Friday, January 23, 2015

'Anti-gay right pushing idea of 'payback' over possible SCOTUS marriage equality ruling' & other Friday midday news briefs

GOP State Rep. Sally Kern Announces Trifecta Of Anti-Gay Legislation - Folks, if you are sitting on your tuckus waiting for the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling, I've got news for you. There are plans in several state legislatures to make us pay severely for that possible victory. I've talked about a few, but the one in Oklahoma sponsored by perennial anti-gay legislator Sally Kern is the worst. She is proposing three bills - one which would bar state employees from recognizing marriage equality. One which would give parents approval to abuse their children via the quackery of "ex-gay" therapy. And last but not least, one which would allow broad discrimination against lgbt citizens in businesses: 

An LGBT person could literally be shunned by their entire town, unable to purchase food, rent or buy a home, buy a car, gasoline, insurance, clothing, or even electricity. They could find no doctor in their town will provide medical attention. If an LGBT person were to have a heart attack, a private ambulance service or EMT could legally refuse to assist or take him or her to the hospital. That hospital, if private, could legally refuse them service under Kern's law. 

 What can be done about this? Well calling Kern ugly names online is not a thing to do. Get organized, keep a look out at your own state legislatures, meet various legislators, write letters to the editor. In other words - raise complete %$!@ 

North Carolina’s planned ‘religious freedom’ bills waste time, money on unfairness - Second verse. Same as the first.  

Fox News Darling: Do Whatever It Takes To Stop 'Evil' Gays From Marrying - Verse number three. It is getting scary. So what do you do? You have two choices. Go home and hide under your bed or stay and fight with dignity and resolution that you will win. My choice has already been made.

Staver: If People Accept A SCOTUS Ruling In Favor Of Gay Marriage 'Then America Is Gone' - You know, I would generally be spooked at Staver's comment but he has put America at death's door so much that the Grim Reaper has given us our own key.

 Major Iowa caucus player calls on next President to 'politely reject unjust SCOTUS opinions' - ANOTHER major religious right figure is calling for a pro-marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court to be ignored. If there was the right amount of media on this, these statements would be a major story.  

Pro-LGBT Campaign One Million Kids Launches Ahead Of Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling - In all of the negativity, something positive. I support this tremendously. 

 Bobby Jindal's Extremist Prayer Rally Brings Together Prophets, Bigots And Far-Right Activists - And let's not forget "baby." Bobby Jindal's prayer rally is this weekend. For those who are interested, here is a "line up" of the folks Jindal consider "Christians" who will help supposedly put America back on course.

1 comment:

Erica Cook said...

I think there is something very telling in the speeches about how religious freedom is only for Christians. There has always been something very strange about the whole, "it's a choice" argument. We have always immediately gone on the defensive saying, "No it's not." But we are missing a very real and scary point when we do this.

Legally, who cares if its a choice. Are they saying that groups you affiliate with by choice are not deserving of legal protections? As a Wiccan this is a very real and valid question. I personally think the whole argument is just a first step in stripping first amendment rights.

If being gay is a choice and groups one belongs to because of choice are not protected then the NAACP members aren't protected, after all, black people don't have to join. Religious minorities aren't protected, again, religion is a choice and there for if one doesn't want discrimination they can just join the right one. Feminists and working women aren't protected either. Again, if they wanted protection they could have just become house wives.

Once you take away freedom of association, what's next? Its not like people could legally assemble for anything if that is taken away.