Friday, September 04, 2015

'Gay couples marry, Davis jailed, Huckabee milks' & other Fri midday news briefs

Gay couples can finally get their licenses in Rowan County, KY

First gay couples obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County - Now that "she who not shall be named" is out of the way, gay couples of Rowan County in Kentucky can take advantage of their right to marry. 

Second Same-Sex Couple Gets License In Rowan County As Religious Activists Call Them 'Perverts' - Those who can't stop progress usually stand in a corner pouting in rage while it happens.

 Kentucky Clerk's Husband Says His Wife Is 'Not Gonna Bow' - One word. Two syllables. OKAY. There is nothing left to be said, but don't think it's over. Reports are that Mike Huckabee wants to hold a rally for her. He is milking this situation for all it's worth. Fine. Let him. The lgbt community will not yield what we earned fair and square for anyone. We will draw no quarter and will hold what we have. We will be treated equally and won't back down an inch from this demand. 

 Kim Davis' Lawyer Invokes Nazi Gas Chambers, Warns Of Massive Persecution - With counsel like this, no wonder she is in jail. 

photo taken from Joe.My.God.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Kim Davis got what she deserved, has no one to blame but herself


Kim Davis

It's been over for a couple of hours now.

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was found guilty of the contempt of court charge and will now spend her days in a cozy jail cell until she comes around and issues marriage licenses to gay couples.

I really didn't WANT it to come to this. I cringed at the thought of anti-gay groups and personalities attempting to falsely make Davis into the poster child for their phony religious liberty argument.

But now that the ruling has come down, allow me to tell you what I DO NOT intend to do:

I will not show this woman any sympathy and I refuse to concern troll the judge's ruling. I DO intend to back the ruling with every fiber of my being. And it's a simple question of why?

Why?

Why in the hell do the lgbt community have to be put in a negative position here? We didn't do anything wrong. In spite of right-wing screeches of a "Gaystapo" or a "Gay Mafia," our community has acted perfectly correct in this situation. We legally challenged the constitutionality  of  the anti-marriage equality laws, took the creators of these laws to court, presented our case, and WON fair and square.

Isn't that how it's done in this country?

Davis is an elected official. It is her duty to follow the law. She refused and paid the penalty; a deservedly harsh one.

So what is the problem here?  What else is there to talk about?

This situation was not about the lgbt community, but the American judicial system. As much as I hate to admit it, if Davis had not been severely punished, it would have trivialized our courts, our judges and the Constitution itself,  What would be the point of seeking remedies or rights via the court if one person can circumvent its decision by figuratively holding her breath until she gets her way?  And then get a little slap on the wrist for her trouble?

Kim Davis is not, nor has she ever been, a martyr for Christianity. She is a self-righteous dictatorial demagogue who dragged her staff into an illegal fight that many of them didn't want to have in the first place.

That makes her selfish.

And apparently she knew that same-sex marriage would be legalized but decided she wouldn't resign because if she did, she would, according to a recent Fox News interview,  "have no voice for God's word."

But in a statement two days before, she said  she “never imagined” that a day would come when she would be forced by the law to recognize marriages that she deems unholy and illegitimate in the eyes of God.

That also makes her a liar.

So on one hand, we have the lgbt community who attained marriage the right way. We felt we were being discriminated against and successfully sought legal remedy.

On the other hand, we have a woman who thinks that her religious beliefs should be above our legal system so much so that she is willing to lie about it and was, through the power of her elected office, dragging her subordinates into her illegal crusade.

Why is this even a hard choice in terms of who to support?

Kim Davis hearing not over, but deputies turn on her, says they are afraid of her

As America awaits the ending of the Kim Davis contempt hearing (which looks like it won't be over  before the time I have to get from lunch), we are getting news about the other folks who work in her office. Davis is the head clerk and thereby the head supervisor. According to her own subordinates, this entire debacle is that of Davis's own making:

Kim Davis’s Deputies Reportedly Say They Want To Issue Marriage Licenses But Are Too Afraid Of Davis:

In an interview with the Kentucky Trial Court Review, Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins expressed exasperation with Kim Davis, the anti-gay clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses due to her objections to marriage equality. Davis, Watkins said, “does not represent” the county or its values, and he added that he told Davis that he “will not and cannot support” her in her refusal to obey the Constitution. Perhaps most significantly, Watkins also says that he learned that Davis’s deputy clerks would issue marriage licenses to all couples legally entitled to one, but that they are too afraid of Davis to do so. If Judge David Bunning, the federal judge who is expected to hold Davis in contempt after a hearing Thursday morning, orders Davis’s deputies to issue marriage licenses, Watkins says, the deputies will comply.

Kim Davis Vows To Use County Office To Spread 'God's Word,' Act As Divine Vessel - Meanwhile, Davis had an exclusive interview with that slimy, homophobic weasel from Fox News, Todd Starnes. I refuse to link to the monstrosity, so this link from Right Wing Watch talks about all it.


If something good happens (and it probably will by the time I get up from this chair) go here for the LIVE FEED outside the Kentucky courtroom

And the live twitter feed here

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Folks seem to be preparing for fake 'martyrdom' of Kim Davis, except Davis

What was that line uttered by actress Olivia DeHavilland in the motion picture "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte?"

You just can't keep hogs away from the trough.

Before you all even start, that was NOT a reference to anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis's appearance, but the anti-gay groups and personalities coming out of their respective caves and coffins to defend her illegal behavior.

Mike Huckabee has come out with a statement of support.  And so has presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul. Then there is Franklin Graham and Roy Moore; two men always up for the game of "pick on the gays."

But the big booby prize goes to the online publication Breitbart:


No doubt these folks are anticipating a ruling during Davis's contempt of court hearing tomorrow morning with baited breath, statements already written and fundraising appeals ready to go with breathless hope and anticipation that U.S. District Judge David Bunning will bring down a severe ruling against Davis.

There is one problem though.  Davis is trying to delay again:

Kentucky county clerk is again asking a judge to delay his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning's order has been upheld by a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to disobey it, saying she cannot do something that violates her religious beliefs. Bunning has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. He could hold Davis in contempt of court, which could lead to fines or jail time. But on Wednesday, Davis again asked Bunning to delay his order so she can appeal an earlier decision on a related issue. Davis had asked Bunning last month for an injunction against Gov. Steve Beshear for ordering her to issue the marriage licenses. Bunning refused to hear that motion. By doing that, Davis' attorneys argue that Bunning effectively denied their motion, which they have the right to appeal. Davis' attorneys asked Bunning to delay his order while they appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

It's as if she wants to get the judge so angry that he does cart her off to jail. Hmmmm

'Anti-gay leaders, conservatives not supporting Kim Davis' & other Wed midday news briefs

Dan Savage tells the truth about Kim Davis.

Why The Kentucky Clerk's Last Stand Won't Make Her A Right-Wing Hero - When both anti-lgbt activists Ryan Anderson AND Maggie Gallagher says you have gone too far, perhaps it's time to assess the stance you took, Kimmy dear. And the article, like several cute men I know, teases me by implying that at tomorrow's contempt hearing for Davis, the judge may have something not nice in store for her attorneys at the Liberty Counsel. Oh well, I can always dream. 

Dan Savage destroys thrice-divorced Kim Davis: ‘This is about someone hypocritically cashing in’ - Meanwhile, Dan Savage makes a very good point.

  14 Ex-Ex-Gays Paving the Way Forward - In other news . . . the best thing is that these 14 individuals are no longer buying the lie that being gay is evil.  

Transgender student uses girls’ locker room, causes controversy - So many battles to fight.  

"Gender Bender": The Troubling Way Fox & Friends Discusses A Transgender Student's Use Of Her High School Girls' Locker Room - Thank you Fox News. I can always count on you to make stuff worse than it needs to be.

Kim Davis's homophobia meets George Wallace's racism


When this madness with Kim Davis is over (because all things must pass, thank God), the above image is what I am going to carry with me.

The  black and white photo was taken in 1963 of Alabama Governor George Wallace standing in front of a Foster Auditorium to symbolically, but not actually,  block two African-American students from entering the University of Alabama. It was a gesture he took to protest the desegregation of public schools, which was ordered by SCOTUS in 1954.

The bottom picture is that of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis refusing to give a marriage license to a gay couple, in spite of that the fact that SCOTUS  made same-sex marriage legal.

And please don't give me any nonsense about how the civil rights movement and the movement for lgbt equality are different. There is no difference here.

Both  photos underscore people being denied rights which they fairly won via our system of jurisprudence. Both photos underscore odious demagogues (George Wallace, Kim Davis) deciding that he or she will take it upon themselves to circumvent the rule of law simply because they don't agree with it. And both photos underscore how some people can deprive American citizens of their dignity while deluding themselves with the ugly fantasy that they are somehow taking a stance for righteousness.

Anyone viewing  the photos of Kim Davis and George Wallace shouldn't waste precious time attempting to deny their similarities. Rather they should be asking themselves why hasn't America matured enough over the decades so that the  ugly event in 1963 didn't repeat itself in 2015.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Anti-gay KY clerk Kim Davis, supporters outmaneuvered with double whammy


It's just as we figured. Kentucky clerk Kim Davis not only refused to follow her duties but she proceeded to channel Joan of Arc on her way to the stake. You can read highlights via THIS  link regarding her nasty, illegal behavior.

However, my usual news briefs are postponed today due to the tweets which just came in:

Davis's contempt of court hearing will most likely be this week via a tweet from reporter Dan Griffin of  WSAZ News Channel 3.

Griffin's other tweet includes THIS lovely cherry on top for those of us wanting to see justice done:


Some of you all may be angry at this, but if you read my morning post, you will know that this is a serious strike against the plans of Davis, her lawyers at the Liberty Counsel, and supporters. After all, how can Davis be a good "martyr" for "religious liberty" without any pictures or televised footage of her being led away in handcuffs or put in jail.

It demonstrates that those on our side of the spectrum know exactly the game being played and are willing to play that game themselves.

The last page of their motion is simply their way of telling Davis - "Girlfriend, you ain't slick!"

Check and mate.

Related post - Kim Davis is symbol of the desperate anti-gay right

Kim Davis is symbol of the desperate anti-gay right

Kim Davis

If Kim Davis refuses to comply and give out marriage licenses today, then the lgbt community should be aware of her game and the game of those exploiting her.

It's all about optics, folks.

This is solely my opinion, but I am betting that she and the Liberty Counsel - the anti-gay hate group "advising her"  - want Davis to be held in contempt. Davis herself wants to be a sacrificial lamb for the so-called cause of religious liberty, no matter how unfair her stance is against gay couples who fought and won the right to marry the correct and American way.

For years anti-gay groups have fought against marriage equality via lies, distorted studies, religious doctrine, and basic fear tactics. In the arena of public opinion, they were successful  by spinning false narratives of gays attempting to corrupt children and destroy the concept of marriage.

It was when that argument moved away from the public arena and to the courts that they began to losing. As attorney David Boies noted after the Proposition 8 trial, the witness stand is indeed a lonely place to lie. And though they fooled the American people with horror stories, the anti-gay right failed miserably to do this in the courts, i.e. the place where logic prevails. The place where you cannot get away with blatant lies.

So when you are moved from an arena where you have been successful to one which all but guarantees your failure, what do you do? Somehow move the argument back to the arena where you have had past successes.

Or in this case, find a patsy so full of religious entitlement and in a position where the outcome has the potential to be as severe as possible and somehow convince her to sacrifice her name, reputation, and livelihood  on the false altar of a higher purpose.

Can you imagine what would happen if we ever got to the point where somehow Davis would be put in jail, or at the very least led away in handcuffs in front of the televised and print media who would play the clip and run the photos continuously and on a worldwide scale?

It's not simply a coincidence that  there has been little to no debate about Davis from the usual suspects at Fox News, the Family Research Council, or many other major anti-gay right-wing source and personalities.

I bet they are biding their time for the right moment. And Davis becoming an official symbol, or martyr if you will would be JUST the right time.

Can't you just envision Fox News' Todd Starnes giving us all sorts of personal details about Davis which would make her sound like a latter day June Cleaver.  Or O'Reilly, Hannity, or other Fox News mentalities having one-sided discussions supporting her with like-minded pundits. Or Greta Van Susteren, Andrea Tanatros, Megyn Kelly, or Glen Gutfield finding insignificant reasons having nothing to do with the subject at hand to throw a little sympathy her way.

Then there would be the columns, probably already written and ready to be inserted in prominent publications like The Washington Post and Politico by conservative think tanks and publications such as the Heritage Foundation or the National Review.

And let's not forget the public events at state houses and stadiums filled with self-righteous evangelicals all bamboozled by speakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, Rev. Franklin Graham, or Family Research Council president Tony Perkins with their lies of how Christians are supposedly under attack and how churches and pastors will be "next."

Who cares about the fact that Kim Davis is a government official who feels that she is above the law. Who care that this controversy is her own doing. The optics of her so-called martyrdom would be all that matters.

 I doubt the outcome of all of this would be the elimination of marriage equality, but  it would have the potential to galvanize those against lgbt equality in general on such a scale that it would have detrimental consequences on other battles we are fighting, including that of preventing the bullying of our children, stopping attacks against the transgender community, and securing anti-discrimination ordinances in housing, employment, etc.

And also, just in time for the 2016 elections. How very convenient .

Like I stated before, this is solely my opinion. Kim Davis is willfully allowing herself to manipulated via her religious beliefs.  The lgbt community, in spite of our righteous indignation, should also have a care to stop and take in the entire situation at hand.

Sooner or later, Davis will either follow the law or be removed.  The point here is seeing and especially pointing out how her situation is less about religious beliefs and more about the desperation of a cynical group obsessed with stopping lgbt equality anyway they can by exploiting anyone they can.


Monday, August 31, 2015

SCOTUS to anti-gay KY clerk Kim Davis - Do your job

SCOTUS tells Davis that SHE should 'talk to the hand.'

This just came in from MSNBC via the Associated Press:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Kentucky county clerk's request to deny gay marriage licenses on the basis of religious objections.  The court issued the one-line order without explanation.
Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, "holds an undisputed sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, only," her lawyers had said in an application after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer that same-sex marriage was legal across the country.
Immediately after the Supreme Court's June 26th gay marriage ruling, Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear, ordered all the state's county clerks to comply with the decision and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
When Davis refused, citing her religious objection, couples seeking licenses sued, and a federal judge ordered her to comply. Last week a three-judge panel of the Sixth Court of Appeals agreed. The Supreme Court decision on Monday denied Davis' request for a stay while she pursues an appeal.
It's not clear exactly what Davis will do when her office opens Tuesday. Her attorney said she will pray about it overnight.

It is now YOUR move, Ms. Davis and the Liberty Counsel (her lawyers). Whatever the case may be, tomorrow morning in Kentucky will probably be more anticipated than Superbowl kick-off.

'D-Day is here for anti-gay KY clerk Kim Davis' & other Mon midday news briefs

Enough stalling. Kim Davis must follow the law and that's it.


Kim Davis must issue same-sex marriage licenses starting today - D-Day arrives for anti-gay clerk Kim Davis. If she does what she is supposed to do, I will be highly surprised.

South Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Genital Inspections For Trans High School AthletesLawd hammercy! 

Open Letter to Parents of Gay Kids: This Is Not About You - This is a wonderful letter! 

 HIV Testing Is Down And STDs Are Up As New York City Closes Free Clinics - This is NOT, repeat, NOT good.

Anti-gay leader claims KY clerk Kim Davis is trying to save the freedom of churches

Staver
A lot of attention has been doled out to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk AND elected government official who refuses to grant gay couples their legal right to marry because of her so-called "religious liberty."

Unfortunately, not that much attention has been given to the anti-gay group advising and exploiting her, The Liberty Counsel.  While this becomes an issue of personalities (Kim Davis vs. the lgbt community) and a false narrative on religious liberty, the SPLC-designated hate group has cleverly allowed itself to be hidden in the shadows, pulling the strings and directing the traffic.

That is until now. Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver recently talked to the American Family Association (another anti-lgbt hate group)'s phony news source One News Now as to why it is important for Davis to get her way.

Perhaps he should have kept his mouth shut:

"Kim Davis is not the only person to have this issue within the last few months since the Supreme Court opinion," Staver tells OneNewsNow. "But she certainly represents many people, not just clerks, but others and a wide variety of businesses and professions and occupations that are having their free exercise rights challenged." The attorney warns that churches will be next "on the chopping block," echoing a warning from pro-family leaders in recent weeks after the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in June.

One News Now's piece would have been more accurate if it had said  that Staver was echoing a lie  Since marriage equality was declared legal by SCOTUS, no church has been forced to marry a gay couple, i.e. having its "free exercise challenged." And no church will ever be forced in such a position.

 Most of all, Staver knows this.

There is an old saying which goes "it's better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

In Staver's case,  I think the saying would be more appropriate if the word "fool" was replaced with "pathetically blatant liar."

Friday, August 28, 2015

It is time that the lgbt community shift this so-called culture war and put anti-gay liars on the run

This booklet is key for lgts to put the anti-gay right on the defensive.

It's the weekend, which means I will now engage in shameless self-promotion.

As most of you are aware - and probably tired of me mentioning - in 2013, I authored a free online booklet on anti-gay propaganda, How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America.

To the right are two places where you can read and download it free of charge.

However, I would suggest that you try the new adobe acrobat site. It brings you directly to the booklet, where you can also read, save, and share it free of charge.

My booklet exposes::

How false claims about the lgbt community haven’t changed in over the past 30 years,

The constant flow of researchers and physicians who complain that anti-gay groups distort their work to denigrate the lgbt community,

The simple fact that there is no cohesion in the accusations anti-gay groups make against the lgbt community (i.e. how can lgbts be sad, pathetic people if they make more money than the “regular population” or “recruit” children, control Hollywood, but yet have time to engage in lots of sexual intercourse),

And what the lgbt community, and our media, should be doing to make the public more aware of how anti-gay groups exploit religious beliefs about lgbts in order to peddle their lies.


And with marriage equality now a reality,  this booklet is needed.  Our opposition is slowly transforming themselves to the so-called victims of an alleged onslaught of gays seeking to maliciously destroy their way of life.

It's a false narrative aided by the fact that there has been little to no attention on their past exploits to reduce lgbt lives to caricatures of over-sexed, diseased monsters.

The general media will do very little to correct this narrative. That's an unfortunate, but well-known fact. And I hate to say it, but our own media, too busy with topographical cultural icons and somewhat annoying arguments over academic terms having little or nothing to do with the actualities of lgbt lives are derelict in calling these people out.

That is now our job- the ordinary lgbt citizen who merely wants to live our lives in peace. We must take it upon ourselves to call out, educate, and demand the truth be told.

Don't let anti-gay groups like the Liberty Counsel exploit willful idiots like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis without reminding the world about their history of vile homophobia.

Don't let groups like the Family Research Council seize the narrative on what is the true definition of Christianity without demanding that they give an account on their distortions of legitimate science.

And don't let anti-gay groups and personalities plot and plan their next move against our God-given equality unscathed without letting them know that we know every move they make and every lie they tell because we have studied their past techniques.

THIS BOOKLET is the first step. It is the primary step and hopefully it won't be the last into shifting this so-called culture battle into one from lgbts having to constantly explain our existence to our opposition FINALLY explaining their long oxymoronic history of lies and propaganda done in God's name.

The new site to read, download, save, and send out How They See Us is here. Take advantage of it. In less than a month, it has reached over 10,000 reads. Let's make the second 10,000 in a shorter time.

I hope that my booklet is just the beginning and that someone else publishes a better tome free of elitist academic language and embraces the commonality of simple truth-telling and how it can inspire a community.

'Anti-gay activist needs $25,000 to promote unnecessary law' & other Fri midday news briefs

Jonathan Saenz
Anti-LGBT activist who was ditched for another woman wants $25,000 to promote ‘pastor protection law’ - Uh pastors are NOT forced to marry gay couples. But if people want to waste $25,000, I would suggest they send it to me. 

Calgary Driver Says He'll Quit If Forced To Drive Pride Bus - Hey Kim Davis, take some notes. Even though I really don't understand his problem. Sounds like a fun bus.

CNN's Bizarrely Homophobic Coverage Of The Virginia Shooter - I am not saying a word. If I start raising hell over this situation, I won't be able to stop cursing. Just read this wonderful piece by Carlos Maza.

 How a Kentucky Clerk Became an Ultimate Symbol of Bigotry - I have to disagree with Michelangelo Signorile here. If Kim Davis faces any jail time for her illegal actions, the right may view it as a victory which they can exploit, but ultimately it will be a serious loss. As I said yesterday, if she had a private business, she would have more leverage. However, folks aren't exactly on the side of a government official who has decided that she will NOT do her job AND deserves to get paid taxpayer money for the "privilege."

  Rafael Cruz: 'The Devil Overplayed His Hand' With SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision - Don't be alarmed, Rafael. The devil still has your crazy behind talking.

Houston newspaper DEBUNKS lies about 'transgender bathroom predators'


Welcome to today's world when we get excited because a newspaper does the job it is SUPPOSED to do.

From Equality Matters:

The Houston Chronicle thoroughly debunked a popular myth being peddled by opponents of the Houston Equal rights Ordinance (HERO). Other Houston news outlets, which have been uncritically repeating the false talking point for months, should follow the Chronicle's lead.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, is a broad non-discrimination ordinance that was passed by Houston's City Council in 2014. HERO prohibits discrimination in areas like housing, employment, and city contracts on the basis of 15 characteristics, including race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Anti-LGBT conservatives in Houston have fought to repeal the ordinance, successfully lobbying to put HERO up for a public vote on Houston's November ballot.

Since the start of the debate over HERO, Houston media outlets have made a consistent habit of uncritically repeating right-wing misinformation about the ordinance, including peddling the widely-debunked myth that HERO would allow sexual predators to sneak into women's restrooms by pretending to be transgender - a bogus talking point championed by HERO's opponents.

In an August 25 columnThe Houston Chronicle's Lisa Falkenberg did what other local news outlets have failed to do - investigated and debunked the bogus "bathroom bill" claim:
The so-called HERO ordinance, which will appear on the November ballot, really has little to do with potty time. It's about protecting people against discrimination in employment, housing and other sectors. It protects gay and transgender people, but also bans discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status. So why are we talking about bathrooms? Because one small aspect of it would let transgender people use the bathroom of their choice.
That means a transgender woman who may wear dresses and makeup can use the women's restroom, rather than turning heads at the urinals. A transgender man who may sport lumberjack attire and a burly beard can use the men's restroom. It's really quite simple. It's about reducing drama, not creating it. As one transgender activist explains in a popular Twitter hashtag, #wejustneedtopee.
This simple accommodation has become the bogeyman's best weapon. Critics suggest it will lead to men dressing up as women to assault women and girls in bathrooms.
[...]
As Richard Carlbom with the pro-ordinance Houston Unites campaign told the Chronicle: "Nothing in the equal rights ordinance changes the fact that it is - and always will be - illegal to enter a restroom to harm or harass other people."
If this ordinance posed a real danger, opponents wouldn't have to find some future parent to feign fear of becoming a victim "one day." They could surely find a real victim in one of the other cities that passed anti-discrimination ordinances decades ago.
[...]
In 1997, the city of Cambridge became one of the first jurisdictions in Massachusetts to amend its human rights ordinance to include gender identity and expression, police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said Tuesday.
He sent me the full testimony of police Superintendent Christopher Burke before the state House in 2011, advocating for a statewide bill for transgender equal rights.
Burke, speaking "as a member of the law enforcement community, husband, father and citizen," testified that the bill would not harm women and children. He said there had been no incidents or issues regarding people abusing the Cambridge ordinance.
Massachusetts passed the law. Houstonians should do the same.
Even if you insist on voting against it, pick another reason. Maybe you don't want to condone a transgender lifestyle. Maybe you believe protections for some groups are already extended by federal law, and you don't want a local ordinance that could offer relief more quickly and less expensively for your fellow Houstonians.
But don't vote against the ordinance because of urban myths about sexual predators in bathrooms. Sexual predators exist. But if they wanted to attack you in a public bathroom, they wouldn't need a city ordinance to do it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

'Anti-gay KY clerk appeals to SCOTUS' & other Thur midday news briefs

Kim Davis

Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Defies Court For Third Time, Appeals To SCOTUS - Most specifically, her lawyers at the anti-gay Liberty Counsel will be appeal to SCOTUS. I have no idea what SCOTUS will do, but I am baffled by the Liberty Counsel's actions in this entire situation. First of all, with anti-gay groups uniquely talented at choosing people who can stand as symbols for their positions, choosing this woman is an abysmal decision. We aren't talking about a private business where there could be a bit of leverage here. We are talking about a government official who will not do her job and has made it clear that it's not about her "religious liberty" per se, but the fact that marriage equality shouldn't exist. In the public arena, Davis is not popular because of that fact. People tend to get angry at public officials not wanting to do their jobs. Right now, I think Kim Davis and the Liberty Counsel has the potential to wreck the anti-gay talking point of religious liberty before they can really get anything from it. 

A Lesbian Officer Maligned in Ted Cruz’s Religious Liberty Ad Tells Her Side of the Story - About time that this old anecdote is destroyed. It's been exploited by several groups, including the Family Research Council in several letters asking for donations.  

Same-sex documentary banned in Australian schools - This is what the anti-gay right in America wants to accomplish here - to deliberately omit our families.  

Watch Bernie Slam Republicans For ‘Family Values’ Hypocrisy: You Know What They REALLY Mean - It's about time SOMEBODY did.

Denver Lawmaker Posts Screenshots Of Racist Threatening Hate Mail After Criticizing Chick-Fil-A - Letters from folks claiming to be Christians. Nauseating.