Saturday, January 31, 2015
“I wanted to do something controversial,” Wilton said. “I wanted to hit on a topic and gay rights is something I've always felt strongly about.”
Idaho State Rep. Linden Bateman voted against passage of an LGBT protections bill after giving an emotional speech in which he vowed to be kinder and more compassionate.
After hearing more than 20 hours of public testimony over three days, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Thursday voted 13-4 along party lines, with Democrats voting in the minority, to kill the so-called “Add the Words” bill, which sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, education and public accommodations.
The hearing took place after 9 years of intense lobbying by supporters, who far outnumbered opponents at the hearing. Many supporters openly wept during a silent protest that took place after the vote.
“My heart has been touched by this hearing,” Bateman said, holding back tears. “I've gotten to know you, and I know from this point on – forever – I will be kinder and I will be more compassionate to those who bear a heavy burden.”
“Somewhere in Scripture it says that if we are not kind to the needy, and to the lonely, and to the afflicted, and to those who bear a heavy burden, our prayers will not be answered.”
“I will be kinder, and I will be more compassionate. While I will support the original motion [to block the bill], I'd like to go on record that I will support a compromise,” he added without elaboration.
Compromise? Exactly how does one compromise on equality?
Your words and crocodile tears are as empty as your soul.
I've had Christians curse and swear at me for pointing out the falseness of their behavior and say I don't need special protections because we are all governed by the same laws...yet they insist on special laws and legislation protecting their religious beliefs on both the national and state level.
Not to mention, they already are guaranteed religious freedom under constitutional law.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Chris Smith, who represents New Jersey’s 4th district in the US House of Representatives, made the comments during Tuesday’s sitting of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, a day when 12 men were reportedly arrested for attending an alleged same-sex wedding in Nigeria.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee blasted the comments, calling them “close-minded and “appalling”.
“It’s simple: LGBT rights are human rights. It’s shocking that Smith — or anyone in his position — would make such close-minded comments to the contrary,” said Chris Hillmann, LGBT Caucus Co-Chair.
“For a person in his position to dehumanize such a large segment of our society and to suggest that members of the LGBT community are creating hurdles for US diplomats is appalling on so many levels. Representative Smith should apologize for trying to pit some people’s human rights against those of others.”
The caucus said Mr Smith’s position is particularly offensive given that he serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations —a “position from which human rights should be defended, not attacked.”
Ty Cobb, Director of the Human Rights Campaign, said: “On a day when 12 men were reportedly arrested for simply attending an alleged LGBT wedding in Nigeria … it is unconscionable that Representative Smith would not only object to the basic human rights of LGBT people, but argue that their rights should not be part of the administration’s policy in Nigeria.”
New Jersey LGBT activist Jay Lassiter framed the anti-gay Congressman's comments, noting that in "Chris Smith’s world we don’t construe gays rights with human rights, but we do conflate supporting gays with somehow enabling terrorism."
It should be of interest that Rep. Smith received $10,000 from the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council in the 2014 election cycle.
The very notion that his man was appointed by the GOP to serve as the chairman for Global Human Rights, is a disgrace and representative to everything that is wrong with the Republican party.
The GOP is doing exactly as I expected, which is the systematic dismantling of ever LGBT gain over the last 6 years...make note, it's only been one month since they have assumed control of the Congress...imagine what damage they can do over the next 23 months before the elections in 2016.
Buckle up bois and girls, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
"I had hoped that, as has happened with women and racial minorities, our predominately Christian culture would recognize that God's children, the homosexuals in our midst, cry out for compassion and acceptance.
In this decade, alas, exactly the opposite has happened.
Positions have hardened and homosexuals have been demonized, condemned to a "lifestyle" rather than invited to a life in the household of faith.
It amazes me that any homosexuals would continue to want any part of a community, religious or otherwise. that in the name of God has behaved toward them with such contempt."
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Wednesday filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public comments on a federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
In a letter addressed to Governor Robert Bentley released to the media, Moore stated that with regard to marriage Alabama's laws “have always recognized the Biblical admonition stated by our Lord” and called on Bentley and Alabama judges to defy the ruling, calling it “judicial tyranny.”
In comments with the media, Moore declared “we will have a confrontation” if the order is enforced.
The SPLC filed its complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, the same court that ousted Moore from the bench in 2003 for refusing to remove from public property a monument of the Ten Commandments which he had commissioned.
“Moore is once again wrapping himself in the Bible and thumbing his nose at the federal courts and federal law,” SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement. “As a private citizen, Moore is entitled to his views. But as the chief justice of Alabama, he has a responsibility to recognize the supremacy of federal law and to conform his conduct to the canons of judicial ethics.”
The SPLC charges in its complaint that Moore is encouraging lawlessness by “attempting to assemble a virtual army of state officials and judges to oppose the federal judiciary and its 'tyranny' – the opposite of what is expected from the state's chief judge.” It also accuses Moore of improper public comment on pending and impending proceedings.
Judge Moore has actually taken a stand against the judicial system that he works for, at the very least he should be removed from his position.
The mere fact, the man can't see the hypocrisy of a judge tyrannically defying another judges decision based on the premise of judicial activism is only further demonstration of his inability to be unbiased in anything not relating to his religious *values* (or lack thereof )
Reading the *fine print* on this story though, as I understand it, the AFA is still funding his talk show...so, unofficially, he is still the spokesman and voice of the AFA.