Bigot of the Day: Texas Rep. Mike Conaway

Rep. Mike Conaway

Despite a Pentagon study that recommends just the opposite, Texas Republican Congressman Mike Conaway continues to spew right-wing propaganda by suggesting that repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” will force the military to build separate living facilities for gay and lesbian troops. Conaway also says he thinks DADT is currently working “unless you intend to make sexuality your No. 1 issue when you wake up in the morning.” Which, of course, is precisely what Conaway is doing. From the San Angelo Standard Times:

“You’re going to accommodate folks’ preferences as to whether or not they want to be in the same sleeping arrangements or bathroom facilities, all those kinds of things,” Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican from Midland, said Monday. …

“Apparently their housing arrangements are not set up in that direction,” Conaway said. “And if you have to segment them further from what they are just between men and women, then you’re going to have to provide additional facilities that weren’t provided before. …

“I think my final conclusion was it’s a policy that’s currently working unless you intend to make sexuality your No. 1 issue when you wake up in the morning,” he said.

We’re not sure why the Standard Times is even bothering to publish this crap at this point, but at least the story goes on to note that Conaway is dead wrong:

The Pentagon study released Nov. 30 on the effect of a repeal recommended that “the Department of Defense expressly prohibit berthing or billeting assignments or the designation of bathroom facilities based on sexual orientation.”

Commanders would retain authority to alter those assignments or accommodate concerns about privacy on a case-by-case basis, the study said.

“Most concerns we heard about showers and bathrooms were based on stereotype,” the study said.

The study also indicated 70 percent of military members surveyed believed doing away with the policy would have mixed, positive or no effect.

—  John Wright

Video: ‘Bill, bill, magazine, bill — ooh look, my anti-civil rights Catholic propaganda DVD has arrived!’

You know those DVDs that the Catholic church is sending around to Minnesota voters? Well the footage is now out on the web. And surprise, surprise — it has the National Organization For Marriage’s fingerprints all over it, prominently featuring both NOM founding chairman Robert George and NOM spokesperson Maggie Gallagher (speaking to a crowd of Catholic figures)!

Without further ado:



Hey Bishop Nienstedt: Saying it’s not a condemnation doesn’t make it so!

Hey NOM: Stop denying your inextricable Catholic ties!

Hey Catholic Church: You. don’t. own. marriage!

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**Oh, and Damon Owens is also a NOM figure. he seems to have left the org. in an official capacity, but he still works closely with them.




Good As You

—  John Wright