Monday, December 30, 2013

Conservatives forget love of defending 'rights' because of Rose Parade wedding

That didn't take as long as I thought it would.

Remember all of that good stuff conservatives were popping about Phil Robertson's "rights" last week? Apparently we are now learning that some conservatives think that what should be true for Robertson shouldn't be true for gay couples wanting to be married.

From the Advocate:

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Facebook group calling for skipping the parade has more than 1,600 backers. And antigay comments are being posted to the Rose Parade's own Facebook page, according to the Times: 
“I am a 79 year old Los Angeles native and have not missed a parade since I was about 4 years old. I have watched my LAST one due to your decision to allow this unbiblical, gay marriage to take place on one of your floats,” one man wrote. 
“2 gay men in a ‘wedding’ ceremony is highly offensive to me and millions of Americans,” one wrote. “I can't think of many things LESS appropriate for families and especially children. It's completely the wrong venue for a stunt like this.” 
. . .The complaints started because a float from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation will feature the wedding of Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, who will be real-life wedding cake toppers. The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and this is the year that Proposition 8 was struck down by the Supreme Court and couples in California — where the Rose Parade is held — are once again legally able to wed.

I fail to see what seems to be the problem. Granted, neither case (regarding Phil Robertson and the one involving the gay couple) is about the free speech, but if conservatives can defend Robertson's anti-gay and racist comments, what's the problem with this couple? Gay marriage is legal in California and obviously Loots and Leclair went through the proper channels so have been given permission.  So if Robertson can be made into a hero for his vulgar anti-gay and racist comments because of his "rights," then why can't this couple be publicly married for the same reason, i.e. their "rights."

It's astounding that some folks - such as our favorite anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera - can make a reverse turn from defending Robertson's supposed rights to defaming this couple's right to have their wedding at a public venue. To Loots and Leclair, this is not a stunt. And so what if children are watching. Children are already aware of gay marriage and many live in same-sex households. It's not as scary for children to witness this as some folks like to think.

But what really galls me is this remark:
2 gay men in a ‘wedding’ ceremony is highly offensive to me and millions of Americans,”
Big fat #%@! deal. I'm going to put it like some folks did when they defended Robertson:

Not everyone agrees with you on this issue. And maybe you should show some true tolerance instead of trying to use force to get your way. And stop shoving your beliefs down our throats.

'Anti-gay groups spreading fear, lies to foreign countries' and other Monday midday news briefs

Massachusetts Anti-Gay Activist Tells Jamaica To Preserve Law Banning Sodomy - As they lose ground in America, more anti-gay hate groups are traveling to foreign countries to spin their lies. This is a tragedy.

Why Some LGBT Youths In Jamaica Are Forced To Call A Sewer Home - And this is the end result. Just who is being persecuted here?  

2013: An Historic Year For LGBT Progress - Not bad but let's not rest on our laurels and get a case of "victor's disease." Already people are trying to claim that the Duck Dynasty controversy will "usher in a new culture war" with lgbts as the aggressors. It's bullshit, but we know how well that sort of things plays in the media.  

Duck Dynasty and Undue Fears Of Anti-Gay Backlash - And its acknowledgement of the nonsense in the brief above - and the calling it out as nonsense - which will help us tremendously.  

LGBT Misinformer Of The Year: The Pacific Justice Institute - How this anti-gay group and Fox News smeared an innocent transgender teen. If it can happen to her, it can happen to any of us.