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H/T: Jean Ann Esselink at The New Civil Rights Movement

VICTORY for the American People!!! 

h/t: Jennifer Bendery at HuffPost Politics

H/T: Dylan Scott at TPM

As in the South Park episode “Follow That Egg!”, Colorado will remain on “Butt Buddies” (aka civil unions) status instead of full equal marriage. 

The O’Reilly Factor aired a segment mocking San Francisco’s LGBT pride parade, playing on a number of tired and disparaging tropes about gay people.

The July 7 edition of The O’Reilly Factor featured a recurring segment dubbed “Watters’ World” during which O’Reilly producer Jesse Watters attended San Francisco’s annual LGBT pride parade.  During the segment, Watters interview a number of parade attendees and often paired their comments with sound effects and movie clips meant to poke fun at their responses:

The segment touched on a number of typical right-wing stereotypes about gay people and pride parades; Gay people are promiscuous and predatory (and wear tight pants)! Why are there no straight pride parades? Gay pride parades shove homosexuality down people’s throats!

At the end of the segment, Watters assured O’Reilly that none of the parade attendees had “assaulted” him.

Fox Nation picked up the segment, spotlighting one attendee who told Watters she wanted a “gay world”:

This isn’t the first time the Factor has used the “Watters’ World” segment to mock an LGBT-inclusive parade. Last July, Watters ridiculed Brooklyn’s historic Mermaid Parade, opining that gay people “like parades! They’re into pageantry, they like to show off their wares.”

The right-wing impulse to use pride parades to ridicule and poke fun at gay people is as old as pride parades themselves. Nowadays, though, the practice of trolling pride parades is typically left to fringe anti-gay activists who still aren’t comfortable with the idea of LGBT people being proud in public. And Fox News, apparently. 

h/t: Carlos Maza at MMFA

Dave Daubenmire and people like him are at least partly the reason why LGBTQ rights are getting more and more accepted. 

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

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This news is a victory for decent-minded folks, as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to allow its clergy to perform same-sex marriages. Theological conservatives within the denomination, however, are likely not happy about this news. 

H/T: Lauren Markoe at Religion News Service

H/T: Germán López at Vox


The White House is soon to announce an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Translated: Workplace equality for LGBT employees among all contractors and subcontractors who do business with the government. ($10,000 or more in business yearly, to be exact — so that includes corporate giants like Exxon Mobil.)

In the past Obama has refused to sign such an executive order because he said he wanted ENDA to be the path to workplace equality, meaning this is an important change of heart and change of policy:

The comments were in contrast to the administration’s stance against signing an executive order to bar federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers and job applicants, despite Obama having said he would support protecting such workers in a questionnaire filled out while a candidate in 2008.

The Obama administration has maintained in the past that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is its preferred path for LGBT workplace protections, but Monday’s announcement signals an acknowledgement that, despite Senate passage last fall, the bill is not likely to move in the House this year.

Workplace equality is one of the major frontiers of the LGBT movement that we don’t talk a lot about, but that affects MILLIONS of people. This particular order affects at least one million of them, and that is really huge. Thank you, Obama. 


AP: A White House official said Monday that President Obama will sign an order banning discrimination against federal contractors on the basis of their sexual orientation.

(cross-posted from Daily Kos)


h/t: Human Rights Campaign

SCOTUS likely has no choice but to rule in favor of marriage equality no later than 2016.


A California church has decided to part ways with the Southern Baptist Convention’s official position on homosexuality after a pastor informed members of his congregation that his son was gay and he changed his views on homosexuality.

New Heart Community Church’s pastor Danny Cortez, wrote a letter to Christianity with Humanity blogger John Shore last week explaining how a conversation about Macklemore’s LGBT-rights anthem “Same Love” had inspired his son to come out to him last fall.

Months earlier, shore had told his son he had changed his views on homosexuality.

“I couldn’t help but think that my 15 year journey was in preparation for that moment,” Shore wrote. “If it wasn’t for this 15 year journey and my change in theology, I may have destroyed my son through reparative therapy.”

According to RawStory:

After telling his congregation that he no longer believed homosexuality was a sin, the congregation voted on May 19 not to dismiss Cortez. Instead, the church members elected to become a “Third Way” church that withholds judgement against LGBT members.

“So now, we will accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship,” he explained. “We will choose to remain the body of Christ and not cast judgement. We will work towards graceful dialogue in the midst of theological differences.”

But many members of the church refused to accept the decision, and plan to “peacefully” separate from the church on June 8.

Cortez’s letter comes just days before the the Southern Baptist Convention could vote to exclude New Heart Community Church at its scheduled in Baltimore later this week. According to the official Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the convention in 2000, “Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography.”

The convention’s Constitution states that “churches not in cooperation with the Convention are churches which act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior.”

“I pray that the church will no longer be segregated,” he explained. “I pray that those who have been marginalized would feel safe in our churches. I pray that we as the church would set aside our difference and learn what it means to be the body of Christ.”

Pastor Cortez explains how he came to the understanding that homosexuality is not a sin: