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Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!
Uganda: An HIV/AIDS service organization was raided for “training youths in homosexuality”. full story
USA: The Washington Post profiles Paul Singer, a wealthy GOP donor who is also pushing for marriage equality. full story
USA: The White House says an executive order on ENDA would be redundant. Are they right? full story
USA, Michigan: The state is requesting a full Sixth Circuit panel to review the marriage equality lawsuit appeal instead of the usual 3 judge panel. full story
USA, Missouri: A judge has refused to issue an emergency stay prohibiting same sex couples from filing taxes jointly n the state while a lawsuit proceeds. full story
USA, Nebraska: A bill to protect LGBT residents from discrimination is meeting resistance in the legislature. full story
USA, Oregon: A transgender student is suing a Christian university over being denied housing on campus. full story
In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race.
The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as their location. In total between these 11 companies, 83 percent of employee donations were in opposition to Proposition 8. So Eich was in a 17 percent minority relative to the top companies in Silicon Valley. However, there was quite a bit of variation from business to business. At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin. There isn’t much data on Mozilla. Only four Proposition 8 donors listed it as their employer: Eich, who donated in support of the measure, and three others who opposed it.
It’s interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected in these donation patterns.
The Advocate reports:
Nabisco graham cracker snack brand Honey Maid released a new ad campaign in March, “This Is Wholesome,” which features a variety of families, including those with interracial, single, and gay parents. However, a handful of homophobes — including the antigay group (far less than) One Million Moms — were “outraged” and blasted the graham cracker brand for “promoting homosexuality.” In a brilliant move, Honey Maid has responded with a new video featuring two artists who create a heartwarming message from paper printouts of the hateful messages the brand received since the inclusive ad aired.
You have to watch this – it’s beautiful. And as the video notes, they received ten times as many positive responses as negative ones.
I’m in Love With Gay-Hating Russia
Pat Buchanan continues to extol the virtues of Russia: “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. [..]The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide – the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.” If you think Russia is such a wonderful, Christian country, why not move there? We really wouldn’t miss you.
Rick Santorum is My Hero
Speaking to a group of elementary school students, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican running for the US House, fielded sixth grader Lanna Torres’s question on marriage equality, likening it to a man marrying a dog. Lana said it best: “I found that really offensive, that he would compare gay marriage to something so offensive and outrageous.”
Gays Are the New Nazis
J.C. Von Krempach writes on a Catholic blog: “Tolerating the same-sex movement has been a very bad idea. You cannot tolerate what undermines democracy and ultimately destroys society. The same-sex lobby are the new Nazis.” Because we complained that a Silicon Valley company had hired an openly anti-gay CEO. Who, BTW, apparently left of his own accord. Mr. Von Krempach is pat of a group pushing to criminalize homosexuality around the world so really, who’s the villain here?
The Supremes Better Save Our Bacon
Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, issued a predictable statement on the pending overturning of Ohio’s ban on marriage equality, hitting all the usual points – definition of marriage, will of the people, blah blha blah. But he ended with this telling note: “We call on the US Supreme Court to establish for good that the sovereign states have the ability to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” Yeah, good luck with that. Plus, looks like they’ve given up on the whole “US Constitutional Amendment” thing?
Gays Are Terrorists
Glenn Beck went on a tirade against the LGBT community, accusing gay activist groups of becoming “terrorists”. That’s quite a leap, considering no violence was done, and that major LGBT groups stayed out of the fray. In fact, the straw that broke the camel’s back was OKCupid, which as Joe.My.God notes: “The loudest voice in the boycott campaign was the dating website OKCupid, whose parent company is headed by billionaire ‘heterosexual’ Barry Diller. But don’t expect Glenn Beck to go after a somebody who runs dozens of the largest web-based corporations. Or label a powerful Jewish man as part of the ‘gaystapo.’” But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good witch hunt?
Christian Boycotts are Righteous, But Gay Boycotts Are Evil Nazi Terrorist Plots
Tea Partier Ben Shapiro is calling for a boycott of Mozilla in the wake of CEO Eich’s departure. We’ll let Joe.My.God handle this one: “When powerful national Christian groups with millions of members call for boycotts, that is a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when gay individuals call for a boycott, THAT is homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, a stifling of religious liberty, and an attempt to deny the freedom of speech. And don’t you forget it.”
Florida’s fourth marriage equality lawsuit was filed today against a panhandle county clerk. The debate over same-sex marriage is making its mark locally with the filing of a lawsuit against Washington County Interim Clerk of Court Harold Bazzel after his office refused to issue a marriage license for a local gay couple. “We followed the law,” said Bazzel. “The statute in Florida says marriage must be between a man and a woman.” Stephen Schlairet and Ozzie Russ of Chipley filed the suit with the U.S. District Court Wednesday, March 21, naming Bazzel and several other defendants, including Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi. The couple is seeking to have the law declared unconstitutional.
The lawsuits are piling up in Florida – will they all be consolidated?
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black informed lawyers of his intentions at a hearing, which set off a joyous celebration in the courtroom among four same-sex couples and their supporters, said attorney Al Gerhardstein… Black’s statement read: “I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.” The announcement came at a hearing on a case brought by three lesbian couples and one married gay couple from New York who adopted a baby born in Ohio. The couples are suing for an order requiring Ohio to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their newborns.
The state has already announced its intention to appeal. The remaining question – will there be a stay? I’ve never seen a judge pre-announce a ruling like this before – anyone else think it’s a little unusual?