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Rep. Tim Huelskamp Perpetuates Lie That Gay Marriage Harms Children, Economy, And Society: VIDEO

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Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) is determined to perpetuate the lie that gay marriage destroys pretty much everything it touches - children, the economy, society as a whole - despite an utter lack of evidence to support his claims and a fair amount of research to counter them. Thursday on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch program, Huelskamp called for Congress to vote - again - on his Marriage Protection Amendment that would impose a national ban on same-sex marriages, evidently completely undeterred by being smacked down a few years ago.

Huelskamp hides behind the usual suspects: the children, who would suffer in some unspecific, unquantifiable way; and the founding fathers, who "never envisioned a society which would reject a basic understanding of nature."

You can listen to Huelskamp speak for himself AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Documentary' on Impending Criminalization of Christianity Features a Who's Who of Anti-gay GOP Loons: VIDEO

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Last week, we reported on an upcoming religious "documentary" titled Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity detailing the supposed persecution of Christians at the hands of the LGBT fight for equality.

In that first preview video released, we saw Mike Huckabee and Scott Lively spouting anti-gay bile. Now, Right Wing Watch has pointed to a second preview featuring a number of current GOP congressmen with piss poor track records on equality issues.

Featured in the new preview:

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - Compared gay rights advocates to Nazis and has expressed his concern that same-sex massages in the military will leave gay military service members "vulnerable to terrorism".
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) - Claimed the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling was an attack on Jesus Christ and harmful to children. In 2013, he also reintroduced the Federal Marriage Amendment which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage nationwide. 
  • Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) - In 2011 proposed impeaching Obama over the president's support for the repeal of DOMA. 
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - Called a federal judge's ruling overturning Kentucky's ban on gay marriage "illegitimate". He also landed in hot water in 2013 after linking gay marriage to polygamy and "non-human" marriage.  

Rather than sum up the jaw-dropping statements made in the second preview of this sham film, it might be best if you just check it out yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Rallies Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined some 100 rally-goers in Wichita on Saturday in opposition to gay marriage and in support of the state's voter-approved anti-gay constitutional amendment. 

Back in 2005, a referendum stating marriage "shall be constituted by one man and one woman only" was approved by 70% of state voters.

The Wichita Eagle reports:

“The state of Kansas has voted on this, the people of Kansas have voted on this,” he said. “We need to keep pushing those issues and keep surging … surge forward into the election cycle.”

Brownback also used the rally — billed by the FRC as a “Standing for the American Family and Traditional Marriage” event — to marshal conservative voters for the November election.

“We need to push forward our candidates that stand for this country, that stand for faith, that stand for family, that stand for freedom,” he said. “This faith, family, freedom, that’s the name of the bus,” Brownback said, motioning toward a bus the FRC had decorated as part of its whistle-stop tour. “It’s also the name of the basic American philosophy, guys. The motto of the nation remains, ‘In God we trust.’”

HuelskampIn addition to Brownback, there were brief speeches by a number of other people, including Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” reality TV show and 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who described judicial intervention in the same-sex marriage issue as a battle, and “the battle is on,” he said.

Earlier this month, Huelskamp [pictured right] was rated one of the 19 "most anti-equality" members of Congress by the HRC.  

Watch a KSN news report on the rally and the dozen or so counter-protesters who showed up to voice support for LGBT rights, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kansas falls under the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already ruled Utah's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. One same-sex marriage licenses has already been issued, but additional marriages have been placed on temporary hold by the state Supreme Court while it considers whether the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. A hearing in the case is set for November 6. 

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The Right Enemies: A Look Back at Right-Wing Attacks on Eric Holder

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BY LAYNE AMERIKANER

Attorney General Eric Holder, who this week announced his plans to resign, has been a leader in addressing systems of racial discrimination and protecting the fundamental rights of every American to be treated equally under the law and participate in our democracy.

Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that the Right loves to hate him.

Tim HuelskampIn February of this year, the American Family Association demanded Holder’s impeachment after he had the audacity to treat married same-sex couples like married opposite-sex couples with regard to a host of legal rights and recognitions. Shortly after, both Faith and Freedom Coalition head Ralph Reed and Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp [pictured right] echoed the call for Holder’s impeachment because of his support for marriage equality. Televangelist Pat Robertson also joined the impeachment parade, alleging that under Holder, “sodomy” was being “elevated above the rights of religious believers.”

Holder’s commitment to redressing racial injustice was no more warmly received by the Right than his work in support of LGBT equality. After Holder spoke out against voter ID laws, which disproportionately harm people of color, Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused him of “purposefully” “incit[ing] racial tension.” Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt argued that Holder’s open discussion of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system means that he is the real “racist,” asserting last year that Holder wants to “intimidate the rest of the country so that we don’t think about defending ourselves” against “attacks by black mobs on white individuals.” Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association went so far as to say that Holder would never “prosecute someone if the victim is white.” And after Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri last month, David Horowitz outrageously commented that the attorney general was leading a black “lynch mob.”

And those are just a handful of the attacks the Right has leveled against Holder for his work protecting equality under the law.

The fact that the far Right has reacted with so much vitriol to the attorney general’s leadership is a sign not only of how uninterested they are in the civil rights that the Justice Department is meant to protect, but also of how effective Holder’s work has been. The next attorney general should share Holder’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of all Americans – and, by extension, make all the “right” enemies among those hoping to turn back the clock on civil liberties.

This post originally appeared on People For the American Way's blog.

This post originally appeared on the PFAW blog.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) to Speak at NOM’s Anti-gay ‘March for Marriage’ Rally in D.C.

Tim_HuelskampRepresentative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) has become the first member of Congress to sign up to speak at the National Organization for Marriage’s 'March for Marriage' next month in Washington D.C. - a rally that bills itself as "an essential and indispensable vehicle for voicing the values of pro-marriage Americans in a way that cuts through the biased media narrative"

Huelskamp, you may recall, blasted last summer’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling as an attack on Jesus Christ and harmful to children. He also reintroduced the Federal Marriage Amendment last year, which (if passed) would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage nationwide.

Other speakers at the hate rally include Mike Huckabee, NY state senator Ruben Diaz, Gary Bauer, and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. 

[via Good As You]


Family Research Council Heralds' 'Ex-Gay Pride Month' with Launch of Two New Hate Organizations

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Hate group Family Research Council is planning a dinner and reception to announce two new 'ex-gay' rights organizations and a line-up of familiar anti-gay wingnuts has been invited to speak, the HuffPost reports:

The event is scheduled for the end of July, just weeks after the Supreme Court's landmark rulings in favor of gay rights. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been extended an invitation as an honorable attendee.

The Family Research Council's legislative affiliate, FRC Action, will officially launch two new ex-gay rights organizations, Voice of the Voiceless and Equality and Justice For All, during the dinner in Washington, D.C., on July 31.

"Come celebrate the lives of former homosexuals and hear about their unique stories and achievements!" reads the invitation.

In addition to Bachman, the Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint, the Liberty Counsel's Matthew Staver and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) -- who on Friday introduced a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage -- have all been invited to speak.


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