Monday, September 22, 2014

SC Pride's 25th anniversary - the pictures tell the entire story

Saturday, South Carolina Pride celebrated its 25th anniversary with its annual parade and festival through the downtown streets of Columbia, SC .

This year was highly successful as over 30,000 attendees joined together for fun, fellowship, and basic love for each other regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation. Granted, when it comes to pride celebrations, all of the attention seems to be devoted to the big cities of San Francisco and New York.

But we in South Carolina do rather well for ourselves:








And just like a good picnic attracts ants, a good pride parade attracts these people:

THIS is what anti-gay groups want the lgbt community to 'tolerate'

My post this morning on the Human Rights Campaign report, The Export of Hate has generated a lot of positive feedback.

And a good part of it came from the spotlight videos which HRC created to accompany the report on the anti-gay figures who are attempting to spread their homophobia around the globe. I think I know why this is happening. The videos, using footage and exact footage of these anti-gay talking heads, have taken a life of their own because they speak to a serious part of this so-called cultural war.

The continuing mantra of anti-gay spokespeople and groups is that lgbts are basically hypocrites because we supposedly want "tolerance" for our opinions and views but refuse to show tolerance for views that disagree with ours.

That frame of mind is basic semantic garbage carefully crafted to take attention away from the exact words and views of those who oppose our right to equality. While this claim puts the lgbt community on the defense, no one talks about the ugly claims they make about us, our lives, and our lives and how these claims destroy our dignity as human beings.

So by request (because I've had quite a few this morning), I am going to spotlight more videos from HRC's youtube accompaniment to The Export of Hate and with those spotlights, I am going to ask the simple question which I DARE anyone from the other side of the argument to answer:

Why in the hell should the lgbt community tolerate this:

Brian Camenker: 


Janice Shaw Crouse:

 

Robert Scott Lopez:

 


Peter LaBarbera: 

 

 Scott Lively:

 

To see other videos, go here. 

 To download the report The Export of Hate, click the title

HRC's 'Export of Hate' report making the anti-gay right downright hysterical,

Editor's note - My photo essay on Saturday's South Carolina Pride festival has been postponed until this afternoon. The following post is very important. I had already written in the past about HRC's report on anti-gay groups spreading propaganda worldwide. However, the level and intensity of detail HRC has put into this report as well as the responses of several anti-gay groups and talking heads leads me to realize that more details, attention, and praise should be given:




I have never engaged in the negative banter about the Human Rights Campaign whether it was deserved or not because I've always felt such things are self-defeating.

But that's not to say that when the organization creates a direct hit against the religious right, you won't find me singing from the rooftops and dancing in the rain.

And such is the case with its report,  The Export of Hate. .

The Export of Hate is an intense and very thorough calling out of those anti-gay figures who are now attempting to spread their venom across the globe. According to HRC:

There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT. It's time to take action.

 It surprises me that HRC published this report because I have never viewed the organization as one to take on the anti-gay industry with such directness. But I say more power to it.

Needless to say some folks aren't happy with HRC's report, such as Peter LaBarbera, who has a profile in the report. He said the following:

If criticizing intentionally motherless and intentionally fatherless homosexual-led households is hateful, then surely most of the world is hateful! The LGBT Lobby’s campaign to portray the fervent defense of historic, Judeo-Christian teachings on sex and marriage as Hate, Bigotry & Homophobia–Big Gay Inc’s top three slanders against people of faith and morals–is itself profoundly hateful and bigoted. But we should expect such calculated smears from a Sin Movement that is essentially engaged in a political and cultural war against Nature and Nature’s God. Casting aside the lies and slanders, we will not be deterred in our defense of Truth. God bless.

Of course in his mea culpa, LaBarbera never directly addressed what HRC's report said about him:

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality is known for posting inflammatory material and inaccurate material about LGBT people on its website. The organization has given a platform to discredited psychologist Paul Cameron and to notorious exporter of hate Scott Lively. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Americans for Truth About Homosexuality a hate group.

Another person whose anti-gay activities garnered him an entry into the report, Scott Lively, got downright hysterical, accusing HRC of plotting to get him killed.

HRC's report is accompanied by short videos which use the exact words of every anti-gay figure mentioned in the report, such as Paul Cameron (featured at the top of this post). Other videos feature such folks as:

Michael Brown:



Mat Staver:

 

Brian Brown:



At the very least,  go to HRC's youtube site in order to see the videos on every anti-gay activist spotlighted in the organization's report. But by all means, PLEASE download The Export of Hate, read it, and send it to your friends and family.

I don't know what possessed HRC to let it's hair down and engage in the street fight against anti-gay propaganda, but who cares.

I say hell yeah! It's about time!

Related post: How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America

Friday, September 19, 2014

'Gay teen, mother comes out to each other ' & other Friday midday news briefs

Gay Teen And Mother Come Out To Each Other - Did you hear the urban legend about the child who came out to his mother only to have his mother come out to HIM? It's not an urban legend. It really happened. 

Texas Hotel Reportedly Cancels Ugandan President’s Stay Over His Anti-Gay Views - BYE!

 Listen To A Fox News Hero Lash Out At Gay People On A Conference Call - EW! EW! EW! He was like a walking, breathing personification of that anti-gay "Deathstyle" comic book I show from time to time.  

South Carolina Pride celebrates 25 years fighting for equal rights for all - Sorry but I have to brag about this again. 25 year BABY!!!!!!  

The Secret Antigay U.S. Money Behind The WCF and the Global Evangelical War on LGBT Rights - TWOCares is doing some awesome work here and what the organization is finding out is spooky. It goes beyond demonization by way of lies, cherry-picked and junk science studies. This shit is getting REAL and I'm ready for it.

Scenes from South Carolina Pride parades

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of South Carolina Gay Pride, I am posting news footage from the 2012 and 2013 parades. Folks like Peter LaBarbera will be so disappointed that they can't exploit these clips.



 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

'Anti-gay activist: HRC is trying to get me killed!' and other Thursday midday news briefs

Scott Lively Says New HRC Report ​'Is Trying To Incite Murder Against Me' - Now now, Scotty. HRC's report merely tells the truth about your overseas activities to incite homophobia. Activities, I might point out that you have bragged about on numerous occasions. Lively even takes time to go into further drama queen mode on the Southern Poverty Law Center. I'm almost insulted that he didn't mention lgbt bloggers who made sure that his homophobic explosives went viral.
 
Adorable 4-year-old boy learns about gay marriage from his mom - It's sad that a four-year-old gets it better than supposedly Christian adults.  

This Is What Happens To Transgender Kids Who Delay Puberty - An important revelation which is needed to dispel the lies and ignorance about our transgender brothers and sisters. 

 Linda Harvey Warns Of 'Homosexual Sex Centers' For LGBT Youth; Wants Schools To Teach 'There's No Such Thing As A Gay Person' -Linda Harvey acting like a crazed homophobic fool AGAIN! But I want everyone to take something out of this. Harvey cites Centers for Disease Control studies about HIV to make her case that homosexuality is supposedly a dangerous lifestyle. However, she clearly practices the sin of omission. The CDC has on more than one ocassion placed the blame for this on how homophobia isolates the lgbt community and hinders us from receiving adequate health care and knowledge. Of course Harvey conveniently omits that point. Distorting CDC studies seems to be the only thing that anti-gay groups and organizations are doing now seeing that lgbt bloggers have refuted their original points of distortion with regards to lgbt health.  

8 Things Parents of Trans Kids Want You to Know - Excellent piece by a good friend of mine.

Wisc. GOPer Drops Out Of Race Over 'F*gs' And 'N*ggers' Tweets - BUSTED by my friends at NOManiacs. Take a bow, folks!

Family Research Council's marriage equality 'study' = more smoke, mirrors, and deception

Editor's note - In the past, the Family Research Council used to publish "studies" which demonized the lgbt community. Those "studies" were bad pieces utilizing either junk or cherry-picked science.  While the organization seems to not be publishing new "studies," it continues to spotlight past ones. Case in point - Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage:

 Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same Sex Marriage which, FRC claims is "trending on its site, supposedly speaks against gay marriage. Like every other "study" published by FRC, this one is filled with errors.

In the piece, Family Research Council is basing the argument against gay marriage on the claim that "children need both a mother and a father."

FRC makes the claim that lesbians household "raising children without a father" is wrong because according to them:


Among other things, we know that fathers excel in reducing antisocial behavior and delinquency in boys and sexual activity in girls.

And gay households "raising children without a mother" is wrong because:

fathers exercise a unique social and biological influence on their children. For instance, a recent study of father absence on girls found that girls who grew up apart from their biological father were much more likely to experience early puberty and a teen pregnancy than girls who spent their entire childhood in an intact family.

However, very little (if any at all) of the literature/studies FRC cites to make these conclusions have anything to do with same-sex households.

When the organization does address the studies involving same-sex households, it throws out an insulting addendum:

A number of leading professional associations have asserted that there are "no differences" between children raised by homosexuals and those raised by heterosexuals. But the research in this area is quite preliminary; most of the studies are done by advocates and most suffer from serious methodological problems. Sociologist Steven Nock of the University of Virginia, who is agnostic on the issue of same-sex civil marriage, offered this review of the literature on gay parenting as an expert witness for a Canadian court considering legalization of same-sex civil marriage:

Through this analysis I draw my conclusions that 1) all of the articles I reviewed contained at least one fatal flaw of design or execution; and 2) not a single one of those studies was conducted according to general accepted standards of scientific research.

This is not exactly the kind of social scientific evidence you would want to launch a major family experiment.

There is a huge problem with FRC citing Nock's testimony. He gave it in 2001. Since that time, there have been numerous other studies , as well as personal stories from children in same-sex households which back up the conclusion that same-sex households are a perfectly fine place to raise children.

But keep in mind the phrase by FRC when criticizing studies involving same-sex households -  most of the studies are done by advocates and most suffer from serious methodological problems.

If these studies is biased and have no credibility, then why do FRC have no problem citing them when attacking same-sex households:

Judith Stacey-- a sociologist and an advocate for same-sex civil marriage--reviewed the literature on child outcomes and found the following: "lesbian parenting may free daughters and sons from a broad but uneven range of traditional gender prescriptions." Her conclusion here is based on studies that show that sons of lesbians are less masculine and that daughters of lesbians are more masculine.

She also found that a "significantly greater proportion of young adult children raised by lesbian mothers than those raised by heterosexual mothers ... reported having a homoerotic relationship." Stacey also observes that children of lesbians are more likely to report homoerotic attractions.

Her review must be viewed judiciously, given the methodological flaws detailed by Professor Nock in the literature as a whole. Nevertheless, theses studies give some credence to conservative concerns about the effects of homosexual parenting.

FRC's audacity is incredible here. The organization is saying "Stacey is biased for same-sex marriage, so we cannot totally believe what she says. However, we will believe the part which puts gay marriage in a negative light."

The gymnastics behind this logic is astounding, especially when one takes into account that this is a distortion of Stacey's study. She has gone on record on more than one occasion complaining about how organizations like FRC cherry-pick her work.  

And on that same note, FRC also cited the work of Yale Child Study Center psychiatrist Kyle Pruett to make the case against gay marriage in the piece, even though Pruett has also complained  about how his work was being "cherry picked"  by religious right groups and spokespeople.

FRC is equally dishonest when it makes the claim that gay men will not be faithful in marriages.

One recent study of civil unions and marriages in Vermont suggests this is a very real concern. More than 79 percent of heterosexual married men and women, along with lesbians in civil unions, reported that they strongly valued sexual fidelity. Only about 50 percent of gay men in civil unions valued sexual fidelity.

According to its footnotes, FRC received this information from two sources. One was:

Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solomon, Civil Unions in the State of Vermont: A Report on the First Year. University of Vermont Department of Psychology, 2003.

Of course this leads one to ask if this study looked at civil unions in Vermont during the first year, then are the more recent updates.

The second source is more intriguing:

David McWhirter and Andrew Mattison, The Male Couple (Prentice Hall, 1984) 252.

Gay marriage wasn't legal in 1984.

It's nonsense like that which has led to the lgbt community containing victory after victory in the courts. It's easy to sway folks with "studies" filled with footnotes even if the citations are inaccurate. Pity that they don't have the guts to bring that junk in the courts.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'South Carolina Pride will celebrate 25 years!!!!!' & other Wednesday midday news briefs

Flying the Flag: South Carolina’s Pride Movement Celebrates a Quarter Century - In the heart of the south, in the midst of stereotypes and homophobia, the South Carolina Pride Movement has stood for 25 years and will be celebrating this anniversary on Saturday. While everyone's eyes and minds are on the big meccas like NY and CA, SC Pride has stood up to homophobic legislators, ignorant public leaders, and has generated many years of success. To be honest, SC Pride is indicative of the entire South Carolina lgbt community. We are like Motown in its heyday in that you can't attribute our success to simply one person because we have so many superstars fighting for equality and respect. 

Christian Conservatives Praise Putin For Anti-Gay Laws – Ignore His Persecution Of Christians - And the winners of the Della Reese "dumbest asses in captivity award" . . . 

 Laurie Higgins: 'Counter-Insurgency Needed' To Stop 'Homo-Activism' - That would be one hell of a boring counter-insurgency. Folks would be defecting to our side.  

Sean Hannity: Parents Should Be Allowed To Teach Kids ‘Being Gay Is Not Normal’ - Yes they should, but neither the lgbt community nor our children should have to accommodate that ignorance. If your parents teach you something that nasty, schools shouldn't have to take your beliefs over the existence of lgbt children or children who live in same-sex households attending the same schools.

Mainstream media is catching on to NOM's broader agenda - AT LAST!!  

Video: Brian Brown's fellow panelist gives insight into Moscow panel's extreme views on homosexuality, marriage - This situation regarding Brian Brown, NOM, and Russia has the potential to be explosive. Let's encourage folks like Jeremy Hooper who are on top of it.

No 'Christian charity' for gay couple?

Recently in Arizona, there was a bittersweet victory for a gay couple:

In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick allowed Fred McQuire to be listed on his spouse's death certificate, marking another development in the national debate over gay marriage as state and federal judges across the country have struck down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.

 . . . A death certificate listing McQuire as the surviving spouse of George Martinez was issued late Friday afternoon at a state records office in Tucson, one of McQuire's lawyers said.
McQuire and Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues. Martinez, a Vietnam War veteran, was in the throes of pancreatic cancer blamed on exposure to Agent Orange when they got married, calling it "demeaning and unfair" to have to go to another state to exchange their vows.

 . . .  Before the ruling, McQuire, 69, wiped away tears as he talked outside court about the disappointment of being told by government officials that he wasn't considered Martinez's lawful husband. He said he was expecting that kind of reaction, but it still hurt deeply. "It doesn't make it easier," McQuire said.

"George would have loved to have been here today," McQuire said outside court, still wearing a gold and diamond wedding ring on his left hand. McQuire issued a written statement after the ruling was handed down. "No one else should have to deal with the pain and humiliation of not being able to take care of something as simple and sensitive as a death certificate for their spouse," he said.

It's a story which should tug at your heart no matter how you feel about marriage equality. This is not about redefining anything, but rather a couple looking for simple dignity.

Of course some folks are making themselves immune to feeling even a small bit of kindness in regards to this situation and instead are pushing conspiracy theories. From One News Now:

Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana contends "these liberal judges know exactly what they were doing." 
 "They are activists," he alleges. "But rather than fully force same-sex marriage upon a state, they are chipping away at this through a public policy matter, knowing that this weakens marriage laws and [that] future judges can totally overturn the law by pointing back at these decisions."

 Clark adds that the decisions undermine state laws which are decided by state lawmakers and the people. "Death certificate policies, other licenses, marriage licenses have always been the purview of state legislatures and state policy matters," he notes. "Judges are not policy writers; they're deciders of the law concerning the Constitution. But many of these activist judges want to write public policy and what marriage policy is and force that upon a state." 

Now usually this is where I would come in with a unifying statement ripping apart Clark for his lack of Christian charity  as well as pointing out how his zeal to demonize the concept of marriage equality overrides any sympathy for the gay couple involved in the situation.

But I don't think that would be necessary.  Why bother pointing out the existence of a jackass when he easily gives himself away by braying.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New 'ex-gay' documentary, same old bull



Talk about your rehashing of antiquated lies about being an lgbt. But it does serve to illustrate a point I've made consistently.

It doesn't matter how many time you refute and embarrass anti-gay spokepeople and organizations. They generally lie low and then rise up with the same mess. To them. it's not a battle of truth but attrition. They count on repeating the same lies continuously until they either make us blase or beaten down from weariness.

Now no doubt, observers and gameplayers  of semantics will accuse me of being intolerant of those who supposedly chose to "leave" the loosely named "gay lifestyle."

Let me say right off that it's a load of bull. I have no problems with those who claim that they are "ex gays." What I do have a problem how easily and without thought many of these  'ex-gays' align themselves with anti-gay groups and speakers like you will see above.

If you want the lgbt community to respect the choices of your lives, my dear 'ex-gays," then stop trying to make our lives a living hell.

James Dobson is no longer relevant in marriage equality fight

Why does the subject of marriage equality turn people like religious leader James Dobson into one-note drama queens?

 In the clip below of an interview, Dobson talks with Billy Hallowell, the Faith and culture editor at Glenn Beck's "The Blaze and goes off negatively about marriage equality:



Poor Dobson. He pushes that ridiculous line about marriage equality destroying culture without realizing that time has passed him by. It's no longer 2004 when he helped to command and direct the opposers of marriage equality to victories and spotlight.

This is the new age when folks have realized that portents of doom about marriage equality were just lies fueled by either cynical folks out to make a buck through the exploitation of religious beliefs or self-righteous, conceited folks who have actually have no clue.

I think that Dobson is the latter, but it really doesn't matter which type he is. Either way, he come across as just plain tired.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Anti-gay leader's activities in Russia attracting negative Congressional attention

Looks like NOM president Brian Brown's "international homophobic partnerships" is attracting attention. But I doubt that the criticism of  US Congressman would be attention that Brown or NOM would want.

From FrontiersLA:

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA)
“I think it’s awful and whether it’s people going to Russia to help propagate these discriminatory laws that are increasing in places like Russia and East Europe and Africa or whether it’s some of our captains of industry that are going to Moscow and trying to seize of business opportunities like this. It really calls into question their commitment to our country and its ideals. So I think it’s horribly counter-productive and only a further incentive to the belligerent, dangerous, backward policies of Putin and his cronies.” - Congressman Adam Schiff after being informed about Brown's activities. Schiff sits on the Appropriations Committee and the Foreign Operations Subcommittee

FrontiersLA also said:

Schiff’s comments come a day before the Human Rights Campaign released a major expose entitled “Global Advocacy of American Anti-LGBT Extremists Exposed.”

 . . . Last October, Fred Karger of “Rights Equal Rights” wrote Sec. of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder asking that they investigate whether Brown violated the Logan Act, a “federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments” against US interests. Karger notes that Brown testified before Russian Duma officials—including a subcommittee chaired by Mizulina, who then helped write the anti-gay propaganda and adoption laws—and asks if Brown did so without prior authorization of the US government. Karger has not yet received a reply. 

I have a feeling that if Brown keeps his nonsense up, we won't be hearing the last of this mess.

And I am so looking forward to it.

'Mainstream media looks at NOM's attempt to aid homophobia on worldwide scale' & other Monday midday news briefs

America's gay rights battle goes global - As vile and noxious as the entire situation is, it is a comfort that Yahoo News officially mainstreams what the lgbt community always knew about Brian Brown and NOM, i.e. the organization is not out to "protect" marriage but stamp out lgbt equality even if they have to team up with nasty homophobes on a global scale. 

More details about the above story - READ: HRC's 'Export of Hate' report puts American activists on notice
 
'In America's Darkest Hour ... God Stepped In To Save The Day': A History Lesson From FRC - As evil and homophobic as the Family Research Council has been over the years to the lgbt community and in lieu of all of the times that organization has played fast and loose with the truth in order to smear us, the group would be best served to stop dwelling on how God "saved the day" for America, but rather be thankful that he didn't aim a bit of lightning its way. 

 Idaho Has Spent Over $70,000 Defending Its Ban On Same-Sex Marriage - DAMN! I think my last sentence speaks for itself. 

 Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess - Good for her!

Are anti-gay groups downplaying 'dangers of homosexuality' lie they used to push? A reminder of past talking points

This what anti-gay groups want people to believe about lgbts


Editor's note - Monday is upon is and it seems to be a slow day. With that in mind, it is a perfect time to again visit past points I made about anti-gay groups and the "homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle" lie they push. I've noticed that in recently posts and comments, anti-gay groups and spokespeople now vaguely talk about how supposed dangers of homosexuality, whereas in the past, they would give details by way of junk science or cherry-picked studies. Make no mistake about it, efforts by lgbt bloggers and allies (specifically the Southern Poverty Law Center) have definitely made anti-gay groups spooked about pulling out their false proof in regards to the so-called dangers of homosexuality. But that's to say we don't need a reminder of their claims:

Distortion - Lgbt homes are not ideal homes to raise children because gay supportive researcher Judith Stacey said so in her study:

“A study conducted by Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz, sociologists at the University of Southern California, revealed that children raised by homosexual couples ‘seem to grow up to be more open to homoerotic relationships.’ The study showed that 12 percent of girls raised in lesbian homes became active lesbians themselves—increasing the likelihood of lesbianism by more than 400 percent.” - Fast Facts, Gay Adoption, Coral Ridge Ministries

Researcher Judith Stacey thinks that children do well in homosexual homes. She says her study found that girls brought up by lesbians show greater interest in masculine activities and dress and seek non-traditional female jobs. Boys in lesbian homes are more feminine and more nurturing. Children in these homes also become sexually active with same-sex partners. - Children In Homosexual Homes Become Sexually Confused, Traditional Values Coalition

Truth - Judith Stacey had gone on record numerous times decrying how her research in lgbt homes have been distorted. According to respectmyresearch.org:

. . . Stacey and Biblarz noted preliminary evidence of some “modest and interesting” differences between children raised by heterosexual parents and children raised by lesbian and gay parents, but they affirmed that “parental sexual orientation has no measurable effect on the quality of parent-child relationships or on children’s mental health or adjustment.”

In addition, via this link, she calls Focus on the Family to the carpet for distorting her work.

Distortion - Lesbian and gay relationships are generally violent Part 1:

A study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence examined conflict and violence in lesbian relationships. The researchers found that 90 percent of the lesbians surveyed had been recipients of one or more acts of verbal aggression from their intimate partners during the year prior to this study, with 31 percent reporting one or more incidents of physical abuse.” - Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples, Family Research Council

There is a higher rate of violence in lesbian and homosexual relationships than in married, heterosexual relationships. A study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence examined conflict and violence in lesbian relationships. The researchers found that 90% of the lesbians surveyed had been recipients of one or more acts of verbal aggression from their intimate partners during the year prior to this study, with 31% reporting one or more incidents of physical abuse. - Same-Sex Parenting is Harmful to Children Says REAL Women of Canada, Lifesite News

Truth - According to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence’s own web page:

The Journal of Interpersonal Violence offers the most up-to-date information on domestic violence, rape, child sexual abuse and other violent crimes . . . Focusing on both victims and perpetrators, the journal examines theoretical links between all types of interpersonal violence, exploring the similarities and differences between these types of crimes.

In other words, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence tracks domestic violence, as well as other violent crimes.

Those surveyed in journal articles are the victims of violence, verbal or otherwise, because this is what the journal is designed to track.

However, what religious right groups are doing here is the equivalent of taking a study of domestic violence in the African-American community published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and using it to allege that black relationships are indicative of violent behavior.

Friday, September 12, 2014

'What the heck is 'pro-gay sharia' law?' & other Friday midday news briefs

Cardinal Francis George Says American Catholics Are Being Forced To Live Under Pro-Gay Sharia Law - What! Wouldn't that be a contradiction in terms? 

Video: If nothing else will get you to 'Ex-gay Awareness Dinner' then this will—not do the trick either - Perhaps a better title of this piece should be "if nothing gets you on the toilet when you feel you need to go, this will do the trick.

Moscow Forum Attended By American Activists Ends With Call For More 'Gay Propaganda' Bans - Created "in love and to protect the children," I bet. 

 NOM Presses On With Legal Fight Against Ruling That Toppled Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban - NOM has never heard of the phrase "give it up, turn it loose." I wish I had that much money to burn.

Third Circuit Upholds New Jersey’s Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy - Excellent news! 

 Wisconsin Judges Are Granting Adoption Rights To Same-Sex Couples - Even better news!

Louisiana marriage equality loss due to multitude of errors by judge



Even though we are winning court case after court case for the cause of marriage equality, let's not forget the loss in Louisiana and how the judge came to such a outrageously bad ruling. Matt Baum of the American Foundation for Equal Rights elucidates further on this topic in the above video.