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  • Tolerance, Freedom and Hypocrisy in an Age of Confusion

    08/01/2014 5:48:27 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 1, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Necessary Firing of a Gay Music Director... and the fine line between liberty and licence. (Reflections on a private matter, turned public, at a suburban church) This is a difficult column to write… but it’s an issue that’s been so twisted by the media and the pop culture, it calls out for correction, so, as a moderate libertarian and imperfect Christian, I will give it a try. Let’s begin with alcohol. Some will say that occasionally consuming any alcoholic beverage is a sin (I completely disagree with them). Others will say that consuming it regularly is a sin (I...
  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/14/2014 | Michael Catalini
    Inside the offices of Republican gay-rights groups, a strategy is forming to convince party leaders to strip opposition to gay marriage from the GOP platform. The target, operatives say, is to see party leaders drop their support for a gay-marriage ban in time for the Republican National Convention in summer 2016. It's a long shot, but Republican gay-rights lobbyists think they can build on the momentum provided by courts nationwide and the belief that, philosophically, the GOP's social conservatives are fighting a battle that puts them well out of step with the majority of the country, and that could demographically...
  • Homosexuals Destroy Israeli Messianic Business [in Israel!]

    07/12/2014 3:51:22 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    Israel Today ^ | June 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
    The Jerusalem District Court has ordered Moshav Yad Hashmonah, a community of Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians, to pay compensation to two lesbians after it refused to host a same-sex wedding reception. "We knew we were breaking the law. Somebody needed to do it." says Ayelet Ronen, general secretary for the village. Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen upheld a lower court ruling that the Moshav violated a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the trial, representatives of the Moshav quoted from both Old and New Testaments. "We do not hate homosexuals or lesbians. We love them. We simply told...
  • Salem ends Gordon College’s use of town hall Cites school’s policy on gays

    07/11/2014 12:22:36 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    boston globe ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matt Rocheleau
    Salem officials declared Wednesday they will end a contract allowing Gordon College to use the city-owned Old Town Hall because of the Christian school’s opposition to expected federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who also cited the college’s longstanding policies prohibiting gay activities among students, said Gordon’s policies violate a city ordinance prohibiting Salem from contracting with entities that discriminate. But she said it would be “even more troubling” to have the city do business with “an institution that enables, and now advocates for, discrimination against the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community...” The college’s website...
  • In New Poll, Marriage Equality Beats Religious Objections

    06/30/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · by koanhead · 27 replies
    First Amendment Center ^ | 6/24/14 | Charles C. Haynes
    A solid majority of Americans now support equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners of employees – even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54% of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious...
  • Thousands of Singaporean Christians wear white to support traditional marriage

    06/30/2014 12:32:31 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 6 replies
    Yahoo News Singapore ^ | 30 June 2014 | Yahoo Newsroom
    Over 6,400 Christians dressed in white on Sunday afternoon to attend a special “family worship” service conducted by Singapore’s Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), according to organisers. The service was held at a full-house Suntec Convention Centre and led by FCBC founder and pastor Lawrence Khong, who earlier called on his followers to wear white over the weekend to protest the annual Pink Dot gay rights rally on Saturday. Khong, who supports keeping a Singapore law that criminalises sex between men, released a statement on Friday pointing to the Pink Dot movement as a “decline of moral and family values".
  • Joe Biden Says Protecting Gay Rights Trumps Culture, Social Traditions

    06/25/2014 8:42:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/25/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech on Tuesday that protecting gay rights trumps national cultures and social traditions, as President Barack Obama's administration continues promoting LGBT rights around the world. "I don't care what your culture is," Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory's vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reported. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice." He added that the cause is a "defining mark of a civilized nation" and met with a number of religious, human rights and HIV health care advocates in a forum dedicated to promoting gay rights...
  • PCUSA (Presbitarian Church USA) endorses gay marriage

    06/21/2014 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Roach
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became one of the largest Christian denominations in America to endorse gay marriage when its General Assembly voted in Detroit yesterday (June 19) to allow pastors to conduct same-sex weddings and approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "two people" rather than "a man and a woman." The authorization for pastors to perform gay weddings takes effect immediately and applies only to ministers in the 19 states where the practice is legal. The measure passed by a vote of 317 (61 percent) to 238 (39 percent) and was classified as an "Authoritative Interpretation" of the...
  • Another Gay Rights Victory: Sentence for Man Who Exposed Other Man to HIV Thrown Out

    06/17/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m not sure how a ruling that frees gay men to expose their sex partners to a deadly virus is a gay rights victory, but clearly I’m not keeping pace with the frenzied rush of liberalism through the gates of madness.If gay marriage was marriage equality, what’s this? Viral equality? State Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines cut off Nick Rhoades’ ankle bracelet at a gathering in Grinnell. The crowd was cheering. People were crying.“It was totally moving and made all the work worthwhile,” said Terry Lowman, who attended the event. “To me, the drama played like Jesus washing the...
  • (Houston) Council passes equal-rights ordinance

    05/28/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 42 replies
    Chronicle. ^ | 5/28/14 | Mike Morris
    After nearly nine hours of chanting and tears from seas of opponents and supporters in color-coded T-shirts, Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday extending equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents.
  • Maryland’s New Show and Tell

    05/20/2014 10:04:56 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    If you need proof that same-sex “marriage” is about more than “love,” look no further than Montgomery County, Maryland. There, parents are dealing with the fallout of the state’s redefinition of marriage with a sweeping new sex education curriculum. Moms and dads, who were already fighting an uphill battle on the content of the lessons, are now coping with the news that homosexuality will be woven throughout — shattering families’ fragile hold on parents’ rights. Yesterday, the Montgomery County School Board took up the issue in a debate over the district’s health curriculum. Not surprisingly, there were calls for an...
  • Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle

    04/08/2014 7:04:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    As a gay American I am repeatedly warned throughout the media that my status as a citizen and my constitutionally held rights are at the very mercy of an angry, bigoted and unreasonable mob of Christian authoritarians controlling the country. This is evidenced by the opposition to same-sex marriage and states like Arizona and Mississippi (among others) passing “anti-gay” segregation laws. Liberal articles declare that even my ability to receive HIV treatment is at risk, as did the Huffington Post in an article stating: "...restaurants could turn away same-sex couples celebrating an anniversary, and pharmacists could refuse HIV... drugs.” Allow...
  • Do Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights? Supreme Court Won't Hear Wedding Photographers' Case

    04/07/2014 12:04:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/07/2014 | Todd Starnes
    Gay rights trump religious rights. That’s the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple’s commitment ceremony. The high court’s decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws. As one New Mexico justice ominously noted, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin “are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” The state’s demand that the Huguenins...
  • Mozilla Chief Learns, if You Don’t Support Gay Marriage, You Don’t Deserve a Job

    04/04/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    As we enter this golden age of tolerance and diversity, the nation’s gay rights community is sending a warning message to Americans: If you don’t support gay marriage, you don’t deserve a job. Apparently, Brendan Eich did not get that message. He’s the former chief executive officer at Mozilla, the technology group that gave us the Firefox Web browser. Eich resigned under a firestorm of controversy after it was revealed he had donated $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that protected traditional marriage. It’s unclear who outed Eich. But that really doesn’t matter. Once his donation...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Rights—Not the Same Thing

    03/31/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 11 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | March 31, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    Almost sixty years ago, there were many places in this country where a black person couldn’t sit at the lunch counter of a local diner. Sometimes they were forced to sit in the back of the bus or give up their seat to a white passenger. Blacks often couldn’t use the same restroom, find a vacancy in the same hotel, or take a drink from the same water fountain as that used by white citizens. Those were certainly some of the bleaker days in our nation’s proud history. However, in much the same way that slavery was abolished in this...
  • Why No One Minds His Own Business Anymore

    03/19/2014 8:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    When I was a kid -- which wasn't that long ago, given that I just turned 30 in January -- I recall hearing a popular phrase on the playground: "Mind your own business." MYOB reared its head whenever somebody threatened to rat out a fellow student for anything from harmless roughhousing to juvenile delinquency. The phrase is sometimes attributed to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, a rough translation of which states: " ... make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,...
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps: The Unsung Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

    03/19/2014 8:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If there is one man who can be credited for the success of the gay rights movement, it’s Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.Phelps did more than anyone to make opposition to homosexuality seem as toxic as possible by picketing the funerals of soldiers with anti-gay slogans. There probably wasn’t a more inspired way to make anti-gay sentiments seem as unacceptable as possible.If the Phelps clan had deliberately set out to implement gay marriage in America, they could not have chosen a better method and who is to say that they didn’t.The Phelps, with their background in civil rights...
  • Raining on their parade: Fight over rights of gays to march openly on St. Patrick's Day dampens mood

    03/17/2014 1:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/17/2014 | By Caitlin Nolan AND Ginger Adams Otis / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Protestors chanting pro-gay slogans and advocating for equal rights could be heard along Fifth Ave. as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade proceeded through Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians skipped attending the festivity after organizers said gay groups were not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or openly identify as LGBT. That caused beer brands Guinness and Heineken to drop their sponsorship of the event. Not all Irish eyes were smiling Monday as the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off in midtown Manhattan amid a protest over participants carrying pro-gay signs. Half a city block was...
  • Supposed ‘Christian’ Dad Claims Gay Son is No Sinner

    03/16/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 16, 2013 | JP
    Chris has a gay son. He neglected to mention that when I met him at a business event the week before last, when we talked a little politics, when he invited me to join him and his buds for their weekly golf game. All was amicable on the golf course. As it turned out, two of the guys were fellow conservatives. And two others happened to be members of my church. But things got twisted when our two foursomes sat down for post-round libations and conversation. That’s because Chris, a social liberal, an Obama-loving Democrat, insisted on talking politics. And...
  • Cross Purposes: Should Anti-Discrimination Laws Trump Religious Freedom?

    03/10/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The good news coming out of the just-concluded legislative battle in Arizona is that religious freedom remains what it has been there, undiminished by Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill meant to protect it. The bad news is that the debate over religious freedom has taken an ominous turn. Here are six takeaways from the controversy. The media cannot be trusted to report accurately on social issues. I mention this first not because it is the most important part of the Arizona story — though it is very important — but because it has made understanding that story...
  • Muslim barber refuses to cut hair of lesbian: Whose rights trump whose?

    03/09/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 03/03/2014 | Howard Portnoy
    Being a believer in all -isms can get hairy at times. Take as an illustration a case reported in the Toronto Sun by Ezra Levant: So a lesbian walks into a Muslim barbershop, and asks for a “businessmen’s haircut”.It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened, and now a government agency called the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will hear her complaint.Faith McGregor is the lesbian who doesn’t like the girly cuts that they do at a salon. She wants the boy’s hairdo.Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows...
  • Why Gay Rights Groups Care About a Supreme Court Birth Control Case

    03/04/2014 4:09:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | March 4, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Access to hormonal birth control hasn’t typically been a goal of the gay rights movement. But after a near miss on an anti-gay bill in Arizona last week, LGBT advocacy groups are rallying around a Supreme Court birth control case, arguing that gay people’s rights will be collateral damage if the court rules that for-profit businesses do not have to provide contraceptives to female employees. On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby that the federal health care law is infringing on its religious liberty by forcing the company to provide...
  • The New Morality: Crying Over Served Cake

    02/28/2014 8:49:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/28/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    In this day and age, why would you be stupid enough to use your religious beliefs as an excuse to deny someone services?There are plenty of ways to avoid entering into a business transaction without having to appear discriminatory at all. When I worked for a private repair shop and encountered a client who seemed to be more trouble than they were worth for whatever reason, we used to simply say, “I am sorry, but we cannot provide service.” If people questioned why (which they did, very often and with plenty of attitude), we just kept repeating the same phrase:...
  • On Gay Issue Arizona May Heed National Outcy

    02/25/2014 9:44:23 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 25, 2014 | Cindy Carcamo
    Arizona has resisted national pressure before to its controversial laws. But this time leaders are urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay patrons. TUCSON — When Arizona took controversial stands in the past — refusing to create a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and enacting a tough anti-illegal immigration law — state leaders shrugged off the criticism from out of state as the meddling of outsiders. But now, after the Legislature passed a measure to bolster the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the...
  • A Gay-Rights Cave-In at Sochi? What happened to all that outrage?

    02/13/2014 10:56:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/13/2014 | Bruce Bawer
    <p>Over the last few months, while well-intentioned people around the Western world were protesting antigay actions by Russia, conditions for gay people in much of Africa were going from terrible to even worse. Last month, the president of Nigeria signed a law prescribing 14 years behind bars for individuals in same-sex marriages and up to ten years for members of gay organizations, and since then dozens of people have been arrested and gay-rights activists have gone into hiding. In the northern (which is to say Muslim) city of Bauchi, a gay man was whipped 20 times in a courtroom – a disappointment to the crowd outside, which wanted him to be stoned to death in accordance with sharia law.</p>
  • MEP receives 41,000 emails against gay rights (European Parliament; Austrian MEP)

    02/04/2014 3:02:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.02.14 @ 18:21 (Feb. 4) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A MEP who drafted a resolution on securing the basic rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) people in the EU has so far received almost 41,000 emails against the proposal. “My website was hacked as well. I don’t know who it was from. It might be coincidence; it might not be a coincidence,” Green Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek told the Strasbourg assembly on Monday (3 February). […] Deputies adopted her report anyway and passed a resolution on Tuesday by 394 in favor. It calls for the EU to draw up a road map to protect the fundamental...
  • ACLU Bankrolling Gay Nuptials in ‘My Big Gay Illegal Wedding’ Contest

    01/30/2014 7:32:32 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Brian Jensen and Jeromy Manke, a same-sex engaged couple in Nevada, are in the running to win a free trip to New York City, $5,000, and help from a wedding planner to fund their spring nuptials in California. Who would bankroll their nuptials? An organization that spends far more time defending civil liberties in court than at wedding receptions. The American Civil Liberties Union—worried that the public thinks the same-sex marriage battle is “over” after the Supreme Court’s twin decisions expanding gay rights last summer—is paying five same-sex couples who live in states that still outlaw the practice to get...
  • Gay Marriages Interrupt Grammys' Universal Reach

    01/26/2014 9:50:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood ^ | 1-26-2014 | Christian Toto
    While the Oscars routinely go political and the VMAs pull out all the shock stops, the annual Grammys telecast eschews overtly dividing moments. Assuming you don't mind musical genre mashups worth rubbernecking over. Tonight, LL Cool J emceed another Grammys telecast aimed at the widest audience possible until rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sang Same Love while 33 couples--both straight and gay--got married. "This song is a love song not for some of us, but for all of us," said Queen Latifah who officiated the live wedding in front of a church-like setting complete a gospel choir. "Strip away the...
  • India's Supreme Court Surprise Hinders Gay Rights

    12/11/2013 6:28:53 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 11, 2013 | Staff
    Video:Hundreds protested in New Delhi Wednesday after India's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that had decriminalized gay sex, a surprising setback for the gay-rights movement. Via The Foreign Bureau, WSJ's global news update.
  • Australian (American) pedophile gets 30 years in US jail for abusing Russian-born boy

    12/10/2013 4:24:10 PM PST · by mgist · 10 replies
    Mark Newton, right, with Peter Truong and their son outside their Cairns home. An Australian, who together with his domestic partner, bought a newborn boy in Russia and allowed men around the world to abuse him, has been sentenced in a US court to 30 years in jail. Peter Truong, 36, born in Vietnam, and his partner Mark Newton, 42, born in the US, both Australian citizens, bought a newborn boy in Russia for US$8,000, according to prosecutors. The boy’s birth papers were falsified to list Newton as his biological father. The fraud then allowed the boy to be adopted...
  • White House releases handwritten note Obama penned in tribute to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    11/20/2013 5:37:14 PM PST · by Kenny · 76 replies
    Mail On-Line ^ | 20 November 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The White House released a letter Tuesday handwritten by President Obama .....< snip > OBAMA'S LETTER COMMEMORATING LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln's own hand. I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Through the lines of weariness etched in his face,...
  • Religious Dissenters Should Not Be Required to Work at Gay Weddings, Gay Rights Advocate Argues

    11/21/2013 10:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Andrew Koppelman, a long time supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, argued that those who disagree with him should have the freedom to live according to those beliefs. "I've worked very hard to create a regime in which it is safe to be gay. I would also like that regime to be one in which it is safe to be a religious dissenter," Koppelman said to the applause of a group of mostly conservative lawyers. Koppelman, professor of law and political science at Northwestern University School of Law, was speaking on a panel, "Religious Liberty & Conflicting Moral Visions,"...
  • LDS Church responds to inquiries about Harry Reid comment (Gay Rights)

    11/07/2013 10:05:38 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 19 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Nov. 7 2013 | Tad Walch
    SALT LAKE CITY — Politico reported Wednesday night that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are changing their views on gay rights. The church reacted Thursday evening by issuing a statement that indicated its doctrine about traditional marriage has not changed... ..."As the church has said before, elected officials who are Latter-day Saints make their own decisions and may not necessarily be in agreement with one another or even with a publicly stated church position..." "...On the question of same-sex marriage, the church has been consistent in...
  • Obama Turns Blogger To Make Pitch for Gay Rights Bill

    11/04/2013 5:25:07 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 4, 2013 | Joel Roberts, Yahoo! News
    President Obama turned blogger on Sunday night, making an impassioned plea in the Huffington Post for Congress to pass a long-delayed measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill, called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, is set for a Senate vote on Monday, and proponents are upbeat about its prospects for passage.
  • Gay rights legislation gains bipartisan support

    11/02/2013 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 2, 2013 12:33 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    Gay rights advocates from both parties are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. … In a sign of the times, the anti-bias legislation has traditional proponents such as the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian advocacy group, plus the backing of a relatively new group, the American Unity Fund. That organization has the financial support of big-name Republican donors—hedge fund billionaires Paul Singer, Cliff Asness, Dan Loeb and Seth Klarman—and former GOP lawmakers Norm Coleman of Minnesota...
  • Ban on Discrimination Against Gays Gains Ground in Senate

    10/30/2013 12:32:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said Wednesday that he would vote for a nondiscrimination bill that protects gay men, lesbians and transgender people, putting the measure within one vote of gaining the support it needs to overcome a filibuster. Mr. Manchin was the only Democrat who had not signaled how he would vote. His support means that all 55 members of the Democratic majority are expected to get behind the bill, known as the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which has languished in various forms in Congress for nearly 40 years. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader,...
  • Comparing Black Civil Rights to Gay Civil Rights

    09/27/2013 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/27/2013 | Michael Brown
    The cover of the December 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate, the flagship gay publication, proclaimed boldly that, “Gay is the New Black,” stating that this is “The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle.” But whenever I mention this topic on my national talk radio show, asking my listeners if they believe it is fair to equate the black Civil Rights movement with today’s gay rights movement, I am flooded with African American callers who take strong exception to this comparison. Some of them remind me of the public lynchings, of blacks being hosed down with fire hoses and attacked by...
  • March on Washington paved way for gay rights too (o rly?)

    08/28/2013 10:39:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:07 AM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013 | Malcolm Lazin
    When Dr. King began “I Have a Dream,” I was struck as if by lightning. It was akin to hearing Moses speak to the heavens. His speech was a defining moment for those assembled and for Americans watching television in living rooms across the nation. The March led to a Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the late 1980s, I came out as a gay man and became increasingly involved in LGBT civil rights. I met Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny, the mother and father of the LGBT civil rights movement. … Gay...
  • Obama’s Gay-Rights Hypocrisy

    08/14/2013 6:59:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/14/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The president wags his finger at Putin while kowtowing to Islamic leaders. ‘What,” Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was asked, “is [Islam’s] judgment on sodomy and lesbianism?” “Forbidden,” he curtly pronounced. “Those involved in the act should be punished. In fact, sodomites should be killed in the worst manner possible.” So what does Barack Obama have to say about that? Cynically mounting his high horse last week in the cozy confines of Jay Leno’s late-night TV comedy program — a venue popular with his ill-informed admirers, one where hypocrisy won’t be noticed, much less challenged — the president declaimed, “I have no...
  • Gay Rights Group Calls For The International Olympic Committee To Condemn Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

    08/07/2013 4:06:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Buzzfeeed ^ | August 7, 2013 | Lily Hiott-Millis
    All Out is an organization that takes action against gay rights violations across the world by creating petitions and organizing protests. All Out, along with Olympic athletes and ambassadors from Athlete Ally, created this petition in light of Russia’s recent human rights violations and anti-gay laws. Some have called for a boycott or move of the Olympics, but this petition calls for a complete reform of Russia’s laws.The petition received more than 300,000 signatures from all over the world. All Out traveled to Switzerland to personally deliver the petition along with a letter from Stephen Fry that condemns the current...
  • Why Do We Boycott 'Ender's Game' But Give Roman Polanski An Oscar?

    08/03/2013 12:43:41 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 76 replies
    policy mic ^ | 7/1/2013 | Angie Hartley
    Orson Scott Card, whose science-fiction book Ender's Game is being released as a film, is a conservative Mormon with a long history of attacking gay people and their rights. He's also one of the most respected sci-fi writers of all time. This has really got sci-fi fans and gay rights activists in a moral dilemma as the momentum for the film builds up to its November 1 release. Orson Scott Card has gone far beyond opposing gay marriage. In 1990, he wrote in Mormon publication Sunstone Magazine, “Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately...
  • Gay Couples Marry in Minn., Prepare To Do So in Rhode Island

    08/01/2013 6:49:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 1, 2013 | Patrick Condon
    Gay couples began tying the knot at Minneapolis City Hall early Thursday and preparing to do so once town clerks' offices opened in Rhode Island, as the two states became the latest to allow same-sex marriage. The Minnesota law allowed weddings to begin just after midnight Wednesday, and 42 couples were to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and several Hennepin County judges in the hours before dawn. "I didn't expect to cry quite that hard," said a beaming Cathy ten Broeke, who with Margaret Miles was the first gay couple to be wed at City Hall. The attending...
  • UN human rights office unveils gay-rights campaign

    07/26/2013 11:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2013 10:53 AM EDT | David Crary
    Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations’ human rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals. Called Free & Equal, it’s an unprecedented effort by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on issues that have bitterly divided the U.N.’s own member states. The multi-pronged campaign—announced at a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa—will include videos and public-service announcements distributed through social media, a new website, a...
  • DOMA: ‘Scalia Was Right’ About Ruling’s Impact, Pro-Gay Rights Lawyer Says (BARF ALERT)

    07/03/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor Via Yahoo News ^ | July 3, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court has laid the legal groundwork to directly attack and overturn state bans on same-sex marriages, a lawyer involved in the recent historic gay rights cases at the high court said Tuesday. Therese Stewart, chief deputy in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, said that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion last week striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act provides a roadmap for gay rights groups and same-sex couples to pursue the next phase of litigation to achieve full marriage equality in the US. *SNIP* Justice Kennedy wrote that states that recognized same-sex marriages...
  • President Says No Plan to Force Churches to Perform Gay Marriages

    07/01/2013 12:09:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 41 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 June 2013 | John Semmens
    While hailing the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act as “one of the greatest and most eloquent Court decisions for all time,” President Obama tried to reassure those whose religious beliefs condemn the legitimacy of same-sex marriage that “there are no current plans to force all churches to perform weddings between persons of the same sex.” How reassuring these reassurances are, though, is uncertain. The President has ordered military chaplains of all denominations to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies if requested to do so by military personnel. “These chaplains are first and foremost soldiers,” Obama declared. “As their...
  • Scientists May Have Found a Biological Basis for Homosexuality.That Could Be Bad News for Gays.

    06/28/2013 12:26:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 117 replies
    Slate ^ | June 28, 2013 | Mark Joseph Stern
    Full Title: Born This Way? Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality. That could be bad news for gay rights. “Baby, you were born this way.” As soon as Lady Gaga sang these words on her smash hit "Born This Way," they became a rallying cry for gay people around the world, an anthem for sexual minorities facing discrimination. The shiny, catchy song carries an empowering (if simple) message: Don’t be ashamed about being gay, or bi, or trans, or anything—that’s just how you were born. Gaga later named her anti-bullying charity after the same truism, and two...
  • Will Bible-Believing Americans Who Oppose Gay Rights Be Treated Like Criminals?

    06/27/2013 1:59:47 PM PDT · by pinochet · 42 replies
    If gay rights is to be given the same status as black rights, then we can expect organizations that oppose gay rights and gay marriage to be denied tax exempt status. In 1983, Bob Jones University, which had been admitting blacks since the 1970s, was denied tax exempt status simply because it was officially opposed to interracial marriage. In California, they are banning evangelical Christian ministries, which give therapy to gays in order to make them give up the gay lifestyle.
  • Are You Ready for Some Politically Correct Football?

    05/13/2013 3:57:34 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 5 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | May 9, 2013 | Chris Shugart
    If you’re a sports fan, or even if you’re not, you’ve likely heard about NBA athlete Jason Collins publicly announcing that he’s gay. Of course, gays in professional sports is hardly a revelation, but Collins has the distinction of being the first openly gay athlete who currently plays for a major American team sport. It’s making headlines everywhere, right on up to the cover of Sports Illustrated. While the media begins developing this story into the next pop culture melodrama, let’s be honest about something: gays coming out in pro sports is not that big a deal. It’ no...
  • Term Limits and the Catholic Church

    04/07/2013 8:18:41 PM PDT · by gortklattu · 11 replies
    bernardgoldberg.com ^ | 4/6/2013 | Burt Prelutsky
    Recently, Thomas Sowell wrote an excellent piece dealing with term limits. The point he made is that if the idea behind limits was to rid us of those people who spend their entire lives doing little more than voting, we’ve gone about it in a really stupid way. For one thing, as we’ve seen here in California, it merely means that once one of these palookas has termed out in, say, the state assembly, he merely runs for the state senate or for governor or lieutenant governor or attorney general. In short, he moves on, he doesn’t move out. Another...
  • 7 Reasons Marriage Is Falling Apart in America

    04/06/2013 7:32:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2013 | John Hawkins
    It's no secret that marriage has been in decline in America, but most people don't realize how quickly it has been crumbling. The numbers are staggering and the sea change in attitude that has gone along with them would shock previous generations of Americans. "In 1960, two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings were married. In 2008, just 26% were." "To get a sense of how different attitudes were in the 1960s, perhaps this will do it. (M)arried women were asked, ‘In your opinion, do you think it is all right for a woman to have sexual relations before marriage with a...