A dozen Republican senators have introduced a bill that would bar the government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their religious beliefs, effectively giving individuals a 'license to discriminate' against LGBT couples
The proposed Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, authored by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah (pictured above with FRC's Tony Perkins), would allow organizations to refuse service or products to gay people simply by citing their religious beliefs. Lee believes that while President Obama promised to respect religious liberty in his statement on the Supreme Court's repeal of DOMA back in June, his administration may do otherwise. Washington Examiner reports:
Lee thinks federal officials could work around that promise by trying to revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that support traditional marriage.
"We need not just statements, but we need legislation to protect religious liberty from this kind of potential threat," he said during the interview.
Co-sponsor Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) echoed Lee's words, saying that the bill was a way to protect religious liberty and traditional values.
"Religious freedom is a foundational principle to our great nation, and it's something that Louisianians and folks across the country cherish - including millions of Americans, like myself, who support traditional marriage," he said. "But, for a number of reasons, this basic freedom is under attack by the current administration. This bill will protect groups from administrative attacks, such as additional hurdles with taxes or obtaining federal grants or contracts."
You may recall Sen. Vitter espousing his 'traditional values' back in 2007, when it was revealed that he had been involved in a high-profile prostitution ring in Washington D.C.
The legislation mirrors a the House version which was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) back in September.
Posted Dec. 12,2013 at 9:15 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy |
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The head of the United Nation's human rights division has denounced the Supreme Court of India's ruling re-criminalizing gay sex, saying the decision violates international human rights laws. RTT News reports:
"Criminalizing private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
The Supreme Court's decision, she added in a news release, represents "a significant step backwards for India and a blow for human rights."
Indian government officials have vowed to take action against the ruling.
Posted Dec. 12,2013 at 8:14 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in India, News, United Nations |
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Legendary TV icon Bob Newhart is set to headline an annual summit for the anti-LGBT Legatus Group, Jeremy Hooper reports for GLAAD.
Hooper notes a bit of the group's anti-gay history:
On November 1, 2012, Legatus magazine, the print publication of the conservative Catholic organization of the same name, listed five "non-negotiables" for voters about to head to the polls. Marriage equality (which the magazine labeled homosexual "marriage," smear quotes and all) was one of the five listed items, with the staff writer instructing Catholics "to avoid voting for candidates who endorse or promote policies that provide for any of these acts and to vote instead for those who promote policies in keeping with moral law." The phrase "intrinsic evil" was used seven times.
Although this organization's insistence that civil marriage equality is one of God's major unacceptables shouldn't come as a huge surprise, considering Legatus pushes the idea that homosexuality itself is a "disorder" from which one must be "cured." I'm not exaggerating when I say that. In a 2011 Legatus piece, Legate John Haas (whose family has close ties to the National Organization for Marriage, by the way) called for our "curing" in the clearest of language.
Also telling are the folks appearing with Newhart:
And get this: Newhart is scheduled to appear alongside such noted anti-LGBT figures as the Catholic League's Bill Donohue and Rick "man on dog" Santorum. Yeah, it's going to be that kind of a night. Why in Larry, Darryl, and my other brother Darryl's name would Mr. Newhart, legendary TV star and one of the most genuinely well-liked people to ever appear before a film camera, sign up for such a gig?!
GLAAD has reached out to Newhart's people "to let them know how, exactly, an appearance at this event will come across to LGBT people and allied voices."
Posted Dec. 12,2013 at 6:45 PM EST by Andy Towle in Bill Donohue, Bob Newhart, Catholic Church, News, Rick Santorum |
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Last month, two prominent "reparative therapy" groups, NARTH and Family Watch International, decided to put their discredited, half-witted minds together to create a documentary that would help explain their junk science in layman's terms.
In a statement on the release of the film, Family Watch International, which Right Wing Watch reports has ties to virulently anti-gay activism in Uganda, said that they produced the film to help "dispel the myths about homosexuality" that are pushed by "angry" and "intolerant" gay rights activists:
"...it is common for homosexual activists to get angry, attack and harass people who claim they have changed. They engage in what they call 'jamming' by harassing and discrediting anyone who claims they have changed in order to squelch their message. This is why two of the men in our documentary felt they needed to hide their identity. All of these men are very brave to tell their story."
RWW has also put together a short highlight reel from the film, "Understanding Same-Sex Attraction," which you can check out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Continue reading "NARTH and Family Watch International Debut New 'Ex-gay' Documentary - VIDEO"
Posted Dec. 12,2013 at 6:21 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in "Ex-Gays", News |
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Posted Dec. 12,2013 at 5:04 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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