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NOM’s Brian Brown(shirt) Declares The GOP’s Midterm Was An “Overwhelming Victory” For Restrictive Marriage

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Even though yesterdays mid-term elections had little to nothing to do with marriage equality, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brownshirt wasted no time typing up a press release with his pudgy little talons claiming that the Republican victory was all due to “traditional” restrictive marriage.

“Marriage won an overwhelming victory last night. In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn’t were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay ‘marriage’ were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated. It’s time for the GOP elite and consultant class to wake up and realize that marriage is a winning issue, in red states and blue. Traditional marriage amendments have received 50 million votes across America, and candidates who embraced marriage this election won, while Republicans who rejected marriage were themselves rejected. The election results tonight were a stunning rebuke of those who wish to redefine marriage. We look forward to working with Congress to advance the cause of marriage.”

In REAL marriage equality news the only real race which could have actually impacted gay marriage was the battle for the Iowa state Senate. The Democrats held it by only 1 seat. If the they would have lost control, the GOP could have begun the process of amending the state constitution to ban marriage equality. Iowa is in the 8th Circuit, so right now there’s no court decision which would render such repeal effort moot.

The people of Iowa have now had 3 election cycles in which to make their voice heard, and marriage equality is still secure.

AFA Hate Group’s Bryan Fischer: Only God Fearing “Christians” Can Claim First Amendment Rights!

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Well  American Family Association’s resident  spokesdouche Bryan Fischer, is at it again writing for the AFA’s website that after dog years of pondering that he believes that the First Amendment of the Constitution is only for right-wing extremist “Christians.”  (Sorry all my Church of Back2Stonewall followers.)

“I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly to this point. But with Islam growing in America like a noxious weed, some of the more troublesome aspects of this distorted view of religious liberty are becoming evident, when it comes to things like school curricula, halal food, and Christian evangelism at Muslim street fairs. These problems have been brought into stark relief now by Satanists, who are pressing for exactly the same kind of religious liberty protections the Supreme Court just recognized for Hobby Lobby.” 

Amendment I: “Congress shall make no law, respecting establishment of religion. . . .”

Tell me, Mr. Batshit Bryan Fischer, what part of that don’t you understand?

I think its time for a new term for these radical crazy religious loons.

I shall hence call them.  Christapo™.

 

UPDATE: Sen. Mark Kirk Cancels Senate Meeting Room Space For Anti-LGBT Seminar

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Yesterday we reported that  Senate meeting rooms were being used  Friday for an event scheduled by American anti-gay leaders and supporters of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws led by the World Congress of Families on how to bring anti-gay Russian laws here to America.,  We are now happy to report that after hearing about this Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and his office stepped in and had the access to a Senate meeting rooms cancelled for the Friday hatefest.

A spokesman for Kirk, Lance Trover, issued the following statement from Senator Kirk about the cancellation. “Sen. Kirk doesn’t affiliate with groups that discriminate.”

The World Congress of Families replied:

“Shame on you, Senator Kirk, for allowing vocal radical sexual minorities to drown out the voices of the natural family and faith that have made our nation free, prosperous, and stable for more than 200 years. Obviously Senator Kirk doesn’t care about families and children and freedom and has chosen to side with the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”

The World Congress of Famlies is a project of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, based in Rockford, Illinois, Kirk’s home state.  Is Kirk the Senator who originally and possibly unwittingly scheduled the room in the first place for the group since only members of Congress are allowed to reserve meeting rooms at the Dirksen Senate Office Building or was it some other Senator?

 

SHOCKING!: Anti-LGBT Hate Seminar To Be Held In Congressional Office Building On Friday

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Tomorrow top American anti-gay leaders and also supporters of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws will come to Capitol Hill to argue that these hateful policies should serve as a model for the United States. Even more shockingly, the World Congress of Families—which sent nearly a dozen anti-LGBT American activists to Russia to support these heinous laws—is holding this roundtable at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

From a press release published on Christian Newswire:

Russia recently banned the propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations” to minors; and across Europe and Africa, nations are concerned with life issues, shrinking populations, and the disintegration of the natural family. Here in America, what can our pro-family legislators learn — positively and negatively — by studying our colleagues’ actions abroad?  Join the editors of The Howard Center’s quarterly, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy, on Capitol Hill this Friday, November 15, for a symposium addressing the question: “Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?” Moderating will be Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and Editor of The Family in America. Our featured speakers will be Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute; Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow at The Beverly LaHaye Institute, think tank for Concerned Women for America; and Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute. The symposium will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 562. The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. To register, call Nicole King at (815) 742-4387 or email nicole@profam.org.

Only a member of Congress can schedule rooms and meetings at the Derksin through the Ways and Means Committee.

Back2Stonewall called the Congressional Office Building but was refused information about who scheduled the meeting rooms.

FRC Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Considers Run for GOP Congressional Seat

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Tony Perkins, President of the of the officially designated hate group the Family Research Council is considering considering a run for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District.

Tony Perkins and his protege Gene Mills, the current leader of the Louisiana Family Forum (an organization founded by Perkins), have spent millions of dollars and the last fifteen years of their lives lying and spreading hateful propaganda about the LGBT community, all in the name of “Christianity”

Said Perkins: “I’ve been encouraged by many people to consider getting in and I’m thinking about it,” Perkins said. “It’s an attractive prospect to be closer to home.

Perkins, who its says has ties to white supremacist groups  in 1996, while managing Republican Woody Jenkins’s campaign for U.S. Senate, Perkins paid David Duke, the former Klansman, $82,500 for his mailing list; five years later, Perkins spoke before Louisiana’s Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) which Max Blumenthal calls “America’s premier racist organization”s.

Perkins has never denied that he paid for Duke’s mailing list (the campaign was fined for ethics violations) and refuses to talk about on national television and has he has said, that he didn’t know whose list it was. even though Duke is a close personal friend.   Perkins has also never denied his appearance before the CofCC (he can’t, there is photographic proof); instead, even though he hails from Louisiana, that he didn’t know what organization it was.

BREAKING – Senate Committee Sets Vote for ENDA Set For July10th

ENDAThe Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled the markup for ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act)  two weeks to the day that the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

This will be first planned committee vote on the embattled bill in the Senate in more than a decade. The last time ENDA came up before committee was in the spring of 2002, under the committee leadership of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

All 12 Democrats on the committee are co-sponsors of the legislation, as is one of the 10 Republicans.

Said Heather Cronk co-director of GetEqual:

“We’re thrilled that Senator Harkin has scheduled a committee vote on ENDA for July 10, and we look forward to Majority Leader Reid keeping his promise to move swiftly on scheduling a full Senate vote on ENDA. We believe there’s no reason to keep LGBT Americans at risk of being fired simply because of who they are or who they love, so we will keep pressure on Senator Reid to call a vote soon.” (also, here’s the link to reid saying a vote would come “soon”:

“I look forward to taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act soon, to prohibit such job discrimination across the nation,”

ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994.

Similar legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974 when  Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced H.R. 14752, the “Equality Act”, which would have added sexual orientation to the protected classes specified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibited discrimination in employment and access to public accommodations and facilities.

In the early 1990s, gay rights organizations  decided to focus only on employment.

Rep. Gerry Studds introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on June 23, 1994

Mark Sanford Wins Back House Seat, South Carolina Condones Adultery, Opposes Gay Rights

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Looks like the good ole’ boy Republican network of South Carolina have done it again as serial adulterer Mark Sanford will be dusting off his hiking boots and hitting the trail back to Washington, DC and Congress.

Disgraced ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford won his bid for redemption on Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch for his old seat in Congress. Sanford, a Republican who admitted an extramarital affair in 2009, was ready to quit politics for good if he was not victorious in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He will replace Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate.

The former governor — once a rising GOP star considered presidential material — was an early favorite in the Republican district, which Mitt Romney carried by 18 percentage points in the 2012 election. But the revelation that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny, accused the candidate of trespassing at her home caused the National Republican Congressional Committee to withdraw its support in mid-April and gave Colbert Busch an opening.

ONLY in the GOP could someone be considered a “rising star” and “presidential material” whos a
proven liar.  adulterer.  and used public money to fund his sexcapades abroad.

As for the South Carolinians who voted for Polident Sanford, “Stupid is as stupid does” certainly seems to fit in this instance.

Run Mark Run!

 

Openly Gay Massachusetts State Rep Carl Sciortino Announces Run For U.S. House Seat

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Openly gay Massachusetts state Representative Carl Sciortino has announced that he will be running for the US Fifth Congressional House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Edward Markety, who is running for US Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who was recently appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.

Here is Sciortino’s full announcement:

MEDFORD, MA – Today, Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino (D – 34th Middlesex) announced his candidacy for the Commonwealth’s Fifth Congressional District.

“I am running to continue the strong progressive leadership that the families of the Fifth District have always counted on,” said Sciortino. “I look forward to bringing my record of accomplishment to Washington to fight for our progressive values.”

The Fifth Congressional District is currently represented by Rep. Edward Markey of Malden, the frontrunner in the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who was recently appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.

“I am proud to call Ed Markey my Congressman and I am dedicated to helping elect him as our next U.S. Senator,” said Rep. Sciortino. “His record on behalf of Massachusetts families – fighting for jobs, consumers’ rights, and a healthier environment— is the kind of leadership Massachusetts needs in the Senate and it is a record I look forward to continuing in Congress.”

A leading progressive voice, Rep. Sciortino was first elected in 2004, upsetting a 14-year incumbent at age 25. One of the Commonwealth’s seven openly-gay legislators, Sciortino is the leading voice for LGBT rights on Beacon Hill, championing the fight for marriage equality and co-authoring the 2011 Transgender Equal Rights Bill. In 2007, Sciortino co-authored the bill which created the 35-foot buffer zone that protects the entrances to women’s reproductive health centers. He has led the fight to close corporate tax loopholes and make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation.

Rep. Sciortino, a graduate of Tufts University, represents the 34th Middlesex District, including parts of Medford and Somerville. He resides in Medford with his fiancé. To learn more or get involved, visit www.carlforcongress.com.

Sciortino a progressive Democrat has been an advocate for a range of issues related to social and economic justice, including raising the minimum wage, closing corporate tax loopholes, passing Massachusetts’ landmark universal healthcare law, pushing for improvements in education & testing policies, and increasing access to public transportation.  He has received numerous distinctions for his work including being awarded as the “Best of the New” by Boston Globe Magazine and “Legislator of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers and the Mass Association of School Psychologists.

Sciortino has also served as Massachusetts State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network for two terms, and has been active in the Network since its inception in 2006.  Prior to serving in the legislature, Carl worked in the public health field in the area of HIV/AIDS research management.

Back2Stonewall endorses Carl Sciortino for Congress

After 38 Years ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Is Stalled In Congress Once Again

According to Rep. Jared Polis, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is once again stalled in Congress as it has been since 1994.  (LGBT History Lesson:  Similar gay and lesbian anti-discrimination  legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974.  (That is almost 39 years folks.)

“I hope to continue to increase the number of sponsors of ENDA in the next session. I am confident we will be able to do that. We still face opposition from Republican leadership, both in the committee and within the wider House, and their opposition makes it very unlikely that we will be able to bring it to the floor even if we’re able to get a majority of members to commit to support it.” – Rep. Jared Polis, confirming that ENDA has little chance of passage in the next Congress.

Perhaps R. Clarke Cooper and his Log Cabin Clubbers and the thoroughly disreputable fake hate crime producing GoProuders might wish to elaborate for the rest of us, why again LGBT people should be voting Republican?

The fact that ENDA struggles at all is completely insane. We are talking about a policy here that frequently polls at 70-80+% of Americans supporting it, and in fact that polls frequently show *most Americans believe to already be law*. This seems like something that could be used as a cudgel to beat the people blocking it with if it could advance enough for anyone to even be aware this is even a debate that’s HAPPENING.

As for Polis.  I realize that there is not much that he can do on the GOP side. (That is where Obama’s bully pulpit would have to come into place if he actually cared to and would learn to use it..)  BUT the fact that not 100 PERCENT of Democrats in the Seanate and in the House are on board for passing ENDA is shameful and the DNC should be exerting pressure and withholding campaign money from those Democrats who aren’t.

 

HRC States That Anti-Gay Politicians Made Gains in the 112th Congress – Is The HRC Doing Its Job?

According to the Human Rights Campaign’s latest Congressional Scorecard overall support in Congress for LGBT rights has decreased significantly over the past two years.

For the 112th Congress, the average score for members of the House of Representatives stands at 40 percent compared to 50.8 percent two years ago. Senators scored an average 35 percent compared to 57.3 percent two years ago.

Of coarse part of the drop in support for LGBT rights can be credited to Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections but is something else a foot here.

But is the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States doing its job and spending your contributions wisely?

HRC raises roughly between 25 and 35 million dollars a year.  Yet in political lobbying arena on Capitol Hill, HRC spends only between 1 -2 million dollars a year on  over 40 specific issues which not only covered LGBT issues but also on immigration reform and women’s rights issues.

To be fair HRC has spent much money in 2012 fighting for State Marriage ballot questions.  But in reality even if these do get passed are they not still  separate and not equal marraige laws as long as the Federal Government will not recognize them and give gay married couples the same benefits and respect as they so to opposite married couples while DOMA still stands?

According to HRC’s 2011 990 Tax Return  HRC spent over 20 million dollars on land, building and equipment costs, over 4.5 million in mortgages and notes, and almost 4 million in general salaries but spent only spent 1.7 million dollars lobbying on Capitol Hill for LGBT Equality.

In my opinion the Republican increase during the 2010 midterms is only partially to blame for our decreasing lack of LGBT support in Congress.

Its about time people see and understand what thier donations are really going to when they donate to the Human Rights Campaign.

Perhaps is more money was used on lobbying and less on swanky office space and bloated salaries we might be further along than we are today in our queast for equality.