08/20/2014

Hate Groups Holding Convention To Plan 'Moral Revolution'

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Well this should be a tragic trainwreck. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission are planning on holding a national conference in Nashville discussing the topic of "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage." Sure to be an informed an insightful affair, the conference will have speakers like Ryan T. Anderson, Jim Daly, and Kelly Rosati.

Topping it all off, one of the speakers is Christopher Yuan, a young man who "began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing, and discovered that he was HIV positive. Christopher has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope."

Note that Yuan is not gay, according to the bio, just that he "lived as a homosexual." Also note that his history perfectly feeds into the wingnut narrative about the destructiveness of the "gay lifestyle." Heaven forbid they should invite an emotionally-balanced homosexual who didn't self-destruct to speak on the topic of gayness.

Sponsors include Focus on the Family, various Baptist Theological Seminaries, and Manhattan Declaration. Prepare for there to be precisely zero seminars about the invalidity of Las Vegas drive-thru marriages or the validity of Biblically-mandated marriages between a rapist and his victim.

Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 11:20 AM EST by in Evangelical Christians, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


Pivotal Supreme Court Order Used To Defend Gay Marriage Bans Losing Support

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A growing number of lower-court judges tasked with reviewing the Constitutionality of states’ bans on same sex marriage are reconsidering a pivotal order issued in Baker v. Nelson, a 1972 Supreme Court case. Baker, a case challenging a state’s ability to legally limit marriage to opposite sex couples, was initially heard by the Minnesota Supreme Court before being rejected and appealed to the United States Supreme Court. The Warren E. Burger-led Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, citing a “want of a substantial federal question,” effectively giving legal merit to Baker’s ruling.

Baker has been used widely by opponents of same sex marriage as a legal precedent reflecting the then-Court’s views on gay marriage. Speaking to the lawyers defending California’s gay marriage ban, Ruth Bader Ginsberg expressed her doubts about Baker, citing the ways in which society and the court have changed,

“The Supreme Court hadn’t even decided that gender-based classifications get any kind of heightened scrutiny," she said at the time. “And the same-sex intimate conduct was considered criminal in many states in 1971, so I don’t think we can extract much in Baker v. Nelson.”

When taken in account, Baker automatically guides courts to decisions affirming bans because the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Baker’s appeal acts as an affirmation of the original Minnesotan Supreme Court’s ruling. More and more, however, the Supreme Court’s move to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act is being read as a broad consensus that Baker is a chunk of legal history that needs to be dealt with.

“These cases demonstrate that, since Baker, the Court has meaningfully altered the way it views both sex and sexual orientation through the equal protection lens,” Circuit Judge Henry Ford wrote to the Washington Post. “The Supreme Court’s willingness to decide Windsor without mentioning Baker speaks volumes regarding whether Baker remains good law.”

Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 11:00 AM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (5)


Lambda Legal Sues For Unconstitutional Deprivation Of Veterans Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

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Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of the American Military Partner Association, an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting partners and spouses of LGBT troops and veterans.

Lambda argues that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages violates the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The petition argues that the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of DOMA specifically flagged as unconstitutional the deprivation of veterans benefits to same-sex spouses.

The petition further states:

“Having weathered the federal government’s past, longstanding discrimination against them, lesbian and gay veterans and their families find themselves once again deprived of equal rights and earned benefits by the government they served and the nation for which they sacrificed.”

Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal, said:

“Gay and lesbian veterans have served their country and risked the ultimate sacrifice to fulfill their duty to this nation. Married veterans and their spouses, wherever they live, need critical veterans benefits, earned through years of often perilous service, to take care of their families. No member of our community should be left behind just because their home state continues to discriminate against their marriage.”

Read the petition HERE.

Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 10:40 AM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Lambda Legal, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (1)


Country Musician Josey Greenwell Rebranded, 'Straightwashed' For Heterosexual Audience: VIDEO

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Josey Greenwell was a country musician who made waves by being out and proud, appearing in places like DNA Magazine and on Dr. Phil, gaining attention both for his music and his model looks. Then in January 2013 he vanished. Now, over a year later, enter Nate Green, a ripped, blonde-haired, blue-eyed new country music star who is immensely popular with the 13-24 female demographic...and just so happens to be the new "persona" for Greenwell.

It was all speculation until WeHo Confidential ran a story with confirmations from former bar co-workers and BNA Talent Group representative Josh Robbins, the latter of whom was shown a picture of "Nate" and immediatley said, "Oh, that's Josey Greenwell!"

Given the pigeonholing that tends to happen with gay artists it's understandable why Greenwell chose to rebrand. It's just a shame that the singer who told DNA Magazine, "Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I'm proud of mine nonetheless," would trade the opportunity to shatter preconceptions for a nice big closet for him and his guitar.

Watch a video of 'Josey' performing at Motor City Pride in Detroit in 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 10:00 AM EST by in Music | Permalink | Comments (56)


Department Of Labor Announces Protections For Transgender Employees Of Federal Contractors - VIDEO

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The Department of Labor has finally issued guidance to protect transgender employees of federal contractors from discrimination, reports Buzzfeed.

The move comes after an April 2012 decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) supporting a claim for discrimination against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed by transgender woman Mia Macy.

The EEOC ruled in favor of Macy’s claim under the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because anti-transgender discrimination is a type of sex discrimination.

When Labor Secretary Tom Perez addressed the issue in February, he said that the issue was under review. However, it wasn’t until President Obama announced in June that he would be signing an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees of federally-funded organizations that Perez announced the Labor Department would be applying the Macy decision to the existing executive order.

The guidance was issued yesterday “[t]o clarify that existing agency guidance on discrimination on the basis of sex under Executive Order 11246, as amended, includes discrimination on the bases of gender identity and transgender status.”

Welcoming the decision, Sarah Warbelow, The Human Rights Campaign’s legal director, said:

“The Labor Department guidance issued today is a giant step toward ensuring American workers are judged based on the work they do, and never because of a fundamental aspect of who they are — like their gender identity.”

Watch a Center for American Progress profile of Mia Macy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 9:40 AM EST by in Barack Obama, Law - Gay, LGBT, Law Enforcement, News, News Clips, Transgender, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (16)


Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance: VIDEO

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Following nearly 10 hours of debate, the City Council in Fayetteville, Arkansas voted to pass a controversial non-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 6-2 at 3:20 AM Wednesday morning. The ordinance will provide protections for citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in addition to discrimination based on age, gender, national origin, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background and veteran status.

The Fayetteville Flyer reports: 

The new law means landlords and business owners could be investigated and prosecuted for unjustly evicting or firing someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status.

State and federal law prohibits discrimination based on someone’s age, gender, disability, race or religion. But in Arkansas there are no state-level non-discrimination laws that cover the other categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

The public meeting of the council that begin yesterday also saw many members of the public weigh in on the proposed ordinance. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan referenced some of the stories shared by Fayetteville citizens when urging the council to pass the ordinance:

“Just today we’ve seen many of our citizens who’ve been excluded from the table of equality, and I believe it’s time for everyone to have a place at that table, no matter where they come from, what they believe or who they love,” he said.

“When we accomplish that then we can truly hold hands and sing, ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave,’ and actually mean it. We’ve got to go to some place we’ve never been or we’ll all just be stuck right where we are.”

Watch a news report on the meeting and the packed house the vote drew, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 9:20 AM EST by in Arkansas, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (3)


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