There was a special segment on CNN Sunday Morning about all the "Hot Christian Sex" Bible-thumpers enjoy. "Faces of Faith" host T.J. Holmes interviewed an evangelical minister from Georgia who practically drooled as he described how "fulfilling" it is to "give pleasure" to a church-sanctioned spouse. (I presume the transcript will eventually be posted here.) Aren't religious fundies always accusing gays and lesbians of throwing sex in their faces? Sorry, but this is not something I need to contemplate before my juice and sticky buns.
Matt Barber of Liberty Council wrote an editorial for One News Now (a website where the only thing you won't find is news) in which he condemns corporations that support equality for LGBT citizens. It's perfectly okay, in the biased opinion of Barber and ONN, for businesses like Chick-fil-A, Media Graphix, and Here Comes The Bride to get involved in the culture wars. Companies willing to discriminate against Teh Gays have "right" on thier side - Religious Right wingnuts, that is.
Progressive Americans usually think of our friends in Austrailia as embracing a more live-and-let-live attitude toward gays than the United States, where an entire political party is devoted to working against equality. But the land of cuddly koalas and those running lizards that look like Pope Benedict grows its fair share of religious extremists, too. Garrett Bithell, who took the top right photo, writes for Back Chat: Who knew Adelaide had its own Westboro Baptist Church spin-off? There’s nothing I can say about this kind of cruel and unusual fundamentalist Christian group that hasn’t already been said, but I can report that the gays responded by attempting to drown out – quite effectively I might add – their mega-phoned preachings with a chorus of, somewhat appropriately, whistles. Then the dykes got on their bikes and revved their engines and the Christian loopies had no chance ...
Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum predicts that if voters allow same-sex marriage "our country will fall."
Did you know that Ally Sheedy has a lesbian mom and a lesbian daughter? (I didn't.) The "Brat Pack" actress who shot to fame with The Breakfast Club is also a social activist working to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness. (Untold thousands of children end up on the streets when their conservative Christian parents disown them... "For The Bible Tells Me So.") Says Sheedy: "100% I do feel like I have a social responsibility. I feel that if you are a well-known person and you have a voice to bring attention to something, it's nothing but honorable to do so. I specifically have my heart in the LGBTQI cause and a lot of it is very personal. I feel obligated to do this work but, at the same time, it's a pleasure."
Legislation that would provide some benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian federal workers has been introduced to both Houses of Congress. Trudy Ring reports: Independent senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Susan Collins of Maine introduced the bill in the Senate, as they have in previous sessions. Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is one of the four openly gay members of the House, and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida introduced it in that chamber. "The federal government must set an example as an equal opportunity employer," Baldwin said in a press release. "If we are to treat all federal employees fairly and recruit the best and the brightest to serve in government, we need this legislation." ...The sponsors noted that nearly 60% of Fortune 500 companies now offer health benefits to employees' domestic partners, as do 18 state governments and at least 150 municipalities. (I hereby retract all most a few of the mean things I've said about Joe Lieberman who is still a GOP tool and lapdog to greedy corporations.)
Recommended reading from the New York Times: "Russia's War Against Rainbows" by Masha Gessen