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04/19/2007


Rick Perry Criticizes Madonna for Taking 'a Shot' At the Boy Scouts

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Rick Perry took a shot at Madonna for blaspheming the Boy Scouts at the GLAAD Awards in NYC, the Houston Chronicle reports:

“It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to,” Perry said.

Perry has been an outspoken advocate for the Boy Scouts for years. He authored the book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For ” in 2008, explaining why the organization should adhere to its conservative values. When the Boy Scouts considered changing their policy earlier this year, Perry protested openly.

“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said at the Texas Scouts’ 64th annual Report to State in February.

Onmyhonor_perryIn his book, Perry also compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

Said Perry, in On My Honor:

..."Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink...And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender."

In related news, Scouts for Equality, the organization run by former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, which has been leading the fight against the Scouts' ban, released numbers yesterday from internal documents obtained by SoE showing that the gay ban is a key factor driving the decades-long decline in scouting.

BsaThe internal Voice of the Scout poll showed that of the 5,800 survey respondents who commented on the policy, 95 percent said the 'reaffirmation of the membership policy negatively impacted their loyalty.' For boy scouts and their parents, that number jumped to 97 percent.

BSA also noted that "conservative estimates assign a 15:1 ratio of negative to positive comments about the existing membership standards policy" that prohibits gay scouts or scoutmasters.

The public relations pressure following the ouster of a lesbian den mother , Jennifer Tyrrell, in the summer of 2012, 'seems to have greatly impacted Detractors, as the membership standards policy was mentioned 42 percent of the time in their comments. This volume is significant enough to warrant further discovery as it may be a key factor in the NPS decline for parents of Boy Scouts / Venturers.'

More information at Scouts for Equality - and here's the polling document.


Rick Perry: Keep Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy

Boy Scouts PerryAfter addressing hundresed of Scouts during today's Texas Scouts' 64th annual Report to State, Governor (and one-time Eagle Scout) Rick Perry once again asserted that gays should not be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America. According to the Associated Press, Perry told reporters which way he hoped next week's expected vote on the anti-gay poiicy would go: "Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization. I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I."

The AP followed up with more questions for Perry: "He also disagreed that allowing members of all sexual preferences would make the Scouts more tolerant: 'I think you get tolerance and diversity every day in Scouting.'"

The Human Rights Campaign has already responded: "Governor Perry and the Boy Scouts are both completely out of touch with where America is going on this issue. There should be one national, non-discrimination policy. We can't quite wrap our heads around why that is so difficult to do in 2013."

Earlier this week, The Washington Post published an editorial piece calling for an end to the policy: "There can be only one moral and practical conclusion to this process — an end to official discrimination against gays and lesbians. Since the Boy Scouts are a venerable American institution and still do a lot of good, we are rooting for them to get to the right place."

In tandem with tomorrow's Scout Sunday (the annual celebration that recognizes current and former Scouts), The Family Research Council has inserted themselves into the issue by calling for their members to contact the organization asking for the ban on gays to remain. The hate group has started circulating propaganda with the following text: "...allowing homosexual leaders would place the BSA on dangerous ground."

Read the entire thing here.


Newt Gingrich Accepts 'Reality' Of Marriage Equality

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Though Newt Gingrich says he and his Republican Party have to come to terms with the "reality" of marriage equality, he doesn't seem too gung-ho about the prospect.

"The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality," he told The Huffington Post. "And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."

As for how such a reality would look, Gingrich says the GOP would prefer a legal distinction between church and secular weddings. But the former House Speaker also said that ironing out tensions over LGBT equality "will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with."

Gingrich was also asked about his role in passing the Defense of Marriage Act 1996, and told reporters Sam Stein and Jon Ward he and his colleagues back then never imagined the "wave" of support marriage equality would gather over the next sixteen years.

"I didn't think [gay marriage] was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act," he said. "It didn't seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing."

In response to Gingrich's comment, Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, the organization for which Gingrich's out half-sister Candace works, told BuzzFeed, "Gingrich has proven that leaders in the Republican party understand where the country is moving on marriage but he is also brave enough to say it out loud."

Stein and Ward of course asked Gingrich about the most recent election and the failed presidential candidate claimed that he would have done better against President Obama than the GOP's ultimate choice, Mitt Romney.

"I would have probably done better," he mused. "I don't want to be arrogant and say I would have done better. I would say my impression is that, from the Obama team's standpoint, the two candidates they found the hardest to cope with were Perry and me."

Wait, wasn't this conversation about reality?


White House to Consider Petition Signed by 73,000 for Texas Secession from the U.S.; Rick Perry Takes Stand

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A "We the People" petition for Texas to secede from the United States has gathered more than 73,000 signatures:

The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

According to The White House, the petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days in order to be considered.

“If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response,” explains the website.

Dadt_perrySaid Governor Rick Perry about the petition:

Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government.


News: Nepal, Billie Joe Armstrong, Rugby, LDS

1NewsIcon Nine climbers are dead and six are missing after an avalanche in Nepal.

KickAss11NewsIcon Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks ready for action on the Kick-Ass 2 set.

1NewsIcon Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird this weekend vowed to "stand up to the violent mobs that seek to criminalize homosexuality".

1NewsIcon Happy 50th birthday to The Jetsons!

1NewsIcon San Franciscans are mentally preparing for anti-gay, drunk-driving, Prop 8-advocating Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone to take his seat at the head of the Catholic table there. A taste of Cordileone's homophobic rhetoric: "If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we're going to suffer the consequences, and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences."

1NewsIcon Australia's The Purchas Cup brought gay rugby players from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane together for the very first time... That could be the opening of a skin flick.

1NewsIcon David Twede, an editor at MormonThink who has been critical of Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, says he now faces excommunication from the LDS.

Perrydog1NewsIcon Rick Perry's campaign threatened to sue the Huffington Post if it ran a story about gay rumors that have long plagued the failed Republican presidential candidate. "[Aide Ted Delisi] said Perry would be owning a big chunk of AOL, the publicly traded company that owns HuffPo, if this came out. Ted seemed kind of pissed off at the media in general, saying that standards had obviously declined if this is what passes for news these days. Ted was clear that he thought the story was complete hogwash."

1NewsIcon The owner of a Portland bar is being investigated for allegedly kicking out an LGBT performance troupe and their friends. One piece of evidence is a voicemail he left in which he blamed cross-dressing or transitioned customers for hurting his business: "People think that A: We're a tranny bar, or B: We're a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don't want to be here on a Friday night now."

Bagirl1NewsIcon These super-heroes have also been politicians. Didn't anyone note that Superman is an alien?

1NewsIcon Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day has checked into rehab after having a breakdown during a Las Vegas performance this weekend.

1NewsIcon Expect conservatives to start griping about how the Broward County School District in Florida is "encouraging" students to celebrate LGBT history month. Glenn Beck's The Blaze is getting the party started.

1NewsIcon Joe Arpaio v 2.0?


At Family Leadership Summit, Iowan Conservatives Vow To Defeat Judge Wiggins

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Yesterday, nearly 1,000 of Iowa's religious conservatives gathered in Grace Point Church, in Waukee, for the Family Leadership Summit. They did not seek to eliminate child hunger or illiteracy or poverty in Iowa, or to ensure that Iowa's children receive their vaccinations. They instead listened to addresses from Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rep. Steve King, and others, and plotted the defeat of Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who's up for a retention vote this year. Judge Wiggins is one of the seven Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled against the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act in 2009.

The campaign to unseat Judge Wiggins was announced by failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. From the AP:

“When you raise your hand and you swear an oath to the constitution and then you go outside of the constitution, outside of your separation of powers to legislate from the bench . . . we the people must hold a person like that in check,” said Vander Plaats, chairman of [the anti-Wiggins campaign,] Iowans for Freedom.

Earlier this month, Andy reported that the state GOP is gunning for Judge Wiggins, too.

Three of the justices who threw out the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act have come up for retention vote since the ruling. All three have been ousted.


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