Posts filed under ‘GLBT’
This is really something. I’m thinking Clarke Woodger has no business running an English language school. He apparently thinks “homophonia” has something to do with gay people. I wonder what he thinks about homogeneous or homogenization.
Paul Rolly: Blogger Fired From Language School over ‘Homophonia’
Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.
But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.
As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
“Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.
The guy is blinded by his homophobia.
Colorado’s Obsessed Anti-Gay Marriage Republican AG John Suthers Finally Shuts Down Boulder Gay Marriage Licenses
It’s good to know that Colorado is such a crime-free, graft-free, corruption-free state that the number one priority of the Republican Attorney General is to stop the Boulder County Clerk from issuing marriage licenses to people of the same sex who love each other and want to get married:
The Colorado Supreme Court today ordered Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The order was issued in response to a filing by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Friday asking the court to stop Hall — who was the only clerk in the state at that time giving marriage licenses to gay couples — from issuing the licenses.
The Supreme Court said it will take up the case and ordered a stay on Hall while the case is resolved.
In Friday’s filing, Suthers argued that Hall issuing licenses was causing “statewide confusion and legal chaos.”
Suthers has previously tried to stop Hall in two other courts and was unsuccessful both times.
ARE YOU HAPPY NOW JOHN? What an idiot. He’s obviously pandering to the Tea Party while trying to position himself for a run for governor but by the time that happens he’ll look like a dinosaur. Gay marriage will likely be legal in the U.S. next year.
Kind of funny actually. Guys like Suthers live in such a bubble. When you only watch Fox and you only listen to Rush you think the whole world thinks like you do.
I’m so proud of the Boulder and Denver County Clerks:
The Denver County clerk’s office on Thursday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a Boulder judge rejected a bid by the state to block a similar move there.
The first couple, Samantha Getman, 33, and Victoria Quintana, 23, got their license shortly before 2 p.m. They were far outnumbered by reporters, photographers and activists.
Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson’s decision came after a Boulder County judge said he would allow Boulder’s clerk to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, rejecting a request from Attorney General John Suthers to issue an injunction.
Johnson said on her Twitter account: “FINALLY! We can issue marriage licenses to ALL loving couples here in CO. Our Office will be issuing licenses till 4:30 pm today.”
The Boulder ruling Thursday gave Denver legal cover, in officials’ view.
“Now, thanks to Clerk Hall’s bravery, we can issue licenses today,” Porter said.
In the Boulder ruling on a temporary restraining order request [filed by Colorado's Republican Attorney General, John Suthers], Judge Andrew Hartman wrote that the validity of any marriage licenses issued by the Boulder clerk’s office to same-sex couples was conditional ultimately upon courts finding Hall had the proper authority.
No word yet on whether Suthers is going to ask for a restraining order against Denver’s clerk too. I hope not. Poor guy. This train has left the station but he keeps trying to pull it back.
This is happening in my town today:
A left-leaning Colorado county defiantly issued marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday, emboldened by a landmark same-sex marriage ruling by a regional appeals court, even as the state attorney general warned such nuptials would not be valid.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled on Wednesday that conservative Utah cannot ban same-sex couples from marrying, pushing the issue of gay marriage a step nearer the U.S. Supreme Court. [ID:nL2N0P619V]
The appeals court, whose decisions apply to six states including Colorado, stayed its ruling in anticipation of a legal challenge by Utah. Within hours of the verdict, the clerk’s office in Boulder County, Colorado, began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
“Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized,” County Clerk Hillary Hall said in a statement. “I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers [a Republican] said in a statement late on Wednesday that a state constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriages remained in effect.
“(The) decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was stayed by the Court and has not gone into effect even in Utah, let alone in Colorado,” Suthers said.
The marriage licenses Hall’s issuing might, in the end, be invalidated but I’m sure the couples getting them know that. What I love about what Hall’s doing is that she’s acting up, making noise, and doing the morally right thing.
This is happening right now:
Gay couples began marrying in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Look at these awful people:
As the marriages took place, the state’s [Republican] attorney general moved swiftly to stop them.
Republicans are craven ideologists who can’t see the tsunami of change that’s already happened. This is a done deal nationwide. But oh no, they’ve got to appeal to those 28%ers (as in the Teabaggers).
Fools. Just freakin jackass fools.
(My brother is gay and has been since the day he was born. He came out in 1977. I am so done with this issue. Full rights to everybody already and then, to those of you who want to fret endlessly about this? Get a life. Get a hobby. Do wood carvings or sand paintings or something. Geezus. Let people be!)
This happened yesterday:
In honor of Mother’s Day, Christine Weick an anti-gay woman from Grandville, Michigan, chose to stand on a corner holding a sign that said
“Thank your Mom today, for not being gay.”
Weick claims she’s not a bigot and that hers isn’t a message of hate. She just feels compelled to go out on Mother’s Day and offend as many people as possible – in the name of her God, of course.
Weick soon had company, as another sign barer arrived on the scene, to offer a counter message.
“Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot.”
Somewhere along the line someone threw a slushie at Weick which is unfortunate but imho, that’s a whole other story.
People joined the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign holder:
After the slushie incident, more counter protesters arrived, including Zach Hoag, who brought a sign that read:
“But two moms can be great.”
During a short interview with Wood TV, Hoag said:
“Love one another. I think that two moms or two dads can love and nurture a child just the exact same way a mother and father could,”
Later in the day another man showed up with a sign that said:
“F*** her. I disagree,”
Another woman also came out to hold a sign that read:
“I [heart] gays.”
The reason I love this is because obviously it is Weick’s right to hold a sign that said what her sign said, but I’m willing to bet she surrounds herself with like-minded people and like minded so-called news organizations and like-minded radio talkers and that she thinks she’s in the (vast) majority in her thinking. The conservatism in the MSM is overwhelming.
And I’m willing to bet she thought she’d be a bit of a local hero. So congratulations to the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign guy, to Zach Hoag, to the man who held a sign that said “F*** her, I disagree” and to the woman who proclaimed “I [heart] gays.” I love seeing people act up against resistance to change, to people who don’t want to let others live and let live and to this notion that conservative thinking dominates.
Look around. It doesn’t!
The folks who want to keep things as they are and/or take us back to the ’50s get way too much attention. Bravo to three sign-holders for not taking it anymore and for being so cool about it.
In the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, heard by the Supreme Court a few weeks ago, the Court must decide whether a corporation, i.e. Hobby Lobby, can opt out of providing insurance coverage to its employees for certain forms of birth control it objects to. The case, in essence, is about whether corporations — who the Supreme Court has already said are “people” — can have religious beliefs.
If the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, the sky’s the limit. Imagine a dental practice refusing to treat African Americans because of its supposed “religious beliefs,” or a veterinarian refusing to treat dogs belonging to blond people because of “religious beliefs.” I mean, it could get really crazy around here really fast.
Not only that, imagine a USPS letter carrier or a FedEx guy incorporating himself and refusing to deliver mail or packages that violate his/her “religious beliefs,” as in this: On May 22, the United States Postal Service will debut a “forever stamp” featuring openly-gay San Fransisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk who was assassinated in 1978.
Or what about this: My husband was a letter carrier for 35 years. He’s retired now but what if he’d incorporated himself and refused to deliver Republican campaign mail to his patrons, based on, ahem, his “religious beliefs?”
Like I said, it could get really crazy, really fast.
I am not one to speak ill of people who are on their death bed or already dead but I’m making an exception when it comes to Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. If there is a hell, I don’t hope he’ll spend eternity there, I know he will and that’s fine by me:
Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is “on the edge of death,” according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his estranged son.
His son, Nathan Phelps says the 84-year-old Westboro founder was voted out of his church late last summer. He was moved into a home in Topeka, Kansas “where he could be watched over,” and ultimately stopped eating and drinking, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
“[Fred] is at Midland Hospice House where, as of yesterday [Friday], he is comfortable without the respiratory difficultly [sic] that he was having the day before and is unresponsive,” Nathan Phelps told the Capital-Journal via email. According to the paper, a Westboro spokesman confirmed the elder Phelps is indeed a patient at the hospice.
Phelps Sr. and Westboro are known across the world for their demonstrations and pickets — usually outside the funerals of notable people, victims of disasters, and military personnel — and for their hateful posters and signs condemning LGBT people that say “GOD HATES FAGS,” among others.
Phelps will be remembered as a man who made hating his life’s work.
This is lovely:
Hey, gay people are “normal people” too!
Bravo to the Walt Disney Company for this:
The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organisation.
The Boy Scouts organisation is “disappointed” by the decision, which will affect the organisation’s ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday night.
“We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” he said.
Disney does not give money directly to the national organisation or local BSA councils, but its VoluntEARS programme allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to their chosen charities.
According to Disney’s charitable giving guidelines, groups become ineligible to receive Disney funding if they “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation”.
The Boy Scout organization is stuck in the 50s. Gay men aren’t pedophiles.
Here’s their press release:
The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062
Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.
On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062. The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so. As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state. Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.
Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”
Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house. While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood. I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.
That’s where you’re going.
Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”
Seriously? Think about the ramifications.
(P.S. Here’s the definition of ramification.)
Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.
Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:
In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.
Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.
Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.
Again, I recommend the whole article. I think Kilgore may be right. In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far. Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.
My automobile insurance policy renewal notice came today. In it was this “Important Notice” regarding a change in the policy:
6126ME Civil Union Endorsement
This endorsement is part of the policy. Except for the changes this endorsement makes, all other provisions of the policy remain the same and apply to this endorsement.
When used in this policy or in any endorsement attached to this policy:
1. The words “spouse”, marriage”, and “marital” refer to the legal relationship between two persons united together in either:
a. a marriage; or
b. a civil union
that is recognized by and valid under Colorado law.
Progress for sure (I never thought I’d see the day) but I can’t wait until we do away with civil unions and give gays and lesbians the same marriage rights and privileges we straight people enjoy.
Anyway, it just kind of hit me when I saw this in writing. I’m so proud of Colorado for moving forward on this, in contrast that to how I’d feel if I lived in boo, hiss, hate-state Arizona.
I love this:
Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators
In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.
Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.
On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”
“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”
If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is email@example.com.
Good move guys!
You heard about Michael Sam, right? N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay.
Here’s a photo of Faurot Field at the University of Missouri this morning:
Very, very cool.
Well done! Hah.
Yeah, I know, it’s a global company who doesn’t really give a sh*t about We the Little People and it’s spying on us and all that but I still like that Google changed its colors in solidarity with the GLBT community today ahead of Sochi. In this fight, every little bit helps.
If folks in Utah — UTAH! — are divided 50/50 over the issue of same-sex marriage, I’d say this thing is wrapped up in favor of it:
Dang. That pesky Constitution is really getting in the way of the haters:
Federal U.S. District Judge Terence Kern has just ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The judge also stayed his ruling pending possible appeal, so same-sex couples cannot yet marry in Oklahoma.
I live in Colorado where gays and lesbians were given the right to “civil unions” (which do not include the full legal benefits of marriage that heterosexual couples enjoy) as of May 1, 2013. So far, not one single “homosexual” has tried to “shove” their “agenda” down my throat.
Not only that, my brother’s gay and hey, I see and talk to him all the time and nada, zip from him either. As a matter of fact, nothing’s changed at all.
So I have no idea what these bigots are talking about:
And I suspect they don’t have any idea what they’re talking about either.
Years ago we had a neighbor who wore a really tacky T-shirt that said, “Powered by Beer.” Guys like these remind me of that, but in this case their T-shirt would read something like: “Powered by Fear,” or “Powered by Ignorance.”
At this point, thank goodness, they’re essentially talking into the wind.
From the Tea Party News Network:
Sanity? Yeah. Right. It’d say this is more about making us more insane if anything. A&E had a teachable moment here:
Teabaggers claim this is all about free speech and that silencing Phil Robertson goes against the First Amendment of the Constitution. Problem is, as is so often the case, they’ve apparently never read the one itty bitty sentence that comprises that amendment; they’re misinterpreting something that’s really, really clear and simple:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Translation: The First Amendment is about our government — as in Congress (hello, see above) — not passing any laws “abridging the freedom of speech.” It isn’t about being able to say whatever the hell you want or to yell “fire” in a movie theater.
Stupid is the new cool.
This video is almost seven minutes long but if you watch/listen to the first 57 seconds you’ll get the gist of it. Good points made.
I G N O R A N C E
I listened to a radio interview with my local county sheriff the other week. One of the topics the interviewer touched on was gun control. My sheriff reminded listeners that there are three branches of government and he isn’t one of them. He said he’s there to enforce the laws the three branches of government enact.
Pretty darn clear and simple, huh? Oh, and right on.
That said, this is what the Cache County Clerk in Utah is doing in response to courts granting marriage equality there.
County clerks don’t make laws, the courts do. It’s up to county clerks to abide by them. Period. And if you don’t like it — Cache County Clerk — go to Somalia where there’s no organized government and chaos rules.
This is the United States of America and we have a system of government that has stood the test of time pretty well thus far. If you care about this country, as I suspect you would claim you do, then obey and respect the Constitution you wingnut wackos. Oh, and take that flag pin off your lapel. You don’t know what it means.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Virginia Sen. Harry F. Byrd called for a campaign of “massive resistance” to Brown in an effort to thwart public school integration. One Virginia county even shut down its public school system entirely from 1959 until 1964 in order to prevent black children from attending school alongside white ones. Fifty years after Prince Edward County, Virginia reopened its schools, however, a Utah county clerk has apparently decided to follow its lead.
The Cache County, Utah Clerk’s office is closed on Monday, meaning that no one who visits that office may obtain a marriage license — whether they are gay or straight. Though the county has not explicitly stated that it closed the office in an act of massive resistance to a recent federal court decision calling for marriage equality in Utah, the county attorney’s office released a statement linking the closure to that decision: “Given the status of the pending motion for a stay and the appeal that will be filed by the state of Utah, the Clerk’s Office will be closed until further notice.”
like the sheriff’s deputies who used hoses on African-American marchers in Selma in the 1960s:
The county clerk and deputy clerk of Roosevelt County resigned from their positions Friday in protest of the New Mexico Supreme Court decision yesterday that legalized same-sex marriage statewide, Roosevelt county commissioners confirmed.
Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations early Friday morning because they refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Commissioner Jake Lopez said.
Bravo! New Mexico yesterday, Utah today:
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.
This is about human rights — civil rights — not religious rights.
My Tweet of the Day:
What? Are we talkin’ Peking Duck? I love Peking Duck.
The pancakes are key. I have a delicious and easy recipe for them if you’re interested.
The Flag of Equal Marriage is an evolving protest flag for equal marriage rights in the US. It includes one star for each state which recognizes and performs same-sex marriages. We want to see the Flag of Equal Marriage with all 50 stars lit up to match the American flag.