LGBTQ equality advocates are demanding officials in Gaston County reverse their decision to remove a photo showing two men recently engaged, kissing, from a museum exhibit. The photograph shows Justin Colasacco and his husband Bren Hipp kissing after Colasacco dropped to one knee and proposed in front of the crowd at the 2019 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. They married Oct. 4, 2020. County Manager Kim Eagle told Gaston County Museum staff to have the photographer submit a replacement picture “that would be more considerate of differing viewpoints in the community.”
In his General Conference address to the body of the Mormon Church, President Dallin H. Oaks reiterated the position of the Church’s anti-LGBT stance on same-sex marriage and “gender confusion” as outlined in a 1995 “revelation.”
“Our knowledge of God’s revealed plan of salvation requires us to oppose many of the current social and legal pressures to retreat from traditional marriage or to make changes that confuse or alter gender or homogenize the differences between men and women. We know that the relationships, identities, and functions of men and women are essential to accomplish God’s great plan.”
Oaks went on to talk about the opposition the Church faces when it stands firm on these social issues and of course “Satan” cane into the mix.
“Our positions on these fundamentals frequently provoke opposition to the Church. We consider that inevitable. Opposition is part of the plan, and Satan’s (the Adversary’s) most strenuous opposition is directed at whatever is most important to God’s plan. He seeks to destroy God’s work,” he said.
“He also seeks to confuse gender, to distort marriage, and to discourage childbearing—especially by parents who will raise children in truth,” Oaks said.
Although the Proclamation presents no new doctrines or policies, it provides an official statement of the church on gender and sex.
Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.
The family is ordained of God and central to God’s plan.
All human beings are created in the image of God.
As a beloved spirit son or daughter of Heavenly Parents, each person has a divine nature and destiny.
Gender is an essential characteristic of human identity before, during, and after life on Earth.
“In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan.”
“Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”
God will hold parents accountable for the way in which they fulfill responsibilities to their families.
“Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”
Items of counsel
God’s commandment to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.
Sexual relations are sacred and properly take place only between a man and a woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
Procreation is divinely appointed, and therefore life is sacred and an important part of God’s plan.
Parents have “a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”
Parents’ responsibilities toward their children include rearing them “in love and righteousness,” providing “for their physical and spiritual needs,” and teaching “them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens.”
Happiness and success come through following the teachings of Jesus and through “faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”
“By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.”
“Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.”
“Fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.”
Citizens and officers of government should “promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”
Those who commit adultery or “abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.”
Disintegration of the family will bring “calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”
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Intensely homophobic Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday filed a notice that he will be appealing the federal judge’s ruling that stopped implementation and enforcement of the state’s recently passed anti-LGBT religious exemption law House Bill 1523.
Bryant also filed papers Thursday asking the judge, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves, to put the preliminary injunction on hold during his appeal of the ruling.
The filings are signed by Bryant’s chief counsel, Drew Snyder, who entered a formal appearance as Bryant’s counsel on Thursday, after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, had said that his office was “inclined” to appeal the ruling. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on whether Hood’s a absence on Thursday was evidence that he had reached a decision not to appeal.
Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the law not only violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection provisions but also the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Below are the best lines from Judge Reeve’s ruling.
*In physics, every action has its equal and opposite reaction. In politics, every action has its predictable overreaction. Politicians reacted to the Hawaiian proceedings with DOMA and mini-DOMAs. Lawrence and Goodridge birthed the state constitutional amendments. And now Obergefell has led to HB 1523. The next chapter of this back-and-forth has begun.
*Nothing in the plaintiffs’ briefs, oral argument, or testimony indicates that they expect a favorable ruling to change the hearts and minds of Mississippians opposed to same-sex marriage, transgender equality, or sex before marriage. They simply ask the Court to enjoin the enforcement of a state law that both permits arbitrary discrimination based on those characteristics and endorses the majority’s favored religious beliefs.
*The title, text, and history of HB 1523 indicate that the bill was the State’s attempt to put LGBT citizens back in their place after Obergefell. The majority of Mississippians were granted special rights to not serve LGBT citizens, and were immunized from the consequences of their actions. LGBT Mississippians, in turn, were “put in a solitary class with respect to transactions and relations in both the private and governmental spheres” to symbolize their second-class status
Finally, religious freedom has its limits — when it harms others:
*The critical lesson is that religious accommodations must be considered in the context of their impact on others.
Looks like anti-gay hate “Pastor” Roger Jimenez who thinks all gays should be lined up and shot in the head and his crazy-assed Margret White wannabe followers of Sacramento’s Verity Baptist Church will be kicked to the curb in 2017 and have also been asked nicely to consider moving before then by the owners of the strip mall “church” that they lease.
The property management company and owner of the building in which Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez preside have decided not to renew the church’s lease, and have asked church officials to consider moving.
While Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the Northgate Business Park where the church is located, cannot legally evict the church under the terms of the lease, representatives of the property management company say they cannot tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
“We have many places of worship and other religious organizations in the properties we manage,” company officials stated in a press release. “Like all our tenants, their occupancy rights are protected in their leases.”
Officials said they have communicated their views to church officials, and while their lease does not expire until March 31, 2017, the property managers have asked them to consider moving out of the business park.
A little birdie has also told me that their PayPal account has been locked and closed also.
Prepare for the “Christian discrimination” bullshit in 3…..2…..1.
In Daphne, Alabama this week parents were shocked and appalled that some students at Daphne Middle School came home this week with anti-gay literature that was brought onto the bus and distributed by its driver.
The material, according to a Baldwin County School District spokesman, was photocopied out of a book speaking out against homosexuality. District spokesman Terry Wilhite said, in an email to AL.com, that administrators retrieved the copies, told the students the material was not sanctioned by the school nor the school system and that parents were notified. The bus driver, whose name was not released, was told the action was not acceptable, Wilhite said.
The matter was addressed by the school system’s human resources office, but Wilhite said there has not been a determination on what type of disciplinary action will take place.
Franklin Graham, the son of notorious televangelist Billy Graham attended this years Awakening Conference last week which is nothing more than a gathering of America’s most notorious and anti-gay religious extremist
Proving that this group of vicious homophobe “Christians” just hate gay people and care nothing about God, Graham Junior railed against pastors and churches for giving up on condemning homosexuality:
“Let me tell you something. A lot of pastors have quit preaching against homosexuality. You know why? I’ll tell you why. Because they are afraid that there may be some man or woman in the congregation whose son or daughter is gay.
“Don’t shut up, guys. You don’t shut up. If the people that are coming after you, ‘yak, yak, yak,’ and they want to run you out of church, then let them run you out of church. Go to another church, let them have that church. I’ll tell you what, God will bless you and he’ll honor you if you speak up and you tell the truth.
“There’s a battle to fight. And the battle, listen, it’s not against flesh and blood, all right? This is a spiritual battle. We’re fighting Satan and his demons and let me tell you something, they have got their way into government, they have got their way into every level of our government.”
The rotten hateful apple doesn’t fall from the tree.
Julia Volkova best known for being part of the Russian fake lesbian Russian musical t.A.T.u claims that men who are gay are “unmanly” and in a recent interview told a Russian TV station that she would condemn her son if he were gay, reports U.K. LGBT site PinkNews.
Volkova said she would accept a lesbian daughter, but would reject a gay son.
“I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man,” Volkova said, according to a translation posted on the video, which has since been removed from YouTube. “God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son.”
t.A.T.u. was a Russian music duo was managed by Russian television producer Ivan Shapovalov The group which fronted a fake lesbian persona, although Volkova now claims to be bisexual established their success with their debut single “All the Things She Said“, which gained acclaim from music journalists and critics, who deemed it one of the best singles in early 2000’s.
The anti-gay Christian law firm the Liberty Counsel which is affiliated with the late Jerry Falwell’s “Christian” Liberty University, has filed an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, which was struck down by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman back in March.
Among Liberty Counsel’s arguments include “not only is there no bodily good or function toward which two same-sex bodies can coordinate, but there are in fact inherent harms associated with same-sex unions.”
The brief continues:
The personal, social and financial costs of these homosexual-specific health problems concern not just those who engage in homosexual activity, but also the larger community of citizens who help provide services and who must bear part of the burdens imposed by the health challenges. It would be rational for the voters of Michigan to seek to minimize the deleterious effects of these conditions on public health, safety and welfare by affirming that marriage in Michigan remains the union of one man and one woman.
Think Progress reports that the brief goes on to highlight “a number of health concerns that are unique or specific to the LGBT community, including lower life expectancy, suicide, higher rates of substance abuse, depression, inadequate access to care, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, certain cancers, and eating disorders.”
Surprisingly not included are the many studies that link LGBT health inequities to the “discrimination and stigma against homosexuality” in many parts of the country.
It’s always good when Liberty Counsel gets involved. I don’t think they’ve ever won a case.
David and Jason Benham who have become the folk heroes du jour after Cliven Bundy for teabaggers and Religious Right, this week proved their “non-hate” of gay people by being guests on the Family Research Council anti-gay hate group’s radio program Washington Watch..
The Benham’s who’s Home and Garden TV network was dropped before it even began after Right Wing Watch reported on the anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Islam activism of the brothers. This week the Benham boys have clearly decided to make the most of their 15 minutes of fame, going from one talk show to the next to decry the “lies” that were told about them – without ever identifying those “lies” – to denounce efforts to “silence” them, and to declare their “love” for gay people culminating with an interview on white supremacist and anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkin’s radio show. Perkins, who has bemoaned “cultural elites” who want to “silence” and “bully” people like the Benhams, recently said that pro-gay-equality Christians don’t deserve the same legal protections as he does because “true religious freedom” applies only to those with religious views that align with those of the political Right.
If you have the stomach you can listen to the Benham Boys (aka. Those Most Likely To One Day To Make A Falcon Video Pak) as they discuss the latest on their ongoing martyrdom with Craig James, FRC’s Assistant to the President at the link provided HERE.(Tony Perkins was off that day presumably washing his “whites”.)
Fundamentalist “Christian” group Advance America have borrowed a few zombies from The Walking Dead and bought air time on televisions stations in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN and have begun running a set of ads intended to convince voters to oppose same-sex marriage in the state
Right Wing Watch reports:
The two ads, which the Indiana-based group Advance America says it is paying “several thousand dollars” to air, play ominous music over a picture of the state capitol in front of cloudy skies. One shows the members of state committee considering the ballot measure. In the other, the words “freedom” and “right to vote” float across the screen as actors say “let me vote.”