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In Massachusetts the Right Wing has been caught in a petition fraud conundrum. Seems they hired a professional signature gathering company to gather sigs for an anti-gay petition drive. The scam involved having their pros (who were paid up to $1200 a day) ask people at grocery stores to sign a petition that would allow all grocers in Massachusetts to sell wine. After signing this petition the people were asked to sign a "second copy" for security. The professional scammer would then flip the signature page down and get a second signature, except the second signature was actually on a petition to ban same sex marriage! Read the whole story and see a video on the practice.
Numbers is not just a CBS crime drama...
When the 2010 Census numbers are eventually crunched, expect to learn nothing about gay couples or families. Neither will exist in the supposed snapshot of the American populace.
Census takers will mark down gay couples, even those married in Connecticut or Massachusetts, as “unmarried partners.” This non-counting will also apply to families. They will be checked as single parent households.
“This is all about the numbers. This [is] not about lifestyle or anything else,” says U.S. Census spokeswoman Cynthia Endo. Read the whole thing...
NPR's Bush Era bent is still showing...
We all know that Bushies managed to get control of NPR during the Bush Era. However, their slant can be seen most readily in a recent story on the Prop 8 aftermath where reporter Karen Grigsby Bates characterized the boycotts of pro-Prop 8 businesses as a "witch hunt" againt the "devout" and "faithful." The Advocate has details of Bates' charmingly slanted piece.
There will be no theological discussion...
Image via WikipediaThe Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco has canceled the scheduled performance of a play, "Be Still and Know," at the urging of San Francisco's Archbishop, George Niederauer. The play, based on the 2007 book "The God Box," examines Biblical discussions of homosexuality, and comes to the conclusion (like many mainstream Christian denominations) that the Biblical verses often used to condemn homosexuality are regularly taken out of historical context and misused by the religious right. One teenage student told the California Catholic Daily that "the show is smart, and powerful, and will cause many people to reconsider their beliefs about homosexuality." That may be the case, but Bishop Niederauer apparently isn't interested in smart and powerful. He'd rather just have fundamentalist points of view that stifle religious debate and discussion.
If you're gong to San Francisco...
Don't expect to wear flowers in your hair... The Connecticut Catholic Conference has gone totally off the deep end, trying to persuade state lawmakers that florists opposed to same-sex marriage should be able to refuse to provide flowers for gay and lesbian couples. Yeah, that's right. The Connecticut Catholic Conference is now saying that only heterosexual weddings are entitled to flowers.
Hail to Harvey...
365 Gay News reports:
Don't Mess with Lupe!
Leno says Penn’s Academy Award shows that Schwarzenegger’s argument about Milk being only of provincial interest no longer holds up.
In the years since his death, Milk has become the most recognizable martyr of the gay rights movement.
Leno said the legislation was written to have no additional impact on the budget, and state workers and school employees would not get the day off from work.
Openly lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a former Victory Fund endorsee, has updated the Sheriff’s Department’s employment nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
While the city of Dallas has included sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policies since 1995, this will be the the first department in the county government to include gender identity. The policy first went into affect in January, two months after Valdez was elected to her second term. The Dallas Voice
Whoops! Local reporter needs journalism refresher...
CW News Channel WPIX offers up today's case study in how not to cover LGBT issues in a piece titled "Tranny Teens Terrorizing Downtown Girls". While the author Steve Bogart gets big points for his ability to alliterate, by every other measure, he comes off like a racist, homophobic bigot. Here's how. Read the rest of How Not To Write A Gay Story
AMEN! Religion on decline...
Recent polls show that Americans are rejecting organized religion in record numbers. Religion has always been a thorn in the side of LGBT people because of the irrational arguments made against love, equality, and social stability made by ministers and priests. It seems that now many others are beginning to tire of the divisiveness that comes with organized religion. Queerty has details.
Professional consultants drop the ball... again.
Image via WikipediaWhat would you do if you were in the fight of your life over marriage rights and Barack Obama riding high on his wave of popularity just weeks before the election sent you an open letter saying that he was opposed to Prop 8? Would you dance around the room for a few minutes then burn up the faxes and phones getting the word out? Would you rush off to the printer's to get flyers into the streets? Would you call a press conference? Maybe you would, but the high paid "consultants" hired by our money hungry "advocacy" groups wouldn't. Nope, they'd just file the letter, shrug their shoulders and watch with their thumbs up their asses as we were served up a narrow defeat.
Yes, it's true. Barack Obama sent an open letter to the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club (yes, THAT one) stating he was opposed to Prop 8 and why. Instead of getting out word to his supporters about his position they kept quiet. Details of this clusterf**k are here.
How does this make you feel?
Why is it that the fall back position for not only religious nuts but also for those "political cartoonists" who, let's face it, are almost universally unfunny, is a guy marrying a sheep if marriage equality is allowed?
This is a cartoon from the Lahaina News in Hawaii:
Look, morons, marriage is a contract. Here is the legal definition of a contract:
CONTRACT - An agreement between two or more competent parties in which an offer is made and accepted, and each party benefits. The agreement can be formal, informal, written, oral or just plain understood. Some contracts are required to be in writing in order to be enforced. (2) An agreement between two or more parties which creates obligations to do or not do the specific things that are the subject of that agreement.
The reciprocal or mutual assent of two or more persons competent to contract. Every agreement ought to be so certain and complete, that each party may have an action upon it; and the agreement would be incomplete if either party withheld his assent to any of its terms. The agreement must, in general, be obligatory on both parties, or it binds neither.
OK, got that... you must be a person, you must be competent and you must be able to give assent. A sheep is not a person, could not be in any way considered competent to understand the terms of a contract and more to the point is unable to give assent. That is why sheep are property in law as are all other animals owned by a person.
Here's the deal, numbnuts, if a person could ever contract with an animal then we'd better start getting informed consent from all those animals we use in medical testing. No one has those poor Rhesus monkeys and chimps sign a release for a reason. THEY ARE NOT COMPETENT TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT!
So, drop it already you fucktard. Somone needs to break this guy's pencil.
And on that note... have a lovely day!