The Confederate Flag Isn’t the Problem!

“Christ teaches us to love the homosexual, but he also teaches us to stand in the gap against sin” this is just one of many idiotic phases South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright said to kick off the debate about removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse. Hey, I mean you have to give it to him for going out on a limb to put the heat on same-sex marriage (oh the abomination!) rather than discuss the topic at hand: removal of the confederate flag. But it seems like the typical go-to tactic of the right-wing: create a distraction rather than actually coming up with a viable solution.

I wonder if Senator Bright minored in theater because his performance was quite passionate! You really should take a couple minutes to see this nut-job rant on about how “we can rally together and talk about a flag all we want but the devil is taking control of this land and we’re not stopping him!” The devil he is talking about are equal + civil rights policies, or more simply put its the GAYS fault! How dare equality take priority over racism?

 

South Carolina State Senate voted today to remove the confederate flag from the state house – so that is the “good news” of this story. Yes, there are crazy hateful-racist-bigots out there but their numbers are dwindling. The nation is changing, which is something all political parties can agree upon, but regardless of what losers like Sen. Bright think, it is changing for the better. Equality matters. Black lives matter. Gay lives matter. Everyone matters! 14th Amendment – Equal Protection.

[sources: ‘The devil is taking control’: Watch SC senator derail Confederate flag debate with insane gay marriage rant by David Edwards via RawStory + South Carolina Senator Cries Hilarious Man-Sobs For Confederate Flag Bested By Gayness by Evan Hurst via Wonkette]

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More Stupid from the South – Jindal Bans Gay Marriage

photo credit: Times-Picayune

Just a few days ago, Louisiana governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal said “We don’t have a choice, our agencies will comply with the court order” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage for same-sex couples.  Jindal promised to respect the ruling.

Not a week has past since he made that promise. Jindal’s spokesperson Mike Reed told the press last night that “Jindal has decided Louisiana same-sex couples need to wait for yet another court’s decision,” The Times-Picayune reported late Wednesday night. “Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise.”

Then Jindal signed an executive order giving clerks religious right to not issue marriage licenses. 

The New Civil Rights Movement journalist David Badash says “Jindal’s state-wide ban on recognizing the legally performed marriages in his own state means couples cannot change their names on drivers licenses and other important legal documents, adoptions could be on hold – or at least the names of both parents on birth certificates could be refused – and even death certificates cannot include a same-sex spouse’s name.”

Hey Piyush, guess what? You can play all the legislative games you want but you can’t stop love!

 

 

LOVE WINS!

 

 

 

I am so proud to be an American on this day! The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Marriage Equality which means gay marriage is legal in all 50 states!

Needless to say, the internet is blowing up in response to the court decision. I absolutely love that #LoveWins is trending on Twitter 🙂 Its amazing to to read all the positive comments people have in response to this monumental decision!

This tweet from Bipartisan Report, an Internet News aggregator, was just too hilariously brilliant not to share:

 

Will Ireland be the first country to legalize same-sex marriage?

Tomorrow Irish citizens will vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal. If they vote ‘yes’ on this referendum, Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Early polls indicated over three quarters of the country are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

 Photo Credit: Niall Sweeney (tumblr)

 

 

 

Equal Rights Activist Michelangelo Signorile Says: It’s Not Over

As you know I’ve been writing a lot about the discrimination hate-law or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana and Arkansas lately. So its no surprise that I came cross a new book by  journalist + broadcaster Michelangelo Signorile. The book is entitled It’s Not Over  and Michelangelo makes the case that equal rights for LGBT people is far from over – and the recent strides made in marriage equality do not mean the fight has been won. I believe the nonsense going on in Indiana + Arkansas is a testament that Michelangelo is absolutely right.

Obviously, I agree with Michelangelo that true equality is still far from reach. Recently, an Indiana Pizza parlor called Memories Pizza publicly said it wouldn’t cater same-sex weddings on religious ground, which RFRA now legally allows in Indiana. Undoubtedly there has been a  tremendous backlash directed at the pizza parlor. Everything from negative reviews on Yelp + a Twitter war.  One high school coach was suspended for suggesting the pizza parlor be burned down.

The backlash got so intense, that the family-owned business was forced to close their doors (for now). Which then spawned a GoFundMe campaign for the hateful establishment. The campaign has now raised almost a million dollars. I think the fact that people would financially support such hate and bigotry shows that now more than ever we need to ban together to ensure true equality for every American.

In response to Memories Pizza GoFundMe campaign, Equality House decided to set up its own fundraiser to help raise money for the LGBT community. The program’s “Virtual Pizza” fundraiser on CrowdRise is collecting money for homeless LGBT youth who have been displaced from their homes because of bigotry.  The group has raised more than $40,000 so far. Please visit and donate if you can!

I was lucky enough to be selected to sit and listen to Rosie O’Donnell interview Michelangelo on his new book It’s Not Over last week at SiriusXM. It was an amazing experience and here is a pic for proof 😉

Rosie + Mike Pic

 

 

Boycott Arkansas

The Arkansas state legislature passed an Indiana-style religious freedom bill which essentially authorizes discrimination. The bill is known as HB1228 or RFRA, is likely to go into effect within the week in Arkansas.

I am not a lawyer therefore I am not well versed in legalese, however HB1128 makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that discrimination is acceptable when its wrapped as religious piety:

Exercise of religion” means the practice or observance of religion including without limitation the ability to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief

The bottom line is – I am cool with religion + religious people. I truly believe that each person has the right to believe whatever they choose. When one goes to their place of worship – they are allowed and even expected to be insular. What I have an issue with is when religious people own a for-profit business and expect their religious beliefs to have legal authority. I simply cannot and will not live in a world where people are legally allowed to discriminate simply because they ‘believe’ their-magic-man-in-the-sky (aka God) would want them to do so.

I ask all you Christians out there – What would Jesus do? I am pretty fucking sure he wouldn’t condone RFRA and the hate it propagates.