Burger King Proud Whopper Celebrates Cross-Dressers
Now that’s a leap. The American Family Association claims a rainbow-wrapped burger sold by Burger King at SF Pride somehow promoted cross-dressers, among other things: “Your celebrated promotion of cross-dressers and homosexuality is an insult to families and I find your celebration of abhorrent behaviour as a reason to dine elsewhere. I hope you will learn from this publicity blunder and realize that while most stores did not participate in the corporate-approved program, the damage has been done and affects the image of all Burger King outlets.” I guess because it was wrapped in a pretty rainbow package. so the burger was cross-dressing as a rainbow? Even for the AFA, this is pretty low – they have to know there’s a huge difference between being a “cross-dresser” and being transgender, but they willfully use this slur against the transgender community. Stay classy, AFA.
Gays Will Be Possessed by Demons and Suffer Spiritual death
Christian conservative Gordon Klingenschmitt went on a bit of a rant against homosexuality this week: They say, ‘Oh, it’s all about love.’ No, it’s about lust, it’s about selfishness,” Klingenschmitt said. “They don’t care about the other person, they want self-gratification for themselves, contrary to their own nature, contrary to what God designed for them. And they receive in themselves the penalty for that error. The penalty for that sin is not just STDS or some biological curse, not just AIDS, but they receive into themselves the demonic spirit that rules their hearts, and with that comes ultimately the consequence of spiritual death.” of course, one could argue that a “christian” that rejects God’s teaching about love and instead preaches hatred toward his fellow man has undergone a spiritual death of his own.
Marriage Equality Affirming Churches are Satan’s Church
John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, had some choice words for churches that welcome the LGBT community and marriage equality: “They have no allegiance to the Bible. You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.” See comment above.
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The Washington Blade reports:
A state judge in Florida issued a ruling Thursday enjoining state officials from enforcing the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the Florida Keys, but gay couples apparently won’t be able to wed anytime soon there because a notice of appeal was filed. In the latest of an unbroken string of victories in support of marriage equality, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia issues summary judgment in favor same-sex couples in his jurisdiction challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority,” Garcia writes.
There will apparently be no weddings in Key West for now:
Garcia enjoins the Monroe County clerk in the Florida Keys from enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the clerk must begin giving marriage licenses to gay couples no later than Tuesday. But Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has already filed a notice of appeal. The action from Bondi has made it so same-sex couples will not be able to obtain marriage licenses beginning at that time, according to Monroe County.
Not so fast, says the Sun-Sentinel:
How does Attorney General Pam Bondi’s appeal affect the ruling? “The appeal automatically stays the decision, unless the judge lifts the stay,” said Elizabeth Schwartz, the attorney in a Miami-Dade case where six same-sex couples are suing for the right to marry. “If the court decides to lift the stay, then yes, you can go and get married in Monroe County regardless of where you live.”
Former Governor Charlie Crist applauded the ruling.
On Top Magazine reports:
“This is a great step toward equality in Florida,” Crist tweeted to his more than 19,600 followers. “#LoveisLove.” Crist, who is currently campaigning for his old job as a Democrat, filed an amicus brief in support of a federal challenge to Florida’s marriage ban.
So now we wait and see if the judge lifts the automatic stay.
We have been oh so careful. How many times have we assured religious leaders that marriage equality will not mean that Catholic priests will have to start performing marriages between two lesbians? How many times have we bit our lip when a religious school has fired a gay person because he didn’t set the correct example? How many times have we crafted laws to clearly allow religious organizations an out — a way to circumvent the law because of their strongly held anti-gay religious beliefs?
We were careful because the LGBT community understood the tensions between religion and being LGB or T. Many of us are — or were — religious people. Many of us have been rejected by our faith leaders. Many of us have been rejected by our families because of their religious faith.
We grew a tolerance to the anti-gay parts of our religion, or we found a more accepting faith. We accepted our Catholic grandmother’s anti-gay sentiment as “religious conviction” even though she seemed supportive of our brother’s divorce.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court rewarded our thoughtfulness with a slap.
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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!
Singapore: The country is banning an issue of Archie Comics where character Kevin Keller marries his male partner. full story
UK: 10% of LGBT people have faced discrimination when planning a funeral for a loved one, a new survey says. full story
Vietnam: A new generation pushes for LGBT rights in the country. full story
USA: The National Journal profiles several groups pushing the GOP to drop its opposition to marriage equality. full story
USA: The Advocate looks at the issue of being transgender in the workplace. full story
USA, Arkansas: Attorneys for two same sex couples asked a federal judge for summary judgment in the marriage equality case. full story
USA, Colorado: Five county clerks are asking the state Supreme Court for guidance on whether to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples now. full story
USA, Connecticut: The state Supreme Court extended some marriage rights to same sex couples predating civil unions and marriage equality there. full story
USA, Florida: We’re awaiting rulings in three separate Florida marriage equality cases, which could come down at any time. full story
USA, Indiana: The state’s brief in the marriage equality case uses the same logic that’s been shot down again and again – that regulating marriage should be up to the state, which has a legitimate interest in promoting “traditional marriage”. full story
USA, Indiana: Many couples are in limbo as they await the outcome of the appeal in the marriage equality case. full story
USA, Louisiana: Both sides have submitted briefs in the marriage equality lawsuit in the state. full story
USA, Mississippi: Waveland Mayor David Garcia has become the first mayor in the state to support marriage equality. full story
USA, Ohio: Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a brief asking a federal judge to overturn an earlier marriage equality ruling, saying voters should have the ability to discriminate against a minority. full story
USA, Oregon: A Catholic organization has cut funding for Vox Workers’ Rights Education because the group is affiliated with NCLR. full story
USA, Utah: After an appeals court gave Utah 10 days to recognize the weddings of same sex couples who married in December, the state has appealed directly to the UZS Supreme Court. full story
USA, Washington DC: Transgender Lobby Day is over – it focused this year on pushing ENDA minus the broad religious exemptions currently in the bill. full story
USA, Wisconsin: State Senate Democrats are asking Governor Scott Walker and AG JB Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state’s marriage equality ban. full story
USA, Wisconsin: The Seventh Circuit rejected EWisconsin’s initial request to have the marriage equality case heard in front of a 10 judge panel along with Indiana, but said the state could file a separate request. full story
In a terribly disappointing ruling, the European Court of Human Rights says countries that do not have marriage equality laws can force transgender people to divorce before recognizing their gender, or prevent them from marrying.
Gay Star News reports:
Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Heli Haemaelaeinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife. The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender. The couple, married in 1996 and have a 12-year-old child, wanted to stay together and be married.
Can you imagine being asked to make the choice between being identified as a man or a woman or being able to be married to your partner?
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A lawsuit was filed back in January by six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute in the state courts of Miami, stating that Amendment 2 in the Florida Constitution banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Miami Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel heard arguments in that case July 2 and has yet to issue a ruling.
A gay couple in Monroe County filed a similar lawsuit against Monroe County City Clerk Amy Heavilin for refusing to issue a marriage license to the couple because of the ban on same-sex marriage.
Equality Florida and other LGBT organizations are organizing “Decision Day” gatherings across the state to celebrate the cases regardless of the decisions. There are 11 gatherings planned across Florida on the day of the decision at 6 p.m.
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Pink News reports:
The Macedonian Assembly has approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The governing conservatives began the process to amend the constitution today, following their April election victory, which netted enough seats to secure a two-thirds majority vote. The amendment would define marriage as exclusively a heterosexual union, between one man and one woman.
Another country marches backwards on LGBT rights.
Image via Google Maps
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Pink News reports:
A poll has corroborated earlier findings that suggested support for marriage equality had surged. A Crosby Textor poll earlier this week found that 72% of Australians support the introduction of same-sex marriage, with just 21% opposed, despite continued opposition within the government. The figures had been markedly surprising, given the previous high had been 64% support.
How about some action from the Australian Parliament?
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Gays Are a Tiny Cluster of Belligerent Bullies
A new survey pegs the US LGBT population at less than 3%, and the AF’s Bryan Fischer is PISSED. “They are belligerent, they are intolerant, they are bullies,” Fischer said. “And we have been meekly capitulating to this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies now for a couple of decades and it’s time that we stop with all of that! It’s time up and say… ‘We love you, we care for you, we think you’re capable of better lifestyle choices than homosexual behavior. This is sexual deviancy; we are not going to change our mind on that…[Homosexuality] is abnormal. God said that from the beginning, he’s not going to change his mind.’” Because, in this country, we always count the number of people in a minority before we decide if they deserve equal rights, right?
3% of Gays Get 100% of the President’s Attention
Tony Perkins is pissed about the new survey too. “As we know too well, the LGBT community may make up three percent — but it continues to get nearly 100% of the President’s attention. If only Christians realized what liberals already do: that when it comes to transforming the culture, it’s not the quantity of those engaged, but rather the quality of the commitment that counts.” Hmm, a couple things here. First, has Perkins failed to notice the President’s other current fixations – the minimum wage, immigration, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq? And second, it sure seems to me these so-called “Christians” have been plenty engaged in the fight against marriage equality. But guess what, Mr. Perkins? You’re still losing. Not because of the President, but because regular Americans have seen through your bigotry.
Rainbow Flags – 9/11 Hijacker Gay – Impeach President of Gaymerica
In a word salad worth of Sarah Palin, a member of the New York Young Republicans asked if flying the rainbow flag at US embassies might not be an impeachable offense because Mohammed Atta gay. William Palumbo of the New York Young Republican Club said “Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself?… A legitimate government does not start flying flags of a stateless movement on its embassies abroad… The bottom line is that when the U.S. Department of State puts social policy ahead of rational and effective diplomacy, we are all put in danger. If you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole, consider that Mohamed Atta, a 9/11 hijacker from Egypt, was also gay, and this is not so uncommon among jihadis.” Um, it’s kinda funny (and sickening) how historical villains are constantly “outed” by the right as a way to make the LGBT community look bad. First it was Nazi stormtroopers, then Hitler himself, and now one of the 9/11 hijackers? Rabbit hole indeed. Sane people live above ground, Mr. Palumbo.
Don’t Applaud Me When I Marry My Toaster
Micah Clark, the head of the American Family Association of Indiana, has complained about same sex marriage announcements in a local paper. “The newspaper decided to print an announcement of two young men who exchanged their vows. And as I’ve said, simply because someone ‘exchanges vows’ doesn’t mean the newspaper has to applaud it with an announcement. I could exchange vows with my sister, with my computer, with my toaster – and that doesn’t mean the newspaper has to applaud it and print it. It was an effort to push the envelope of values and to promote same-sex marriage – and the paper went along with it.” I’m sorry, but that’s just f@cking rude to compare a relationship between two people who have had to fight just to have their love recognized (many of whom have been together for decades) to a stupid stunt marrying an electrical appliance.
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