Sunday, April 19, 2015

Marco Rubio: Being Gay Isn't A Choice

Via the Washington Post:
Marco Rubio said Sunday that he believes sexual orientation isn't a choice, but he is opposed to courts deciding on marriage for same-sex couples. "I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Rubio also said that he believes marriage should be "between one man and one woman" but insisted "it's not that I'm against gay marriage." States have always regulated marriage, and if a state wants to have a different definition, you should petition the state legislature and have a political debate," he said. "I don't think courts should be making that decision, and I don't believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right."
UPDATE: Here's the clip.

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100 "Scholars" To SCOTUS: Same-Sex Marriage Will Increase Abortion Rate

Over 100 alleged scholars have a filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they argue that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in the abortion rate. The brief's author writes for the Heritage Foundation:
A reduction in the opposite-sex marriage rate means an increase in the percentage of women who are unmarried and who, according to all available data, have much higher abortion rates than married women. And based on past experience, institutionalizing same-sex marriage poses an enormous risk of reduced opposite-sex marriage rates. As the amicus brief explains in detail, redefining marriage in genderless terms—which is legally necessary to permit marriage by same-sex couples—undermines the existing social norms of marriage in ways that are likely over time to reduce opposite-sex marriage rates. For example, an “any-two-adults” model of marriage implicitly tells men (and women) that a child doesn’t need a father (or mother), thereby weakening the norm of gender-diverse parenting. Other norms, such as the value of biological bonding, partner exclusivity, and reproductive postponement until marriage, will likewise crumble. It is thus not surprising that, even in the short time that same-sex marriage has been officially recognized in some states at home and abroad, man-woman marriage rates have declined—even as marriage rates in other jurisdictions have remained relatively stable.
The brief, which cites such authorities as anti-gay crackpot Jennifer Roback Morse and discredited researcher Mark Regnerus, goes on at great length on the divorce and marriage rates in states that have legalized same-sex marriage. Many of the brief's signees are professors at religious universities.

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The Sanctity Of Game Show Marriage

In a The Price Is Right episode that aired on Friday, host Drew Carey conducted a mass wedding of audience members. Via People:
When producers pitched the idea to Carey, he was immediately on board. "I thought it was funny, not crazy," Carey tells PEOPLE. "It was a good chance for me to have a Reverend Moon moment." And lest anyone think this is just a gimmick for TV, Carey stresses that the contestants are legally tying the knot. "Someone in the production office got me signed up on the Iinternet to do it," he says. "And poof, I was authorized to officiate weddings!" The episode, which taped earlier this year, went without a hitch. But there's one thing Carey says he forgot: He'd have to personally fill out the paperwork. "I had to fill out each and every wedding certificate," he says with a laugh. "That was a pain; there were so many of them." 
It's looks like that might be a lesbian couple at 0:46.

RELATED: Carey sits on the board of the libertarian Reason Foundation and supported Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid. But unlike Ron Paul, who cosponsored the Marriage Protection Act, Carey supports same-sex marriage and advocated against Prop 8.

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Obituary: Don't Vote For Hillary

Source. The Tea People are cracking up.

UPDATE: The family has been interviewed.
“He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on, so it was natural for me to think about that,” daughter Jill McLain said of putting the sentence about Clinton in Upright’s obituary. Upright was politically informed his whole life, but never involved in public office, according to family members. “We have got some very sweet responses and some pretty nasty responses,” Colleen Upright, his wife, told Channel 9. “We did this for him,” son Mike Upright said. “He had nothing to do with it other than voicing his opinion time after time after time.” Upright, who enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family, was a diehard Republican. “We know he’s up there giggling right now. Just laughing out loud,” Mike Upright said.

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Mike Huckabee: Don't Join The Military Until After Obama Leaves Office

"When you have a president whose administration orders its chaplains to put its Bibles away, not to pray in Jesus name, not to counsel people on the issues of sexual morality; when you have this attitude that is more about promoting gay marriage and gay rights in the military than it is about being able to protect religious liberty for those people of faith, it’s going to be hard to find people that are truly devoted people of faith and Christian believers and Orthodox Jews and others. There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military, but I might suggest to parents, I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief that will once again believe ‘one nation under god’ and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country." - Mike Huckabee, speaking on Iowa talk radio.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

NOM Unveils 2015 Hate March Speakers

Not exactly the A-list, is it? In fact, there's only one elected official on the roster and that's Democratic New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz. Also curiously missing from the list is San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who spoke at last year's hate march and is currently fighting an internal Catholic revolt back at home.

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki To GOP: Shut Up About Social Issues

Via New York State Of Politics:
In the ad released by Pataki’s PAC, the former three-term governor says indulging in a debate over abortion and LGBT rights can only help one person: Hillary Clinton. “It’s simple, if we allow social issues to dominate the conversation, we will elect Hillary Clinton President,” Pataki said. The ad, released by We The People Not Washington, comes as Pataki is preparing to make his eighth trip to New Hampshire as he considers making a bid for the White House. It is not clear how big the ad buy is or where it will ultimately air. Before it was amended, Pataki had blasted Indiana’s religious freedoms law, declaring “there’s no place for discrimination in America.”
Pataki visited a Chipotle on Thursday where he made sure photographers saw him leaving a $5 tip. Wingnut sites spent the last week mocking Clinton for not leaving a tip when her campaign ate lunch at a Chipotle.

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TENNESSEE: Senate Kills Bill To Make Bible The Official State Book Because Satan

Via the Tennessean:
The Bible will not become the official book of Tennessee this year. Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill a day after it was adopted by the House. "This isn't the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that. We really need to look into it in committee," Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said about two hours before the vote. Norris led the effort to kill the bill in the Senate. He asked for the bill to be sent back to the Senate Judiciary Committee to address the Slatery opinion. The Senate agreed, supporting Norris and effectively killing the bill for the year. "I sure hope it won't pass. I think it'll be a dark day for Tennessee if it does," Norris said Wednesday. "All I know is that I hear Satan snickering. He loves this kind of mischief. You just dumb the good book down far enough to make it whatever it takes to make it a state symbol, and you're on your way to where he wants you."
The bill's House sponsor has vowed to bring it back in the next legislative session.

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It Takeis Two - Episode Two

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Local Pastors Have The Houston Sadz

"The ruling that the coalition fell 585 signatures short was a result of Judge Schaffer, who was supported in his election by the LGBT community, unfortunately accepting the constantly changing manipulations of the law by the City’s legal machine and Mayor’s team. We will not yield the safety and welfare, the voting rights and Constitutional freedoms of the citizens that have been stolen by the corrupt Parker regime. The law and the appellate courts in Texas are very strong in preserving voting rights so we are confident we will prevail. The fact that the city’s own numbers of how many valid signatures we had submitted materially changed nearly a dozen times since August illustrates how desperate they are to keep this off the ballot. The No UNequal Rights Coalition leadership confirmed they will review the decision in depth with their attorney and if needed to appeal the judge’s decision all the way to final determination by the Texas Supreme Court." - Houston Area Pastor Council, via press release.

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Texas Values Has The Houston Sadz

"This result is evidence that the city government has made a mess of this issue and they have made the community more divided. Despite today's ruling, we stand united with the people of Houston against this divisive and oppressive ordinance. It's been clear throughout this lengthy process that Mayor Parker will go to any length to shut the people of Houston out of this process and force residents to accept this LGBT special rights law against their will. Houstonians should be the ones to decide this issue, and we believe Texas' appellate courts will ultimately preserve the voting rights of the people. When the people finally get their say, this ordinance will be voted down." - Jonathan Saenz, head of Texas Values.

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TRAILER: Batman Vs Superman

Via CNN:
A day after it was leaked online (and swiftly removed), director Zack Snyder has released what he calls the "not blurry, not pirated" teaser trailer for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' via Twitter. Ben Affleck's Batman takes center stage in this first glimpse at Warner Bros.' 2016 superhero smackdown, following a montage of commentators wondering whether or not Superman is less a defender of mankind than a potential threat. While Jeremy Irons' Alfred talks about "the fever, the rage ... the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel," we see the new Dark Knight fly and drive through explosions before, armored, staring down Henry Cavill's Superman and asking him whether or not he bleeds. "You will," promises Batman. The movie follows up on the events of 2013's 'Man of Steel,' with Cavill and Amy Adams returning as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. In addition to Affleck and Irons, the sequel also introduces Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, though neither of the latter characters are hinted at in this teaser — but then, something has to be left for the main trailer, doesn't it?

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Friday, April 17, 2015

HOUSTON: LGBT Rights Bill Will Stand

Via the Houston Chronicle:
Opponents of Houston's non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, a state district judge ruled Friday, validating city officials' decision to toss out the petition foes submitted last summer. After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart. Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,249 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

"The jury's verdict and the judge's ruling are a powerful smack-down against the forces of discrimination and intolerance," said Geoffrey Harrison, lead attorney for the city, in a statement. "And maybe, just maybe, they'll reconsider their misguided ways." The law, on hold during trial, is now in effect, according to a city spokeswoman. Mayor Annise Parker released a statement celebrating the verdict. "I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge's ruling," Parker said. "Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections." But opponents, largely conservative activists and pastors whose objections center on the protections the law extends to gay and transgender residents, say they will appeal the decision. Andy Taylor, attorney for the plaintiffs, said he remains confident they will ultimately take the law to voters.
Stand by for some epic sadz! Read the ruling.

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HomoQuotable - Paul Kuntzler

"It was so revolutionary. It had never been done before anywhere in the world. We all wore coat and ties and we all had pseudonyms. I wasn’t scared. I was intrigued by the idea. But I was intimidated by all the photographers. I was only 23. And as they came across the street they started photographing us. Every time I approached the cameras, I hid behind my sign because I was unnerved by the whole thing. But I don’t think I was scared. I was very open and proud of being gay. People passed by in disbelief. It was written on their faces. It had never had happened before. My sign read, '15 million homosexuals protest federal treatment.' It reflected what I thought. We could not conceive then the astonishing progress we would eventually make as a community. The idea that gay people, gay men and women, could work openly in the government and serve in the military. It was beyond our imagination." - Paul Kuntzler, 73, speaking to ABC News about picketing the White House fifty years ago today on April 17th, 1965. That protest, which included future LGBT rights giants Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny, is believed to have been the first organized gay rights demonstration in American history.

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FOTF Founder James Dobson: The "B"
In LGBT Totally Stands For Orgies

RELATED: Dobson is also the founder of the Family Research Council, which began as a division of Focus On The Family in 1981 and separated in 1992.

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Bill Donohue Has The IBM Sadz

"No one knew how anti-Christian IBM had become until it unleashed its fury against a religious-liberty bill in Louisiana. Its governor, Bobby Jindal, is a practicing Catholic, and he plans to sign a law that protects religious liberty from its enemies. Those enemies now include IBM.  If IBM wants to relocate from Louisiana, it should consider Cuba. But it needs to move fast: Cuba is showing signs of renewed respect for religious liberty, and if conditions improve, the capitalist elites may find themselves sitting to the left of the communists." - Bill Donohue, writing for the Catholic League.

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PITTSBURGH: High School Students Wear Flannel To Mark "Anti-Gay Day"

It's probably no coincidence that this happened on the day before today's anti-bullying Day Of Silence. Via the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate:
A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District, along with school police officers, continue to investigate all allegations. We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted. We resolve to ensure that all chi
The photo appears to have been taken from Instagram. (Tipped by JMG reader JB)

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EL SALVADOR: Legislature Advances Bans On Gay Adoption And Marriage

Via the Associated Press:
A bill that would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador has won preliminary approval from the legislature. A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night also would bar same-sex couples from adopting children. The reforms will not take effect unless they are ratified by a two-thirds majority in the next legislative session, which will open on May 1. That would mean the changes would have to win support from at least 56 congressional deputies. Last night, the bills were backed by 47 of the 84 members.
In 2009 similar bans failed to become law.

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DC Pride To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Fun clip. The schedule of events is here.

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Huckabee To Announce On Fox Tonight

Tonight we'll see if this has just been another dragged-out book promotion.

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Clinton Campaign Posts Clip Of Gay Man Thanking Her For SCOTUS Support

Cute clip. Twitchy is mocking this, of course.

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Brian Brown Is Afraid

Just in via email:
Fear can be a tremendous motivator and I have to admit it has me very motivated. I am tremendously concerned right now that we will not raise the money we need to pay for the buses we have reserved to bring thousands of marriage supporters — willing to take time out of their weekend to stand up in defense of marriage — to the 2015 March for Marriage. So I'm extremely motivated to make a serious ask of you because if we can't raise the money we need very soon, I will have to call up the bus companies and cancel many of the buses we have reserved. And that would be a tragedy. I don't want to do it... I don't want to have to tell people who want to fight for marriage that they can't because they lack the financial means to attend... but I'm going to have to do it if we can't raise the money we need.
Such a shonda.

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Maggie Gallagher: I Can't Support Sin By Attending A Same-Sex Wedding

In response to recent gay wedding questions posed to Sen. Marco Rubio and other GOP candidates, Maggie Gallagher has penned an open letter to a gay friend which we're sure totally exists. Via the National Review:
The problem for me in celebrating your gay wedding, as much as I love you, is that I would be witnessing and celebrating your attempt not only to commit yourself to a relationship that keeps you from God’s plan but, worse, I would be witnessing and celebrating your attempt to hold the man you love to a vow that he will avoid God’s plan. To vow oneself to sin is one thing, to try to hold someone you love to it — that’s not something I can celebrate. And I would be party to the idea that two men can make a marriage, which I do not believe. On your happy day you should be surrounded by people who can honor your vow and help you keep it. I can’t do that. 'Porneia' is a word in the Bible that has been much mistranslated. But I think it means a sexual relationship that cannot by its nature become a marriage. That’s why Christ said that marriage is forever, unless it is porneia. I understand that you might well want to rupture our friendship over this, my honest view. I choose to love you both and keep you in my life. But let us somehow against all odds find a way to love each other as we are, and not how each of us would wish the other to be.
From Wikipedia: "The Greek term porneia (πορνεία) which means 'illicit sexual intercourse' was translated as 'fornication' in the 1611 King James Version of the bible and has also been translated as 'whoredom'."

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David Barton To Glenn Beck: We Can Still Criminalize Homosexuality In America

Listen closely at the end, but that's what he's saying.

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Giorgio Moroder Featuring Sia - Deja Vu

Stereogum raves:
Italo-disco god Giorgio Moroder is coming back later this year with Déjà Vu, his first new album in forever. It’ll feature things like the Kylie Minogue-collab single “Right Here, Right Now” and Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” The album’s title track hit the internet today, and it’s got Sia tapping into some inner disco queen that I didn’t even know was there. It’s a big, bold, surging song with some truly sweet strings and handclaps on the chorus. Moroder hasn’t changed his late-’70s sound at all, but the rest of the world has come around to it, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Christian Car Repair Shop Owner Has No Business License

Via Michigan Live:
The auto shop owner who posted on Facebook that he would refuse to serve openly gay customers does not have a city business license, according to Grandville administrators. Brian Klawiter earlier this year told the City Council that requiring a license violates his constitutional rights because it authorizes city inspectors to enter his property without a warrant. "This is a blatant and intentioned violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution," Klawiter told the council on Jan. 26. "I dispute your lawful ability to do what you claim. I will not sign the application. I cannot and will not give up my civil rights, especially when requested by a government entity for which the Constitution was designed to limit the power of. Would you sign something giving me the right to search your home as I pleased?"
Business licenses cost $100 and thus far the city has not attempted to enforce the law in Klawiter's case. He claims that his anti-gay stand has resulted in death threats, but none have been reported by the local media. The most recent post to his Facebook page has been edited since yesterday and now concludes:
I set some ground rules for how I operate my life; do I not have the right to do that? If we both have the right to our opinions at what point does it become acceptable to destroy someones reputation, and the reputation of everyone they know, threaten to kill and destroy because you disagree. The evil in this situation is clearly identifiable. Just read the comments below. I never threatened to intentionally put someones vehicle together wrong, use you sense, (although it may not have been the best way to elaborate) You need a bolt and a nut to hold something together, two bolts can not, and two nuts can not, you must have one of each, a male and a female. Get it now? To all of our supporters, there is a semi-local preacher of some kind rallying a protest tomorrow Sat. 12:00-2p, they are gonna "occupy" something near by. We invite our supporters to join us for some fellowship, we will roll out the grill (bring something for us to cook up for you, and byob) and we can enjoy a sunny afternoon together with our guns, our God, our freedom.
RELATED: Michigan is one of 28 states with no state-level anti-discrimination protection for LGBT citizens, however dozens of municipalities have enacted local ordinances.

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Eighth Cativersary

Eight years ago this week I brought Shelley (formerly "Little Gray") home from the East Harlem ASPCA. She was 20 months old, very underweight, timid, and FIV+, the last of which might explain the "owner surrender" notation on her adoption papers. Shelley was so freaked out upon arrival in my apartment that she first tried to escape by climbing up the chimney, then spent the next three days cowering under the sofa. Today she's a healthy ten pounds, the friendliest cat I've ever worked for, and spends her days growling at pigeons and ensuring that the elderly German shepherd across the alley doesn't even think about climbing the fire escape. As I like to do on this date, I encourage you to visit your local shelter and consider adopting an adult cat. At this writing there are dozens of adult cats up for adoption at the East Harlem shelter.
RELATED: The ASPCA has a fantastic "cats over three are free" program for adult cats: "The Free Over Three adoption package includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping. Adopters will also receive a certificate for free follow-up veterinary care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital within 14 days of adoption, a pet carrier and literature about cat behavior." The APSCA also supports a no-kill coalition of animal shelters all over the New York City area.

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James Corden Remakes Basic Instinct

With help from Michael Douglas and Reggie Watts.

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IRELAND: Anti-Gay Group Reveals Tactics For Stopping Same-Sex Marriage

A JMG reader writes:
The No side's strategy in Ireland has just been revealed in a video where the Iona [Institute] group's David Quinn explicitly links the campaign against same sex marriage to the campaign against abortion. The video (below) suggests that if Ireland votes to give uppity gay people equality in May then progressives will be emboldened and by 2017 might win an abortion referendum. So gays must be be roadkill to prevent that from happening. Gays have to be thrown under the bus to stop an even bigger development (abortion rights) later on. Plays the long game, David Quinn. The real point appears to be to stop ordinary Irish voters from thinking something profoundly dangerous like their voice (and vote) counts.
The first five or six minutes are quite telling. 

RELATED: A petition has been launched for the Irish government to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Iona Institute.
The Iona Institute market themselves as a charity interested in the promotion of Christian religion within Ireland. In reality the only thing the Iona Institute actually engage in is religiously motivated political lobbying. The Irish taxpayers are the ones footing the bill for this wrongly awarded charitable status. The Irish tax code does not support private companies that engage in religiously motivated lobbying for the influence of civil law and it should not be allowed to continue at the cost of the tax payer. Under Irish law an organisation can get tax exemption if it engages in one of the following: relief of poverty, advancement of education, advancement of religion, other acts of a charitable nature beneficial to the community. The Irish exchequer is subsidizing a private lobbying group by mistakenly treating the Iona Institute as a charity.
In the United States, anti-gay groups evade similar restrictions by operating their political campaigns under separate entities, usually ones with the word "action" in their names.

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COLORADO: State GOP Invites Log Cabin To Share Booth At Right Wing Convention

Via the Denver Post:
The Colorado Republican Party has invited a gay GOP group that wasn't allowed to set up a table at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver to share its booth. Party Chairman Steve House, who took over in March, made the announcement Thursday afternoon, one day after a firestorm over the snub by summit organizers to the Log Cabin Republicans. "We're fine with the Colorado Republicans sharing some table space at the summit with all their affiliated groups. We're not fine with the shaming and bullying pressure tactics of Log Cabin Republicans' national office," said summit chairman John Andrews. The summit, which has become a must-attend for some of nation's best-known conservatives, will be at the Colorado Convention Center June 26 to 28. Speakers including several presidential hopefuls. It is put on by Colorado Christian University and its think tank, the Centennial Institute.
I'll update this post when Log Cabin issues a reaction. (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

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IRELAND: Pro-Marriage Students Will Go For World Record "Big Love" Formation

In a demonstration of the support for same-sex marriage, Irish students will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest crowd of humans standing in the shape of a heart. Guinness officials will on hand to film the attempt in Dublin next Saturday. Participants are asked to wear red. Details. (Tipped by JMG reader Gerard)

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Pacific Daily News:
Gov. Eddie Calvo needs to retake civics after he passed the buck on the attorney general's legal memorandum on gay marriage to lawmakers and voters. Calvo could have made the courageous decision to end discrimination against homosexuals in Guam. Instead, he essentially abdicated his power to enforce our island's and our nation's laws to senators and voters. By choosing to ignore the AG's opinion and thus the 9th Circuit's ruling, Calvo is violating the oath he took to enforce the Constitution of the United States by permitting the same-sex marriage license ban to stand. Calvo should follow the lead of Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Padilla said Puerto Rico will no longer defend the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage, months after U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez dismissed a case that sought to overturn the ban.
Calvo was due to issue a decision on the AG's edict today, but local news outlets report that he is currently "off island." Guam would become the first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage.

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IRELAND: Religious Groups Lose Battle To Insert Marriage "Conscience Clause"

Via the Irish Examiner:
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out any potential “conscience clause” being inserted in the referendum on marriage equality, despite claims that no voters may be encouraged to vote yes if the move is allowed. As reported in yesterday’s Irish Examiner, Muslim, Quaker, and Christian groups have sent a petition to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald for the clause to be introduced so that people opposed to gay marriage are not forced to legitimatise the changes through their businesses. The request was made after recent high-profile cases involving a baker in the North and a printer in the Republic which both refused to provide services linked to gay marriages. Those behind the petition — including a prominent member of the Quakers, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, the Council of Imams, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church — have claimed that without a conscience clause these individuals will “risk prosecution” if they hold firm to their beliefs “in employment, worship, or social interaction”.
The bakery case in Northern Ireland has not yet been ruled upon. Ireland's referendum is May 22nd.

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Today: GLSEN's Day Of Silence

GLSEN's annual anti-bullying Day Of Silence is today and as in years past hate groups nationwide are urging parents to keep their kids out of school. Save California is pitching this year's Day Of Silence as an opportunity for parents to "experience the joys and freedoms of homeschooling for at least a day."

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IBM To Gov. Bobby Jindal: Stop RFRA

Big Blue has again waded into the RFRA battle, this time with a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
IBM has made significant investments in Louisiana including most recently a technology services delivery center in Baton Rouge, creating new jobs for Louisiana workers. We located the center in Baton Rouge because we believe Louisiana has great talent and would continue to be a rich source of such talent. However a bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company’s values. IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law. Our perspective is grounded in IBM's 104-year history and our deep legacy of diversity and inclusion - a legacy to which we remain strongly committed today. IBM is opposed to discrimination against anyone on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected categories. We urge you to work with the Legislature to ensure this legislation is not discriminatory.
Early this month IBM denounced the RFRA bills in Arkansas and Indiana. (Tipped by JMG reader Str8Grandmother)

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FRC Deletes Marriage Fast Prayers

The Family Research Council apparently doesn't like the publicity garnered by its vicious 21-day marriage fast prayers, the last of which opened with a scripture that suggested that it might be better to drown gay parents than have children grow up in such a household. All of the prayers posted since the fast began have been deleted and replaced with this message: "Dear Friends, Please stand by while the 21 Days of Prayer for Marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court are being reedited. We want them to be picture perfect so that you will be eager to send them to your friends and help multiply prayer during the days ahead. Look for them to be up tomorrow. Thanks & God bless!" To see the deleted prayers, click on the FRC label in this post.

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This Is An Ad For Something

Via AdWeek:
Star Wars: Episode VII doesn't hit theaters until December, but the parade of marketing around the movie has already begun. Quiznos today is launching a parody ad on YouTube that playfully mashes up the film franchise with another flick—the movie version of the HBO show Entourage due out in June. "There's such a big following with the Star Wars world," Chris Ruszkowski, vp of advertising at Quiznos, told Adweek. "Both Star Wars and Entourage are coming out this year, and we are excited about what we are going to be bringing this week as well." The brand's endeavor centers on "Startourage," a three-minute video spoof that humorously drops Entourage characters like Vincent Chase and Ari Gold into the world of Star Wars.

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