Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights. Indiana bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people is now law. WV to vote on banning LGBT protections. AR rejects bill.

  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    Indiana Senate approves bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people


    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/02/indiana-senate-approves-bill-allowing-discrimination-against-lgbt-people/
  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2015 9:46 PM GMT
    West Virginia Lawmakers To Vote On Bill Banning LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections Statewide

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/west_virginia_lawmakers_to_vote_on_bill_eliminating_lgbt_non_discrimination_protections_statewide
  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    Arkansas Senate panel rejects anti-LGBT ‘conscience-protection’ bill

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/02/arkansas-senate-panel-rejects-conscience-protection-religious-freedom-bill/




    Walmart criticizes Arkansas ‘conscience protection’ religious freedom bill
    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/02/walmart-criticizes-arkansas-conscience-protection-religious-freedom-bill/
  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2015 10:18 PM GMT
    West Virginia Committee Passes Bill Banning Non-Discrimination Ordinances

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_west_virginia_committee_passes_bill_banning_non_discrimination_ordinances
  • metta

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    Feb 27, 2015 7:42 PM GMT
    Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights




    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-baume/watch-homophobes-have-inv_b_6764078.html
  • metta

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    Feb 27, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
    REPUBLICAN West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says there’s “no way” his chamber will consider a proposal to nullify local ordinances that protect LGBT people from housing and employment discrimination.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/02/w-va-senate-leader-no-way-were-considering-lgbt-discrimination-bill/
  • KissTheSky

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    Feb 27, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
    This is how Republicans step up their war against gay Americans.
    Fanning the flames of anti-gay bigotry and tacitly endorsing violence against gay people.
    Shameful.
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    Feb 27, 2015 10:50 PM GMT


    ...and not a peep out of the Conservs of RJ.
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    Feb 28, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
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    Feb 28, 2015 5:25 AM GMT
    Damn, thread title.
  • bobbobbob

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    Feb 28, 2015 7:50 AM GMT
    None of this is really news. This has been in the making for over a decade - longer than there's been a nationwide movement for gay marriage.

    All you have to do to know these things before they become headlines is listen to the christian fundamentalists and read about what they're up to.

    While Metta posted about state efforts to ban anti-discrimination ordinances in cities he hasn't traced it back to it's roots and "umbrella" name.

    They call it "Positive Discrimination" and have tested it in courts in a wide variety of forms in many different states. Basically Positive Discrimination has been upheld in courts more than it has been rejected because it seemed relatively harmless.

    First there were lawsuits to allow them to discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring employees in church administered businesses like child care centers, homeless shelters, food banks, thrift shops, and naturally at churches themselves.

    Second came the push for something called "faith based initiatives" which expanded church tax breaks to a wide variety of "businesses based on their apparent purposes. Restaurants qualified for this if they hired homeless, work release inmates, drug addicts or single mothers (all required to be active in approved religious activities in order to keep their jobs) Many public mental health professionals jumped on faith based initiatives to begin accredited psychological counseling services in which those with church affiliations were (and still are) given reduced rates and non-religious clients were pressured to attend churches and join in prayer during counseling.

    They've also gotten by discriminating on the basis of religion in business. They can and do contract for services with other faith based initiatives like builders, janitorial services, and even accountants regardless of the costs because as faith based initiatives they get to write off expense like that in ways regular businesses cannot.

    To show you just how insidious this all is most of these faith based initiatives have been started in larger cities within the largest non-white minority with well known history of discrimination and hate for LGBT people.

    Got that? unbelievable huh? Hold on. It gets worse.

    Then under the disguise of saving neighborhoods churches using faith based initiatives starting buying up crime ridden apartment complexes, fixing them up and... (are you ready?) discriminating on housing based on religion. So the very people who made gains under the civil rights movement in the USA have been lured by easy money through all the goddamned tax breaks and government grants and the fact that they can make more money working faith based initiatives than in the real market.

    The concept of faith based initiatives started with white conservative fundamentalists who are the people who are responsible for every damned nasty thing the Republicans have come up with since the mid 1990s. It's not the Republicans fault any more than it is the Democrats. Both parties supported it in 2003 when George Bush proposed funding it.

    The bottom line on it is that while white christian fundamentalists are using "Positive Discrimination" principles to assert their religious beliefs in the lives of gays, PD policies will never be outlawed because (are you ready for it?) it would lead to cries of racism since most of the people profiting from PD's faith based initiatives are black.

    And it's e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s. There's a large termite and pest control multi-state company that became a faith based initiative, requiring prayer and church attendance of employees. There are contractors roofers, landscapers, lawn services, and small factories. They compete on the free market with businesses that do not get government grants and tax breaks for consumer dollars and the "incentives" they receives for hiring selected types of employees... migrants, legal and illegal, work release felons and those on parole...

    The Values Voters Summit was behind the Arizona anti-gay bill as well as all other anti-gay legislation before and since. Each of them is testing the legal system and pushing for one inch at a time.

    But it' not just the Values Voters Summit. There's a list a mile long.
    Family Research Council
    Family Research Institute
    Family Research Center
    American Family Association (declared a hate group by US Army & SPLC)
    American Family Radio
    Focus on the Family
    Scott Lively ( with AFA author of "The Pink Swastika" anti-gay lies, and the man who exported anti gay laws to Africa and Russia)
    The Discovery Institute (inventors of Intelligent design and the Wedge Document that outlines all of the information above)
    Bryan Fischer (runs AFA LARGE radio network and has declared the gay issue will be settled by "ballots or bullets.")

    The Wedge Document is now in its 6th printing and is available through Amazon. If you haven't read it then you are one of the sheep being led to the slaughter. You have no idea how evil and dishonest these American Talibanis really are.

    You can google any of the names I've given for links. Go to youtube and search for "American Family Association A hate Group" for an introductory video.

    If you want to know more or get involved in fighting these people, contact me here.

    Bob III





  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2015 7:49 AM GMT
    23 Gay Rights Activists Arrested In Idaho House, Senate


    "More than 20 gay rights activists have been arrested after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections.

    Activists taking part in the protest that started Monday morning warned they would not voluntarily leave until legislators consider adding four words — sexual orientation and gender identity — to the Idaho Human Rights Act."


    http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/23-gay-rights-activists-arrested-idaho-house-senate
  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    Discriminatory H.B.56 Passes Alabama House Judiciary Committee

    "allows probate judges and public officials to cite a religious reason for denying marriage licenses, putting interfaith couples, interracial couples, same-sex couples and unions where one partner is a divorcee at risk."

    http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/breaking-discriminatory-h.b.56-passes-alabama-house-judiciary-committee
  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2015 10:57 PM GMT
    Georgia Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/georgia_senate_overwhelmingly_passes_anti_gay_religious_freedom_bill
  • metta

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    Mar 06, 2015 3:29 AM GMT
    TEXAS LAWMAKER'S GAY SON RESPONDS TO FATHER'S ARKANSAS-STYLE ANTI-LGBT BILL

    "The proposal from GOP Rep. Rick Miller (above left) would prohibit cities from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people."

    ....

    "Rep. Miller’s son, Beau Miller, an openly gay 41-year-old Houston attorney, is an HIV and LGBT activist. Miller said he was “extremely disappointed” to learn about his father’s bill.

    “If the bill progresses through the Legislature, I’m sure there will be a robust conversation about the impact not only on minority communities, such as the LGBT community, but also on local rule in Texas,” Beau Miller said."

    http://www.towleroad.com/2015/03/texas-lawmakers-gay-son-responds-to-his-fathers-arkansas-style-anti-lgbt-bill.html
  • metta

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    Mar 13, 2015 9:30 PM GMT
    Oklahoma Rep. Emily Virgin Suggests Businesses Post Notice Before Discriminating Against Patrons



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/oklahoma-discrimination-businesses-amendment_n_6859256.html
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    Mar 13, 2015 11:32 PM GMT
    metta8 saidOklahoma Rep. Emily Virgin Suggests Businesses Post Notice Before Discriminating Against Patrons



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/oklahoma-discrimination-businesses-amendment_n_6859256.html


    She is brilliant!
  • metta

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    Mar 16, 2015 7:15 PM GMT
    Indiana Committee Passes Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' License To Discriminate Bill

    SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, states that "a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability."


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/indiana_committee_passes_anti_gay_religious_freedom_license_to_discriminate_bill
  • metta

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    Mar 17, 2015 4:01 PM GMT
    Oklahoma is banning atheists from getting married

    "In what has been described as a not-so-covert attack on gay marriage, a bill banning non-religious people from marrying and requiring all marriage licences be approved by a member of the clergy has been passed in Oklahoma.

    The bill, which was approved by the Oklahoma state House last week and will now go to the state Senate for consideration, would restrict marriage only to people of faith."

    http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/17/oklahoma-is-banning-atheists-from-getting-married-5107328/
  • metta

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    Mar 18, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
    Jon Stewart: Oklahoma Politicians Passing Sharia Law to get around gay marriage?





    http://egbertowillies.com/2015/03/17/jon-stewart-oklahoma-politicians-passing-sharia-law-to-get-around-gay-marriage-video/
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 18, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    metta8 saidOklahoma is banning atheists from getting married

    "In what has been described as a not-so-covert attack on gay marriage, a bill banning non-religious people from marrying and requiring all marriage licences be approved by a member of the clergy has been passed in Oklahoma.

    The bill, which was approved by the Oklahoma state House last week and will now go to the state Senate for consideration, would restrict marriage only to people of faith."

    http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/17/oklahoma-is-banning-atheists-from-getting-married-5107328/
    More ultra right wing stupidity from Oklahoma City. What else is newicon_question.gificon_rolleyes.gif
  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2015 2:02 AM GMT
    Utah governor signs bill allowing officials to refuse to officiate marriages

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/utah-governor-signs-bill-allowing-officials-to-refuse-to-officiate-marriages/
  • sportsguysd7

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    Mar 21, 2015 4:57 AM GMT
    Hopefully by the time these ridiculous laws get thrown out by Federal Courts, the homophobes will realize gay marriage didn't actually effect them one bit and move on to hating someone else for awhile...
  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2015 6:35 AM GMT
    Michigan House Passed Bill Allowing EMTs To Refuse Treatment To Gay People

    http://www.newnownext.com/michigan-house-passed-bill-allowing-emts-to-refuse-treatment-to-gay-people/12/2014/
  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2015 7:15 AM GMT
    How state legislators plan to limit LGBT rights next, in one map

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    http://www.vox.com/2015/3/19/8259019/anti-lgbt-bills