FreeToBelieve.com details the plight of put-upon Christians who are facing persecution for their ongoing campaign to vilify LGBT people.r
Ignoring that LGBT people in all their shapes and sizes are citizens too, FRC claims:r
“When Americans believe something, they back it up with their actions. Our core beliefs define who we are, and how we live. The freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs is the foundation for a civil society where people of differing beliefs can live and work together with mutual respect.”r
Watch FRC's highly profitable and factually incorrect most recent diatribe against same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...r
A petition has so far been signed by a whopping 139 people.r
It’s a super-queer week in home entertainment, from a drag queen comedy to a bent vampire flick (Drink Me; above) to a Cannes hit by one of cinema’s youngest gay talents.
We’ve got five to rundown, so let’s get on with it!
HRC President Chad Griffin and Heritage Foundation's Ryan T. Anderson spar over same-sex marriage on George Stephanopoulos' THIS WEEK in advance of the upcoming Supreme Court arguments on marriage equality.
The piece also notes that the latest polls shows support for marriage equality at a record-high 61%.
An Oregon bakery that was ordered to pay $135,000 after violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to provide a cake for a gay wedding just had its GoFundMe campaign yanked down.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, first made headlines back in September 2013 when they denied two lesbians a wedding cake, crowing that homosexuality was an “abomination unto the Lord.” In July 2014 they briefly made headlines again when they began marketing “ex-gay cakes” out of their home.
After seeing the serious paydays enjoyed by an antigay pizzeria in Indiana and a homophobic florist in Washington state, the clever Kleins decided they wanted in on the action. They raised more than $109,000 towards their $135,000 fine before GoFundMe put a stop to the campaign.
In a statement, GoFundMe said that it yanked the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”
“The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal,” the statement continued. “While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”
Naturally, the Kleins were not happy about this. They immediately took to Facebook to say this was the work of the devil:
We think this Facebook commenter said it best when she replied:
Better luck next time, Kleins.
The Long Road
By Matthew Foley
I see you there, standing by the crossroads,
studying the signs and reading the stars,
seeking the direction of a life that is yet to be…
wondering which way, O which way, should my feet point today?
Listen for a moment,
for these feet have felt the dirt of many a wrong path,
these boots have trod many a reckless misstep to be sure,
and those cracked and beaten roads ahead,
where all passion has gone out of the earth,
I too have wasted many a day walking those weary miles.
But for everyday I lived my passion, those days I do not regret.
Everyday I spoke boldly the truth of my soul,
that day I hold like a precious pearl in my memory.
On those days,
I lived like a wave, roaring with the rolling life of the sea,
begging no forgiveness for my right to breathe.
On those days,
I lived like a star, hiding not my fires in a universe gone dark,
for my soul was a candle that did not flicker or fade.
On those days,
I lived as a world, complete, and ushering all life into one,
as one as the different rivers of the world are but one rolling water,
as the separate nations of the earth are but one soil
sprouting but one family of life.
Take the long road, O wanderer, the long road of your passion.
Walk this one earth and breathe this one air,
and serve this one family of life with your fires of your passion.
Take the long, open road and walk it every day of your life.
Take the long road, O wanderer, the long road of your passion.
Matthew Foley is an English & Creative Writing teacher at the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science. When he’s not trying to make 7th graders fall in love with books & poetry, you can find Matt on Wednesdays hosting the Open Mic Poetry Night at The 827 art gallery in Avondale. Matt was also a recent feature poet at East Bay Meeting House’s Monday Night Poetry & Music series. Find Matt on Facebook.
Steven Hotze speaks at Janet Porter's "Restrain the Judges" press conference in front of the Supreme Court where they delivered “restraining orders” to the Supreme Court demanding that the justices not hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
Via Right Wing Watch:
The activists, including Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera and Bill Owens, also announced that they were filing a motion asking Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the case because they, in Lively’s words, “deliberately officiated at so-called homosexual wedding ceremonies.”
Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas, a Roy Moore acolyte who has been advocating for a bill in his state barring the use of funds to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples if the state’s marriage ban is struck down, declared that gay marriage is “not a marriage, it’s a mirage, because it’s counterfeit, it’s a lie, it’s untrue.”
A decision in favor of marriage equality, he warned, “would force individuals to have to condone, accept, even celebrate sexual immorality among certain elements of the population and teach it to the children.”
“It would criminalize Christianity,” he added. “The pastors would be forced to have to marry those of the same-sex.”
They are literally making lies up now.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, currently running for the 2016 GOP nomination for president, to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network this weekend:
“There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. It doesn’t exist.
"There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. There isn’t such a right.
"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. There is no such constitutional right.
"Can a state decide to change their laws? Yes, but only through the political process, not through the court system and that’s what is happening now. The advocates of same-sex marriage refuse to go to the legislatures because they can’t win that debate, they don’t want to have a debate in society. They want courts to impose it on people and they are not even satisfied with that.
"They have now gone further. They want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters.
"It’s very simple. This is not a policy against anyone. I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that has existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman."
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As you are probably aware, Baltimore erupted in riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray yesterday, the 25-year-old man who died while in police custody.r
At least 15 police officers have been injured, and the National Guard has been called in. Businesses have been destroyed and looted, and vehicles set ablaze.r
A 10 pm - 5am curfew has been instituted starting on Tuesday by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Sun reports:r
She drew a distinction between peaceful protesters and “thugs” she said engaged in rioting Monday intend on “destroying our city.”
“It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody,” Rawlings-Blake said.
At Rawlings-Blake's request, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating the Maryland National Guard. The order does not affect citizens' rights, but is required to activate the Guard and authorize federal assistance, Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said. It is not "martial law," Maryland National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh said.
The governor is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, he said in a press conference.
Let's hope for peace.r
After the demise of the drag-queen ABBA and the faux-gay Village People, I started listening to popular music more aggressively, looking for "real" gay-friendly songs. Or at least songs with subtexts. I found no depictions of same-sex romance, anywhere -- the most you could hope for was a dropped pronoun. But a few Top 40 Hits -- one or two per year -- were about the search for a Good Place, or celebrations of male beauty (with beefcake-heavy music videos), and or just about being proud of your identity.
"Physical" (Olivia Newton-John, 1981).
2. "I'm Coming Out" (Diana Ross, 1981). Ms. Ross claimed that it was about teenage girls "coming out" into high society, but gay teens knew what it was really about:
I'm coming out -- I want the world to know, got to let it show.
3. "It's Raining Men" (The Weather Girls, 1982). The catchy beat made it easy to appropriate. I didn't even mind the heterosexism:
God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too
She took off to heaven, and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky,
So that each and every woman could find a perfect guy.
Oh the night is my world. City lights, painted girls.
I must believe in something, so I guess I'll just believe that this night will never go.
5. "Holiday" (Madonna, 1983). No gay people mentioned, but coming out often required forgetting about years of pain: it's time for the good times -- forget about the bad times.
Each new one I meet makes my heart beat faster, when I see them so strong and tall.
So many men, so little time. How can I lose?
So many men, so little time. How can I choose?
7. "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1983).
8. "I Am What I Am" (Gloria Gaynor, 1983) could be read as a response to the bigots (and there were a lot of bigots) who kept screaming that gays were worthless, subhuman, monsters out to destroy the world.
I am good, I am strong, I am somebody, I do belong.
I am useful, I am true, I am worthy, I am as good as you.
The answers you seek will never be found at home.
The love that you need will never be found at home.
10. "Let's Hear it for the Boy" (Deniece Williams, 1984).
Not much after. AIDS, conservative retrenchment, and the re-demonization of gay people eliminated even those few songs that could be appropriated. In 1985, Madonna was singing "Like a Virgin" (about sex, not pride), Wham started making their previously androgynous songs gender specific (I said you were the perfect girl for me), and the vigorously homophobic Eddie Murphy was inviting heterosexuals to "Party All the Time."
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Another year, another major court battle over the definition of marriage. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution grants the right for same-sex couples to wed.
But if history is a guide for the future, this won’t be the last battle over the definition of marriage. The Queerty column Science of Sin takes a look at the never ending battle over “traditional marriage”.
1. Fight for freedom to be yourself
Centuries ago in Western culture, parents had all the power over marriage. In the 1500s in Europe, if you got married and your parents didn’t approve, the government could imprison or banish you.
The Industrial Revolution in the 1700s changed this tradition. Men left home to make their own money and gained the power to choose wives of their own. However, while men wrestled away some marriage freedom, women were still considered the legal property of their husbands. In many parts of the world, parents still force their female children into arranged marriages, sometimes as early as teens.
2. Fight for equality
Even into the 20th century, husbands had complete legal control over their wives’ finances and employment. However, as women gained the right to vote, “traditional marriage” slowly changed again. It took awhile, but by 1979, American women finally gained full legal equality to men in a marriage.
3. Fight for love
For centuries, marrying for love was considered destructive to traditional marriage — people could easily fall out of love. However, as more people wanted to love the person they married, old traditions crumbled. Divorce became easier. People of different races could marry. Now, same-sex couples in love are fighting for the right to marry.
So as marriage is based more and more on love and equality, a new “traditional marriage” is emerging. The fight for gay marriage may be just one more battle in the struggle for the freedom to love.
See how traditional marriage has changed over the centuries in two minutes. If anyone says gay marriage destroys the definition of marriage, share this video and let them know that might be a good thing…
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Sources: Abbott, Elizabeth. A history of marriage : from same sex unions to private vows and common law, the surprising diversity of a tradition. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2011.
Coontz, Stephanie. Marriage, a history : how love conquered marriage. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.
Cott, Nancy F. Public vows a history of marriage and the nation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002.
Lassie or Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, except set n the Florida Everglades, with a dolphin instead of a collie or a kangaroo, and no women in sight. It seemed designed explicitly for the viewing pleasure of gay kids (your other choices on Saturday night were Jackie Gleason, for the grownups, and Shindig, for the teens).
It was about Ranger Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), who lived in the Everglades National Park with his two sons, used boats more than cars, and didn't seem to own a shirt.
Not that any gay kids were complaining. Saturday night, summer or winter, was beefcake time.
There was not a lot of buddy-bonding; Sandy and/or Bud needed rescuing a lot, but it was always Flipper who chirped to the rescue. But -- and this was a big "but" for 1960s tv - none of the boys exhibited much heterosexual interest. Porter and Bud, never.
Sandy had already grinned and flirted with a girl in the movie Flipper’s New Adventure (1964), yet he expressed an interest in girls during the tv series only twice. In “Love and Sandy” (1965), he has an unrequited crush on a college girl (Cheryl Miller), and in “Cupid Flipper” (1966) he mistakenly believes that his girlfriend (Susan Abbot) is in love with his father. It was like a weekly vacation from the tedium of incessant "what girl do you like"?
There were lots of book tie-ins and toys available for the off-hours.
After a few 1970s tv appearances, such as The Mighty Isis, Tommy Norden retired from acting, and Brian Kelly was forced to retire in 1970 after a motorcycle accident paralyzed his right arm and leg -- he continued to produce movies like The Blade Runner (1982). But Luke Halpin had a long career on television and in movies like Island of the Lost (1967) and If It's Tuesday, This Must be Belgium (1969).
See also: Flipper Toys
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