Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Gay People 'Want You to Disobey God So You Go to Hell With Them' - VIDEO
Colorado Republican state house candidate and homophobic wingnut Gordon Klingenschmitt said on his “Pray In Jesus Name” show yesterday that LGBT activists in Kentucky are forcing Christians to violate God’s law and end up in hell, reports Right Wing Watch.
His latest outburst comes following a situation in Kentucky in which a t-shirt printing business was found to have violated the city's non discrimination ordinance (NDO) by refusing to print t-shirts for a local gay organization.
Insisting that NDOs are a violation of the First Amendment, Klingenschmitt said that gay rights activists are driven by a demonic spirit (not t-shirts) that seeks to force Christians to "disobey God" so that they will wind up in Hell:
"They want your soul. They won't be satisfied with your money. They don't really want the t-shirts. They want your soul. They want you to disobey God so that you go to Hell with them. It's not enough that they go to Hell for disobeying God, they want you to disobey God so that we all go to Hell. That's the Devil's goal in the end.”
Watch Klingenschmitt’s ridiculous outburst, AFTER THE JUMP...
In recent months Klingenschmitt has claimed that same-sex marriage will allow for the “recruitment” of children, that the New York State Division of Human Rights is forcing Christians to “worship sodomy” and that transgender people shouldn’t be allowed into churches or public restrooms.
The North Carolina Values Coalition, a conservative “pro family” organization, is encouraging public officials to uphold the state’s former ban on same sex marriage that was recently declared to be unconstitutional.
In a widely circulated e-mail, the organization suggested that those responsible for the registration and issuing of marriage licenses could object to giving them to same sex couples using the First Amendment as justification. Should a so-called violation of religious rights be thought of as insufficient reason to deny a marriage license, the e-mail alternatively suggests appointing a debutee to conduct the procedure.
“One thing is clear--forcing voters across the state of North Carolina to carry out same-sex weddings when it violates their religious beliefs is wrong,” The NCVC’s executive director Tami Fitzgerald said in a press conference. “And it violates the free exercise of religion that’s guaranteed by the Constitution.”
Despite the NCVC’s insistence on using this potential “loophole,” North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has publicly stated that, in following with the law, he intends to fully embrace gay marriage throughout the state. Still though, conservatives’ resistance to inevitable change is steadfast.
Gilbert Breedlove, a judge and magistrate in North Carolina’s Swain County, stepped down on Monday after refusing to marry a gay couple. He explained that he felt as if he had no choice.
"I was Christian when I started," he told the Citizen Times. "Then, the law didn't require me to perform something that was against my religious belief. Now that law has changed its requirements."
Breedlove’s resignation spurred South Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger [pictured right] to propose introducing legislation that would legally exempt public officials with religious conflicts from wedding gay couples.
“The court’s expansion of the freedoms of some should not violate the well-recognized constitutional rights of others,” Berger said on Tuesday. “Complying with the new marriage law imposed by the courts should not require our state employees to compromise their core religious beliefs and First Amendment rights in order to protect their livelihoods.”Sphere: Related Content
In what might be the craziest argument made against gay marriage this month, concerned heterosexual Kansas couple Phillip and Sandra Unruh have filed a motion to intervene in the case challenging the state's gay marriage ban - insisting that allowing same-sex couples to marry would literally lead to a "taking of their property rights in marriage without due process of law."
The brief states, in part:
The extension of marriage to same sex relationships inflicts profound harm on the Unruhs. For the court to say that from this day forward marriage in Kansas must be extended to a same sex couple is and for ever will be deeply disturbing to the Unruhs and undoubtedly to those that cared enough to pass an amendment to protect it, a departure from the joy and celebration normally associated with the word marriage. Disturbed, not because of bigotry, but out of solemn respect for what marriage is, what it has meant to them and to society in general. Marriage is perhaps the single most valuable institution society has ever had. The standards established by marriage and its exclusive nature enjoyed by the Unruhs can not be ignored or impaired without fundamental civil rights of the Unruhs being disturbed and married people being discriminated against....a ruling extending marriage to same sex relationships would violate the Unruhs' right to equal protection under the law by the Court's failure to protect marriage and support the right of Kansas citizens to codify its implicit meaning.
Other portions of the brief mention Bible verses and "responsible procreation, effective parenting, and the desire to proceed cautiously in this evolving area" as reasons for keeping Kansas' gay marriage ban in place.
Read the brief yourself and marvel at the absurdity below, via Equality Case Files.
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Alliance Defending Freedom Claims Anti-gay Idaho Wedding Chapel Never Sought Non-Profit Status - VIDEO
Anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has posted a response to a letter from the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho relating to the litigation group's discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a local wedding chapel, reports Joe My God.
Donald and Evelyn Knapp, the owners of Hitching Post, a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, claim in the lawsuit that the city's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.
The letter sent by the city to ADF on October 20th makes it clear that, although the Knapps registered their business as a religious corporation early this month, “based on the facts and their corporate status at the time [the couple refused to perform a same-sex wedding],” Hitching Post comes under the city’s non-discrimination order.
However, ADF has posted a response on its website backtracking on claims that Hitching Post has in fact been registered as a non-profit religious organization. ADF has attacked the city’s “disingenuous waffling” and is now arguing that the Coeur d’Alene intends to “prosecute a for-profit business.”
"While the Knapps do operate a ministry, they charge a fee for the ceremonies in order to be able to make a modest living. Therefore, the city, in its letter and elsewhere, is admitting that it would prosecute these pastors, who are clearly under a present threat of being sent to jail, fined, or both.
"The city has had months to figure out its own ordinance, and our clients have years of incarceration and devastating fines hanging over their heads. The city’s disingenuous waffling is indefensible.”
Earlier this month, the ADF began lobbying Slovakia's constitutional court to allow activists to place a referendum on the country's ballot that would reinforce the current bans on gay marriage, adoption, and domestic partner protections. The ADF's efforts in promoting bigotry abroad were profiled in Human Rights Campaign's "Export of Hate" report last month.
Watch an ABC report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...
Earlier this week we reported that attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in the case that struck down DOMA, had filed a challenge to Mississippi's gay marriage ban on behalf of two gay couples.
That challenge has been put on a fast track by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves, who has set a hearing in the case, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, for November 12 at 9 am.
Said Kaplan, via press release:
“By setting the schedule that it did, the Court clearly appreciated the need for expedition on issues of such great constitutional and practical import. We look forward to presenting our arguments to Judge Reeves on November 12. We are confident that, having read the briefs and heard our arguments, the Court will grant the relief that our clients seek – namely, the right to be treated like all other Mississippi families who love and care for each other, pay their taxes, and do their best to raise their kids."
Plaintiffs are also represented by Mississippi attorney Robert McDuff of McDuff & Byrd, based in Jackson, Mississippi.Sphere: Related Content
Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty [pictured below] has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for "en banc" review of a federal judge's ruling overturning the state's gay marriage ban, Alaska Dispatch News reports:
The filing notes, “En banc hearing is warranted because Alaska’s appeal presents a question of extraordinary importance whose outcome is controlled by erroneous circuit precedent.” The filing, written by Washington, D.C.-based attorney S. Kyle Duncan, asks the justices to look at the district court decision separately from the 9th Circuit decision overturning marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.
Attorneys have noted en banc review is difficult to get. Just asking for the review does not mean it is granted, since a majority of the 9th Circuit's 29 judges must agree just to hear the case. From there, a panel of 11 judges, instead of the typical three, decides the matter.
The Washington Blade adds:
Doug NeJaime, a law professor at University of California, Irvine, said he doesn’t think the full Ninth Circuit will grant review of the marriage cases in the first place.
“Of course, the first question is whether en banc review is granted,” NeJaime said. “Given the Supreme Court’s action a couple weeks ago, there may not be many judges that want to spend resources reviewing the panel decision. And then there is certainly reason, given that Perry was also decided in the Ninth Circuit, to think a different result is unlikely.”
Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Butch Otter filed a similar petition with the Ninth Circuit seeking "en banc" review of the case challenging the state's gay marriage ban. Marriage equality has already begun in both states.
Read the Alaska petition below, via Equality Case Files:Sphere: Related Content