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Hall of Shame: The 25 Most Insane Homophobic Haters of the Month, Ranked

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It has been a little over a month since the Supreme Court decided not to hear the gay marriage cases before it - bringing marriage equality to 13 new states and thousands of same-sex couples across the nation (with more states on the way). We also received word yesterday of the Sixth Circuit upholding gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee which, while not good news on its own, opens the door for SCOTUS to take up the gay marriage question and decide the issue nationwide once and for all.  

With the public's spotlight so focused on LGBT issues this past month, a lot of crazy anti-gay bigots came crawling out of the woodwork to direct their anger at us for everything from the SCOTUS marriage decision to the ebola outbreak. Some of the comments were violent and incendiary. Others were just plain ridiculous. But all came from a mindset operating under the idea that LGBT people are somehow less deserving of equal rights and fair treatment. 

It's tough to rank these anti-LGBT morons, but we gave it our best shot.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott
Same-Sex Couples Shouldn't Get Married, But Don't Blame Me 

ScottA perfect example of a politician playing election-year politics with LGBT rights, Florida Gov. Rick Scott continues to hide his fight against marriage equality behind Attorney General Pam Bondi - claiming he "doesn't have a thing to do with" the state's fruitless efforts wasting taxpayer money defending the gay marriage ban. The absurd claim didn't sit well with Miami anchor Michael Putney, who lit into Scott on-air for his "appalling" refusal to take responsibility for preventing same-sex marriage. I guess if you're going to be a bigot, you should at least have the chutzpah to own up to it. 

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UK Pastor Sam Allberry
Same-Sex Couples Marrying are Like Gangs Robbing Banks

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 9.29.09 PMAlthough Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced "ex-gay" therapy at the denomination's conference on homosexuality last week, there were still plenty of speakers in attendance who, as Moore put it, "have lived in a gay and lesbian context." One such speaker was Sam Allberry, a self-described "conservative, reformed evangelical with same-sex attractions." Allberry posed the question "Isn't a same-sex partnership okay if it's faithful?" to the audience and responded in part with the following analogy: "Take a slightly silly example but imagine a gang of bank robbers. A particular member of that gang may display impeccable loyalty to his fellow gang members during the course of robbery. He may look out for them. He may protect them. He may make sure that everyone gets a fair share of the takings. But none of this in any way lessens the immorality of the act itself. Just because he's a loyal thief, doesn't make his thievery right." Oy

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South Carolina GOP Candidate Anthony Culler
Gay Couples are 'Bullies' and 'Gremlins' That Will 'Destroy Our Way of Life'

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 4.11.11 PMRepublican Party candidate for South Carolina's 6th congressional district Anthony P. Culler took to Facebook last week to voice his displeasure with the Supreme Court gay marriage decision and the LGBT "bullies" who were infecting the nation with the "pestilence" of marriage equality. Wrote Culler, "Do not buy the "cuteness" and "What will it hurt?" arguments whispered in your ears and marketed to our children. Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life." Culler later lost his race.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott 
Gay Marriage Bans Reduce Out-of-Wedlock Births

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 9.53.23 PMTexas AG (and newly elected governor) Greg Abbott was really scraping the bottom of the anti-gay barrell last month trying to find legally justifiable reasons for why the state's gay marriage ban should be upheld. In a brief filed to the Fifth Circuit, Abbott asserted the ban should remain in place because preventing gays from marrying somehow reduces the number of out-of-wedlock births. According to Abbott, this somehow fulfilled the "rational basis" review of Texas' gay marriage ban. 

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Right-Wing Commentator Erick Erickson
'Fat Lesbians' are to Blame for Lack of Ebola Vaccine

EricksonIf you ever wondered what Christmas Story schoolyard bully Scut Farkus would act like all grown up, look no further than right-wing commentator Erick Erickson. In a post over at the conservative rag RedState, Erickson said that instead of blaming GOP-led budget cuts for contributing to the CDC's hampered ability to handle the ebola outbreak, people should instead be directing the blame at "fat lesbians." This because the National Institute of Health conducted a study on the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity. 

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'American Horror Story' Recruits Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka For 'Freak Show'

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Neil Patrick Harris is a very busy man.

He wrapped his Tony Award-winning turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch over the summer, was just announced as the host of next year's Academy Awards and can be currently seen in David Fincher's Gone Girl.

On top of that crowded schedule, he's now been confirmed to make an appearance on two upcoming episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show. But this time, he's bringing husband David Burtka along with him.

TVLine reports:

Harris will appear in Freak Show‘s 11th and 12th episodes as a chameleon salesman, while Burtka will turn up in the season finale (Episode 13) in what I’m told is a sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse. Earlier this month, Horror Story puppetmaster Ryan Murphy — who invited AHS super-fan (and good friend) NPH on the show via Twitter back in August — told TVLine of Harris’ forthcoming Freak Show stint: “He had very specific ideas for what he wanted to do, and I had very specific ideas, so we’re working on melding those.” Murphy and Harris’ previous collaboration — a Season 1 episode of Glee — netted the How I Met Your Mother actor an Emmy for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Look for their episodes of the FX series to air in January 2015.

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Anti-Gay Sen. Jim DeMint Resigning To Run The Heritage Foundation

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In a move that's surprising for a career politicians but makes perfect sense for an unwavering ideologue, Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is stepping down in January to take the helm as president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that spends its $80 million annual budget fighting everything from raising taxes to marriage equality to giving ex-convicts the right to vote.

The Wall Street Journal reports that DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a successor who will then run on their own during a special 2014 election.

DeMint, a former US Rep. elected to the Senate in 2004 and reelected during the Tea Party surge of 2010, has made homophobia a hallmark of his Senate career: he has consistently said gay marriage will destroy society and even went so far as to say that gay people and single women shouldn't be teachers, a remark he lated defended


Did Mitt Romney's Campaign Try To Silence Richard Grenell?

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Richard Grenell claimed that he resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign because of the "hyper-partisan" debate about his homosexuality. Andrew Sullivan now reports, however, that Grenell may have been frustrated by the reaction within Romney's camp to the controversy, particularly how Romney campaign staffers tried to "silence" him.

According to Sullivan's sources, Romney's campaign asked Grenell, the candidate's foreign policy advisor, to stay silent on a conference calls with reporters about Romney's international policy. Apparently reporters wondered why Grenell was not on a call he coordinated. He was, however, on the call, but had been told not to speak out, up or otherwise make his presence known. Grenell, Sullivan writes, had been "muzzled."

Sources close to Grenell say that he was specifically told by those high up in the Romney campaign to stay silent on the call, even while he was on it. And this was not the only time he had been instructed to shut up. Their response to the far right fooferaw was simply to go silent, to keep Grenell off-stage and mute, and to wait till the storm passed.

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A couple other thoughts... If all gay Republicans who support marriage equality are banned even from speaking on other topics entirely (like Iran or Afghanistan, where Grenell is a fire-breather), who's left? The answer, I'm afraid, is no one. Grenell was prepared to stay silent on gay issues entirely and do his job. But that wasn't enough. Romney's anti-gay agenda is therefore deeper and more extreme than Bush's.

One has to wonder what Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, who yesterday claimed Romney is against "intolerance," will have to say about this.


NEWS: The Debate, The Rescue, And Various Superstitions

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Road Are you scientifically literate?

Road Iran says "thank you" to US for rescuing sailors from pirates.

Road "It's the sex, stupid!" -- why the GOP is more anti-sex by the day:

Even as we increasingly disown notions of procreative marital sex as the only legitimate form of sexual experience, “the public policy around sexuality is getting more conservative, more draconian,” aside from tremendous progress within the gay rights movement, says Klein. “That schizophrenia has been in evidence since the day that George Bush took office — you could even say since the day that Bill Clinton was impeached.”

... It’s a backlash that Cohen refers to in her book as “the sexual counterrevolution.”

Road Some NH cafes banning candidates.

Road How much Tim Cook is making, and other depressing numbers.

Road Belated happy birthday to David Bowie. 65! Whoodathunkit?

Road This girl really didn't want to write a paper about OWS.

Road We are a primitive, primitive speies. Parisian boy killed for witchcraft:

... Mr. Bikubi had accused the boy and two of his siblings of witchcraft, the court heard.

All three were beaten and other children were forced to join in the attacks. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi's attention, the prosecution said.

The teenager was said to be in such pain after days of being hit with an "armoury of weapons" including sticks, pliers, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said: "Eventually Bikubi took him into the bathroom, put him in the bath and started to run the water.

"Kristy was just too badly injured and exhausted to resist or to keep his head above the water."

Road Actual questions from third graders' homework:

Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?

If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?

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Road No more degrees in homeopathy from British universities. Other "non-evidence-based medicines" are on the chopping block, too.

Road WATCH adorable Swedish children talk about God, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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DNC Chair Tim Kaine Running for Senate in Virginia

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced his run for U.S. Senate in a web video posted today.

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Politico reports:

Though Kaine’s departure from the DNC for a Senate bid has been on the horizon for nearly two months, the search for his replacement is still up in the air. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are said to be in the running for the job, but the party might choose a less conventional candidate, sources told POLITICO.

Republicans have made clear that they intend to frame Kaine as an insider who for the last two years as DNC chair has been a dutiful lapdog to President Barack Obama.

DailyKos adds:

Polling has shown Kaine in a dead heat with ex-Sen. George Allen, the likely GOP nominee. Allen could potentially get derailed by teabaggers, but a recent PPP survey showed him performing strongly in a hypothetical Republican primary.

As for the Dem side, ex-Rep. Tom Perriello, generally seen as the main alternative to Kaine, previously said he wouldn't run if Kaine did, so count him out. But Rep. Bobby Scott said just the other day that he's still thinking about seeking the Dem nomination, and he intimated that Kaine's decision wouldn't affect his.

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