The more things change, the more they stay the same.
[video after the jump]
Usually I don’t participate in the back-and-forth of an election season, because it’s draining, and because it doesn’t really matter to me who the GOP nominee is: I’m not voting for them. I found this piece to be too awesome to pass up, however. The bishop Gene Robinson, the man who gave an invocation at President Obama’s inauguration kicking off the event, schools Rick Perry on his viciously anti-gay campaign ad – you know, the one people in Perry’s own campaign hated.
The governor begins this 30 second spot with “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian.” He goes on to say things that Christians should be ashamed of him for.
But it gets better:
The blood of gay and lesbian soldiers flows as readily and as redly as that of other young Americans fighting in Afghanistan, yet Gov. Perry feels free to use them as political cannon fodder for his campaign. In an attempt to garner conservative Christian votes, he would stigmatize these brave young men and women who are, as we speak, risking their lives on our behalf. If this is patriotism, count me out!
Perry, like most of the current Republican field, thinks that running an anti-gay platform is going to be successful in 2012. There’s ample evidence that this is not only not paying off, but it is also damaging and fracturing Republicans and many Americans.
Robinson, like a lot of Christians, sees this as a dangerous attack on his religion and as a distortion of something that was made to be beautiful and that is based on a commitment to human rights and respect for everyone. Catholics and even young evangelicals are increasingly more supportive of gay rights, and increasingly more at odds with scripture and church doctrine. Continue reading
This dude “Scripture” sounds like a real jerk, innit?
[cross-posted at Balloon Juice]
Prop 8 Proponents Have Standing; What They Lack Is a Case
The California Supreme Court handed down a ruling today regarding one of the legal questions around Proposition 8, the ballot initiative California voters passed in 2008 which stopped the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
This video produced by American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the plaintiff in the underlying marriage equality case, does an excellent job of explaining what the ruling means; and why, though it sounds on its face to be a defeat for the marriage equality movement, it’s just another necessary step in the process of advancing the litigation to the next level.
Full statement from AFER after the jump.
You gotta love when megachurch leaders and evangelical nutbags say stupid things. Yesterday, I wrote about a “family values” candidate in Virginia who blames liberals and weed for being “in homosexuality” and preying on a minor.
Today, I bring you this little doozy –
In an interview with the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn (who is a bit of a nutbag in her own right; Google “Sally Quinn” and “Bradlee wedding” to read about how this one percenter/socialite used WaPo to air out her family grievances), Joel Osteen claimed he could “love people back onto wholeness” [insert tawdry snark here]. He encouraged gay people to purchase his new book and learn from its message of empowerment:
A Republican mayor in New Jersey denies that he agreed to pay a California man for sex through the website Rentboy.com, and says he doesn’t even know if the pictures posted of him in bright blue underwear are real.
Medford City Councilman and Mayor Chris Myers, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2008 against Democrat John Adler, is accused of paying the man $500 for sex during a trip to California in October 2010.
Danielle Camilli of the Burlington County Times reports that a man sent the paper a series of e-mails alleging that Myers agreed to pay him for sex, and promised him a car and a recording studio after the encounter at the Fairmount Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. The man said that Myers said he was a mayor from New Jersey, and showed him identification.
But, according to the Times, Myers reneged on his promises, so the man contacted the paper and then put up a website — called www.mayormyers.webs.com, which is now defunct — which included compromising pictures of Myers in blue Calvin Klein underwear.
Another poor victim of the gay agenda goes down.
[via Talking Points Memo]
[cross-posted at Balloon Juice]
I made the mistake of reading John Aravosis’ take on the furor induced by Melissa Harris-Perry’s articles in The Nation. I don’t know why I bothered.
After all, John Aravosis rarely (if ever) has anything nice to say about Obama; never has a word of understanding to offer; and — on the day that black Americans watched in horror as President Obama “prove to the man” that yes, he is an American citizen born in this country, actually had the temerity to wonder why President Obama “took so long” to release his birth certificate. With that in mind, John Aravosis’ “good show, old girl” post in defense of Joan Walsh is unsurprising:
It dawned on me, sometime between last night and this morning, that I hadn’t actually said in yesterday’s post “why I think it matters” that Marcus Bachmann might be gay. I was, I will admit, kind of worked up!
So, here’s why I think it matters:
We’ve already seen all of this in the long list of outed anti-gay crusaders to which I referred last night, and the fact that our cultural norms and mores can produce and support such a disturbing level of self-hate is, or certainly should be, deeply, deeply troubling.
None of which is to say that if Marcus Bachmann is not gay that he gets a pass on his malignant homophobia. It is odious, it is genuinely life-threatening, and it must not be allowed to further warp our national dialogue. And it remains a very clear indication of just how fucked up we are.
It’s just that if he (or one of his children, or his wife) is gay — all that gets turned up to eleven. And a half.
Not very long ago, a bit of audio tape emerged in which Marcus Bachmann, husband of Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, likened gays and lesbians (and, one presumes, the entire LGBTQ community) to “barbarians”:
We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it, doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature.
Given the virulence of the hatred in those remarks, not to mention the fact that Mr. Bachmann appears to have been involved with/aggressively pushed the so-called “reparative therapy” designed as a “cure” for homosexuality, much was subsequently made of the fact that Mr. Bachmann’s voice sounds not dissimilar to that of the standard-issue stereotypical “gay man” — a bit foppy, a bit high-pitched, the hint of a lisp. Much was also made of the fact that he dances in a mildly flamboyant fashion. The idea underlying all of this japery was and is, of course: OMG it’s so funny, he hates gay people but dude is soooooo gay!!1!
Here’s the problem with that: