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|The Death Sentence Of The Christian Right
This past Sunday was the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, and it put back into my mind the day that took place exactly one month prior, April 17, and the controversy ...
|Northern Ireland Anti-Marriage Equality Bakery Found Guilty Of Discrimination
I''m actually very disappointed in this ruling : A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” a ...
|NOM Completely Screws Up The Ireland Marriage Equality Referendum
This Friday, Ireland could become the first country in the world to legalise marriage equality by a popular vote. I'm expecting that it will pass, although I am less sure than I was at the start of ...
|NOM Backs Texas' Lawless Supreme Court Defying Bill
First there were the calls for pro-equality attorneys-general to be impeached . Then there were the calls to defy federal court orders . Then there was the call to get Justice Ginsburg thrown off ...
|TX HB 4105 Fails To Meet Midnight Deadline
This bill, sponsored by almost every Republican state legislator in Texas (Alabama is not the only state that is acting childish right now), would prevent state officials who issue marriage licenses ...
|Laramie Passes An Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
Yesterday, I reported on two wins for the LGBT community in votes about anti-discrimination laws. Now, there's another win, this time, with a big symbolic part. From LGBTQ Nation : The Laramie ...
|LGBT Community Wins Big In Recent Popular Votes
As the fight for marriage equality nears a likely end this June, the broader fight for LGBT equality will shift to anti-discrimination protections. In the last couple of days, two votes have taken ...
|Here's What The Religious Right Demands As "Religious Freedom"
A recent NOM blog post covering some news is just more proof that the religious right feels entitled to have its religion decide all questions of law and policy (the short hand word for this is "...
|Is Bill Donohue Implicitly Encouraging Violence Against Bill Maher?
On the April 24 edition of his show, Bill Maher made a couple of jokes about Pope Francis (this one was a compliment) and Christianity more broadly. The Catholic League reports: While discussing ...
|Judge Granade In Alabama Refuses To Dismiss Class Action Suit
From Buzzfeed : The ongoing feud between Alabama and federal courts over the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages continued Friday, as a federal judge kept alive advocates’ attempt to ...
|NOM Hypocritically Cheers The Resignation Of Angie's List CEO
When former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned last year over his $1,000 donation to Prop 8, here's some of what NOM had to say about it. From April 4, 2014 : NOM called the dismissal of Brendan ...
|NOM Completes A Clean Sheet (Of Losses) In Oregon
You may be aware that since this time (April) last year, NOM has been nothing but a massive pain in the ass to Oregon and the Ninth Circuit. Now, that pain in the ass has finally been defeated. ...
|Pragmatism, Idealism, And Identity Politics Gone Mad
One of my frustrations with the Left is that some elements within it are dogmatically committed to certain principles, without any regard to how they practically play out when acted upon. I call ...
|Pope Francis Responds To Recep Tayyip Erdogan
I've decided to try my hand at humor: ROME, VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the latter's denunciation of the Pope's ...
|Springfield Repeals Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
A disappointing result, but there is encouragement in its narrow margin: From LGBTQ Nation : An LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Springfield, Mo., city council last October,
|Religion Not Giveth, But Religion Taketh Away
Raw Story reports : A taxpayer-funded Christian school in Florida recently cited its “awesome God” as the reason it fired a teacher for her so-called “lifestyle choice” to be a lesbian. ...
|Congress Supports Marriage Equality In Briefs To Supreme Court
The amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court representing the Democrats and the Republicans are painting a very telling picture regarding which side is winning with these briefs. The winning side, ...
|BREAKING: Mike Pence Signs RFRA Amendment
From The Indianapolis Star : Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure aimed at removing fears that the state's new "religious freedom" law would allow businesses to discriminate against gays ...
|As Backlash Against Indiana Grows, So Does The Conservative Persecution Complex
In April last year, I published a diary detailing a long list of examples of how religious conservatives think that they are the victims of intolerance who are having their rights denied whenever ...
|Keith Olbermann Slams Indiana's RFRA, Urges Sports Boycott Of Indiana
I've missed this guy ever since he left Countdown . So long after, still so brilliant.
|George Stephanopoulos Grills Mike Pence On Indiana's License To Discriminate Law
As you would probably now, this morning, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to defend the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which likely allows ...
|NOM: Marriage Equality Is As Bad As Slavery (No, Really)
One theme that I've consistently heard from the religious right is that if when the Supreme Court rules for marriage equality, they will resist it like Abraham Lincoln resisted Dred Scott . This ...
|Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot
I just came across this new tourism campaign for Indiana: An update: We should also give credit where credit is due. Many Hoosiers are horrified by this law. In fact, within the last 24 hours, a ...
|The Truth About Marriage Equality In Australia
I've seen a lot of misinformation about what took place in Australia this week regarding a marriage equality bill that has been introduced into our Senate by Sen. David Leyonjhelm, a libertarian ...
|Going Too Far In The Other Direction
Last week, I criticised Media Matters for objecting to the Wall Street Journal including a discussion about due process of law in an article about college sexual assault. Now I will criticise ...
|This Should Not Be A Controversial Statement.
Media Matters has done a blog response to an article by the Wall Street Journal, highlighting a passage that they found objectionable. The article was about the serious problem of sexual assault on ...
|Religion's Latest Treatment Of LGBT People
We begin with the Religion of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity : The debate over the legislation heated up in the days leading to the vote, with opponents and ...
|Obama Administration Files Pro-Marriage Equality Brief With Supreme Court
The Obama Administration has urged the Supreme Court to strike down marriage bans nationwide in a brief filed with the court by the Department of Justice on Friday. From LGBTQ Nation , here are ...
|Tony Perkins Is A Willfully Ignorant Fuckstick
The anti-discrimination bill in Utah that covers sexual orientation and gender identity has been revealed. As it was always going to be a compromise between the LGBT community and religious people, ...
|You Won't Believe Roy Moore's Answer As To Why He's Not Like George Wallace
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Injustice Roy Moore has given an interview to the Associated Press, explaining his illegal fight against marriage equality in Alabama (some states never learn) and why he'...
|Veto AR SB 202
Arkansas's state legislature has passed a bill that would nullify all local anti-discrimination ordinances covering attributes not covered by state law. Unless it is vetoed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson ...
|Pope Francis Compares Being Transgender To The Destruction Caused By Nuclear Weapons
I'm really worried now that the best hope we've ever had in the Catholic Church for reform is quickly dying. From Gay Star News : 'Let's think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate ...
|Knowing When To Quit
One thing that I find both amusing and frustrating is names of organizations that, when it comes to reflecting what these organizations stand for, could not be further from the truth, and could not ...
|NOM Enters New Level Of Stupidity: Demands Justice Ginsburg Recuse Herself
Less than three hours ago, I wrote that anti-equality activists "will never stop outdoing themselves with their own stupidity." Between that time and now, this headline has appeared on NOM's blog:
|History Has Not Been Forgotten
The adage that holds "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" has a critical, inherent limitation. It assumes that whenever history is repeated, the repeat is the result of forgetting the ...
|Wyoming Senate Committee Approves LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Bill
From the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle : The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would extend the state's anti-discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender ...
|Mississippi School Board Moves To Block Non-Existent Gay-Straight Alliance
From The Clarion Ledger (emphasis added): Rankin County school board members approved a change in the district's school club policy on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent students from creating what ...
|Diocese Of Charlotte Fires Gay Teacher. Outrage, Please?
Apparently, there was just a rally in Atlanta in support of Kelvin Cochran, the former Atlanta Fire Chief fired for distributing a homophobic book to colleagues at work against their will, and then ...
|We Have A Real Chance At The Fifth Circuit.
Today, the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments in marriage equality cases from three states. And they went well for us. From The Times-Picayune : Oral arguments on Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban ...
|Atlanta Fire Chief Makes Himself Unfit For His Job. Cue Right-Wing Christians.
Yesterday, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired from Atlanta's fire brigade following a one-month suspension over a book he self-published in 2013 called "Who Told You that You Were Naked?". ...
|Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall Has Written A Truly Insane Pro-Discrimination Bill
Bob Marshall is a member of Virginia's House of Delegates. He is a batshit social conservative, and co-authored the (now-invalid) 2006 state constitutional amendment banning much more than just same-...
|NOM Continues Their Call For Lawlessness, This Time In Florida
With marriage equality having arrived in all of Florida less than 24 hours ago, NOM is not happy (needless to say). Just as they called for it in Kansas, they are also calling on Florida to refuse ...
|Fifth Circuit Marriage Equality Panel Announced
The three-judge panel that will hear the marriage equality cases in Texas and Mississippi (Louisiana's case has been appealed directly to the Supreme Court) has been revealed. The three judges ...
|The Australian Christian Lobby's Anti-Safe Schools Campaign Is Based On Lies.
About a week ago, I posted about the Australian Christian Lobby's efforts to ensure that schools are a dangerous place for LGBT students. I did a little research, and unsurprisingly, their campaign ...
|BREAKING: Supreme Court Denies Stay Of Marriage Equality In Florida
From Raw Story : The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in ...
|Hawaii Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Case Challenging Marriage Equality Act
Yesterday, the Hawaii Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the validity of the Marriage Equality Act. The suit was filed by Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott (R-It's Over You Lost ...
|NOM Cost Themselves $691,000 With Their IRS Conspiracy Theory
Part of NOM's lawsuit against the IRS was successful, for which they won $50,000, but most of it wasn't. Pursuing the unsuccessful part cost them $691,000. From LGBTQ Nation : In June, a federal ...
|Australian Christian Lobby Opposes Combating Anti-LGBT School Bullying
I'm not surprised to see this from an organization that has previously compared its pro-LGBT opponents to Nazis four separate times, all of which were sincere, not rhetorical or in jest. Here's ...
|I'll Ride With You.
Yesterday, at about 2 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, I returned to my home in Melbourne after going for a walk and buying something for lunch. As I put Raw Story on my iPad, I saw a ...
|We Need To Calm Down. Particularly, The Left Does.
It's fascinating to observe the battles of the culture war. They evoke the strongest emotions of all of us, flood media coverage for days, maybe even weeks, on end, and highlight how differently the ...
|Act Now: Michigan's RFRA Headed To Senate Floor
Freedom Michigan just tweeted that Michigan's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is headed to the Senate floor. The bill would undercut local LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination laws, possibly making ...
|How The Religious Right Talks About LGBT People
After I saw the video of Arizona pastor Steven Anderson advocating that everyone who is gay or bisexual be killed, I decided to make a video of what other religious righties had said. The video is ...
|Another Christian Preacher Says Gay People Should Be Killed
Having seen recent incidents of anti-LGBT hatred and violence in Arizona , Kansas and Alaska , we ...
|Think Progress' Hypocritical Analysis Of Christian And Muslim Terrorism
Now, the headline may seem a little stranger for a diary on a progressive blog. And don't get me wrong: I think ThinkProgress is great. I read it every day, and I find their news and analysis spot-on,
|More Christian Right, Anti-Gay Hate And Violence In Alaska
Fresh off the anti-gay death threats out of Kansas , we now move to a similar story in Alaska. From LGBTQ Nation : A same-sex couple in Anchorage says their home was targeted with acts of ...
|Sean Hannity Makes Eric Garner's Death About Benghazi
Sean Hannity said this about John Boehner's response to the non-indictment of the cop who killed Eric Garner. Via Media Matters : Anyway, So John Boehner, um, is now second-guessing the jury ...
|Totally Tolerant Religious Righties Send Death Threats To Pro-LGBT Kansas Pastor
Rev. Jackie Carter is the pastor of the First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita. For performing same-sex marriages, she is routinely receiving death threats. From The New Civil Rights ...
|Australian Christian Lobby Compares Marriage Equality Supporters To Nazis Again
The Australian Christian Lobby's Lyle Shelton has posted on the ACL's blog a piece called " Why Dietrich Bonhoeffer still inspires me ". After writing about what Bonhoeffer did, he then includes ...
|Islamic State Stones Two Gay Men
From Gay Star News : The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of ...
|Tenth Circuit Denies En Banc Review Of Marriage Ruling
From The New Civil Rights Movement : But Kansas is still fighting (with taxpayer dollars) and recently asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for an en banc hearing on the case. An en banc ...
My recent apology for yesterday's unfortunate diary has not gone far enough, as I now understand. So I owe it to you all to right this wrong. I am going to stop defending anything that I've did. I ...
Okay. So yesterday, I posted a diary responding to a Canadian news reporter, Chris O'Neill-Yates, who had written an essay about her experience having her news report interrupted by a yell of "fuck ...
|<s>Speaking Up About Violence Against Women</s>
You may recall that about a week ago, Don Lemon made the stupid mistake of telling Bill Cosby's rape accuser that "there are ways not to perform oral sex." This was very silly and inappropriate, and ...
|NOM Goes 0-6 In Oregon
You may recall that back in August, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit dismissed NOM's request to intervene in Oregon's marriage case. Now, the Ninth Circuit has denied en banc review of that ...
|Sam Brownback Should Be Impeached. Seriously.
Whenever someone says the word "impeachment", 99 times out of 100, it's a conservative who's pissed off that something happened that he or she didn't like. This is that 1 time out of 100 where that'...
|My Response To John Zuhlsdorf
You may recall that last month, I angrily attacked Cardinal Raymond Burke for unbelievably offensive comments he made about homosexuality. I used strong, colorful language, because I was extremely ...
|NOM Calls For The Very Lawlessness They Condemn
Rick's touched on this , but I want to examine their statements in more detail. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court vacated a temporary stay of a district court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in ...
|Missouri State Judge Strikes Down State's Marriage Ban
From ThinkProgress : A Missouri state judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, ordering the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds to begin issuing licenses to ...
|Bill Maher, UC Berkeley, And Guilt By Association
Currently, the Left is facing an internal disagreement: What do we do about Bill Maher, given his recent comments about Islam? A group of Berkeley University students has supplied its answer : The ...
|What's Happening At "I Stand Sunday"
In about a minute, the Family Research Council's "I Stand Sunday" rally, which is backed by NOM, will commence in Houston.
|NOM: Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional
Here's NOM on the possible discrimination case arising in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where a for-profit chapel, not a religious institution, has refused to marry same-sex couples in violation of the city'...
|Federal Judge Strikes Down Wyoming's Marriage Ban
From ABC via AP : A federal judge has ordered Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but has stayed his decision so that the state can appeal if it wants. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled ...
|New Poll Finds The Last Pew Poll Was Indeed An Outlier
From Politico : A majority of Americans support the Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage to proceed in multiple states, a new poll says. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll ...
|Everyone Calm The F**k Down About These Subpoenas In Houston
Okay, the religious right has really lost its shit now, more than usual. Here's what happened. The City Council of Houston has subpeonaed five pastors in the state, demanding that they give to the ...
|Minnesota's Candidates For Governor Lag On Transgender Equality
The Huffington Post's headline lays out the unfortunate situation bluntly and accurately: No Support For Transgender High School Students In Minnesota Governor's Race Here's the report: Minnesota'...
|Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke Makes Unbelievably Offensive Statement About Homosexuality
If you had any hope that the Catholic Church's "Synod on the Family" would do any good, this will probably dash it. Cardinal Raymond Burke was giving an interview to the religious right extremist ...
|NOM Links To Blog Post Featuring Outrageous Accusations Against LGBT People
**CRITICAL NOTE: NOM's latest antics are beyond despicable. Their actions, that I'm addressing here, have been shared many times by their readers. If you could do the same, and share this blog post ...
|NOM Has Absolutely No Case For Reinstating Oregon's Marriage Ban
I recently reported that NOM had attacked Oregon Attorney-General Ellen Rosenblum for her efforts to bring justice and equality to the state. I noted that they removed the blog post and put it back ...
|Anti-Gay Hate Crime, Christian Terrorist Attack In Minnesota
From Raw Story : At around 10 p.m. on Thursday, 43-year-old Wayne Steven Odegard started harassing customers at the Saloon, Erickson recalled. “He made a disrespectful comment towards the ...
|Seriously, CatholicVote? This Is What Anti-Equality Reactionaries Have Been Reduced To?
CatholicVote is a conservative Catholic blog which... I probably don't need to say much more. They're bigots. Take, for example, this piece which places marriage equality in a "diabolical trinity" ...
|NOM's Statement On Ellen Rosenblum That Is No Longer On Their Blog
Here's what NOM said about Oregon Attorney-General Ellen Rosenblum and her role in the marriage case: Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to John Eastman, Chairman, ...
|BREAKING: NOM Pulls Blog Post Accusing Oregon Attorney-General Ellen Rosenblum Of Collusion
In the last couple of hours, I read a blog post by NOM accusing Oregon Attorney-General Ellen Rosenblum of "collusion" with the plaintiffs in the Oregon marriage case. The post is no longer on their ...
|The Pot Calling The Kettle Intolerant
A few days ago, a Satanic Temple in Oklahoma held their controversial Black Mass, which mocks the Catholic Church. The reaction from conservatives has proven that free speech is a one-way street, ...
|LGBT Equality - An Update From Australia
There have been a number of developments in the past week in the fight for LGBT equality in my home country, which is actually Australia, as some of you would know. I thought that I'd share them. ...
|Brian Brown Went To Russia Again
Right Wing Watch reported on September 10 : As Buzzfeed and Mother Jones have reported over the past several days, a planned conference at the Kremlin organized by the Illinois-based World Congress ...
|Federal District Judge In Arizona Orders State To Recognize Gay Man As Married On Death Certificate
From Raw Story : A U.S. judge ruled Friday that a gay widower is entitled to federal death benefits in Arizona despite the western state’s ban on same-sex marriages. Fred McQuire married his ...
|NOM Endorses Disturbing, Virulently Anti-LGBT Fringe Extremist Catholic Author
Gabriele Kuby is an ostensible sociologist from Germany. I say "ostensible" because of what she has said in this interview with Catholic World Report. Also of interest is what NOM has had to say ...
|NOM's Censorious, One-Sided Reporting On Marriage Equality Developments
With the recent developments in marriage equality over the last few weeks (the stay in Virginia, the upholding of marriage bans in Louisiana, the Seventh Circuit's evisceration of Wisconsin and ...
|Louisiana Federal Judge Upholds State's Marriage Ban
This is the end of our winning streak in federal court since Windsor. Judge Martin Feldman, appointed by President Reagan, decided that the laws don't violate the Due Process and Equal Protection ...
|What's Happening At The World Congress Of Families Conference
The World Congress of Families conference has started in the Melbourne suburb of Hallam. This is one of the more unaccessible suburbs in the city, so not as many people are there as what had been ...
|NOM Logic: "Coexistence Is Impossible" Edition
Take a look a how North Dakota is trying to defend their marriage discrimination laws in court: The man-woman marriage institution has uniquely provided valuable social benefits necessary to the ...
|I Don't Want A Debate If The Other Side Is Disgusting.
Some news out of the imperiled World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne, Australia is that Australia's federal minister for families, Kevin Andrews, has pulled out of addressing the ...
|Ninth Circuit Denies NOM's Motion To Intervene In Oregon
From Oregon Live : The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request by a group opposing same-sex marriage in Oregon to intervene in the case. The decision, handed down Wednesday afternoon,
|World Congress Of Bigots Doesn't Have A Venue For Their Conference Which Is On Saturday
Okay, this is just hilarious. The group that has been doing the anti-gay work in Russia and Uganda, the so-called "World Congress of Families", is supposed to be having a conference in Melbourne in ...
|Catholic Church Sues Satanic Temple - What Happened To "Tolerance"?
From CBS : A group of Satanists planning to stage a "black Mass" next month at a civic center is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by ...
|NOM Clings To The Wrong Precedent To Call For Stay Of Marriage Equality In Virginia
Some good news out of Virginia recently: the Fourth Circuit has refused to extend their stay of their decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, and should nothing else change, same-sex ...
|NOM: LGBT People Are Persecuting Christians, Challenging Homophobia Should Be Illegal
I'm sorry for not getting a reply to this earlier, but I've been quite busy lately. One of the stories in the fight for LGBT equality recently has been the (failed) attempt by bigots in Houston to ...
|Special Rights? Conservatives Want Them.
A very successful strategy for opposing LGBT equality in the '90s was to claim that sexual orientation and gender identity-inclusive protections constituted "special rights", as in claiming that ...
|OMG, NOM. Not Even I Was Prepared For This Level Of Stupidity.
Okay, this is the lowest new low that NOM has ever reached in their logic against marriage equality yet. In short, they are claiming that same-sex marriage should be illegal because not all chairs ...
|Uganda's Constitutional Court Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Law
Hopefully this is a lesson to anti-LGBT conservatives complaining about "judicial activism": Uganda’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, has struck down the infamous Anti-...
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