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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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Supreme Court to Review Louisiana Case That Upheld State's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court of the United States will review a ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who was the first federal judge to rule against marriage equality in the wake of SOCTUS' ruling on DOMA in United States v. Windsor. The New Civil Rights Movement reports:

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a notice that states on [the same day that the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will consider Judge Feldman's ruling], January 9, the [Supreme] Court will consider reviewing Robicheaux v. George. The Court meets several times a year, in highly secretive closed-door meetings, to consider cases to review. 

"We are grateful that the Supreme Court will be considering our case and are hopeful that they will see the importance of taking up this issue sooner rather than later," Derek Penton-Robicheaux told The New Civil Rights Movement this afternoon. "As fate would have it, we will also be in oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that same morning. What exciting way to start the new year."

Court watchers will remember that in October, the Supreme Court met and refused to review any same-sex marriage cases, leading to a flurry of states having to allow same-sex marriage, amid the dropping of several stays. Several states are still embattled in attempts to delay or ward off the inevitable.

The Supreme Court could also consider cases in the 6th Circuit, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, after that Court ruled last month that states can, indeed, ban same-sex marriage, setting up a constitutional crisis.


Bobby Jindal 'Prayer Guide' Blames Gays For Hurricane Katrina - VIDEO

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Louisiana Governor and anti-gay “Christian” nutjob Bobby Jindal is claiming in material for a prayer rally to kick off his possible presidential run that Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters are the result of god’s anger at gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

Last month, Jindal spoke at an anti-equality, "pro-family" event in Dallas. He has also given anti-gay Duck Dynasty star Phil Roberston an award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Jindal is set to kick off the potential presidential campaign in January with a stadium prayer rally organized by anti-gay groups and individuals including listed hate group the American Family Association.

It would appear that Jindal’s campaign is being closely modeled on Rick Perry’s disastrous 2012 run for president. Organizers are actually reusing material from Perry’s 2011 prayer rally in Texas that blame natural disasters on gay people, marriage equality, legal abortion and Internet pornography. 6a00d8341c730253ef01a511ba7967970c-800wi

The prayer guide for the rally also appears to be exactly the same as the guide distributed to participants in Perry’s 2011 event.  As Right Wing Watch points out, the materials have not “even been updated to include the increased number of states that are bringing God’s judgment on America by allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.”

The prayer guide includes the following nuggets of “Christian” wisdom:

“We have watched sin escalate to a proportion the nation has never seen before. We live in the first generation in which the wholesale murder of infants through abortion is not only accepted but protected by law. Homosexuality has been embraced as an alternative lifestyle. Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and Washington, D.C. Pornography is available on demand through the internet.

“Biblical signs of apostasy are before our very eyes. While the United States still claims to be a nation 'under God' it is obvious that we have greatly strayed from our foundations in Christianity.

“This year we have seen a dramatic increase in tornadoes that have taken the lives of many and crippled entire cities, such as Tuscaloosa, AL & Joplin, MO. And let us not forget that we are only six years from the tragic events of hurricane Katrina, which rendered the entire Gulf Coast powerless.”

Watch Jindal speak at this year's anti-gayathon GOP-backed Values Voter Summit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Louisiana Business Faces Backlash After Announcing It's Not A Gay Bar On Facebook

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Bar Code, a new bar and grill in Lafayette, Louisiana, bears the same name as a popular gay establishment in Richmond, Virginia — Barcode

BarcodelogoLafayette's Bar Code, which has yet to open, is also using a similar logo (above) to the Richmond Bar Code's (right). 

So, it's easy to see why some may have suspected that Lafayette's Bar Code is going to be a gay establishment.

Which apparently prompted the owners to make the following announcement on Facebook this weekend, according to Lafayette's The IND Monthly: 

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The post was later removed, but not before IND Monthly took a screengrab and also captured a bunch of the comments, most of which are along these lines:  

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Bar Code is also getting some hilarious reviews:

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And even Richmond's Barcode is getting in on the action: 

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Lambda Legal Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Federal Judge's Ruling Upholding Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban

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Hoping to bypass the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal and the lawyers representing Forum for Equality Louisiana and seven same-sex Louisiana couples have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's August ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. 

The filing, called a Writ of Certiorari before Judgment can be granted in cases that show there is imperative public importance as to justify bypassing the normal appeals process in the Circuit Court of Appeal.

Said Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Kenneth D. Upton, Jr. via statement:

LouisianaThe ruling from the lower court in this case is a time-warped reading of the Constitution and neglects developments in the law, including since the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor. We have seen a blizzard of well-reasoned rulings in recent months holding similarly discriminatory bans unconstitutional, including rulings out of the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits Courts of Appeal. We are asking for the Supreme Court’s review now while it is considering the Sixth Circuit decision because together these cases present the full gamut of aberrant arguments supporting these discriminatory bans, and, in Louisiana specifically, present in one state a case covering both the right of same-sex couples to marry, and for legally married same-sex couples to have those marriages recognized. The longer same-sex couples are forced to live in a country divided by where their families are respected and where they aren’t the more apparent the injustice will become—and that clarity will come at a price for thousands of families.

Added Forum for Equality Louisiana Executive Director SarahJane Brady:

Dozens of federal courts have been nearly unanimous: these hateful, politically motivated marriage bans have no place in our country – and they will soon end up in the dustbin of history where they belong.  After the Sixth Circuit’s ruling upholding state bans on same sex marriages, we determined there is too much at stake in Louisiana and other states without marriage equality to wait on the appeals process to play out, potentially delaying justice for same-sex couples.

The Fifth Circuit has scheduled arguments in challenges to same-sex marriage bans from Louisiana and Texas for January 9. 

Read the petition below via Equality Case Files:

 


Sarah Palin and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Rally for GOP Candidate in Louisiana Senate Runoff

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is bringing her "simple-minded" self on down to Louisiana this weekend to join Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson in helping support Rep. Bill Cassidy's race to unseat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, CNN reports:

Palin and Robertson will attend a GOP unity rally for Cassidy on Saturday afternoon in Monroe, Cassidy's spokesman confirmed. The story was first reported by Politico.

It's not the first time Palin has palled around with the "Duck Dynasty" clan. Last year she spent time with the family in Monroe while she was on a book tour.

Landrieu won 42% of the vote in last week's election compared to Cassidy's 41%. State law requires a December runoff if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote. 

Watch a video back in September of Robertson telling Palin his thoughts on "political correctness" and Palin admitting she's "simple minded" AFTER THE JUMP...

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