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LSU Students Organize Protest Against Bobby Jindal's Hate-Backed Mass Prayer Event: VIDEO

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Students at Louisiana State University are organizing a demonstration in protest of the Baton Rouge campus administration’s decision to host “The Response,” a mass prayer event sponsored by the American Family Association hate group. A number of high-profile conservative political figures like Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will join Christian evangelists in what the AFA has described as a group meditation.

Jindal"What we really need in these United States is a spiritual revival.  It is time to turn back to God," Jindal explained in a video invitation to the event. "It's time to light the spark that starts the spiritual revival that will put these United States of America back on the right path."  

Earlier this month the AFA published and quickly pulled an official prayer guide for The Response suggesting, amongst other things, that marriage equality and abortion were the causes of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

"As a member of the LSU student community, it saddens and offends me that our administration would welcome to campus a recognized hate group whose vile rhetoric targets gay and transgendered people, Muslims, immigrants, and other marginalized groups," said Maggie Cloos, a student responsible for creating a petition to ban the AFA from the LSU campus. the organizer of the student-led petition.

Organizing Against Hate Groups, the protest, is set to be an all day event featuring workshops teaching attendees how best to speak across political and social differences. So far six organizations housed at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus have signed up to participate in the protest with more expressing their interest in offering support.

Both The Response and Organizing Against Hate Groups will take place on January 24. Watch the American Family Association's video invitation to The Response - Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer: Gay History Begins With Sodom And Gomorrah - VIDEO

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Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has said that schools teaching gay history will need to start with Sodom and Gomorrah, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer was holding forth on his wingnut radio show yesterday on the “right” of a creationist theme park in Kentucky to refuse to hire gay people despite an application for federal funding.

He then confused history with fiction, bringing up a requirement in California that school districts include the contributions of LGBT people in their history curricula and demanding that any such lessons begin with Sodom and Gomorrah.

"Every public school in the state of California has got to indoctrinate, brainwash students in homosexuality.

"I will support you teaching homosexuality in California's public schools on the condition that you start with Sodom and Gomorrah. If you want to teach gay history in your public schools, then you've got to teach gay history. Gay history starts with Sodom and Gomorrah, so if you start there, you can teach all the gay history that you want.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mississippi Says It Will Appeal Marriage Ruling As AFA Calls for Governor To Defy It

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Not surprisingly, and having barely waited for the ink to dry, Mississippi officials announced Wednesday they'll appeal a federal judge's decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage bans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Jim-hoodMississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (right) also said he'll ask the appeals court for a permanent stay of Tuesday's decision from U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, which Reeves put on hold for 14 days. 

From The Clarion Ledger

"The Office of Attorney General has a statutory duty to argue the constitutionality of our laws. We will appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and ask for a stay until that court decides the cases presently pending before it," Hood said. 

The 5th Circuit is already scheduled to hear oral arguments in marriage cases from Texas and Louisiana on Jan. 9, but it's unclear whether the Mississippi case will be heard on the same day.

Reeves' 72-page decision has garnered praise from LGBT advocates, but isn't going over well with the state's Republican elected leaders: 

"One federal judge appointed by President Obama should not be allowed to overrule the will of the people of Mississippi," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "I believe the Attorney General should appeal this decision to defend the 86 percent of Mississippians who voted for the Constitutional amendment in 2004."'

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said today that he plans to work with Gov. Bryant and other state leaders to appeal Reeves' decision to set aside Mississippi's gay marriage ban.

"It is unfortunate that one judge has decided to ignore the will of the people of Mississippi," Gunn said. "On Nov. 2, 2004, 86 percent of the citizens of our state voted to support the legislative amendment on the ballot defining marriage as occurring between one man and one woman. Judge Reeves has willfully defied this law. I will fight to uphold the rights of Mississippians to determine this issue."

State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, who has a gay son, praised Reeves' decision. Another Democratic state legislator, Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville, said simply, "You can't usurp a federal judge." 

But Bryan Fischer (above), a spokesman for the Mississippi-based American Family Association, is calling for Gov. Phil Bryant to do just that:

 

Watch Fischer's rant today on AFA's Focal Point here.

Read the state of Mississippi's notice of appeal and request for a stay, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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American Family Association Targets Married Mississippi Trans Man for 'Biological Fraud'

FulghamNick and Jessica Elliott Fulgham are at the center of the American Family Association's latest media offense against marriage equality because of the couple’s personal history. Nick, a trans man, is legally registered as being biologically male within Mississippi, where he married his wife late last month. Nick’s birth certificate, the AFA contends, invalidates the marriage given that same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Mississippi.

Bryan Fischer, a vocal spokesperson for the AFA and host of one of its online programs, took to his platform to publicize private information about the Fulghams in an effort to draw more unwanted attention to their personal lives.

"Two lesbians getting married could not possibly be more illegal and unconstitutional anywhere in the United States than in Mississippi," the organization said in an inflammatory statement on its website.

"Nick and I love and stand behind each other and will do whatever we have to so that we ensure our rights and prove we did everything legally," Jessica told local news station WSFA."We aren't second-class citizens; we are people just like everyone else."

Despite the AFA’s vitriolic campaign against them, the married couple has found acceptance and support within their local community. Together, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center and the Dandelion Project are holding a joint potluck reception to honor the couple’s nuptials.


Bryan Fischer: SCOTUS Decision On Gay Marriage Cases 'Unconscionable, Unconstitutional, & Un-American' - VIDEO

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Anti-gay wingnut and bloviator Bryan Fischer of the equally anti-gay American Family Association bemoaned the Supreme Court's decision yesterday to let stand appellate court rulings that found bans on same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional. As Right Wing Watch points out, Fischer said the Court's decision is the "de facto Roe vs. Wade of sodomy-based marriage" that "[imposes] on every state in the union marriage that is based on the infamous crime against nature...It's unconscionable, unconstitutional, and un-American."

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Anti-Gay Activist Mat Staver Is Not (Repeat, Not) Anti-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver is very unhappy that he is perceived to be an anti-gay bigot, reports Right Wing Watch.

This is the same Liberty Counsel that has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the same Mat Staver who was listed by Human Rights Campaign in a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

Nonetheless, at this weekend's annual Values Voter Summit, organized by anti-gay bigots Family Research Council, Staver fumed over a letter sent by various civil rights and LGBT groups to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, asking party members to not participate in the conference, citing the anti-gay extremism of its sponsors.

Liberty Counsel is among the hate-in’s sponsors but Staver is not very happy about being labeled an anti-gay extremist.

According to Staver, he is being attacked merely for believing marriage is “the union of one man and one woman."

"For me believing in something that is that obvious. I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God's truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation."

In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver goes on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple.  With a flourish, he also declares that the very idea of same-sex marriage “is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell” - and of course, dangerous to children.

But he’s not homophobic.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Liberty Council also hosted a panel discussion at the Values Voter Summit warning that the U.S. "nanny state" will soon start targeting anti-gay Christians for NSA surveillance.

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