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Human Rights Campaign Exposes Extreme Anti-Gay American Activists

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

These extremists claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS; that LGBT people are luring away children; that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of the family; and that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being gay.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e170bc2970d-800wiHRC points out that these anti-gay activists often secure audiences with heads of government and their spouses, testify before politicians, build relationships with community leaders and other prominent citizens, lobby United Nations delegates, get involved in the drafting of national constitutions, and intervene in international court cases that affect the lives and rights of LGBT people.

The report titled The Export of Hate, which focuses on dangerous homophobe Scott Lively and others, details their connections and associations, nations in which they are active publicly, available information about their resources and examples of their public bigotry and hatred of gay people.

Lively has been accused of crimes against humanity for inciting anti-gay hatred in Uganda and aiding in the passing of their "Kill the Gays" bill.

The report also exposes the "work" of Benjamin Bull, Jordan Sekulow, Peter La Barbera, Paul Cameron, Sharon Slater, Robert Oscar Lopez, Brian Brown, Larry Jacobs, Brian Camenker, Mat Staver, Michael Brown, Janice Shaw Crouse and Scott Stirm.

Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement, said:

“Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and fight these individuals and their extremist allies. This is a destructive group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric, promoting laws that criminalize LGBT people, and seeking to restrict their speech and those who support them.  Although their views may find little traction in the United States, public opinion in many other nations makes their words and global advocacy fundamentally dangerous.”

Read the full report here.


International 'Pro-Family' Conference Ends With Call for Worldwide Gay Propaganda Ban

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An international 'pro-family' conference in Moscow featuring a number of prominent anti-gay figureheads including NOM's Brian Brown and author of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law Yelena Mizulina (pictured below) concluded yesterday with delegates issuing a proclamation calling for similar 'propaganda bans' to be implemented throughout the world, Right Wing Watch reports:

Moscow fourmAccording to a rough Google translation of the resolution — which was posted on the website of a foundation chaired by Putin ally Vladimir Yakunin, which also helped fund the event — the delegates expressed their “extreme concern [that] currently being implemented in some states of the world is extremely biased policies and unprecedented propaganda campaign, leading to the final undermining of the Institute of the natural family, which in a civilized society has always been considered as the basis for prosperity [of the] state.”

In the resolution, delegates vow “to uphold the interests of children and to work for the adoption of legislative bans on all types of propaganda concerning homosexual relationships in the environment of children and juveniles” as well as to support research on “the negative social and psychological effects and the consequences of raising children in same-sex couple.”

MizulinaThe 'pro-family' conference, originally organized under the name of the Illinois-based World Congress of Families before the organization "suspended" its planning following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, had a number of scheduled American speakers. This included representatives from Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Personhood USA, and Family Watch International.

In related news, the Human Rights Campaign has asked the U.S. Treasury Department to investigate whether World Congress of Families officials improperly collaborated with sanctioned Russian lawmakers (such as Yelena Mizulina) in the planning of the hate-filled forum.

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Brian Brown Claims That NOM's Pathetic Boycott Has Impacted Starbucks' Business: LISTEN

Two years ago, the National Organization for Marriage began a protest of Starbucks after the massive coffee vendor supported a pro-marriage equality referendum on the Washington ballot.

BrianBrownNow, NOM president Brian Brown claims that that boycott has made an impact on the international community's tolerance for the chain. As Good as You pointed out, however, Starbucks currently operates 21,000 stores in 65 countries with little standing in its way for further expansion; not too shabby. 

The transcript from Brown's silly attempt at relevance reads:

"You know, the media will try and say that the boycotts have minimal to no effect, but the reality is that companies like Starbucks are trying to expand around the world, and as Americans stand up and say this is wrong and they highlight that companies like Starbucks are supporting same-sex marriage, the mask comes up...Because of the Starbucks boycott for example, many countries have looked at Starbucks and the individuals that would be allowing Starbucks into the country have said, 'No, no, no,' because Starbucks does support the redefinition of marriage."

Brown then went on to get to his real point, perhaps realizing that the previous one was inane:

"Most importantly though, how can we view it as moral to be giving our dollars to a company that directly is attacking our faith? I understand again that you cannot do this to every company, but the ones that are actually attacking the faith, you have to take a stand at some point, and Target is doing that, Starbucks is doing that, and Chase is doing that."

Ah, yes. The faith, as if there were only one, and supporting same-sex marriage is in direct opposition to it--an age old struggle for Brown and NOM. Sorry, folks, but Starbucks is not feeling any worse for wear.

Listen in, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NOM Boycotting Target Over Retail Giant's Support of Gay Marriage

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The National Organization for Marriage has announced their latest boycott target, Target, after the retail giant recently signed on to an amicus brief in support of marriage equality pending in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases before the 7th Circuit are challenging state bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.

BrownWrote NOM president Brian Brown:

Target and other companies need to be forced to realize that it is their alignment with the radical cause of redefining marriage that is "bad for business"—not states' marriage laws that uphold and protect the common-sense idea that kids do best with a mom and a dad!

So I'm announcing a new boycott today, against Target, for insulting consumers like you and me. The brief they signed in court this week insinuates that people like you and me, who would vote to uphold traditional marriage, as akin to segregationists and racial bigots. Would you want to shop at a place that viewed you in that way? 

Back in 2012, NOM launched a failed boycott of Starbucks over the company's support for gay marriage. Maybe they'll have more luck this time... 

 


NOM's Brian Brown Defends 'Traditional Marriage' With A Dining Room Set

Jeremy Hooper — the blogger behind Good.As.You. — loves it whenever the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage uses strained analogies to demonstrate how “redefining marriage” will destroy the universe.

BrownIn his latest blog post, Hooper points out NOM President Bryan Brown’s tortured comparison of marriage to a dining room set, because marriage should only be between one table and a chair… or because a chair isn’t a table… or because gay marriage is like two tables marrying… or something:

Suppose you took a table and a chair and together referred to them both as chairs. In that instance, the two things really would be different—and by calling them the same thing, you would have made the term "chair" meaningless.

The point is this: the word "marriage" either means something or it does not. Isn't it only fair and just to ask first what it does mean before trying to decide to apply the term to something new?

Calling a table a chair does damage to the meaning of the word "chair"—and it does no service to our understanding of either tables or chairs. It is thus injurious to our wisdom and knowledge on three counts, and reduces our ability to reason at all.

So it goes with marriage. Calling something "marriage" that is not marriage damages our public notion of marriage, in multiple ways. It neither serves society as a whole, nor does it ultimately serve society's members because it reduces their ability to make any reasonable or legal distinctions. And so, when something else comes along purporting to be "marriage," no legal or moral rationale exists for drawing the line.

Hooper comments:

“Unlike nearly half of our states, twenty-nine consecutive courts (and many before that), the federal government, and a growing majority of the American public, Brian Brown has taken upon himself to determine that a civil contract between two loving and committed adults can only be called a marriage if the union has the distribution of penises and vaginas that he finds proper.”

Knowing that these are the best arguments our opponents have against nationwide marriage equality almost makes one look forward to the inevitable 2016 Supreme Court decision that’ll finally bury groups like NOM.


GetEQUAL Throws NOM President Brian Brown a Retirement Party: VIDEO

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It’s perhaps a tad early to pop the celebratory champagne for Brian Brown’s retirement from his anti-gay crusade, but with only 2000 bigots out of a promised 20,000 showing up to NOM’s March for Marriage rally last week at the U.S. Capitol, now might be the time for Brown to begin planning for that next stage of his life.

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 3.11.27 PMAnd to help ease the transition, GetEqual grassroots activists stood outside NOM’s very first (and perhaps last?) anti-gay gala and asked attendees to sign a card wishing Brown a happy, inevitable retirement.

Surprisingly, some attendees were more than happy to do so. Others, not so much…

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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