The Passing of a Legend

Coretta Scott King passed away yesterday at the age of 78. May her soul rest in peace and her legacy live on!

Once in a lifetime God grants us with the ability to witness an extraordinary life dedicated to justice. With Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., God smiled on us and fortunately granted us two,”said Solmonese. “When her husband was killed, Mrs. King assumed her husband’s role as the guiding light that led the way toward a more equal nation. She performed that role with enormous grace and strength, never relenting in the movement for civil rights. She saw justice as a birthright and lent her voice as a relentless advocate for all fair-minded Americans, gay or straight, black or white. We join the nation in mourning the loss of a great hero and give enormous gratitude for all that she’s left behind.”

Often speaking of the importance of civil rights for gay and lesbian people, Coretta Scott King said in March of 1998, “I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. ... But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’” Coretta Scott King also supported a federal bill prohibiting anti-gay discrimination.

Thanks to the Human Rights Campaign for paying tribute to this wonderful woman!

And more from Mrs. King...the unmistakable knowledge that equality and justice are not limited to the privileged few but open to us all.

Speaking before nearly 600 people at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel,
Coretta Scott King, the wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tuesday called on the civil rights community to join in the struggle against homophobia and anti-gay bias. "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood," King stated. "This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group." - Chicago Defender, April 1, 1998, front page.

Quoting a passage from her late husband's writing, Coretta Scott King
reaffirmed her stance on gay and lesbian rights Tuesday at a luncheon
celebrating the 25 anniversary of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national gay rights organization. "We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting her husband. "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy,"

Source: hatecrime.org


On Alito

I've been holding off on my thoughts about Alito until I knew what was going to happen. Not like I didn't know what was going to happen, but I wanted to believe in hope.

I'm not the only person upset tonight. I've visited other blogs and found quite a few that have a common thought: Fuck it, fuck it all!!! Lots of people are quiting the party. When you have 14 Democrats without the balls to stand up, what else can you feel? Others are REALLY pissed off and ready for a take over of this party. When we can't scare up 25 votes over a person like Alito (an unabashed racist and womanhater, not to mention what else), how can we hope that anything else can stand muster?

The few amount of gay rights we have gained over the years, like WA state getting a gay rights law passed in the last few days is already under attack, and bound to be overturned by an extremist court that only has one objective. Keep the right extremists in power.

I know that a lot of people don't like to hear talk like this because it sounds too much like Republican talk, but I think it's past time we demand "toeing the party line". We MUST demand this of Democrat candidates and clean out the dirt and stench that has infiltrated a once proud party. Democrats have for so long stood for equality and civil rights, but now are scared of the "L" word in these fucking red states. There's too many weak legislators that don't understand what it REALLY means to be a Democrat. We have to "set the tone" and demand they get in line. Those that don't can join the other party. After all, that's what Republicans are there for now. To be racists and bigots and haters of all that is American.

Again, fuck 'em. Fuck 'em all. Screw anyone that has voted for these fascist pigs. This is what you wanted. A court that has no regard for the Constitution, has no regard for individual rights, for women to control their body, and for minorities to be equal citizens with the majority.

If you have a problem with this, then YOU ARE A BIGOT!!! No more apologies and no more regrets for the things we say. YOU ARE WRONG to support this administration and Alito. It may be 5, 10, or 15 years but you will see the folly of your ways.

Perhaps I'll get railed over this, but I don't see any other way. Like many of you, I want to take this country back and I want more Democrats in office, but I want the RIGHT kind of Democrats in office. If you all can tell me a better way than "toeing the party line," I'll be glad to hear it.

I refuse to have Republican-lite claiming Democrat as their party. Don't dirty our party with your filth!


Ironic Follow-up on "The Book of Daniel"

Okay, so NBC completely dumps "The Book of Daniel" and as par for the course the American Family Association is claiming it's all because of them.

AFA Chair Don Wildmon was quoted as saying:

“This shows the average American that he doesn’t have to simply sit back and take the trash being offered on TV, but he can get involved and fight back with his pocketbook.”

Don, are those the same pocketbooks that are opening for "Brokeback Mountain"? Teehee

Anyway, the biggest irony is that this "trash" is being replaced with re-runs of "Law & Order."

Supposedly, it's much more wholesome and family-oriented to tell stories of murder, adultery, rape, and incest than a priest with a not-so-picture-perfect family. Now, if the priest had kicked his gay son out of the house in the first episode, the show would have been lauded as "groundbreaking" and "classicly American."


FL Signature Collectors not Successful

Or at least not as successful as those in MA where it's been reported that upwards of 2,000 signatures were gathered under false pretenses so that terrible thing called marriage equality can be stopped.

Story here

With only about a week left organizers of a proposed amendment to prevent same-sex marriage in Florida remain several hundred thousand signatures short of the requirement.

Members of the group Florida-4-Marriage say they have collected about 300,000 of the approximately 600,000 signatures needed for a vote on the amendment in November.
Part of the problem said Florida-4-Marriage campaign chair John Stemberger is the February 1 deadline by which the petitions must be in. That's earlier than in previous years, thanks to a measure pushed by state Republicans.

Ironically it is the GOP that wants to see the amendment put to voters.

The party has been the campaign's biggest sponsor. Last week an investigation by the St. Petersburg Times into funding for Florida4Marriage has found that of the $193,000 that has been raised by the group $150,000 came from a single donor - the Florida Republican Party.

Yet Gov. Jeb Bush, the titular head of the party, publicly said in 2004 that he is opposed to an amendment and a spokesperson for the Governor said Bush was not aware of the donation.

If Florida-4-Marriage fails to get the measure on the November ballot it would make Florida the second state where a proposed amendment banning gay marriage has failed.

In California one group attempting to put a proposed amendment banning gay marriage before California voters failed to submit the signatures required for the June 2006 ballot but said it is working to see the issue put to voters in November. A second group is also trying get its version on the fall ballot but concedes it too is having trouble collecting signatures.

Voters this year will be asked to approve proposed amendments limiting marriage to opposite sex-couples in Alabama, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

It seems Americans are wising up to this game. Eliminating an entire group from equal opportunity, equal access, equal protection under the law, and in general life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is VERY un-American.

Latest on Dying Cop's Last Wish

Ocean County freeholders officially voted on Jan. 25th to allow Lauren Hester to transfer her pension benefits to her partner, Stacie Andree, so Stacie won't lose their home when Lauren inevitably dies of cancer.

Republicans who in the past have opposed recognizing same-sex couples feared a voter backlash after news coverage of the Hester case and Ocean County lawmakers' refusal to be moved by an emotional appeal the dying woman made last week from her hospital room.

Appearing weak, and breathing with the help of a machine, she said on a video tape that was played in the council chamber she feared partner Stacie Andree would lose the home they shared after Hester dies.

Wednesday Hester showed up at the freeholder's meeting against the advice of her doctor. She was in a wheelchair and hooked up to any oxygen tank. A mask covered her face and hands.

The 4 - 0 vote, with one absentee, was greeted with applause and cheers from dozens of gays who packed the chamber.

Following the vote in a voice barely audible Hester thanked the freeholders saying it "was democracy at its best."

"The freeholders today were kind, elegant, compassionate in their feelings," Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality told 365Gay.com

Goldstein said "it was a surrealistic moment...only a few weeks ago [the freeholders] were some of the toughest opponents I have ever encountered.

New Jersey state law allows local government to provide benefits to the same-sex partners of their workers. As a result of the Hester case a number of communities that had not already done so quickly moved to amend their laws.

The comments of Hester and Goldstein are MORE than kind. This poor woman should have never gone through this anguish and torment. No one should ever have to worry if their partner will be okay after they are gone. BUT, as usual, politicians were concerned about votes, not the person in need.

Sometimes, you just have to do what is right and good for others. The saying "death is the great equalizer" certainly has new meaning in this case. It seems Lauren has changed some hearts and minds in the most painful and heartbreaking way.


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A Prayer Answered

Ever since Laurel Hester learned she was dying of inoperable brain cancer, she's been pleading with Ocean City freeholders to pass her pension benefits to her partner. Over and over and over again, these people have looked into the eyes of a dying woman and told her "No."

But not now, not in her last attempt. Finally, Laurel can die in peace knowing her partner, Stacey, is taken care of.

Officials Reverse Position, Lesbian Cop To Get Dying Wish

Ocean County freeholders will grant Laurel Hester her dying wish, to have her death benefit given to her same-sex partner.

Despite state law allowing local governments to grant health and other benefits to the same-sex partners of their employees Ocean County has steadfastly refused to do so.

For months Sgt. Hester, who has inoperable brain cancer, has pleaded with freeholders to pass an ordinance recognizing same-sex partners for the purpose of benefits.

Earlier this week, with only a few months to live, she made a final plea from her hospital room.

Appearing weak, and breathing with the help of a machine, she said on a video tape that she feared partner Stacie Andree would lose the home they shared after Hester dies.

With little doctors can do for, except make her as comfortable as possible, Hester has been a released from hospital and is now at home.

Until she became too ill to work Hester was a lieutenant with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. She had worked there for 23 years - more than half her life - and is a member of the New Jersey Police and Firemen's Retirement System.

Although the state's five other pension systems allow its members to pass pension benefits to domestic partners the NJPFRS does not. Under the state's domestic partner law local governments can transfer pension benefits.

The death benefit amounts to about $13,000.

Watching Washington

There have been up and down attempts in the last few years in Washington State to pass a basic civil rights bill for the GLBT community. The passed bills have failed because Dominionists such as the American Family Association and a local African-American preacher Rev. Hutcherson have pressured and boycotted companies like Microsoft that have a lot riding on creating a diverse workforce and of course pressuring the legislators.

Now it appears that Washington is taking some steps forward with the passage of a civil rights bill in their House.

Legislation banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and the transgendered in jobs and housing was passed in the state House on Friday.

The measure was approved on a 60-37 vote.

"This discrimination is a reality,” said Rep. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) leading off final debate on the bill and working diffuse critics who claim there had been no proof the legislation was needed.

The no votes came mainly from Republicans.

"We think this needs to go the people," said House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis). “We don’t think we should impede on the religious freedom."

LGBT civil rights groups have been trying for 30 years to get legislation

The bill now moves to the Senate where it was defeated last year by one vote. (story) Majority Leader Sen. Lisa Brown (D-Spokane), a supporter of the measure, said the upper chamber will act on the bill quickly.

It is expected the legislation will pass the Senate this time. The senator who cast the deciding vote now says he will support the measure. (story)

The legislation also has the support of some of the biggest corporations in the state including Microsoft, Boeing, Hewlett Packard and Nike.

Last year's defeat of the measure was blamed on Microsoft which originally supported the bill but reversed its stand after threats from a local evangelist to call a national boycott of the computer giant.

Following outrage from the gay community and Microsoft's own LGBT workers the company said it would support the bill in 2006.

Earlier this week, the Reverend Ken Hutcherson made good on his threat and called a national boycott against Microsoft. (story)

Meanwhile the state's Supreme Court is considering a challenge to knock down the state's ban against same-sex marriage. A decision is expected at any time.

Moving Forward in Maryland

In spite the influx of Dominionist Theocrat money to stop the move forward, a Maryland judge ruled that the ban on equal access to marriage for gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

This is great news!!! I've always liked Maryland, and as with most places, except for a few pockets of extreme right-wing attitudes, it's a pretty open and accepting state.

There's no reason Maryland shouldn't move into the 21st Century and regard us all as equal citizens.

A Baltimore judge ruled Friday that Maryland's law against same-sex marriage "cannot withstand constitutional challenge."

The suit was filed two years ago (story) by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of nine same-sex couples and a man whose partner recently passed away who would like to be able to marry one day.

The suit alleged that county clerks are violating the state constitution's guarantees of equality by not granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Judge M. Brooke Murdock agreed.

"After much study and serious reflection, this court holds that Maryland's statutory prohibition against same-sex marriage cannot withstand constitutional challenge," she wrote in her decision.

"When tradition is the guise under which prejudice or animosity hides, it is not a legitimate state interest," he judgment said.

"The Court is not unaware of the dramatic impact of its ruling, but it must not shy away from deciding significant legal issues when fairly presented to it for judicial determination. As others assessing the constitutionality of preventing same-sex marriage note, justifying the continued application of a classification through its past application is 'circular reasoning, not analysis,' and that it is not persuasive."


VA Legis. Dropping In-Vitro Bill

At least a small piece of good news and common sense from VA. I posted on the proposed bill to block ALL unmarried women from receiving in-vitro fertilization or artifical insemination services. Hence, because VA is backass backwards, unmarried automatically applies to lesbian couples, no matter how long the couple has been in a committed relationship. Fortunately, there are few smart legislators in VA who see this as beyond the pale of personally invasive.

"It's frustrating how many invasions of peoples' personal lives members can come up with to introduce," said Del. Adam Ebbin, D-Arlington, the only openly gay Virginia lawmaker.

"It would be funny if it wasn't so scary that some of these bills could pass."

Don't think the bill proposer will give up though. Oh no, that's not what being a Dominionist is about.

Marshall said he has not given up, vowing to put it onto another bill as an amendment "whenever the opportunity arises."

Just Being All-American Boys

This all ties into an earlier post I made about the thin line between "free speech" on college campuses and just being plain hateful (i.e. knowing the line between constructive conversation and dialogue and being mean). Certainly, the SAF and AFA would see this as simply "boys having fun" and that there is no need to instill proper codes of conduct and civility on a college campus. Thus, do away with all those rules!!! Let the taunts, insults, and jabs fly freely!! That's just what good ol' American boys do to have fun and let off some steam, right?

4 University Students Charged In Homophobic Attack

Campus police were called to a student's room at Ogg Hall after the student was awakened by someone yelling, "All faggots should die" and "I hate fucking faggots."

The student, whose name has not been made public, went to the door of his dorm room to find "I hate fucking faggots. Die," written on the dry erase board on the outside of his door.
"OK, I tore down a picture," he reportedly told a campus police officer. "I was showing off and saw a picture of two guys kissing. I'm conservative and had a problem with it. Why does the photo have to be displayed in public? Keep it to yourself."

The men allegedly returned to the victim's door three times to deface it. "We were drunk and thought it was funny," Chamberlain reportedly said.

The alleged students involved were from U of Wisconsin-Madison, Auburn, and Purdue.


The Fundie's War on our Young People

Let me preface this with saying that if you look at the track record of the Heterosexist Dominionist Theocratic Fundamentalists you'll see a steady attack on young people. From their attempts to rid schools of gay teachers and Gay-Straight Alliances to now moving to the college setting where institutional policy on respect and tolerance for "all people" is an affront to their free speech rights.

The story below links to the American Family Association's Agape Press, which outlines their displeasure.

Radical right angry that colleges are promoting "respect [for] the dignity of all persons"

Some of the examples of college academic rules that the religious right is outraged over:
* A ban on "insults, taunts, or challenges directed toward another person" (Appalachian State University).
* A practice of outlawing "statements of intolerance" (North Carolina Central University).
* A requirement that all students "respect the dignity of all persons" and "strive for the openness to learn from differences in people" (UNC Asheville).
* A policy outlawing "disrespect for persons" (UNC Greensboro).

John Aravosis of Americablog asks a great question on this: What exactly are conservative Christian activists promoting that they're afraid of these kind of campus policies?

Yes, what are they afraid of? If there is a respectful debate and discussion in the classroom on hot topics of the day (as there should be on a college campus), what exactly are these folks wanting to say on campus that they are worried will be misconstrued as disrespectful?

Personally, I don't think this has anything to do with free speech as being the only one with the right to speak. Being aware of the college environment, I've seen and heard of conservative students taking offense and even suing professors for not siding with their views. There is even a website for students to report such "violations": Students for Academic Freedom.

USA Today covered this trend and this group:

On about 90 campuses, meanwhile, students have joined Students for Academic Freedom, created four months ago by leftist turned conservative activist David Horowitz. They argue that campuses are overwhelmingly liberal and demand that administrations seek a more balanced point of view among faculty and in programs such as lecture series.
Some professors stress that part of their job is to challenge students to question their beliefs. "We're in the business of helping people become critical thinkers," says Shippensburg sociology professor Debra Cornelius. Though she acknowledges her own liberal politics, she says, "We on a daily basis struggle with ... making sure people behave in a tolerant way (without) chilling speech."
Conservative students aren't the only ones feeling pinched. In May, Wesleyan University President Douglas Bennet banned a long-standing tradition, particularly popular among gay rights groups, of writing messages in chalk on sidewalks. Some faculty were targeted by name, and increasingly vulgar obscenities, sexual and racial slurs had spurred complaints.

But the most well-oiled attack is driven by conservative and Christian students, "who basically feel they're targets for getting their minds dry-cleaned to think the right way," says Jordan Lorence, a litigator for the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona Christian organization involved in several lawsuits.

Is the question about being able to say anything you want as offensively as you want or about civil discourse? If a person wants civil discourse, no problem. Don't worry about the school policies. If you want to harass and offend others, I can see where these folks would want to change policy. When there is no line to distinguish constructive discussion from hate speech, everything is open game.


Nutcases are not Limited to the South

What can you expect from a place who has a Republican Senator that fears I'll have sex with his dog!!!

Gay Marriage Ban Gains Momentum In Pennsylvania

A proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution that would prevent same-sex couples from marrying is expected to be introduced in the legislature next week.

State Rep. Scott W. Boyd (R-Lancaster) said the measure already has 88 co-sponsors and the number is growing. Most are Republicans but some Democrats have signed on as well.

The Pennsylvania House is controlled by the GOP.

Boyd said that the amendment would say: "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this commonwealth, and neither the commonwealth now nor any of its political subdivisions shall create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals."

LGBT civil rights activists say the wording is unclear and could be used to block civil unions or domestic partnerships.

So, This is What is Wrong With Nashville

People can't figure out how to use the remote control!!!

NBC Nashville Station Latest To Dump Daniel

NBC's Nashville affiliate has closed The Book of Daniel after the show, whose main character is a pill-popping Episcopal priest with a gay son and a pot-dealing daughter, drew thousands of complaints.

WSMV-TV General Manager Elden Hale Jr. said he decided to pull the show starring Aidan Quinn after NBC rejected the station's request to air it overnight instead of during "family viewing time."

Despite its third-place finish nationally, the show won its time slot last Friday in the Nashville TV market.

Hale said viewers objected to the language, the sexual content and the portrayal of Jesus, who appears to Quinn's character for regular chats.

WSMV's general voice mailbox shut down within 20 hours of the airing of the two-hour premiere last Friday because 137 complaint messages jammed the machine, WSMV officials said. There also were complaints via e-mail and regular mail, including letters bearing church letterheads.

I knew these little "c" christians were illiterate and such, but I didn't think it was SOOO bad they couldn't utilize a remote control. Then again, they have to be directed with church pamphlets on what to think and how to vote. They can't think for themselves. What made me think they could manage a remote??? JEEZ!

Winning the Crazy Vote

Since I have a round robin of city and state news going on here, this one tops the cake.

Virginia House Passes Anti-Gay Amendment

Now while this is bad enough and this still has to go to the VA senate for passage to go to voters, here's the kicker in the article:

Meanwhile, the House is preparing to take up a bill this session that would effect the ability of lesbians in the state from having babies "through medical technology".

Although the legislation would prevent any unmarried woman from receiving in vitro fertilization - its impact would impact lesbians most.

Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) filed the bill on Thursday. Marshall is one of the sponsor of the marriage amendment.

If the measure passes, it would prohibit licensed health professionals from performing medical procedures for unmarried women who want to get pregnant, including everything from in vitro fertilization to artificial insemination by a donor.

"To say women are desperate for this, well Al Capone was desperate for money ... just being desperate doesn't mean you have a right to anything period," said Marshall.

"My dad's name is donor, okay, no kid wants that. They want a relationship with a real person, someone to hold their hand," Marshall said.

For those who voted Republican and you know someone or love someone who is gay, let me just say thanks for the fucking nightmare. This is the world you wanted and wished for, right??? You're either an outright asshole like this Marshall fucker or you just don't pay attention (or maybe you do but you're selfish, thinking only your needs should be met). Either way, go fuck yourselves!

At Least Indianapolis is Smart

Of all places!!! Yep, Indianapolis...

Indianapolis Gay Rights Law Signed

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson has signed the city's gay rights into law.

LGBT civil rights leaders looked on as the mayor put his pen to document in a ceremony at the City-County Building.

City-County Council voted last month to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment, education, public accommodations, and housing. (story)

The measure passed by a single vote, 15-14.

It was the second time the measure made it to council. It was rejected in April (story) on an 18 - 11 vote after the conservative group Advance America launched an e-mail campaign encouraging its members to write the 29 council members.

The organization and some area evangelical leaders mounted a fierce campaign in a bid to defeat it a second time.

Pastors from nearly a dozen Indianapolis black churches held a prayer service in the City-Council building calling on divine intervention to block the proposed ordinance.
Indianapolis is now one of seven municipalities in Indiana that prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation. Other areas include the cities of Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Michigan City and West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County. The Indianapolis ordinance also includes protection for transgender individuals.

It's time for Nashville to get a clue!!! Damn it, if freakin' Tippecanoe County, IN can have non-discrimination laws passed for us, what the hell is wrong here???

And It's Not Just Alabama

Florida GOP Bankrolling Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

The Florida Republican Party is the driving force behind an organization claiming to be a grassroots initiative to gather signatures to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage according to a published report.

An investigation by the St. Petersburg Times into funding for the Florida4Marriage has found that of the $193,000 that has been raised by the group $150,000 came from a single donor - the Florida Republican Party.

The paper says that the donation was made in a single check on Nov. 25.
Yet Gov. Jeb Bush, the titular head of the party, publicly said in 2004 that he is opposed to an amendment.

Since then he has attempted to avoid talking about the amendment issue describing it only as well-meaning but unnecessary because state law already bars same-sex marriage.

Jebbie learned well from his brother. Give the ignorant masses some double-speak and they're stupid enough to fall for it every time.

"I'm opposed to it, but it's well-meaning and it's unnecessary."

WTF???!!! No wonder this party has the country so fucked up and turning in on itself.

And pray tell, exactly how is an amendment that makes an entire group of hard-working, tax-paying citizens second-class forever "well-meaning"?

Some Things in Alabama Never Change

Whether it's George Wallace and the blacks or Roy Moore and the gays, some things in Alabama never change.

I hope those I know in Alabama have enough sense not to vote for this asshole. They say they are my friend...we'll see.

Homophobic Disgraced Judge Runs For Alabama Governor

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore officially threw his hat in the ring for Alabama governor on Wednesday.
An evangelical Christian who opposes same-sex marriage and supports school prayer Moore made headlines in 2003 when he was removed as Chief Justice after the state's nine-member Court of Judicial Inquiry found he had violated judicial ethical standards for defiance of a federal judge's order to move a Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the rotunda of the state courthouse.

Last month his wife gave an indication of what Moore's platform would be in an email seeking campaign donations she sent to supporters.

Kayla Moore wrote in the email that her husband is opposed by people who want to promote gay marriage and who "fear nothing more than the emergence of a powerful national spokesperson for Christian conservatism.

"And make no mistake: If elected governor of Alabama, my husband will be that spokesman!" she wrote.

Moore has a long record of anti-gay rulings.

In February 2002 when the state Supreme Court ruled against a lesbian mother who was seeking custody of her three daughters Moore used a litany of homophobic adjectives in his written decision.

Moore said that homosexuality is "an inherent evil" that should not be tolerated.

His decision went on to say that the mother's relationship made her an unfit parent and that homosexuality is "abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature."

The "Kiddie Table" Benefits Concept

How cute! This is so sweet of these homophobes to think of us and give us some scraps of their privileges and rights.

Mass. Gay Marriage Foes Propose Same-Sex Benefits

Conservative lawmakers opposed to same-sex marriage announced legislation on Wednesday to provide hospital visitation and other rights to gay couples.

The bill is meant to counter claims that banning same-sex marriage would deny certain rights to gay couples.

It was unveiled at the Statehouse by Rep. Philip Travis (D-Rehoboth).

Under the "Benefits Fairness Act," couples unable to legally wed would be able to enter a legal arrangement which provides rights for hospital visitation, after-death decisions, inheritance and estate designation and mental health decisions.

The move comes as a ballot question that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw gay marriage is currently making its way through the Legislature.

Travis' bill would apply to gay couples and other family relationships such as siblings or cousins living together.

You know why I call this the "Kiddie Table" Benefits Concept??? Because that's how queers are getting treated in this country. The adults get full perks and get to feast at the "big" table, while we get the PB&J sandwiches at the "kiddie table" of life.

Note this was brought up by a Democrat. I'm getting to shit like this in another post...be patient.

What's dumbass about this is that it would be available to gay couples and "other family relationships." Okay, they try to make it sound nice by putting gay and family in the same sentence, but think for two seconds: those related as family already have the right to hospital visitation, after-death decisions, inheritance and estate designation and mental health decisions.


And I'm sorry but I'm offended that anyone would compare my "'til death do us part" lifelong committment to a relationship to cousins I've never met and a brother I haven't talked to in two years!!! Trust me, there's a big difference!!!

When Hate Has Nothing Better To Do

These people can't feed the hungry or shelter the homeless! All they know is HATE!!

Anti-Gay Groups Again Target Ford

The AFA states:

"We can not, and will not, sit by as Ford supports a social agenda aimed at the destruction of the family."

Exactly how do these fucking imbeciles think a car ad in a gay magazine destroys the family???

Supposedly it markets to a group of which they and their family are not a part of, so why the hell do they care so much?

If you ain't lookin' at it, SHUT UP!!!

"Brokeback" wins Four at Golden Globes

Yeah, hear that??? That's the chirping of crickets from the heterosexist, heteronormative, wackofundigelical, "let me spy on your bedroom" FREAKS!!!!

What, a gay movie couldn't draw a crowd? What, a gay movie would flop at the box office?

Yeah, I remembered that and laughed when I was standing out in the cold in the Buckle of the FUCKING Bible Belt waiting for sold out tickets to see "Brokeback Mountain," and I was laughing last night when it won FOUR, count THAT FOUR MOTHERFUCKER!!, Golden Globe Awards!!!!

Now shut the fuck up and go watch the 700 Club, you psycho sick fucks!!!


Brokeback Mountain-A Review, sort of

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

We finally went to see "Brokeback Mountain" this past weekend, and it was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!

For a cowboy movie set in 1960s Wyoming, it truly caught the essence of life and mentality of those times. I could feel the blight and decay of small town life, how Ennis went from job to job with little purpose or focus. There were no big grand goals just survival. When Ennis and his brother is taken to the woods by his father to see the "queer" who had been dragged around by his "dick" until it fell off, Ennis learns quick that life in Wyoming is about survival. To declare to the Jack, "I ain't no queer!" isn't a statement against Jack as much as a statement of survival. He couldn't be that "queer" in the woods.

We soon forget, watching this movie, that it is about two gay men. It's about a love stronger than the social pressure and forces around them. They can't stay away from each other but can't let themselves be free of societies defined masculine roles. In the end, we see what damage this does. Love is never allowed to come full circle between partners. Children never really understand the distance of their parents. Spouses face a betrayal and hurt they should have never had to endure.

The shirt scene in Jack's parent's house is perhaps the most heartwrenching movie scene to date. A bloodied shirt reminds us of a painful encounter and a love that couldn't be completed in the world in which it existed. This shirt represented love and loss at the same time. It's why Ennis must keep it secretly tucked away in his own closet. Isn't that symbolic as well?


The Endurance of Love, Even in the Face of Death

This should have been one of happiest times in the lives of Tony Williamson and Eric Stone.

They were one of the first British couples to exchange vows in a civil partnership in Blackpool. Now Stone is mourning his partner's death.

Just ten days after their civil union Williamson, 50, succumbed to a long battle with brain cancer. Stone was by his side at their home when he died.

"We knew he was very poorly, but he was determined to have our ceremony on the first day of the new civil partnerships," said Stone. "That kept him going and I have wonderful memories of the day."

Williamson had been fighting cancer for several years, but just days before the civil partnership was to be conducted he was told two more tumors had been found.

Stone, 75, also is seriously ill himself with lung cancer.

They are the second couple rocked by death in the few weeks that civil partnerships have been legal in Britain.

A day after Matthew Roche entered into a civil partnership with his longtime lover Christopher Cramp Roche died.

The couple exchanged vows before the official commencement of the partnership law.

Roche who had inoperable lung cancer was given a special dispensation by the government to bypass the normal 15 day waiting period between the time a couple applies for a civil partnership and date the ceremony can be held.

The government decision made Roche and Cramp the first same-sex couple to exchange vows in Britain.

The ceremony was held at St Barnabas Hospice in West Sussex. About 20 family and friends attended.

Peace and love to the grieving spouses and families for they have known full and complete joy and happiness if only for a brief moment.

Project Resource Tips

I'm looking for a little help from my blog visitors. I am in the process of researching for a paper on "(De)Sexing Faith: Politizing the Personal" for a conference, and I'm looking for some resources that others may have read like "God Politics" by Jim Wallis to help me understand and clarify how the religious right has developed and maintained a steady attack on our personal lives over the last few decades. Anything that gives a historical perspective and where this is going will be helpful. Information from direct religious right resources will be extremely beneficial. Please direct anyone you know to my blog to post resources for me to check into. Articles, videos, and even organizational contacts are welcome.



Now "IT" is called Pastoring

It is funny yet sad what self-hatred can do to a person, but this is all the more reason to be weary (and leery) of those who "doth protest too much."

Anti-Gay Pastor Busted For Trying To Pick Up Male Prostitute Decoy

An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a male plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said.

Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes (my emphasis) automobile was impounded, Becker said.

And Americablog caught this little snippet from another article:

"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."....

Yes, I'm sure he was and I'm sure the only reason he was on his knees was to pray for the salvation of that officer's soul! (teehee, snicker, snicker)

A Good Way to Start the New Year

For many reasons the new year has gotten off to a good start, here's a sampling:

Gays Take Control Of Councils In 3 Cities

New Jersey has its first gay mayor, a gay man was returned to the mayor's chair in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a prominent lesbian became Speaker of the NYC Council, while in Arizona a lesbian joined the state Senate - all in all it has been a good week for LGBT politicians.

Cherokee High Court Dismisses Same-Sex Marriage Suit

The Judicial Appeals Tribunal of the Cherokee Nation, the highest Cherokee court, has rejected an attempt by several tribal council members to invalidate the marriage of a Cherokee lesbian couple.

The Court held that the council members, who are the legislative branch of the Cherokee Nation, had no standing to seek a court order invalidating the marriage of Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley because the council members could not show that they were individually harmed or affected by the marriage.

DC Broadens Domestic Partner Law

The District of Columbia City Council passed measures Wednesday expanding benefits for registered domestic partners.

The bills would give domestic partners power of attorney, the ability to sue for negligence and immunity from testifying against one another and would create alimony-like obligations if a partnership is dissolved, among other protections.

“This is a step forward but we’re many steps away from D.C. couples having equal protections and responsibilities,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

Nominations Piling Up For Gay Themed Films

"Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," and "Transamerica" were among best-of-2005 nominees announced by guilds representing Hollywood actors, producers and writers.

The Screen Actor's Guild nominated the stars of "Brokeback Mountain" for four awards - more than any other film - a move that continues the momentum for the Oscars.
On Wednesday the The Producers Guild of America nominated "Brokeback Mountain," and "Capote" for its top award - the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award.
Wednesday also say the Writers Guild of America give nominations for best adapted screenplay to "Brokeback Mountain" and "Capote," along with "The Constant Gardener," "A History of Violence" and "Syriana."

H.S. Seniors Overwhelmingly Support Gay Families

A national poll of high school seniors shows that young people are twice as likely as adults to support the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The survey was conducted by Zogby International for Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. The results, released Thursday, come at a time when conservative groups are trying to prevent the establishment of Gay Straight Associations at schools in a number of states nationwide.

The poll on "hot button" political issues also found that students in the high school class of 2006 support strong handgun control measures but oppose abortion.

Three-quarters of the high school seniors throughout the country favor the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, either as marriage or civil union.

The survey found that three in four seniors oppose a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Sixty-three percent support adoption by gay couples.

YES, A VERY GOOD START TO THE NEW YEAR!!! Let's hang in there and keep fighting the good fight. Young people will be of voting age soon and the hostile atmosphere will slowly but surely change in America.