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Christian Love: Homemade Bomb Explodes In TARGET Woman’s Restroom in Evanston, Illinois

Homemade Bomb Explodes In TARGET Woman's Room in Evanston, Illinois

A  homemade bomb exploded in the women’s bathroom at a Target store in Evanston on Wednesday night , with officials investigating whether it’s connected to “Christian” protestors who have been harassing the company’s new policy allowing transgender people to use the bathroom and changing rooms  of their choice.

Via WGNtv.com

Commander Joe Dugan says no one was inside the bathroom when the small explosion happened a little after 4 o’clock. It caused minor damage and no one was injured. Early indications are that a plastic bottle was used but no projectiles like nails or tacks were inside it. Investigators are gathering evidence including examining store security camera video.

Target has been under attack recently for its stand on allowing people in the LGBT community to choose whichever bathroom they identify mostly with, either male or female, stating the company welcomes, “transgendered team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Supposedly 700,000 people signed an online petition promising to boycott Target, shareholders meeting have been crashed by extremist religious leaders, and “Christian” protestors (aka Street Screechers) have protested individual stores using bullhorns denouncing Target and LGBT community in the name of God.

H/T Back2Stonewall.com follower David John Fleck

GOP Tweets & Deletes Disgusting Comment Against Dem Disabled Vet Tammy Duckworth Who Is Running for Congress

GOP Duckworth Tweet

Politico reports:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted Tuesday that Illinois Senate Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs while serving in the Iraq War, “has a sad record of not standing up for our veterans.” Her campaign shot back immediately, calling the tweet “tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign.”

In November 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Blackhawk helicopter that Duckworth was piloting. She wrote in an essay for POLITICO Magazine in August 2015 that her “right leg was vaporized.” “My left leg was crushed and shredded against the instrument panel,” she wrote. “My pilot in command miraculously brought down the helicopter safely. I went from being the most senior member on board to the weakest.”

No honor, no shame. Shows exactly just how much respect the Republicans have for soldiers and combat veterans: ZERO.

Terminally Ill LGBT Activist To Marry Her Partner Before Law Goes Into Effect In Illinois

Vernita Gray

An Illinois judge has ruled that terminally ill Chicago LGBT rights activist Vernita Gray may marry her partner before the same-sex marriage law goes into effect next summer.

County Clerk David Orr said he will comply with the court’s order, handed down Monday by Judge Thomas Durkin. A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray has bone and brain cancer and is not expected to live until Illinois’ gay marriage law goes into effect June 1. Camilla Taylor of the gay rights group Lambda Legal says Gray wishes to marry the woman she loves before she dies. Orr says his office will expedite a marriage license to Gray and Taylor, adding it’s a service already granted to heterosexual couples in similar situations.

I was stunned, and I’m still stunned,” said Vernita Gray, who suffers from bone and brain cancer. “It’s like Christmas, my birthday, the tooth fairy all rolled into one.”

Congratulations and best of luck and love Vernita.

 

“Porno Pete” LaBarbera The ONLY Protestor As IL Governor Prepares To Sign Gay Marriage Law

Porno Pete LaBarbera Army of One

Today as Governor Pat Quinn prepared to sign same-sex marriage into law in Illinois, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality waged a one man protest outside the Illinois State House because no one else showed up to protest!

Oh bitter!  Table fort one?

Oh well sucks to be him and its HYSTERICAL for us!

Everyone join in for Porno Pete!

“One is the loneliest number that you ever knew….” BWAHAHAHA!

 

In The Chicago Illinois Area? PROTEST “Porno Pete” LaBarbera and AFTAH Saturday Night!

Protest AFTAH!

The Gay Liberation Network will protest on Saturday outside the annual fundraising banquet for Porno Pete LaBarbera’s one man dog and pony show of a hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, and YOU are invited to join in if you are in the area!

From the protest’s Facebook event page:

Just like the Illinois Family Institute, American for Truth About Homosexuality has also spread lies to attack the rights of the LGBTQ community; the group has accused gay people of being pedophiles as well as murderers who are responsible for the AIDS crisis. The group has also pushed propaganda claiming that the gay rights movement has led to totalitarianism. Groups like the Illinois Family Institute and American For Truth About Homosexuality who continue to attack teachers and public education because they think that teachers are “brain-washing” children to support the “homosexual agenda.”

So go! Have fun! Bring Pete some of his favorite leather magazines.

Put “Porno Pete” in his place once for all and show him that we aren’t going to put up with his bullshit anymore.

Let Dan Savage teach you more about “Porno Pete” LaBarbera – Watch the video below! (And I swear I didn’t know that Back2Stonewall.com was in it.)

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber, Brian Brown and “Porno Pete” LaBarbera Are ILL Over Illinois

Brian Brown

 

Porno Pete LaBarbera speaks to the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow (The only gig he can get) about the crushing blow to anti-gay bigots everywhere after the news was the released that the state of Illinois had passed same-sex marriage

“It’s very sad to see the Land of Lincoln now on the verge of officially defying God with our marriage laws. No matter what happens through the law or what politicians do, two men will never really be married, nor will two women. Marriage is one man, one woman. Sadly, as this state, and increasingly the country, kicks God to the curb, we’re setting up all sorts of new-fangled legal arrangements – and that’s exactly what homosexual so-called marriage is. It will now be easier in schools to propagandize in favor of so-called homosexual marriage.” 

National Organization for Marriage hate group leader and 500k a year con-thing Brian Brown sent this whinefest out via press release: (And no, he did not send any cheese.  Maggie gallagher ate it all)

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that the House has voted to redefine marriage. The losers will be the people of Illinois who will see that redefining marriage will unleash a torrent of harassment toward those who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Once the law goes into effect in June of next year, we will see individuals, businesses and religious groups sued, fined, brought up on charges of discrimination and punished simply for holding true to the traditional view of marriage. The legislation that has been adopted contains no meaningful protections for religious liberty. We will see a torrent of actions aimed at people of faith and religious groups. All we need to do is recall the words of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel when Chick-fil-A’s CEO expressed his support for true marriage. Emanuel pledged that businesses like that would not be allowed to operate in Chicago.”

Ahhhhhh. I love the sound of whining loser delusional religious extremist bigots in the morning.

And Porno Pete LIVES in Illinois too.  Wonder who she’ll marry?

Oh wait beastility isn’t legal in that state.

ExxonMobile Extends Benefits To Gay Married Couples, But Still Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

Exxon

Notorious for denying benefits to the partners of its gay and lesbian employees, even stripping those benefits that had offered by Mobil when it subsumed that company in an acquisition, will now be extending the same benefits to all married employees.

AP reports:

The company says it will recognize “all legal marriages” when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company’s 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S. That means if a gay employee has been married in a state or country where gay marriage is legal, his or her spouse will be eligible for benefits with the company starting next year.

Despite this extension of benefits to same sex married couples ExxonMobil  still faces a major anti-gay discrimination lawsuit in Illinois for it’s hiring practices.

Tico Almeida, the founder and president of that group, Freedom to Work, cheered Friday’s announcement – sort of.

“After years of stubbornly refusing, we commend Exxon for joining the majority of the Fortune 500 business leaders that already treat gay and lesbian married couples equally under employee benefit plans. It’s a shame Exxon waited until after the Labor Department issued official guidance explaining that their old policy does not comply with American law, and now it’s time to move forward.

We’d like to begin settlement talks next week in our Illinois lawsuit stemming from evidence that Exxon gave hiring preference to a less qualified straight applicant over a more qualified lesbian applicant. It’s time for Exxon to stop wasting its shareholders’ money by running up legal bills on discrimination proceedings that can be settled right away if the corporation would simply add LGBT protections to Exxon’s official equal employment opportunity document.”

SNAP!

Illinois Same Sex Marriage Bill MIGHT NOT Be Dead After All – Deadline Extended

Gay kiss

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) acted quickly and quietly on Friday night before the House adjourned was able to get the Illinois same-sex marriage bill  deadline date for approval extended until August 31.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) told a packed House chamber on Friday evening that he had to put off a vote on the proposal until November. However, were Governor Pat Quinn to call lawmakers back to Springfield in the summer for a special session to address pension reform, which also was left without resolution, he could include Senate Bill 10 in a special session proclamation.

If Quinn declines to include marriage equality in any order to lawmakers to return to Springfield, Madigan could call a House special session of his own at the same time to take up the legislation, an insider noted.

A deadline extension by itself resolves none of the political problems associated with the bill’s opponents, or the current bickering within the LGBT community about exactly whose fault it was that the bill failed.  But it may get LGBT advocates to stop the current “blame game” they are playing now and give them an incentive to  lobby hard and resolve their issues before the summer’s end.

There’s still a chance.

 

Delaware Becomes The 11th State To Pass Marriage Equality!

Gay-Wedding-Rings

The gay civil rights movement continues to gain momentum as Delaware becomes the 11th state in our country to pass a law allowing same sex marriage. This was done at what seems like record speed as it appeared to only be in the beginning stages and faced a potentially drawn out battle from those opposing the bill. But quick and persistent action combined with the passage of same sex marriage in Rhode Island just last week propelled the bill further along than expected, albeit a very welcomed turnout. Here’s more:

The marriage bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 12 to 9 Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a great day in Delaware,” said Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, who signed it within minutes of passage before an overjoyed crowd of activists. “I am signing this bill now because I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer.”

Same-sex couples will be eligible for marriage licenses on July 1.

Delaware adopted same-sex marriage just five days after a similar decision in Rhode Island and after ballot-box victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington.

During three hours of emotional debate before the vote Tuesday, State Senator Karen Peterson, a Democrat, said she had lived with a female partner for 24 years, and she challenged opponents of extending marriage to gay couples. “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, then you need to work on your marriage,” she said, eliciting cheers and laughter.

A Republican opponent of the bill, Senator Greg Lavelle, said before the vote, “We won’t fully understand the impact of this legislation for years to come.” Mr. Lavelle, the minority whip, said it was “strange” to “have to defend traditional marriage that we have known for thousands of years.”

In Maine, Maryland and Washington in November, same-sex marriage won in state referendums for the first time. In eight other states, now including Delaware, and in the District of Columbia it has been adopted by legislatures or required by court decisions.

Public opinion on the issue is shifting quickly, with polls showing that a majority of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

“The momentum continues,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a New York-based advocacy group that aided the campaign in Delaware.

This win will inevitably draw attention to the efforts of LGBT advocates that are pushing bills in both Illinois and Minnesota that would allow same sex marriage. And adding another state may show the Supreme Court Justices who will be ruling on Prop 8 and DOMA this summer that they need to take into consideration the evolution and change this country is working towards.

Both Rhode Island And Delaware Make Advances For Marriage Equality

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The fight for marriage equality has heated up as not only one but two states advanced measures that would allow same sex marriage. First came the news that Rhode Island’s marriage equality bill had advanced past the Senate Judiciary committee:

Late this afternoon the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 to recommend S38, the marriage equality bill, to the full Senate. This move sets up Rhode Island to join the five other New England states in allowing for same-sex marriages. 
positions Rhode Island, the final holdout in New England, to pass marriage equality. This.

The vote on the full floor of the Senate will be tomorrow (Wednesday).

Then later on today came the news that Delaware is a step ahead of Rhode Island and had also made advances in a similar bill that would allow same sex couples the right to marry:

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in Delaware, barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

The measure cleared the House on a 23-to-18 vote and now goes to the Senate, where supporters and opponents expect another close vote.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Democrat-led legislature.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Markell, who met with supporters of the bill in his Legislative Hall office immediately after Tuesday’s vote, which saw five Democrats break ranks with their party and oppose the measure.

What does this mean? Well for one it is a great day to see that all the hard work of LGBT activists and advocates of equal rights is gaining momentum. And it shows that politicians and legislation is finally beginning to reflect the majority of the citizens of this country that support equal rights. In what could now be three states (Delaware, Rhode Island, and Illinois) that are all making advances in marriage equality legislation then we’d be up to 12 states (and the District of Columbia) that have marriage equality. My hope is that this will be taken into account during the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions from the Supreme Court in the next few months.