Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
From The Towleroad:
Utah native and singer-songwriter Justin Utley survived "ex-gay" therapy after coming out to his Mormon bishop, then lost his boyfriend unexpectedly of a heart attack and was fired from his job after his boss found out he was gay.
He appeared before Utah lawmakers last month, the Advocate reports:
The meeting, which was co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis and Republican Senator Steve Urquhart, marked the first time some of the state’s lawmakers had ever officially met with LGBT people.
Said Utley: "There is a spoke in this wheel of diversity in this state that needs to be fixed... today, most transgender and gay Utahns are not only bringing a briefcase to work, but they're also bringing a closet. I'm here because I am still a proud Utahn born and raised with these values: compassion, optimism, that Utah is a place where every person has the same opportunity to earn a living free from discrimination."
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University and a conservative celebrity, on Saturday reiterated his opposition to gay marriage during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual gathering of conservatives.
Last year, Carson stepped down as commencement speaker at the John Hopkins School of Medicine and apologized for comparing gay nuptials to bestiality and pedophilia during a Fox News interview. In his apology, Carson said that he was “saddened” that “my poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology.”
At CPAC, however, Carson denied that he ever made the comparison.
“I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said to applause. “Because I happen to mention that nobody gets to change the definition of marriage and mention some other categories they said, 'Carson said that gay marriage and bestiality are the same thing.' Well that's preposterous. Of course, they're not the same thing. Anybody who believes that is a dummy. But anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy. That's the problem.”
“Of course, gay people should have the same rights as everyone else. But they don't get extra rights, they don't get to redefine marriage,” he added.
No Mr. Carson, what you did was lump homosexuals into a list of criminal behaviors and got called out on it;
you knew exactly what you were doing.
You made your comments during an appearance on Fox News' Hannity, and I quote:
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be the gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality – it doesn't matter what they are – they don't get to change the definition.”
Your a bigot Mr. Carson, plain and simple and if anyone is a *dummy* it's the fools who believe you have anything but animosity towards homosexuals....all you really need to really fit in at CPAC, is the white hood and the flaming cross.