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GAY HISTORY MONTH – October 18: KKK Foiled In Gay Bar Bombing Plot, Georgia’s Sodomy Apology, and the US Navy’s Explosive Gay Frame-Up

 

October 18th.

1977:  Citizens United to Protect Our Children, an organization in Portland OR, announced they had failed to get enough signatures to get a recall election of Mayor Neil Goldschmidt after he declared Portland’s Gay Pride Day.

1990: Former Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell declared that he believed he made a mistake by voting to uphold Georgia’s sodomy laws in the 1986 Bowers v Hardwick case.

In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowers v. Hardwick to uphold Georgia’s sodomy law, and with it similar laws in twenty-five other states and the District of Columbia. It had been reported that Justice Powell had originally voted to strike down, but a few days later he changed his mind and became the deciding vote in the court’s 5-4 decision. His retirement the following year gave him plenty of time to think about what he had done. Four years after Bowers, Powell spoke before a group of law students at New York University where he was asked how he reconciled his vote in Bowers, which limited the right to privacy, with his vote in Roe v. Wade, which extended a woman’s right to privacy to include whether she wanted to have an abortion. “I think I probably made a mistake on that one,” Powell said of his Bowers decision.

Powell later explained to a law journal, “I do think I was inconsistent in a general way with Roe. When I had the opportunity to reread the opinions a few months later, I thought the dissent had the better of the arguments.” But Powell refused to consider his deciding vote all that important. “I thought it was a frivolous case. I still think it was a frivolous case.” He considered his decision as “one of little or no importance,” because, he said, no one had actually been prosecuted for homosexual conduct.

1990:  Three white supremacists: Robert John Winslow, Stephen Nelson,, and Procter Baker were convicted of conspiring to blow up Neighbours Disco a gay bar in Boise, Idaho.

Robert John Winslow, a twenty-nine year old former infantryman from Laclede, Idaho had it all figured out. He used a towel spread out on a table top to represent the area around Seattle’s Neighbours Disco, a popular nightclub in the Capital Hill gayborhood, as he explained to Rico Valentino how it would all go down. They’d plant four bombs in the alley adjacent to Neighbours’ rear entrance. They’d paint them black and hide them in the shadows, on opposite sides of the alley. They could even use propane to create a “fireball effect.” Then someone would phone the bar with a bomb threat and everyone would evacuate out into the alley. “Fag burgers!” Winslow laughed. Why? Winslow said that homosexuals in America were threatening “white Christianity.” They also talked about bombing the Anti-Defamation League, cars owned by Jews, and businesses owned by blacks and Chinese.

They began planning the operation on April 20, 1990, during an Aryan Nation’s celebration of Hitler’s birthday, and now they were ready to do it. Winslow, Stephen Nelson, 35, and Procter Baker, 58, who had served as master of ceremonies for the birthday observance, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) at Hayden Lake, Idaho. But Valentino, a former professional wrestler, was a paid informant who had been working undercover for three years for the FBI. He wore a wire as Winslow laid out the plans. He also collected evidence at the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho. On May 12, 1990, Winslow and Nelson were arrested after driving with Valentino to Seattle. FBI agents trailed the van and arrested them in a motel parking lot near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Agents found pipe-bomb components, a .38-caliber pistol, a 12-gage shotgun and white-supremacist literature. Baker was arrested at his home in Coeur d’Alene. A search of his cabin in Kendrick turned up a partially assembled pipe bomb.

On October 18, 1990, Nelson, Winslow, and Baker were convicted of conspiracy and manufacturing and possessing pipe bombs. Nelson and Winslow were also found guilty of using interstate commerce in a conspiracy and possessing firearms during a violent crime. Winslow was sentenced to nine years, Nelson eight, and Baker to two years. The sentence was considered light: they had faced 20 to 25 years. But U.S. District Judge Harold Ryan rejected prosecutors contention that their actions amounted to “domestic terrorism,” and he also declined the government’s request to add time to the sentenced based on the intended victims.

1991: Admiral Frank B Kelso, chief of naval operations, announced that the explosion of the USS Iowa which killed forty-seven men had been proven not to have been caused by a wrongful intentional act and apologized to the family of Clayton Hartwig. Hartwig had been accused of intentionally causing the blast as an act of suicide following the break up of a homosexual affair. (It was NEVER proven that Hartwig was a was homosexual.)

On April 19, 1989 in the Number Two 16-inch gun turret aboard the USS Iowa exploded, killing 47 crewmen who were inside the turret. Iowa crewmen were ordered to remov the bodies, throw damaged equipment overboard and repaint the damaged turret the next day — all without taking photos or gathering any evidence. Investigators immediately set out the theory that Second Class Gunner’s Mate Clayton Hartwig, was killed in the blast, had committed suicide by detonating the explosion after an alleged affair with another male soldier ended.  As far as the Navy was concerned, that explained everything and the case was closed.

But Congress and the general public weren’t satisfied. After mounting criticism, Navy Secretary J. Lawrence Garett III ordered the service to reopen the investigation and hand it over to independent investigators. During that investigation, a sample of gunpowder of the same type used on the USS Iowa exploded during a ram test, which simulated the process of raming bags of gunpowder into the gun during loading. With that, the original investigation, which was based on circumstantial evidence, also went up in smoke. The Navy was left with nothing to do but apologize. “For this, on behalf of the U.S. Navy, I extend my sincere regrets to the family,” said a statement from Adm. Frank Kekso, chief of naval operations. “The Navy will not imply that a deceased individual is to blame for his own death, or the death of others.” He also apologized to the other families of those who died because “such a long period has passed, and despite all efforts, no certain answers regarding the cause of this terrible tragedy can be found.”

 

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty To Brutal Murder Of Gay Man, Federal Hate Crime Charges Filed

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty To Brutal Murder Of Gay Man, Federal Hate Crime Charges Filed

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty To Brutal Murder Of Gay Man, Federal Hate Crime Charges Filed

Kelly Schneider, 23, faces a federal hate crime charge in the April 2016 death of Steven Nelson, who was lured by Schneider, Jayson C. Woods, Daniel A. Henkel and Kevin R. Tracy to a site near Lake Lowell in Idaho with a promise of sex for money.

Schneider, kicked him repeatedly with steel-toed boots, then stripped and robbed him in the pre-dawn darkness near Gott’s Point,leaving him to die prosecutors said.

The critically injured man walked, naked and without shoes, for about a half mile to reach a house and get help. He died several hours later at a hospital but was able to provide Canyon County sheriff’s investigators with detailed information that helped identify his attackers.

In court Monday, Schneider said he intended to rob Nelson but not kill him. He also admitted kicking the man repeatedly and acknowledged that his actions caused the man’s death, said Christ Topmiller, Canyon County’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor.

Schneider pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in state court on Jan. 23. two days later, in district court, Schneider pleaded not guilty to the charge of a hate crime, a federal offense.

Nelson was a Boise State University employee and local actor whose murder provoked outcry from LGBT advocates across the state. It also drew attention to Idaho’s glaring lack of legal protections for LGBT people. In the Gem State, no law prohibits employment, public accommodations or housing discrimination against people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, nor does its malicious harassment law does cover crimes motivated by victims’ LGBT status.

Schneider faces up to life in prison when sentenced March 20 in 3rd District Court. Prosecutors can recommend a fixed sentence as high as 28 years before parole eligibility, and the defense can ask for as little as 10 years,

#JusticeForSteven

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Gay Idaho Man Brutally Beaten To Death After Responding to Male Escort Ad – VIDEO

hate crimes again

This week while LGBT media has been busy reporting such important stories as Give Elsa From Frozen A Girlfriend and Caitlyn Jenner To Pose Naked In Sports Illustrated a story out of Idaho has gone widely underreported of a gay man who was brutally beaten to death in Nampa, Idaho after responding to a male “escort” ad.

Steven Nelson a 49 year old Idaho man was brutally beaten to death by four men after he responded to an online escort ad posted by one of his attackers.

Via The Idaho Press-Tribune:

Nelson had responded to an ad in the male escort section of the website Backpage that later turned out to be only a ploy, according to police.

The ad showed a heavily tattooed man with his face covered. The tattoos later helped identify Kelly Schneider, the suspected primary perpetrator. Nelson met Schneider at the Wal-Mart at Roosevelt Avenue and Middleton Road in Nampa and drove him to Gotts Point, where Nelson requested sex from Schneider in exchange for money, according to probable cause affidavits.

Another man later arrived at Gotts Point with what Nelson told police was a rifle. Two others also showed up and attacked him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothes and wallet, according to the court documents. The men took Nelson’s car and left him naked and alone to die.

Kelly Schneider, Jayson Woods and Kevin Tracy, all of Nampa, and Daniel Henkel, of Wilder, all appeared in court Monday on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and other charges in connection to Nelson’s death.

According to court documents, Tracy told investigators that Schneider kicked the victim about 30 times while he was on the ground. The suspect told police Nelson begged them not to kill him, and offered Schneider his credit cards and PIN number if they let him go.

Nelson, who had broken ribs and was bleeding from the ear, staggered to a nearby home, where residents called 911. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest a few hours later.

The victim was able to tell police what happened and described the man shown in the Backpage ad before his death.

Police are asking that anyone with any knowledge about the four attackers to contact them and believe that they carried out attacks like this before.

“I’m not interested in the solicitation of sex side, right? I’m interested in the victimization they’ve received when they made those calls or made those arrangements. That’s what we’re interested in. We’re interested in taking those people into custody that are victimizing who they see as easy prey.” said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue,

Watch the horrifying news report below.

 

Idaho GOP House Votes To Impeach Any Federal Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage, Which They Can’t.

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Friday the Republican controlled Idaho House  fo Representatives which has obviously never taken a basic civics lesson has never has nothing else to do approved a resolution calling for the impeachment of any federal judge that rules in favor of same-sex marriage

“I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was the author and sponsor of the measure. “You can’t say an immoral behavior according to God’s word, what we’ve all been taught since the beginning, is something that’s just, and that’s really kinda what this is all about,” he told the House. “We’d better uphold Christian morals. As an example, how about fornication, adultery and other issues.” There was bipartisan opposition, with 11 Republicans joining all 14 House Democrats in opposing HJM 4. Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, spoke out in favor of the bill. “The thing that bothers me is that a small group of judges are ignoring the will of the people from several states,” Andrus said.

Alabama! You’ve been served! It’s a hate-off!

But honestly those Idaho House Reps have mashed potatoes for brians because any 7th grader knows that State legislatures CANNOT impeach FEDERAL judges. Any impeachment of federal official is done by congress as a result of crimes committed in office, not by what some think are unpopular decisions.

Idiots everywhere.

Let’s Make It 32! – Ninth Circuit Court Strikes Down Marriage Bans In Nevada & Idaho!

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Press release from the  National Center for Lesbian Rights.

“Today’s decision, written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, holds that “Idaho and Nevada’s marriage laws, by preventing same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere, impose profound legal, financial, social and psychic harms on numerous citizens of those states.” The decision further states: “Classifying some families, and especially their children, as of lesser value should be repugnant to all those in this nation who profess to believe in ‘family values.’ In any event, Idaho and Nevada’s asserted preference for opposite-sex parents does not, under heightened scrutiny, come close to justifying unequal treatment on the basis of sexual orientation.”

The Idaho case was brought in November 2013 by four same-sex couples: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson. The couples are represented by Idaho attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham of Ferguson Durham LLP and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). On September 8th, Ferguson argued before Ninth Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Marsha S. Berzon, and Ronald M. Gould that Idaho’s laws that ban marriage equality and prohibit the state from respecting the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Idaho case was consolidated for purposes of the decision with Sevcik v. Sandoval, a case challenging Nevada’s marriage ban brought by same-sex couples represented by Lambda Legal.”

Read the ruling HERE

I would like to make something clear here.  All of this is because of Edith Windsor.  HER case in the Supreme Court made the difference.  Chad Griffin, Prop 8, HRC, Freedom to Marry, and others cannot and should not try to take or be given any credit for this.  It all belongs to Edith Windsor.

Idaho Bill Would Allow Fireman, Doctors and Cops To Refuse LGBT’s Services On Religious Grounds

Rotten Idaho

Idaho Senate GOP Rep. Lynn Luker outlined a proposal Tuesday backed by his conservative Christian allies to shield religious people from the threat of losing their professional licenses for refusing service or employment to anyone they conclude violates their religious beliefs.

“This is pre-emptive,” said Luker, a Boise Republican. “The issue is coming, whether it’s 10 years, or 15 years, or two years.”

Idaho requires professional licenses for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, attorneys, social workers, firefighters, police officers, real estate agents, and insurance providers.

He cited efforts by LGBT activists in other states to end discrimination against them – including two cases where same-sex couples in Oregon and New Mexico were denied service at a bakery for their wedding cake or wedding photographs – as his motivation to act quickly in Idaho.

Unlike those two states, Idaho’s Human Rights Act offers no protections for LGBT people, and Republican lawmakers have resisted efforts to include them.

The Cornerstone Family Council who is associated with Focus on the Family is backing Luker’s proposal, which is now awaiting a full hearing, to prevent the state from passing laws to block people from “living out their faith.”

“The free expression of religious freedom is no longer understood for what it was intended,” said Julie Lynde, executive director of  Cornerstone. “There’s a double standard against people of traditional religious faiths.”

If Luker’s proposal is passed into law, it would prevent the bureau or boards from revoking the license of any professional who declined “to provide or participate in providing any service that violates the person’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

However, Luker noted, emergency personnel couldn’t refuse to treat someone and does not authorize the “the intentional infliction of emotional or physical injury.”

He also added that the measure protects only an individual’s license, and that employers would not be prohibited from firing workers who violated workplace policies.

A spokeswoman for the state’s American Civil Liberties Union said she couldn’t think of any previous issues this bill would address.

“This is a solution searching for a problem,” said Monica Hopkins, executive director of ACLU of Idaho.

Can’t wait until they usher in Sharia law in Idaho. In for a penny, in for a pound.

Send more Lions!

Source:  Raw Story

43 Arrested at Idaho State House for Demanding LGBT’s Be Added To The Idaho Human Rights Act‏

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Police have arrested 43 gay rights activists, after saying their protest blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours demanding protections for LGBT individuals. .

Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature’s first openly gay lawmaker and an organizer of the protest, had said the group would block the entrances until lawmakers agreed to take up a bill adding protections for gay and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

If lawmakers “get a bill through committee, we would let them in to do their work,” said LeFavour, before she and the others were arrested.

The arrests began after Senate President Pro Tem Republican Brent Hill attempted to enter the chamber about 11 a.m. but was blocked

“We respect your right to protest, but we also have the right to do the job people elected us to do,” Hill told the protestors, adding it was “irresponsible” of demonstrators to block the hearing room. “Those are the chambers, and they belong to all the people, not just this group.”

The demonstrators wore “Add the Words Idaho” T-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands, a symbolic gesture intended to call attention to a bill adding workplace and housing protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to state law.

Hill, Rand other Idaho Republicans have blocked passage of such a proposal for eight years.

Hill said he sought to avoid a confrontation by telling his members to remain outside the chambers until the protesters had vacated the entrances.

Protesters, who ranged from high school age to their 60s, said they wanted to make a point.

 

Thousands of Anti-Gay Orthodox Fascists Attack LGBT Activists In Georgia – Video

 

In what can only be describes as a medieval scene of violence a raging mob of thousands of anti-gay fascists led by orthodox priests in Tbilisi, Georgia descended upon a downtown rally designed to commemorate the May 17 International Day against Homophobia attacking LGBT participants and screaming. “Kill them! Tear them to pieces!” in the Georgian capital’s central Freedom Square.

The crowd consisting of mostly young men and  orthodox priests — stormed through police barricades  armed with stones, poles and other weapons,.

Tbilisi Police managed to get most of the LGBT activists into municipal buses, before angry protesters surrounded the vehicles threw stones and followed the buses as they pushed their way out of the square.

Some LGBT activist managed to seek  asylum in a grocery store and police managed to fight off the mob that tried to break into the shop. While outside the square, a mob tried to storm a house, where several gay rights activists had sought refuge.

Few bystanders said or did anything to help the LGBT activists for fear of being targets but a few did speak out.

“Look at yourselves! You call yourselves Christians?” objected one elderly woman in tears, speaking from a balcony. “Go ahead, kill everyone you are told to hate in the name of God and national values.”

The anti-gay protesters had been spurred on by a statement issued by the head of the Georgian Orthodox church, Patriarch Ilia II, who compared homosexuality to a disease and called on the city mayor to ban the march..

Government officials from both the ruling Georgian Dream and President Mikheil Saakashvili’s minority National Movement condemned the violence and blamed each other’s policies for it.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili had promised protection for the anti-homophobia march,

“There are people who can’t accept this, but we will do everything to protect the rights of any minority. That is what is going to happen in this case,” he said.

Afterwards, he said that the perpetrators of violence would be dealt with, and defended the action taken by the police. He said more than 2,000 police had been deployed to prevent trouble, but they were “overwhelmed” by several thousand anti-gay demonstrators.

Aleko Tskitishvili, director of the Human Rights Centre in Tbilisi, told reporters that “All those who are to blame for this tragedy must be identified and punished. Neither the priest’s cassock, nor the king’s crown nor the presidential chair should guarantee impunity.”

At least 17 people including journalist ere injured.

The BBC reports:

Disgraced GOP Senator Larry Craig Claims Trip To Airport Bathroom Where Arrest Took Place Was ‘Official Business”

Facing a federal election lawsuit against him and trying to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds the Federal Election Commission claims he misused, disgraced ex-Senator and notorious tea-room queen Larry *tap tap tap* Craig is claiming that his infamous June 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in him being busted in a gay sex-sting arrest was part of Senate a“official business”.

The FEC is suing Craig claiming that he converted the campaign money to personal use by spending it on his legal defense after he was arrested of soliciting sex in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom. The commission argues Craig’s defense had no connection to his campaign for federal office.

Craig counters that money tied to his airport bathroom trip was for neither personal use nor his campaign, but fell under his official, reimbursable duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and the nation’s capital for work. Craig is citing a U.S. Senate rule in which allows a reimbursable per diem expenses which includes all charges for meals, lodging, hotel fans, cleaning, pressing of clothing – and of course being arrested in bathrooms looking for sex.

Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator’s use of a bathroom while on official travel,” wrote Andrew Herman, Craig’s lawyer in Washington, D.C., in documents filed Thursday.

Larry Craig and the GOP, SHAMELESS!

Larry Craig also endorsed  Mitt Romney for President.

Maybe that’s why Craig outsourced his gay bathroom sex to Minneapolis instead of having it in Washington D.C. like all the other closet case GOP members.

Idaho Restaurant Refuses To Sell Pepsi and MillerCoors Products: “LGBT Rights Just Ain’t Christian”

Oh the hilarity. (And stupidity)

The Waha Bar & Grill in locared in a small rural town in Idaho has decided to stand up for their “christian” convictions and no longer serve Pepsi or MillerCoors products because those companies have ‘ ties to the National Gay  and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and promote LGBT rights” and because “it just ain’t christian.”

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an entity that collects  money from major corporations to further promote policies for the gays,  lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and as Christians, we don’t support that,”  said owner Mike Fuller adding that he and  his wife  they would bring back the products if the  corporations changed their tune on LGBT rights.  (Because the loss of  $20 bucks a day is going to change PepsiCo’s mind.)

Surprisingly MillerCoors responded to the couple stating:

MillerCoors has a strong track record of supporting the diversity of our  employees as well as the communities in which we work and live. Due to the  diversity and breadth of our consumers and because we believe in supporting the  many communities we serve, we support myriad organizations across the country.  The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is one of many organizations we  are proud to support,”

In the meantime Mike and Mari Fuller state that they don’t care if they lose business over the boycott which is a not-so-brave stance from a business that’s located in some backwater homophobic rural community and that they will still continue to sell products from Coca-Cola and Budweiser.  Both of which incidentally also work with the NGLCC but Mike and Mari Fuller are just too stupid to realize it.

Watch the report below and laugh!