Tag: Gay rights

“Lunatic” Fred Phelps has his own protestors

I’m pretty sick and tired of hearing about the lunatic – alleged lunatic? – known as the Reverend Fred Phelps. Phelps is an extreme, radical homophobe who enjoys staging anti-gay rallies at the funerals of people who’ve died of AIDS. Unfortunately, while he was doing this, the rest of the nation didn’t really get upset about it. However, Phelps changed gears recently, and has started having his rallies at military funerals for soldiers who wereLearn More

If you call that love, leave me out!

Ugh. Doublespeak is alive and well here in Colorado. Coloradans for Marriage, a group of homophobes who don’t have the courage to admit that they are homophobes, have come up with a unique justification to try to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment: love. Saying they were motivated by love, a coalition of religious and family groups formally kicked off a drive Wednesday for an amendment to the state constitution that would bar gay marriage. ColoradansLearn More

Legalize civil unions?

Some more good news on the local marriage equality scene: Senator Tom Plant and Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald are proposing a ballot measure that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. The referred measure would need a two-thirds vote in each house to get on the November ballot. It would not require the signature Gov. Bill Owens. The measure would give same-sex couples the right to visitation and to be involved in the care ofLearn More

Republican to lead the charge against an anti-gay-marriage amendment in Colorado?

Well now this is extremely interesting: Sean Duffy, Republican and former Communications Director under Governor Owens here in Colorado, will apparently lead the opposition to an anti-gay-marriage amendment here in Colorado (via ColoradoPols.com). I’m kind of cynical, so my first instinct is to say, “yeah, right, sure… I’m supposed to believe that someone like Duffy would actually support gay rights, or at least would work to have rights taken away from gays? Sell me anotherLearn More

More school newspaper censorship

There’s another story about school newspaper censorship, this time regarding high schools in Pennsylvania. The student newspaper at Lampeter Strasburg High School ran the ad for Common Roads in its November issue — only to have it pulled. The ad invited gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth to check out the group. “It’s just saying we’re here if you need us. Check us out,” said Carol Reisinger, executive director of Common Roads. The superintendent ofLearn More

Problems springing up in anti-gay-rights groups?

Colorado Pols links to a Denver post article suggesting that there is some discord among anti-gay-rights groups in Colorado, specifically regarding a possible amendment banning gay marriage here. At issue among the different gay union foes is the scope of the final amendment language. Focus on the Family wants a measure that would outlaw any recognition of any legal union outside of that between a man and a woman. Other organizations wish only to protectLearn More

A good reason to bank with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo refused to back down from Focus On the Family, even though it cost them Focus On the Family’s business. Finally, a company that doesn’t just cave in and sell out the GBLT community! Chris Hammond, a vice president of business development for Wells Fargo & Co., the fifth largest U.S. bank by assets, said the bank provided a $50,000 grant to support the leadership counsel of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.Learn More

Free speech -vs- common sense

Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that I am a firm believer in Free Speech. I will fight for anyone’s right to say what they believe, even if I don’t agree with what they have to say. There are times, though, that I wish people would use common sense. One example: one should just know that isn’t appropriate to hold a demonstration at a funeral. But apparently the wackosLearn More

Maine voters endorse gay rights law

Good news abounds from election day this past Tuesday. First up is Maine, where voters overwhelingly endorse a gay rights law. By a vote of 56% – 44%, Maine chose to not repeal an anti-discrimination law. This vote clearly shows that Maine residents believe that people are people, and should not be treated differently because they are different. Hopefully this level-headed view of this issue will propogate throughout the rest of the nation. The lawLearn More

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