Sunday, July 27, 2014
As one of the organizers, Yuri Gavrikov, head of the LGBT organization “Equality”, told REGNUM, the activists wanted to hold a march, but they had been denied to do so.
The event was secured by police, which accompanied the activists from the subway, and after the event led them to buses used to take the participants to the nearest subway, but many walked on foot.
During the rally, which was attended by at least 150 people and took place in the hot sun, activists talked about the need to respect civil rights and thanked the police for protection of the event, talking about “how important it is to be free in a not so free country,” activist Valery Sozaev also spoke about HIV and AIDS. There were not only representatives of the LGBT community, in particular the representative of the feminist movement came to the event. One of the members of the LGBT movement Kirill Kalugin brought a torn rainbow flag, which was used in the rally last year, not as peaceful as today.
One of the protesters, Eugene Pirozhkov, was holding a placard “Sodomy is sweeter than honey” and was detained by police after refusing to roll the poster and so he was taken to the police bus. The poster graphics included some Christian symbols. Pirozhkov was accused of violating the “gay propaganda” ban law. Another young man, who was not a representative of the LGBT community, has been removed from the venue by police at the request of the organizers, as he handed out leaflets with nationalistic themes.
Activists also report several provocations. Before the start of the event, an unknown man and woman led some children to the venue and photographed them. The children were then put to stand near the fence around the venue. Later, a member of the Board of “St. Petersburg Observers” Alexey Belozerov, who also tried to photograph those children, was arrested because according to police he photographed children without their parents’ permission.
In 2013, a similar event also took place on the Champ de Mars, but ended up in mass detention of members of the LGBT community and their numerous opponents who put up a fight.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a Republican, on Wednesday accused the “gay community” of working to allow adults “to freely prey on little children sexually.”
Bachmann warned that gays will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That's the deviance that we're seeing embraced in our culture today.”
Bachmann, a strong opponent of gay rights, made her comments during an appearance on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.
She also attacked marriage equality as a “radical experiment” with “profound consequences.”
“I think that nature tells us, our biology tells us, that marriage is between a man and a woman. When we tamper with something that was generated by the Creator of the Universe, I think there are profound consequences that we haven't yet realized.”
Bachmann added that her message was about spreading “goodness and joy and wholeness and healing, and we do that through a loving God with a message that frees people, it doesn't enslave people.”
With those kind of statistics, maybe they should be banning heterosexual marriages.
Just so ya know Michele, what your spreading isn't goodness and joy, it's lies, deception, obfuscation and intolerance.
But then again, you don't have a clue what the truth is, do you?
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,