Friday, July 25, 2014
Christian conservative group the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Arizona in a federal case challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.
According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne named ADF lawyers special assistant attorneys general for the case.
A brief filed on Thursday in Connolly v. Roche lists 4 lawyers from the ADF, who argue the state's ban is justified because gay couples cannot reproduce without a third party.
“Only man-woman couples are capable of furthering the state's interest in linking children to both of their biological parents,” the brief states. Gay couples cannot “advance that compelling state interest” because they “can never provide a child with both her biological mother and her biological father.”
The ADF used similar arguments last year when it represented a group of roughly two dozen GOP lawmakers defending New Mexico's ban. The New Mexico Supreme Court struck down the ban in December.
This argument hasn't worked for them yet, why do they think it will now...simply put,
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Coming Out, a group helping LGBTI Russians, was told it was engaging in political activities on behalf of foreign countries.
Judge Naidyonova claimed the group is violating rights of ‘persons with traditional sexual orientation’ by distributing pamphlets that assert being gay is normal. ‘[If] someone reads this brochure, and is impressed, and might start to share these thoughts with other people, create a coalition and start activities,’ the judge said, according to the group.
Coming Out said because the court has forced them to print ‘foreign agent’ on all public materials, it is a ‘sign for wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something “foreign”, and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful.’ The group will appeal the court’s decision.
They said: ‘This decision marks an end of the 16-month saga during which “Coming Out” invested considerable time, effort, and resources to explain to the courts, mass media, and the general public that defending universal human rights of Russian citizens is in the interests of those citizens, and of Russia. ‘We are hoping that, regardless of the final outcome, this message was able to reach the hearts and minds of many people.’
This ruling alone proves animus toward gays that the government swears doesn't exist.
Their sole argument and reasoning thus far, has been the new propaganda law is meant to protect minors, this group was distributing to adults, not minors, so they weren't in violation of the propaganda law, they were just being guilty of being gay.
It's time the west turned the heat up to a 100 and ban all commerce with Russia, effectively isolating this backward country and leaving them free from not only the hated, decadent west social reforms, but their money too.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, on Wednesday said opponents of gay marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it.
In his first comments on the subject of marriage equality since a judge struck down Florida's marriage ban, Rubio, who is often mentioned as a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he was likely to get attacked for his remarks.
“Even before this speech is over, I will be attacked as someone who is a hater or a bigot,” Rubio told a Catholic University of America audience.
Rubio acknowledged the discrimination gay and lesbian couples face but added that he could not support marriage equality.
“There is a growing intolerance on this issue,” he said of proponents, whom he urged to show respect: “Tolerance is also a two-way street.”
Rubio acknowledges the discrimination but still believes it isn't oppressive to keep denying civil rights to a minority?
Yes, I must wonder why we are so intolerant of your intolerance.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The young man, now 21, told police Youngblood sexually abused him over a period of two-and-a-half years while Youngblood was supposed to be counseling him at the church. The assaults allegedly happened in the church office, bathroom and back room.
This also isn’t the first time Youngblood’s been arrested.
In 2006 he was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy whom he was also counseling.
He was sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation.
Youngblood is a registered sex offender.
Seems Pastor Youngblood was confusing homosexuality with pedophilia.
The truly sad part of all this? This young mans family was entrusting his care with a convicted child molester to cure him of homosexuality.
If I was this young man, I'd be finding me a new family.