rules for equality at this 'evil hour'

I've already told you about the Family Research Council's twenty-one days of fasting and prayer in which they are asking God to intervene so that the United States Supreme Court does not open up civil marriage rights to same-sex couples...

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04/06/2015

US Catholic Bishops again using church resources to promote NOM's anti-gay political stunt

There will come a day when US Catholics, who support marriage equality in majority numbers, will not have to suffer through leadership that insists on turning gay people's civil rights into a never-ending political controversy. But for now, the United...

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Heritage's Anderson links 'propaganda' of modern marriage equality supporters to anti-miscegenation racists

In an interview with uber anti-gay American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios, Heritage Foundation employee, Public Discourse editor, and marriage discrimination pundit Ryan T. Anderson—who likes to play the "above it all" intellectual despite the people with whom he...

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Indiana Family Institute says Gov. Pence stabbed them in the back; comparisons to Judas

Here's Indiana Family Institute's Aaron Reber on last week's "religious freedom" fiasco, writing for the official blog of the most prominent anti-LGBT organization in Indiana: From what I've heard from my contacts who were at the statehouse when this went...

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Video: CSPAN gives Tony Perkins a "newsmaker" pass

Even though Tony Perkins has equated homosexuality with drug abuse, many times branded gay people "pawns of the enemy," and has spent the past decade demanding that gay people are "outside of nature," (to name just a few vitriolic claims),...

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04/03/2015

The one and only thing I'll write about #MemoriesPizza

WHEREAS, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, IN, is known on a national level for one reason and one reason alone; and WHEREAS, that one reason for national attention is its admission that it would deny a large order to a same-sex...

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04/02/2015

Indiana fallout: Five #RFRA genies the anti-LGBT right can't put back in the bottle

What a week. Some say it's a game changer, and I agree. Here are some changes, as I see them: 5) The anti-LGBT movement cannot keep pretending that this recent "religious freedom" push is inspired by something other than marriage...

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READ: A bevy of anti-gay (and pro-'ex-gay') Supreme Court amicus briefs

Groups and individuals that have shown a heckuva lot of animus toward LGBT rights and human beings for some reason think they can persuade the Supreme Court into seeing an argument that goes beyond their own personally-held convictions and/or (but...

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Robert Oscar Lopez insists 'same-sex parenting is Jim Crow,' continues to obliterate his own side's denials of animus

This man is filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court and is a darling of conservative press: [Robert Oscar Lopez] Sounds like you're problem is with adoption itself, Robert. And with reality, if we're being honest. ***...

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FRC gearing up to pray, fast for God to intervene in SCOTUS marriage cases

From the Family Research Council's prayer targets for Easter weekend: [FRC] God has yet to answer. Probably because he's busy writing each individual Peep and Cadbury Egg, thanking them for being more reverent of Easter weekend than the ragingly political...

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Americans having 'A ha!' moment over Indiana, Arkansas, and this week's anti-LGBT #RFRA fiasco

Like anyone involved in politics, and particularly its "culture war" offshoot, I've dedicated the bulk of this week's thinking and opining to the subject of the so-called "religious freedom" bills that have been in the news in a *MAJOR* way....

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04/01/2015

The anti-gay right is really testing the limits of America's bullsh*t meter

This snippet comes from the National Organization For Marriage. Check out the highlighted part: FULL: NOM These cake and florist and photography cases are not discrimination against gays and lesbians but rather "cases where people of faith have been discriminated...

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Breaking: Arkansas's Republican governor won't sign license-to-discriminate bill in its current form

Admitting that the state "religious freedom" bill goes further than he'd like and admitting that even his own son signed a petition asking him to veto it, Republican governor Asa Hutchinson announced at a morning press conference that he will...

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AFA goes after Megyn Kelly for suggesting Indiana protect gays and lesbians from discrimination

From Walker Wildmon, the son of American Family Association president Tim Wildmon (and grandson of founder Don Wildmon): With all due respect Megyn Kelly, you are wrong. Homosexuals do not need to be a protected class along with blacks. In...

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Hillary Clinton comes out against Arkansas license-to-disriminate bill!!

From the former first lady of Arkansas (among other things): [@HillaryClinton] The Republican governor will announce her plans soon. Hillary will too.

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