A well-known homosexual group within the Republican establishment has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
Log Cabin Republicans made the announcement Tuesday, stating that it was supporting the candidate for his economic and national security policies. The group said that it communicated with Romney and his campaign before making the decision, and also discussed the matter with other members of the organization.
“We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity,” said executive director R. Clarke Cooper.
Although Romney has stated that be believes a homosexual relationship cannot be defined as a “marriage,” but feels that homosexuals have the right to be “in a loving relationship and to even adopt children,” the group says they think Romney will be sympathetic to their cause.
“On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents,” Cooper continued. “No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney.”
“Mitt Romney is not Rick Santorum, and Paul Ryan is not Michele Bachmann,” he said. “Otherwise, our decision would have been different.”
While a number of homosexual organizations have been angered over the endorsement, claiming that the Log Cabin Republicans are betraying their cause, Cooper said he disagrees.
“Those who point fearfully to potential vacancies on the United States Supreme Court, we offer a reminder: five of the eight federal court rulings against DOMA were written by Republican-appointed judges,” he stated.
Following the announcement, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told reporters that the Romney-Ryan ticket is thankful for the endorsement.
“Governor Romney is pleased to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans and looks forward to working together for the future of our country,” she said.
Two homosexual women have filed a discrimination complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights after a rural farm declined to host their “wedding” on the premises.
Jennie McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, both 29, of Albany, state that they contacted the 50-acre Liberty Ridge Farms in nearby Schaghticoke to schedule the event, as the venue regularly hosts weddings and other outings.
However, when the owners, Robert and Cynthia Gifford, realized that the two were homosexuals, they informed the women that they do not host such gatherings.
“That’s when [Cynthia] said, ‘Now we have a problem,’” Erwin explained. “This is a decision that my husband and I have made. …. [Y]ou can’t do it here.”
McCarthy and Erwin then filed a complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights, alleging discrimination. Others began to write angry messages on the farm’s Facebook page, such as “Gay dollars are just as green as straight dollars.”
However, owner Robert Gifford told reporters that he believes he has a right to decide how he will operate his business, and that it’s not about the money — it’s about morality.
“I think it’s our right to choose who we market to, like any business,” Robert Gifford told WYNT-TV. “We are a family business and we feel we ought to stay down the family path.”
His spokesperson, Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, added that he felt that the real discrimination was against the Giffords and their religious beliefs.
“They still have children at home, and they feel that their rights are being violated and they’re being discriminated against because of their position on the issue of gay marriage,” he said. “If religious freedom doesn’t extend beyond the four walls of a church, then you really don’t have religious freedom at all.”
However, Susan Sommer of LAMBDA, a homosexual legal organization, states that because Liberty Ridge Farm is open to members of the public, even though it is a family-owned farm on private land, the Giffords must accommodate the women.
“If it opens its venue for weddings by the general public, it can’t then shut its doors on a same-sex couple,” she said. “You can’t open a business — a public accommodation — advertise it as a wedding venue and then in violation of state non-discrimination laws turn some people away at the door.”
After the continued push by the Church of Scotland to ordain both lesbian and gay ministers, those in the ministry are being alienated to the point of removing themselves entirely from the church.
The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly lifted the moratorium over the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in May of last year, and since then, they have been called enablers of the “dismantling of the true gospel” over the issue of homosexual ministers.
One of those individuals that was forced to leave the ministry was Reverend Paul Gibson, who claimed he left because of the Church of Scotland’s insistence on adopting an “erroneous liberal agenda” while at the same time putting many of the Church’s members “in an impossible position.”
Gibson is now a member of the Free Church of Scotland, and said leaving the Church that he had grown up in was hard, but stated that a liberal agenda and political shenanigans have put the Church in this state.
The founder of Amazon.com and his wife are donating $2.5m (£1.6m) to defend a gay marriage law passed in the US state of Washington.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are the latest wealthy backers, joining Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates, who each gave $100,000.
Washington is one of four states facing a November referendum on gay marriage.
The law, due to come into effect on 7 June, was put on hold after a petition to vote on Referendum 74 succeeded.
Opponents gathered more than 240,000 signatures in a bid to overturn the law signed in February by Governor Chris Gregoire.
Same-sex marriage is legal in eight US states and the District of Columbia.
The laws are being challenged in Washington and Maryland. The state of Maine is voting to reinstate gay marriage laws that were passed but later overturned, and Minnesota is considering a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Notwithstanding my somewhat of a ‘call-to-arms’ to my fellow Christians in my last post, this is the difficulty: just about all of big business, exemplified by the likes of Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, is getting behind the progressive zeitgeist, which may eventually make it very difficult for Christians to avoid doing business with those who stand for values to which we do not adhere; I don’t tend to get involved in boycotts myself, partly for this reason. But maybe it is nevertheless time for us to take a stand, regardless of the costs…
Life used to be a lot simpler. When you were hungry or needed to buy some pens, you simply bought a sandwich at a deli or went to the stationery store. The notion that where you ate or bought pens might be a politically significant act didn’t cross your mind.
Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
Over at the Atlantic Monthly, Jonathan Merritt criticized those calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. After citing examples of Chick-fil-A’s service to communities and its dedication to its employees, Merritt asked, “In a nation that’s as divided as ours is, do we really want our commercial lives and our political lives to be so wholly intermeshed?”
In a better world, the answer might be “no.” In that better world, buying pens and eating lunch would be a politics-free experience. All that would matter is whether we’re getting value for our money.
Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the one we have. In this one, big corporations like Office Depot will embrace all sorts of fashionable and politically correct causes if they think it will help their stock price. They are asking us to patronize them because they “care” about the politically correct thing. This is why Office Depot publicly joined forces with Lady Gaga and her campaign for “empowerment.”
And this is why Kraft produced an Oreo cookie with rainbow-colored filling. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.
In other words, they, not consumers, introduced politics into the equation, thus running the risk that people might object to the politics they were embracing.
Now, I’m not calling for a boycott of Office Depot. But there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take their “advocacy” into consideration when we need office supplies; is there?
And let’s be clear: The people who turn buying pens and eating Oreos into a politically-significant act have no ground to complain when a privately owned business like Chick-fil-A publicly proclaims that it is pro-family.
So the next time you’re hungry, by all means feel free to take into consideration Chick-fil-A’s commitment to the traditional family and giving back to the community. After all, it’s still a free country.
And some people say the ‘culture war’ is over, or should be. (Some would call for an end to Christian boycotts, for example.)
It’s just barely begun.
Let the games begin, in earnest! Red state vs. blue state; which corporations will win?
Vote with your dollars, folks – and shut down businesses that support causes you don’t agree with.
Then maybe, eventually, corporations will stop pandering to special interest groups, once they see it hurts their bottom line.
*Update: In all seriousness, I don’t know that public boycotts can work, because they tend to either establish counter-reactions, or don’t convince others to join in. But private actions, not publicized, could shut down a company if enough of their customers did it – unless they figured out in time why their sales were dropping… A buycott of companies standing for the good and right is probably a better idea; the success of the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1 shows how well such can work.
Israel’s LGBT community has a reason to be proud: It has officially been proclaimed the best gay travel destination of 2011.
In a world-wide survey conducted by GayCities.com and American Airlines, 43 percent of voters cast their ballot in favor of the White City, followed by New York City with 14 per cent, Toronto with 7 per cent, Sao Paulo with 6 per cent, Madrid and London with 5 per cent each and New Orleans and Mexico City with 4 per cent each.
A church in Florida that rents space in a public school is being threatened with eviction after the preacher spoke about the sin of homosexuality.
The head of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, recently released a statement in which he claimed that the church’s teaching “appears to be contrary to school board policy as well as the basic principles of humanity.”
“I have asked for immediate legal review to seek the termination of the contract that is involved,” Carvalho told Local10.com, adding, “I am making this decision not on the basis of policy or politics but as a rejection of prejudice and intolerance.”
And he “warns opponents from the Church ‘not to lock people out’,” as the headline puts it.
David Cameron yesterday promised that gay marriage will be legalised by 2015, as he compared Church opposition with Conservatives who once ‘locked out’ homosexuals from the party.
The Prime Minister compared his opponents in the Church to parts of the Tory party who fought against gay rights and ‘for many, many years got itself on the wrong side of this argument’.
He said: ‘It locked people out who were naturally Conservative from supporting [the party] and so I think I can make that point to the Church, gently.’
The Church should not ‘be locking out people who are gay, or are bisexual or are transgender from being full members of that Church, because many people with deeply held Christian views, are also gay’, he added.
‘And just as the Conservative Party, as an institution, made a mistake in locking people out so I think the Churches can be in danger of doing the same thing.’
‘Gently’, my ass; he’s arrogantly telling the Church what it should do; who the hell does he think he is?
No-one “with deeply held Christian views” practices a gay lifestyle, either, Mr. Cameron. A ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’ type who thinks he or she can be both actively gay and Christian is deluding himself / herself, and does not hold to an orthodox Christian worldview, in the least. Who cares if they feel they can’t belong to a given church? They should leave; they’re free to start their own heretical church, of course…
If you think you can tell the Church what it should do, why not cite a Scriptural defense of your views? Oh that’s right; you can’t.
And this passes for ‘Conservative’ in the U.K., today…
About 200 active-duty troops participated in last year’s San Diego gay pride parade, but they wore T-shirts with their branch’s name, not military dress.
This year for the first time ever, U.S. service members will be able to march in a gay pride event decked out in uniform.
In a memorandum sent to all its branches, the Defense Department said it was making the allowance for the San Diego parade on Saturday — even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.
The Defense Department said it did so because organizers had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the event was getting national attention.
Former sailor Sean Sala, who organized the military’s participation in the parade, said he wanted service members to wear their official uniform this year to show there is no longer anything to hide.
“My soul is on fire,” he said after hearing the news Thursday. “They don’t fight in T-shirts. They fight in uniforms. This is about showing who they are.”
Thursday’s move came only weeks after the Pentagon joined the rest of the U.S. government for the first time in marking June as gay pride month and made an official salute to gay and lesbian service members.
He has no idea how right he was, when he said “My soul is on fire”…
The Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States has voted to approve a series of official statements strongly condemning same-sex marriage, homosexuality and all other forms of sexual sin.
At the same time, the synod rejected a slate of arguments being offered by homosexual advocates both outside the church and within some other denominations, including the idea that governments or voters have authority to legalize gay marriage.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals just made a landmark decision that could affect every Christian business person in America.
Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin of Albuquerque, New Mexico are the owners of Elane Photography. They also happen to be Christians who do their best to live and run their business by their Christian values.
In 2006, Vanessa Willock contacted Elane Photography and asked they would photograph her ‘commitment ceremony’ with her lesbian partner. Elaine Huguenin refused to accept the request based upon her Christian belief. Both Elaine and Jon felt strongly that the message being presented by the lesbian ceremony was against their Christian faith and therefore it would be wrong of them to participate in any fashion.
At the time, same-sex marriages and civil unions were not recognized as being legal in the state of New Mexico. Willock and her partner were attempting to do the next best thing in their minds by having a commitment ceremony.After Elaine turned down the request, Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. The complaint stated that the Huguenins had discriminated against Willock because of her sexual orientation. In the meantime, Willock secured another photographer to photo their sinful and perverse ceremony.
In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that the Huguenins engaged in sexual orientation discrimination and ordered them to pay Willock $6,639.94 in legal fees. The case then went before a trial judge who upheld the commission’s decision.
We’ve had this kind of thing in Canada for years now. I remember, back in the day, neo-conservatives in Canada used to bash Canada, their own country, and crow about how much better Americans had it with their freedom of speech and rights to refuse business, and lack of tyrannical ‘human rights commissions’; this shows America has caught up to us…
The Ontario legislature has passed Bill 13 — a bill mandating that students be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in public and Catholic schools.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday he is convinced his government’s anti-bullying legislation will become accepted in all schools, despite concerns raised by Catholic educators.
“There are values that transcend any one faith,” McGuinty said. “And if you talk to parents, they’ll tell you. They want their kids to be respected and accepted, they want their schools to be caring places, ideally we’d like to see them as a bit of an extension of the home in terms of the comfort level that our kids might enjoy inside their school.”
Ontario Catholic school trustees had asked politicians not to pass the amendment to Bill 13 that strips them of the power to prevent students from calling their anti-homophobia clubs GSAs.Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, has said the GSA movement in the U.S. conflicts with Catholic beliefs.
Campaign Life Coalition, which has rejected Bill 13, claiming it is the government’s backdoor attempt to implement its controversial sex education curriculum, called on all Catholic ratepayers to encourage their school boards to invoke Section 93, which provides constitutional protection for their religious beliefs in education.
“Dalton McGuinty and those MPPs who voted in favour of this legislation have declared war against faith communities and made all Canadians vulnerable,” Mary Ellen Douglas, the group’s spokeswoman, said in a statement. “They’ve now set a precedent which all Canadians should find alarming. The state interference in Catholic and public schools takes away fundamental rights and puts all Canadians at risk.”
Sorry, Ontario Catholic schools and their supporters; I have no sympathy. Your lack of support for other faith communities, in the original John Tory initiative in the 2007 provincial election to extend funding to them (before he pussied out and backed down, losing my support and vote in the process), meant that instead of all parents having the option to have their tax dollars spent on religious education for their children – and thus being able to band together on issues like this, to argue for the rights of all believers not to have secularist dogma imposed on their educational systems – you retain your unique, unfairly privileged position of having your education publicly funded, just like the secularist public schools. And whose bread you eat, their song you sing. Suck it. If you want my support, back equal funding for other religious education, too. Otherwise, while I certainly object to what McGuinty has done, I’m not going to go to bat for you and yours, with your unfairly privileged position. Bite me.
While I’m on the subject, when is the Catholic Church going to deny the Sacraments to its erring ostensible son, Dalton McGuinty? Oh, that’s right; round about the time when they do likewise across the board to all pro-choice, pro-gay-rights, pro-euthanasia, ostensibly Catholic politicians at all levels, in Canada, America, and the rest of the world. In other words, never. Gutless as ever, as even honourable folks amongst your own people recognize…
Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it’s probably less than 2 percent.
I don’t think it’s shocking at all; it’s a result of the highly erroneous data of the Kinsey study, which claimed that one in ten, or 10%, of people are gay. The Kinsey study was highly influential, because the leftist establishment pushed it as gospel truth. Thus, today, there still are various gay organizations / businesses which push the “one in ten” or 10% meme, from arts groups to clothing stores to ‘adult’ novelty shops, and so on, despite the fact that it’s a lie, designed to make it seem more normal, in the mathematical sense, to thus encourage it to be seen as ‘normal’, in the moral sense.
A homosexual activist group calling itself “Angry Queers” claimed responsibility for smashing nine windows in a church known for teaching traditional sexual morality early Tuesday morning.
“Upon arriving at the church, we discovered nine separate windows had been smashed in with rocks, including two beautiful 100-year-old stained glass windows,” wrote Tim Smith, pastor of the Portland campus of Mars Hill Church. “We estimate the damage to be several thousand dollars.”
The vandals sent an e-mail to local television station KOIN-TV stating they took the action, because “Mars Hill is notoriously anti-gay and anti-woman.”
This article about a beer-swilling rugby player turned hairdresser is a nice illustration of the fact that people don’t just ‘happen to be’ much of anything. Gender, race, and sexual orientation are non-accidentally associated with whole suites of character traits.
Update: there’s an interesting documentary about him on YouTube.
Good news in Alberta, indeed.
The Atlantic has an article up about the burgeoning asexual community. It seems they want to change assumptions about sexuality—in particular, they want people to stop assuming that people are sexual, I guess. Becasue otherwise you’ll have tragic situations like the one David Jay found himself in:
“For a couple of years I just assumed that I was broken,” he says.
You don’t say.
Anyway, obviously nobody cares about asexuality, and everyone assumes that asexuals are damaged, and both for good reason. Note, though, that if the stats provided are correct, about one percent of the population is asexual. That’s not so different from the size of the gay population (about 2%). And yet everyone cares about homosexuality, and no one dares suggest that gays are damaged.