Eugene Delgaudio Warns Gay Men Will Soon Be 'Skipping Down To Adoption Centers To Pick Out A Little Boy For Themselves' [TW: Homophobia, Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry, Hate Speech, Bigotry, Right Wing Extremism]
Eugene Delgaudio, a Loudoun County, Virginia Republican supervisor who heads the group Public Advocate of the United States is warning his supporters that gay people are preparing to “terrorize daycare centers, hospitals, churches and private schools” by teaching schoolchildren “perverted sex acts” and getting married, at which point “[y]ou’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to ‘pick out’ a little boy for themselves.”
In a fundraising email yesterday with the subject line, “They say you support homosexual ‘marriage,’” Delgaudio told supporters that he is the only one who can reverse the “Homosexual Agenda” in Congress.
You see, the radical homosexuals are storming through Washington demanding passage of their agenda.
And with the Democrats dominating the Senate and Barack Obama calling the shots in the White House, they say NOW is the time to push their perverse “lifestyle” on every man, woman and child in America.
And they insist YOU actually support them.
To make matters worse, more and more Republicans in Congress are coming out in favor of the Homosexual Agenda .
The Homosexual Lobby has already rammed through Thought Control and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I can only begin to imagine how much more damage the radical homosexuals will do now that they’ve broken the ranks of the opposition party.
As the President of Public Advocate of the United States, I’ve devoted thirty years to battling the radical homosexuals in Washington.
Backed by Hollywood celebrities, the media, and millions of your tax dollars, the radical homosexuals have many Congressmen, both Democrat AND Republican, quivering with fear — and because of that they have a radical homosexual-friendly majority in control of Congress.
That’s why pro-Family Senators and Congressmen are counting on me to find out if you really support the Gay Bill of Special Rights and homosexual “marriage” as the radical homosexuals claim .
Frankly, if you really do support the radical Homosexual Agenda — or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for the Family — insiders in Congress say the entire Homosexual Agenda could pass in a matter of months.
Passage of the Homosexual Agenda will ignite a firestorm that will rip through families, communities and businesses:
* Special job rights for homosexuals. Businesses may have to adopt hiring quotas to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
Radical homosexuals will terrorize daycare centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law.
* Same-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding gown-clad men smooching before some left-wing clergyman or state official is just the beginning.
You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.
* The Homosexual Classrooms Act, which pushes their agenda into our schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught homosexuality is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted sex acts as part of “safe sex” education.
With condoms already handed out in many schools, radical homosexuals will have little trouble adopting today’s “if it feels good do it” sex-ed curriculum to their agenda.
But the email doesn’t stop there. Delgaudio goes on to tell the harrowing story of a recent “stormy night” in which he drove to a deserted warehouse where “long-haired, earring-pierced” men were printing gay-rights petitions until they spotted him and chased him away, shouting, “This time, Delgaudio, we can’t lose!” [UPDATE: Joe points out that this story is a favorite of Delgaudio’s.]
One stormy night, I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
As I rounded the final turn, my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
Trembling with worry, I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling .
My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.
Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio, what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.
As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time, Delgaudio, we can’t lose !”
Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the radical homosexuals could win.
You see, even though homosexuals are just 1% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress, it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.
I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the radical homosexuals and protect marriage, there must be an immediate outpouring of support from folks like you.
Delgaudio then repeats his fundraising plea to reach “twice as many” families as “all the homosexuals in America” so that he can finally let Congress know that the “radical homosexuals are lying.”
I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them. That’s more than twice as many as all the homosexuals in America … and most of these families represent two or three voters each. But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.
My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.
A generous gift of $25 will let Public Advocate reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.
Only you know whether chipping in $10, $20, or more is best suited to your budget.
I ask you to do what you can.
The radical homosexuals boast you support same-sex marriage, special job rights and the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Please let Congress know the radical homosexuals are lying.
H/T RWW reader Erik
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
Springfield Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance!
This evening (October 13), the Springfield City Council passed comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in employment, housing, and public accommodations with a vote of 6-3. Council passed the comprehensive version, instead of the housing-substitute bill.
Springfield joins the other 14 municipalities in Missouri with comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity for employment, housing, and public accommodations. Springfield is now the first city in southern Missouri with an inclusive ordinance for LGBT persons and the third largest city with protections in the state.
Councilwoman Jan Fisk said of the vote, “As a supporter of economic development for the city of Springfield, I believe it is important to be inclusive in my support of our diverse workforce. The results of tonight’s vote send a clear message that the City of Springfield is open for business, and we welcome everyone who wants to help build our future for a better community.”
Advocates of the nondiscrimination ordinance have been working to pass this ordinance for many years. In 2012, the first version was introduced by City Council, and a public hearing was held. The bill was tabled with a commitment to create a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. The Task Force began meeting in early 2013 and issued their report with suggestions to City Council in late 2013.
"PROMO applauds the leadership of the Springfield City Council for standing up to discrimination and protecting ALL workers, residents, and visitors of Springfield, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, of the vote. "When we all have opportunities for success, all of Springfield wins. We look forward to working with the city to implement this law and show the LGBT community their true value as they continue to add to the growth and success of Springfield."
Protections go into effect immediately, and discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations in Springfield can be made directly to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations (MCHRCR).
A panel of high-ranking Catholic officials have proposed a dramatic change in the way the church treats gays and lesbians. The group of Cardinals, known as a synod, suggested the church is capable of “valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine.”
The Cardinals stopped well short of endorsing gay marriage, stating “unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman.” But they also acknowledged, in a section called “Welcoming homosexual persons,” there “are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.” The Cardinals also suggests that same-sex couples should never be discriminated against in ways that could impact their children.
The document was called a “pastoral eathquake” by John Thavis, a prominent journalist who covers the Vatican. The document produced by the synod, however, does not represent a formal change in church policy.
The new language is reflective of the more inclusive thinking of Pope Francis on homosexuality. Earlier this year, Pope Francis hinted at support for civil unions for same-sex couples. Speaking specifically about gay priests last year, Francis said “Who am I to judge [homosexual priests] if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem… they’re our brothers.”
Pope Francis also recently appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, an outspoken critic of anti-gay bullying, as Archdiocese of Chicago.
Earlier this month, 50 influential conservative christian activists urged “church leaders reiterate a traditional understanding of sexuality and gender roles” at the synod.
BREAKING: Alaska’s constitutional ban on #MarriageEquality (1st in the USA) gets struck down. Sarah Palin’s not gonna be happy about this. #AK4M
Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation gay marriage ban - @AP— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 12, 2014
GREAT DAY IN ALASKA! Sarah Palin’s gonna be mighty mad!
Watch Ted Olson Destroy The Conservative Argument That Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Bans Is "Judicial Activism"
From the 10.12.2014 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:
OLSON: We have a Constitution and Bill of Rights precisely because we want protections from majority rule. When the majority in a legislature or a popular vote take away rights of individuals that are protected by the Bill of Rights, then we have an independent judiciary to rectify that situation. It’s happened again, and again, and again throughout this country’s history. We have an independent judiciary to protect the rights of individuals like gay and lesbian citizens who only want respect, decency, and equality along with the rest of us.
Top Vatican Official: Parents Must Not 'Expose' Children To 'Aggressive Homosexual Agenda' [TW: Homophobia, Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry]
Raymond Burke is the former Archbishop of St. Louis. He now serves as the Vatican’s number two man, the Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
The very anti-gay, anti-women, American website LifeSiteNews went to Rome and interviewed Cardinal Burke. When asked about gay family members, Burke had a great deal to say.
Same-sex relationship are, Burke said, “intrinsically disordered,” so, he pondered, "what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?”
Burke adds that the issue of children being in the company of gay people is "made even more delicate by the aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda."
He did not explain his comments, but answering his own question, the Cardinal said, “if it were another kind of relationship — something that was profoundly disordered and harmful — we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship, to the direct experience of it. And neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil.”
The Cardinal goes on to claim that “we know” same-sex relationships and marriages make people “profoundly unhappy.”
He adds that gay relationships “scandalize” and should not be "imposed on family members, especially impressionable children."
So much for “who am I to judge?”
Remembering LGBT Victims of Hate Crimes in America
Matthew Shepard, 22 (Wyoming): Beaten, Tortured, & Left To Die on October 7, 1998 By Two Men Who Gave Him Fractures To The Head, Severe Brainstem Damage, A Dozen Small Lacerations Around HIs Head, Face & Neck, His Injuries Were Too Severe To Recover From, He Died Six Days Later, Eventually, Federal Legislation To Prosecute Perpetrators of Hate Crimes Was Passed In Memory of Shepard & James Byrd, Jr., A Victim of A Racist Lynching
On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming.
He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives.
Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a scarecrow next to a fence. Then he noticed a glisten of blood. The sun sparkled on what he barely recognized as a face.
Aaron had discovered 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, clinging to life.
The young college student had been viciously attacked and bludgeoned, and then tied to a fence and left to die. Matthew was targeted because he was gay.
Most of you know what happened next. Matthew held on for five more days and as his parents held his hand and prayed — Matthew slipped away quietly on October 12th, leaving in his wake a new movement for equality.
The outcries for justice and for greater protections were immediate and resonating.
Since then, Matthew’s mother Judy has made it her personal mission to protect all young LGBT people from Matthew’s horrific fate. In founding the Matthew Shepard Foundation, she has created safe spaces in and outside of schools for kids, and worked with parents to ensure their children learn to erase hate from their lives.
But overwhelmingly what you saw in 1998 was a community ready to act, ready to change something. And Matthew’s story was the catalyst for that.
Many of you have seen or read the Moises Kaufman play, The Laramie Project – Matthew’s story as told through interviews of those who were living in Laramie at the time – some of his friends and some who just happened to be riding a bike through the plains of Wyoming that day.
If you think of nothing else today, please consider the importance of telling your story – and how your story can change the world around you.
This young man, unbeknownst to him, has changed the world with his. [LGBTQ Nation]
Guest post by Tim Peacock
In a surprising turn of events, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday, October 06, 2014 that it would not be hearing arguments on each of the seven same sex marriage cases filed with the court. The anti-climactic yet substantially game-changing announcement effectively brings marriage equality to several states that have been waiting anywhere from weeks to months for news after circuit court of appeals wins accompanied by stays. The announcement affects several states spread throughout the Fourth and Seventh Circuits and provides the potential to allow marriage access to millions more LGBT Americans almost immediately.
Though many hoped the courts would take one of the seven cases in hopes of making marriage equality nationwide, legal experts point to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s commentary preceding the announcement for explicit reasoning why the court denied review. In a speech at the University of Minnesota’s Law School last month, Justice Ginsburg argued that there is, “no need for us to rush,” when it comes to same sex marriage cases.
In explaining herself, Justice Ginsburg pointed to the fact that each of the cases decided in Circuit Appeals courts have been unanimous thus far presenting no legal challenge for the high court to arbitrate. She did point to one potential upcoming decision to keep an eye on: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee). If that court rules against same sex marriage, the issue will likely be reviewed by the high court.
In the wake of Monday morning’s announcement, states have begun preparations to begin issuing marriage licenses including lifting stays and making celebratory social media announcements.
Breaking: 10th Cir in Utah case: “[T]he stay of the mandate directed in our decision dated June 25, 2014 is lifted.” pic.twitter.com/seDdBIcpBR— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 6, 2014
“The 4th Circuit says their mandate will issue at 1 PM & marriages can then begin. What a momentous & joyous day for thousands of Virginians,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said on Twitter.
We are in contact w/ 4th circuit on exact timing, but we’re expecting that marriages between same-sex couples can happen later today.— AG Mark Herring (@AGMarkHerring) October 6, 2014
While a majority of the sentiment surrounding Monday’s legal punt appears to be positive, anti-gay organizations like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Breitbart have all reached DEFCON-five-level meltdown status.
“This is the beauty of Supreme Court doctrine: they don’t even have to do their judicial dirty work anymore,” Ben Shapiro argued at Breitbart. “They can rely on lower-level courts to violate the Constitution, then declare the Constitution magically changed because of an ‘emerging’ consensus on violating the Constitution. And the people have no recourse.”
NOM’s Brian Brown’s statements contained similar levels of hysteria. “This is wrong on so many levels. First, the entire idea that marriage can be redefined from the bench is illegitimate. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman; it has been this throughout the history of civilization and will remain this no matter what unelected judges say,” he said in part. You can almost hear the screeching through the page.
Despite opposition, today’s Supreme Court (in)action brings the total number of marriage equality states to 30 – and even that could change soon since appeals courts in two different cities (San Francisco and Cincinnati) are also considering marriage equality cases. Freedom to Marry elaborated in a statement on the Supreme Court announcement:
“With the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the cases, favorable marriage rulings in the 10th Circuit, the 7th Circuit, and the 4th Circuit will soon go into effect. Marriage bans in every state within those circuits will be invalidated, adding Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin to the list of freedom to marry states. As a result of the Court’s decision, an additional 51 million Americans will live in a freedom to marry.”
While a decision against marriage equality (that will bring the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court) may be closer than we all realize, the LGBT community has cause to take a moment to celebrate as millions of people across several states now have access to the fundamental institution of marriage. It’s about time.
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BREAKING: Brian Sims Calls 'BS' On PA Lawmakers For Not Passing LGBT Hate Crimes Bill, After Bill Stalls
Rep. Brian Sims today unleashed a passionate and angry attack on his fellow lawmakers for trying to run out the clock on a stalled hate crimes bill.
Democratic Rep. Brian Sims today slammed Pennsylvania state lawmakers for not taking up a stalled hate crimes bill that would protect LGBT citizens. Sims classified the foot-dragging as “B.S.” and said there are more than one million LGBT residents of the keystone State who need the support of the legislature.
Sims repeatedly said the words, “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender,” and “LGBT” in an effort to remind lawmakers that “people like me” are not going away. “I want to say it very loudly” he insisted. “There’s no place in Pennsylvania that people pretend we don’t exist more than here in the Capitol.”
"This state doesn’t offer a single statewide LGBT civil right to people like me other than marriage and that’s ridiculous," a somewhat angered Sims said heatedly, his finger pointing. "And what happens is attacks like this, on people like me, in my neighborhood. Don’t let people tell you that we only have six or seven days left in session. That’s B.S.!"
LISTEN: At Pennsylvania Hate Crimes Rally, Senator Announces ‘I’m Gay – Get Over It!’
Philebrity summed up Rep. Sims comments this way:
"Sims finally said in one minute everything we’ve been trying to say from the beginning."
Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven’t come true.
Federal law still doesn’t prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread public support for such protections.
As a result, many city and state governments have taken to adopting their own non-discrimination measures. In March, Maryland banned discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Since then, cities like Houston, Fayetteville, and Roland Park have similarly extended existing non-discrimination protections to their LGBT residents.
Debates about local non-discrimination laws are routinely hijacked by conservative activists and media outlets that warn that protecting LGBT people is unnecessary, burdensome, and threatening to religious liberty.
Here are the five most common right-wing talking points about LGBT non-discrimination laws, debunked:
MYTH: LGBT Discrimination Isn’t A Real Problem
Research shows that LGBT Americans continue to face widespread discrimination. A 2011 Williams Institute study found that nearly 40 percent of all LGB people open about their sexual orientation in the workplace will experience some form of employment discrimination in their lifetime. A 2013 study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development found widespread discrimination against same-sex couples in housing. And conditions are even worse for the transgender community, which faces astronomical rates of discrimination and harassment in all aspects of public life.
MYTH: Non-Discrimination Laws Create “Special Rights” For LGBT People
LGBT non-discrimination laws typically just add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of characteristics already protected under the law. In San Antonio and Fayetteville, for example, city governments merely expanded their already-existing non-discrimination laws to include LGBT people.
Myth: Non-Discrimination Laws Infringe On Religious Liberty
Non-discrimination laws typically include exemptions for religious institutions like churches and federal law already prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion. The First Amendment also protects anti-LGBT speech and religious beliefs.
But non-discrimination laws are concerned with discriminatory actions, not beliefs. Religious convictions don’t give business owners a legal right to discriminate against LGBT people, in the same way they can’t be used to justify racial or sex discrimination. And courts have repeatedly found that non-discriminations laws regulating commercial activity do not violate free speech or religious liberty.
In cities like San Antonio, where opponents predicted that a non-discrimination law would criminalize Christianity, horror stories about violations of religious liberty haven’t come true.
Myth: Non-Discrimination Laws Will Cause Frivolous Lawsuits
A 2011 study by the Williams Institute found that LGBT employment discrimination complaints are filed at nearly the same rate as race and sex discrimination complaints - roughly 4 complaints per 10,000 employees:
A 2014 study published by the LGBQT Policy Journal at Harvard’s Kennedy School echoed those findings, concluding that “the rate at which LGB people file complaints under these laws is similar to the rate at which women and people of color file complaints under sex and race nondiscrimination laws.”
Managing editor of the LGBQT Policy Journal Crosby Burns told Equality Matters:
Anti-LGBT conservatives continually return to the argument that nondiscrimination protections will lead to a deluge of lawsuits. However, the data and on-the-ground experiences of these localities show that those arguments simply carry no weight.
Myth: Non-Discrimination Laws Let Sexual Predators Sneak Into Women’s Restrooms
Law enforcement officials, human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates have dismissed this argument as “beyond specious.” In states and cities where non-discrimination laws have been in place for years experts have found no evidence linking these laws to sexual assault or misconduct in public restrooms. Simply put, criminals who are willing to break the law and commit sexual assault aren’t concerned with the scope of local non-discrimination law.
Luke Brinker contributed research to this report.
Faux-Lesbian t.A.T.u. Singer Is Actually Anti-Gay [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia]
"I think for men, it’s a bad freedom…A man has no right to be a f**." - t.A.T.u. member Yulia Volkova
The rock duo, t.A.T.u. became famous for the video of their single, All The Things She Said, which features a memorable same-sex (neither woman is actually a lesbian) kiss in the rain. (left) Now one of the members has revealed she is actually a raging homophobe.
"Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man. God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength male voice, male look. Definitely no, I won’t support a gay son."
The stunned interviewer reacted, saying:
"Stop, stop. You just told me that you do not mind if your daughter was a lesbian. You were talking about freedom."
But Yulia doubled down:
"This only applies to a daughter, not a son. I think for men, it’s a bad freedom. A man has no right to be a f**. Two girls together, not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing."
The amazing part of the interview is that Yulia insists she isn’t homophobic. She explains it’s just that she wants her son “to be a real man, not a f**.” She finished by saying:
"Being gay is still better than murderers, thieves, or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay is better than the rest."
Oh, I almost forgot. Yulia also says some of her best friends are gay.
THE TERRIBLE THIRTEEN: Here Are 13 GOP Congressmen Who Oppose Gays More Than Than They Support Our Troops [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia]
13 Republican Congressmen have voted against giving spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages equal benefits as spouses of veterans in different-sex marriages.
In yet another display that last year’s Supreme Court ruling striking down only Section 3 of DOMA did not go far enough, yesterday 13 Republican Congressmen on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs refused to pass an amendment that would merely have extended equal benefits to spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages.
Those benefits include medical and disability benefits, death and burial benefits, insurance, housing, education, and more.
“This inequality for those who wore the uniform of the United States armed forces and their families is unacceptable,” Titus said yesterday.
All Republicans on the Committee, but one, voted against the amendment. The lone Republican supporter of equality was Jon Runyan (R-NJ). All Democrats on the Committee voted in favor of the amendment.
The anti-gay Republicans claimed theirs was merely an issue of states’ rights, not animus.
“Deference to the state is not motivated by hostility, it is motivated by adherence to the Constitution,” Chairman Miller told the Washington Blade. “As such, I believe that it is not appropriate to usurp the states’ power to democratically define marriage for their citizenry — not for personal belief, and not for bureaucratic convenience.”
One notable Republican who voted “no” on the amendment was Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who’s considered one of four sitting House Republicans to support marriage equality.
Although he said “the current system is not fair” for gay veterans, Jolly said he couldn’t bring himself to support the amendment because he felt it was non-germane to the larger bill.
One of Congress’ most anti-gay members, GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp, claimed, “I don’t want the VA or this committee to impose its views on the State of Kansas.” Congressman Huelskamp is pushing a bill that would add a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Congresswoman Titus, after the amendment failed, said, “It makes no sense that legally married soldiers receive benefits while in the military but lose those benefits when they become veterans if they live in the wrong place. Sadly, my Republican colleagues chose no.”
There may still be long-term hope. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely take up at least one same-sex marriage case this fall. And civil rights group Lambda Legal is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs, ”arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.”
All images official government portraits, via Wikipedia
Rise Against - Make It Stop (September’s Children)
In memory of all of the LGBTQ youth who have committed suicide, and in honor of those still here with us. You are loved. #WorldSuicidePrevention/AwarenessDay
On “Generations Radio” this week, host Kevin Swanson brought Religious Right activist Jay Grimstead on the air to warn of the coming destruction of America, and the principles needed to “rebuild civilization” following its inevitable demise. Swanson and Grimstead agreed that society has become imperiled by the dissolution of Christian values at the hands of radical deviants.
“We are at the point where social security won’t provide, euthanasia’s coming on like a steam train,” Swanson said. “[Progressives] have destroyed the character of the next generation: they broke down faith, family and freedom, manhood, womanhood. And I’m at the point where I’m not playing patty-cake with the feminists and the homosexuals and the socialists…as many do.”
Later in the program, Swanson and Grimstead disparaged liberal arts colleges as minefields for Christian students that seek to dismantle the conservative values they were raised on. “A huge percentage of kids coming out of nice little red-state homes and churches get off to the blue-state universities, and they are corrupted again and again and again and again,” Swanson said. “How do we reform education, especially university-level education, where the kids who graduate aren’t more pro-feministic, aren’t pro-homosexual or pro-socialistic, pro-big government and pro-evolution, pro-everything that is anti-Scripture?”
In the face of secular adversity, Grimstead added that evangelicals must “prepare” and “protect” their children from the onslaught of liberalism, or else parents might as well be placing their children “into Nazi territory.”