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All-Male Dancing Santa Drag Troupe Causes Outrage at Alabama Christmas Parade: VIDEO

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Back in June we posted about Alabama's all-male cheerleading team The Prancing Elites.

The group is back in the headlines after a performance in an Alabama Christmas parade over the weekend, FOX10 reports:

PrancingeliteClaudia Davis was at the parade with her daughter.  "I was outraged and appalled. I never expect anything like this at the Semmes Christmas parade," Davis said.

Like many others in the crowd Davis felt the dance group was inappropriate.

"If they were gonna put this kind of activity in the parade, they should have notified the people of Semmes so that we had a choice whether we wanted out children to attend and see something like that," Davis said.

The Prancing Elites say they were shocked at some of the remarks they heard during the parade:

"Some of them were saying stuff like Oh my God, what's that?"

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'The Daily Show' Sends Stunt Gay Couple to Test Mississippi and Alabama's Homophobia: VIDEO

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After consulting with Nate Silver about which states will be the last to get gay marriage, The Daily Show's Al Madrigal brought a stunt gay couple to Alabama and Mississippi to see "which one of these backwoods, inbred, homophobic states will swim the longest against the tide of history."

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Vandals Target Alabama Student Vehicles with HRC Bumper Stickers

HRC stickerStudents at the University of South Alabama claim they are the target of anti-gay bigotry after their vehicles, which sported Human Rights Campaign stickers, were vandalized 

The students have filed official reports with the university alleging that in September the stickers were ripped off their vehicles, and then that some vehicles were further vandalized, with one windshield wiper removed and one tire deflated.

USA Spectrum, a University of South Alabama campus/community LGBT organization, claims its members were targeted. Spectrum USA president Rachel Doctor spoke with AL.com:

"The overall response to these vandalism incidents from the university and campus community have been positive. The administration and university police have done a stellar job of checking up on the developing situations and for that type of support to be present for an LGBTQ+ activist student organization is huge. I cannot thank every individual who is reached out to us enough. If nothing else comes from this, the spotlight on this issue must never go away," Docter said.

"It is imperative that students, faculty, and staff understand that just because they don't see someone attacked right in front of them doesn't mean these things don't happen. We cannot continue to be silent about students being victimized for simply being who they are. Whether you believe in gay rights or not, we are all human. Have enough respect for one another to remember it," she said.

Check out the rest of the article at AL.com.


Alabama GOP Efforts to Silence Pro-Gay College Republican Chairwoman Fail

AlgopEarlier this month Towleroad reported that the Alabama Republican party was considering an amendment that would remove the current Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos (pictured) from her post - simply due to her vocal favorable reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA.

That amendment was voted down over the weekend, AL.com reports:

PetelosCommittee member Bonnie Sachs proposed the change saying steering committee members such as Petelos have a duty to publicly support the party’s positions, including those on marriage.

“This has never been about taking away anyone’s rights to freedom of speech as has been construed to the public and the media,” Sachs said. "If we are going to serve on the Republican steering committee, we need to do so in such a way that we don't go to the media with an agenda that we may have."

The motion died on a lopsided voice vote after a passionate debate that highlighted some of the party's divides.

Committee member Clay Barclay of Mobile said it doesn’t hurt to have differing opinions on some issues. “We’re not the Taliban. We’re not the Third Reich,” Barclay said.

Alabama Republican Minority Chairman Phillip Brown said, “It’s not about whether we support heterosexual traditional marriage or not. "It's about free speech."


Alabama Congressional Candidate Demands His Rivals Pledge to Condemn Homosexuality, Gay Marriage

Dean-Young-Alabama-via-Facebook-615x345Dean Young is one of nine Republican candidates looking to replace veteran Republican Representative Jo Bonner in Alabama's First Congressional District. So what does a conservative candidate have to do to distinguish himself from the eight other candidates vying for the same spot?

If you're Young, you try to appear more conservative than all of the others, and then encourage all of the other candidates to follow your lead. That's precisely why he introduced the "Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage", a six-point pledge that mandates each candidate to affirm:

"1. I believe that the only marriage is between one man and one woman.

"2. I believe the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality and thereby gay marriage. 

"3. The tenants of my church oppose gay marriage.

"4. I oppose gay marriage.

"5. As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage.

"6. I support the by-law change to expel any member of the Republican Executive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage."

Pledge to Oppose Gay MarriageAccording to AL.com, Young has been circulating this pledge all week long, and drafted the pledge because he believes that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is "a corruption which seeks to destroy the concept of the family." The pledge itself reads that it is “time for men and women of faith to stand for the founding Christian values and morals that made our nation great, to defend our families and the sacred holiness of marriage.”

ThinkProgress cited Article I, Section 3 of Alabama’s constitution, which says outright that: "No religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state; and that the civil rights, privileges, and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any manner affected by his religious principles."

While participation in the pledge is purely voluntary, Young is clearly in violation of the spirit of the state Constitution, which establishes no state religion and values each citizen's freedom to choose their faith, by "suggesting that one can only be a good representative if they are part of the right kind of church." Young, on the other hand, claims to be fighting "for the rights of the American people" on his official website.

Previously, Young has condemned the Supreme Court's decision to gut DOMA, saying that:

“We have a Supreme Court that is legislating from the bench and completely out of control, destroying the Judeo-Christian culture this nation was founded on. Marriage is between one man and one woman, no matter what the Supreme Court says.”

Young is also one of two candidates in the race that include the impeachment of President Obama as part of their campaign platforms. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that, despite his radically-conservative ideas, Young seems to be doing very well. ThinkProgress reports how the Young campaign has "garnered more than 24 percent of the vote in a 2012 primary challenge to Bonner." 

"His campaign website boasts of an endorsement from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was unanimously removed by his fellow judges during a previous term for failure to comply with a court order to remove an unconstitutional display of the Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building. Young currently leads the 2013 contenders in reported cash-on-hand thanks to more than $129,000 in self-financing."


Alabama GOP Seeks To Oust Pro-Gay College Republican Chairwoman

The Alabama republican Party is considering an amendment that would remove the current Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos from her post - simply due to her vocal favorable reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA.

Yellowhammer News reports:

AlA proposed amendment to the bylaws of the Alabama Republican Party would remove from the Party’s steering committee any member who publicly supports a position contrary to the most recent GOP platform, which was adopted during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Party insiders say the proposed amendment was written as a direct result of comments made by current Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos around the time the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

“We just [love] freedom and fun. That’s all. Don’t hate.” Petelos posted on her Facebook page after the Court’s decision was announced. She also encouraged her Facebook friends to “like” a page for a pro-gay marriage group called “Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.”

Petelos was also interviewed for al.com this summer in which she stated her pro-gay stance. In the piece, she went so far as to claim that she is far from alone in her party.

StephThe majority of students don't derive the premise of their argument for or against gay marriage from religion, because we're governed by the constitution and not the Bible," Petelos said.

Though some young Republicans have come out in support of gay marriage, Petelos said even more probably believe in it but remain quiet in fear of retribution.

"I think a lot of people would be actively for it if they didn't live in fear of backlash from party leaders," she said. "We don't want to go against the party, we love the party. We're just passionate about a whole list of other issues, that's why we're involved."

Says Don Wallace, President of the Alabama Republican Assembly and Past Vice-Chairman of ALGOP: "When the College Republican Chairwoman made official statements in conflict with the party platform’s support for traditional marriage, as well as the Governor and Chairman Armistead, I believe that requires action by the Republican Party on both procedural and moral grounds."

According to Talking Points Memo, the GOP party will vote on the proposed amendment on August 24.


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