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.
Monday, July 21, 2014
John Stemberger, the President of Florida Family Policy Council, who leads a more homophobic alternative to the Boy Scouts, made the claim after a judge provisionally struck down a same-sex marriage ban in Monroe County, Florida.
Circuit Judge Luis M Garcia ruled on Thursday that the state’s same-sex marriage ban could not be enforced in Monroe County, after a legal challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban by six gay couples.
Stemberger claimed to the Miami Herald: “This is an issue worth dying for. Every domestic partnership, every single civil union, every couple that cohabitates, these arrangements dilute and devalue marriage.”
He added: “This is a very sad day for Floridians. This is an entirely illegitimate process. The judge had no legal authority in this decision.”
Garcia’s ruling has since been stayed, halting marriages from taking place while the state’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi appeals.
Stemberger is the Chairman of Trail Life USA, who split away from the Boy Scouts of America when they voted to remove their ban on gay youth members and keep a ban on gay adults.
The splinter group bans youth who “promote sexual immorality of any kind, or engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the program”.
We're waiting...Oh, I get it, you meant someone else should die, not you...pussy!
President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring contractors doing business with the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
In remarks before signing the order, Obama chided Congress for not passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), workplace legislation which would apply to all employers, not just federal contractors.
“But I'm going to do what I can with the authority I have to act,” Obama said. “The rest of you, of course, need to keep putting pressure on Congress to pass federal legislation to resolve this problem once and for all.”
Notably absent from the order are any religious exemptions beyond allowing religiously affiliated contractors to favor individuals of a particular religion with regard to employment.
The president had previously rejected calls to sign the executive order, saying legislation would offer a broader and more durable solution.
The order also, for the first time, protects transgender federal employees from discrimination.
Obama announced the addition of transgender protections during the White House's annual reception marking LGBT Pride Month.
“I've asked my staff to prepare a second executive order so that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis of sexual orientation – will now formally be protected from discrimination based on gender identity as well,” Obama said during the East Room celebration.
Tico Almeida, founder and president of the LGBT organization Freedom to Work, applauded the move.
“President Obama's signature sends a strong message: Update your workplace policies to protect LGBT employees or forfeit your highly lucrative taxpayer-funded contracts,” Almeida said in a statement. “This is a watershed moment in our country's march toward equality.”
The new policy takes effect in early 2015.