Savage Response (via Queer Visalia)

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Dan Savage responds to a Christian woman taking him to task about comments regarding gay children committing suicide:

I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.

No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective: fuck your feelings.

Savage Response From Slog: A Christian woman takes Dan Savage to task for his recent comments about Christians bullying gay teens, some who commit suicide. I was listening to the radio yesterday morning and I heard your interview with Beth McDonald. I have been thinking about it a lot since then and I feel compelled to share my thoughts with you. I was saddened and frustrated with your comments regarding people of faith and their perpetuation of bulling. As some … Read More

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“Fierce Advocate”? No, not really. (via Queer Visalia)

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I’m a bit disappointed in him right now. The alternative isn’t acceptable, so I’m sure I’ll vote for him again, but he’s not living up to his promises.

"Fierce Advocate"? No, not really. He promised to be a “fierce advocate”.  He’s claimed he’s a “fierce advocate”.   If he doesn’t step up and start actually delivering on his “fierce advocacy”,  he may be a one-term “advocate”. The Obama Administration’s Justice Department filing regarding the recent court ruling that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” is unconstitutional, here. In short, they’re saying the ruling can only apply to the people involved in the suit, and not to th … Read More

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Carrie Prejean’s Merry Go Round still spinning out of control

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carrie_prejean01In the latest round of the saga of poor Carrie Prejean,  a sex tape of the former Miss California USA has been introduced into the plot.    As you’ll recall, Miss Prejean became a darling of the right wing after coming in second in the Miss USA contest.  Her response to a question on same-sex marriage, not noted for it’s intelligence or delivery, even if a dearly held belief of Miss Prejean’s,  became instant fodder for the judge who asked the question, on-line gossip Perez Hilton. Quickly taken up by the religious right, who echoed her claims that she lost the Miss USA crown due to her “moral” stand on same-sex marriage,  her cause became a national sensation, portrayed as an attack on her personal “family values” beliefs.  The latest chapter in this never-ending saga now includes reports of a video of Miss Prejean in a solo performance of a sexual nature.

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FRC Freaking Out Again-This Time Over Whether Gay Seniors Exist!

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The Family Research Council has posted another missive of disinformation, full of falsehoods, misdirection, deliberate misstatement of facts, and continued posting of disproven and discredited research.  All in the name of God, of course.  See the FRC’s page at www.frc.org

From FRC’s Washington Update page:

For HHS, a Senior Moment

Before we entrust Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with health care reform, maybe Americans should take a closer look at how her Department spends other taxpayer dollars. Even the Washington Post called Friday’s announcement from Health and Human Services (HHS) an “eye opener,” writing that the President’s “gay outreach continues.” A $1.4 trillion deficit aside, HHS has set aside a quarter million dollars to launch the first-ever National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders.

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Devin Nunes Votes NO on Defense Bill

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In his ongoing attempts to deny LGBT citizens in his district the protection of Federal law available to others,  21st District Representative Devin Nunes (R), voted against the Conference Report: H.R. 2647: National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2010.

It’s interesting that there is no mention of this on Nunes’ official website, here. For a complete listing of votes, you can check the Govtrack website, here.

281 yes votes vs 146 no votes sent the bill onto the President, who has indicated he will sign the legislation.

Information on the current bill available on CNN’s site.

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1,138 Federal Rights I Don’t Have

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gay wedding ringsFrom Equality Across America.org

Many have asked about the rights and benefits that are denied to same-sex couples. Following is a summary report from the GAO of the 1,138 federal rights and benefits provided via DOMA to married couples. These rights don’t even begin to address the those granted to married couples by the state.

Defense of Marriage Act: Update to Prior Report
GAO-04-353R January 23, 2004

Summary

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) provides definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” that are to be used in construing the meaning of a federal law and, thus, affect the interpretation of a wide variety of federal laws in which marital status is a factor. In 1997, we issued a report identifying 1,049 federal statutory provisions classified to the United States Code in which benefits, rights, and privileges are contingent on marital status or in which marital status is a factor. In preparing the 1997 report, we limited our search to laws enacted prior to September 21, 1996, the date DOMA was signed into law. Recently, Congress asked us to update our 1997 compilation. We have identified 120 statutory provisions involving marital status that were enacted between September 21, 1996, and December 31, 2003. During the same period, 31 statutory provisions involving marital status were repealed or amended in such a way as to eliminate marital status as a factor. Consequently, as of December 31, 2003, our research identified a total of 1,138 federal statutory provisions classified to the United States Code in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges.

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US Capitol Rally Ignored – Fox News Hypocrites

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National-Equality-March-300x300On September 12, 2009, a rally was held in Washington D.C. Tens of thousands of people attended, with the Washington D.C. Fire Department estimating crowds at 60 – 70,000.  (The National Park Service, responsible for the Capitol and National Mall grounds, does not provide crowd estimates, nor does the Washington D.C. Police Department) Right wing commentators in the media and on the Visalia Times Delta’s online forums quickly tried to inflate those numbers to  ridiculous levels of one to two million.  Relentlessly hyped by Fox News well in advance, and endlessly on the day of the event, crowds came from across the United States to protest.  Exactly what they were protesting was really never clear, and many of the protesters could not articulate more than vague soundbite slogans heard on television and talk radio.  Fox News continually chastised the “Main Stream Media” for not covering the protest march, continually asking why it was not worthy of coverage.  That commentary would end up branding Fox News hypocrites of major proportions, and I’ll get to just how in a moment.

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