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.
Florida Governor Rick Scott
Same-Sex Couples Shouldn't Get Married, But Don't Blame Me
A 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.
UK Pastor Sam Allberry
Same-Sex Couples Marrying are Like Gangs Robbing Banks
Although 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
South Carolina GOP Candidate Anthony Culler
Gay Couples are 'Bullies' and 'Gremlins' That Will 'Destroy Our Way of Life'
Republican 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.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Gay Marriage Bans Reduce Out-of-Wedlock Births
Texas 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.
Right-Wing Commentator Erick Erickson
'Fat Lesbians' are to Blame for Lack of Ebola Vaccine
If 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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