Tuesday, March 06, 2018

'Hate groups working diligently under cloud of Trump chaos to undermine LGBTQ equality & safety' & other Tue midday news briefs

Emboldened By Trump, Georgia GOP Pushes Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill - This piece by Michelangelo Signorile isn't just about the adoption bill:

This anti-LGBTQ adoption bill is part of a wide-reaching plan by religious conservatives ― backed by President Donald Trump and his administration ― to turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely. 
How are religious conservatives turning same-sex marriage into second-class marriage? By getting courts to rule that wedding-related businesses can turn away gay couples based on the business owners’ religious beliefs, by allowing governments to refuse to give the same benefits to spouses within same-sex marriages as they do to those within opposite-sex marriages, and by allowing adoption agencies to say no to LGBTQ parents. 
I’ve written before about their strategic plans. They date back to at least 2014 ― before the 2015 Obergefell marriage equality ruling ― when anti-LGBQ conservatives mapped out what they would do if they lost at the high court (which they did). I sat in on a panel at the Family Research Council’s 2014 Values Voter Summit, during which Frank Schubert (the mastermind behind California’s infamous Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in 2008), the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown and others articulated a two-pronged strategy. This strategy, they said, would mirror their highly successful attacks on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade over the years. They would incrementally chip away at marriage rights for queer people in the short-term through the creation of new laws while, in the long-term, working to overturn any high court ruling that granted federal rights ― the goal being to send the issues back to individual states to decide.

Hate group shields hate group - Family Research Council defends Alliance Defending Freedom's war on gay adoption - That's my post from last night is important. Undermining gay adoption is only ONE part of a long-term strategy to cut down LGBTQ equality by ADF. In the midst of the distraction caused by Trump's chaos, this group is working steadily and diligently. Pay attention, LGBTQ community and get the word out. 

Evangelical leader shreds ‘corruption’ of Trump-backing Christians who ‘used to’ care about morals - That's why voices like this need to more very vocal. 

Gay Republican runs for U.S. Senate in Delaware - But he is tiptoeing. Although having him in Congress would be strategically advantageous for the community.

U.K. Celebrates LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week - How ironic that the UK is celebrating LGBTG fostering and adoption while groups in America are working to undermine both.

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