Monday, July 15, 2013

Anti-gay Congressman Louie Gohmert demonstrates why lgbts are winning the fight for equality

Via the folks from Right Wing Watch (who will probably send me a bill for the citations), comes Rep. Louie Gohmert with a snippet of a speech earlier month which indicates just why the lgbt community has been successful lately in our fight for equality. I mean how in the heck can anyone defend anything with this mind-boggling train of thought.

'Ex-Gay Pride Month gets canceled' and other Monday midday news briefs

"Ex-Gay" Pride Month Is Canceled - Well that event died quickly. Now the creators of this mess is claiming that they are being threatened, but come on. Since when is uproarious, uncontrollable laughter and incessant, but much deserved, mocking by members of the lgbt community considered as threats?

Event’s Sponsor Makes Unsubstantiated Charge That ‘Security Threats’ Are Responsible For Event’s Termination - Speaking of which.

Bryan Fischer links Zimmerman verdict to DOMA, Prop 8; because of course he did - "We can always count on Bryan Fischer to make us look morally superior." - a joint statement put out by Atilla the Hun, Ivan the Terrible, etc. 

 Black, Gay, American - The Advocate posts an awesome piece on being black and gay in America.

Terminally-ill gay man and his partner get their wedding

Incredible story which needs more attention:

According to John Becker of Bilerico:

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell have been together for more than 20 years. When the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act last month, they decided that they wanted to marry. But there were two major problems: the couple lives in Ohio -- which has a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment that makes same-sex marriages illegal -- and John is bedridden with a debilitating terminal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which progressively robs its victims of voluntary muscle function.

John receives care from Crossroads Hospice, which gives its patients the gift of a "perfect day." . . . all John wanted was to finally be able to marry Jim, the man he loves.

As soon as the Supreme Court gave the green light to federal recognition for legal same-sex marriages, the couple began researching where they might be able to marry. Because John is immobile, they had to find a state that would allow Jim to obtain the marriage license by himself, then return with John for the wedding after the requisite waiting period.

They settled on Maryland, which allows just one partner to obtain the marriage license.
But the cost of such a trip was an additional barrier. While Crossroads Hospice was able to cover some costs, including the ambulance ride to and from the airport, the journey required the use of a special medical transport plane wide enough to fit John's stretcher. Chartering this kind of plane costs $12,700.

So Jim reached out to their family, friends, and social networks, asking if anyone "had any connections." But instead of responding with connections, people responded with cash: donations poured in, and the couple collected enough to cover the cost of the plane.

And all of that led to the scene above where the two were married on a Lear Jet, by Arthur’s aunt, Paulette Roberts, who’d been ordained to perform weddings. She performed theirs.

It's a scene and something to remember the next time one hears the mumbo-jumbo pushed about by the National Organization for Marriage and its supporters regarding the true meaning of marriage.

I don't think anything I say can do the video proper justice. Just watch.

Hat tip to John Becker of Bilerico and Towleroad.