Monday, June 23, 2014

Yes Jeff Jacoby, you are a homophobe

Where to start? Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe's leading conservative right wing wacko homophobe wrote an article on the so-called "March for Marriage" in Washington DC last week:

THOUSANDS OF Americans will rally in Washington, D.C., at a March for Marriage on Thursday in support of “the simple and beautiful message,” to quote Brian Brown, that “marriage between one man and one woman is unique and critical for our society.” Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage, the event’s lead sponsor.
Don’t he and his supporters know that they’re on the Wrong Side of History?
First off, there probably wasn't even a thousand people at the rally.  Secondly, to answer his question: No, they don't know that they're on the wrong side of History.  This was evident when Mike Huckabee was quoting Dr. Martin Luther King at the rally which is ironic since Huckabee is from Arkansas not to mention that Huckabee doesn't even know American civics.
I watched the so-called "March for Marriage" which was anything but.  It was a rally against gay people getting married.  There was no talk about ending divorce or strengthening marriages, no, it was all gay all day or rather anti-gay, all day.  They even had role models like the Cardinal from San Francisco who was convicted of a DUI to speak but has never lead a rally against the abuse of children by the Catholic Church.
Many times during the program Brian Brown, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage, tried to get the small crowd to chant and he even tried to come up with chants for them, but to no avail.   It reminded me of the crowds at the Massachusetts Constitutional Conventions, immigrants who were promised a meal at MacDonald's just for holding a sign. I know this because my husband and I overheard the anti-gay side while we were at the convention.

I'm still wondering which traditional marriage Jeff Jacoby is advocating for:  The one where one man had many wives or the one in which the wife became the property of her husband when he bought her from her family?  Let's pick and chose which part of the Bible we want to obey this week.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Gay Marriage Debate...in 1974!

A PBS series "The Advocates" conducted a debate in 1974 on "Should Marriage Between Homosexuals be Permitted".  Most of the arguments haven't changed with the exception of the heavy handed religious tilt nowadays by most anti-gay groups.

The above screenshot is of Elaine Noble, a professor at Emerson College on "The Advocates".  She was an out lesbian on TV which was unheard of in those days.  She makes possibly the only argument about how gay marriage would change the instituion of marriage when she is asked the question about who will be the head of the household in a homosexual union:

Simon:
Well, I wanted to ask you some questions about the incidence of marriage because it seems to me that marriage is designed primarily for the heterosexual couple and is inappropriate for the homosexual couple. I would like to ask you whether you plan to modify or change the marriage relationship. For example, in the homosexual marriage, will there be an identifiable head of the family?
Noble:
Well, I think that's probably ... I think that's sort of a dated question, don't you think . . . I assumed . . .
Simon:
Well, are you telling me, then, that there will not be an identifiable head and that both parties to the homosexual marriage will always be equal?
Noble:
I would assume that that's probably what the women's movement is trying to say about heterosexual marriages.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Two! Two! Two...Two Hate Groups in One

Well, it was bound to happen, funds are drying up, lawsuits are flying, leather chaps are getting expensive... so Prono Pete, AKA Peter LaBarbara from the Illinois Family Council, then Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and Scott Lively, founder of various west coast anti-gay groups (and notorious for working with third world countries on anti-gay legislation) have combined to become a SUPER GAY, oops...I mean SUPER ANTI-GAY group. This time, this group will encompass the WORLD (I suspect the money in the US is drying up and they need new lemmings, er, contributors to fill their coffers). I guess Scott Lively, who moved to Springfield Mass and opened up a "Christian" coffeehouse has more time on his hands since he announced he was running for Governor of Massachusetts (cue laughter). The press release states:
A press conference will be held to announce the formation of a new organization, the Coalition for Family Values, whose purpose is to unify and coordinate pro-family groups around the United States and the world to more effectively oppose the now-global LGBT agenda. Press Conference Details When: Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. Where: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street N.W., Washington, DC The coalition is being organized by Dr. Scott Lively of Defend the Family International, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), based outside Chicago, Illinois -- with the assistance of other existing pro-family groups and leaders in the United States and abroad. The first action of the coalition will be to issue a statement of support for the Russian pro-family laws of 2013 and 2014 -- e.g., the prohibition of pro-homosexual propaganda to minors -- and to urge other nations of the world to follow the Russian example.
We're wondering if Brian Camenker is feeling like the jilted lover who wasn't asked to participate or take a lead role in this new hate group. After all, he DID go to Jamaica! I guess they're just not into threesomes!
Hat Tip to JMG for this info!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

MassResistance BEGS for Money in Their Latest Money Grab

MassResistance is claiming that they have a "friend" who will match $75,000 if they raise it by December 31th.  Of course, Brian Camenker is the "director" of the organization so essentially, if you're contributing, you're paying his salary. It doesn't appear from their website that there is anyone else in the organization. I'm guessing with all the recent slap downs by state legislations and voters that the anti-gay well is drying up:
….We believe that good people must stand and fight back without compromise and without fear. In doing this, we have garnered worldwide respect from pro-family activists. And as 2014 approaches, we are dedicating ourselves to doing much more.
We depend on people like you -- big end-of-year opportunity! 
But a major part that equation is broad financial support from people like you. You are the hope of America for protecting traditional values. You don't have to contribute a lot of money. Even a modest amount -- even $9 -- makes you a part of this fight instead of being just a bystander. 
We are asking you to consider making a donation today, especially if you haven't done donated before (or recently). This is particularly important right now, because if we can raise $75,000 by December 31, a generous donor has agreed to match that. And you will be investing in uncompromising activism that really has no price.

Apparently, MassResistance was involved in all the states that had recent victories for Marriage Equality so I guess it's a good thing to fund MassResistance.  Their crazy antics has really opened the eyes of those people on the fence.  This so called "pro-family" organization just happens to be a recognized hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for 6 years in a row.

Oh, and they're expanding their hate worldwide:

Helped fight "gay marriage" in state (and foreign) legislatures.People around the country -- and around the world -- look to MassResistance when "gay marriage" is threatened in their state. Were were VERY busy this year, working closely with activists in Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana -- and even across the ocean in Australia,England, and France.

Monday, November 26, 2012

NOM's Prediction Back in May....

Thought I'd share what NOM (National Organization for Marriage) put out last May after the President affirmed his position on Marriage Equality:

"President Obama has made the definition of marriage a defining issue in the presidential contest, especially in swing states...and we intend to win this marriage debate this November."—Brian Brown, NOM president—

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown responded today to the announcement by President Obama in support of redefining traditional marriage.

"President Obama has now made the definition of marriage a defining issue in the presidential contest, especially in swing states like Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Nevada. Voters in all these states, and over two dozen more, have adopted state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. President Obama says that although he personally supports gay marriage, he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. However, that is completely disingenuous. His administration is already trying to dismantle the nation's marriage laws by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. All the state marriage amendments and laws are at risk under a president who actively wants to change the definition of marriage. NOM will work ceaselessly in these swing states and across the nation to preserve traditional marriage because it is profoundly in the public good to do so. God is the author of marriage, and we will not let an activist politician like Barack Obama who is beholden to gay marriage activists for campaign financing to turn marriage into something political that can be redefined according to presidential whim. The definition of marriage was already headed for the ballot in four states this fall; now it will be one of the defining issues of the presidential election. No state in this country has ever voted for gay marriage. Just yesterday North Carolina voters sent a clear message that America wants to preserve marriage. We intend to win the marriage debate this November."

Emphasis mine.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gay Couple Sues For Unauthorized Use of their Photo

I had heard about this case awhile ago and am glad that the Southern Poverty Law Center is taking on this case.  In what may sound familiar to a lot of you, anti-gay group used the couple's picture in an advertisement without their permission or the person who took the photo:

Tom Privitere and Brian Edwards posed for their engagement photo, holding hands and kissing, in front of the Brooklyn Bridge in 2010. The image captured one of the happiest days of their lives. But earlier this year, their special moment was soured when the photo was used in two anti-gay mailers in Colorado.
On Wednesday, the couple and their photographer filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado against Public Advocate of the United States, a nonprofit that opposes same-sex marriage. They are seeking a court order saying the group violated the law, damages, costs and attorney fees for the allegedly unauthorized use of the copyrighted photo.
You may recall a while back when MassResistance did the same thing to my husband and I and they still continue to use a photo of us, which was in the book "Courting Equality" on their website without permission from the photographer.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

MassResistance Does It Again in Maryland!

MassResistance was bragging on it's website that it had testified at the Maryland State House:
A lot of people think of Maryland as a "liberal" state. But this year's "gay marriage" battle in Maryland erupted with a powerful pro-family rallyoutside of the Maryland State House on Jan. 30, the evening before the hearings started. It featured prominent church leaders, plus politicians and community leaders.
Since MassResistance had been very effective in helping stop the Maryland "gay marriage" bill last year, a solid pro-family group, Protect Marriage Maryland, broughtBrian Camenker of MassResistance to the Maryland State House to testify on how "gay marriage" affected Massachusetts.
So once again, MassResistance gives testimony and the State adopts marriage equality! Congrats Maryland!