California GOP recognizing Log Cabin

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 at 10:15am

The California Republican Party voted Sunday (March 1) overwhelmingly to charter Log Cabin Republicans of California as an official affiliate of the state GOP.Screen shot 2015-03-03 at 10.13.35 AM

The vote was 861-293.

John Musella, whose term as chair of LCR-California began the same day the state GOP voted to recognize the group, said the vote “sends a strong signal that the Republicans’ ‘big tent’ has room for everyone.”

The Texas GOP, however, must have its own tent, and that tent still has a “No Gays Allowed” sign hanging on the door.

The Texas GOP just last year refused to allow Log Cabin Republicans and a second LGBT Republican group, Metroplex Republicans, to have booths at the state convention. It was at that same convention that the Texas Republican Party adopted a platform that called for “reparative therapy” for LGBTs — a discredited practice of trying to convert gays to straights.

And Republicans nation-wide seem to be more in line with Texas Republicans than with California Republicans. The GOP is still fighting desperately against the apparently inevitability of marriage equality, and the Conservative Political Action Committee — CPAC — refused to let the national Log Cabin group sign on as a sponsor of the annual CPAC conference.

Even in California, there are plenty of Republicans who disagree with recognizing Log Cabin, and the state party platform itself says homosexuality is unacceptable: “We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to present or teach homosexuality as an acceptable ‘alternative’ lifestyle. We oppose same-sex partner benefits, child custody, and adoption.”

The state party also has a bylaw that prohibits recognition of organizations focused on “lifestyle preferences.”

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Rodriguez, 4 more senators file state anti-discrimination bill

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 5:30pm
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Sen. Jose Rodriguez

Texas Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, today (Monday, March 2) introduced SB 856, a statewide anti-discrimination bill that ban discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing and state contracting based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Co-authors for the bill are Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston; Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Kirk Watson, D-Austin; and John Whitmire, D-Houston.

Rodriguez said he chose to file the bill on Texas Independence Day “because Texas values — such as hard work, opportunity and The Golden Rule — are the reason why Texas remains strong 179 years later. That is why we must act definitively to ensure everyone in the Lone Star State is treated fairly and equally.”

Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, said his organization “applauds Sen. Rodriguez and his four co-authors for the filing of the omnibus non-discrimination bill… .Every Texan deserves to be treated fairly and equally, including gay and transgender Texans. This legislation would help ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to work hard, earn a living and provide for their families in the great state we proudly call home.”

Smith also reminded LGBT Texans and their allies that Family Advocacy Day is set for March 23 and Freedom Advocacy Day will be held April 13.

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Hopeful daddies-to-be write a special song for their ‘Dear Future Baby’

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 12:36pm
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Joe and Joey

LifeLong Adoptions is a company that aims to “create families through adoption by preparing, nurturing and advocating for all those involved in the infant adoption process” according to the company’s website. “We envision a whole community in which everyone views adoption as a wonderful, natural and joyous way of creating a family.”

LifeLong Adoptions also specializes in “domestic newborn adoptions for the LGBT community.”

The company’s websites includes profiles of families who have successfully adopted through LifeLong Adoptions, and profiles of families waiting to adopt. These “waiting to adopt” profiles give birth mothers a chance to “meet” potential parents and gives those potential parents a chance to tell birth mothers why they want to adopt.

One of the waiting couples, Joe and Joey, wrote a letter to the birth mother of their future baby, but then they went a step further. They wrote a song for their “Dear Future Baby” and then made a video of themselves singing their song.

How could any birth mother — or any dear future baby — resist?!

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Another damned legislator blocked me on Twitter

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 11:12am

Screen shot 2015-03-02 at 9.57.58 AMI awoke this morning to horrible news: another right-wing Dunndee Texas legislator blocked me on Twitter. Naturally, I’ve drafted a statement in reply to this outrageous act:

Rep. Tony Tinderholt, what in the sam hell did I do to you?

I mean, okay, yeah, I wrote last week about the dumb judicial complaint you filed. And I may have tweeted you serve one God, and his name is Tim Dunn. But geez, it’s not like a wrote a whole damned investigative report on you. (Speaking of, if you see Sen. Burton, tell her I say hi!)

Since I can’t get in touch with you, I’ll ask my readers to intervene for me and ask why I’ve been blocked. Would you prefer they tweet you? Or would you prefer they write on your Facebook page? Then again, you may have blocked them by now on social media, so here, I’ll just give them your Capitol office’s number: 512-463-0624.

Until I get an answer, I can’t wait to go to your district office’s opening in Arlington!

<3, JMR

 

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Nebraska marriage ban struck down

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 9:39am

Marriage_Equality_MapU.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon struck down Nebraska’s marriage ban today (Monday, March 2).

Only 13 states still ban marriage equality and in only two have there now been no marriage rulings — Georgia and North Dakota. In Missouri, a partial ruling compels the state to recognize out-of-state marriages and couples may marry in St. Louis by court order. The county clerk in Kansas City also issues licenses. Missouri is not counted as one of the marriage equality states.

Seven couples challenged the Nebraska ban that has been in effect since 2000.

The same judge had previously struck down the ban, but after his 2005 ruling, the Eighth Circuit reinstated it.

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MORONS MAKE LAWS: Texas Rep. files complaint against wrong judge in marriage case

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 9:09am
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Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who is currently on his fifth marriage

Arlington state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after a lesbian couple was allowed to marry last month, believes in the sanctity of marriage so much he’s done it five times.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the “complaint” was handwritten and was filed against the wrong judge.

Tinderholt complained that Judge David Wahlberg declared the state’s marriage law unconstitutional and that he didn’t notify the attorney general, which was required before issuing a final judgment.

As Star-Telegram writer Bud Kennedy points out, unfortunately someone will have to respond to the scribbled complaint on state time.

The complaint was issued against the wrong judge. Probate Judge Guy Herman declared the law unconstitutional earlier that week in an unrelated case. Herman did, indeed, notify Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Paxton said at the time that he chose not to intervene. (Paxton did, however, appeal the ruling to the Texas Supreme Court after it was issued.)

And Walhberg, the judge responsible for ruling that Austin couple Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant could marry, issued a temporary restraining order, not a final judgement.

Tinderholt should spend more time learning about how the laws he’s been elected to enact actually work. And if he wants to learn how to make one of his multiple marriages work, he might look to Goodfriend and Bryant. They’ve been together 31 years, longer than Tinderholt’s five marriages put together. Also, his office should spend a few hundred dollars and buy computers.

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MORONS MAKE LAWS: Pregnant women are hosts

Posted on 28 Feb 2015 at 2:36pm
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Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin

An oldie but a goodie — this one’s from last year.

Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin expressed his opinion about women’s bodies in a Facebook post. He explained that pregnant women are just hosts.

He received an email asking him to support a range of health services for women and children. However, since one of the health options mentioned was abortion, Martin says he’s against the full range of services.

He says that mentioning raising healthy children in the same context as abortion makes no sense.

Then he explains his opposition to abortion:

“However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it,” Martin wrote.

Notice that a fetus is a child, but the mother is simply a host, a non-human. If right to lifers believed in life after birth and cared for mothers (some call them hosts) as much as they believed in life before birth, I’m pretty sure the abortion rate would decline.

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I’ve identified the people in the cake photo

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 4:05pm

People have asked who is cutting the cake in the photo from the Texas Faith and Family Day.

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From left to right: Rep. Stuart Spitzer peeking over Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz, who is looking creepy because he’s probably getting some from Spitzer. Rep. Mark Keough sharing a tender moment with Rep. Molly White (in red), Rep. Scott Turner struggling to find a way to prove he doesn’t deserve a primary with Sen. Charles Perry, who filed a bill similar to Rep. Cecil Bell’s punishing government employees who give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Sen. Brian Birdwell. And of course Sen. Donna Campbell, witness to the Second Coming.

This was also held in the Capitol, a taxpayer funded enterprise. And these legislators, accompanied by my BFF, Cathie Adams, and Saenz and others, were there on the government payroll.

While I’ve identified them by their names, let me sum them up: Assholes.

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DIFFA tickets available Saturday at Traffic

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 3:52pm
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DIFFA 2014

DIFFA’s 25th anniversary gala isn’t for more than a week, but if you’ve already purchased seats you don’t have to wait and stand in line at the Omni in your tux. You can beat the crowds by dropping by Traffic at the Joule this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will even be champagne and snacks available! And if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, well, you can do it there and then, too.

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AFA’s map of bigots

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 2:10pm
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The AFA Map of Bigots. Notice they didn’t list themselves

Well, this is interesting.

The American Family Association has created the “AFA Bigotry Map,” and no, surprisingly enough, it isn’t a map that shows all the places where AFA has perpetrated its hatefulness.

AFA President Tim Wildmon explained in a written statement, “Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from anti-Christian zealots, and it’s time to call them out for their intolerance.” And so, they created the “Bigotry Map.”

The AFA Bigotry Map website explains: “The American Family Association has identified more than 200 groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith and is educating Americans about these groups through an online map.”

The interactive map “identifies groups whose actions are deeply intolerant of the Christian religion.” These groups strive to “silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America,” usually through lawsuits and threats of lawsuits demanding that prayer be removed from schools and city council meetings, that 10 Commandment monuments “be stricken from courthouses and that memorial crosses be purged from cemeteries and parks.”

Wildmon claims, “Because of anti-Christian bigotry, private business owners have been sued and forced to close their businesses. Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from anti-Christian zealots, and it’s time to call them out for their intolerance.”

He also claims that some members of the groups targeted by the “Bigotry Map” have “committed violent crimes against Christians and faith-based groups,” and that they also target Christians with physical and “profane verbal” assaults in an effort to intimidate them.

The “interactive map” on the website is dotted with markers indicating where these groups are located and what kind of groups they are. Rainbow-striped markers denote groups with a “homosexual agenda” that “advocate for the legalization and promotion of same-sex marriage and viciously attack Christians who exercise their First Amendment right to voice support for God’s plan for marriage as between one man and one woman.”

There is a red marker with a white A for the atheist groups, a gray marker with a white cross marked out by a red X for “anti-Christian” groups which “actively engage in the complete eradication of the Christian faith from society, government and private commerce. These groups file lawsuits and use intimidation to silence any reference to Christianity from the public square.” And then there is the blue marker with the white outline of a human form to denote the “humanist” groups that believe “critical thinking and physical evidence are the sole basis for beliefs. Humanists believe science triumphs faith in issues of morality and decision-making.”

I checked the map and it only lists four “homosexual agenda” groups in Texas: HRC Dallas/Fort Worth, HRC Houston, HRC Austin and HRC San Antonio. Dallas Voice is not listed; I don’t know whether to be relieved or insulted.

Resource Center in Dallas isn’t listed. Neither is Fairness Fort Worth. Nor Equality Texas, Tyler Area Gays, … . The list of what isn’t listed goes on and on.

There are five atheist organizations listed for Texas, two anti-Christian groups (both of them Americans United groups), and five humanist groups. We LGBTs need to get busy! Those atheists and humanists are outnumbering us!

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