Fayetteville could today become the first Arkansas city to implement an LGBT non-discrimination order (NDO), reports NWA Online.
Alderman Matthew Petty proposed the NDO, which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background and veteran status, after being approached by the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality, an LGBT advocacy group with offices in Fayetteville.
During the proposal's second reading on August 5th, the vast majority of the more than 100 people who packed the City Council chambers criticized the proposed NDO as government overreach and an unnecessary infringement upon residents' religious beliefs.
Speaking against the NDO at a protest last Saturday, Republican Senator Bart Hester said:
“I think they’ve included a whole bunch of things that are already covered in law, just to protect the few little issues that we all know this is about…this is about telling a church that they have to host a gay marriage that they don’t support.”
A Monday robocall to voters, narrated by reality television star Michelle Duggar and paid for by the Arkansas Family Council, urged residents to speak out against the NDO:
“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
However, Blake Pennington, assistant city attorney, said that such arguments are "nothing more than fear-mongering."
City council member Sarah Marsh, who said that the ordinance “guarantees that all people will have access to housing, employee and public accommodation,” expects there to be a vote today following the third and final discussion of the ordinance.
Earlier this month, Billings, Montana Mayor Tom Hanel cast the deciding vote against a proposed NDO that would have protected Billings residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 11:50 AM EST by Jim Redmond in Arkansas, Law - Gay, LGBT, Law Enforcement, News, News Clips, Republican Party, Video |
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Late last week, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts agreed to review a request from Virginia county clerk Michèle McQuigg to stay a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Yesterday, prompted by Chief Justice Roberts’ intervention, the ACLU and Lambda Legal asked that the Fourth Circuit’s ruling not be stayed so that same-sex marriage can begin at last in Virginia:
"We will do everything we can to ensure that same-sex couples do not have to wait a day longer than necessary to finally receive the dignity and protection that only comes with marriage," said James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, who argued the case for the class before the federal appeals court. "The historic Supreme Court case that affirmed the right of people of different races to marry started in in Virginia. In the 47 years since then, committed same-sex couples in the commonwealth have been patiently waiting for the freedom to marry the person they love."
The organizations also will request that, if the Court decides to grant the stay, it should accept the case for full review as quickly as possible in order to minimize the harm that would be caused by the delay of the Fourth Circuit decision.
As WVEC notes, same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in Virginia starting August 21 unless the Supreme Court grants a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s decision.
Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 11:20 AM EST by Sean Mandell in ACLU, Gay Marriage, Lambda Legal, News, Virginia |
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Former professional hockey player Sean Avery stripped down to his jock strap to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, sharing his take on the uber popular charity challenge on Instagram. Unfortunately, Sean’s video only provides a frontal view.
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Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 11:00 AM EST by Sean Mandell in Sean Avery |
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Jody Hice, the wingnut Republican nominee for an open House seat from Georgia, has called on Congress to ban the federal government from “discriminating" against anti-LGBT Christians, reports Right Wing Watch.
Hice’s outburst came last month following President Barack Obama’s executive order banning federally funded organizations from discrimination against LGBT employees.
Hice claimed that the executive order "is almost like a thumbing of the nose of the president at the U.S. Supreme Court, at our First Amendment, at our unalienable rights ... How else do you look at this but a thumbing of those nose of our administration at our First Amendment and our Supreme Court at the same time."
Hice called for a repeal of the executive order and for legislation prohibiting the government “from itself discriminating against any individual or any group or organization, whether nonprofit or for profit, it doesn't matter, to prevent the government from discriminating based on the beliefs about marriage and sexuality."
Earlier this year, Hice alleged the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children.
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Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 10:20 AM EST by Jim Redmond in Evangelical Christians, Georgia, Jody Hice, News, Republican Party |
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Speaking on Understanding the Times With Jan Markell last weekend, “ex-gay” activist Stephen Bennett and wingnut conservative radio show host Linda Harvey railed against the “handful of powerful homosexual activists” who are fighting for equality, reports Right Wing Watch.
Claiming that “two and a half percent of the population is gay,” Bennett said that “maybe five percent are militant activists who are trying to turn this country upside down.”
Bennett continued that LGBT activists are demanding equality but that “anyone with a brain” realizes that homosexuality is not equal to heterosexuality.
Bennett also weighed in on same-sex marriage, claiming that “marriage isn’t to be decided by a government or judges or courts; this is God, God is the one who designed this.”
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Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 10:00 AM EST by Jim Redmond in "Ex-Gays", Evangelical Christians, Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Linda Harvey, News |
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Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, the leader of the virulently homophobic Russian vigilante group Occupy Pedophilia has been sentenced to five years in a penal colony, reports LGBTQ Nation.
Martsinkevich rose to international attention in 2013 when Occupy Pedophilia began posting videos documenting a campaign of violent attacks on gay men who had been lured to meetings using the social network VK.com.
In many of the videos, Martsinkevich is seen forcibly shaving victims’ heads, pouring urine on victims and forcing them to perform sex acts with objects.
The group claimed that the men they attacked were seeking to have sex with boys.
Amid international outrage, the prosecutor’s office in what was then Sevastopol, Ukraine sought to arrest Martsinkevich for crimes against a young male adult citizen of Ukraine. Martsinkevich fled to Cuba last December but was arrested and extradited for breaking Cuban immigration law in January.
Nine other members of the group are currently awaiting trial for allegedly “committing crimes under several articles of the Criminal Code,” including organization of an extremist community and membership in an extremist community, beatings and other acts of violence, the threat of murder and causing grievous bodily harm, intentional infliction of moderate bodily harm, torture and robbery.”
Martsinkevich was convicted of inciting and fomenting cases of extremism by posting videos on VK.com that contained racial slurs and extremist opinions on Russia’s state of the union. However, videos containing anti-gay statements and homophobic abuse were not included in the case.
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Posted Aug. 19,2014 at 9:40 AM EST by Jim Redmond in Cuba, Maxim Martsinkevich, News, News Clips, Russia, Ukraine, Video |
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