The Gays

Hal Rogers is on the ‘Down-low’

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April 3, 2012
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Politico reports — “Republicans retreat on gay marriage” — the GOP is putting homophobia on the backburner as social morays change and the economy is the priority on top. They even spoke with Kentucky’s own Hal Rogers:

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), a 32-year veteran of Congress, never a man of many words, simply said, “I don’t hear it discussed much.”

Even die-hard social conservatives like Texas Republican Louie Gohmert aren’t digging in.

“That’s not something we’re focused on now,” Gohmert said.

The idea that the GOP is reducing their anti-gay vitriol to a mere whisper campaign is ridiculous, but perhaps right now Hal and the Republicans are more interested in cross-dressing and shifting their focus to the war on women.

California’s Marriage Ban ruled Unconstitutional; Jim Gray joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

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February 7, 2012
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“We stand for the freedom to marry because it enhances the economic competitiveness of our communities, improves the lives of families that call our cities home, and is simply the right thing to do.”

That’s from the official statement of the Mayors for the Freedom To Marry coalition, a group founded just two weeks ago by 80 mayors.

Jim Gray and seven other Mayors just joined the group’s call for equal rights, bringing the total to 116. Chaired by the Mayors of NYC, Boston, Houston, San Diego and Los Angeles, they represent a wide group of cities from across the country:

We are a diverse group of mayors—from cities in Kansas, Indiana and West Virginia, to the four largest cities in America. Our cities are culturally, racially and geographically diverse, but we share one important value: a common commitment to fairness.

Meanwhile… today in Los Angeles, a three judge panel in Federal Appeals Court ruled California’s Prop 8 voter approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional:

The three-judge panel issued its ruling Tuesday morning in San Francisco, upholding a decision by Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who had been the chief judge of the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California but has since retired. Like Judge Walker, the panel found that Proposition 8 – passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent — violated the equal protection rights of two same-sex couples that brought he suit. The proposition placed a specific prohibition in the State Constitution against marriage between two people of the same sex.

The Freedom to Marry Mayors (because we should all be free to marry Mayors) just released this statement:

“As Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, we know how important marriage is to our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nation.  When committed couples are able to pledge their love to one another and share in the responsibilities and protections of marriage, our communities flourish and our cities are more competitive. Today’s decision by the 9th Circuit reaffirms that the American Dream is possible for everyone and brings us one step closer to ending marriage discrimination once and for all.  We look forward to a day when all of our citizens will be able to share fairly and equally in the freedom to marry.”

The Prop 8 battle will go to the Supreme Court and you… well, if you aren’t lucky enough to live in Lexington, you can tell your Mayor to get on board. Just go to the Freedom to Marry site, download this statement (PDF) and take it to your Mayor.

We’re looking at you, Louisville.

“I happen to love a man just like you probably love your wife.”

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February 2, 2012
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Bachmann is on fire

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July 13, 2011
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We’ve been slacking on our Michele Bachmann coverage over the last two days, but wanted to pass along this news if you hadn’t heard it.

Two new polls from Iowa show that she has finally taken over the lead (which is only going to grow). Bachmann fever is spreading like The Plague.

And speaking of fire, if you go to the awesome clinic that she and her husband run, you dirty homosexuals can be cured of the gay and avoid the fires of hell:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Don’t worry, I don’t think this will hurt her a great deal among Republicans.

Onward, Michele!

Ben Chandler defends marriage

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July 8, 2011
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The Republican Party, whom not very bright people say doesn’t use wedge issues anymore, added an amendment to a defense spending bill yesterday that reaffirms the Defense of Marriage Act. Because that has a great deal to do with defense spending.

The amendment passed overwhelmingly, with an extra unneeded boost from these 19 Democrats:

Additionally, 19 Democrats voted in favor of the amendment: Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), James Matheson (D-Utah), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Nich Rahall (D-W.V.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).

If you would like to contact Ben and thank him for protecting us from the homosexual agenda, here you go.

Berea delays vote on fairness ordinance

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June 22, 2011
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It looks like the citizens of Berea will have to wait a while longer before their council votes on whether they will continue to allow discrimination:

On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council announced it will take longer than expected to come to a decision about the possibility of a city fairness ordinance. The council has held public forums on the ordinance, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace and housing market due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“It’s a very serious issue,” says Diane Kerby, who serves on the council. ”One that deserves as much time as it needs to make sure that we’re making the right decision and that we consider all the various comments and support.”

Chris Hartman’s Fairness Campaign has lobbied for the ordinance. Although the decision will be delayed, he says he isn’t dismayed by the announcement.

“I’m not concerned that it’s not going to happen,” he says. ”Certainly I want the city to be certain that they’re moving in the right direction. It’s just the legislative process sometimes takes longer than I’d like.”

Well, that gives you a little more time to lobby your council members, Berea.

Ahem.

Berea Council to decide on fairness ordinance vote today

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June 20, 2011
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The Berea City Council will decide today on whether to vote on adopting a fairness ordinance. If Berea adopts the ordinance, that would make them the fourth city in Kentucky to do so (along with the Godless gay-loving cities Louisville, Lexington and Covington).

Berea had its final public forum on the matter last week, in which they were presented with some more lovely logic from advocates of discrimination and fearmongering:

“We have a wonderful community,” Jeff Osborne, pastor of Berea Evangelistic Church, said before the hearing. “To see mostly outsiders pushing this agenda in this direction, creating a rift that’s not been here before, … it grieves me.”

“I don’t hate nobody,” he added. “I didn’t ask for this struggle.”

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“We hear a lot of about ‘What would Jesus do?’ “I’ll tell you what Jesus would do— he’d keep his word,” said Donald Vanwinkle, who said the city was exposing itself to potential lawsuits if it sought to protect “sexual deviation.”

Fortunately, as WFPL reports, the “outside agitators” outnumbered the bigots at the forum 35-11. We’ll see today if it will come to the full Council for a vote, which very well may make Berea the only dry city in America to also pass a fairness ordinance on its own.

So we’ll see if Berea remains a city, like Hazard, where gay people can legally be kicked out of public places and told to “read the Bible”. Not the “love thy neighbor” and “due unto others” parts, I’m guessing.

Martin Cothran is terrified of gay people

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June 13, 2011
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Martin Cothran of The Family Foundation of Kentucky sent out an urgent press release last week, warning families that the Kentucky Department of Education has adopted a new diabolical plan to recruit your children into the homosexual lifestyle.

Here it is:

LEXINGTON, KY—A family advocacy group today criticized the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for including gay rights language in a new document designed to guide local school curricula. “The last thing we need in our schools is a shift in focus away from academics toward special interest politics,” said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation, who criticized the language which was included in an April 11 draft of the state’s new Model Curriculum Framework. “We need less politics in schools and more academics,” Cothran said.

This is the first time “sexual orientation” language has been included in a state document governing elementary and secondary education according to Cothran. “What we don’t need in order to academically improve our schools is a larger dose of political correctness.”

Well that just sounds terrifying. The KDE is literally “shift(ing) focus away from academics” and into “special interest politics” and “political correctness”.

But shockingly, when you look at the actually document that he’s referring to, the obsessive fear and gay-panic of Cothran and the Family Foundation becomes apparent.

Here is the link to the document (PDF). As you can see, it is 69 pages long. The part that they take issue with? Two words in one sentence. Here it is, from page 15 of this document that simply provides suggestions for teachers that may or may not be followed, but is there for them if they need it:

The chart below is neither exhaustive nor exclusive and is grounded in the underlying beliefs stated in the Learning Goals and Capacities for Kentucky’s young people as outlined in legislation. The headings for each column are the student outcomes identified by the 21st Century Partnership as necessary for success in life and career. Considering these outcomes together with the four powerful forces (knowledge work, thinking tools, digital lifestyles, learning research) can serve as a starting point for expanding the use and further development of the Learning Goals and Capacities to reflect a 21st century context. As a result, educators, families and communities who find themselves in increasingly complex and unfamiliar situations will be better equipped to prepare the next generation of learners.

Life and Career Dispositions

Excellence – achieving at high levels and persevering regardless of circumstances

Diversity – promoting an appreciation for one’s own cultural/historical background and respecting the history, language, and tradition of other cultures

Equity – exhibiting qualities of human worth and justice (i.e., ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, religion, gender, and socioeconomic status)

Ethical behavior – willingness to think about, articulate, and support beliefs, judgments, and behavior

Qualities of character – exhibiting altruism, citizenship, courtesy, hard work, responsibility

Relating to others – interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts

Yes, two terrifying words (sexual orientation!) in a 69-page draft document that merely seeks to provide assistance and resources to educators as they develop their own curricula, giving them suggestions and guidelines without mandate anything.

From the document:

The Kentucky Model Curriculum Framework serves as a facilitation guide to assist an instructional supervisor, principal and/or teacher leader in providing a rationale for the need to revisit curriculum planning, offering some background information and exercises to generate “future oriented” thinking, and suggesting a process for designing and reviewing the local curriculum.

Remember, Cothran and the Family Foundation have been fighting many invisible gay boogeymen over the past decade in Kentucky, with their most recent target being Jim Gray. Gray, you see, took money from real live GAY PEOPLE, which they felt necessitated warning the the people of Lexington before the election, as well as prompting their supporters to call into radio stations and spew homophobic bile about him.

And now they are keeping our children safe from 69-page drafts of suggestions to teachers that dare to use the words “sexual orientation” once.

Martin Cothran… what a sad, sad man. But you keep looking for those gay boogeymen under the bed, Marty.

Bigots defend discrimination at Berea public forum on fairness ordinance

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May 11, 2011
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The Berea, KY city council held their public forum last night on a possible fairness ordinance in the city, which the religious right used to express their “concerns“:

“I’m not aware of intolerance,” he said. “I think it’s more about favoritism. You’re imposing the ideas of a few people upon the rights of others. … It’s going to hurt our communities. It’s going to hurt our families. It’s not a good thing.”

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“Freedom isn’t fair, and a stifling fairness isn’t free,” he said.

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Jaime Morris said that if a gay couple wanted to rent a residence from her, she should have the right to refuse.

“I have two small children,” she said. “I should be able to say ‘no.’”

Yes, because everyone knows that if a gay person lives next to you, they will either molest your child or recruit them into the homosexual lifestyle. GRRRR.

Fortunately, there were plenty of people there to advocate against discrimination and for basic civil rights.

Phillip Bailey of WFPL interviewed the Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman about the meeting, which you should go listen to now.

We welcome you to join us into the 21st century, Berea, it’s a lovely place. And if Kentucky wants to join Louisville, Lexington and Covington next year by passing a statewide fairness ordinance… well, I guess you’d shock me and I’d take down the Twain quote for good.

Berea, KY to consider fairness ordinance tomorrow night

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May 9, 2011
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If you live in Berea and think that gay people should not be discriminated against in employment, housing, and public accommodations, head down to your city council meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 and let them know how you feel. It’s time to follow Lexington, Louisville and Covington into the wonderful world of the 21st century.

Here’s the what/where/when from the Kentucky Fairness Alliance:

Tomorrow, members of the Berea City Council will again be holding a public forum to consider the establishment of a Berea City Human Rights Commission as well as an amendment to the local ordinance to extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations to individuals based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. We want to ask you to join KFA, and supporters of Fairness to attend this historic meeting where Berea has the potential to join other cities like Louisville, Lexington, and Covington in protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The City Council needs to hear that these matters are important to Berea residents. Bring your family, friends, and pro-Fairness allies with you to show support. Public comments will be heard by members of the City Council.

What: Berea City Council Public Forum

When: TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 10th 6:30 PM

Where: 1st floor of the Police and Municipal Building, 314 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY

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