Gay Rights Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:29:07 -0400 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:51:00 -0400 Schlafly: 'The Main Goal of the Homosexuals is to Silence Any Criticism' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>On her <a href="">Eagle Forum Live</a> radio program last weekend, Phyllis Schlafly was joined by eminent conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Corsi, who is promoting <a href="">his</a>&nbsp;<a href="">new book</a> on the American Civil Liberties Union, told Schalfly that the ACLU and progressives are using the Supreme Court marriage cases as a way to enact hate speech laws and shut down churches. Schlafly agreed, saying, &ldquo;I do think that the main goal of the homosexuals is to silence any criticism. Most of them aren&rsquo;t interested in getting married.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Later in the conversation, Schlafly compared a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality to the infamous Dred Scott decision.</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/corsi-schlafly-short.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Corsi:</strong> The ACLU has been very strong behind the same-sex marriage. They have a whole section of the ACLU devoted to the LGBT agenda, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. And, Phyllis, if we get the Supreme Court saying that there&rsquo;s a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, I think the next thing that&rsquo;s going to happen is that we&rsquo;re going to see an attempt to define hate speech, any minister or priest who from the pulpit condemns homosexual behavior from a scriptural basis or on principles of Judeo-Christian faith. And following that, the left will not only try to close that church down, but they&rsquo;ll do it through pressing to take the tax-exempt status away from the church because the priest or the minister doesn&rsquo;t agree with their agenda and is now engaged in &lsquo;hate speech.&rsquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Schlafly: </strong>Well, I do think that the main goal of the homosexuals is to silence any criticism. Most of them aren&rsquo;t interested in getting married. But I think that&rsquo;s what they want to do, and they&rsquo;re starting out by trying it in the schools.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> <strong>Schlafly:</strong> If five people on the Supreme Court are able to overturn our definition of marriage, which we&rsquo;ve had for centuries, we had even before the Pilgrims landed on the Atlantic coast, there&rsquo;s something wrong with our system. As Abraham Lincoln said in a famous, in his First Inaugural, in describing the Dred Scott case, probably the worst decision in history, and he said, okay, we have to accept what they decided for poor old Dred Scott. But we don&rsquo;t have to accept it as a precedent and as something that will rule us forever, and we&rsquo;re going to get this overturned. And if we don&rsquo;t, we will be just simply subjects of what he called &lsquo;that imminent tribunal.&rsquo; And we need to speak out. And before they hand down that decision, you need to pray that they come to the right decision and you all need to get your pastor to tell his congregation to pray for it.</p> </blockquote> <p>Earlier this week, we reported that Schlafly is <a href="">calling for a reinstatement of the House Un-American Activities Committee</a> in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. When a caller asked why the ACLU couldn&rsquo;t be tried for &ldquo;subversive activity,&rdquo; Schlafly repeated her demand to reinstate HUAC, and Corsi agreed.</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/corsi-schlafly-long.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Caller:</strong> The question I have is, how is it that no one has taken the ACLU to task in the courtroom and basically charged them with subversive activity?<br /> <br /> <strong>Schlafly:</strong> Well, personally, Dr. Corsi, I think we need a new House Un-American Activities Committee, but I&rsquo;ll let you answer your way.<br /> <br /> <strong>Corsi:</strong> I&rsquo;m in favor of it.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 Equality For All Gay Rights Jerome Corsi Marriage Equality Phyllis Schlafly Supreme Court Eagle Forum 42868 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:29:07 -0400 Gay Rights Marriage Equality Opponent Says 'Bigger Problem' Is No-Fault Divorce <p>Often lost in the debate over marriage equality is the fact that many of its leading opponents aren&rsquo;t just interested in keeping the status quo on marriage. Instead, they're seeking to reverse what they see as a decline that began with laws granting greater freedom to women within marriages &ndash; specifically, the right to <a href="">no-fault divorce</a>.</p> <p>In a <a href="">conversation</a> with radio host Janet Mefferd Friday, anti-gay writer <a href="">Frank Turek</a> responded to marriage equality supporters who point to divorce rates among straight couples. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t make the car better by slashing another tire on it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo; You go back and repair the first tire. And I&rsquo;m the first one to say that the bigger problem right now is no-fault divorce.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/turek-mefferd-marriage-1.mp3" height="20" src="" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Turek:</strong> I would agree with them that heterosexuals <em>have </em>debased it, heterosexuals <em>have</em> slashed one of the tires of marriage. But that&rsquo;s not an argument for slashing another tire.</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> Good point, good point.</p> <p><strong>Turek: </strong>You don&rsquo;t make the car better by slashing another tire on it. You go back and repair the first tire. And I&rsquo;m the first one to say that the bigger problem right now is no-fault divorce.</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> Ah, yes.</p> <p><strong>Turek:</strong> But that is not an argument for same-sex marriage, in fact it&rsquo;s an argument against it. Why? Because it shows you that when you liberalize marriage laws, you actually have a negative effect on society, which is what the no-fault marriage laws have done. So if you&rsquo;re going to make marriage even more liberal, if you&rsquo;re going to even further tear down the definition of marriage and make it totally genderless now, you&rsquo;re going to have even worse results. You&rsquo;re going to have even more illegitimacy, more kids that aren&rsquo;t taken care of.</p> <p>Now, I know the same-sex marriage advocates are going to say, &lsquo;What, so same-sex marriage is going to do to <em>your</em> marriage?&rsquo; Well, it&rsquo;s not going to do anything to my personal marriage, but it&rsquo;s going to debase the institution of marriage into the future, make it a genderless institution, and that will hurt children and hurt the whole country.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 divorce Equality For All Frank Turek Gay Rights Janet Mefferd Marriage Equality Fighting the Right 42414 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:16 -0400 Gay Rights FRC: Anti-Gay Laws Reflect Public Opinion, Gay Rights Laws Reflect Powerful Gay Lobby <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>The Family Research Council submitted<a href=""> two amicus briefs</a> to the Supreme Court yesterday urging it to reject challenges to DOMA and to California&rsquo;s Proposition 8. The briefs lay out some of the same arguments that we&rsquo;ve heard many times from the FRC. But we were curious if the FRC would jettison one of its favorite talking points&ndash; the success of discriminatory measures at the ballot box &ndash;in light of last year&rsquo;s resounding marriage equality victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.</p> <p>The answer was yes and no.</p> <p>In its brief on <em>Hollingsworth v. Perry</em>, the Prop 8 case, the FRC goes back to the old talking point, ignoring the events of last November, to argue that &ldquo;there is no &lsquo;emerging awareness&rsquo; that the right to marry extends to same-sex couples.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>This Court has never stated or even implied that the federal right to marry extends to same-sex couples.&nbsp; And, with the exception of the district court&rsquo;s decision below, which was affirmed on other grounds by the court of appeals, no state or federal court has held that the fundamental right to marry extends to same-sex couples.&nbsp; In sharp contrast to the &ldquo;emerging awareness that liberty gives substantial protection to adult persons in deciding how to conduct their private lives in matters pertaining to sex,&rdquo; Lawrence, 539 U.S. at 572, which, in turn, was based upon an examination of &ldquo;our laws and traditions in the past half century, id. at 571, &ldquo;[t]he history and tradition of the last fifty years have not shown the definition of marriage to include a union of two people regardless of their sex.&rdquo;&nbsp;<strong> If anything, the fact that thirty States have amended their constitutions to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples strongly suggests that there is no &ldquo;emerging awareness&rdquo; that the right to marry extends to same-sex couples.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>But when the FRC wants to argue that gays and lesbians are not a &ldquo;politically powerless&rdquo; group deserving protection from discrimination, they flaunt the 2012 election results and point to how close previous anti-gay votes on state ballots were. This is from the brief on <em>U.S. v. Windsor</em>, the DOMA case:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Any lingering doubt that gays and lesbians are able to influence public policy, particularly with respect to the issue of same-sex marriage, should have been laid to rest by the results of the last election.&nbsp;</strong> Three States &ndash; Maine, Maryland and Washington, by popular vote, approved laws allowing same-sex marriage, and in a fourth State &ndash; Minnesota &ndash; voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have prohibited same-sex marriage.&nbsp; <strong>Even in States where such amendments have been approved, the margin of victory has often been narrow, in some cases barely passing (as in California in 2008 and South Dakota in 2006), indicating that homosexuals, who comprise no more than one to two percent of the population, have succeeded in enlisting many heterosexuals to support their cause for same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</strong> In such a dynamic social and cultural environment, the belief that homosexuals are &ldquo;politically powerless in the sense that they have no ability to attract the attention of the lawmakers,&rdquo;&nbsp; strains credulity.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>So when voters reject gay rights at the ballot box, they are reflecting public opinion. But when they vote in favor of gay rights, they have been &ldquo;enlisted&rdquo; to the cause by powerful gay rights lobbyists.</p> Miranda Blue C4 DOMA Equality For All Gay Rights Marriage Equality Prop 8 Family Research Council 42067 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:16:33 -0400 Gay Rights Justice Scalia’s 7 Worst Anti-Gay Statements <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>On Friday, the Supreme Court <a href="">agreed to hear</a> two landmark cases on marriage equality. Yesterday, Justice Antonin Scalia <a href="">reminded us </a>again why gay rights advocates, to put it mildly, aren&rsquo;t counting on his vote.</p> <p>Scalia is the Supreme Court&rsquo;s most outspoken opponent of gay rights. He led the dissent to the two major gay rights decisions of his tenure on the Court, the decisions to strike down<a href=""> Texas&rsquo; criminal sodomy law</a> and to overturn <a href="">Colorado&rsquo;s ban on local anti-discrimination measures</a>. And in his spare time, he minces no words about his uncompromising opposition to gay rights. Here are seven of his most egregious anti-gay statements:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Compares bans on homosexuality to bans on murder:</strong> Yesterday, Scalia <a href="">asked a gay law student</a>, &ldquo;If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>&nbsp;&hellip;and to bans on polygamy and animal cruelty:</strong> In his dissent to the Colorado case,<em> Romer v. Evans</em>, <a href="">Scalia wrote</a>, &ldquo;But I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible--murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals--and could exhibit even 'animus' toward such conduct. Surely that is the only sort of &lsquo;animus&rsquo; at issue here: moral disapproval of homosexual conduct, the same sort of moral disapproval that produced the centuries old criminal laws that we held constitutional in <em>Bowers</em>.&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>Defends employment and housing discrimination:</strong> In his <a href="">dissent</a> to <em>Lawrence</em>, the decision that overturned Texas&rsquo; criminal sodomy law, Scalia went even further, justifying all kinds of discrimination against gays and lesbians: &ldquo;Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children&rsquo;s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive. The Court views it as &lsquo;discrimination&rsquo; which it is the function of our judgments to deter.&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>Says decision on &ldquo;homosexual sodomy&rdquo; was &ldquo;easy&rdquo; because it's justified by long history of anti-gay discrimination: </strong>In a talk at the American Enterprise Institute earlier this year, Scalia <a href="">dismissed decisions on abortion, the death penalty and &ldquo;homosexual sodomy&rdquo; as &ldquo;easy&rdquo;</a>: &ldquo;The death penalty? Give me a break. It&rsquo;s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>Says domestic partners have no more rights than &ldquo;long time roommates&rdquo;:</strong>&nbsp; In his dissent in <em>Romer</em>, Scalia dismissed the idea that a law banning benefits for same-sex domestic partners would be discriminatory, <a href="">saying </a>the law &ldquo;would prevent the State or any municipality from making death benefit payments to the &lsquo;life partner&rsquo; of a homosexual when it does not make such payments to the long time roommate of a nonhomosexual employee.&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>Says gay rights are a concern of &ldquo;the elite&rdquo;: </strong>In his <em>Romer</em> dissent, Scalia <a href="">lashes out</a> at the majority that has upheld gay rights: &ldquo;This Court has no business imposing upon all Americans the resolution favored by the elite class from which the Members of this institution are selected, pronouncing that 'animosity' toward homosexuality is evil. &ldquo;</li> <li> <strong>Accuses those who disagree with him of supporting the &ldquo;homosexual agenda&rdquo;:</strong> Lifting a talking point straight from the far right, Scalia <a href="">accused</a> the majority in <em>Lawrence </em>of being in the thrall of the &ldquo;homosexual agenda&rdquo;: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p><a href=""><em>Cross-posted from PFAW Blog</em></a></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Antonin Scalia C4 Equality For All Gay Rights Marriage Equality Supreme Court Fair and Just Courts 41725 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:28:33 -0400 Gay Rights FRC’s Sprigg: Gay Rights Movement Winning Through ‘Intimidation’ and ‘Emotional Blackmail’ <p>On the <a href="">Janet Mefferd Show </a>yesterday, the Family Research Council&rsquo;s Peter Sprigg shared his theory of how gay rights activists are winning the battle for public opinion: through &ldquo;intimidation&rdquo; and &ldquo;emotional blackmail&rdquo;:</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" src="" bgcolor="undefined" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Sprigg GOP Gay Marriage.mp3"></embed></p> <blockquote><br /> <strong>Sprigg: </strong>There are people with big bucks who are trying to move the Republican Party in a more liberal direction on this issue. And while, you know, I think it will be a long time before &ndash; I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;ll ever happen that the Republican Party will endorse same-sex marriage &ndash; but what I fear more than that is some candidates in office and officeholders simply going silent on the issue.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mefferd:</strong> Oh, that&rsquo;s happening.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprigg: </strong>That is definitely happening and that&rsquo;s where the big concern is, because if we are not willing to fight to defend marriage, then that increases the chances we will lose it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mefferd: </strong>Well, and that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s so frustrating, especially for us as Christians, when we look at so many people who don&rsquo;t have the spine to talk about it. &lsquo;Well, let&rsquo;s just work the issue back around to the economy, everybody wants to talk about the economy, I don&rsquo;t want to talk about something controversial.&rsquo; Part of it, I think, is because they don&rsquo;t want to be vilified, they don&rsquo;t want to be called names, because that&rsquo;s what the activist crowd does, they call you names, they insult you, they make your life pretty miserable. Look what they&rsquo;re doing to Dan Cathy! Who does want to put up with that?<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprigg: </strong>Right. That&rsquo;s exactly right. It&rsquo;s a form of intimidation that they&rsquo;re using, a sort of emotional blackmail almost. And with some people it&rsquo;s effective. They don&rsquo;t want to pay that price.<br /> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 Dan Cathy Equality For All Gay Rights Janet Mefferd Marriage Equality Peter Sprigg Family Research Council 40621 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:14:03 -0400 Gay Rights LaBarbera and Lindevaldsen Say No to Gay Judges, Sad Sally Ride ‘Fell into Lesbianism’ <p>Americans for Truth About Homosexuality&rsquo;s Peter LaBarbera<a href=""> continued his discussion </a>with Liberty University Law School&rsquo;s Rena Lindevaldsen on Friday. The two revisited the<a href=""> topic of openly gay judges</a>, specifically the Virginia prosecutor who was rejected from a judgeship <a href="">simply because he was gay</a>. That discrimination was ok, Lindevaldsen said, because &ldquo;if you&rsquo;re engaged in a lifestyle of immorality, whether that be a homosexual lifestyle or an adulterous relationship or fornication, that&rsquo;s not the type of moral character that I believe should be someone who&rsquo;s being appointed to become a judge&rdquo;:</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Lindevaldsen Gay Judges.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src=""></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Lindevaldsen</strong>: I think we can equate this not only with the judiciary, but the same debate is taking place, you know, who we want to serve as our schoolteachers, for example. We want moral, upstanding individuals to serve as judges, and this debate&rsquo;s taking place with schoolteachers too. So if you&rsquo;re engaged in a lifestyle of immorality, whether that be a homosexual lifestyle or an adulterous relationship or fornication, that&rsquo;s not the type of moral character that I believe should be someone who&rsquo;s being appointed to become a judge. <br /> &hellip;<br /> I think it goes to fit moral character and I think that the necessary qualification of any judicial appointment. And therefore it is relevant, based on your conduct, to judge and decide whether you should be allowed to sit in the judiciary.</p> </blockquote> <p>Immediately after Lindevaldsen and LaBarbera made the case that gay judicial nominees should be defined by and excluded for their sexual orientation, they changed the rules when it came to another prominent example of an openly gay person in public life. Lindevaldsen and LaBarbera heaped scorn on gay rights activists who have had the nerve to call the late Sally Ride, who lived for 27 years with her same-sex partner, a gay pioneer. Emphasizing Ride&rsquo;s sexual orientation, LaBarbera said -- expanding on a <a href="">tweet </a>from shortly after her death --would be like defining her as an alcoholic if she had a drinking problem:</p> <p align="center"><img width="402" height="251" src="" alt="" /></p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/LaBarbera Sally Ride.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src=""></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>LaBarbera:</strong> They&rsquo;re always using opportunities to promote what their version of reality on homosexuality. And really quickly, Sally Ride, another great example. Sally Ride was the first female astronaut, the first&hellip;and she had many amazing accomplishments. Unfortunately she also fell into lesbianism and left her husband, she was married, she ended up living in a lesbian lifestyle. She was not public about it. Now gay activists, like Michelangelo Signorile, are using her homosexual, you know, the fact that she practiced the homosexual lifestyle, to say, &lsquo;Hey, this is another gay hero.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Kirkwood: </strong>She was a female astronaut, now she&rsquo;s the &lsquo;lesbian astronaut.&rsquo;</p> <p><strong>LaBarbera:</strong> Now she&rsquo;s the lesbian astronaut, and you better believe in textbooks like in California where they&rsquo;re teaching gay history now, there&rsquo;s going to be Sally Ride. So people are going to learn Sally Ride as a, and we&rsquo;re going a bit over here, they&rsquo;re going to learn Sally Ride, Rena, as a gay hero, even though she wasn&rsquo;t even public about it in her life.</p> <p><strong>Lindevaldsen:</strong> Yeah, because they need to contort our history to show that we&rsquo;ve accepted this all along and that it&rsquo;s perfectly normal, and see you too can do this and become great things. And you can, you can accomplish things, but that&rsquo;s not who she was, that doesn&rsquo;t define who she was and what she accomplished.</p> <p><strong>LaBarbera:</strong> And Rena, I tweeted, and I knew this was going to get me in trouble, but I tweeted, &lsquo;Did she have a drinking problem too?&rsquo; In my tweet, I said that she made great accomplishments. But she should not be, and I didn&rsquo;t, of course she doesn&rsquo;t, I don&rsquo;t know if she had a drinking problem or not, but my point was the fact that she practiced homosexuality would be about as relevant as saying, &lsquo;Sally Ride, hey people who drink can be great.&rsquo; I mean it&rsquo;s still immoral behavior, it&rsquo;s very sad to me that she was involved in that lifestyle. The fact that she was in that lifestyle doesn&rsquo;t take away from the great accomplishments that she had. But the point is gay identity politics now wants to seize her as a hero.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Equality For All Gay Rights John Kirkwood judicial nominees Liberty University Peter LaBarbera Rena Lindevaldsen Sally Ride Tracy Thorne Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 40590 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:19:22 -0400 Gay Rights NOM's Real Values <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p><a href=""><em>This post originally appeared in the </em>Huffington Post<em>. </em></a></p> <p>Maine's investigation of the National Organization for Marriage's campaign finance practices has resulted in the release of several internal fundraising and planning documents. HRC has <a href="">posted </a>them online where NOM-watchers are poking through them. For sheer reprehensibility, it's hard to top hiring (or at least planning to hire) someone to find and exploit children who are willing to publicly<a href=""> betray</a> their gay parents.</p> <p>But that kind of "ends-justify-the-means" approach to politics has been the hallmark of NOM and its campaigns in California, Maine, and elsewhere. Those who have been on the receiving end of those dishonorable and untruthful campaigns won't be surprised by much of what's in the NOM documents. But the brazenness of the language around racial wedge politics<a href=""> long practiced</a> by the religious right should make it easier to expose the group's Machiavellian heart. And it may be useful in blunting their efforts to make opposition to marriage equality a "marker of identity" for Latinos and African Americans.</p> <p>The NOM documents from 2009 discuss a number of organizational projects and strategies, including a "Not a Civil Right" project:</p> <blockquote> <p>The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.</p> </blockquote> <p>And just in case that isn't clear enough: "Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates and persuading the movement's allies that advocates are unacceptably overreaching on this issue."</p> <p>NOM's stated plans to overturn marriage equality in Washington, D.C. include an effort to "find attractive young black Democrats to challenge white gay marriage advocates electorally."</p> <p>NOM's strategists said they needed "to accomplish a sophisticated cultural objective: interrupt the attempt to equate gay with black, and sexual orientation with race. We need to make traditional sexual morality intellectually respectable again in elite culture. And we need to give liberals an alternative way of thinking about gay rights issues, one that does not lead to the misuse of the power of government to crush dissent in the name of fighting discrimination."</p> <p>Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, director of People for the American Way Foundation's African American Ministers Leadership Council, released a <a href="">statement </a>on behalf of the Council's Equal Justice Task Force calling NOM's wedge strategies "deeply cynical" and "deeply offensive."</p> <p>NOM also planned to target Latinos through a "community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous noncognitive elites across national boundaries" who can help "interrupt the process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity." NOM hopes that "[a]s 'ethnic rebels' such spokespeople will also have an appeal across racial lines, especially to young urbans in America." NOM said, "Our ultimate goal is to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of 'Anglo' culture."</p> <p>NOM has had more success in some areas than others: most recently it failed in a stated priority of overturning marriage in New Hampshire, despite having made gains in the state legislature; and it failed to prevent marriage from advancing in New York. Its efforts in other states, like Iowa, are still underway. And it is pushing constitutional amendments in North Carolina and Minnesota. It also hopes to keep opposition alive "behind enemy lines" in states that have made marriage equality a reality.</p> <p>But even in 2009, the top priority for 2012 was clear: defeating Barack Obama. In order for the group to achieve victory on marriage, "the next president must be a man or woman who expressly articulates a pro-marriage culture, and appoints sympathetic Supreme Court justices." In order to help achieve that objective, the group discussed plans to "sideswipe Obama" by portraying him as a "social radical" and by taking steps to "[r]aise such issues as pornography, protection of children, and the need to oppose all efforts to weaken religious liberty and the federal level." No wonder Maggie Gallagher is such a fan of Rick Santorum -- his campaign plan mirrors NOM's.</p> <p>In addition, it is utterly clear that the bishops and NOM were ready to make "religious liberty" a campaign issue well before the recent controversy over insurance coverage for contraception: "Gay marriage is the tip of the spear, the weapon that will be and is being used to marginalize and repress Christianity and the Church." NOM's documents also affirm the group's "close relationships" with Catholic bishops, with whom it would work to engage Catholic priests nationally as well as locally.</p> <p>You can fault NOM for many things, but not for thinking small. NOM's planning documents discuss strategies for exporting its model and playing a major role internationally. It calls for a global "counterrevolution" against marriage equality, something that is, unfortunately, well underway, with disastrous consequences.</p> Peter Montgomery African American Ministers Leadership Council C4 Equality For All Gay Rights Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage 39483 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:07:45 -0400 Gay Rights Did NOM Hire Someone to Unsuccessfully Find ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents? <p>HRC got its hands last night on a December 2009 National Organization for Marriage <a href="">strategy document</a>, which was unsealed in connection to NOM&rsquo;s <a href="">court challenge</a> to Maine&rsquo;s campaign finance disclosure laws.</p> <p>The most explosive revelation in the document is NOM&rsquo;s explicit plan to drive a wedge between the gay community and blacks and Latinos. But another part of their effort to recruit &ldquo;hearts and minds&rdquo; to the anti-marriage cause is also startling. Not only did NOM propose to document anti-gay &ldquo;victims&rdquo; of gay rights with emotional videos&ndash; a plan they implemented with a set of <a href="">glossy films</a> in upstate New York, for instance &ndash; they proposed to hire a staff member at $50,000 a year &ldquo;to identify children of gay parents willing to speak on camera&rdquo;:</p> <p><img width="474" height="85" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Did NOM end up hiring someone to find children of gay parents who they could portray as &ldquo;victims&rdquo;? If so, it seems that a year&rsquo;s worth of full-time work didn&rsquo;t turn up a single child of gay parents who was willing to be portrayed as a &ldquo;victim&rdquo; of marriage equality. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Equality For All Gay Rights Human Rights Campaign Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage 39475 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:16:32 -0400 Gay Rights Focus's Cushman Slams Sex-Ed Standards for Promoting Respect for Gay Families, Dubs Bullying Prevention 'Homosexual Promotion' <p>Earlier this month, a coalition of health and education groups released <a href="">new recommended guidelines</a> for sex education in schools, which address topics including sexual orientation, birth control and bullying. The non-binding recommendations have not, unsurprisingly, been popular among the talking heads of the Religious Right.</p> <p>On Wednesday, <a href="">Candi Cushman of CitizenLink, Focus on the Familiy's political arm, joined Janet Mefferd </a>to discuss the new guidelines and her displeasure that, among other things, they recommend teaching young children to &ldquo;demonstrate respect for these different types of families,&rdquo; a notion that Cushman insists is &ldquo;undemocratic.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Cushman Sex Ed 2.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src=""></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Cushman: </strong>The important things for parents to understand is that these standards are supposed to start in kindergarten so at the elementary level students are going to start to be taught to &lsquo;identify different types of family structures.&rsquo;</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> Ugh.</p> <p><strong>Cushman:</strong> And then demonstrate respect for these different types of families. That&rsquo;s basically codes for, &lsquo;We&rsquo;re going to teach your kids about same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships and this is an option worthy of being embraced just like heterosexual marriages and relationships.&rsquo; Not only are they going to be willing to embrace it but they&rsquo;re going to respect it and they&rsquo;re going to get that down by the second grade. So they will need to start that probably around kindergarten so they&rsquo;ll have it down in their heads by second grade. That&rsquo;s just one example of them dealing with the homosexuality topic.</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> Well and in most states we don&rsquo;t have same-sex marriage, so why the need for that?</p> <p><strong>Cushman:</strong> Right, it&rsquo;s totally undemocratic.</p> </blockquote> <p>Mefferd and Cushman went on to discuss the recommendations for older students, including discussions of the proper use of contraception, which Cushman claims were designed by &ldquo;left-wing, casual-sex activist groups,&rdquo; and are not intended to promote public health.</p> <p>As for the inclusion of discussions about bullying, Cushman insists bullying prevention is a Trojan Horse for gay rights groups: &ldquo;They do have this agenda of inserting homosexuality promotion under the category of bullying and this is one way they go about that with these sexuality standards.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cushman has been the<a href=""> voice of CitizenLink's opposition to anti-bullying programs</a>, which we<a href=""> wrote about in detail </a>in a report last year.</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Cushman Sex Ed 1.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src=""></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> I thought the whole purpose of sex-ed originally was to tell kids the birds and the bees, but now it&rsquo;s flat-out indoctrination.</p> <p><strong>Cushman:</strong> Right, if you look at the material that the groups who did these standards put out it&rsquo;s all about students&rsquo; sexual rights, their rights. The emphasis is not on prevention, avoiding disease and harm, it&rsquo;s about &lsquo;Oh let&rsquo;s just reduce the risk, what are their rights?&rsquo; Its activism, it&rsquo;s not about health. That&rsquo;s why we shouldn&rsquo;t just surrender our schools to left-wing, casual-sex activist groups.</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> I agree. I&rsquo;m sure from what I read there&rsquo;s this aspect of bullying. They love throwing that around, &lsquo;We need to deal with the bullying issue and the gay bullying issue,&rsquo; even though bullying has been around since time immemorial for kids, from kids, for all sorts of reasons, not just the homosexual issue. But do they talk much about that? Are they framing it in terms of, &lsquo;We got to talk about this stuff to stop the gay bullying&rsquo;?</p> <p><strong>Cushman:</strong> Yes they do. In fact, I found that very interesting that they were titled sexually standards but they address bullying. I thought, now we&rsquo;re just saying that bullying is sexualized now.</p> <p><strong>Mefferd:</strong> Wow.</p> <p><strong>Cushman:</strong> I really think that bullying should be its own category, not in sex-education. Bullying should be addressed as prevention, protecting all students no matter how they identify because they&rsquo;re human beings, as I&rsquo;ve explained many times before. So yeah, I found that an interesting part that they&rsquo;re trying to mix those two, sex-education and bullying. But I think the reason they are mixing them is because they do have this agenda of inserting homosexuality promotion under the category of bullying and this is one way they go about that with these sexuality standards. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue bullying Candi Cushman Gay Rights Janet Mefferd Sex Ed Catholic Citizenship 28671 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:33:41 -0400 Gay Rights Steve Baldwin Claims 'Human Events' Publisher is Gay, Says Romney 'Obsessed' with Gay Rights <p>Steve Baldwin, the former executive director of the Council for National Policy, an influential conservative policy group founded by Tim LaHaye, went on the Steve Deace show <a href="">yesterday</a> to discuss why he thinks a President Romney would be disastrous for the country and the Republican Party. Baldwin&rsquo;s major gripe is his dubious claim that Romney was &ldquo;obsessed&rdquo; with gay rights as governor of Massachusetts.</p> <p>Baldwin expressed frustration that Romney has been given a &ldquo;free pass&rdquo; by conservative media, which he chalked up to &ldquo;conflicts of interest&rdquo; in the right-wing press. Among those he claimed are biased towards Romney is the publisher of the far-right <em>Human Events</em>, whom he identified as a &ldquo;homosexual who likes Romney.&rdquo; Although he didn&rsquo;t name names on the show, Baldwin has <a href="">previously asserted</a> that Jeff Carneal, <a href="">president of Human Events' publisher</a>, is an &ldquo;avowed homosexual&rdquo; who has supported pro-equality causes.</p> <p>But Baldwin&rsquo;s gay-baiting did not end with his attack on conservative media. He let loose on Romney&rsquo;s tepid pro-gay rights record as governor of Massachusetts, saying, &ldquo;His whole administration was characterized by an almost obsessive devotion to the homosexual agenda.&rdquo; Romney, he fumes, was involved in &ldquo;gay proclamations, gay dances, gay proms, gay assemblies, gay this, gay that,&rdquo; adding obliquely, &ldquo;You gotta start wondering here.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Steve Baldwin Romney Gay Free Pass 1-12-12.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src=""></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Baldwin:</strong> Our conservative media won&rsquo;t write negative stories about Romney. They won&rsquo;t even investigate him. I&rsquo;ve submitted story after story to<em> National Review</em>, to <em>Human Events</em>, to <em>American Spectator</em>, and every once in a while they&rsquo;ll do a story with a few negative things about Romney, but a full-scale investigative piece about Romney has not appeared in most of the conservative movement&rsquo;s media. And you&rsquo;ll find out there&rsquo;s conflicts of interests, you&rsquo;ll find out National Review endorsed Romney last year, they like him this year. You&rsquo;ll find out that the chairman of Regnery Gateway, that publishes <em>Human Events</em>, is a homosexual who likes Romney. You find out these editors have various biases. And as a result, they have collectively, along with talk radio I have to add &ndash; Sean Hannity likes Romney, a lot of our radio talk show hosts have been very hands off when it comes to Romney&rsquo;s record, even though they have all been briefed and all been given information about Romney&rsquo;s background. Coulter and other national columnists and Hannity and even Mark Levin say very little about Romney&rsquo;s record and refuse to dig into it. So you hear nothing from our own media, so the mainstream media, they&rsquo;re too lazy to dig up the stories. And so as a result, Romney&rsquo;s getting a free pass here.</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Deace: </strong>Does Mitt Romney have a history of supporting homosexual issues beyond the gay scoutmasters thing that we saw from 1994? What did he do in Massachusetts when he was governor?</p> <p><strong>Baldwin:</strong> Oh my goodness. Gay proclamations, gay dances, gay proms, gay assemblies, gay this, gay that. He had an entire commission called the Governor&rsquo;s Commission, which served at his own discretion, and they funded gay events and programs in the schools. He promoted all kinds of laws, rules, internal, a lot of internal things, like his department of social services awarded Family of the Year, Parents of the Year, to a gay couple. He appointed homosexual leaders to key positions throughout his administration. I mean, his whole administration was characterized by a an almost obsessive devotion to the homosexual agenda. I would venture to say that Mitt Romney was the most aggressive pro-gay governor in American history, either party. Period. I mean Amy Contrada wrote a thousand page book documenting hundreds of actions by this man to advance the homosexual agenda. Hundreds. He was obsessed with it. You gotta start wondering here.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay Election 2012 Gay Rights Human Events Jeff Carneal Mitt Romney Steve Baldwin Steve Deace Tim LaHaye Council for National Policy 28730 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:04:31 -0400 Gay Rights