Thursday, February 24, 2011

Homophobic Paul Cameron enabler gets smack downed in debate

From Bilerico comes this awesome video.

Remember Patrick Roth? He guest posted his testimony in front of the Indiana House committee debating a marriage discrimination amendment. His testimony was so powerful that the local Fox station invited Patrick to face off against local religious right fundie Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana. Patrick mops the floor with him. It is Teh Awesome.

Now before you watch the video, you need to know a little information on Micah Clark. In 2002, he bragged that during a hearing on domestic partnerships in Indianapolis, he not only cited the distorted data of Paul (gay men stuff gerbils of their rectums) Cameron, but sidestepped a councilmember who called him out for it:
“The author of the (domestic partner benefit) bill . . . tried to come at me for using a Paul Cameron study. I diverted that one pretty well by pointing out that I have spoken with Dr. Paul Cameron and her information was wrong. In any event, I said it was published in a well respected peer review journal and the research has not been disproved. I have been waiting for that one for years.” (Indianapolis Rejects Domestic Partner Benefits, Concerned Women for America, August 8, 2002)

 As the video shows, he doesn't do that well against someone - Patrick Roth - who has done his homework:


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For some homophobes, it's all about sex and other Thursday midday news briefs

Video: Pat Robertson vs. 'their way of doing sex' - For Pat Robertson, it's all about gay sex.

Proposed bill may quiet conversation on homosexuality - speaking of which, it's just insane that some folks think that talking about same-sex households automatically equals talking about sexual intercourse.

Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie signs civil unions bill - Good news from Hawaii.

Fighting Prop 8: Lawyers Ask Court To Lift Stay On Gay Marriage Ban - That would be nice.

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Mike Huckabee uses DOMA decision to show contempt for the lgbt community

Possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (right) meeting with Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance at a right-wing conference in 2009. Mass Resistance was designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

As predicted, heads have figuratively exploded on the right over the decision by the Obama Administration to stop defending DOMA in the courts.

From the right, the reason is the usual nonsense about gay marriage assaulting the family.

But with possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the whine not only fails to make sense but also further shows just how little he cares about the lgbt community:

Huckabee noted that 33 states have affirmed, via ballot initiatives, that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

"When the voters are so overwhelmingly [supportive of DOMA] what does the president believe he knows that citizens in all these other states don't," Huckabee said.

Perhaps Huckabee should pose that question to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt because in 2009, he declared DOMA unconstitutional.

This crap about the "will of the people" is a dodge. Huckabee no doubt knows law and the history of this country. He is aware of the fact that majority rules means nothing if that majority can't defend their nonsense in court.

But Huckabee's nonsense gets better:

Nonetheless, Huckabee opposes gay marriage on the grounds that, according to him, it destroys traditional families.

"There is a quantified impact of broken families," Huckabee said. "[There is a] $300 billion dad deficit in America every year...that's the amount of money that we spend as taxpayers to pick up the pieces because dads are derelict in their duties."

Huckabee doesn't even bother the explain the connection between gay marriage and broken families. Where the hell is the connection?

With Huckabee, there doesn't need to be a connection. He is that certain breed of politician whom the right can always count on to verbally bash the lgbt community, even while he is claiming to "love us" at the same time he is spewing his venom.

Huckabee has in the past:

  • aligned himself with Southern Poverty Law Center - identified hate group Mass Resistance whose leader Brian Camenker once made a claim in 2006 that "gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals" in Massachusetts,
  • attacked lgbt families by comparing them to people raising puppies,
  • bent over backwards to assure Ann Coulter that he wasn't  "pro-gay" and "pro-sodomy."

    And lest we forget, Huckabee's poor attempt at defending the Family Research Council last year when the Southern Poverty Law Center called them out for their homophobic rhetoric and propaganda.

    If Huckabee gets anywhere near the White House, the lgbt community are going to have a hard time getting any progress. Hell, we may have to keep from going backwards.

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