On Wednesday Mexico’s Supreme Court struck a huge blow in the fight for marriage equality by ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are inherently “discriminatory” laws. The ruling came down in response to a lawsuit filed by a gay couple challenging the family code of Sinaloa, a coastal Mexican state.r
Sinaloa’s family code, like those in other Latin American countries have traditionally defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The lawsuit challenging the code, which was filed in 2013, contended that aside from gender there were no discernible differences between heterosexual couples and homosexual ones. In a public statement released after the court hearing the judges emphatically agreed.r
“The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual couples engage can fit perfectly into the actual fundamentals of marriage and living together and raising a family,” the court explained. “For all of those relevant effects, homosexual couples can find themselves in an equivalent situation to heterosexual couples, in such a way that their exclusion from both institutions is totally unjustified.”r
(h/t Washington Blade)
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Romanian TV Star Defends Partner Felix Baumgartner's Attack On Gay Rightsr
Referring to gays as “you abnormal people,” Romania's Got Talent judge Mihaela R?dulescu compared LGBTI people with terrorists and called for public LGBTI events to be banned.r
R?dulescu also called Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst “a woman who was a man but can’t let go of the beard” and said that increased rights for gay people would “infringe on the majority’s right to disagree with their lifestyle.”r
R?dulescu’s comments were inspired by a Facebook post by her partner Felix Baumgartner written in defense of Austrian folk singer Andreas Gabalier, who had complained at an awards ceremony that “it’s not easy in this world if, as a man, you still like women.” When booed by the audience, Gabalier said “politically correct” people should be more tolerant of his intolerance.r
R?dulescu has since backtracked on her comments with the old "some of my best friends are gay" chestnut.r
Mr. Brookner was a habitué of Paradise Garage and Mudd Club. Mr. Gooch opted for more carnal venues, like Toilet and Mineshaft, which had a strict dress code, outlawing, among other things, designer sweaters and cologne (but walking around in a jockstrap was encouraged). Mr. Gooch recounts a bouncer throwing a man down the stairs for wearing loafers. Continue reading the main story “Smash Cut,” which traces their evolution as a libertine couple, is a portrait of a city that no longer exists. The themes, though not derivative, can evoke a gay (or gayer) version of Patti Smith’s “Just Kids.” In fact, Robert Mapplethorpe shot the first images for Mr. Gooch’s modeling portfolio. The cocaine-fueled session is recounted in the book, as are cocaine-fueled runway shows.At 63 Gooch is still stunning. Bummed I turned down a chance to be on an LGBT memoir panel with him, although something tells me I won't be missed!
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Things are playing out just as we predicted with Brian Klawiter, the Michigan auto shop worker who announced earlier this week that he was morally opposed to servicing vehicles belonging to gay people because Jesus wouldn’t like it.
The God-fearing mechanic now claims he has received death threats against himself and his family, as well as threats to burn down his business and his home.
But don’t think he’s letting that get the best of him. He’s tough. He’s a fighter. At least, for now.
“I will stand firm on my views and will not back down,” he wrote in a Facebook post published yesterday.
“If we both have the right to our opinions at what point does it become acceptable to destroy someones [sic] reputation,” he continues.
Brian, if you’re reading, the only person who “destroyed your reputation” was you, when you chose to go on your local news station and spew all sorts of nonsense then write an unprovoked Facebook rant about how the bible dictates that you shouldn’t service any cars belonging to a gay “person or persons.”
Klawiter says he is now organizing a rally/barbecue this weekend and he is encouraging all his fellow Christians to BYOB as well as “something for us to cook,” their guns, God, and their freedom.
Here’s his latest Facebook rant in full:
Listen up folks, If you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK, what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home. I will stand firm on my views and will not back down. I said I am a christian and I think any true (as you all like to call it) christian would readily admit they are a sinner, as am i, and that we practice our religion: i.e. try to get better at it. I am NOT Jesus. What he did was perfect and as far as what he would do I will not speculate as I am merely broken flesh. The Bible has been at the center of debate many times and left subject to interpretation. My interpretation is different than yours. I did not ask to debate sin, however, I am being reminded of mixed fabrics and eating shellfish… so can we all agree then that homosexuality is a sin? If it is then we should always make an effort to move away from sin right? If its not then why are you offended? Enough about that, I am not qualified nor worthy to get in to theology. I set some ground rules for how I operate my life; do I not have the right to do that? If we both have the right to our opinions at what point does it become acceptable to destroy someones reputation, and the reputation of everyone they know, threaten to kill and destroy because you disagree. The evil in this situation is clearly identifiable. Just read the comments below. I never threatened to intentionally put someones vehicle together wrong, use you sense, (although it may not have been the best way to elaborate) You need a bolt and a nut to hold something together, two bolts can not, and two nuts can not, you must have one of each, a male and a female. Get it now?……………………………………. To all of our supporters, there is a semi-local preacher of some kind rallying a protest tomorrow Sat. 12:00-2p, they are gonna “occupy” something near by. We invite our supporters to join us for some fellowship, we will roll out the grill (bring something for us to cook up for you, and byob) and we can enjoy a sunny afternoon together with our guns, our God, our freedom.
Rep. Scott Sanford (above) has introduced a measure — similar to a proposal in Florida — that would allow child welfare providers to discriminate based on "sincerely held religious beliefs."r
The Texas Observer reports:r
On Wednesday, Sanford told a House committee that in some states where same-sex marriage is legal, organizations such as Catholic Charities have shut down rather than comply with laws barring discrimination against gay couples.r
“Faith-based organizations have played a vital role in serving our nation’s orphaned and needy children since America’s founding, and this legislation protects their operations,” Sanford said. “States without these protective measures have had organizations cease to operate, placing more demand on government.”r
HB 3864, which Sanford is calling the “Hope for Orphans and Minors Expansion Act,” or HOME, would prohibit the state from taking “adverse action” against child welfare providers that receive taxpayer dollars and act based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” It would also protect the rights of state-funded agencies to provide religious education to children and to deny them access to abortions or birth control.r
Opponents of the bill say it would also allow discrimination against LGBT youth in foster care. For example, a faith-based agency could force them into reparative therapy.r
A representative from the office of Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) testified in support of the bill, saying that like bans on cell phone use while driving, nondiscrimination laws are an example of government overreach. One tea party lawmaker on the committee — Rep. Debbie Riddle — called the bill "fabulous" and repeatedly told supportive witnesses from Christian groups they were "doing the Lord's work."r
Meanwhile, in Florida, a similar proposal that died in the Senate last week has been resurrected and will be voted on Monday, according to Equality Florida.r
The Human Rights Campaign and five leading national child welfare organizations issued a joint statement Thursday opposing the anti-LGBT adoption measures in Florida, Texas and other states. From HRC's release:r
Organizations that signed the statement, in addition to HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, are the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Education Association. ...r
“We, as organizations dedicated to serving the best interests and well-being of children and youth, are deeply concerned about the spate of anti-LGBT bills that have been introduced in state legislatures around the country this year,” the statement says, “including measures that would allow discrimination in adoption and foster care, criminalize transgender people who attempt to use restrooms, and, under the guise of religious liberty, give service providers the power to deny child welfare services to the very people who need our care the most.”r
Finally, in related news, a Texas Democrat delivered impassioned remarks on the House floor this week in support of a separate proposal to allow same-sex parents to have both names on the birth certificates of adopted children.r
Watch state Rep. Rafael Anchia's speech, AFTER THE JUMP ...r
Sean Hayes and his husband Scott Icenogle are back from a galaxy far, far away to take part in yet another lip sync - this time with more whistling and props for Flo Rida's "I Don't Like It, I Love It" featuring Robin Thicke.r
Get your groove on, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Uh-oh. Props. - with Scott IcenoglerPosted by Sean Hayes on Thursday, April 16, 2015
A collection of Irish religious groups has sent a petition to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald seeking a “conscience clause” that would allow for a right to discriminate if next month’s marriage equality referendum passes, reports the Independent.r
Citing recent controversies where businesses have been brought to court for refusing to provide services to gay people, the group has asked Fitzgerald to “ensure the referendum guarantee equality for all”.r
Dr. Ali Selim, from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, said:r
“If we are having this referendum on the firm belief of equality then also we should allow people with consciences objections as well. What we are asking for is that we are not forced to endorse a practice that is in conflict with our fate. It is the freedom of choice not to have views imposed on our religious beliefs.”r
Petitioners state that they disagree strongly with the proposed constitutional changes and warn that if passed, it would discriminate against people opposed to same-sex marriage for religious reasons who “risk prosecution” because of their personal beliefs.r
Speaking on national radio broadcaster Newstalk, Selim said:r
“Who decides what discrimination is? Of course decisions should be made in light of Irish law – but if Irish law says you’ve got to endorse something against your beliefs that is discrimination. And that is exactly why we are campaigning – so that there is equality for all, not just for certain people.”r
Earlier in the week, Selim said “no Muslim would vote yes” in the referendum.r
Listen to Selim threaten legal action against Irish media outlets, AFTER THE JUMP...r
A March Irish Times poll found that 74 percent of the electorate intend to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.rr
When contemplating same-sex marriage, it’s important to take into consideration how it might affect straight guys who don’t know any gay people. They really have the best perspective, don’t you think?
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt really got to the heart of the debate when he asked Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz to blabber about gay marriage as if it had one single damn thing to do with them. Hugh also asked them if they’d attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one.
Their answers are positively heartwarming — surely just what Jesus would have said.
Rick Santorum’s response was a predictable “no,” couched with some garbage about how it violates his faith but he’d still love the person because he’s a good Christian. Please go home, Rick.
Ted Cruz tried to tap dance a little, but his response is so clearly indicative of the problem.
So, Ted — would you attend the same-sex wedding of a friend, family member or loved one?
“I have not faced that circumstance. I have not had a loved one have a gay wedding.”
He also doesn’t understand the concept of a hypothetical question, and he does go on to spout this nonsense:
“What the media tries to twist the question of marriage into…is a battle of emotions and personalities. They try and make it say, for example, ‘gosh any conservative must hate people who are gay.’ As you know, that has nothing to do with the operative legal question…I’m a constitutionalist, and under the constitution, from the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question for the states.”
Why would marriage make people emotional, we wonder?
Fellow Republican Christian Marco Rubio also opposes gay marriage and was asked the same question. He was the only one who sounded vaguely human. “If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events,” he said.
Listen to the two clips below:
From Michigan auto shop owner Brian Klawiter:
"I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works."
"If you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here."
Sounds like another asshole trying to get a $842,000 windfall like the pizza joint owners in Indiana. This guy needs a dose of reality.
The bad news just keeps coming for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
First, he was publicly ridiculed nationwide for signing a “religious freedom” bill last month allowing businesses the legal right to discriminate against LGBT people.
Now, a new poll conducted by Howey Politics Indiana has found that Pence’s job approval rating among voters has plummeted, standing at 45% approval to 46% disapproval. His favorability rating is even worse, standing at 35% favorable to 38% unfavorable.
Those are really awful numbers.
So why is this such bad news for the disgraced Republican governor?
Aside form the obvious (nobody likes being told they suck at their job), there are two main reasons: 1. Since the Howey Indiana Politics poll began in 2008, it has never seen such a dramatic decline in such a short period of time, and 2. Pence is up for reelection next year and he’s currently facing off against three potential Democratic gubernatorial challengers. So not only is this bad news for his own political future, but it’s bad for his party as a whole.
Word on the street had been that Pence was considering a 2016 presidential run. It looks like that dream has pretty much been shot to hell.
The moral of the story? Simple. Don’t be a bigot.
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