Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pat Robertson Longs For The Days When Gays Were Stoned To Death | Crooks and Liars

Pat Robertson Longs For The Days When Gays Were Stoned To Death | Crooks and Liars: “I think you got to remember from the Bible, if you look carefully at the Bible what would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death,” Robertson said. “So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there. But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is.” (Robertson’s claim that Jesus would never have encountered a same-sex couple is a matter of debate.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Billion Of Your Tax Dollars Funds Anti-Science Religious Education Across The Nation | The New Civil Rights Movement

One Billion Of Your Tax Dollars Funds Anti-Science Religious Education Across The Nation | The New Civil Rights Movement: Noting that “about 250,000 students take advantage of vouchers and tax-credit scholarships, Politico today released a report that examined the voucher programs in all states that offer them. The result is what anyone who accepts science might expect: religious schools are teaching from the Bible first and from text books, maybe second — and you’re footing the bill for America’s continued decline into the 18th century.

National Organization for Marriage co-founder concedes defeat on gay marriage | Gay Star News

National Organization for Marriage co-founder concedes defeat on gay marriage | Gay Star News: The co-founder of the leading group opposing same-sex marriage in the United States has conceded that her side has lost the fight and that gay couples will soon be able to marry all over the country.

Maggie Gallagher told the Huffington Post that she believed that a majority of Supreme Court judges would find any state ban on same-sex marriage that was brought before it to be unconstitutional.

Ethiopian lawmakers to pass bill deemed anti-gay - World - CBC News

Ethiopian lawmakers to pass bill deemed anti-gay - World - CBC News: Lawmakers in Ethiopia are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offences considered "non-pardonable" under the country's amnesty law.

The measure, endorsed last week by Ethiopia's Council of Ministers, is widely expected to pass when it is put to a vote next week.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gay-Marriage Ban Struck Down in Michigan: See How Fast The Movement Is Spreading | Mother Jones

Gay-Marriage Ban Struck Down in Michigan: See How Fast The Movement Is Spreading | Mother Jones: Same-sex couples may soon be able to wed in Michigan, following a ruling by US District Judge Bernard Friedman finding the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the courts to freeze Friedman's ruling while the state pursues an appeal. Since December 2013, courts have also ruled against gay-marriage bans in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

Pamela Raintree, Transgender Woman, Dares Councilman Rob Webb To Stone Her

Pamela Raintree, Transgender Woman, Dares Councilman Rob Webb To Stone Her: As Towleroad notes, the transgender woman recently confronted Councilman Ron Webb, the single dissenting vote against the ordinance, which passed in December, and the mastermind behind a repeal of the law.

Raintree brought the stone with her to the council meeting and stated, "Leviticus 20:13 states, 'If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.' I brought the first stone Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."

Jennifer Louise Lopez Asks Anti-Gay Harlem Church To Stone Her

Jennifer Louise Lopez Asks Anti-Gay Harlem Church To Stone Her: Run by Dr. James David Manning, a man who has been outspokenly critical of the Obama administration and the progression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the course of the past six years, the church made headlines in late February when religious leaders posted a polarizing sign that read "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man."

The church then later replaced the sign with one that read "Jesus would stone homos," along with "Stoning is still the law" and Bible verses Matthew 5:17-19, Deuteronomy 17:5-7, Leviticus 20:13 and John 8:1-11.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fred Phelps Dead: Westboro Baptist Church Founder Dies At 84

Fred Phelps Dead: Westboro Baptist Church Founder Dies At 84: Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to two of his children.

His son, Timothy Phelps, confirmed to Kansas' WIBW that Fred Phelps died "before midnight" on Wednesday. His daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, also confirmed news of the death to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

However, at least one family member seemed to dispute the reports of his siblings, as attorney Jonathan Phelps told WIBW: "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Adele songs turn people gay, claims doctor | Gay Star News

Adele songs turn people gay, claims doctor | Gay Star News: Adele is being accused of turning people gay with her music.

A retired doctor has claimed the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ singer is on the list of things that men ‘should avoid if they want to be straight’.

Openly gay doctor Christian Jessen, 37, discovered the bizarre claims in a new Channel 4 documentary Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the film, he meets retired doctor John Smid from Texas who offers rehab and orders him to strip his life of things that encourage his sexual orientation.

Gay marriage and racism: There’s nothing rational about opposing gay marriage.

Gay marriage and racism: There’s nothing rational about opposing gay marriage.: “If you’re against gay marriage, is that the same as racism?” asks Slate’s William Saletan. His answer is “no.” The question is part of a larger debate that’s recently taken on new fervor in what may seem like the twilight of the fight for gay equality—a question Saletan asks in a related post: “Is everyone who opposes gay marriage a bigot?” He also answers that question “no.”
Much of the recent debate has followed from the flap over a New Mexico photographer who was sued for refusing to serve a gay couple, which together with some similar cases prompted several states to consider bills protecting religious-based discrimination. Saletan does not support these bills—not remotely. (He also favors same-sex marriage.) In fact, the bills have been widely opposed by both the left and the right. But he supports the broader position that opposing gay marriage is respectable and a less pernicious position than racism, a view with a surprising number of defenders.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death – LGBTQ Nation

Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death – LGBTQ Nation: Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, is near death in a local hospice, according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his son Nathan Phelps.

Boston mayor to boycott St. Patrick’s Day parade if gay groups are excluded – LGBTQ Nation

Boston mayor to boycott St. Patrick’s Day parade if gay groups are excluded – LGBTQ Nation: Boston’s mayor says he will boycott the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.

The Strip - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

The Strip - Slide Show - NYTimes.com




Support for same-sex marriage is increasing faster than ever before

Support for same-sex marriage is increasing faster than ever before: In the past months, there have been two pivotal U.S. Supreme Court cases and numerous lawsuits in several states by same-sex couples seeking marriage recognition. The recognition of marriage for same-sex couples for federal purposes is now in effect. Thus, it’s a good time to take stock of public opinion about same-sex marriage.

Religious conscience vs. civil rights in the move toward gay marriage - The Washington Post

Religious conscience vs. civil rights in the move toward gay marriage - The Washington Post: Religious arguments were used for centuries to justify discrimination, so most people are inclined not to grant a religious exemption for discrimination against gay men and lesbians. This firm anti-discrimination position is compelling and patriotic, and such arguments already have persuaded most Americans.

We know that in a polity typified by pluralism, elected leaders must do whatever possible to neutralize threats of factionalism to our union. The Arizona measure that Gov. Jan Brewer (R) recently vetoed , for example, was too broad and had too many potential consequences.

This doesn’t mean, however, that opponents of such proposed laws have everything figured out. Grievances of conscience must still be considered and possibly accommodated.

Which brings us to the wedding photographer. In 2008 the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to work as photographers for a gay couple. Once the Huguenins entered the “smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation,” the court decided, the law overrules their conscience.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sam Adams Pulls Out Of St. Patrick's Parade Over Gay Exclusion

Sam Adams Pulls Out Of St. Patrick's Parade Over Gay Exclusion: Billionaire Jim Koch’s Boston Beer SAM 1.41% Co., producer of the popular Sam Adams brew, will no longer be sponsoring Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because of the organizer’s failure to include LGBT groups.

The move comes after a Boston bar said it would no longer serve Sam Adams beer because of its support of the parade.


Gay rights advocacy group MassEquality and organizers of the South Boston parade, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, have been embroiled in talks attempting to broker a deal to allow 20 LGBT veterans to march. A 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that the council could include or exclude groups at its discretion.



The council can include or exclude groups at its discretion. That also goes for participants. Let's see how that works out for them. I'll be buying a case of Sam Adams to celebrate. Boston's St. Patrick's Parade can go to hell. They're not the only Irish in the country.

Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda

Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda | Al Jazeera America: In “God Loves Uganda,” filmmaker Roger Ross Williams follows a group of American Christian missionaries as they try to launch a religious revival in this impoverished East African country. It soon becomes depressingly clear that these young evangelists are linked to a group of American and Ugandan preachers who are persecuting Uganda’s gays and lesbians.

The preachers are behind Uganda’s controversial anti-homosexuality bill, which makes “aggravated homosexuality” — meaning habitual gay or lesbian sex — punishable by a life sentence. Under this law, even straight Ugandans who fail to report friends who engage in gay sex could end up behind bars.

Transgender teen takes softball field with all the other California girls

Transgender teen takes softball field with all the other California girls | Al Jazeera America: When Pat Cordova-Goff was born 17 years ago, the hospital marked her gender as male. It was true by conventional measures, but Cordova-Goff never really felt like a boy.

On the playground, she jumped rope with girls, and they became her confidantes. Some of her elementary-school classmates called her homophobic slurs.

“I think over the years I realized that I can’t care what people are going to say,” she said. “I can’t live my life that way, even though sometimes it’s hard not to.”