Sunday, March 1, 2015
Eric Moutsos, the former Salt Lake city policeman who objected to riding in a motorcycle at the head of Gay Pride parade, says he has many LGBT friends.
The 33-year-old devout Mormon and father of four objected to being assigned as an escort in the front of last year's parade. After being placed on leave over the incident, Moutsos quit the department.
“I love gay people,” Moutsos told the Los Angeles Times. “I love them like I love humanity. I just did not agree with some of the messages in that parade.”
He told the paper that he's contemplating a lawsuit against the department, claiming that his religious liberties were violated.
Moutsos said that his superiors refused his request not to head the parade.
“It is unquestionably my duty as a police officer to protect everyone's right to hold a parade or other event, but is it also my duty to celebrate everyone's parade?” he rhetorically asked in a six-page public statement last week.
Karen McCreary, executive director of the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the Times that government officials must serve the public, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“As a government official, you need to serve everyone; you can't use your personal beliefs as a way to pick and choose,” she said.
The only violation here Eric is your sanctimonious, self imposed emulation and faux-martyrdom.
What isn't being discussed on the numerous religious blogs and conservative netrags, is that Eric was part of a police motorcycle squad, a squads whose job included performing in city sanctioned parades and special events.
As part of that squad, Eric was expected to perform with his squad like he had in many other city sanctioned events, he refused because it was a gay event and for no other reason.
His superiors rightly saw this as an unwillingness to do his job and he was suspended...he's the one who quit, he wasn't fired.
Eric chose to be part of this squad, knowing full well that he would be expected to take part in city sanctioned events and take special note, he was the only one in his squad who objected in doing so.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Appearing Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former Florida governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he remains opposed to gay marriage.
When Fox News commentator Sean Hannity asked whether his views on the subject had changed, Bush answered: “No. I believe in traditional marriage.”
The question came a day after BuzzFeed News quoted a Republican supporter as saying that Bush was “evolving” on marriage equality.
David Aufhauser, who recently co-hosted a fundraiser for Bush in Virginia, said of Bush: “His thinking [on marriage equality] appears to have evolved.”
The report also cited a number of Bush hires who support LGBT rights to bring home its point.
Seems to me, Bush has finished *evolving* and has come out his same ol' anti-gay self.
Friday, February 27, 2015
The company had initially announced a ban on “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video”, with just a few exceptions for content which offered “a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts”.
It planned to enforce the ban from 23 March, when any user with offending material still on their blog would be forced to turn it into a private site.
Now, the company has backed down. Jessica Pelegio, a social product support manager at Google, wrote: “We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
“So rather than implement this change, we've decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”
“Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as ‘adult’ so that they can be placed behind an ‘adult content’ warning page,” she added.
Personally, I'd like to thank many of you who took the time to write me wondering what was going to happen with the blog.
Obviously, the religitards were getting to the powers that be at google and it wasn't until you and myself and fellow bloggers made OUR voices heard, that those very same powers that be, backed away from what would have most certainly hurt their company far more than a few upset puritanical dipshits.