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Website Blaming Gays and Lesbians for Christchurch Quake Taken Off-Line

February 24, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday ReleaseDorothy! reported that a website hosted by Blue Hosting in Provo, UT was blaming the earthquake in Christchurch on a Gay and Lesbian Ski event. 

The website is no longer available by the hosting service. 

Iowa Republicans Introduce Bill Prohibiting Issuance of Marriage Licenses to LGBT Couples

February 24, 2011 3 comments
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Iowa Republicans continue their assault on modern marriage and introduce bill violating the human and civil rights of LGBT citizens wanting to marry in Iowa.

County recorders would be prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the Iowa Supreme Court would be unable to rule on the issue under a new bill sponsored by six conservative House Republicans.

House File 330 specifically says that the Supreme Court shall not be able to prohibit or restrict the law if the bill were passed.

Review of laws by the Supreme Court is one of the fundamental pieces of Iowa’s checks and balances system.

However, there is a provision in the Iowa Constitution (Article 5, Section 4) that allows lawmakers the ability to make laws that skip Supreme Court review, noted Drake Law Professor Ian Bartrum.

A separate initiative, House Study Bill 50, would make it legal for an Iowa business owner who cites religious beliefs to refuse to provide jobs, housing, goods or services to people involved in a marriage that violates his or her religious convictions.  That bill, known as the “Religious Conscience Protection Act,” has stalled after massive opposition from religious and civil rights groups.

via Prohibit Supreme Court from ruling on marriage, Republicans say | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs.

Massie was joined by Republican lawmakers Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), Tom Shaw (R-Laurens), Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill), Royd Chambers (R-Sheldon) and Betty De Boef (R- What Cheer).

via LGBTQnation.com

Utah Hosted Website Claims Christchurch Earthquake is a Result of Gay and Lesbian Ski Week

February 24, 2011 1 comment

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An abhorrent website claims that the earthquake in ChristChurch is a result of God’s wrath against them for sponsoring a Gay and Lesbian Ski Week, which was to kick off the same day.  On the site are a plethora of anti-gay statements and misinformation.  The site is hosted by Provo Utah based BlueHost.com according to a tracert of the site.

To the hundreds of thousands of people who suffered because of the Christchurch earthquake: Ask yourselves: “Was the profit from meals, accomodation and transport from 900 poofters and lesbians attending “Gay Ski Week” worth the $4 billion damage, worth the homes destroyed?

via Christchurch Earthquake – Judgement vs Warning – Lesbian Festival.

Here’s a screenshot of the trace:

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Sen. Feinstein Intends to Introduce Bill Repealing Gay Marriage Ban

February 24, 2011 Comments off
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Senator Feinstein announced today that she intends on introducing a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  She believes that the federal government should not interfere with two people who choose to enter into the contract of marriage.

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement that the federal government will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued a statement Wednesday saying that as a Senate Judiciary Committee member, she intends to introduce a bill that would repeal the act once and for all.

The 1996 law defines marriage as a union between and man and a woman.

“My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the federal government should honor that,” she said. “I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now, and it should be repealed.”

via Sen. Feinstein plans bill to repeal gay marriage ban – Wire – Lifestyle – bellinghamherald.com.

Orrin Hatch’s Irrelevant Attempt at Being Relevant

February 24, 2011 3 comments
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In a press release today, Orrin Hatch attempted to be relevant saying that Obama is letting his personal politics get in the way of his ‘duty’ to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

“President Obama’s personal politics are trumping his presidential duty,” Hatch said. “Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic President signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it. It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice.”

via Hatch: President Wrong to Refuse Defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

I’m less than surprised at Hatch; considering he often lets his personal religious views (He’s a card-carrying member of the Mormon cult) get in the way of his duty to represent the people of his state.  He stated in June 2010 during a showing at Dixie College:

“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” said Hatch.

via The Washington Monthly.

Mr. Hatch, simply because many LGBT don’t plan on getting their own planet in the afterlife like you do, does not mean we should be treated like second class citizens and denied basic human rights. 

FOX and NOM… Their Love Affair with Hate, Bigotry and Homophobia Continues

February 24, 2011 Comments off

Fox and Mormon NOM are visibly offended and shaken by the Obama Administrations decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in Federal Court. 

US Executive Branch finds Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

February 23, 2011 2 comments
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President Obama and the DOJ after carefully studying the Defense of Marriage Act have found key sections of the Amendment unconstitutional and have decided they will no longer defend DOMA in federal court.  Several court cases are in stream within the Federal Court system.  While this shift in view is more political than legal (It doesn’t negate the law and the administration will continue to enforce it) it opens the door for the federal judicial process to make a decision once and for all.

In a major shift on gay rights, the Obama administration said that it would no longer oppose legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, just two months after Congress and the president agreed to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter to Congress on Wednesday that the administration had determined that the act, which was passed by Congress in 1996, discriminated against gays and therefore could no longer be accepted as reasonable. Holder said that Congress may wish to appoint its own lawyers to defend the law, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages or extending them the same benefits granted to heterosexual unions.

Holder said the administration would continue to enforce the law until a final ruling was made, most likely by the Supreme Court.

via DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act: Obama administration shifts stance on gay marriage – latimes.com.

Hawaii Governor Signs Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill into Law

February 23, 2011 Comments off
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Hawaii becomes the latest state to legalize same-sex civil unions and narrow the gap between first and second class citizenry. As anticipated Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation into law legalizing civil unions which takes effect January 1.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) on Wednesday signed legislation that will legalize civil unions in the Aloha State.

In a statement, Abercrombie said the passage of a civil unions measure was “long overdue” and “a prime example of exercising civic courage.”

“Civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha,” Abercrombie said.

The bill signing ceremony took place Wednesday afternoon at Washington Place in Honolulu, Hawaii, among key lawmakers and about 100 invited guests who helped move the measure through the Legislature.

The law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, will make civil unions with the same legal benefits of marriage available to same-sex couples in the Aloha State.

via Hawaii governor signs civil unions bill : Washington Blade – Gay News.

Did Lo Bosworth Out Jonathan Taylor Thomas on Chelsea Lately?

February 22, 2011 1 comment

She didn’t out him all the way as a Mo, but her statements on Chelsea Lately the other night definitely kept the rumor mill going…  Not cool Lo!

Exposing Legislative Hate in Kansas

February 22, 2011 1 comment

Religious Extremists in Kansas

 

Manhattan, Kansas recently passed an amended human rights ordinance that will add sexual orientation and gender identity language to the existing anti-discrimination ordinance.

In response to this ordinance, House Bill No. 2260 was presented to the House Judiciary Committee in Topeka the next day.

This Bill would allow individuals to discriminate against members of protected classes not included in the state statute, so long as the individual can claim that such discrimination is a protected religious belief.

They call it the “Religious Preservation Act” — EVERY CURRENT GLBT NON DISCRIMINATION ordinance in KANSAS will be in JEOPARDY if this Bill is allowed to pass- including LAWRENCE, MANHATTAN AND TOPEKA!!

Currently, Kansas law allows discrimination against the LGBT community. By that I mean, discrimination is legal only because there is no law against it and they continuously deny adding sexual orientation perceived or otherwise and gender identity to the list of protected classes.

Passing House Bill No. 2260 would make such discrimination a protected legal right for those who felt it placed an undue burden on them and their religious beliefs.

Tell the Legislators listed below…YOU do not support hatred!! We love all Kansans, regardless of their race, nationality, gender, creed, religion, handicap, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jon Powell
Kansas Equality Coalition

House Judiciary Members Business Contact Information
Lance Kinzer
• Olathe
• C 785-296-7692
• H 913-829-6404
• lance@lancekinzer.com

• Joe Patton
• Topeka
• C 785-296-7693
• H 785-267-0116
joepatton2001@msn.com

• Janice Pauls
• Hutchinson
• C 785-296-7657
• H 620-663-8961
janice.pauls@house.ks.gov

• Steve Alford
• Ulysses
• C 785-296-7696
• H 620-356-1361
j.stephen.alford@house.ks.gov

• Benny Boman
• WICHITA
• C 785-296-7690
• H 316-945-0771
benny.boman@house.ks.gov

• Bob Brookens
• Marion
• C 785-296-7636
• H 620-382-3556
brookens70@sbcglobal.net
Rob Bruchman
• Overland Park
• C 785-296-7644
• H 913-709-0766
rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov
• Dan Collins
• Plainville
• C 785-296-7699
• H 785-434-2283
dan.collins@house.ks.gov

• Pat Colloton
• Leawood
• C 785-296-7631
• H 913-339-9246
pat@patcolloton.com

• Mitch Holmes
• St John
• C 785-296-7631
• H 620-234-5834
rep@mitchholmes.com

• Leslie Osterman
Wichita
C 785-296-7659
H 316-269-2640
leslie.osterman@house.ks.gov

• John Rubin
• Shawnee
• C 785-296-7690
• H 913-962-4295
john.rubin@house.ks.gov

• Greg Smith
• Overland Park
• C 785-296-7665
• H 913-383-1574
greg.smith@house.ks.gov
• Gene Suellentrop
• Wichita
• C 785-296-7680
• H 316-260-3663
gene.suellentrop@house.ks.gov

• Annie Kuether
• Topeka
• C 785-296-7669
• H 785-232-0717
annie.kuether@house.ks.gov

• Jim Kelly
• Independence
• C 785-296-6014
• H 620-331-7874
jim.kelly@house.ks.gov

• Jim Ward
• Wichita
• C 785-296-7697
• H 316-683-3609
jwardks88@gmail.com

• Annie Tietze
• Topeka
• C 785-296-7648
• H 785-273-5296
atietze@cox.net
• Ponka-We Victors
• Wichita
C 785-296-7651
H 316-573-6247
ponka-we.victors@house.ks.gov

• Melanie Meier
• Leavenworth
• C 785-296-7668
• H 913-682-1512
meiermel@hotmail.com

• Ronald Ryckman
Meade
C 785-296-7644
H 620-873-5273
ronald.ryckman@house.ks.gov

via Kansans Oppose “Hate Bill” « progressivetoo.

Ruth Institute President Attacks Modern Marriage

February 22, 2011 Comments off

Jennifer Roback Morse

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse founder of the Ruth Institute in her lecture at Franciscan University openly attacks modern marriage.  Not only does she attack marriage in the context of same-sex marriage but her argument that the “Essential Public Purpose of Marriage”  is to attach mothers and fathers to children from infancy to adulthood shakes the foundation of civil and religious marriage for many heterosexual couples as well. 

She argues that if there’s no need to attach parents to children that there’s no need for marriage at all.  That means:

1. Married couples (heterosexual or homosexuals) who don’t bear children shouldn’t be married or their marriage should be invalidated. 

2. It also means that heterosexual couples who chose marry later in life (after child-bearing years) should also be denied marriage since it doesn’t fit into the “Public Purpose”. 

3.  Additionally, one could argue that once a married couple raises children to adulthood their marriage should be annulled since it no longer serves a public purpose.

Her views only further the reality that bigots will stop at nothing to further their agenda of hate and discrimination regardless of the collateral impact it has on the freedom and rights of others and the whole of American society.

An interesting side note, Dr. Jennifer is a married Catholic mother of two (a girl born in 1991 and an adopted Romanian boy born in 1989).  Both children are now legal adults.  Following her own advice, I’m assuming she’ll file for divorce because her marriage no longer serves “The Essential Public Purpose of Marriage”!

Hidden Attack on LGBT Rights in Ohio SB 5

February 21, 2011 7 comments

Hate in OH Legislation

 

Aside from the blatant attacks against public workers in Ohio (we can argue the merits of unions all day long) the Republicans and Tea Party have included in Senate Bill 5 a secret attack on LGBT citizens in Ohio.  In Section 3101.01 part C further strips LGBT citizens of their rights and protections under the law. 

Part C removes any recognition of same-sex marriage performed in any other state from being recognized in Ohio.  In addition it removes the right for same-sex married couples to enjoy any benefits of marriage and prohibits any law (either through legislative or judicial process) to provide marriage benefits to same-sex married couples.

Sec. 3101.01. (A) Male persons of the age of eighteen years, and female persons of the age of sixteen years, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, may be joined in marriage. A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman. A minor shall first obtain the consent of the minor’s parents, surviving parent, parent who is designated the residential parent and legal custodian of the minor by a court of competent jurisdiction, guardian, or any one of the following who has been awarded permanent custody of the minor by a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction:

(1) An adult person;
(2) The department of job and family services or any child welfare organization certified by the department;
(3) A public children services agency.
(B) For the purposes of division (A) of this section, a minor shall not be required to obtain the consent of a parent who resides in a foreign country, has neglected or abandoned the minor for a period of one year or longer immediately preceding the minor’s application for a marriage license, has been adjudged incompetent, is an inmate of a state mental or correctional institution, has been permanently deprived of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the minor and the right to have the minor live with the parent and to be the legal custodian of the minor by a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction, or has been deprived of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the minor and the right to have the minor live with the parent and to be the legal custodian of the minor by the appointment of a guardian of the person of the minor by the probate court or by another court of competent jurisdiction.
 
(C)(1) Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state and, if attempted to be entered into in this state, is void ab initio and shall not be recognized by this state.
(2) Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state.
(3) The recognition or extension by the state of the specific statutory benefits of a legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is against the strong public policy of this state. Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of this state, as defined in section 9.82 of the Revised Code, that extends the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is void ab initio. Nothing in division (C)(3) of this section shall be construed to do either of the following:
(a) Prohibit the extension of specific benefits otherwise enjoyed by all persons, married or unmarried, to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes, including the extension of benefits conferred by any statute that is not expressly limited to married persons, which includes but is not limited to benefits available under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;
(b) Affect the validity of private agreements that are otherwise valid under the laws of this state.
(4) Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state, country, or other jurisdiction outside this state that extends the specific benefits of legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state.

via Sub. S. B. No. 5  As Pending in the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee.

Montana House Committee Advances Bill to Prevent LGBT Protections

February 21, 2011 2 comments
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The Montana state legislature has introduced legislation which effectively bans municipalities from exceeding protected classes as defined by the Montana Human Rights Act.  The effect is it would nullify Missoula’s ordinance protecting LGBT citizens from housing and employment discrimination.  It’s interesting to see a state which historically shun’s federal intervention doing the same thing they argue against to their own cities. 

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana State House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act.

The measure, House Bill 516, would effectively nullify the city of Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that protects its LGBT citizens from employment, housing and other forms of discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

via Montana House committee advances bill to prevent LGBT protections – LGBTQ Nation.

WV Senator Introduces Sexual Orientation Legal Protections Bill

February 21, 2011 Comments off
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American modern values may be under attack out West in places like Wyoming and Montana, but it’s alive and well in the old American Colonies.  From Maryland to Rhode Island to West Virginia (orignally part of colonial Virginia).  D-Senator Jeff Kessler is introducing legislation to protect LGBT citizens of that state by adding sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination law.  While similar measures have failed in recent years, Sen. Kessler has re-introduced legislation and is leaving it up to the house to determine the fate of freedom for 10% of West Virginia’s population.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, gave an impassioned speech Monday in support of legislation to add sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

“It is time to recognize once and for all in West Virginia that, clearly, all men and all women are created equal,” Kessler, acting Senate president and a candidate in the gubernatorial special election, said during a rally outside of Senate chambers.

“These are individuals who are who they are,” Kessler said. “They have no more ability to change their orientation than they do the color of their skin.”

Kessler said he believes it is wrong to discriminate against people based on their race, gender, age, “or the God they love, or the person they love.”

via Kessler supports sexual orientation legal protections, says chances for bill up to House  – News – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports -.

Hawaii Governor To Sign Civil Union Bill Wednesday

February 21, 2011 1 comment
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Hawaii will officially join the growing number of States who value true freedom and equality Wednesday when Governor Neil Abercrombie signs a recently passed bill allowing same-sex civil unions.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie will sign a bill that offers gay and lesbian couples benefits and responsibilities nearly identical to those of marriage on Wednesday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

“I have always believed that civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha,” Abercrombie said in a statement. “For me this bill represents equal rights for all the people of Hawaii.”–Neil Abercrombie

via Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie To Sign Gay Unions Bill Wednesday | On Top Magazine :: Gay & Lesbian News, Entertainment, Commentary & Travel.

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