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Seven more groups now designated by SPLC as anti-gay hate groups

| Monday, March 3, 2014
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has added seven more anti-gay organizations to its list of anti-gay hate groups. No doubt the standard whine of these groups will be the same one offered up by the Family Research Council when SPLC named it as a hate group a while back, i.e. “we are being attacked because we don’t believe in gay marriage, we are trying to preserve Christian morality, we are being silenced.” That whine was a lie then and is still a lie...

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The defenseless religious folk and their war against the ‘godless gays’

| Sunday, March 2, 2014
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Most recently, I’m finding it unusually difficult to avoid the urge to scream at the seemingly endless parade of pundits and spin doctors tell me, in their most deferential and conciliatory tones, that the rash of proposed "religious protection" laws are not about discrimination. Oh heavens no! They're really just there to protect defenseless religious folk from the godless gays. Like innocent business owners, who could be accused of discrimination, just for standing behind their deeply held religious views.

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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

| Saturday, March 1, 2014
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I’m always touched when people of faith send their love and compassion my way… These people – these Christians – What are they so afraid of and why are they so very hateful? This picture of the cake and all the other pictures and blogs and outrage since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that hateful bill in Arizona isn’t about “freedom of religion” – but you know that, right?

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The separation of religion and hate: Attacking the protection of freedom

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The very core of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution is under attack, and it seems that the attackers relate very favorably to those who have encouraged Uganda and Nigeria, to mention just two nations, in their terrifying anti-gay legislation. The real concern, additional to the anti-gay intolerance, is a call to amend the Constitution; even to rewrite it, amounting to little more than a theocracy under which any religion could claim supremacy.

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SB 1062: ‘One of the saddest days I have ever had as an Arizonan’

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APMargaret Jean Plews works on a chalk drawing as she joined nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.
On Feb. 20, the Arizona State Legislature passed the discriminatory Senate Bill 1062, which was identical to House Bill 2153 when it was considered in the Arizona House of Representatives. This bill promotes extremism and would create opportunities for discrimination against classes of people who are not protected by federal laws. It was designed to target the LGBTQ community and to undermine the local governments in Arizona that are passing civil rights laws to protect the LGBTQ community...

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Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said thing or service would violate their practice and observance of their religion. And what sort of religion would encourage anyone to discriminate? You either believe that love and peace is for every human being or you do not...

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A Gay Dad’s Valentine to His Sons

| Friday, February 14, 2014
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Since today is aching Valentine’s Day, rather than submit logic here on why heterosexual couples are as likely to enjoy consensual relationships with each other, and how same-sex couples can be as strongly “child centric,” I decided to go ahead and commemorate the day by BEING child-centric instead. I hope you consent. Instead of submitting an amicus brief, I am submitting a valentine. Here is my valentine. It is not to my partner Jim, whom I adore. He will get his own valentine this weekend. It is to my sons for whom I live and for whom I would die...

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Remembering Larry King

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.
Today I remember Larry King, who was killed six years ago. On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, 14-year old Brandon McInerney brought a gun to E.O. Green Junior High School, stood up in the middle of class and shot 15 year-old Larry King twice in the back of the head. A few days later Larry was taken off of life support. Like so many other LGBT youth of color, Larry spent his life navigating violent and unsupportive foster care and educational institutions...

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Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

| Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mark Regnerus
For the anti-gay movement, call it the gift that keeps on giving. The thoroughly discredited study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus that was released July 2012 has turned up yet again, this time in the initial brief filed on behalf of the state of Utah in its fight against marriage equality. The brief suggests that children will somehow be endangered by marriage equality, and the Regnerus study is supposed to lend credence to the false claim that children raised in same-sex households fare worse in many ways than in households with opposite-sex couples...

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Thanks Coke for the Super Bowl commercial… but, ‘Is It the Real Thing?’

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Coca-Cola
You have been deservedly under fire for your sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Now you have shown great courage in the United States on behalf of diversity. There are those who are cynical that you may be playing both sides and looking for the maximum in financial gain. To use your own branding catch phrase, they are asking, and I am asking, about your support for freedom and diversity: Is it the real thing? Will you blindly fund a regime that would deem your current public outreach as a crime or will you still stand for diversity in a country whose population is not yet open to hearing it?

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