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Log Cabin Republicans Accused Of 'Bullying,' 'Shaming' Their Way Into Western Conservative Summit

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Earlier this week, we reported that the Log Cabin Republicans had been denied a booth at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver this summer.  

After a media firestorm, the Colorado GOP has attempted to quell the controversy by inviting Log Cabin to share its booth at the event — a major conservative conference put on by Colorado Christian University and its Centennial Institute think tank. 

Not surprisingly, rather than apologizing for their bigotry and stupidity, organizers of the summit have responded by trying to play the victim. From The Denver Post

Party Chairman Steve House, who took over in March, made the announcement Thursday afternoon, one day after a firestorm over the snub by summit organizers to the Log Cabin Republicans.

"We're fine with the Colorado Republicans sharing some table space at the summit with all their affiliated groups. We're not fine with the shaming and bullying pressure tactics of Log Cabin Republicans' national office," said summit chairman John Andrews.

I was unable to find any specific examples of bullying or shaming by Log Cabin Republicans National. I did find a long thread of comments in support of LCR on the summit's Facebook page, as well as a few tweets like these: 

The bottom line appears to be that the Colorado GOP — along with many rank-and-file Republicans — has come to realize that alienating LGBT people and their allies is no longer in the party's best interest. But the religious right wing of the party, as well as most of its presidential candidates, have not. Of course, they're still willing to take Log Cabin's votes and money: 

"I hope the state party's sensible approach gives the local Log Cabin folks more reason to sign up" as delegates to the summit," Andrews said.

"We want to be fair to them if they'll be fair to us."

And by being "fair to us," Andrews presumably means not trying to stop them from bullying and shaming LGBT people. 


Colorado School Board Member Posts Anti-LGBT Hate Group Letter Calling Day of Silence 'Perverse Indoctrination'

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Yesterday marked the national "Day of Silence," a day where middle and high school students across the country helped raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying by remaining silent in school. Yesterday also marked the day a Colorado school board member attempted to do damage control after it was revealed she had posted a link on Facebook from a hate group encouraging a "walk out" on April 17 to counter-protest the anti-bullying day.

Chalkbeat Colorado reports:

WilliamsJefferson County school board member Julie Williams said late Friday that she was “sincerely sorry” and that she would remove a link on her personal Facebook page that she shared that encouraged families to keep their students home Friday and “away from perverse indoctrination” of the“homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda.”

“To be honest with you, I didn’t read the article,” Williams said.  “I just saw it and thought I was sharing information with parents.”

The link, like most on Williams’ wall, was posted without comment. It directs Facebook users to a newsletter published by SaveCalifornia.com, but neither overtly endorses nor condemns the group and its message.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists SaveCalifornia.com as an active, anti-LGBT hate group.

From the linked newsletter:

The Day of Silence postures every person who identifies as a homosexual or cross-dresser as a victim of ongoing, unrelenting harassment and discrimination (being 'silenced'). While some incidents like this do occur, this event is an overwhelming exaggeration in an effort to manipulate our kids' natural sympathies. The result ironically is that youth develop favorable views about a controversial, high risk behavior. [...]

In reality, the Day of Silence is a one-sided campaign to manipulate acceptance of homosexuality by every student. Nationwide, parents are fed up with the political hijacking of their kids' classrooms. What makes it even more problematic is that the results of 'tolerating' this lifestyle without objection can be tragic for many young people. The risks of homosexual behavior are well-understood by public health officials, but are being ignored by some politically correct school administrations.

In an interview with Chalkbeat, Williams said she does not support the statements in the newsletter and said she believes in "choice" regarding "who you are and want to be and what you want to do."

Superintendent Dan McMinimee said Williams' Facebook page doesn't represent the position of Jeffco Public Schools and that the district "always strives to foster an environment that encourages students to feel safe, to learn, and to thrive, we respect students’ rights to participate in Day of Silence."


Colorado Republicans Block Ban On 'Gay Conversion' Therapy For Minors: VIDEO

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A Colorado Senate committee has killed a bill that would have banned gay conversion therapy for minors, reports the Denver Post.

GaynotgayThe bill was opposed by a vote of 3-2.  Voting against were Republicans Ray Scott, Jerry Sonnenberg and Owen Hill (above). Democratic Senators Andy Kerr and Pat Steadman voted in favor of the ban.

The bill had been sponsored by Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver) and Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City).

Following the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee vote, Rosenthal said:

“I think it’s shameful what the Senate Republicans have done. The bill was designed to protect children from a harmful practice that is not based in science. Maybe in the next nine months until the next session they will reconsider their decision."

Yesterday, President Obama announced his support for a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

A number of states have recently considered bans on gay conversion therapy.

Watch Hill's campaign video from last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colorado Agency Rules in Favor of Denver Bakery Owner Who Refused to Make Anti-gay Hate Cake

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The Civil Rights Division of Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ruled that Denver-based Azucar Bakery did not discriminate against a customer's religion when owner Marjorie Silva (far left above) refused to write an anti-gay hate message on a cake back in March 2014. 

KUSA reports:

The customer, Castle Rock resident Bill Jack, wanted a cake showing two groomsmen with a red "x" over them and messages about homosexuality being a sin.

Because the shop would have treated any other customer the same way, the state decided the shop didn't refuse service because of the customer's religion.


Gordon Klingenschmitt Predicts Gays Will 'Recruit' 20% of All Children By Next Century: VIDEO

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Despite displaying a modicum of decency earlier this week by apologizing for saying that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in Colorado was god’s retribution for legal abortion, demon-obsessed Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is back on form, claiming that 20 percent of the U.S. population will be gay next century because of gay “recruitment.”

To be clear - Klingenschmitt thinks 20 percent of the population being gay would be a bad thing.

To back up his argument, with great insight Klingenschmitt referred to recent poll which found that places like San Francisco have a larger openly gay population than cities like Birmingham, Alabama, reports Right Wing Watch.

Arguing that the number of gay people in the U.S. has increased from one to three percent since the 2010 census, he warned that the gay population is growing through the recruitment of children, especially in areas "where they don't believe the Bible.”

"This proves to me that the Bible works. That when people believe the Bible, they promote holiness and they invite the Holy Spirit to rule their hearts, they don't have all these homosexual addiction problems that they have in places where they don't believe the Bible and they reject the Bible and they teach the children in California schools that homosexuality is a good thing and they celebrate Harvey Milk Day and they have all kinds of policies to promote that in the classroom. Well, no wonder their population is growing! They're recruiting people into the movement on the left coast.”

Klingenschmitt also offered as proof of the recruitment of children the argument that children raised in same-sex households are more likely to be gay. This, he said, shows that "in a hundred years, if we continue to allow this recruiting effort across America, all of the children in all of the public schools, if we don't stop this, will be re-educated that this is a good thing. And I predict in a hundred years twenty percent of Americans could become homosexual.”

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Colorado House of Representatives Moves Forward With Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

A bill that would forbid therapists in Colorado from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person under 18 passed an initial voice vote yesterday in the state House of Representatives, the AP reports:

RosenthalThe sponsor of the bill, Democratic Rep. Paul Rosenthal (right), a gay lawmaker from Denver, said the goal is for therapists to help youth pursue acceptance and support for who they are.

"Helping the youth explore their identity — who they are, not who the therapist thinks they are or who the therapist thinks they should be,” he said.

The Denver Post adds:

House Republican leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said legislators should consider the potential unintended consequences and predicaments for well-meaning therapists.

"The way I read this bill is that if you're a kid who's confused, it would be legal for me to talk to you about going toward the same sex, but illegal for me to counsel you toward an opposite-sex attraction," he said.

The bill faces a final vote of approval before being sent to the Senate, currently controlled 18-17 by Republicans. 

Similar bans on conversion therapy for minors exist in New Jersey, California, and Washington D.C.

 


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