Monday, October 09, 2017

'Jeff Sessions consulted with anti-LGBTQ hate group before issuing 'religious liberty' memo' & other Mon midday news briefs

Jeff Sessions consulted with an anti-LGBT hate group before issuing his memo. Knowledge is power. Let's give the world power. 

Trump and Sessions roll back LGBTQ protections, fulfilling promise to hate group Alliance Defending Freedom - Not only did Sessions promise this to ADF, according to this article, he consulted with ADF to create the infamous guidance memo. 

 The main thing you need to remember about ADF

 Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of “religious” or “artistic freedom.” ADF is also currently part of a joint effort, alongside a number of other anti-LGBTQ groups and hate groups, to undermine the “hate group” designation made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As such it has co-signed two letters opposing the designation and formally joined an “SPLCexposed” campaign. The group has supported a number of extreme, anti-LGBTQ positions, including criminalizing homosexuality. ADF (then called the Alliance Defense Fund) formally supported the criminalization of sodomy in the U.S. in 2003 when it filed an amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas defending state sodomy laws in which it called “same-sex sodomy … a distinct public health problem.”  
When the court struck down anti-sodomy laws, ADF called the ruling “devastating” and continued its work supporting the criminalization of gay sex abroad, including in Jamaica, Belize, and India. According to SPLC, ADF representatives regularly slander and demonize LGBTQ people, including by pushing the myth that pedophilia and “homosexual behavior” are “often intrinsically linked.” An affiliated lawyer has also called marriage equality a sign of the “degradation of our human dignity” that has “led to a deification of deviant sexual practices.” The group is also leading the national campaign for “bathroom bills” targeting transgender youth. 

 I intend to raise as much hell about it as possible. Please help me.

In other news:

This Australian church donated $1 million to fight same-sex marriage - Just like the Catholic and Mormon churches did in America. And they lost. 

Here’s What Happened When The Daughter Of An Anti-LGBTQ ‘Family’ Group Exec Came Out - When family members of anti-LGBTQ industry leaders come out, I personally think God is trying to tell them something. And they hardly ever listen. 

29 Tweets That Will Make Gay Men Laugh For Like, Five Whole Minutes - This is so wrong. But it's so &%@! funny!

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