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04/19/2007


Here Are All The Anti-Gay Haters Who Attended The Signing of Mississippi's 'License To Discriminate' Bill

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We already identified one of the anti-gay leaders who attended the recent signing of Mississippi’s “license to discriminate bill.” But apparently Facebook user Kelly Kyle identified everyone else who attended the signing — most of them had a direct hand in its creation and eventual passage.

So to continue Kyle's good work, we’ve dug up anti-gay dirt on each of the men pictured above and put it in a handy list just for you!

- Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”

- Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.

- Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.

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Gay College Student Talks About Being Out in a Mississippi Fraternity: VIDEO

Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS was interviewed by Christian Hendricks for a video project called "South of the Ohio" about his experience of being an out gay man in a fraternity. Being a liberal arts college, Kennedy didn't experience any particular harassment or discrimination, but subtle anti-gay attitudes, such as the pervasive use of "faggot" as a generic insult, tainted a lot of spoken and email conversations between fraternity brothers.

Matters escalated when a friend of Kennedy's sat in on an open meeting of the fraternity and wrote about some of the attitudes she saw there for a long-form article for class that was eventually published in the school newspaper. The fraternity itself was especially irate at how the expose would make them look bad.

You can watch the interview with Kennedy AFTER THE JUMP...

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CNN and FOX News Completely Ignored Mississippi's New Anti-Gay Segregation Law: VIDEO

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Late last week, Melissa Harris-Perry dedicated her letter of the week to Governor Phil Bryant for signing the anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill.

Said Harris-Perry in her video message:

It’s not like the people of Mississippi are under the thumb of onerous state laws that protect LGBT people. Same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi by constitutional amendment. You can’t even have a wedding for a vendor to refuse to work!

And you can already be discriminated against for your sexual orientation in Mississippi. You can be fired or not hired just for being gay. You can be denied housing. So, governor, what you did was make it even easier than it already was to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians. To deny them services available to everyone else. Basically, you gave bigots yet another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mscoverage1In related news, Equality Matters reports that CNN and FOX News completely ignored Mississippi's new anti-gay segregation law:

CNN and Fox's failure to cover the Mississippi law is the latest reminder of the media's short attention span. Mere weeks after key Fox personalities condemned the Arizona bill, many of those same personalities went right back to defending anti-gay discrimination this week, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that a photographer had violated the state's non-discrimination law by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.

CNN, meanwhile, continues its hours upon hours of obsessive speculation over the missing Malaysian jetliner.

As Mississippi wages war on LGBT citizens' basic rights, two of the nation's leading news outlets apparently have nothing better to offer than silence.

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Attended MS 'License To Discriminate' Bill Signing

Eagle Eye opposition research blogger Jeremy Hooper noticed that one of the people attending Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's signing of the "license to discriminate" law was hate-group leader Tony Perkins.

Tony_perkins_msAt GLAAD, Hooper wrote:

A week ago, I showed you how the Family Research Council, one of the most anti-LGBT organizations in the country, had assembled a team of very hostile voices in order to advocate for Mississippi's version of one of those Arizona-style license-to-discriminate bills that are making their way across the country.  The team, led by FRC president Tony Perkins, framed their advocacy as being against "the homosexual agenda" and they admitted in a latter to MS lawmakers that LGBT people are "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."  There is no denying that they saw this as a fight against LGBT people and rights...

FRC president Tony Perkins was actually at the bill signing, joining local lawmakers and the governor for what they considered a triumphant moment.  Of the small handful of invitees, Tony was one of the only non-elected officials (and/or non-Mississippi residents) to be there.  He had no real ties other than the fact that he, as one of the strongest practitioners of the anti-LGBT arts, sees this bill as a boon to his cause.  

Although it's really no big surprise that the governor invited Mr. Perkins.  Again, Tony and his equally LGBT-hostile team of advocates pushed and pushed hard for this, one of the many bills that the anti-LGBT movement is trying to dupe state legislatures into passing.  The governor was likely grateful for Tony's handiwork against "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."

Perkins has repeatedly been invited on television as a conservative and evangelical expert without any mention whatsoever about his ties to a hate group.


Rep. Louie Gohmert Applauds Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Law Against 'Intolerant’ Gays: AUDIO

GohmertRep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), perhaps the nuttiest anti-gay bigot in the House, is very much pleased with Mississippi’s new law that will allow businesses to turn away LGBT people as an “exercise of religion.”

Right Wing Watch reports that on Family Research Council’s radio show Thursday, FRC president Tony Perkins was joined by Gohmert and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in an anti-gay kumbaya to celebrate Mississippi's ability to do what Arizona and Kansas could not. While there, Gohmert gushed on Bryant, saying:

Governor, we are so proud, you have set such a wonderful example of real freedom. You’ve seen it first hand, there is nobody more intolerant in this country than those that are screaming for tolerance. Christians are not intolerant but whoa, goodness these people that have their leftist agenda that are so intolerant so thanks for having the courage to stand up. 

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Friday Speed Read: Mississippi, Mozilla, Social Security, Colorado, Marriage Equality

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

BryantMISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS:

Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act Thursday, saying it “will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference.” The ACLU says the law, though less problematic than in its original form, “could still open the door for someone who wants to use their religion to discriminate against others.” “We remain hopeful that courts throughout the state will reject any attempts to use religion to justify discrimination.” The law takes effect July 1.

EichMOZILLA APOLOGIZES WITH RESIGNATION:

The Mozilla software company that operates the Firefox browser issued an apology Thursday for failing to “move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started.” The controversy centered around Mozilla’s new CEO Brenden Eich, who gave a $1,000 contribution in support of Proposition 8 in California. Some staff and board members objected when Eich was named CEO on March 24, and that protest quickly spread to outsiders. The Mozilla statement issued yesterday said Eich “has chosen to step down from his role as CEO…. for Mozilla and our community.” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all."

SOCIAL SECURITY STILL ROLLING: 

The Social Security Administration continued its rollout yesterday of new regulations affecting same-sex couples, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision last June to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the SSA is now able to process requests “for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages” for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). For details, see HHS website.

ColoradoTHE PROFIT OF MARRIAGE:

The Williams Institute, an LGBT research think tank based at UCLA, released a report Thursday showing that the state of Colorado’s economy stands to gain millions from legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. The calculation is based on taking the Census data estimate of how many same-sex couples live in Colorado (12,424), anticipating half will want to marry within the first few years they are able to in the state, and presuming same-sex couples will spend less than one-fourth the $26,000 straight couples do on weddings in Colorado. These couples and their guests would spend an estimated $50 million during those first three years, supporting 436 jobs.

WHETHER TO MARRY:

A new book out by lawyer-activist Scott Squillace offers practical considerations for couples contemplating marriage. Much of the advice would apply whether the couples are straight or gay: such as how couples with disparate incomes might result in lower taxes while those where both earn high incomes might pay higher taxes if married. But for same-sex couples specifically, the book examines which federal agencies have limited marriage-related benefits for couples living in marriage equality states and which have yet to publish post-Windsor regulations regarding such matters. The self-published book is available through amazon.com.


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