Because of this I just thought I’d send my own 3 WORD message to Cornish. One thats straight to the point and comes from the heart.
Minnesota which is trying its damnedest to beat Tennessee and Mississippi as the most gay-hating state in America took a step closer to its goal on late Saturday as the Minnesota Republican heavy legislature voted 70 to 62 to place an amendment banning gay marriage the ballot for 2012. The Senate approved the proposed amendment earlier in May largely along party lines.
Even though Minnesota law already bans gay marriage, the sponsors of the amendment want to enshrine homophobia and hate into the states credo with the amendment saying that a constitutional amendment would ensure that legislators or a small group of judges could not change it after its been voted on and passed.
Republican Representative Steve Gottwalt said “This is not about hatred, it is not about discrimination or intolerance,” but never went on to finish and say what it’s really is all about mostly because IT IS all based in hatred , discrimination, and intolerance and there is no other explanation.
One Republican lawmakers did stand up against the Amendment and that was Republican Representative John Kriesel, who was severely wounded in the Iraq war, said the amendment did not represent the state and country he fought. “If there was a ‘hell no’ button right here, I would press it, that would be the one I’d press, but unfortunately I just have ‘nay’ and that’s the one I am going to press.” Kriesel said.
One would think that with a $5.1 billion gap facing the state and a 7 percent unemployment rate that Republican led legislature would have more important issues to worry about
Hundreds took to the streets of Indiana to protest against bill HJR6 which will because of bill’s language, which says “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized,” will ban not only same-sex marriage but like it’s neighbor Ohio the bill will also ensure that civil unions would not be recognized either.
Because, at the end of the day, gay couples deserve to be just as naive, corny, impetuous, bitter and f**d up about marriage as straight couples are.
* The Human Rights Campaign Only Spends 3.2% Of Their 2009 $45.7 Million Budget On Lobbying. Anyone ever wonder what REALLY happens to the other 96.8%? With $45.7 Million I could have BOUGHT the votes in Washington needed to secure all our civil rights. – The Petrelis Files
* Gay Man FIRED After Complaing About Gay Slurs Made By Co-Workers – Michael Aguayo, a A former employee of Oak Park, in Chicago, Illnois is suing the village, claiming it fired him after he complained about anti-gay remarks that co-workers made towards him. Co-workers allegedly referred to things that didn’t work properly as “being gay” and made verbal threats, the suit said. The suit seeks more than $600,000 in damages.- Chicago Sun Times
* The Supreme Court Hold Up DADT…For Now. The Supreme Court upheld “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon’s ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military In a nutshell……..
- Last month the nationwide gay and lesbian advocacy group Log Cabin Republicans won a decision from a district court that barred the Pentagon from enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The district court found that the policy was in violation of the Constitution.
- The Justice Department then appealed the decision, asking for more time to prepare the military for a policy change.
- The 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals then put the district court’s decision on hold, pending a review by the Appeals Court.
- The Log Cabin Republicans then appealed to the Supreme Court to lift the Appeals Court stay, but the Supreme Court rejected the appeal.
- The Pentagon responded to the Supreme Court’s decision by saying that it “believes the decision upholding the stay was appropriate.
All I can say is that it sucks to be gay in America. “All men are created equal” MY ASS! – House and Home Gazette
* Gay Couple Uses Skype to Legally Marry in Texas – Mark Reed and Dante Walkup had been together ten years when they decided it was high time they tied the knot. Unfortunately, though they wanted nothing more than to get married in their native Texas, theirs is a state that does not legally allow same-sex couples to marry. However, Reed and Walkup were not to be deterred and the two came up with a way to have a legal wedding without flying family and friends to another state. The couple traveled to Washington D.C. back in May to receive their certificate of marriage. Fast forward five months and the two were married in Texas, with a D.C. official (accompanied by several witnesses) marrying them via Skype – They MESSED with Texas and WON! Take that Rick Perry! – tomsguide.com
* Austrailain Officials Raid Film Festival Director’s Home Looking For Zombie Gay Porn – Austrailian officials raided the Melbourne home of a film festival director, Richard Wolstencroft, a noted film-maker and head of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) because of the screening of a controversial zombie porn film in September called “LA Zombie” Thursday’s search was fruitless for police because his copy of “LA Zombie” had been destroyed. HA – HA! – mediandia.net
* Mormon Church Tells Gays and Lesbians It’s Okay To Be Gay. Just Don’t FUCK! – How about this? It’s okay to be Mormon, just don’t be so judgemental, bigoted, money hungry and fucking asshole? Hows that work for you LDS? – Lez Get Real
* Bollywoods Version of Brokeback Mountain Is Released – This weekend brings the release of the movie Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun, the first Bollywood film to feature an onscreen gay kiss, in India. In the months leading up to its release, the movie has been touted as that country’s Brokeback Mountain. Censors in India, where homosexuality was legalised only last year, have apparently cut many of the gay scenes. (Which is too bad because the guys are smoking hot!) – Towleroad
* Gay Student Graeme Taylor, 14, Is Sticking Up For Michigan High School Teacher Jay McDowell. And He Is FRAKING Awesome – Michigan high school teacher Jay McDowell was suspended for a day without pay after trying to make his classroom a place for acceptance rather than intolerance, McDowell was disciplined for telling a student to remove a confederate flag belt buckle (because it represented racism) while defending the purple clothing of Spirit Day, Howell administrators insisted McDowell was at fault for infringing on students’ First Amendment rights.
14 Year old Taylor stood up at the School Board meeting and quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Taylor told board members about how their district isn’t just home to the KKK (Grand Wizard Robert Miles lived nearby before he died), but to intolerant students who drove him, at the age of nine, to attempt suicide.
What McDowell tried to do, says Taylor, was move the needle ever so slightly in the other direction and defend LGBT kids who have found hallway torment to be status quo. “The best thing you can do right now is just give him his pay for that day, and just reverse the disciplinary actions,” Taylor told the school board. “He did an amazing thing. He did something that’s inspired a lot of people. And whenever — ever — I have a teacher stand up for me like that, they change in my eyes. I support Jay McDowell, and I hope you . Graeme Tayor is AWESOME. I only wish more ADULTS would stand up, speak out, and do whats right, – Queerty
* The Catholic Church: We Need More Exorcists – More than fifty Catholic bishops and priests are in Baltimore this weekend for a training event on how to perform exorcisms. Maybe they should train on Linda Blair. She SUCKED this weekend at the HorrorHound Weekend Convention in Cincinatti, TRES UNPROFESSIONAL! – Joe My God
The California Court of Appeals has just denied the attempt to force Schwarzenegger and Brown to defend Proposition 8. ” The petition introduced by the anti-gay Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of Joshua Beckley, pastor of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship church in San Bernardino. The petition was “summarily denied by order”
YEA for us! But of course these assholes will keep appealing I am sure.
The court’s full ruling should be posted here by the end of the day.
The Reverend Jane Spahr, who married same-sex couples when gay marriage was legal in California, before Proposition 8 was passed is set ti stand trial before a Presbyterian court and is charged with “publicly, intentionally and repeatedly” violating Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) doctrine by presiding at the weddings of 16 couples between June 2008 and November 2008, before California voters outlawed same-sex marriages.
Rev, Spahr has pleaded not guilty, explaining there are other parts of church doctrine that are just as important such as being welcoming and valuing diversity. Spahr’s lawyers plan to argue this time around that she would have been breaking church law and shirking her pastoral responsibilities if she had refused to marry gay couples who had the legal right to wed and wanted Presbyterian ceremonies.
Read more after the break……
The regional Presbyterian of the Redwoods, which oversees 52 churches from an area north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, was required to bring the charges against Spahr earlier this year after a member filed a formal accusation against her
It’s the second time Spahr, a lesbian who founded a ministry for gay Presbyterians, has faced possible sanctions from her church. In 2006, she became the first pastor of her faith to be tried for officiating the weddings of gay couples from states that did not permit same-sex civil marriages.
Eleven of the couples Spahr married are expected to testify as witnesses at the trial scheduled to start Tuesday at a church in Napa, California.
Richard Just, executive editor of The New Republic, slams Obama’s position on gay marriage calling it “about the most cynical gesture you can imagine from an allegedly liberal leader,” and the message it sends: that “Obama knows a lot of people still aren’t completely comfortable admitting gays and lesbians as full participants in American life, and that this is OK because he isn’t either.
Obama argues that he is against gay marriage while also opposing efforts like Prop 8 that would ban it. He justifies this by saying that state constitutions should not be used to reduce rights. (His exact words: “I am not in favor of gay marriage, but when you’re playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that that is not what America is about.”)
Obama appears to be saying that it is fine to prohibit gay people from getting married, as long as the vehicle for doing so is not a constitution. Presumably, then, he supports the numerous states that have banned same-sex marriage through other means, without resorting to a constitutional amendment? If so, he might be the only person in the country to occupy this narrow, and frankly absurd, slice of intellectual terrain. Obama has also said he favors civil unions rather than gay marriage because the question of where and how to apply the label “marriage” is a religious one. This argument makes even less sense than his stance on state constitutions, since marriage, for better or for worse, is very much a government matter.
Obama and those around him seem unaware that all of this is a problem; a look at some of the lessons from Wilson’s experience might help to clarify why they ought to reconsider. The first lesson is that history does not look kindly on this type of presidential conduct
Just is 100 percent correct and wht we stand for it and why some of us make excuses for Obama’s behavior is mindboggling. At another board there are comments like “LGBT equality issues aside, who among us would have preferred the alternative in November 2008? Yes the pace of change for our rights is slower than we’d like but consider the bigger picture” or this one “If he supported it publicly, there’s no way he would be elected again in 2012. That’s just a fact”
For those excuse makinbg “Auntie Toms” . Here’s some news for you. One of the reasons we are treated the way we are is because we buy into the “it will only be worse if they get elected.” We then vote for them and they do nothing and we sit back and wait, and wait, and make excuses for them and DO NOTHING. And you are just as bad as Obama and the Democrats when it comes to harming our cause.
Gee though, I wonder what Obama would have done if he was President when it came to desegregating the public schools and other public facilities. Or giving women the right to vote. Would he go out on a limb for those sorts of causes>
To quote Kathy Griffin ‘“SUCK IT BITCHES!”
Federal Judge D. Brock Hornby on Maine today ordered that The National Orgainzation for
Hate Marriage must disclose the names of the donors who helped finance the Yes On 1 campaign, which nullified the state’s same-sex marriage law.NOM has continually fought hide the funders of the $2 million donation it made to Stand for Marriage Maine. Not that the judge was entirely pleased with Maine’s disclosure requirements.
“Rules requiring 24-hour disclosure of independent expenditures over $250 — not just before an election, but whenever they occur — “has not been justified … is impermissably burdensome and cannot be enforced.” He also declared “Maine’s use of the words ‘influence’ and ‘influence in any way’ … are unconstitutionally vague.” “Otherwise,” Hornby wrote, “Maine’s laws governing PACs, independent campaign expenditures, and attribution and disclaimer requirements are constitutional, and survive NOM’s challenges that they are unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.”
Get ready for NOM’s “Whaaaaaaambulance” in 5….4….3…2….1…..
(Postscript. Congratulations Louise of PHB!!)
The awesome guys over at Madatoms.com has put together a handy dandy reference chart of argumenst and reasons why those nasty NOM-bies and anti-gay mariage folks are wrong. Every argument that they have Madatoms has supplied an argument against it. (Except the fact that the haters are inbred religious freaks full of bigotry hate and bile. But we all know that)
Now I am sure that many of you dont need this but it is nice of the folk at Madatoms to take the time to make it.. CLICK HERE to view the larger version.