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'Gay'-pride parade features 10-year-old grand marshal
http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | June 24, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling

Posted on 06/24/2010 7:39:35 PM PDT by Maelstorm

A 10-year-old boy has been named grand marshal for a gay pride parade this weekend – prompting a family advocacy group to call the decision "child abuse" and urge the local mayor to withdraw city support for the event.

The American Family Association spoke out against Will Phillips' scheduled participation Saturday in the Northwest Arkansas Pride parade in Fayetteville, Ark.

"It's shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way," AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote in a press release. "He's obviously just parroting the nonsense he's been told by manipulative adults. For gay activists to trot out this child and make him the poster child for promoting unnatural sexual expression is a form of child abuse."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 2sick4words; abuse; arkansas; child; childabuse; children; diversity; fayetteville; gay; gaypride; glaad; glbt; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; kids; nambla; perversion; perverts; sick; sickbsstards; sicksicksick
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It is child abuse. This is horrible.
1 posted on 06/24/2010 7:39:41 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

amen


2 posted on 06/24/2010 7:43:51 PM PDT by tutstar (Baptist Ping List-freepmail me to be included or removed. <{{{><)
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To: Maelstorm

What are we becoming? This is disgusting.


3 posted on 06/24/2010 7:43:55 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: Maelstorm

Sick sick freakshow.


4 posted on 06/24/2010 7:44:04 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Maelstorm
What a lucky little fellow. I hope somebody gives him a big hug and one of these to wear so he can fit in much better. (little twerp)


5 posted on 06/24/2010 7:45:29 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Maelstorm

The queers are pedophiles. Why won’t they admit it?


6 posted on 06/24/2010 7:46:56 PM PDT by skimask ("To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.")
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To: Maelstorm

outrage..


7 posted on 06/24/2010 7:47:45 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Maelstorm

Obama will probably invite the kid to the White House. Didn’t he already honor the lesbian girl from Mississippi who missed the chance to go to her school prom in a tux?


8 posted on 06/24/2010 7:48:09 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Maelstorm

Remember how Ryan White was co-opted?


9 posted on 06/24/2010 7:49:43 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Maelstorm
Sodom and Gommorah
Rome under Caligula
Barry's Amerika

This never ends well.

10 posted on 06/24/2010 7:51:36 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Maelstorm

Anybody asked the kid whether he likes movies about gladiators, yet?


11 posted on 06/24/2010 7:54:36 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL OR REBEL! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Maelstorm
Luke 17:2 - It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
12 posted on 06/24/2010 7:55:25 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: YankeeReb
Rome under Caligula

Lasted another 400 years.
Christianity destroyed Rome (and Romanization did a lot of damage to Christianity)
13 posted on 06/24/2010 7:58:04 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL OR REBEL! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Maelstorm

Ick! If this is anything like the “pride” events I’ve had the misfortune of witnessing, that IS child abuse. Those things are fetish freak shows—no kid should be forced to see, let alone participate in that degrading garbage.


14 posted on 06/24/2010 8:01:37 PM PDT by Julia H. (Freedom of speech and freedom from criticism are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Maelstorm
Yes, it is child abuse. Don't watch the video, very disturbing

Unconscionable? Yes. Unbelievable? Sadly , no

15 posted on 06/24/2010 8:02:01 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Maelstorm

I figured this would be about san fran or some such subhuman pig pen, but Arkansas? This country is on the precipice. I doubt she can be saved.


16 posted on 06/24/2010 8:02:06 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: YankeeReb
“There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no new morality. There is only one morality...all else is immorality. There is only true Christian ethics over against which stand the whole of paganism”.... President Theodore Roosevelt
17 posted on 06/24/2010 8:02:13 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: Maelstorm
"It's shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way,"

I wouldn't be surprised to find out the poor kid is some homos NAMBLA boy toy.

18 posted on 06/24/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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And I despise sanctimoneous attention whoring parents like the parents of that kid. He's parroting something that got him approval from his trailer trash parents. If his parents are truly that stupid, it's doubtful he's got the IQ to ever figure it out.

95% of parents in the world aren't fit to raise an ant farm, much less children.

19 posted on 06/24/2010 8:05:02 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: Maelstorm
It's a downright unattractive freak show alright!


20 posted on 06/24/2010 8:08:31 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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"I was analyzing the meanings of [the Pledge of Allegiance] because I want to be a lawyer," he told CNN during a television interview. "I looked at the end, and it said 'liberty and justice for all,' and there really isn't liberty and justice for all. Gays and lesbians can't marry. There's still a lot of racism and sexism in the world."

Phillips said when his substitute teacher asked him to stand for the pledge, he refused: "I eventually – very solemnly with a little bit of malice in my voice – said, 'Ma'am, with all due respect, you can go jump off a bridge.'"

His father sat beside his son, smiling during the CNN interview.


...I don't even know what to say. Anyone? This kid has a great mind--it devastates me to see adults using it as a toilet.
21 posted on 06/24/2010 8:10:46 PM PDT by Julia H. (Freedom of speech and freedom from criticism are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Maelstorm

Oh, but if a Priest did that! Then what an outcry we’d hear!


22 posted on 06/24/2010 8:12:12 PM PDT by It's me
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To: LouAvul

I’m not so sure. The world has been here before. What we are seeing are symptoms of a great rot. Soft minds who lack the ability to reason and are led by pied pipers on TV. It isn’t progressive it is regressive deconstruction of society and culture. It won’t last because it is all a farce and once the economy fails the farce will starve quickly and be put out of its misery. It won’t be pleasant but a day of reckoning is coming if we don’t get control of things fiscally and socially both are inseparable and only fools believe otherwise. The problem is we have a whole lot of adults who have the minds of children. They say what they have been programmed to say by an culture increasingly intolerant of reason because they don’t want to take flack for saying what they know to be true.

I have faith. The facade will fall and the one who has laid the net for souls will have his feast.


23 posted on 06/24/2010 8:13:19 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: Maelstorm

I wonder what sort of casting couch he endured to receive this “honor”?


24 posted on 06/24/2010 8:14:20 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Spudx7

Just when I think we can’t go any lower, I see something like this. It’s frightening to think of the wrath that this nation is in for down the road. I pray everyday God protects my children.


25 posted on 06/24/2010 8:15:29 PM PDT by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: Julia H.

He may grow out of it. The problem is that kids tend to respond to attention and he is getting a lot of attention for this. I hope his parents wake up but then again they are getting attention too, something they never would have otherwise. I get a really bad feeling about this kid. I pray he is protected.


26 posted on 06/24/2010 8:19:30 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: Maelstorm

About half the country deserves to die.


27 posted on 06/24/2010 8:19:40 PM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: TruthFactor
Just when I think we can’t go any lower, I see something like this. It’s frightening to think of the wrath that this nation is in for down the road. I pray everyday God protects my children.
I agree ... here's a picture of the grand marshal, Will Phillips.
28 posted on 06/24/2010 8:20:24 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Maelstorm
I read the comments this kid has made. Its not just the adults in his life that are the problem ... the kid is sick and needs help. His disregard for our pledge and the United States goes far beyond a gay and lesbian supporting view.

There are plenty of things we all have issues with our government about (especially the current one) but when you show disrespect to the country itself and the flag, you show disrespect for ALL of us.

I don't care if he is just 10, his comments were vile and anti-American. I hope he doesn't actually believe his own words and is just another brat and attention whore.
29 posted on 06/24/2010 8:20:57 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Julia H.

Leftists destroy absolutely everything. If they don’t destroy a child’s life, they’ll destroy his soul.

I still don’t see why we should suffer a leftist to live.


30 posted on 06/24/2010 8:23:42 PM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: Maelstorm

It will take another 200-300 years for the country to become desolate. Then it will build back up and we get to do it all over again.


31 posted on 06/24/2010 8:25:30 PM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: TruthFactor

This is one reason why I’m never having kids. Ever. No wife either. Nothing.

What’s the point anymore?


32 posted on 06/24/2010 8:27:31 PM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: skimask

“The queers are pedophiles. Why won’t they admit it?”

Because we are the frogs in the pot. They are slowly turning the temperature up so (they think) we will get used to their sick perversion. Unfortunately a lot of people are Libs and/or are stupid and unable to think for themselves and buy into what they are saying.

I remember the Homosexual March in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1991, They stated all their goals. Its amazing (and horrifying!) how many they’ve managed to accomplish since then.


33 posted on 06/24/2010 8:38:44 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (A Dictatorship doesn't want the competition of God in the lives of the Peasants.)
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To: Maelstorm
"He's obviously just parroting the nonsense he's been told by manipulative adults."

Adults like this creep...

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Obama's "Safe School Czar" Kevin
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From the Washington Times...

EDITORIAL: At the president's pleasure
'Safe school czar' encouraged child sex with an older man
September 28, 2009

A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual sex with an "older man." At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President Obama's "safe school czar". ..."

According to Mr. Jennings' own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the "older man" in a "bus station bathroom" and was taken to the older man's home that night...".

On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure "to use a condom" when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings' own description in his 1994 book, "One Teacher in 10." In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student's concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old "left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated." ...

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/28/at-the-presidents-pleasure/
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34 posted on 06/24/2010 8:42:23 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Maelstorm

SICK,SICK Stupid People!


35 posted on 06/24/2010 8:45:46 PM PDT by Macgedos
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To: Soothesayer
Then it will build back up and we get to do it all over again.

And what history book are you reading? What great empire ever came back once it fell? The Medes? Persians? Greeks?

Rome was so powerful that anytime the word "Italian" was whispered, people trembled. Today when the word "Italian" is whispered we think of pizza.

America won't come back. God will simply shift His blessings, through His Son Jesus, elsewhere. Unless of course He decides to bring the whole thing to a close.

36 posted on 06/24/2010 9:03:37 PM PDT by LouAvul
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That’s not what I meant. I was referring to prosperity and not just American prosperity. Europe will fall with us and then some remaining pockets of civilization will try to rebuild the standard of living by using natural intelligence.


37 posted on 06/24/2010 9:11:31 PM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: Maelstorm

Sodom and Gomorrah... wiped out by God. nuff said


38 posted on 06/24/2010 9:11:45 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: Maelstorm

These creeps should be arrested for child abuse, and if the cops dig just a little many other charges should follow.


39 posted on 06/24/2010 9:22:12 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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To: Ancient Drive
That's not a good analogy. Sodom and Gomorrah only had one truly righteous person, Lot. Lot's wife demonstrated that she wasn't really with the righteousness program because she turned to see the chaos, even though directly commanded by God not to do so. His daughters were so far off the beam that they willingly committed incest.

I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of faithful Christians reside in the United States?

40 posted on 06/24/2010 9:35:33 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: Soothesayer
Well, maybe it won't come to that for the US. The Lord has certainly used us copiously to propogate good throughout the globe.

Maybe the pockets of decadence, like Detroit, will just continue to slide into oblivion. Maybe our economy will become such that the majority will refuse to subsidize black habitual welfare. Maybe the baby boomers will all die and successive generations might just have a clue.

41 posted on 06/24/2010 9:38:47 PM PDT by LouAvul
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“10-Year-Old Grand Marshal at Gay Rights Parade Sparks Controversy Across U.S.”
Fox News ^ | June 24, 2010 | Fox News Staff
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42 posted on 06/24/2010 9:56:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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Hillary Clinton Urges State Department Employees to Let Teens Know It’s Okay to Be Homosexual
CNS News ^ | 6/23/2010 | Penny Star
Posted on June 23, 2010 4:57:53 AM PDT by IbJensen

(CNSNews.com) – At an event celebrating Gay Pride Month on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged State Department employees to let teenagers know homosexuality is okay.

“We’ve come such a far distance in our own country, but there are still so many who need the outreach, need the mentoring, need the support to stand up and be who they are and then think about people in so many countries where it just seems impossible,” Clinton said.

“So I think that each and everyone of you, not only professionally, particularly from State and USAID and every bureau and every embassy and every part of our government have to do what you can to create that safe space, but also personally, to really look for those who might need a helping hand; particularly young people; particularly teenagers who still today have such a difficult time,” she added.

“And who, still in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own life rather than live that life,” Clinton said at the event, billed as a human rights and U.S. foreign policy speech.

“So I would ask you to please think of ways you can be there for everyone who is making this journey,” Clinton said. “To defend not only human rights globally, but to truly defend themselves and their rights,” Clinton said.

Clinton’s remarks are part of a high-profile campaign by the Obama administration to mark Gay Pride Month with gatherings at various federal agencies, including the State Department on Tuesday. The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have held similar events.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, in her remarks to introduce Clinton said the Obama administration is “trying to change the world” and that it feels good “to be on the right side of change.”

Mills said Clinton has a “personal commitment” to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

“Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all,” Clinton said. “So here at the State Department we will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Clinton said that “agenda” must be advanced both around the world and at home.

“So as we continue to advance LGBT rights in other countries, we also must continually work to make sure we are advancing the agenda here,” Clinton said.

She closed her remarks by commenting on the significance of the gathering at the U.S. Department of State.

“And I thank you for being part of one of history’s great moments,” Clinton said.

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Home Depot’s ‘Gay Pride’ Support Spotlighted
ONE NEWS NOW.com ^ | 6/22/2010 6:00:00 AM | Charlie Butts
Posted on June 23, 2010 2:13:58 AM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: “Home Depot has a history of supporting homosexual events, the most recent parades in Portland, Maine, and in Boston — that according to Randy Sharp of the American Family Association.

“The worst offense is that Home Depot has set up kids’ workshops at these gay pride festivals,” explains AFA’s director of special projects.”

SNIPPET: “While homosexuals, who make up about two percent of the population, might applaud Home Depot for its actions, AFA contends the corporation is taking the risk of offending and losing business from the other 98 percent of the public.”

(Excerpt) Read more at onenewsnow.com ...


43 posted on 06/24/2010 9:59:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay...
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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Program

Washington, D.C. ~ Monday, June 21, 2010

Good morning. Thank you, Chris [Hook], for your kind words and for all the work that you, Marc [Salans], the Board of DOJ Pride and our EEO staff team have done in organizing today’s ceremony. It’s a pleasure to join Tom [Perez] in welcoming so many members of the Justice Department family, and so many distinguished guests, here today as we commemorate LGBT Pride Month. I’m glad that Senator [Amy] Klobuchar and Director [John] Clark are with us. And I want to congratulate Chris [Hook] and this year’s other award recipients, Councilmember [David] Catania and Attorney General [Doug] Gansler, on their achievements and contributions. I also want to thank our keynote speakers – Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, and Sharon Lubinski, U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota – for sharing their thoughts and stories with us and for providing an example of service for us all.

We have much to celebrate today. In the year since we last gathered, our nation – and the Justice Department – have taken steps to address some of the unique challenges faced by members of our country’s LGBT community. As you all know, up until last fall, there was not a single line in the nearly 225-year history of the U.S. Code that referred explicitly to gender identity. Today, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act – which the President signed into law last October – does just that, finally protecting our nation’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals from the most brutal forms of bias-motivated violence.

In another important development, in April of this year, the Justice Department concluded that the Violence Against Women Act covers, and more importantly protects, same sex partners. And, just several weeks ago, as part of the department’s, and the Administration’s, commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, I announced a new Diversity Management Plan and the appointment of Channing Phillips as Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity. With this initiative, and with Channing’s leadership, we’re working to ensure that the Department can effectively recruit, hire, retain, and develop a workforce that reflects our nation’s rich diversity, a Department that welcomes and encourages the contributions of its LGBT employees.

I’m grateful for the assistance and guidance that so many of you have given. Our progress would not have been possible without your contributions. And while we have meaningful achievements to celebrate today, we must remember how much more work we have to do to transform today’s opportunities into tomorrow’s successes. Too many of the challenges that confronted the LGBT community 16 years ago – when DOJ Pride was founded – confront us still today. Too many of the same obstacles that existed then remain for us to overcome. Too many talented men and women cannot, in the words of this year’s motto, “serve openly, with pride.”

With your help and engagement, we’re working to ensure that the Justice Department lives up to its responsibility to provide a work environment where every employee is respected and given an equal opportunity to thrive. That’s the goal we share and the achievement we’ll keep working toward - together.

Thank you.


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Statement by the President on Votes to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
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For Immediate Release May 27, 2010

Statement by the President on Votes to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight. Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process. Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.


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Remarks by the President at LGBT Pride Month Reception

East Room

6:16 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) I was going to say welcome to the White House — but you guys seem like you feel right at home. (Laughter.) You don’t need me to tell you — it’s the people’s house.

A couple of acknowledgements that I want to make very quickly — first of all, our Director of the Office of Personnel Management, who has just done an extraordinary job across the government — give John Berry a big round of applause. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: All right, John!

THE PRESIDENT: All right, John! (Laughter.)

Our chair of the Export/Import Bank, helping to bring jobs here to the United States of America — Fred Hochberg. (Applause.) Our chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, doing outstanding work each and every day — Nancy Sutley. Where is she? (Applause.) Nancy is a little vertically challenged, but I see her over there. (Laughter.)

We’ve got here a trailblazer for federal appointees — we are so proud of her — Ms. Roberta Achtenberg is here. Give Roberta a big round of applause. (Applause.) And then I understand we’ve got a terrific country singer — Chely Wright is in the house. (Applause.)

In addition — I know they had to leave because they had votes, but you guys obviously don’t have just fiercer warriors on your behalf than a couple of our openly gay and lesbian members of Congress — Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis. (Applause.) They are openly terrific. (Laughter.) They do great work.

And it is also great to have so many activists and organizers from around the country — folks who fight every day for the rights of parents and children and partners and citizens to be treated equally under the law. And so we are very proud of all of you. (Applause.)

Oh, and by the way, the guy standing next to me — this is Joe Biden. (Applause.) Just because he’s a Phillies fan — he’s from Delaware. (Laughter.)

Now, look, the fact that we’ve got activists here is important because it’s a reminder that change never comes — or at least never begins in Washington. It begins with acts of compassion -– and sometimes defiance -– across America. It begins when ordinary people –- out of love for a mother or a father, son or daughter, or husband or wife -– speak out against injustices that have been accepted for too long. And it begins when these impositions of conscience start opening hearts that had been closed, and when we finally see each other’s humanity, whatever our differences.

Now, this struggle is as old as America itself. It’s never been easy. But standing here, I am hopeful. One year ago, in this room, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests. (Applause.) Some of you were here, and you may remember that I pledged then that even at a time when we faced enormous challenges both on the economy and in our foreign policy, that we would not put aside matters of basic equality. And we haven’t.

We’ve got a lot of hard work that we still have to do, but we can already point to extraordinary progress that we’ve made over the past year on behalf of Americans who are gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

Just stay with me here for a second. Last year, I met with Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mom, and I promised her that after a decade’s-long struggle, we would pass inclusive hate crimes legislation. I promised that in the name of her son we would ensure that the full might of the law is brought down on those who would attack somebody just because they are gay. And less than six months later, with Judy by my side, we marked the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act. It’s now the law of the land. (Applause.)

Just a few moments ago, I met with Janice Langbehn and her children. Where did Janice go? There they are right there. And when Janice’s partner of 18 years, Lisa, suddenly collapsed because of an aneurysm, Janice and the couple’s three kids were denied the chance to comfort their partner and their mom — barred from Lisa’s bedside. It was wrong. It was cruel. And in part because of their story, I instructed my Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to make sure that any hospital that’s participating in Medicare or Medicaid -– that means most hospitals — (laughter) — allow gay and lesbian partners the same privileges and visitation rights as straight partners. (Applause.)

After I issued that memorandum, I called Janice and I told her the news. And before we came out here today, I wanted to make sure that I had followed up — Secretary Sebelius will officially be proposing this regulation. And I can also announce that the Secretary has sent a letter today asking these hospitals to adopt these changes now -– even before the rule takes effect. (Applause.) Nothing can undo the hurt that her — that Janice’s family has experienced. And nothing can undo the pain felt by countless others who’ve been through a similar ordeal –- for example, Charlene Strong is here. She lost her wife, Kate Fleming — and Charlene is here along with Kate’s mom, who said on behalf of all mothers, thank you. Because we think it’s the right thing to do. (Applause.)

In addition, I’ve issued an executive order[SIC]* to extend as many partnership benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees as possible under current law. And I’m going to continue to fight to change the law: to guarantee gay federal employees the exact same benefits as straight employees -– including access to health insurance and retirement plans. (Applause.) And in an announcement today, the Department of Labor made clear that under the Family and Medical Leave Act, same-sex couples –- as well as others raising children -– are to be treated like the caretakers that they are. (Applause.)

Because I believe in committed — I believe that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country, I have called for Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (Applause.) We are pushing hard to pass an inclusive employee non-discrimination bill. (Applause.) No one in America should be fired because they’re gay. It’s not right, it’s not who we are as Americans, and we are going to put a stop to it.

And finally, we’re going to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. (Applause.) That is a promise I made as a candidate. It is a promise that I reiterated as President. It’s one that this administration is going to keep. Now, the only way to lock this in -– the only way to get the votes in Congress to roll back this policy — is if we work with the Pentagon, who are in the midst of two wars.

And that’s why we were gratified to see, for the first time ever, the Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates, testify in favor of repeal. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, has repeatedly and passionately argued for allowing gay men and women to serve honestly in the military. (Applause.) We know that forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to live a lie or to leave the military, that doesn’t contribute to our security — it harms our security.

And thanks to Patrick Murphy and others, for the first time in history, the House has passed a repeal that would allow gay men and women to openly serve in our armed forces. And this repeal is authored so that the Pentagon can complete its review of the policy — which is critical, by the way, not only to passage, but it’s also critical to making sure that the change is accepted and implemented effectively. In the Senate, the Armed Services Committee has approved repeal for the first time, and the full body is poised to vote soon.

So here’s the bottom line: We have never been closer to ending this discriminatory policy. And I’m going to keep on fighting until that bill is on my desk and I can sign it. (Applause.)

Of course, ultimately, change is about more than just policies in our government. And that’s why I want to close by recognizing all the young people who are here -– I had a chance to take a bunch of pictures with them, just really impressive folks who are advocating on their behalf. I know there are some in the audience who have experienced pain in their lives, who at times have been — felt like outcasts, who have been scorned or bullied, and I know that there are families here on behalf of loved ones who are no longer with us, some in part because of the particularly difficult challenges that gay men and women still face.

This is a reminder that we all have an obligation to ensure that no young person is ever made to feel worthless or alone — ever. Now, at the same time, I think there’s plenty of reason to have some hope for many of the young people including those who are here today. They’ve shown incredible courage and incredible integrity — standing up for who they are. They’ve refused to be anything less than themselves.

And we all remember being young — sort of. (Laughter.) But it’s not easy. It’s not easy standing up all the time and being who you are. But they’re showing us the way forward. These young people are helping to build a more perfect union, a nation where all of us are equal; each of us is free to pursue our own versions of happiness.

And I believe because of them that the future is bright. It’s certainly bright for them. Of course, it does depend on all of us. It depends on the efforts of government and the activism of ordinary citizens like yourselves. It depends on the love of families and the support of communities. And I want you all to know that as this work continues, I’m going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you, fighting by your side every step of the way. (Applause.)

So, thank you. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 6:29 P.M. EDT
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*Clarification: The President signed a Presidential Memorandum on June 2, to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. Click HERE to view the memo on whitehouse.gov.

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www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-extension-benefits-same-sex-domestic-partners-federal-emplo

Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Presidential Memoranda

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 02, 2010
Presidential Memorandum-Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

For far too long, many of our Government’s hard-working, dedicated LGBT employees have been denied equal access to the basic rights and benefits their colleagues enjoy. This kind of systemic inequality undermines the health, well-being, and security not just of our Federal workforce, but also of their families and communities. That is why, last June, I directed the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies), in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to conduct a thorough review of the benefits they provide and to identify any that could be extended to LGBT employees and their partners and families. Although legislative action is necessary to provide full equality to LGBT Federal employees, the agencies have identified a number of benefits that can be extended under existing law. OPM, in consultation with the Department of Justice, has provided me with a report recommending that all of the identified benefits be extended.

Accordingly, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Immediate Actions To Extend Benefits. Agencies should immediately take the following actions, consistent with existing law, in order to extend benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees, and, where applicable, to the children of same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees:

(a) The Director of OPM should take appropriate action to:

(i) clarify that the children of employees’same-sex domestic partners fall within the definition of “child” for purposes of Federal child-care subsidies, and, where appropriate, for child-care services;

(ii) clarify that, for purposes of employee assistance programs, same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as “family members”;

(iii) issue a proposed rule that would clarify that employees’ same-sex domestic partners qualify as “family members” for purposes of noncompetitive appointments made pursuant to Executive Order 12721 of July 30, 1990;

(iv) issue a proposed rule that would add a Federal retiree’s same-sex domestic partner to the list of individuals presumed to have an insurable interest in the employee pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 8339(k)(1), 8420;

(v) clarify that under appropriate circumstances, employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as dependents for purposes of evacuation payments made under 5 U.S.C. 5522-5523;

(vi) amend its guidance on implementing President Clinton’s April 11, 1997, memorandum to heads of executive departments and agencies on “Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policies” to specify that the 24 hours of unpaid leave made available to Federal employees in connection with (i) school and early childhood educational activities; (ii) routine family medical purposes; and (iii) elderly relatives’ health or care needs, may be used to meet the needs of an employee’s same-sex domestic partner or the same-sex domestic partner’s children; and

(vii) clarify that employees’ same-sex domestic partners qualify as dependents for purposes of calculating the extra allowance payable under 5 U.S.C. 5942a to assist employees stationed on Johnston Island, subject to any limitations applicable to spouses.

(b) The Administrator of General Services should take appropriate action to amend the definitions of “immediate family” and “dependent” appearing in the Federal Travel Regulations, 41 C.F.R. Chs. 300-304, to include same-sex domestic partners and their children, so that employees and their domestic partners and children can obtain the full benefits available under applicable law, including certain travel, relocation, and subsistence payments.

(c) All agencies offering any of the benefits specified by OPM in implementing guidance under section 3 of this memorandum, including credit union membership, access to fitness facilities, and access to planning and counseling services, should take all appropriate action to provide the same level of benefits that is provided to employees’ spouses and their children to employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children.

(d) All agencies with authority to provide benefits to employees outside of the context of title 5, United States Code should take all appropriate actions to ensure that the benefits being provided to employees’ spouses and their children are also being provided, at an equivalent level wherever permitted by law, to their employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children.

Sec. 2. Continuing Obligation To Provide New Benefits. In the future, all agencies that provide new benefits to the spouses of Federal employees and their children should, to the extent permitted by law, also provide them to the same-sex domestic partners of their employees and those same-sex domestic partners’ children. This section applies to appropriated and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of such agencies.

Sec. 3. Monitoring and Guidance. The Director of OPM shall monitor compliance with this memorandum, and may instruct agencies to provide the Director with reports on the status of their compliance, and prescribe the form and manner of such reports. The Director of OPM shall also issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation.

Sec. 4. Reporting. By April 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Director of OPM shall provide the President with a report on the progress of the agencies in implementing this memorandum until such time as all recommendations have been appropriately implemented.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Except as expresslystated herein, nothing in this memorandum shall be construedto impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law or Executive Orderto an agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Officeof Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 6. Publication. The Director of OPM is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA


46 posted on 06/24/2010 10:12:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

“Advancing the agenda?” Good grief, I never thought I’d be alive to see the time of the end but what can only be described as a demonic spirit has overtaken people’s minds! and I’m thinking it really COULD happen any time...


47 posted on 06/24/2010 10:13:17 PM PDT by kelly4c
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To: Maelstorm

Imagine what the 10yo goes through behind closed doors.


48 posted on 06/24/2010 10:13:47 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: All
Previously...


THE HILL.com - Blog Briefing Room: "White House Applauds Pardon of Malawi Gay Couple Facing Prison Term" (May 29, 2010, 3:37 pm)

Whitehouse.gov: "Presidential Proclamation - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month" (May 28, 2010)

Whitehouse.gov: "Statement by the President on Votes to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" (May 27, 2010)

Whitehouse.gov: "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner" (SNIPPET: "Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him...") (October 10, 2009)

49 posted on 06/24/2010 10:14:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: LouAvul

I heard one sermon that hypothesized God came down in visible form to both cities in judgment and thus, when the wife looked upon Him, POOF.


50 posted on 06/24/2010 10:16:36 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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