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Anti-Gay Billboard In Tennessee Quotes 'God', Draws Mixed Response From Locals: VIDEO

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A billboard in Portland, Tennessee has been drawing mixed reactions from locals for a few months now. The advertisement depicts an open Bible with a passage from Leviticus 18:22 on one page that reads, "You shall not lie with man as with a woman it is an abomination," and the oft-heard phrase, "Love the sinner, hate the sin" on the other page. The quote is attributed simply to "God." 

Some Portlanders see the billboard as a bullying tactic while others agree with the message and deem it a product of free speech. The backers of the board are unknown, but the bottom corner reads: "paid for by concerned Christians."

Fox 17 Nashville reports:

"I was infuriated. It's pretty cruel to single out one group of sinners," said [Ashley]Alderson...

Glenn Pennington says he sees the billboard as a freedom of speech issue.

"That's how they feel if the opposite side wants to put something up it's their business," said Pennington.

One local, Elna Harman, said she believed that the billboard was a positive promotion of God's word.

"It's a love for people," said Harman.

A mixed bag of responses to be sure, but not one person explicitly supportive of the LGBT community. Interesting that Alderson, though not in favor of the billboard, still deems the idea in question a sin. 

A spokesperson from the Tennessee Equality Project responded to the billboard with particular concern for LGBT teenagers who could be negatively impacted by its message.

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24,000 Transgender People May Be Ineligible To Vote In November Due to Voter ID- VIDEO

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Strict voter ID laws in ten states could create barriers to voting and lead to possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November, reports LGBTQ Nation.

MapAccording to the study “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” about 84,000 transgender people across the ten strict photo ID states are estimated to be eligible to vote. The 24,000 transgender voters who may face barriers to voting reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In order for these 24,000 voting-eligible transgender people to obtain the updated photo IDs required to vote in the November 2014 general election, they must comply with the requirements for updating their state-issued or federally-issued IDs.

The study’s author Jody L. Herman, Ph.D, said:

“Some voters may not have the means or the ability to present the required voter identification for a variety of reasons, such as poverty, disability, or religious objection.

Transgender people have unique barriers to obtaining accurate IDs needed to vote.

As these ten states begin planning for their fall elections, educating poll workers is crucial in order to ensure that transgender voters in their states have fair access to the ballot.”

Watch the 2012 National Center for Transgender Equality's "Voting While Trans" campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Southern Baptist Pastor: Gays Should Be Put To Death, God Can Cure Homosexuality - VIDEO

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Robert Gallaty, a pastor at a Southern Baptist church near Chattanooga, Tennessee, said in a sermon last week that god wants LGBT people to be put to death, reports The Raw Story.

In the hour-long sermon, Gallaty also claimed that although Christians have repented for racism, they will never repent for homophobia because African-American people cannot change the color of their skin.

Said Gallaty:

“A black man can’t change his race, a white man can’t change his race, a homosexual can stop engaging in homosexual acts. See, sexuality is a choice. Gender and race are not.”

Explaining the biblical basis for the death penalty, he said:

“God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live. So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, god gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’”

Comparing homosexuality to addiction, he said that same-sex attractions is “the same desire I had to get high and score dope years ago.”

Gallaty also suggested that God is active in the “ex-gay” movement, claiming he told a gay member of his congregation that he “may have to remain single for the rest of your life...the cool thing is this: God, over time, will heal you.”

Back in June, Rick Perry made a similar claim when he said that a homosexual deciding not to be gay is the same as an alcoholic choosing to not have a drink.

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Tennessee Judge Upholds State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Gay Couple's Divorce Case

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A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage and declined to recognize the Iowa marriage of two men seeking a divorce, the AP reports:

Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman were married four years ago in Iowa. The Knoxville News Sentinel says they separated less than a year later after moving to Roane County, Tennessee, and Frederick Borman filed for divorce in March. [...]

Spokeswoman Leigh Ann Jones said the Tennessee attorney general's office is gratified by the ruling.

Attorney Mark Foster, who represented Borman, said his client is reviewing his options, including a possible appeal.

The ruling applied only to the case in question. Earlier this week, Tenessee's ban on gay marriage was heard before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.  


Stacey Campfield, Tennessee Lawmaker Behind 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Defeated in Reelection Bid

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Stacey Campfield, the virulently anti-gay Tennessee state senator who authored the "Don't Say Gay" bill forbidding discussion of homosexuality in schools, has been defeated in his bid for a second term. 

The Tennessean reports:

Campfield, a mainstay at the legislature since being elected to the House in 2004, finished with 5,824 votes, just 28 percent of the overall vote, compared to 13,977 votes, 67 percent, for Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner. [...]

Memorable comments and moments included: unsuccessfully attempting to join the Tennessee legislature's Black Caucus; blaming AIDS on a gay airline pilot having sex with monkeys and saying the disease is "virtually impossible" to contract during heterosexual intercourse; and, most recently, posting on his blog that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s."


Chattanooga, TN Residents Vote to Repeal City's Domestic Partner Benefits for Gay Couples

A Chattanooga, Tennessee domestic partnership ordinance that would have provided health benefits to the same-sex partners of city employees has been repealed by a public vote.

The ordinance lost 13685 votes (62.6%) to 8184 (37.4%)

Andy_Berke_Chattanooga_NSHNewschannel9 reports:

Last year the Chattanooga City Council voted to allow the partners of city employees in domestic partnerships to get equal benefits. But the measure was forced to a public vote, and it appears the public disagrees with the 5-4 council vote. [...]

Following the vote Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke [pictured] said, “I have no doubt Chattanoogans value fairness and equality, and I am proud of the volunteers who spent nights and weekends to ensure our employees are treated equally. The City of Chattanooga’s non-discrimination ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every City employee to know one thing -- your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community.  Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents."

Human Rights Campaign Deputy Field Director Jeremy Pittman released the following statement:

“Despite this hurtful and disappointing result tonight, we know that fair-minded Chattanoogans and people across Tennessee are ready to keep fighting until full equality reaches every corner of the state and every corner of this country. As LGBT equality moves forward across this country, this work isn’t over until every American can expect the same decent treatment under the law.”


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