Audio: Craig Stowell’s unconditional brotherhood

From today’s House Judiciary hearing regarding marriage equality in New Hampshire:

*EARLIER: A report from CBS Boston

The ad featuring the Stowell brothers’ story




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Audio: A ‘-EP—’ in search of R-E-A-L

eQualityThinking Panel 4: The Truth Behind The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal [eQualityGiving]




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Audio: Caller gets the ‘Schlaf’

We’ve opined in the past about far-right radio and the way producers will abruptly cut off/lose/encounter line disruption with callers who ask them to steer off the preconceived script. Here’s a particularly funny/sad example from a recent edition of Phyllis Schlafly’s radio show, where the guest was Jennifer Roback Morse and the topic was same-sex marriage:



[SOURCE: Eagle Forum Radio]

Phyllis has a __________“? We’ll let you figure out the avoided answer for yourselves.




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Audio: Focus on the Family (that doesn’t have the surname Hummel)

Kurt-dadAll LGBT people were once teens. These days, many among the current crop of LGBT teens feel enough acceptance to embrace truth before even embracing their high school diplomas. And television, being a reflection of life itself, has made some strides to catch up to the reality of this, our natural world.

But why should Focus on the Family care about any of that, when they can instead rely on their agendas, “pro-family” values, and the need to further marginalize rich, vibrant population sects for their own personal gain$? Instead of helping folks better understand and accept, they can simply let Catholic radio personality Teresa Tomeo tell the world that the gay teen is nothing more than Hollywood fiction:

(*NOTE: Only the first few minutes of the audio are pertinent to this post.)

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Teen TV Programs Feature Gays [CitizenLink]

And if none of this works, Focus on the Family faithful: Homeschooling, blind folds, ear plugs, and hermetically sealed bunkers might also help keep your kids away form the gay. In a world where sensitive kids sing like angels and emote like humans, one can never be too cautious.




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Audio: Right, because that is what’s on gay soldiers’ minds in foxholes — sexual massage

When in a foxhole, one’s most prevailing thought likely revolves around survival. Unless, of course, said soldier is gay. In that case: “Screw mortality and screw me!”

So suggests one Matt Barber:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Matt Barber [AFTAH]

And some of us, Matt, worry instead about those of you who obsess about our backs, fronts, and sides on a daily basis.




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Audio: What Michael Geer’s “Art of Marriage” means for us

In his attempt to shoot this site for simply messengering on the Chick-Fil-A sponsorship that his group, of its own accord, listed for an upcoming marriage conference, Pennsylvania Family Institute president Michael Geer said his “Art of Marriage” efforts are simply meant to “strengthen marriage.” According to the Christian Post reporter, he also said people — all people — should applaud such strengthening, and that he holds “disappointment” for online publications that would try to “taint” his group’s efforts.

So okay, let’s look at what Michael Geer’s strength means for legally married gay folks like yours truly. For insight, we will refer you to an 8/5/10 appearance that Geer gave to “The Bob Durgin Show. An appearance where Geer referred to marriage equality as a “tragedy,” connected gays’ unions to incestuous ones, likened the Perry decision to legal missteps like Dred Scott, suggested that bisexuals want the right to simultaneously marry both a man and a woman, and — in a truly odd turn — suggested that Judge Walker “shouted” portions of his opinion. Have a listen:



*SOURCE: Bob Durgin Show, 8/5/10 [WHP 580]

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*Oh, and how about we stop with these fact-less claims, Mr. Geer? Because Vaughn Walker did not “shout” what you say he did:

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Although considering the way the “protect marriage” crowd has misrepped his lengthy and insightful ruling, perhaps there’s an alternate, far-right edition of the decision to which we are not privy.




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Audio: Showing anti-LGBTs the ‘Chai’ road

Dear Peter LaBarbera and Charlie Butts: if you purport to inform the American public about who a certain person supposedly is, at least get said person’s name right:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: LaBarbera: EEOC should keep an eye on new appointee [ONN]

And now a lesson:

Chai = pronounced like “hi.” Not with a hard “c.” Not like chai tea. But with the traditional Yiddish pronuciation.

And the pronunciation very much matters. In the Jewish faith, “chai” holds great meaning. As a term, it means “living.” It is the root of its verbal cousin, “l’chaim,” which is the celebratory toast at some of life’s most important functions. Chai (along with variations like “Chaya”) is also a popular name in Jewish culture.

ChaiAs a symbol (seen at left, consisting of the two Hebrew letters Cheit and Yod ), “chai” is often worn as a medallion. Some interpretations say that it refers a Living G-d. Others cherish it because of its focus on the importance of life. But few debate its importance.

Also, if you have ever been to a Jewish function in which monetary gifts are exchanged, you probably know that the sums are typically granted in multiples of 18. That’s because 18 is the numeric value of the word “chai,” and so the gift is meant to keep in that same spirit. You are literally giving the gift of “life,” wishing the recipient great luck in the same.

So de-Chai decry away, Charlie and Peter. But even if you care not about affording Ms. Feldblum respect as either an accomplished professional or an lesbian, at the very least pay a little respect to her deeply-rooted name.

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*SEE ALSO: Chai Feldblum’s recent speech to the Out & Equal Workplace Summit:








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Audio: Mocking people who want to fight and possibly die for our nation, calling it conservative

We’ve covered under-the-radar conservative Steve Malzberg several times, frankly because his willingness/desire to use the most churlish anti-gay talking points possible makes him one of the most strident anti-LGBT voices on mainstream talk radio. So now, here’s another one for the files, with Steve and guest Jeff Kuhner (of the Unification Church-funded conservative spinsheet The Washington Times) proudly acting like particularly dramatic children who have had their G.I. Joes taken away:




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Audio: Big C, Bigger BS

In my life, I’ve had the misfortune of experiencing cancer firsthand.

In my life, I’ve had the great fortune of experiencing great love and a joyous marriage

Until the end of my life, I will never understand the mindset that callously likens the two supposedly destructive forces:

(Penna Dexter and Kelly Shackelford speaking)

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*AUDIO SOURCE: 12/10/10 — Penna Dexter/Kerby Anderson/ Kelly Shackelford [Point of View Radio]




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Audio: Dr. Laura condemns ‘absurd discrimination’ of gays. Yes, seriously.

On today’s radio show, the oft-controversial (to say the least), oft-gay-angering (to say the very least) host actually led with a four minute rebuke of the flawed policy:



*AUDIO SOURCE: Dr. Laura — 12/2/10 [DrLaura.com]

The pig that just flew by our window has yet to offer his thoughts.




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