1519 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

July 03, 2015

Mexican laborer responds to Trump's racism

A construction worker lets Donald Trump have it. Here is real decency and honesty and character. The keys to the city are safe with him. It is hard to fathom how someone as dreadful as Trump can get so far while slandering others. I already like and trust and admire the guy in this video, as I never would the attention whore Trump.

Nutty fundie lady wants you to stop getting married right now!

This car wreck of a viral video demonstrates the craziness of believing you own God's truth. This lady, Becky Wegner Rommel (who some say is from Michigan and some from Indiana), cannot stand the fact that even a majority of Christians supports marriage equality. They can't be Christian! Because she says so! A nice touch is when she quotes a non-existent biblical passage while rebuking us for not reading the Bible, which for some reason she seems to think holds unquestionable authority over our lives. A mind is a terribly thing to waste.

July 02, 2015

The queer thing about Todd Starnes USA tribute

The Worst Reactions to Marriage Equality

Matt Baume at AFER looks at our 'winger friends who are losing their heads over the marriage equality victory.

OK Supreme Court: Remove Ten Commandments monument from capitol grounds

Good. If your faith requires an imprimatur by the government, you are going straight to hell! The Goddess just whispered that to me.

July 01, 2015

Clinton emails: ‘We should emphasize LGBT human rights’

DHS unveils new guidelines to protect trans detainees

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants

7-year-old faces off with anti-gay preacher

The President Sings of Grace

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(David Goldman/AP Photo)

My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:

President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.

Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.

Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."

The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.

Read the whole thing here.

No, polygamy isn’t the next gay marriage

An excellent piece by our friend Jonathan Rauch on one of our opponents' favorite red herrings, which goes: gay marriage today, polygamy tomorrow!

I just want to marry one man. That apparently isn't scary enough, so they make up a nonexistent push for polygamy. That is historically a straight problem anyway. Why is it dumped on gay people? That whole argument is desperate. Essentially the argument is that any change requires making every conceivable change. No it doesn't. Next.

June 30, 2015

'They're about to wreck!'

This is priceless. A parade of yahoos in pickup trucks waving Confederate flags gets into a wreck, while the videographer gleefully narrates.

God don't like ugly!"

Parents of the week supported their 8-year-old at NYC Pride

He danced down the street in style for a couple of miles.

EHN: 'massive resistance' to SCOTUS marriage ruling won't work

Amen, Congresswoman.

U.S. officials take part in global Pride events

BTW, congrats to Michael Lavers on being named the Blade's new International Editor.

Mozambique legalizes gay sex

Some good news from Africa.

Colbert reads from SCOTUS dissents

Worry about this for a second

LGBT Texans carry on the fight

With help from their friends, of course.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

Justice Scalia, not moving on

Dear Nino, rant away to your heart's content.

SCOTUS allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Some good news, if temporary, on the reproductive choice front.

Charles M. Blow: My murdered cousin had a name

An eloquent piece that reminds us of those who did not live to see this day, and of the disparate impact of hatred.

After marriage ruling, Southern states fall in line

"These are the days of miracle and wonder." (Paul Simon, "The Boy in the Bubble," Graceland)

Bristol Palin, abstinence evangelist, preggers with second baby out-of-wedlock

Inquisitr reports. I would show you a pic of Ms. Palin, but it just seems distasteful.

Our friend Charlie Rounds writes on FB:

This is the face of the gay haters - a woman who has lied over and over again about "abstinence" while having sex with multiple partners and then saying that gay people are disgusting. She is the face of the child-raping, multiple divorce, inter-racial gay hating Republicans and I am tired of all of you! As Margaret would say "Let's feed the poor" Clarence Thomas.

The wishful thinking of David Brooks

I see no evidence that this claim by David Brooks is more than wishful thinking: "Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace." There is nothing loving, dignified, nor graceful in their anti-gay slanders. Nor do I recognize my community in the description by Brooks.

Billo not feeling the rainbow

Please remind me of what O'Reilly said about the wrong-and-insulting guy waving a big Confederate flag outside the White House a while back.

Marriage equality arrives in Alabama as Roy Moore sows confusion

As Roy Moore sows confusion, love goes on.

June 27, 2015

Confederate flag takedown, Columbia, SC

@NYDailyNews reports. The flag was quickly replaced. But I applaud this well-planned act of civil disobedience. Even if there is a backlash by supporters of this treasonous banner of slavery, the act of domestic terrorism by Dylann Roof has stirred revulsion that will not easily be repressed.

June 26, 2015

A more perfect Union

Tonight, in honor of today's historic Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, the White House is lit up with the colors of the rainbow.

Bonfire of the homophobes

It looks like some folks are getting ready to start a bonfire. Time to break out the marshmallows and weenies! But don't get too close to the fire. We don't want to get Santorum on our marshmallows, and certainly not on our weenies.

President Obama's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

Beautiful.

President Obama: 'Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt'

Thank you, Mr. President.

Supreme Court rules for marriage equality, cites Fourteenth Amendment

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We won marriage equality this morning by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court of the United States, and we won in a big way. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the majority:

The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs....

Applying these tenets, the Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution. For example, Loving v. Virginia....

The right of same-sex couples to marry is also derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause are connected in a profound way....

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

June 25, 2015

SPLC Wins Fraud Suit Against New Jersey 'Ex-Gay' Torture Group

Hillary Clinton: All love is equal

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All love is equal. It's time for marriage equality. Stand with Hillary Clinton in the fight for all LGBT Americans to be able to live, learn, work, and marry free from discrimination: http://hrc.io/1SHZPDR

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Right-wingers call for rainbow flag to be taken down after Charleston shooting

Because it's, like, totally the same. I mean, racial terror on one hand, and equal rights for a minority on the other. They were separated at birth! Or not.

Impatient Nation Demands Supreme Court Just Get To The Gay Stuff

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The Onion reports.

'Etched into American law for a genereration'

CAP: ACA decision saves lives and affirms the rule of law