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Alliance Defending Freedom Wants to Make a Martyr Out of Anti-Gay Kentucky Printing Company - VIDEO

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Anti-gay "Chistian" litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is once again playing the victim in a new video covering the Kentucky t-shirt company found guilty of violating Lexington's fairness ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, reports Good As You.

Best known for defending anti-gay retailers in trouble for defying laws banning discrimination, ADF also lobbies for homophobic laws abroad.

AdfBack in 2012, Hands On Originals refused to print the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization's Pride t-shirts. The company was found to have violated the non-discrimination code and was ordered to provide diversity training for staff.

Good As You’s interpretation of ADF’s latest moan?

“There is not one shred of difference between the protections that apply to gay customers and their perfectly fair consumer requests and the protections that apply to Black, Chinese-American, Jewish, straight, disabled, or Christian customers. The only difference is the sense of entitlement that far too many anti-LGBT Christians believe they deserve. And why wouldn't they believe this? There are scores of false witness bearers and false witness-bearing organizations desperate to keep that lie alive.”

Watch long-suffering pro-discrimination advocates talk about the Hands On Originals case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Latvian Politician Resigns After Praising Nazi Extermination Of Gays

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A member of Latvia’s ruling Unity party has taken to Twitter to praise the Nazi extermination of gay people, reports the Telegraph.

Inga Priede, who made the comments in a Twitter discussion earlier this week about same-sex marriage, has since resigned.

During the discussion, Priede commented “Thank God! The Germans shot them in their time. Birth rate was going up.”

She also said that gay people living in rural parts of Latvia were "not proud" of their sexuality because "there are basic values".

Priede bizarrely initially denied tweeting the comments.  She subsequently deleted them from her account and later apologised while handing in her resignation from Unity’s leadership.

Unity general secretary Artis Kampars said her comments were "categorically unacceptable and contrary to the position of Unity."

Priede’s Unity party colleague and Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics last month became the country's first openly gay politician.


Labor Department Takes Final Step Towards Implementing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order: VIDEO

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The Labor Department yesterday announced that a new rule required to implement President Obama’s executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT government employees is now final, reports the Washington Blade.

Signing the executive order on July 21st, Obama said:

"It doesn't make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.  And that's wrong. We're here to do what we can to make it right -- to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction."

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73defccdf970d-200wiAlthough the order was signed in July, the process wasn’t yet complete because the Labor Department and the Office of Management & Budget had to draft a rule to implement the measure.

Once this final rule is published, it will become effective 120 days later and apply to federal contracts entered into or modified on or after that date.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in a statement:

“Americans believe in fairness and opportunity. No one should live in fear of being fired or passed over or discriminated against at work simply because of who they are or who they love.

"Laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity are long overdue, and we’re taking a big step forward today to fix that.”

Patricia Shiu, head of the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is responsible for enforcing the order, said:

“We are building on the work of presidents and members of Congress from both parties who have expanded opportunities for America’s workers.

"This rule will extend protections to millions of workers who are employed by or seek jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors, ensuring that sexual orientation and gender identity are never used as justification for workplace discrimination by those that profit from taxpayer dollars.”

The Labor Department has published Frequently Asked Questions for the final rule, known as EO 13672 Final Rule.

A group of about 140 religious leaders and advocates for religious freedom had petitioned the president for an exemption for faith-based groups.

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Anti-Gay British Pundit Comes Out Fighting For Ban On 'Promotion' Of Homosexuality

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Lord Christopher Monckton, an anti-gay bigot and former deputy leader of British right wing party UKIP, has again taken to birther wingnut rag WorldNetDaily in support of an Australian politician who last month called for a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality, reports Right Wing Watch.

Right-wing Rise Up Australia counsellor Rosalie Crestani had called for the City of Casey near Melbourne to stop all diversity training, to ban media releases related to sexual orientation, to remove pro-gay signs on council premises and to ban pro-LGBT messages for discriminating against straight people. 6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c7106453970b-250wi

Monckton last week said that gay people have up to 20,000 sexual partners as part of their “deathstyles”.

In a column published yesterday, Monckton suggested that a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality can actually help gay people by saving them from their “deathstyle”.

Attacking the “hate-filled” councillors who have “ganged up” on Crestani, he also claimed countries that allow gay people to adopt children do not care about “our innocent little ones” and that same-sex marriages - we’re guessing he means all same-sex marriages worldwide - are likely to only last “a few weeks or months.”

His vile outburst reads in part:

“Councillor Rosalie Crestani’s courageous stand against the pro-homosexual discrimination at the City of Casey Council on the fringes of Melbourne has enraged the forces of darkness.

“Her fellow councillors have ganged up against her to try to get her removed from the council for what – in their hate-filled eyes – is the crime of daring to speak out in accordance not only with her religious and political beliefs but also with her duties as an elected councillor.

“And why are some states allowing them to ‘marry’ when the probability that the ‘marriage’ will last for more than a few weeks or months is vanishingly different from zero?

“And why, oh why, do a few nations allow them to adopt and bring up children? Do we not care more for our innocent little ones than that?”

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District Of Columbia Council Approves Bill Protecting LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

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The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved a bill today that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from the unhealthy and discredited practice of conversion therapy reports the National Center For Lesbian RightsUpon the signing of the bill, Washington, D.C., will become the third jurisdiction-after California and New Jersey-to ban the deranged practice of conversion therapy that often leads to depression and suicide in its "patients." Samantha Ames, the NCLR staff attorney and coordinator of the #BornPerfect campaign at NCLR, commended the council's decision.

Said Ames:

"Today, the D.C. Council sent a powerful message to LGBT youth and their families that they are accepted, supported, and loved.

"The Council has used its authority to protect our most vulnerable youth from dangerous and discredited pseudoscience that tells them who they are is wrong, and reaffirmed the consensus of every major medical and mental health organization that all children are born perfect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

NCLR and the Human Rights Campaign collaborated on organizing a coalition that backed the bill, which was authored by Democratic Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. Several groups supported the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, including national LGBT and mental health organizations, youth advocates, religious faith leaders, civil rights organizations and reproductive justice groups. 

Support for the repeal of the practice is mounting as the United Nations Committee Against Torture called the dangerous therapy "troubling," when they convened last month, and questioned the U.S. Department of State representatives asking why the unviable treatment is still in practice. Even former practitioners of the therapy are condemning its use, including Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, who called the practice "Poison to the soul," along with eight other prominent ex-gay leaders. 


Minnesota Newspapers Publish Misleading, Transphobic Ads From Anti-LGBT Hate Group

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Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is doubling down on its decision to publish misleading, fear-mongering, transphobic ads opposing a policy that would allow high school students to participate in athletics according to their gender identity.

But The Star-Tribune of Minneapolis isn't alone. Also publishing the latest ad from the anti-LGBT Minnesota Child Protection League on Sunday were The St. Cloud Times and The Duluth News Tribune, according to Media Matters

The ad states:

"THE END OF GIRLS' SPORTS? Her dreams of a scholarship shattered, your 14-year-old daughter just lost her position on an all-girl team to a male ... and now she may have to shower with him. Are you willing to let that happen?"

The ad calls on people to contact Minnesota State High School League board members, who are set to consider the policy Thursday. 

Back in September, LGBT advocates slammed The Star Tribune for publishing a similar ad from the Minnesota Child Protection League opposing the policy, which was originally set to be voted on in October: 

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According to the LGBT Sports Coalition, 15 states have adopted policies similar to the one proposed in Minnesota, with no reported problems related to trans athletic participation:  

"By running the ad again, the Star Tribune has once again contributed to a negative stereotype at the same time as it has potentially put trans youth in danger by fostering a demonstrably untrue accusation. Editorial decisions matter. Research has shown that LGBT teens and young adults are at greater risk for depression and bullying, and that bullying is a contributing factor in many suicides. By accepting and publishing this kind of advertisement, the Star Tribune has empowered the untrue expectation that one minority group -- transgender children, no less -- are a threat to their classmates.

"Worse yet, the Star Tribune already knew that the content of the ad was deliberately misinformative about trans youth while advocating discrimination, because editors at the Star Tribune have already discussed the first ad (run by the same local hate group in September) with local and national LGBT organizations after they ran the first ad in September. The Star Tribune already knew that the content of the new ad also misrepresented trans lives and endangered trans youth -- and elected to run it again anyway."

The Star Tribune is also taking heat on Twitter, including from NBC Sports writer Aaron Gleeman: 

Representatives from The Star Tribune, which editorialized in favor of the trans-inclusive policy in October, haven't commented on the latest ad. In September, the newspaper's vice president of marketing and public relations told Minneapolis City Pages: "The ad in question met all the requirements of our ad policy. Not much I can tell you about it beyond that."

But it appears that for many, that explanation isn't cutting it. While the advertising director of The Duluth News Tribune told Media Matters it's a question of free speech, some are calling on subscribers to make their own statement: 


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