Study Finds “Pervasive” Antigay Bias in Utah

Poll x390 (Photos.com) | Advocate.comA new study to be distributed to state lawmakers in Utah shows that employees face significant discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Globes had ‘offensive agenda’, says group that finds glee in denying gay kids are all right

The Family Research Council’s assessment of last night’s Golden Globes:

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As in past years, the Globes proved that studios are far less concerned about entertaining people than they with indoctrinating them. Last night’s awards were a celebration — not of America’s values, but of Hollywood’s. Projects like The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, “Glee,” and others were rewarded for pushing the cultural envelope or advancing a liberal political agenda.

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Ooh, someone’s bitter their script about a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated “hate group” choosing to call for the exportation or criminalization of the minority population whose love lives they compare to that which might exist between a man and a horse is stalling in production turnaround!

But don’t worry, FRC: We’re sure your film will eventually get made. Many future civil rights documentarians are collecting B-roll…



*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]



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…even as we speak.




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Mississippi Sheriff’s Department Fired Corrections Officer For Being Gay. And It Finds Nothing Illegal About It

Because there is no federal or state law barring the firing of gays for being gay, the Forrest County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi believes it's perfectly in the clear for removing juvenile corrections officer Andre D. Cooley, who is suing the department with the ACLU's help, saying he was ousted in June when his supervisor found out he was in a relationship with another man after a domestic violence incident drew attention. Retorts the defendants, which include Sheriff Billy McGee, in a court filing that asks for a non-jury trial: Yeah, so?


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Leighton Meester Finds a Roommate 

THE ROOMMATE MEESTER X390In Single White Female, Jennifer Jason Leigh formed an unhealthy, sexual
obsession with new roommate Bridget Fonda. Now, Gossip Girl star
Leighton Meester is on the receiving end of those unwanted advances in
the new thriller The Roommate.
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CNN Suddenly Finds It Inappropriate to Quiz America On The Righteousness of Gay TV Characters

CNN removed a poll from its homepage that asked "Is the surge in gay TV characters ‘bad for society’?,” because so many of you (and GLAAD, natch) got on its case about being about two degrees away from sharing the BBC's scandal. But to answer CNN's question: Yes, the surge in gay characters is bad for society, because it makes you ask stupid questions like this one.


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Focus On The Family/CitizenLink: “Prop 8: Judge Finds Marriage ‘Irrational’”

Oh, the religious right fear-mongering and fundraising that must occur after Prop 8 was overturned and Elena Kagan was confirmed to the Supreme Court — using buzzwords like “judicial activism,” “threats to our religious liberties,” and “gender does not matter.”  Below are some excerpts from Focus On The Family’s/CitizenLink‘s fundraising letter Prop 8: Judge Finds Marriage “Irrational”:

In his ruling, Judge Walker wrote that there was no “rational basis” for supporting marriage as the union of a man and a woman–Thumbnail Link For Focus On The Family/CitizenLink's Prop 8: Judge Finds Marriage 'Irrational'despite the fact that 7 million California voters had approved the marriage amendment in 2008. Such judicial activism highlights the importance of nominating judges who adhere to the original understanding of the Constitution, rather than impose a social agenda against the will of the people.

Nothing like some argumentum ad populum going with the religious right belief system, eh? Because the majority votes for discrimination that means it’s morally correct? Does that mean that because the majority of Americans aren’t Evangelical, Pentecostal, or fundamentalist Christian, then does that mean they also believe the majority of Americans are correct on that?

My head spins with these thoughts.

Anywho, here’s another quote from the e-blast:

[T]o underscore how important this decision is, if not overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, let me be clear–legalizing same-sex marriage will result in:
• Your kids being taught in school that same-sex marriage is the moral equivalent of God’s design for marriage and that gender does not matter;

• More kids being deprived of the best chance to have both a mom and a dad; and

• Your tax dollars being used to subsidize benefits for married same-sex couples.

Exactly how are more kids going to be “deprived of the best chance to have both a mom and a dad”? Seriously, is that even a real argument? And don’t our tax dollars subsidize benefits for heterosexually married couples? *Sigh.*

Another quote:

But this ruling is not the end of the story for marriage as we know it. Our good friends at the Alliance Defense Fund have already filed an appeal, and this case is expected to move on to the 9th Circuit, and eventually to the Supreme Court.

Does anyone remember that the Alliance Defense Fund is a spin-off organization of Focus On The Family? That James Dobson was key in the formation of their “good friends at the Alliance Defense Fund”?

Here’s some reading and video watching for you, if you’re interested in learning how Focus On The Family/CitizenLink are approaching marriage equality:

In this week’s CitizenLink Report, Stuart Shepard and Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht report on three other legal cases, these involving threats to our religious liberties, being handled by our good friends at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). Watch their report on these three cases.

The Prop 8 ruling, along with the religious liberty cases explained in our CitizenLink Report, is exactly why Christians need to be actively involved in elections at every opportunity. We remain encouraged that people of faith once again have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in November–both as an expression of that faith as well as one of the most basic forms of involvement in our system of government.

One of the quotes from the video that they linked to three times in two paragraphs:

Stuart Shepard: What’s your advice to for our viewers who are concerned about — or may have had their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms infringed upon, or trampled on? What’s your advice for them?

CitizenLink Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht: I think there are plenty of organizations like the Alliance Defense Fund today that are there for one purpose and one purpose only. And that is to defend people of faith who’s rights have been violated. And you can call them up and tell them your story. And they will put you in touch with a trained attorney in this field of religious liberty, and they’ll help you.”

If one takes the record of the Alliance Defense Fund in their incredibly unsuccessful legal defense for the Prop 8 trial as the example of the expertise of their “trained attorneys,” I hope a lot of conservative Christian people of faith call the organization for legal assistance.
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Huge’s Token Awkward Queer Kid Finds a Straight Jock Buddy

Huge, ABC Family's summer teen series about kids at fat camp that stars David Hasselhoff's daughter, of course includes an awkward gay kid. His name is Alistair (read his blog here!), and even his twin sister is embarrassed to be around him. But on last night's episode, the queer kid finally got in with the cool kids. (Spoilers ahead.)

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