Thursday, June 30, 2011

Proud Parents

Photoshop Fun

Proud To Love Him

Ah, Superman, I could just kiss you!

After marriage equality was signed into law in New York, Superman proposed to Batman.

Robin could not be reached for comment.

Where did you think they came from? If you're still holding onto that seduction/recruitment myth, you're an idiot.

Busted!

Strike a Pose

Baptist Boys

Bernini's David 1623-24

Little Pink Lies

(The Advoate) -- "Greetings from the hectic Poole household!"

These breezy words set the stage for another of my mother's whimsical letters to her mother-in-law. These monthly missives — literary cudgels apparently designed to bludgeon my grandparents into a state of envy and despair — were routinely filled with the glittering details of our family's latest accomplishments.

...Under her pen, my college job manning a Fotomat booth became a managerial position with the Fotomat Corp. with tremendous growth potential, cleverly disguising the fact that (a) I "managed" a Fotomat because those booths were only big enough for one person; and (b) there was indeed "growth potential" since there was nowhere to go but up.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/30/Little_Pink_Lies/

Good piece of writing--funny, touching, enlightening.  I enjoyed it.

DOJ Gives Congress "Fair" Shot at DOMA Defense

(The Advocate) -- The federal government has decided to appeal a bankruptcy court's decision that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

...the Department of Justice filed to appeal the ruling Monday. Assistant U.S. Trustee Jill Sturtevant wrote that the DOJ "is interested in providing Congress a full and fair opportunity to participate in this and other cases," according to the Associated Press.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/30/DOJ_Gives_Congress_Fair_Shot_at_DOMA_Defense/

Family Research Council Denounces Gay RNC Appointment

(The Advocate) -- On Thursday, the Log Cabin Republicans announced that its executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, had been tapped to the Republican National Committee’s finance committee — an appointment that Cooper asserted in a statement would help “to advance a pro-growth, pro-free enterprise agenda, especially while working to elect and reelect pro-equality Republicans to office all across the country.”



http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/30/Family_Research_Council_Denounces_Gay_RNC_Appointment/

The 50 Gayest Ads Ever

Click on link to see the ads:
http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/50-gayest-ads-ever-133002?page=1

Daniel Radcliffe Dedicates Trevor Project Hero Award To 'Real Heroes'

(MTV) -- Daniel Radcliffe took a break from his successful turn in Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and the press tour for the final "Harry Potter" film to accept the Trevor Project's Hero Award at Monday night's Trevor LIVE gala in New York.

"The fact that I'm able to help with something like this makes me very, very proud," Radcliffe told MTV News at the event. "It's a huge honor, and it's lovely of them to give it to me. I'll say it again later, but the real heroes are the people who are staffing those call centers and picking up the phones saving lives every single day."

 http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1666553/daniel-radcliffe-trevor-project-hero-award.jhtml

Report: Atlanta PD Mishandled Eagle Bar Raid

(The Advocate) -- Following an investigation into the mishandling of a gay bar raid, several Atlanta police officers have surrendered their badges and guns.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/30/Report_Atlanta_PD_Mishandled_Eagle_Bar_Raid/

Native Moments by Walt Whitman


Native Moments

Native moments--when you come upon me--ah you are here now,
Give me now libidinous joys only,
Give me the drench of my passions, give me life course and rank,
To-day I go consort with Nature’s darlings, to-night too,
I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men,
I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers,
The echoes ring with our indecent calls, I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate, he shall be one condemned by others for deeds done,
I shall play a part no longer, why should I exile myself from my companions?
O you shunn'd persons, I at least do not shun you,
I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than any of the rest.

--Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)

Time for President Obama to stand up for gay marriage

(The Washington Post) -- PRESIDENT OBAMA had plenty of nice things to say about equal rights for gay men and lesbians at Wednesday’s news conference. He rattled off his administration’s record, including making the determination that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and would no longer be defended in court. And he said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York last week was “a good thing.” But what Mr. Obama didn’t say and steadfastly refuses to say is that he believes that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to legally wed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/time-for-president-obama-to-stand-up-for-gay-marriage/2011/06/29/AGMQFNrH_story.html

FBI Employed Westboro Baptist Church to Train Police Officers and FBI Agents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday that members of an anti-gay fundamentalist group participated in the bureau's training of police officers and FBI agents — a move the bureau says it will take steps to remedy in the future.

The bureau extended the invitations to Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for training this spring at two bureau facilities in Virginia: Quantico and Manassas.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hrYZfy441MxeP9D7-FI6PvOjgq_w?docId=14387f6312974b728472624e19b5fa0f

What the hell?

Death Mars Anchorage Gay Pride

(The Advocate) -- ...James Crump, 50, was caught underneath the car carrying Doug Frank, the grand marshal. The driver of the vehicle was 70-year-old Edith Bailey; it appears the car kept moving after hitting Crump, so police are investigating what happened and whether the car had a sudden mechanical problem.







 http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/29/Death_Mars_Anchorage_Gay_Pride/

Polis to Become a Father

(The Advocate) -- A groundbreaking gay U.S. congressman told The Denver Post that he and his partner are on the verge of another milestone – they’re going to be dads.

Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, said he and partner Marlon Reis are “very excited to become parents."






http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/30/Polis_To_Become_a_Father/

Gay marriage supporters plan referendum in Maine .

(The Wall Street Journal) -- LEWISTON, Maine — Gay marriage supporters began laying the groundwork Thursday for another referendum on the issue, hoping to build on momentum from New York which last week became the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage. Critics said the divisive issue was already settled by a statewide vote and that there's no need for another referendum.

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP209adcacbac9485f900611a52972a05e.html

U.S. Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage

(The New York Times) -- In a decision that could have far-reaching effects on immigration cases involving same-sex couples, federal officials have canceled the deportation of a Venezuelan man [Henry Velandia] in New Jersey who is married to an American man [Josh Vandiver], the couple’s lawyer said Wednesday.




http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/us/30immig.html?_r=4

Catholic Church Denies Funeral For Local Gay Man

Our Lady Of The Rosary In Little Italy Canceled Funeral Of John Sanfilippo

(10News.com) -- SAN DIEGO -- A funeral service for a gay parishioner that was canceled by a Catholic church will be allowed to take place, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. The church, however, has not communicated the decision change to either the family of the deceased man or the media.

Bishop Tobin: R.I. civil unions promote immoral lifestyle, mocks marriage, threat to religious liberty

I am deeply disappointed that Rhode Island will establish civil unions in our state. The concept of civil unions is a social experiment that promotes an immoral lifestyle, is a mockery of the institution of marriage as designed by God, undermines the well-being of our families, and poses a threat to religious liberty.

In this context it is my obligation to remind Catholics of the teachings of the Church on this matter. First, the Church continues to have respect and love for persons with same-sex attraction; they are indeed children of God and our brothers and sisters in the human family. We pray for their well-being and offer them spiritual guidance and pastoral care. We also extend our love and support to families of homosexual persons who sometimes struggle with this difficult emotional issue.

At the same time, the Church reminds its members that homosexual activity is contrary to the natural law and the will of God and, therefore, is objectively sinful. Persons with same-sex attraction are required to live the Christian virtues of chastity and modesty, as all persons are. The importance of these virtues is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures and in the constant tradition of the Church.

Because civil unions promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion, Catholics may not participate in civil unions. To do so is a very grave violation of the moral law and, thus, seriously sinful. A civil union can never be accepted as a legitimate alternative to matrimony.

Can there be any doubt that Almighty God will, in His own time and way, pass judgment upon our state, its leaders and citizens, for abandoning His commands and embracing public immorality? I encourage Catholics to pray for God’s patience, mercy and forgiveness in these distressing times.


The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence


http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2011/06/on-rhode-island-bishops-and-the-theme-from-tootsie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GoodAsYou+%28Good+As+You%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Isn't it funny how people who present themselves as moral authorities can sometimes say the most evil and disgusting things imaginable?

Divorce among heterosexuals is also against Catholic Church doctrine, and that's not against the law.  In fact many in government are divorced.  Yet you don't see Bishop Tobin out there claiming that all these divorced people are promoting an immoral lifestyle, mock marriage, and threaten religious liberties.

R.I. Senate Passes Contentious Civil Unions Bill

(The Advocate) -- With broad exemptions for religious organizations included, the Rhode Island Senate passed a civil unions bill Wednesday and sent it to the governor's desk.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/29/RI_Senate_Passes_Contentious_Civil_Unions_Bill/

Small But Significant Cuban Pride March

(The Advocate) -- It wasn't like New York or San Francisco, but a Cuban Gay Pride celebration — the first ever — was just as meaningful.











http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/29/Small_But_Significant_Cuban_Pride_March/

Homophobic bigot and ex-con Chuck Colson says tolerance leads to totalitarianism

Is it possible that America could lapse into totalitarianism? Well, it’s not impossible, and I’ll tell you why not.

...But I’ve thought of another way democracy can slide into totalitarianism—the moral foundations of society erode so badly that the people become malleable. They embrace relativism, as we have in America today; they no longer believe in right and wrong. So popular culture, the educational and political elite, teach us that it’s wrong to judge other people. Tolerance becomes the supreme public virtue.

When that happens, however, somebody has to enforce the tolerance. So-called cultural arbiters—the media, the academics, political leaders—begin to prescribe which things are in bounds and which things are out of bounds for public discussion.

Look what happened with political commentator Brit Hume. He recommended that Tiger Woods consider Christianity. He was pilloried in the process.

Last week, I talked about Tim Tebow’s heartwarming TV ad scheduled for the Super Bowl. It tells how his mother, against medical advice, decided to give birth to him rather than abort. Pro-choice groups hit the roof, demanding that CBS pull the ad.

This is akin to the soft despotism de Tocqueville warned about, the tyranny of tolerance where the cultural elites seek to eliminate the free expression of moral views in American life.
And that, my friends, is totalitarianism of an unexpected kind. It’s the kind that can catch you by surprise, where you’ll wake up one day to find that you have lost your freedom.

Read full statement at:
http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/colson-files/16725-an-unexpected-totalitarianism


 
I don't think I have the corner on truth, and I know my ego can influence my thinking, so I try not to take myself too seriously. However, I do believe some things and some people are wrong. For instance, I think Chuck Colson is wrong, and I think he is morally reprehensible. This bullshit about equating tolerance with totalitarianism is but another instance of his depravity. This is nothing short of Orwellian. He gives himself permission to beat others into submission, and he claims he's guarding against totalitarianism as he attacks those who disagree with him.  He is advocating totalitarianism while pretending to stand against it.  In Chuck Colson's America, we would all be free...to agree with him.

Bullies physically attack 1 in 5 gay students in state, survey finds

(Star Tribune) -- The majority of gay students in Minnesota have been verbally harassed in school, and one in five has been punched, kicked or violently injured over sexual orientation, according to new survey.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/wellness/124683703.html

Drake survey shows over 60 percent of Iowans support marriage equality

(The American Independent) -- A 54-question survey developed and implemented by graduate students at Drake University in Des Moines shows within less than a 2 percent margin of error that an overwhelming majority of Iowans support same-sex marriage.

http://www.americanindependent.com/191095/drake-survey-shows-over-60-percent-of-iowans-support-marriage-equality

Rev. Bresciani: NY marriage equality will lead to rise of antichrist

The New York Senate passed the bill in a vote of 33 to 29, allowing gays to marry only a week after the N.Y. Assembly gave the bill the green light. Has history been made or has it been assaulted?

...The creation, the purpose, the history and the final outcome of this world will all be guided, weighed and brought into the refined scrutiny of the living God regardless of our unbelief, disdain or aloofness with regard to that claim.

No one says it better than the ancient prophet Micah. He was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah and gave his message to Israel and Judah for a period of about fifty years. Although he like Isaiah saw the coming captivity that Israel would undergo after Babylon conquered them, those events were over 125 years into the future and no one paid much attention to either prophet on that matter. Micah saw the Assyrian captivity of Israel and that was only ten years away from his prophecies.

The results of our choices in America are closer than Micah's prophecies by far. But the result will be just about the same. We too will be led away captive but not to a foreign place but rather to a foreign tyranny and a ruthless ruler the scriptures refer to as the antichrist.

--Rev. Michael Bresciani, Christian author and a columnist

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/bresciani/110629

Robert George: Andrew Cuomo not a "serious Catholic" because he supports marriage equality

There are many devout Protestants and even Jews and Muslims whose moral beliefs and practices are far more closely in line with Catholic teachings than Andrew Cuomo’s are. Andrew’s father’s views and policies gave scandal (as Catholics use that term) precisely because people took him to be a serious Catholic. No one is scandalized by Andrew’s beliefs or conduct because no one takes him to be a serious Catholic, that is, a Catholic who is serious enough about his faith to live by its tenets. Indeed, he quite publicly flouts Catholic principles, and doesn’t even seem to wrestle with it or be anguished about it, as his father at least liked to give the appearance of being. In word and deed, he has made it clear that he simply does not believe what Catholicism teaches about sexual morality and marriage. There is no reason to suppose that he regards the Catholic Church as having the authority to teach definitively on these issues or anything else. If there is a sense in which he is a Catholic, it does not involve believing what the Catholic Church teaches or even that the Catholic Church has any authority to teach. So I don’t see Cuomo’s Catholicism as a significant part of this story. He doesn’t even pretend to be serious enough about it to make anyone care or even take much notice.

--Robert George, founder of the American Principles Project and Chairman Emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/george-andrew-cuomo-cant-be-catholic-because-he-supports-marriage-equality

"Barbarians Need To Be Educated" Michele Bachmann's Husband On Homosexua...

Vicky Hartzler trying to explain her opposition to gay marriage

Dan Savage On Book Of Mormon, Anti-Gay For Pay, Religion Forcing People ...

Michele Bachmann's Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’

Joyner: Hurricane Katrina Was God's Judgment For Homosexuality

Fischer: "Liberals Hate God"




There are some people who don't like religion very much, and that's mainly because they've been burned by harsh and judgemental Bible thumpers like Bryan. But generally speaking, liberals don't hate God or Christianity. They just don't have a high opinion of Christianists. The Christianists are so arrogant as to believe that disagreeing with them is the same thing as hating God, and it's not.

No Straight Pride: Why Is There Gay Pride?





I was thinking something along the same lines earlier. Pit Bull Bill Donohue was bitching yesterday about how sexual Gay Pride parades can be. Of course he exaggerated. But I thought straights don't need a straight pride parade to celebrate their sexuality. The whole world is one big straight pride parade. And if Bill hasn't noticed that straight people put their sexuality on display, then he's not been paying attention.

LGBT Pride Month

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Ah, man...not when someone's snapping a picture. My dad will find out I do stuff with boys."

The Good Ol' Summer Time


Manly men and large phallic objects

Let's play footsies

Jockey's make you feel like a million!

"Why do they always use our love as an excuse to not let gays get married? We're not gay."

Tickle Me, Elmo!

All Gone

Donnelly claims Pentagon survey was fixed

The results of the Pentagon survey had actually been pre-scripted as early as July of 2010, even before the survey of the troops went out.  Somebody leaked to The Washington Post a highly misleading story. It misrepresented the views of the troops and suggested that...about 70 percent of them were just fine with repeal of the law on gays in the military.  --Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness





http://www.onenewsnow.com/Security/Default.aspx?id=1380470

Donnelly just can't believe that not everyone is as bigoted as she is.  The professional homophobes are so used to claiming they're in the majority, it's hard for them to believe they're not anymore.  Besides, what's reality to those who have been telling lies about LGBTs for so long?

Donohue, like most homophobes, can't stop thinking about gay sex

"There is no demographic group in the nation, among all the racial and ethnic affiliations, which ever features nudity, half-nudity and simulated sex acts in their parades. Indeed, they don't even march in dog collars. But to those whose idea of freedom is genital liberation, sexuality is their central identity. The real problem here is the reluctance of the media to accurately cover gay pride events. The bias is palpable." --Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League





http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=2183

Donohue does all he can to marginalize and paint LGBTs as "other."  If he thinks that the only thing people do at Pride parades is shake their booty, then he's never been to one or only sees what he wants to see.  If he thinks LGBTs invented booty shaking, then he's turning a blind Mardi Gras, spring break, etc.  Straight people so regularly and routinely put their sexuality on display, some may become desensitized to it.  Straight people don't need a special parade to let their hair down, sexually speaking.  The celebrate straight pride daily.

Take a look at this:
Straight Couple Has Sex On Stage
http://boyboxrebellion.blogspot.com/2011/04/straight-couple-has-sex-on-stage_23.html

Rudy breaks vows, Backs off oath to perform gay pal's wedding

(New York Post) -- The gay car dealer who opened his home to Rudy Giuliani in 2001 during his humiliating divorce battle says the former mayor offered to preside at his wedding if same-sex marriage were ever legalized -- but is now ducking his calls to make good on the offer.

 






Obama’s Position on Gay Marriage Faces New Test

(The New York Times) -- ...For months, Mr. Obama, who has in the past opposed same-sex marriage, has said his views are “evolving.” But last week’s vote in Albany has intensified pressure on the president to say where he stands, particularly after remarks he made at a Manhattan fund-raiser disappointed and confused many gay rights advocates, including some of his most ardent supporters.

Some are now comparing Mr. Obama unfavorably with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who championed the New York bill and helped get it passed in a Republican-controlled Senate.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/us/politics/29marriage.html?_r=2

Officials to Begin Including LGBTs in Health Data

(The Advocate) -- Federal health officials will begin collecting crucial health data on LGBT individuals, as well as drafting new standards for reporting on race, ethnicity, and other demographic characteristics, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

...“Health disparities have persistent and costly affects for minority communities, and the whole country,” HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a Wednesday statement. “Today we are taking critical steps toward ensuring the collection of useful national data on minority groups, including for the first time, LGBT populations. The data we will eventually collect in these efforts will serve as powerful tools and help us in our fight to end health disparities.”


http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/29/Officials_to_Begin_Including_LGBTs_in_Health_Data/

Dustin Lance Black: Obama is wrong, equality for LGBTQ Americans should not be left up to each individual state to decide

It is my great honor to announce that a few weeks ago, inside of Harvey Milk’s old camera shop right down on Castro street, we opened the Harvey Milk Call Center, finally turning the Trevor Project into a fully self sufficient 24-7, nationwide crisis help line for LGBTQ youth.

After all, that was Harvey Milk’s mission, to be there to answer the call from that young person in Altoona, Pennsylvania who had lost hope -- giving hope to the hopeless, and not just here in SF but nationwide.

But that was not Milk’s end goal, and it’s certainly not our common dream today. Our dream today is to one day have no Altoona, Pennsylvanias, no more places in this country where children are told by their government that they are second class or less than. No more places where children are robbed of their self-esteems by their own leaders and communities.

And yes, winning marriage equality in New York was one of our greatest victories, and we must celebrate that victory and all of the men and women who have fought so hard to create that watershed moment, because it paves the way to our end goal, to our larger dream, a dream of full equality in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states across this great nation.

And yes, I prefer President Obama to the alternative. That is true. But I cannot and we should not hide our disappointment with his response to our historic victory in New York. In his response he wrongly claimed that marriage equality should be left up to individual states to decide.

President Obama, with all due respect, you know the proud history of civil rights in this nation and you understand that the ultimate responsibility of protecting our minorities falls on the federal government, on our courts and on your desk, Mr. President -- not on each individual state’s legislature or ballot box.
Mr. President, consider the LGBTQ children living in Mississippi, Arkansas and in my home state of Texas. Are their lives less worthy of protection than those in New York, Massachusetts and Iowa?

If the civil rights of this country’s minorities are left to the states, then this will become a checkerboard nation where some areas are free and some areas are not free. Where children in some states are told to lift their heads high and others are told they are second class citizens, less than, and that their love and their future families are not worthy of this nation’s protection and admiration.

A state-by-state solution sends a government sanctioned message to the bigots and bullies that in some states in this nation it is okay to treat LGBT people as unequal -- as less than human.

Mr. President. This is a civil rights issue, a minority rights issue, a federal issue. How many more lives must we see taken, how many more bullies must be emboldened before you complete what you’ve called your “evolution” toward equality, and protect all of your citizens, old and young, black and brown and white, gay and straight?

No more, Mr. President. You must speak up for all of us, and speak up now.

And right here in California. What can we do?

The truth is, we are mere breaths away from marriage equality right here in California. We won in Federal court. Federal judge Vaughn Walker declared unequivocally that proposition 8 is in fact unconstitutional. That the 14th amendment indeed applies to all people. Every single one of you here today. Gay or straight.

Yet we wait. Because the CA Supreme court has yet to answer the one technical question asked by the 9th circuit Federal Court of appeals, so that we may finally put an end to the prejudice and hate that has plagued this city and this state for generations.

So please, enjoy this day of Pride, but follow in the great tradition of San Francisco and demand our President take responsibility for all his citizens – nationwide -- and demand that the CA Supreme Court do their duty now. Not after more lives are lost, more bullies are emboldened and more self-esteems are robbed. So that we may join with NY State in this country’s greatest tradition -- the tradition of spreading freedom and equality to all… and that we may make those calls from Altoona, Pennsylvania a thing of the past.

I believe in you San Francisco. And I leave this vital work to your strong voices and in your mighty hands.

--Dustin Lance Black

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/29/Dustin_Lance_Black_Takes_On_Obamas_Marriage_Position/

Same-Sex Marriage: Gay Couples Sue NJ

(Time) -- (TRENTON, N.J.) — Seven gay and lesbian New Jersey couples, along with many of their children, are going to court to try to force the state to recognize gay marriage.

The families say in their legal complaint that the state's civil union law designed to give gay couples the same legal protections as married couples has not fulfilled that promise.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2080462,00.html#ixzz1QfMc1lgL

Tony Perkins wants us to fall on our knees

Obama discusses marriage equality at his press conference.

Obama refusing to endorse marriage equality when pressed.

Barber: Gay Families Are Just Propaganda To Promote Sexual Anarchy

Joad Cressbeckler Homosexuality A Necessity On Cold Mountaintops

Ken Mehlman @ NY Marriage Victory Celebration

A Message of Hope from the United States Senate

Beginners' Lesson From Ewan McGregor

Gay Marriage A Wedge Issue In 2012? - Ken Blackwell Vs. Ross Levi

Christian Nightmares presents: A short tour through evangelical hell

Baptists for Gay Marriage: Just Kidding!

(The Advocate) -- In an elaborate hoax, an unidentified group created a fake press release and website that declared the Southern Baptist Convention now supports marriage equality.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/28/Baptists_for_Gay_Marriage_Just_Kidding/

Nine Teens and Preteens Charged in Mass. Hate Attack

(The Advocate) -- ...Delaney says the 30-year-old victim was on his way home from downtown Springfield before 3 o'clock Tuesday morning when the suspects called out to him. After he ignored their requests to enter the park, they allegedly knocked him down and the males kicked and punched him while the females cheered them on. Antigay slurs were yelled and the victim’s MP3 player was taken before the suspects ran off.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/28/Nine_Teens_and_Preteens_Charged_with_Mass__Hate_Attack/

R.I. Gay Rights Group to Gov: Veto Civil Unions Bill

(The Advocate) -- While many gays in Hawaii and Illinois were jubilant when their states recently passed legislation establishing civil unions, LGBT Rhode Islanders aren't seeing much to cheer about.

..."Rhode Island has always been a beacon of protecting the separation of church and state," Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, said in a statement provided to The Advocate. "Unfortunately, the pending Rhode Island legislation flies in the face of that proud history. It adds insult to injury by enshrining civil union, a separate-and-unequal status, in law while granting license to religious organizations and their employees to discriminate against same-sex couples. We know that Rhode Island can do better."

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/28/RI_Likely_to_Pass_Civil_Unions_Almost_No_One_Pleased/

GLAAD Petitions Ark. Paper Over Obit

(The Advocate) -- The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation today started an online petition calling on an Arkansas newspaper to revise and rerun an obituary that, in its original publication, excluded the deceased man’s same-sex partner.

...GLAAD officials said they had received assurances from the paper last week that it would rerun the obit, revise its policy, and apologize to James, but instead it published an editorial saying the paper had made its policy clear to him — it does not run names of unmarried partners in obits — and accusing James of lying and pursuing an “agenda.”

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/28/GLAAD_Petitions_Ark_Paper_Over_Obit/

Tea Party member thinks bullying is good for gay kids

This is not bullying. It is peer pressure and is healthy. There are many bad behaviors such as smoking, under age drinking and drug abuse that are behaviors that cannot be condoned. Homosexuality falls into this category.

Homosexuality is simply bad behavior that youth see as such and rightly pressure their peers to stop it. In Sarasota County over 70% of all HIV/AIDS cases are due to male sex with males.
I agree with Gulf Coast Gives that “LGBT youth are up to five times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts”. Homosexuality, like drugs, harms young people if they experement [sic] with it. That is the greatest tragedy.  --Rich Swier, Tea Party Nation activist
http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/06/tea-party-leader-says-anti-gay-bullying-is-‘healthy-peer-pressure’/

If bullying is good for kids, maybe it's good for grownups, too. So out of the kindness of my heart, I would like to say that I think Sewer Dick--sometimes known as Shit Dick--is a four-eyed ugly doughboy. Now would someone please knock the books out of his hands and trip him when he's going down the stairs?

This man actually advocates pervasive cruelty toward LGBT youth, and then he blames them when they become depressed and suicidal or when they turn out less than well-adjusted.  What a revolting human being.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today In History: “Homo Nest Raided”

(Box Turtle Bulletin) -- Forty years ago today, in the very early morning hours of June 28, 1969, New York police attempted a raid on a Greenwich Village gay nightclub known as the Stonewall Inn. This wasn’t the first time New York police raided a gay bar, but this was the first time that patrons — for whatever reason; nobody knows exactly why — decided to fight back. The situation escalated into a full-blown riot that night, with more rioting breaking out again the next night and over the next several days.

...But like all creation myths told around the campfire, this one often presumes that Stonewall was where everything began, that before Stonewall there was nothing. Of course, we know that’s not true...

http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2009/06/28/12479

Box Turtle Bulletin charts just how far we've come


NY town clerk: I won't sign gay wedding license

(Politico) -- New York’s gay weddings victory lap has not extended to all parts of the Empire State, with a rural town clerk determined to not sign any same-sex marriage licenses.

Barbara MacEwen, the town clerk in upstate Volney who is responsible for signing marriage licenses in the town, said she’s morally opposed to same-sex weddings and does not intend to affix her signature to any marriage documents for gay or lesbian couples.

Then I guess you had better look for another job, Barbara. They don't pay you to impose your religion on your fellow citizens, sweetheart.

Senior Vatican adviser wants communion rite taken away from Andrew Cuomo over same-sex marriage stance

(Detroit Free Press) -- A senior adviser to the Vatican, who is a theology professor in Detroit, blasted the Catholic governor of New York for his strong backing of same-sex marriage, saying that he should be punished for his "brazen" violation of Catholicism by being denied Holy Communion — a key part of the Catholic faith.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110627/NEWS01/110627047/Senior-Vatican-adviser-wants-communion-rite-taken-away-from-Andrew-Cuomo-over-same-sex-marriage-stance

Gay Marriage Vote In New York Prompts New Discussion In Maine

(WMTW) -- The passage of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in New York last week has many advocates in Maine considering bringing the issue back before voters.
In November 2009, voters overturned a gay-marriage law that was approved by the Legislature and signed by then Gov. John Baldacci.
 
Watch video at:

NY State Senator Ruben Diaz: Christians need to stop praying so much and become more actively homophobic

"We have to organize better. The problem with the Christian movement, with the Christians and pastors, is that they pray too much and act too little.

"Gov. Cuomo, when he was running, said if I get elected, I will push for gay marriage. But pastors and brothers and sisters campaigned for him and voted for him. So we cannot fully blame Cuomo.

"Pastors and religious leaders are supposed to remember that we are supposed to be Christians before being Democrats or being Republicans. Our responsibility is with Jesus and not with Democratic Party or Republican Party.

"I made history. I'm the only New York State Democrat that voted against the bill. I will wear it as a badge of honor."

http://www.christianpost.com/news/after-ny-passes-gay-marriage-sen-diaz-cites-problems-in-christian-response-51637/

Christianists seem to think that shoving their religion down the throats of others is a good thing, and apparently they think the civil laws of our society should reflect their religious beliefs.  Or at least they want the law to beat up on people they don't like, such as gays.  God forbid the law go after them for stuff like adultery and divorce even though those things are against their religion, too.

Hmm  Maybe that's why they're so against Sharia law, even though they seem to be pushing for the Christianist version here in America.  Maybe deep down they know they couldn't stand up to the level of judgement they heap on others. 

Brazil judge OKs country's first gay marriage

(Forbes) -- SAO PAULO -- A Brazilian state judge on Monday approved what the court said is the nation's first gay marriage.

Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled two men could convert their civil union into a full marriage. Brazil's Supreme Court cleared the way in May for the recognition of same-sex civil unions, but stopped short of approving gay marriages.

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/06/27/general-lt-brazil-gay-marriage_8537969.html

Mayor Bloomberg anticipates big gay wedding business for New York City

(New York Daily News) -- Mayor Bloomberg is looking to cash in on a big fat gay wedding bonanza.








http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/06/28/2011-06-28_ya_oughta_marry_here_sez_mike_mayor_dreams_of_big_bucks_and_issues_invites_to_ga.html

Santorum: Same-sex marriage undermines marriage, faith

(Des Moines Register) -- ..."The reason the left has gone after same-sex marriage is because it’s a two-fer,” Santorum said. “When you redefine marriage, you cheapen marriage. You make it into something less valuable, less special … [and] it is a sure bet that will undermine faith.”








http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/06/27/santorum-same-sex-marriage-undermines-marriage-faith/

What a stupid conspiracy theory.  No one is trying to undermine anyone's marriage or faith.  And to say that gays cheapen marriage merely by getting married is a grotesque insult.  What a disgusting person Santorum is, a bigot of the lowest order. 

Prop. 8 Supporters Appeal Ruling on Walker

(The Advocate) -- The Proposition 8 machinations continue: Those fighting to maintain California's constitutional ban on gay marriage are again attempting to discredit the ruling of federal judge Vaughn Walker because he is in a long-term same-sex relationship.






http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/27/Prop_8_Supporters_Appeal_Ruling_on_Walker/

Tony Perkin suggests the NY marriage equality vote was fixed

When the law goes into effect next month, New York will be the sixth and largest state to shatter the definition of marriage in America. To understand the devastation of that defeat, consider this. Within hours, the number of people living in jurisdictions with same-sex "marriage" doubled. With one vote, New York forced more Americans to bow to its twisted definition of marriage than the combined population of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. And none of it would have been possible without the political cowardice of New York Republicans.

The same party who beat back this attack in 2009 not only gave up on marriage in the majority, but actively worked to redefine it two years later. The decision by four Republicans to join 29 Democrats in passing the measure marked the first time in history that a legislative body controlled by the GOP approved either same-sex "marriage" or civil unions. "If a gay marriage bill passes," state Senators Ruben Diaz and Michael Long had warned, "it will be because the GOP caved for no discernible good reason at all, and Republicans across the state will pay the price." In the weeks ahead, our country will learn how deep the coercion runs. This illusion of Republican support for same-sex "marriage" all boils down to two things: money and intimidation. Behind the scenes, liberals found a way to undercut the Republican platform on marriage, and there is no question that those "incentives" (some of them taxpayer-funded) will be exposed. Already, word is trickling out that the one man who could have stopped this bill, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R), may have had a financial stake in the outcome. Caithness Energy, a client of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where Skelos works, rakes in $1.7 billion in state funds. Were liberal leaders threatening his government contract? It wouldn't surprise the New York Times. The pressure on Skelos was strong--but true leadership demands that principle be stronger.  --Tony Perkins, president of hate group Family Research Council

Read full statement at:
http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WU11F21&f=PG08E01

It's rather precious of Tony to whine about the supposed strong-arm tactics of the proponents of marriage equality when the professional homophobes are all over the place claiming they will seek revenge on those who voted for the marriage equality bill.  NOM has already pledged 2 million to defeat those who voted for it.  And you can bet they put as much pressure as they could on NY State Senators to go their way before the vote.

David Frum: I was wrong about same-sex marriage

(CNN) -- ...I don't think I'm alone in my reaction either. Most conservatives have reacted with calm -- if not outright approval -- to New York's dramatic decision.


Why?

The short answer is that the case against same-sex marriage has been tested against reality. The case has not passed its test.

Since 1997, same-sex marriage has evolved from talk to fact.

If people like me had been right, we should have seen the American family become radically more unstable over the subsequent decade and a half.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/27/frum.gay.marriage/

Brian Brown New York Betrayed Marriage

George Takei On New York's Same-Sex Marriage Law

Fischer: "Fidelity In Same-Sex Relationships Is Virtually Unheard Of"



Yeah, we've all had 500 to a 1,000 lovers...in your pruient dreams, Bryan.  For a supposedly straight person who claims to be appalled by homosexuality, I think Fischer spends way too much time thinking about guys having wild, sweaty man sex.  And since when have heteros been all that faithful as a general rule?

HRC's Joe Solmonese: NOM Made Alot Of Noise In This Fight & Really Under...

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League Shares His Views On Gay Marriage -- WPIX

Watch video at:
http://www.wpix.com/videobeta/949166a2-0de5-4612-8616-ddf12344d8ca/News/Bill-Donahue-of-the-Catholic-League-Shares-His-Views-On-Gay-Marriage

Theocracy in America

Same-sex couple facing deportation



This is heartbreaking.

Gay Marriage: Politicians Behind Voters?

Thomas Roberts & Rev. Al Sharpton Vs. NOM's Brian Brown

Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell Vs. NOM's Maggie Gallagher On Marriage Equality

Natural Love

Fischer: Gays Already Have Marriage Equality













Suggesting that gays are free to marry girls and therefore already have marriage equality is heartless and stupid.  Gays marrying girls is a dumb, dumb, dumb idea.  But look who's talking.  Bryan lacks compassion, intelligence and common sense.

Monday, June 27, 2011

One Big, Global Parade

"FRANCE. People march through Paris on Saturday. French political and business leaders, and artists like movie star Catherine Deneuve, signed a petition this week to ask for "the universal depenalization for homosexuality." Signs read 'My freedom preserves yours.'"

More pictures of Pride events from around the world at The Advocate:

Two men arrested for hate crime assault in downtown Portland

Linda Harvey: Gay marriage will lead to doom and destruction

"This "freedom" will include much more than a perpetual pansexual pagan party. It will, and already does, include libel, slander, intimidation, corruption of youth, revolt in congregations, suppression of parental rights, revision of language, disease, loss of employment and loss of life.

" New York City wears another red badge of courage. Its citizens abort 41 percent of all pregnancies. Is it a coincidence that sexual deviance accompanies rejection of new life and children? I think not. And it's also not a coincidence that this state boasts a string of governors who've had sexual integrity problems. Gov. Cuomo lives with a woman who is not his wife. How appropriate that he leads this state, for such a time as this.   --Linda Harvey of Mission: America

Read full statement at:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=315825

Lies, distortions and fearmongering from a homophobic Christianist.  Can you feel the love?

Bill Donohue calls for constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

"Ultimately, this issue will not be resolved in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court: it will be decided by a constitutional amendment. Though the Federal Marriage Amendment prevailed in the House in 2006 by a margin of 236-187, it failed to achieve the necessary 290 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment; two-thirds of both chambers of Congress, and three-fourths of the states (38), are needed. 

"Standing in the way of a constitutional amendment is the legitimate reluctance on the part of federal lawmakers to decide what many believe to be a matter for the states. But given that we are left with the scenario of the people vs. the elites, we are quickly reaching a tipping point, and when that happens, chances are good that this issue will be resolved by a constitutional amendment."  --Catholic League president Bill Donohue
Read full statement here:
http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=2180

I think Donohue is living in a fantasy world where he speaks as a paragon of morality for the multitudes. It'll be a sad day for him when he wakes up and realizes he's really an angry, bigoted baffoon who represents a dwindling group of blowhards soon to be held in the same regard as KKK members and neo-nazis.

WND Writer Wants Marriage Equality Supporters Tried And Punished

(Right Wing Watch) -- Ted Beahr of the Christian Film and Television Commission and the publisher of Movieguide, “movie reviews through a Christian perspective,” wants New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators who backed marriage equality should be “subject to indictment, trial and just punishment.” Writing for WorldNetDaily, Beahr believes that New York’s marriage equality law not only stands in the face of God’s law but is also unconstitutional, because Beahr says that the Constitution must comply with God’s law.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wnd-writer-wants-marriage-equality-supporters-tried-and-punished

Michele Bachmann on John Wayne Gacy



John Wayne never lived in Waterloo, IA, John Wayne Gacy did.

The Problem with Gay Marriage




Charming film made with oodles of Christian love. :P

Rick Santorum Sings on Christian Show



The irony is killing me.

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Minnesota for Marriage Coalition Reacts to Gay Marriage Vote in New York State

"This is exactly why we need the constitutional amendment to protect marriage in Minnesota," said Jason Adkins of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a member of the Minnesota for Marriage Coalition. "Marriage between one man and one woman has served mankind for all of recorded history as the building block of civilization and the best institution for children. Now marriage has been radically redefined in New York and gay marriage imposed without a vote of the people. Placing one-man, one-woman marriage in Minnesota's Constitution ensures that only voters will ever be able to decide the meaning of marriage, not politicians."

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/9845817250.html

I guess we'll see a spike in the fearmongering and the hatemongering from the professional homophobes following the victory in New York.

Will New York Marriage Spread to Other States? June 27 Marriage News Watch

Bryan Fischer: Homosexual Bigots Commit Hate Crimes State Senator Ruben Diaz

"Homosexuals are rapidly cementing their position as the number one perpetrators of hate crimes in American today. Sen. Diaz is simply the latest prey of the hatemongering hunters on the left, who live in mortal fear that someone, somewhere, actually believes what God says about marriage and human sexuality. And the list will grow longer before it grows shorter."
--Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis and front man for the hate group American Family Association









http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011062713927/life-and-science/culture-wars/homosexual-bigots-commit-hate-crimes-state-senator-ruben-diaz.html


Gay Marriage: Where’s Mr. Obama?

Editorial

(The New York Times) -- On Thursday night, when same-sex marriage in New York State was teetering on a razor’s edge, President Obama had a perfect opportunity to show the results of his supposed evolution on gay marriage.

Unfortunately, he did not take it, keeping his own views in the shadows. The next night the Republican-led New York State Senate, of all places, proved itself more forward-thinking than the president on one of the last great civil-rights debates in this nation’s history.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/opinion/27mon2.html?_r=3

Robertson: God Will Destroy America Because of Gay Marriage




Robertson is so transparent.  He obviously wants anyone who disagrees with him to suffer and die.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo1zbUwSNWg

New York passes gay marriage bill

Not Anti-Catholic, Just Anti-Harm

(The Advocate) -- There comes a point in Dan Brown’s bestselling thriller Angels and Demons, in which its protagonist, Professor Robert Langdon, in response to being queried about his faith, proclaims he is not anti-Catholic “just anti-vandalism” – in reference to a 17th century Pope’s desecration of male statuary whose phalluses were chiseled away in an act of prudery gone wild.

... The Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine of intolerance related to condoms and homosexuality, not to mention its promulgation of a patriarchal society that leaves women powerless and vulnerable, are determinants of HIV’s spread worldwide, but especially in parts of the world with low health literacy. So, like Professor Langdon, mine was a message of solidarity in our global fight against disease, but clear in an anti-harm position.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/27/Not_Anti-Catholic,_Just_Anti-Harm/