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Hate Group Uses “Bait & Switch” To Protest South Bend Indiana LGBT Citywide ENDA Bill

There are more battles going on for LGBT equality than those which are constantly reported on the right and left coast. 

At a rally on Friday more than 100 people gathered in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center in Downtown South Bend, Indiana to supposedly protest the one year anniversary of  President Obama controversial Affordable Health Care Act.  But instead the protest organized by Tom Uebbing was used as a as a platform to protest a bill in the South Bend Common Council that would give gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered people protection against discrimination in the workplace.  A bill that was originally voted down by the Common Council just last year but is up again for a vote next week.

After briefly touching on the Affordable Health Care Act Uebbing switched gears and stood in front of the gathered crowd saying that the South Bend non-discrimination bill was a part of the “military homosexual movement.” (military?  What an idiot) and that “this issue has some major moral concerns and so it’s not a hostile position, you just can’t address this in a law. It has bad consequences.” before introducing Patrick Mangan, executive director of the Citizens for Community Values of Indiana. who went on to say. “They (LGBT community) don’t qualify (as a protected class) because it is a behavior based identity, it is not an intrinsic identity.” Mangan said.

Note to Mangan:  “Then you (the religious community) must not qualify (as a protected class) then because religion is a behavior based identity, it is not an intrinsic identity.”

What was not mentioned at the protest though is that the Citizens for Community Values is an anti LGBT Religious group with chapters in states throughout the Midwest which receives funding and boasts itself as a proud affiliate of the SLPC officially sanctioned hate group the Family Research Council and that Ubbeling who set up the protest was named the CCV Volunteer of the Year in the past, is a member of the CCV Intercessory Prayer Team and founder of NoSpecialRights.Net

The LGBT anti-discrimination bill goes in front of the South Bend Common Council on Monday. It is expected to be voted on then.

 PLEASE contact the South Bend Common Council Members and tell them so say no to hate, bigotry and discrimination and to Vote in favor of the the South Bend non-discrimination bill

***Watch below as Tom Uebbling tries to tie the “slippery slope” of non-discrimination laws to that of same sex marriage.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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