Posts filed under ‘GLBT’
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.
Some people object to having their tax dollars have anything even remotely to do with abortion (which is legal in the United States, by the way). I object to having my tax dollars fund hate and discrimination:
A private Christian school that will be receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers has just instituted a policy banning LGBT students or students with LGBT parents or siblings. Wilmington, North Carolina’s Myrtle Grove Christian School just published a Biblical morality policy that bans anyone even suspected of “participating in, supporting, or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity, or bisexual activity.”
The two-page letter uses the children’s game, Duck, Duck, Goose, to illustrate their “simple but profound truth: If we move too far away from the center, we can no longer hold hands.”
The question is, at what point are a family’s moral affirmations or lifestyles far enough away from the biblical center that we cannot hold hands in partnership?
Ultimately, Myrtle Grove Christian School concludes:
The school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of a student are counter to or are in opposition to the Biblical lifestyle the school teaches.
This is pretty amazing, given that the time span is only 12 years:
This is from Pew Research. Larger version here.
Republicans in Hawaii doing what Republicans do:
Help us keep our ad on the air! Please donate $10, $20, $100 or $1,000 today. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising during October 2013 to warn Hawaii voters what their elected officials are attempting to do during the “special session” of the state legislature starting on 28 October 2013. Democrats are poised to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and eventually bisexuals with multiple partners. Such radical alterations to society have already led to even more radical demands in other states. Your support is needed to spread the word and warn and mobilize voters by keeping this and other ads on the air.
Geezus. I live in Colorado where “homosexual” civil unions are legal and I haven’t seen any “radical alterations” to life whatsoever.
Slowly but surely:
Several members of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football crew will wear purple tonight in recognition of Spirit Day, Outsports has learned via NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello and NFL Network commentator Michael Irvin.
Outsports had made the request to the NFL earlier this week, after our earlier article regarding the NFL’s support of Spirit Day. We have found the NFL to be incredibly supportive of the LGBT community over the years, and today’s outward show of support for bullied LGBT youth will be the latest example. According to Aiello, host Rich Eisen will wear purple and will also mention Spirit Day during the broadcast; Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin will also be adorning purple.
“By taking a stand against bullying and voicing support for LGBT youth, the NFL is sending a powerful message to sports fans everywhere: homophobia has no place in the game,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Leagues including MLB, MLS, NHL, the NFL and the NBA, along with other sports groups, are redefining what it means to be part of the team today for Spirit Day.”
What I think of as I put this up are the people in the U.S. (and the world, for that matter) who are beating their heads against a brick wall — and losing — the fight to keep GLBT people in the closet. It ain’t gonna happen and I’m loving it.
South Carolina’s former Republican executive director Todd Kincannon said that transgender people should be rounded up and “put in a camp.”
Kincannon, an attorney, was pushed out of his party’s leadership earlier this year, The Daily Beast reports. In 2012, he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a slur, and slammed an antiwar Iraq Veteran on Twitter by saying he wished “the Iraqis had better aim with his ass…I hope if that guy is ever in combat again, the enemy splatters his brain JFK-style. He deserves it.”
Former President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness at a same-sex wedding over the weekend.
The 41st president was pictured signing a set of documents at an outdoor celebration for the Maine wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.
Thorgalsen posted the photo to her Facebook wall on Sunday with the caption, ‘Getting our marriage license witnessed!’
Woohah. Another nail in the coffin of the gay marriage haters. It’s over folks. You lost.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday when she officiates at the Washington wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.
The gala wedding of Kaiser and economist John Roberts at the performing arts center brings together the nation’s highest court and the capital’s high society and will mark a new milepost in recognition of same-sex unions.
I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship,” Ginsburg said.
She added: “It won’t be long before there will be another” performed by a justice. Indeed, she has another planned for September.