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July 14, 2015

Rev. Cedric Harmon testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Our friend Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, who was on the steering committee for D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, and is co-director of Many Voices, testified on July 10 in support of the Death with Dignity Act of 2015. Thanks to him.

Maine AG: LePage botched vetos

NAACP: Let's sand blast Confederate carvings off Georgia mountain

Mandela let the Voortrekker Monument remain. Instead of acting like the Taliban in the Bamiyan Valley, let's focus on stopping police from murdering unarmed black folks.

Philadelphia Archbishop calls firing of lesbian teacher 'common sense'

Dear @Pontifex, if this what we can expect from your archbishops, the Roman Catholic Church will slide further and further into irrelevance in the West. Despite your manifest pastoral gifts, I note your conservative history and doubt that you have any intention to change Church doctrine on women or homosexuality. I am prepared to have my mind changed, but not from wishful thinking. This isn't cutting it.

Rugby love

Merkel says don't call it marriage

We have been at this as a front-burner issue for more than two decades, Chancellor. We're calling it marriage.

Fox News slander on DOD action

Dear trans friends: for this nutbag to call you mentally ill is like some drunk fatass on a couch insulting Serena Williams. Frank Kameny used to say he resented for more than six decades having had to lie in order to serve his country. Here again we have Americans who are slandered as they fight not for a benefit but for an obligation, for the right to serve. Thank you for putting up with so much ignorance and bile. You, unlike Erickson, have my respect.

Pluto flyby

The furthest object ever visited by humanity.

'No advice on killing mockingbirds'

Memories of the man who inspired Atticus Finch

Trump Golf Club in Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy

Dow Jones reports.

Trump is a loser. He has no class. All he offers is empty boasts and insults. Anyone who backs him is a dope. That's my take, Trump-style.

Iran nuclear agreement reached

Finally a nuclear agreement with Iran. Israel PM Bibi Netanyahu and his friends in the GOP are angry and scornful. What is their alternative? War. Facile talk of another reckless war is all they've got. I am so eager to hear from freshman ignoramus Sen. Tom Cotton. Not. Bibi could not do more harm to the long-term interests of Israel if he were its sworn enemy. Good for the nations involved in this multilateral agreement, including the U.S.

July 13, 2015

HUD: Bias unacceptable against LGBT elders in gov’t assisted housing

Good news.

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Puerto Rico

Boy Scouts of America poised to end ban on openly gay and bisexual adults

Ban on #transgender military service may soon be lifted

It's about time.

End criminalization of HIV status

GLAA has long agreed with the National Center for Lesbian Rights on this issue. Criminalizing HIV status is insanely counterproductive.

Scott Walker says his presidential run is God's plan

So a voice in Scott Walker's head told him to run for president. This guy was twice elected governor of Wisconsin. First, thank you cheeseheads. Second, could the GOP get any worse? I'm sure the answer will come any day now.

Obama signs work-around to Hobby Lobby ruling

We'll see how this goes.

The president makes a dent in the disastrous war on drugs

Much more needs to be done to reverse the irrational excess of harsh drug laws, but the president's commutations today for 46 non-violent offenders are a beginning.

Santorum calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

This is the disconnect of fanatics like Santorum. He cannot accept the fact that a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality. How does he expect to pass the amendment? He really doesn't understand that he lives in a republic, and that he lost the argument.

July 11, 2015

Latest on the backlash

The flap on sanctuary cities

A related controversy here.

Maine Attorney General says 19 bills held up by Gov. LePage are now law

To quote another governor, "Oops."

D.C. man sentenced to 8 years for anti-gay attack

Virgin Islands governor signs marriage executive order

Love and courage in Beijing

July 10, 2015

Rubio gets a toehold on reality

Not that it matters, since any such amendment is even deader than it was before, but good for Sen. Rubio for facing reality. Now if only he would face reality on Cuba.

You can just feel the pastoral care

If there is a God and this is what He demands from His followers, then He already knows that I am His sworn enemy. How anyone can believe this contemptible rubbish escapes me.

Gay-owned Dacha Beer Garden battles license protest in Shaw

The latest round of harassment of District businesses. More on the story at Borderstan.

Gay man shot to death in Southeast D.C.

GLAA testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Today at a hearing of the D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services, I will testify for GLAA in support of Councilmember Mary Cheh's Death with Dignity Act. I will be accompanied by former GLAA president Craig Howell, who drafted our testimony. Here's a passage from the ending:

The Humanist magazine reported last December that Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu publicly "declared himself in favor of assisted dying should he ever find himself terminally ill or in a situation of unbearable suffering." Stephen Hawking, probably the most famous differently-abled person in the world, has said he too might one day want to exercise his right to die: "To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity."

The openly gay retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, writes, "There is nothing innately good about allowing 'nature' to take its course in a prolonged and painful journey to an inevitable death. It doesn't make you a better person because you endured the indignity and trauma of it."

Contrary to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, this legislation is not based on a "eugenic philosophy" but on compassion and respect. We urge its passage.

The bill is based on a 1997 Oregon statute, and includes appropriate safeguards to prevent coercion or other abuses. The experience in Oregon and other right-to-die states should allay concerns in this regard. Read GLAA's testimony here.

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington goes to Cuba

Have a great trip, guys.

D.C. cracks down on synthetic drugs

Well this is disturbing. NBC4 reports:

In one week in D.C., police say, a woman abandoned a baby in a stroller alongside a busy D.C. street -- and a young man who had been in college just a year ago stabbed a passenger on a Metro train 30 to 40 times.

The two crimes were tied together by the drug police believe the suspects may have been using: synthetic marijuana....

Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign into law the "Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015" Friday at noon.

July 09, 2015

Puerto Rico’s ban on gay marriage officially nullified by appellate court

Anti-gay priest caught lying over hidden spy camera in men’s bathroom

Another clerical moralist exposed as a hypocrite and predator.

Obama Will Not Hesitate to Bring Up LGBT Rights in Antigay Kenya

It is not a big surprise that President Obama will not cave to pressure to be silent on LGBT rights when he visits Kenya.

American Muslims are helping black churches rebuild after outbreak of fires

Admirable.

(Hat tip: Mark Thompson, Make It Plain)

Dead-ender tries to pray away marriage equality

Wingnut Janet Porter thinks she can pray away the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

'Take this symbol of hate off these grounds'

Both houses of the South Carolina have voted by overwhelming majorities to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol. WIST News reports.

Above, Republican state Rep. Jenny Horne, a descendant of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis, spoke passionately last night during debate on the removal bill.