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AFA's Bryan Fischer, HRC's Joe Solmonese, and LCR's R. Clarke Cooper Respond to Grenell Resignation: VIDEO


AFA spokeshater Bryan Fischer was giddy with excitement today over the resignation of gay Romney spokesman Richard Grenell, Right Wing Watch reports, calling it a "huge win" for the "pro-family" community .


LGBT groups are reacting as well.

SolmoneseHRC President Joe Solmonese released a statement:

"From the moment Richard Grennell signed on as Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman, he faced a torrent of unfounded criticism from the far right. Not once did the Romney campaign condemn these attacks and support Grennell. Mitt Romney capitulating to the demands of extremist anti-gay groups is nothing new. He has donated to the rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and the Massachusetts Family Institute. He has even signed a NOM vow that binds him to appoint only anti-gay judges and establish a McCarthy-era commission to investigate the activities of those who support LGBT equality. The fact that Grennell is gone so quickly after a right-wing uproar is a troubling harbinger of the kind of power that anti-gay forces would have in a Romney White House."

CooperAnd R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director:

“Ric made the choice that he feels is best for the Romney campaign, and I respect his decision. It is unfortunate that while the Romney campaign made it clear that Grenell being an openly gay man was a non-issue for the governor and his team, the hyper-partisan discussion of issues unrelated to Ric's national security qualifications threatened to compromise his effectiveness on the campaign trail. As a Bush Administration colleague of Ric, I can attest to his experience and qualifications in the national security portfolio. Ric was essentially hounded by the far right and far left. The Romney campaign has lost a well-known advocate of conservative ideas and a talented spokesman, and I am certain he will remain an active voice for a confident U.S. foreign policy.”

Posted May. 1,2012 at 6:40 PM EST by in 2012 Election, American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, Log Cabin Republicans, News, Richard Grenell | Permalink | Comments (25)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1115

ANIMALS: Out gay National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski stops by The Wendy Williams Show.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume with the latest from Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina.

LITTLE BOOTS: Every Night I Say a Prayer.

BRAD: Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm.

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Posted May. 1,2012 at 5:50 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)

News: Titanic, Jake Gyllenhaal, Air France 447, VAWA, Exxon

RoadChurch's banner opposing Amendment One stolen.

RoadGay Seattle news anchor Eric Slocum takes his own life.

RoadWashington Blade pressures Facebook co-founder and North Carolina native Chris Hughes over claims of financial commitment to defeat Amendment One.

TitanicRoadAustralian billionaire commissions replica of the Titanic: "The new vessel is due to make its maiden voyage from London to New York in late 2016. The cost of the construction of the new vessel has not been revealed, a spokesman for Palmer told Australian media. 'Of course, it will sink if you put a hole in it,' Palmer said at a press conference. 'It is going to be designed so it won't sink. But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.''"

RoadJake Gyllenhaal is a double-UILF.

RoadCalifornia Assembly passes bill seeking optional sexual orientation information from contractors: "The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. It would not require them to do so. The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it."

RoadJosh Hutcherson scores some whiskey with a fake ID.

RoadMatt Bomer, Simon Halls make rare public appearance as couple.

SkarsgardRoadAlexander Skarsgard in a new True Blood promo clip.

RoadIndiana Republican state Rep. Bob Morris has received just one donation since his outburst against the 'radical' Girl Scouts: "His latest campaign finance report filed this month shows he raised $5,000 between Jan. 1 and April 13 – all of which came from one donation from the Northeast Indiana PAC for Better Government."

RoadChristian Louboutin debuts shoes named for gay rugby star Gareth Thomas.

RoadI Am Yellow Peril: "Talking about race in the gay community shouldn't be such a bitchfest."

RoadWe're going to crash: Terrifying new details from the Air France 447 disaster. "The Airbus was soon falling through the night at 11,000 feet per minute, twice as fast as its forward travel. Only 45 seconds before impact Bonin blurted out that he had been trying to climb throughout the emergency, giving his colleagues the first indication of what had been going wrong."

RoadNew Exxon oil spill in Louisiana.

RoadTom Brady gets a fresh buzz.

CheerRoadNew U.S. All Star Federation competitive cheerleading rule requires males to be less "theatrical".

RoadJohn Kerry asks DHS to stop deportation of married gay Pakistani national threatened by DOMA: "She is certain that if she is forced to return to Pakistan, her life will be in danger, not only because of her sexual orientation and her marriage to a United States citizen, but for religious reasons as well."

RoadFormer college volleyball coach says fear kept him from coming out of the closet.

RoadHouse resists LGBT protections in Violence Against Women Act: "According to a House aide, the bill includes many of the VAWA reforms found in the Senate bill, and would boost grant money for sexual assault prevention programs and increase minimum prison sentences for some crimes. However, the measure does not extend VAWA protections to same-sex couples, nor does it expand the availability of visas for illegal residents who are victims of domestic abuse the way the Senate bill does."

Posted May. 1,2012 at 4:20 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (9)

Gay Romney Advisor Richard Grenell Resigns After Campaign by Anti-Gay Conservatives

Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's recently appointed openly gay spokesman, has resigned in the wake of a campaign by social conservatives, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports.

GrenellSaid Grenell in a statement:

I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team.

Adds Rubin: "According to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell decided to resign after being kept under wraps during a time when national security issues, including the president’s ad concerning Osama bin Laden, had emerged front and center in the campaign."

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer was among those leading the charge.

Argued Fischer in a CNN appearance: "Well, the point here is that personnel is policy. Everybody in D.C. says that. Personnel is policy. When Governor Romney picks somebody who is an activist homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, he’s sending a shout out, it seems to me, to the homosexual lobby."

Grenell had also been criticized for his sexist tweets (which were deleted from his account).

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Posted May. 1,2012 at 3:27 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, News, Richard Grenell | Permalink | Comments (66)

North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris Urges Parents to 'Punch' Their 'Girlish' Sons, Crack Their Limp Wrists: AUDIO


Jeremy Hooper at Good as You has posted some extremely disturbing audio identified as Sean Harris, the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC, giving his congregation a "special dispensation" to beat their children if they think they might be falling outside of gender norms.

Seean_harrisHarris also urged his congregation to vote for North Carolina's Amendment One in an hourlong sermon posted on Sunday.

Listen to all the audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Harris at the beginning of his horrifying rant (thanks to Jeremy for the transcript):

"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed."

He adds:

"Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male."

Harris has advice for parents who think their daughters might be acting too butch:

"And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, 'Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'"

Adds Harris: “Can I take charge like that as a parent? Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that."

Listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted May. 1,2012 at 3:14 PM EST by in News, North Carolina, Sean Harris | Permalink | Comments (109)

Gay Iowa HS Student Acted as Anonymous Twitter Angel for Fellow Bullied Teens

Matt Shankles, a gay sophomore high school student in Marion, Iowa who says he has been bullied relentlessly for his sexuality, is getting praise for the work he has done as an anti-bullying advocate after he was revealed to be the anonymous author of a Twitter account that reached out to other bullied teens.

ShanklesMarion Patch reports:

Shankles is most known around school for a Twitter account he started last fall.

Shankles said a Linn-Mar student started a Twitter account specifically to harass students, divulge unflattering secrets and spread false rumors. So, Shankles decided to create a rival Twitter account to tweet kind words to ridiculed students. The handle is linn_mar_love.

But he knew he couldn’t take ownership of the account. Despite his advocacy work, Shankles is still bullied. He said he can’t walk home from school alone without having derogatory words shouted at him from cars. So he remained anonymous to keep his credibility.

"You can pull through this! Stay strong! Don't let him get to you ever," he Tweeted to a student ridiculed by the bullying Twitter handle, which has since gone offline.

Last week he officially revealed himself to be the author of the Twitter feed linn_mar_love and said he was approached by many students that were bullied. He said the trust they have shown him and has been amazing.

"Within the past three days I have felt very empowered," he said. "I have the power to make so much more."

Posted May. 1,2012 at 2:11 PM EST by in Bullying, Iowa, News | Permalink | Comments (21)


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