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Family Research Council Warns Gay Marriage Will Destroy Religious Freedom in New Scare Video: WATCH

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A new video produced by anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council (FRC) claims that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on marriage equality would jeopardize religious freedom, reports Right Wing Watch.

Highlighting cases in Oregon and Washington where businesses were sued for violating state non-discrimination laws, the video - made with Rick Santorum’s film company EchoLight Studios - warns that same-sex marriage would undermine the separation of church and state.

Narrator and FRC leader Tony Perkins argues that such cases will lead to a scary future in which the government will infringe on the rights of religious people in order to promote LGBT equality. With guest appearances by Santorum and Mike Huckabee. 

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McKinney, Texas Gay Man's Front Door Vandalized With Homophobic Slur, Image: VIDEO

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Shown above is the front door of Eric Arthur, a McKinney, Texas, resident who — as you can see — was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime this week. 

Arthur, who's openly gay and has lived in McKinney — a conservative distant suburb of Dallas — for the last five years, says he hasn't had any problems until now.

ArthurPolice believe it was an isolated incident, and there have been no arrests. WFAA-TV reports: 

On Tuesday morning a neighbor alerted him to something on his front door.

"Open the door and immediately feel my stomach in my chest," Arthur said. ...

"[I'm] vulnerable, scared, confused… I think every emotion I could possibly feel at the time, it was happening," Arthur said.

Arthur's neighbor, who has a gay son, told WFAA: "That is just totally uncalled for… for something so idiotic to take place."

According to WFAA, the hate crime was one of several incidents of vandalism in the neighborhood of late, including "trampled garden lighting, sprinklers, and smashed potted plants in the front yard."

"If they feel it's OK to do that to your property, what's keeping them from taking it a step further?" Arthur said.  

In all likelihood this is the work of a mischievous teen. But based on the perpetrator's apparent fascination with male genitalia, we'd suggest their issues may run deeper than prejudice. 

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Angie's List CEO Resigns, Announces Plans to Re-Enter Politics to Fix Indiana's 'Badly Damaged' Reputation

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Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle has announced he is stepping down as CEO and will re-enter politics in an effort to help fix Indiana's "badly damaged" reputation following the firestorm over the state's "religious freedom" law.

OesterleOesterle, a Republican and former supporter of Gov. Mike Pence, was one of the first major Indiana-based business leaders to join the corporate backlash against the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He was also one of the first (and remains one of the few) business leaders to reject the so-called "fix" to the state's law, calling it "insufficient" to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals. 

The Indianapolis Star reports:

Indiana's public image "took a shellacking" after passage of RFRA spurred widespread criticism from gay rights groups, much of the business community and others, Oesterle said. "Indiana was under significant duress and went through a heartbreaking situation."

Oesterle's announcement amounts to "an announcement of trying to unseat a governor," said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. "If you think about the individual positions that could have made a difference about this (RFRA), that's only one, that's the governor."

"That is somebody who is saying either he is running for governor or is looking for somebody to run for governor," Downs said of Oesterle.

Oesterle, a West Lafayette native and former trustee at Purdue University, said he hasn't decided whether he wants to run as a candidate or support someone else. In 2004, Oesterle took a leave from Angie's to manage [two-term Gov. Mitch] Daniels' first campaign, which raised a record $18 million for an Indiana gubernatorial race and unseated a sitting governor, Democrat Joe Kernan.

Gov. Pence is up for reelection in 2016.

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Michigan Car Repair Shop Owner 'Would Not Hesitate to Refuse Service to an Openly Gay Person' - VIDEO

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Brian Klawiter has apparently had "enough" of liberals, gays, union workers, and anyone who isn't a gun-toting, red-blooded, conservative American.

Klawiter, owner of the diesel repair shop Dieseltec in Grandville, Michigan, posted the following rant on Facebook earlier this week that is quickly on its way to becoming infamous:

Enough is enough.

Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun... That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist. Too many of us say nothing. Well, freedom of speech isn't just for Liberals, THEY are the ones that need to learn to "co-exist", THEY are the ones who need to WORK to be "equal"

Therefore, in the spirit of freedom (whats left of it) and MY right to operate MY business as I see fit:

Guns ARE allowed at DIESELTEC, so much so in fact that we will offer a discount if you bring in your gun. ("On duty" cops are excluded because thats not their gun, thats my gun bought with my money, off duty absolutely!)

I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.)

We, as a team, work hard for whats ours. We are not protected by unions or contracts. We absolutely MUST provide our customers with a service level that would make them come back or tell their friends about us. We don't have a "right", and we are not "entitled" to our pay. We must EARN it.

I am not racists, you are for assuming I am, however, I am really quick to judge... if it acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck...

It IS a free country and I support your right to your opinion, that being said, if you don't like what I have to say I reserve that same right to tell you to go cry to your momma (cause your daddy would probably smack ya', better yet, yes, go tell your dad.)

Speaking with West Michigan's Fox 17, Klawiter elaborated on why he decided to post the pro-discrimination message:

"I made my bed I need to sleep in it. I did choose homosexuality as an example when I spoke about immoral behavior, but that's definitely become the hot button issue...I operate my life on Christian values and for me to not take that into my business I think would be hypocritical."

Klawiter added that "until there's any laws passed otherwise," he will continue to pick and choose who he does business with. Dieseltec's Facebook page can be found here

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Austin Restaurant Turns Away Genderqueer Student In Women's Clothing: VIDEO

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An Austin fast food restaurant is accused of anti-transgender discrimination for turning away a University of Texas student who identifies as genderqueer and was wearing women's clothing.

When Tyler Grant approached the Whataburger restaurant near the UT campus early Saturday, a security guard asked Grant to put on shoes. After Grant complied, the security guard said, "Wait, you're a dude?"

The security guard, an off-duty Texas Department of Public Safety officer, then summoned a manager, and they denied entry to grant. A video posted on Twitter shows part of the encounter. 

225px-Whataburger_logo.svgWhataburger, an uber-popular Texas-based chain, issued a statement saying Grant was turned away because the student's clothing was too revealing: 

"Whataburger is proud to serve all customers regardless of race, gender or orientation. This wasn't an issue of gender but of appropriate attire as this guest was dressed in lingerie. Again, we welcome everyone into our restaurants but our customers' experience is our top priority. We are reviewing these events with our team members and will take appropriate action if needed."

However, Grant maintains the incident was anti-trans discrimination.

"I really believe it was transphobia-driven and I don't think it had anything to do with what I was wearing," Grant told The San Antonio Express-News

In a Facebook post, Grant wrote, "I was wearing two inches of hip/butt pads, 2 pairs of dancers tights, and three pairs of nude panty hose. If it were see through then she would have seen my brightly colored underwear, which also covered up everything essential anyway, but you couldn't even see those."

Grant told The Daily Texan student newspaper that the outfit "was not anymore revealing than yoga pants." 

Austin has a nondiscrimination ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.

Grant reportedly is considering legal options.  

Whataburger, which has more than 700 stores in 10 states, is privately held and not listed in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.

Watch video from the incident here.  


Egyptian Court Sets Precedent Allowing For Deportation Of Gays

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A judgement issued from Egypt’s Administrative Court has set a precedent allowing the Interior Ministry to forcibly deport people suspected of being LGBT. The decision was handed down in response to a case involving a Libyan student who was denied entrance back into Egypt after leaving the country during a semester abroad. The unnamed student attempted to re-matriculate at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport back and 2008, but was turned away because he was gay.

In the seven years since then the student repeatedly tried to appeal the ruling arguing that being barred from the country would interrupt his studies and block him from being able to graduate. Ultimately thee Administrative Court ruled that the Interior Ministry was well within its rights to block people suspected of being queer from attempting to enter the country as a matter of social decorum and public interests.

Whether the student was actually charged with any specific crimes is unknown at this time, but his treatment falls in line with the recent spate of media, and police crackdowns on gay men living in Egypt.


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