Saturday, October 31, 2015
The writer, who was not identified by name, wrote a letter detailing their experience which was published in November edition of the Gay Community News magazine.
‘My partner and I were in a Dublin city centre restaurant celebrating our second anniversary, and we were being physically tactile with each other. Not kissing the faces of each other or anything, but holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes,’ he wrote.
‘A waiter came to our table and told us that customers at another table were complaining about us. He suggested that we stop showing each other physical affection.’
The couple then asked to see the manager, who also asked the couple to not be affectionate but added that he had no problem with gay people.
The letter continued, ‘When we said we had every right to show each other affection, the manager said that it was unfortunate that other customers were uncomfortable, and suggested that we leave. He told us we wouldn’t be charged for our meal.
‘As we were leaving the restaurant, feeling humiliated, a woman at one of the tables, probably the one who had complained about us, said the word “disgusting”.
Although voters in Ireland approved a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in May, he said his recent experience ‘has really shaken the foundations of what I had come to believe postreferendum about my country.’
‘This is not the indication, on any level, of acceptance, or even tolerance.’
‘We like to think of Ireland as a place where gay people are fully accepted and respected, especially since the landslide passing of the same-sex marriage referendum, but if my experience last week is anything to go by, this is still a surface image.’
It would have been a cold day in hell before I would have left that restaurant because some childish bigot didn't like me holding my partners hand.
I would have looked that waiter in the eye and loudly told him to tell the offended party they could go fuck themselves in the most unconventional way possible.
The police would have had to drag me out of that place..at the very least, it would have made for a memorable ruined evening for everyone there and I'd probably go back every year and do it all over again and again and again...
Friday, October 30, 2015
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown on Wednesday called for the use of religious liberty laws to undermine the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans.
In addressing a World Congress of Families (WCF) audience in Salt Lake City, Brown struck a defiant tone, claiming that “out unelected masters” on the nation's highest court had “put a lie into the law,” just like they had with slavery in the Dred Scott decision.
“Instead of being depressed, we should savor the fact that we live at a point in history, like those times before, in which we can stand for the truth, make a difference, and God has put us here for some reason,” Brown said. “This fight is not over. It has just begun.”
According to Right Wing Watch, Brown laid out a four-pronged approach to rolling back marriage equality: Affirm continually and publicly that marriage is by nature a union of a man and a woman; Reject the Supreme Court's decision as illegitimate; Overturn the decision; and contain the damage in the meantime by passing laws that allow public officials and business people to refuse to have anything to do with gay couples' marriages.
DailyKos.com pointed out that Brown's last goal was something of a flub, in so much as he had conceded that such laws were more about undermining the marriages of gay couples than protecting the religious freedom of Christians.
Here I thought, that deception, underhanded tactics and intimidation were satanic attributes.
Who knew that these are actually the building blocks of Christian fundamentalism.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A conference held Monday, the day before the World Congress of Families (WCF) opened in Salt Lake City, featured a who's who of anti-gay rights activists.
The #Stand4Truth Conference: Understanding Homosexuality was sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA), Family Research Council (FRC) and MassResistance.
According to Right Wing Watch, attendance was low – about 50 people during the day, a bit more in the evening.
FRC's Peter Sprigg, who is also scheduled to speak at WCF on Wednesday, delivered the morning keynote.
Sprigg warned against compromise with the LGBT rights movement, calling it “unwise” and “unsustainable.”
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, echoed that sentiment by calling for “zero affirmation of the gay rights paradigm.”
Brian Camenker, head of the militant MassResistance, upped the stakes by describing the LGBT rights movement as the enemy.
“I think there is a place for being insulting and degrading,” he said. “And I think I can back that up by Scripture. I think we have to look at this as a war, not as, you know, a church service.”
Camenker said that God calls for the “destruction” of people who “want to tear down society, who want to push immorality, who want to tear down the moral structure of society.”
Gay rights advocates, Camenker said, “would send us to concentration camps if they could.”
The 9th iteration of the World Congress of Families, which takes place over four days, opened the following day. Notable LGBT rights opponents scheduled to speak include Mark Regnerus of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, NOM President Brian Brown, the Reverend Rafael Cruz, director of Grace for America, FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg and Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse.