Anti-gay El Paso candidate says earthquake and tsunami in Japan were a curse from God

On Monday we told you how several anti-gay candidates are running for El Paso City Council in the wake of the ongoing battle over domestic partner benefits for municipal workers.

Well, one of those anti-gay candidates, Malcolm McGregor III, told ABC 7 he believes the tsunami and earthquake in Japan were a curse from God.

“Japan had built tsunami walls along their coasts but this tsunami was bigger than that. No matter what you say, they either weren’t blessed with protection or they were cursed with an earthquake,” McGregor said. “God did say, Christ did say that earthquakes would increase in the last days and that’s what we’re seeing.”

McGregor is part of the group El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values, which sponsored a successful ballot initiative to rescind DP benefits in November, after the benefits were approved by the City Council. McGregor is also a defendant in the pending federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ballot initiative.

—  John Wright

Takei, Gaga urge fans via Twitter to help with relief efforts for Japan

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, celebrities are already jumping on board to help. Lady Gaga posted a tweet earlier this afternoon encouraging fans to buy her prayer bracelet with all the proceeds going to relief efforts.

Click here to order.

Gay Japanese actor George Takei has also taken to tweeting about the catastrophic events using the poignant hashtag #TodayWeAreAllJapanese and encouraging his followers to donate to the Red Cross.

Click here to follow Takei’s link to the Red Cross.

—  Rich Lopez

Gay marriage repeal not on agenda in N.H.

Despite the e-mail we mentioned earlier from HRC, a proposed repeal of same-sex marriage is officially not on the agenda for Republican state lawmakers in New Hampshire, The Associated Press reports:

House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that jobs and the economy will be the top priorities on an agenda to be announced Thursday. Bettencourt says there’s widespread agreement that social issues will have to take a back seat.

It’s good to see that in at least one state — thus far anyway — Republicans who rode November’s tsunami appear to be living up to their commitment to focus on fiscal issues.

—  John Wright

Watch: Australian ‘Inland Tsunami’ Carries Away Parking Lot of Cars

Floods

The Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions in Queensland, Australia have been hit by an unprecedented flooding disaster, triggered by rainstorms that unleashed what many have referred to as an 'inland tsunami' which washed away everything in its path. At least 10 are dead and 78 missing.

"The water was literally leaping, six or 10 feet into the air, through creeks and over bridges and into parks," Kowald, a 53-year-old musician, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "There was nowhere to escape, even if there had been warnings. There was just a sea of water about a kilometer (half a mile) wide."

Portions of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, are being evacuated.

Here's a clip that's been going around of an entire parking lot of cars being swept away down a swollen creek.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Flood relief here.


Here's a news clip:



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—  admin