Thursday, October 23, 2014

MSNBC host calls out anti-gay right, Sen Ted Cruz for false fear mongering in Houston

The problem with a lot of televised journalism today is that there is no discernment, too much usage of the false equivalency concept, and the inability to get past visuals and dig into the heart of a story.

With that in mind, I must commend MSNBC's Alex Wagner for calling out anti-gay hysteria over the situation regarding the Houston ordinance and especially giving hell to Senator Ted Cruz over his exploitation and grandstanding of the situation. It's nice to know that there still some true journalists out there on television:

Hat tip to Media Matters who provides more background on the pseudo controversy:

Another Fox News Lie About The Subpoenas Of Houston's Anti-Gay Pastors

No, The City Of Houston Isn't Bullying Anti-Gay Pastors - This Is Basic Lawyering

Lgbts should embrace, study negative parts of gay history

A serious pet peeve I have with my lgbt community is how we don't embrace our history as much as we should. Let's be honest, and this is going to get some of you upset at me. but sometimes when we talk about Stonewall or Harvey Milk, it's because it's the trendy thing to do in our community.

But I'm talking all aspects of lgbt history, particularly the negative parts. A lot of times, we take in such things, I wish we wouldn't laugh in an attempt to take it lightly. As an African-American, I don't take any parts of my history of oppression lightly. I don't make fun of scenes of Strom Thurmond spouting racist dialogue or George Wallace standing in the door way of the University of Alabama in a sad effort to stop desegregation.

So why do the lgbt community make fun of old clips of Anita Bryant or Jerry Falwell or the clip I am about to show below. Why is there such an effort on our part to make light of the negative parts of our history, i.e. the ugly words, the distortions of science, the efforts to make us seem predatory. Why can't we take these images and videos in an effort to educate ourselves as to what we are facing today because in actuality, the things said and done against us are no different than they were back then:

'Anti-gay pastors make empty threats about going to jail' & other Thursday midday news briefs

Anti-Gay Pastors Say They Are 'Ready To Go To Jail' In Defiance Of Nondiscrimination Act - Oh please. The only place those drama queens are going is to the NEXT event where they will say the same thing. And so on and so on. 

5 Years After Passage Of Hate Crimes Law, Religious Right's Dire Predictions Still Haven't Come True - I reiterate  the point that we REALLY need to keep track of all of the anti-gay group predictions which never come true.  

Steve King Doesn’t Expect To Find Gay People When He Gets To Heaven - Honey, you think any self-respecting lgbt wants to be stuck with crazy Rep. Steve King for all eternity? Now where that place may be, only God can decide. 

 Reagan Aide Wants The South To Secede And Form Anti-Gay 'Reagan' Nation - Puleaze! The South is my home and this queen is going NOWHERE. 

 3 States Refuse Gay Unions Despite Court Rulings - Yes South Carolina happens to be one, but marriage equality WILL happen here. As long as it takes.

Anti-gay activist mixes and mingles HIV, Ebola, & bathhouses

For the longest time, 'Porno' Pete LaBarbera has complained that mainstream news programs haven't invited him to talk about the supposed "gay agenda." After viewing just a little of this online show hosted by equally anti-gay Cliff Kincaid, one understands the reasons why no legitimate news program will invite LaBarbera.

This isn't just an appearance. It's bizarre free-form tangent of homophobic venom, which mixes HIV, Ebola, and bathouses; amongst other things.

The interview is rather long but viewing even a small portion is enough. Trust me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here is proof that lgbts are not trying to silence anti-gay evangelicals

Editor's note - The computers in the library today were unable to access the internet so there were no midday news briefs.

The idea that lgbts are attempting to silence anti-gay evangelicals is patently false. Why would we want to silence folks like Rep. Louie Gohmert. Every time he opens his mouth, like below when he explains why gays serving openly in the military is a bad idea, lgbts look better and better in the eyes of the public:

When told of Gohmert's comments, President Obama reportedly expressed disbelief:

In reality, President Obama did no such thing but don't you feel like doing the following after hearing Gohmert?

Anti-gay group defending Idaho wedding chapel blocking truth from its site

The anti-gay group handling this case banned the above graphic from its site

I don't like to make myself the subject of the story (as any good journalist doesn't), but I feel this time that it is necessary to demonstrate a point.

Recently, there has been a controversy regarding a for-profit wedding chapel in Idaho which was allegedly told by the city of Coeur d’Alene that the owners would be arrested and fined if they did not perform same-sex weddings.

The entire thing is a huge lie propagated by anti-gay groups, most specifically the group called the Alliance Defending Freedom. The main thing you should know is that no city officials ever threatened the owners of the wedding chapel with arrest or fines.

However, anti-gay groups and their cohorts, particularly Todd Starnes of Fox News, have continued to push this lie.  Also, the owners of the wedding chapel, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, filed a lawsuit with the help of the anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom.

I noticed that there were links to my site coming from comments section of the Alliance Defending Freedom's  blog post about the controversy. Seeing that folks were already mentioning me, I went there and posted comments saying that the ADF was lying to readers and also a link to a short post which featured the above graphic.

I received  a large number of readers who came from the ADF's blog post to read my post and many of them copied the graphic.

That is until this morning. ADF has removed my comment and banned me from posting on its site.

I can't say that I am surprised.  Don't get me wrong. The blog belongs to the Alliance Defending Freedom and the organization has every right to ban whomever it pleases.

However, my comment was neither rude nor profane. It merely told the truth of the incident.

It's very telling that the ADF doesn't want that truth  - that the organization is propagating a serious lie in the name of God - to be relayed to the public.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SC GOP distancing itself from anti-gay Congressional candidate after campy, homophobic video

Will wonders ever cease? The SC GOP is distancing itself from a Congressional candidate because they find him too homophobic.

From The State:

The S.C. Republican party's chairman said a GOP congressional candidate's comments comparing same-sex marriage supporters with the destructive creatures from the movie "Gremlins" does not represent values of the state.

State GOP boss Matt Moore clarified earlier comments and said the party is not actively supporting Anthony Culler's bid to unseat 21-year Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of Columbia.
Culler called gay-marriage supporter "bullies" and "Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life" in a Facebook post last week. The Kingstree resident repeated the "Gremlins" comparison in a video posted Monday.

That earned a rebuke from Moore, the state's Republican leader.

"Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names," Moore said. "Our party believes in the conservative definition of marriage, but we also believe in loving our neighbors and treating them with respect. Mr. Culler's desperate attention seeking in no way represents the good, decent South Carolinians across our state."

For his comments, Culler no longer has a chance of receiving active support from the state GOP, even though he won a contested party primary in June. The party has not been providing support for Culler, who is trying to win in a heavily Democratic district, Moore said.

So that's probably the rub of the entire thing. Culler has absolutely no chance in defeating Clyburn, so the SC GOP may be looking for a reason to desert him.

Cheat sheet for Idaho wedding chapel fake controversy

I've talked a lot today about how the anti-gay right attempted to manipulate a controversy against marriage equality with the help of an Idaho wedding chapel. Rather than rehash it, I thought I would rely on Scott Wooledge of Memeographs, who supplied this awesome graphic cheat sheet. Copy and paste wherever u like:

'Idaho wedding chapel controversy is anti-gay contrived fraud' & other Tuesday midday news briefs

Legal hitch at Hitching Post - According to this article, which I received by way of Joe Jervis, the controversy about the Idaho wedding chapel being penalized for not marrying a same-sex couple is looking more and more like a religious right contrived fraud. According to city officials, they have not received ANY formal complaint against the Knapps, the owners of the wedding chapel. And this being the case, the Knapps were never threatened with fines or jail time, in spite of religious right propaganda to the contrary. 

How San Francisco Is Forcing Its Gay Population Onto The Streets - Come on folks. This is NOT good.  

GOPer Doubles Down On Gays: 'These Creatures... Are So Destructive' - So a desperate Congressional candidate in my district is exploiting gays by calling us Gremlins to defeat Rep. Jim Clyburn. Well THIS gremlin votes, bitch. And while I have always voted for Clyburn, this time will be especially sweet. 

 A New York Times Columnist Spoke At A Fundraiser For A Group Working To Criminalize Gay Sex - One would think that a New York Times columnist would have better taste. Another myth shot to pieces.

Monday, October 20, 2014

How anti-gay groups created false story of anti-Christian persecution involving Idaho wedding chapel

There is a lot of controversy and questions about the Idaho for-profit wedding chapel which has supposedly gotten into trouble for not marrying same-sex couples.

Anti-gay groups are playing the case up big time by claiming it proves what they have been saying all along - that marriage equality will force Christian ministers to marry same-sex couples under the penalty of law.

Or in the words of the Family Research Council:

If homosexuals get their way, Pastor Donald Knapp won’t be behind the pulpit -- he’ll be behind bars. That’s the stunning development in Idaho, where the day liberals promised would never come is already here. Two ministers -- a husband and wife team -- have been told by their city government that refusing to “marry” a same-sex couple will send them straight to jail.

After 25 years of owning The Hitching Post wedding chapel, Donald and Evelyn are being faced with a situation neither of them thought possible: being imprisoned for their faith. Like the flood of state amendments steamrolled by activist judges, Idaho’s fell earlier this month. And with it, religious liberty. Fearing the worst, the Knapps reached out to Alliance Defending Freedom, concerned that their chapel would be targeted. Less than a week later, the battle was at their front door.

For Donald and Evelyn, there was never any question what the duo would do. Unapologetically Christian, the husband-and-wife team is overtly religious, marrying couples with faith-driven vows, and even offering marriage sermons on CD to newlyweds. That doesn’t matter to city officials, who had this marriage message for The Hitching Post: Conform or be punished. And not just any punishment, but 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for every day the ministers refuse to perform the ceremony.

However, once you get past the hysteria and the hyperbole generated by the Family Research Council, their cohorts at Fox News (particularly propaganda artist Todd Starnes), the Heritage Foundation,  and their vast connection of folks on twitter and right-wing blogs willing to push this story, you get a bit alarmed at the deception taking place here.

According to Zack Ford from Think Progress:

Back in May, when a federal judge first overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, the Hitching Post Chapel in Coeur d’Alene expressed concern about the possibility of having to marry same-sex couples. The wedding chapel located just across the street from the Kootenai County Courthouse recognized that it would be subject to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which requires that public accommodations (like businesses) offer service equally regardless of sexual orientation. Now that marriage equality is the law in Idaho, the Hitching Post owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp have filed a federal lawsuit for the right to discriminate.

At the time, Coeur d’Alene City Attorney Warren Wilson explained, “If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation.” Wilson clarified that religious entities are exempt under the city ordinance, but apparently told Mr. Knapp at the time that the Hitching Post was not exempt because it is a business, not a religious corporation like a church. As same-sex couples began marrying last week, the Hitching Post did apparently turn away a same-sex couple.

And just who was this same-sex couple? We don't know.

Advice for those attending a same-sex wedding . . .

I know that we are all in a serious battle over marriage equality and the anti-gay groups are pulling lies out of their collected asses, but let's take a moment for a little levity as to gay wedding advice from the comedy team of Key & Peele:

'Anti-gay right exploiting 'for-profit' ministers to create moral panic' & other Monday midday news briefs

Caught ya: Far-right's latest marriage 'victim' edited website to make more solid legal case - A false headline about ministers going to jail here, a crucial webpage change there, add a few more hyperbolic headlines and tweets and boom - you have a phony case of ministers (albeit for-profit, which the anti-gay right won't tell you) allegedly being threatened with jail time for not performing gay weddings. What's worse? The idea that the religious right are actually attempting to create this false moral panic or the fact that they are so sloppily transparent. Whatever to the good old days when villainy had a certain style and mystery?

President Obama Says There's A Constitutional Right to Nationwide Marriage Equality - Religious right major freak out in 5 . . 4 . . 3 . .  

Pelosi endorses openly trans military service - Good for her!

 Flip Benham Crashes Gay Weddings In North Carolina - I feel sorry for this fool if he ever tried to crash my wedding. The thought of what my mother alone would do to him scares the heck out of me.  

GOP Attorney General Says It Is ‘Unethical’ To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality In Court - Like I say, "give it up, turn it loose."

Family Research Council's attack on Politifact backfires

A week ago, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins had a terrible debate performance on Fox News. He was debating former Solicitor General Ted Olson and was reduced to repeating jaded talking points about how the "best place to raise a child is in a home with a mother and a father."

On that same day, Politifact rebuked Perkins for this claim, rating it as false.

Naturally, you really don't think that FRC would take that lying down? Recently, another FRC spokesman, Peter Sprigg posted a piece on the organization's webpage which supposedly calls into question Politifact's claim. In doing so, he cites a bunch of study which supposedly back up Perkins' claim:

Within hours, the “fact-checking” website PolitiFact posted an analysis of the statement—and rated it “False.”

Unfortunately, the PolitiFact article itself gets a failing grade.

That is, unless they think the non-partisan, non-profit research group Child Trends was also telling a “falsehood” when they reported, “An extensive body of research tells us that children do best when they grow up with both biological parents in a low-conflict marriage.”

Sprigg is being deceptive about the Child Trends study, just as he was in 2011 when he cited it to make the same point. I know this for a fact because back then, I pointed out:

The Child Trends study - was published in 2002.  And it never even addressed same-sex households.

Sprigg cites a lot of other studies, but based on the deception he uses with regards to the Child Trends study, one has to wonder if those citations are accurate.

Then he really steps into the puddle of inaccuracy:

 . . . the New Family Structures Study spearheaded by sociologist Mark Regnerus resulted in dramatic (and statistically powerful) results demonstrating the strong advantage held by the “intact biological family” over numerous other family forms. However—as Regnerus made clear from the beginning—even his comparison with “gay fathers” or “lesbian mothers” was only based on the adult respondents having said that at some point between birth and age 18, their father or mother had a same-sex romantic relationship. It was not a comparison with children raised by same-sex couples living and raising the children together (of which very few could be found, even in Regnerus’ large sample).

A key illustration of how the PolitiFact article lacked objectivity is that its description of the Regnerus research sounds as though it were simply cut and pasted from the talking points of “gay” bloggers. It is true that his research was sharply criticized in a variety of quarters—that is to be expected, given that academia is now dominated by liberal elites who are unwilling to tolerate the slightest dissent from the pro-homosexual orthodoxy. It is also true that among his fellow sociologists who distanced themselves from the study were members of the sociology department at his own university, the University of Texas.

To put it more accurately than Sprigg, Regnerus' study was rebuked by over 200 researchers, the sociology department of his own university, and finally a Michigan federal judge, Bernard Friedman. Earlier this year, Friedman not only struck down a law barring marriage equality in Michigan, but he was especially brutal to Regnerus's study and to Regnerus himself:

"The Court finds Regnerus's testimony entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration. The evidence adduced at trial demonstrated that his 2012 'study' was hastily concocted at the behest of a third-party funder, which found it 'essential that the necessary data be gathered to settle the question in the forum of public debate about what kinds of family arrangement are best for society' and which 'was confident that the traditional understanding of marriage will be vindicated by this study.' ... While Regnerus maintained that the funding source did not affect his impartiality as a researcher, the Court finds this testimony unbelievable. The funder clearly wanted a certain result, and Regnerus obliged."

If you ask me, Sprigg and FRC should have left well enough alone. Not only have they reminded folks of Perkins' sad debate performance, but their pathetic attempt to refute Politifact underscores just how they are willing to go to deceive . . . and all in the name of God.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Editor's note - The following post was initially exclusive to The Huffington Post, where it received much support and attention. I am now posting it here:

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As a gay African-American, I've heard the argument about how "you can't compare the gay civil rights movement to the African-American civil rights movement" more times than I care to count.

The constant so-called moral outrage of some African-American heterosexuals when the topic is mentioned has gotten me to the point where my mind automatically tunes out the monotonous drones of how supposed sinful homosexuals are "high jacking" the civil rights movement or how gays "can't compare their sin with black skin."

As such, I almost missed the epiphany which occurred over two weeks ago.

I was vaguely scanning comments on a conservative site by an anonymous African-American female as she went on and on about how gays were never subjected to slavery, segregation or declared three fifths a person. While the logical side of my mind was gathering up the customary argument of how wrong it was for disadvantaged people of any stripe to play the "Oppression Olympics," the emotional side of my mind struck immediately.

"This is the most ignorant crap I've ever heard," I thought. "Just where in the hell does she think gay black people were during slavery and segregation? On a spaceship orbiting the Earth? "

I was instantly struck by oddity of what I had thought. Not that my outrage wasn't coming from a place of truth, mind you, but how the simple fact never entered my mind that yes, gay people were subjected to slavery, segregation and racism because of our skin. Just as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people of color exist now, we existed back then. Then it suddenly struck me again that I've never recalled any acknowledgement of this fact during the myriad of discussions, I've read, listened to or seen regarding comparisons between the gay and civil rights movements.

And why is that?

There have been numerous debates, articles, columns, movies and documentaries about how the legacy of racism has had a negative effect on so many aspects of African-American community, from our families to the way we interact with each other. It stands to reason that the legacy of racism didn't leave LGBT people of color unscathed. But information about what LGBT people of color did during those awful times in our history or what effect it has had on us is practically nonexistent.

It is a subject hardly ever mentioned. No one talks about it in the black community and that includes leaders, intellectuals, journalists, authors or any other person with some type of platform.

And this leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

Or at least that's what I am led to believe by the black community at large.

'Shoddy reporting from conservative media harming transgender youth' & other Friday midday news briefs

Breaking: Arizona makes 31 and there will be no stay:
For more details - Arizona Is Now A Marriage Equality State 

 In other news: 

 Purple Penguins: How Conservative Media Make It Harder For Schools To Protect Transgender Youth - False accusations, hysterical claims, not even bothering to get the side of the story from advocates for protecting transgender children, the list goes on and on. There is some relative desensitization about how the conservative media will distort stories and such but this isn't the time for that. This junk is hurting our transgender kids. 

 Second N.C. magistrate resigns: ‘I know what the Bible says’ - I respect you for standing up for your beliefs. Now, let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord split ya.  

Anti-Gay Groups Turn Spirit Day Into 'Bring Your Bible To School Day' - That didn't work out as well as OUR Spirit Day events.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NOM denied HUGE reimbursement of legal fees, is exposed for anti-gay work in Russia

If I had as bad of a season as NOM & Brian Brown, I would cry too.

The National Organization for Marriage is having what has to be called an awful season.

In addition to the multitude of states who now allow marriage equality, the organization just suffered an huge monetary defeat.

From the blog The Slowly Boiled Frog (by way of Goodasyou):

United States Circuit Court Judge James Cacheris has denied reimbursement of legal fees to National Organization for Marriage for their lawsuit against the IRS. NOM claimed that they spent over $690,000 in legal expenses. Much of that went to NOM's chairman, John Eastman. That presupposes that the sums were actually disbursed and NOM has been known to fib from time to time and Eastman is a pathological liar.

Check out Goodasyou for the juicier bit of the transcripts.  And The Slowly Boiled Frog points out how this decision is especially embarrassing for NOM. The organization has initially won a $50,000 settlement in the case from the IRS.

Now while I know folks are tempted to dance in the spray of NOM's monetary humiliation, I would ask that they hold off for a brief second because this next item is practically a cherry on top of a sundae.

From Right Wing Watch:

Joe Jervis points us to a debate on C-SPAN this weekend between the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown and Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson, where things got a little contentious when Wolfson confronted Brown about his anti-gay activism in Russia. 

Right Wing Watch goes into more detail regarding what Brown evaded in the debate.

And if you are interested in finding out what exactly Brown calls "lies and slurs, check out The Export of Hate, a rather accurate view by the Human Rights Campaign of anti-gay leaders who have traveled throughout the world spreading anti-gay lies and propaganda (the part about Brown begins on pg. 17).

All in all, it's been a really crappy two weeks for NOM and it's been my pleasure in helping to bring it to you.

'Happy #SpiritDay!' & other Thursday midday news briefs

Going purple for GLAAD's #SpiritDay - Happy Spirit Day! Since I don't own anything purple, I'm wearing a deep blue shirt and "perpetrating." What exactly is Spirit Day? Check out the link or the video below: 

 In other news:

 Houston’s Pastor Subpoenas: A Meme Made for Fox News - After a myriad of false alarms, it looks like the religious right may actually have a case where anti-gay pastors are being unfairly attacked.  

No, The City Of Houston Isn't Bullying Anti-Gay Pastors - This Is Basic Lawyering - This the other side to the same issue. BOTH articles make excellent points. I will leave it up to the readers to make up their mind on this situation. 

Editor's note: The following two stories have just come out about the Houston situation and demonstrates how the anti-gay right just overreached and sabotage a situation in which they actually had a legitmate complaint.  If you gave the anti-gay right five minutes, they would have you rooting for Goliath and not David:

Why Houston’s Pastor Subpoenas Have Nothing To Do With Religious Liberty 

 Is Houston’s Lesbian Mayor Really Out to Get Conservative Preachers? 

 State employees must actually perform duties state pays them to perform; shocking, I know - You mean if you are paid tax dollars to perform a duty, you must actually perform said duty? Why that's "persecution" and ranks up there with forcing people to pay for the cable they order.  

High School Cancels Popular Play Over Allusion To Same-Sex Relationship - Oh come on guys!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lambda Legal suing South Carolina regarding 4th Circuit ruling on marriage equality

South Carolina couple Nichols Bleckley and Colleen Condon

The South Carolina lgbt community can almost taste marriage equality coming to our state. It's like tasting champagne and once you have tasted champagne you are supposed to receive, you don't necessarily feel like going back to that bitter water someone thinks that you deserve.

From Lambda Legal:

 Lambda Legal, in partnership with South Carolina Equality, filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court of South Carolina  on Tuesday arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry. Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson vowed to continue to apply the laws banning marriage for same-sex couples even after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a similar ban in Virginia. Because South Carolina is also within the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit the decision in the Virginia case is binding on South Carolina.

 “The Fourth Circuit’s decision means that same-sex couples in South Carolina should be shopping for a caterer, not a lawyer. Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson cannot continue to ignore the rule of law. Fortunately, they have run out of cards to play—we’re urging the court to allow same-sex couples in South Carolina to marry without any further delay,” said Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta. “The state doesn’t have any credible arguments for a court in South Carolina to entertain.”

 “The Governor and Attorney General are playing politics with our families and it’s shameful,” said South Carolina Equality lawyer Nekki Shutt, partner at Callison Tighe & Robinson. “Instead of celebrating and planning weddings, same-sex couples all over South Carolina are holding their collective breath—and they have been waiting long enough.”

Lambda Legal represents Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley who applied, and paid, for a marriage license in Charleston County last week before the Attorney General asked the South Carolina State Supreme Court to step in and put a halt to the issuances of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The South Carolina Supreme Court effectively stopped state court judges from issuing marriage licenses or weighing in on marriage equality pending an order from federal court. Another federal case, Bradacs v. Haley, remains pending - it involves couples already legally married seeking recognition in South Carolina of their marriage, while the Condon suit seeks the issuance of a marriage license.

 “We were excited after our application was accepted on Wednesday to realize we could really start planning our wedding. We could set a date and a location and start making deposits—all that came to a screeching halt when we couldn’t get our license on Thursday. It’s terrible that the officials who are supposed to look out for the interests of all South Carolinians are instead making a political point at the expense of my family and thousands of families across the state,” said Lambda Legal client Colleen Condon.

 Lambda Legal attorneys Beth Littrell and Greg Nevins are handling the case, joined by South Carolina Equality Coalition attorneys M. Malissa Burnette and Nekki Shutt of Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC., Thomas P. Gressette, Jr., of Pratt-Thomas Walker, P.A. and Vickie Eslinger, with Nexsen Pruett,LLC.

When it comes to lgbt equality issues, South Carolina catches a lot of flack. And the vast majority of it is somewhat deserved. But what folks don't seem to realize when they make ugly jokes about my state is that these statements of mirth causes them to miss the fact that we have a thriving and awesome lgbt community which fights tooth-and-nail for equality. That is the most important thing. Folks tend to forget that places which receives praise for being lgbt-friendly didn't necessarily start off that way.  Unheralded groups of determined folks plowed through the thick weeds of homophobia and created the clear paths of lgbt culture we hear about in places like New York or the Castro.

Instead of laughing at those of us who live places not necessarily seen as lgbt friendly, how about a little support and a little respect for the paths of equality we are attempting to create.

'Family Research Council don't know @!#& about basic civics' & other Wednesday midday news briefs

The above graphic proves that the Family Research Council either doesn't know or doesn't care about basic civics. For the record guys, people are able to challenge constitutionality of laws in courts no matter if said laws were passed by the legislature or via popular vote.

The irony is that if this wasn't the case, then no lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would be legal. And we KNOW how FRC just adores THOSE lawsuits.

More info from Jeremy Hoooper

In other news:

South Carolina’s Countdown to Same-Sex Marriage - South Carolina seems to be determined to delay the inevitable of marriage equality in the state for as long as it takes. If this keeps up, aliens will be coming from Mars and getting married in same-sex ceremonies before we are able to in this state. 

Transgender Mother Responds to Being Named 'Working Mother of the Year' - Big PROPS and congratulations to Meghan Stabler. 

 Thieves Allegedly Steal Teen's Phone, Text 'I'm Gay' To His Mom - Perfect response - "I knew that but I'm gonna whip your asses for stealing my baby's cell phone."  

Schlafly: Gay Marriage Will Ruin Western Civilization - Just because Phyllis Schafly doesn't think much of her gay son's happiness doesn't mean the rest of us should value her nonsense.