This Week in Marriage Equality

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Dozens of people showed up for National Organization for Marriage’s annual March for Marriage — heterosexual-only marriage, that is.

Among the high-profile participants was Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who apparently participated mostly to piss off the majority of his own city’s population as well as his congresswoman, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom who pleaded with him not to attend.

Presbyterians

The Presbyterian Church voted on Wednesday to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it’s legal. That must now be passed by a majority of the 172 local U.S. presbyteries.

Michigan

In a brief filed in Michigan’s marriage-equality case, 14 Republicans, including former state legislators, said conservative “values are advanced by recognizing civil marriage rights for same-sex couples,” not harmed.

“Providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples poses no credible threat to religious freedom or to the institution of religious marriage,” they wrote in their brief.

Arizona

What the hell is going on with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona. First, she vetoed anti-gay legislation and now she says it’s time for legal protection.

HRC reported that on Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer acknowledged that Arizona laws do not prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and suggested that it might be time to change that.

“I do not believe in discrimination,” Brewer said. “We are in the United States of America and we have great privilege that is afforded to everyone.

Sixth Circuit

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals announced Monday they will heard all five cases pending before the court on August 6.

The court will hear cases from all four states in the circuit: DeBoer v. Snyder from Michigan; Bourke v. Beshear in Kentucky; Tanco v. Haslam in Tennessee; and both Henry v. Himes and Obergefell v. Himes in Ohio.

Both sides in the Michigan and Ohio cases will get 30 minutes to argue their case, while both sides in Kentucky and Tennessee will get 15 minutes.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Fort Worth teen suspended for anti-gay comments films NOM video

Dakota Ary

Dakota Ary, the Fort Worth teen who was suspended last year after he made anti-gay comments in class, is featured in a new video from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.

Ary was suspended after gay teacher Kris Franks sent him to the principal’s office for making anti-gay comments, which Franks said were part of ongoing anti-gay bullying from Ary.

Ary’s mom later hired Liberty Counsel lawyer Matt Krause — now the Republican nominee for Texas House District 93 — and the suspension was lifted. Franks was suspended for unrelated behavior, but the charges were later dropped.

Ary speaks about the incident in a NOM Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance video, where he talks about how his freedom of speech was violated and he encourages other people to speak up for what they believe in.

Ary’s mom is also in the video and talks about how parents should empower their children to stand up for their beliefs. She said Ary was targeted and called hateful names after his story made national headlines.

“Dakota is not a bigot. He is not someone who hates gay people,” she says in the video. “He’s not a hater in any way. And of all these organizations and companies that promote gay marriage and so on and so forth, for them to come back at him as a child is just ridiculous. I’m extremely proud of the fact that he did stand up for himself.”

Watch the video below.

—  Dallasvoice

Chick-fil-A to end donations to anti-gay groups, draft memo about policies

Couple Tyler Savage, left, and Larry Farris kiss at a Dallas Chick-fil-A Friday, Aug. 3, for National Same-sex Kiss-in Day. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

Chick-fil-A is reportedly ending its contributions to anti-gay groups, including Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

The decision came after discussions this month with Chicago’s Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Moreno made headlines this summer for opposing a new Chick-fil-A in a Westside ward after company President Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to marriage equality. Cathy’s comments sparked debate about civil rights and freedom of speech, along with protests and petitions to kick the restaurant of college campuses, leading to Cathy meeting with LGBT college leaders last month.

Moreno told the Times that the company would not add LGBT protections to its nondiscrimination policy but would send a memo to its restaurants called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.” The memo will state Chick-fil-A’s promise to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender” and to not “engage in political or social debates.”

Moreno told Chicago’s LGBT newspaper, the Windy City Times, that it’s “a win for the LGBT community” and “for everyone who works for the cause of equal rights, and a win for Chick- fil-A. This is a win for all.”

Chick-fil-A has not released an official announcement stating that the company would cease donations to anti-gay organization, but a letter sent to Moreno signed by the company’s senior director states that it is “now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”

Donations will now go to foster-care agencies and community service organizations.

—  Dallasvoice

NOM announces every Wednesday will be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

The National Organization for Marriage might be trying to make more of Americans obese by encouraging supporters of traditional marriage to flock to Chick-fil-A every Wednesday for the chicken chain’s deep-fried goodness.

Supporters showed up in record numbers to restaurants around the country on Aug. 1, many of whom had to wait in long lines to show their appreciation for President Dan Cathy’s anti-gay remarks.

NOM President Brian Brown thanked those who waited for hours and announced Tuesday that the organization is pushing for supporters to eat at Chick-fil-A every Wednesday to show continued support.

Of course, Mr. Brown makes the argument for free speech by a company’s leader instead of focusing on the anti-gay organizations Chick-fil-A funds.

“Because of the groundbreaking significance of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day—and because the attacks on Dan Cathy and his freedom to speak out in defense of marriage aren’t going away—we’re calling on all supporters of marriage, free speech and religious liberty to make every Wednesday a ‘Chick-fil-A Wednesday!’” the NOM release reads. “I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Mike Huckabee for his leadership in sponsoring and promoting last week’s ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.’ No politician has the right to discriminate against private business owners simply because they believe what God says about marriage.”

No word yet if the LGBT community will do any more same-sex kiss-ins in response to the announcement. More from Brown:

Take the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays Pledge! Join the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays community on Facebook to show your support for Dan Cathy, for marriage and free speech, and for your fellow Americans who believe in marriage like you do: use this page to remind yourself and one another that we are not alone!

Look for events and opportunities to take your business to Chick-fil-A, especially on Wednesdays. Whether it’s a church catering event, a political meeting or a weekly Bible study, look for opportunities to support Chick-fil-A with your fast-food dollars.

Keep up your support! Have you thanked Dan Cathy for his brave stand in support of marriage? If you haven’t, be sure to send him a note at ThankChickfilA.com! Share this page with your friends and let’s make sure that Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A—as well as the gay marriage radicals who would silence him—know how very many Americans support his position and his right to publicly express it!

—  Dallasvoice

NOM calls for Starbucks boycott

After losing a vote on repealing marriage equality in New Hampshire this week — and losing the marriage equality vote in Washington state — the National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes some marriages, called for a boycott of Starbucks. They even created a website.

Starbucks is based in Seattle and, along with other large Washington state companies, ranks high in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and supported equality in their home state. Other companies that cheered the Washington Legislature’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage were Boeing and Microsoft.

But it’s not so easy to boycott those companies. Boycotting Microsoft would mean encouraging people to buy Apple. Elizabeth Birch, a vice president of that company, became the president of HRC.

And boycott Boeing? Not many NOM supporters are buying airplanes. And most airlines also rank high on the CEI.

So Starbucks is the perfect target — because for every gay-hating Starbucks-drinking NOM supporter, there can’t be more than a couple of hundred LGBT Starbucks addicts.

Starbucks prides itself on its social responsibility. The company offers health insurance to all employees who work at least 20 hours a week. A company vice president serves on the board of the Greater Seattle Business Association, one of the country’s largest LGBT chambers of commerce.

The StopStarbucks website warns that a portion of every cup of coffee sold funds the corporate assault on marriage. Wow. With more than 17,000 stores worldwide, that’s a lot of funding. If every store gave just a dollar a day to promote same-sex marriage, which they’re not, that would be … well, just $6 million — still a hell of a lot less than NOM is spending to stop, overturn, block and reverse every equality measure that passes. Hey, Southern Poverty Law Center, explain to us once again why NOM doesn’t qualify as a hate group?

—  David Taffet

Gay New Yorkers switch parties to reward Republican senator

Mark Grisanti

Mark Grisanti was one of four Republican senators in New York’s upper house who voted for marriage equality. Now, 250 New Yorkers in his district that runs from Niagara Falls to Buffalo have switched parties — to the Conservative Party — to support him.

In New York, a candidate can run on two party lines. Longtime New York Sen. Jacob Javitz, a Republican, maintained his position only because he was also the perennial Liberal Party candidate. Grisanti won his seat with the support of New York’s Conservative Party.

The 250 people who switched parties will be eligible to vote in the primary that will nominate a candidate. The party, itself, opposes same-sex marriage.

However, Grisanti said at the time of the vote earlier this summer, “I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage.”

The district has five times as many Democrats as Republicans, according to the Buffalo News.

You have to hand it to the hate group National Organization for Marriage for being so narrow-minded that they think that everyone thinks the way they do. NOM is placing billboards in Grisanti’s district to remind people how their senator voted. However, the newspaper called that a gift to Grisanti in a district that overwhelmingly supports his vote.

Buffalo’s NBC affiliate talked to the local Conservative Party chair who was not pleased with a group joining “to disrupt the party.”

The organizer of the switch-parties move said that they were doing this to protect someone who helped them. They will not be able to switch back again until 2013. In the mean time, they will be eligible to vote in Conservative Party primaries.

And Grisanti may switch parties and become a Democrat before next year’s election. But a Conservative Party line would help him get votes from Republicans and Conservatives who prefer not to vote for a Democrat.

—  David Taffet

Video: ‘Nom, nom, nom’ your way to NOM’s good graces




Good As You

—  John Wright

A Carrie Prejean repeat for Miss California title?

Lauren Ashley
Lauren Ashley

According to Fox News (so you know it HAS to be true), Lauren Ashley, Miss Beverly Hills 2010, has been speaking out against same-sex marriage.

The Beverly Hills City council has condemned her remarks and said that she does not represent the city.

The Donald Trump-owned Miss USA pageant interviews contestants and the winners can decide which city they want to represent. Ashley is from Pasedena, Calif.

Maggie Gallagher, the divorced pro-marriage-for-straight-people-only founder of National Organization for Marriage, called on Beverly Hills to show tolerance for people who think differently from them. Poor Miss Ashley. She’s being discriminated against just because she thinks other people should be discriminated against.

Carrie Prejean is last year’s Miss California who stirred up controversy by answering that she was against same-sex marriage at the Miss USA pageant last year. She has propelled that statement into a career as a religious martyr.

And OK, gotta say it. She’s trying to be Miss USA. Is it me, or is that skanky skirt she’s wearing in the pic I found just a little too tight and little too short? Or is this what straight pigs like Donald Trump think is hot? No, really, that’s question. I really, really don’t know.

—  David Taffet

The 'sanctity' of marriage

dating website

This week the National Organization for Marriage celebrated when the New York Senate defeated the bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage there. “Praise God!” the NOM folks exulted in an e-mail to supporters. They were ecstatic that they had managed to defeat this horrible threat to the sanctity of marriage in New York, and they urged their supporters to keep sending that money so they could move on to New Jersey and stop the threat of gay marriage there.

It made me so mad I wanted to “break plates and strangle ducks,” to borrow a line from Ellsworth Schave’s play “A Texas Romance.”

And why did it make me so mad, you may ask. I’ll tell you. It made me mad because I am sick and tired of hearing people talk about how my loving, committed, monogamous relationship with my wife will somehow taint straight people’s marriages and even destroy the “sacred institution” of marriage itself.

And then today, I got an e-mail with this subject line: “Hook up with lonely Wives for affairs?.” No joke. This e-mail was urging me to “join free right now” so that I could “date lonely cheating wives” and “search for sexy married personals of cheating women who wish to date in your area.” It proudly proclaimed this as “a new website that caters to lonely cheating women who find relationships outside their marriage.”

First of all, let me say, I do not visit online dating sites. I am happily married and have no need of finding a date. Secondly, This isn’t a Web site that caters to lesbians; I checked to make sure. There is a line that specifically says: “Meet lonely wives seeking affection online from men tonight!” And thirdly, I am pretty sure that this site makes money; it wouldn’t have been created if it didn’t.

And yet, it’s my relationship — my loving, committed, monogamous relationship — with my same-sex partner that is destroying the sacred institution of marriage? Give me a freakin’ break!

Just a warning, you’d better  hide the plates and the ducks, because I am still mad. And getting madder by the minute.

—  admin