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04/19/2007


Freedom to Marry Launching $1 million Campaign to Build Southern Support for Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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At a press conference on Monday, Freedom to Marry is expected to announce a new $1 million television ad campaign in Southern states in the hopes of swaying public opinion and the judges who will decide the fate of state bans on gay unions. As it stands, there are about two dozen lawsuits challenging bans on gay marriage that are pending before state and federal courts in Southern states. The Washington Post reports:

“Freedom to Marry’s national strategy has always been to build a critical mass of states and support to create the climate for the Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution. We don’t have to win within every state, but we have to win enough states,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 11.13.09 AMAtlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will join the group at its Monday press conference. The group will also try to tie same-sex marriage to the civil rights movement, by featuring Rep. John Lewis [right], the longtime Georgia Democrat who ran the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in a testimonial.

“I see the right to marriage as a civil rights issue. You cannot have rights for one segment of the population and one group of people and not for everybody,” Lewis says in the video.

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Co-chairs of the new initiative will include Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), as well as Mark McKinnon, a former senior adviser to George W. Bush and Lance Bass, the ‘N Sync singer.

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First Openly Gay Oklahoma State Senator To Run For Congress

Al McAffrey, the Oklahoma state senator for District 46, announced Sunday that he would be running for a fifth district congressional seat. McAffrey, who owns a cremation and mortuary service, was an Oklahoma City police officer, and is a Navy veteran, was the first openly gay member of the Sooner State's legislature. 

Mcaffrey_bioKRMG.com reports:

At the news conference announcing the run, McAffrey said, “it’s not about political parties or bipartisanship, rather about our friends and neighbors."

He continued "but to do it, we have to send different people to Congress. I’m running because I believe there is a better way. As a father of three wonderful women and a grandfather, I know my daughters deserve better.” 

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McAffrey went on to say, “right now, Washington is stuck in gridlock. Folks on both sides of the aisle are so stuck they can't manage to get anywhere on anything. And while they're playing politics, the folks back here at home are paying the price.”

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He continued “we have commitments from a lot of people here in Oklahoma and outside of Oklahoma helping us raise money.” 

McAffrey reportedly told The Gayly that he has "been looking at this race for about a year." 


Five Religious Faiths File 42-Page Brief Supporting Gay Marriage Bans in Utah and Oklahoma

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod filed a 42-page amicus brief to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday arguing in support of Bans on gay marriage in Oklahoma and Utah.

LdsThe filers argued that they aren't against same-sex couples:

"Our faith communities bear no ill will toward same-sex couples, but rather have marriage-affirming religious beliefs that merge with both practical experience and sociological fact to convince us that retaining the husband-wife marriage definition is essential," the brief explains.

The AP adds:

The coalition struck back at the notion that opposing gay marriage makes one anti-gay, irrational or bigoted.

"The accusation is false and offensive," it says. "It is intended to suppress rational dialogue and democratic conversation, to win by insult and intimidation rather than by reason, experience, and fact."

...Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Monday that religions will always be free to choose which marriages they perform.

But in a statement, Minter added that "the state cannot exclude any group of people from a fundamental right based on religious views held by some. Our society is strengthened when the law both supports all families and protects the freedoms of conscience and belief."

Download the full brief here (PDF).


Bigoted Oklahoma Restaurant Owner's Online Pages Overrun With Trolls And 1-Star Reviews

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A few days ago Gary's Chicaros restaurant became a common name as word spread like wildfire about the grossly bigoted owner Gary James and his policies against serving ethnic minorities, the disabled, the unemployed, and, of course, the gays.

JamesDespite what occurs in some of the darker corners online, the Internet collectively doesn't appreciate a bigot and its denizens have descended upon both the restaurant's Facebook page and Yelp page with 1-star reviews, re-branding the establishment as a gay bar complete with photos of go-go boys and drag queens, and satirical reviews like:

Gary is such a sweet piece of man meat. Put him on a plate and I would just eat it up. This is really the best black gay bar in town. 
The food is terrible, but oh the service you can get from Gary if you know what I mean.  
The bathrooms, or what I like to call the playground is simply not to be missed. 
Gary, you are truly the wind beneath my wings, oh and you might catch me there on Tuesdays Drag show singing that song!

Welcome to the Internet, Mr. James. You will be very uncomfortable here.

Garys


Oklahoma Restaurant Owner Won't Serve Blacks, Hispanics, 'Faggots' or 'Freaks': VIDEO

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A restaurant owner, in Enid, Oklahoma refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, or people with disabilities, KFOR reports:

Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros, said, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.” He added, “I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”

James said, “If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended. But to call someone a ‘chink’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”

Now, a wave of comments on Facebook claim James refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities, like Matt Gard.

Gard said, “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity.”

Gard was a regular at Gary’s Chicaros restaurant for years. He said he turned a blind eye to the owner’s choice of customers, until recently.

Gard said, “Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me.”

ChicarosThe restaurant even has an offensive T-shirt which James wears proudly.

Even the business’ t-shirt is viewed as offensive. The shirt features derogatory slogans against homosexuals, it has the N-word on the front and threatens violence against Muslims, minorities and democrats.

James said he is proud to wear that shirt. He said, “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

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Rachel Maddow Mocks Oklahoma's Plans to Ban All Marriage in Order to Avoid Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow mocks Oklahoma's ridiculous proposal to ban all marriage in order to avoid having to "face the horror" of gay marriage.

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