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Georgia Pastor: “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime”

Well, isn't this Christian?:

The pastor of a church in Milledgeville, Ga., recently changed the sign outside his church to read, “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime,” according to Georgia television station WGXA. The sign caused a stir in the neighborhood, but Robert Lee, the pastor of Ten Commandments Church, defended his sign and claimed he was quoting the Bible. “Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime,” Lee told WGXA. Lee told WGXA that he hoped his sign would have an impact and said he would oppose a Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. “The institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live,” he said.

I'm not going to spend time arguing the other Levitacus verses that these wing nuts ignore, nor am I going to do anything more than share with my straight friends to share the pain. Many people outside our community do not go deep into LGBT news to see such hatred – and we need to continue reinforcing that even with a probable event of SCOTUS ruling state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the fight goes on.

This is all so wrong — and tiring.

 

If You Are an Anti-Gay Gay Politician, Please Stay Off Grindr

Apparently, this anti-gay politician also likes it in his butthole:

A right-wing state representative with the unfortunate name of Randy Boehning has been caught with his pants down – literally.The North Dakota lawmaker recently voted no on a bill that would have added protections for members of the LGBT community in matters of housing and employment. The bill went down, which is probably not a shock to anyone reading this, but the vote did lead to one genuinely surprising revelation: Rep. Randy Boehning, who opposed the bill by day, was posting photos of his manliness to Grindr by night.The Washington Post reports that Mr. Boehning (photo right) was outed after the local news published his photo as one of the “nay” votes. Twenty-one-year-old Dustin Smith, a gay man interested in the issue, happened upon Boehning’s photo, and it began to tickle his memory. He was sure he knew the man. And then it came to him. Boehning had cruised him on Grindr.Dustin began scrolling through his Grindr conversations until he found Randy Boehning – all of Randy Boehning. Not only had they chatted, the lawmaker had sent him some unsolicited Wiener-style pictures with come ons like, “What’s up tonight, sexy?”

These stories never surprise me.

via Republican Voted Against LGBT Protections While Strutting His Stuff On Grindr – The New Civil Rights Movement.

Guess Who Got Super Ripped?

In case you couldn't tell, it is Jared Leto who is filming the new 'Batman' film in which he plays The Joker. Via Leto's Instagram.

 

What If We Lose Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court?

For all intents and purposes, it sounds like today’s SCOTUS hearings were a mixed bag of Justice responses pro- and anti-gay marriage. The New York Times (via Joe.My.God) shares its take on the day:

“The justices appeared to clash over not only what is the right answer in the case but also over how to reach it. The questioning illuminated their conflicting views on history, tradition, biology, constitutional interpretation, the democratic process and the role of the courts in prodding social change. Justice Kennedy said he was concerned about changing a conception of marriage that has persisted for so many years. Later, though, he expressed qualms about excluding gay families from what he called a noble and sacred institution. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. worried about shutting down a fast-moving societal debate.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked whether groups of four people must be allowed to marry, while Justice Antonin Scalia said a ruling for same-sex marriage might require some members of the clergy to perform ceremonies that violate their religious teaching. Justice Stephen G. Breyer described marriage as a fundamental liberty. And Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan said that allowing same-sex marriage would do no harm to the marriages of opposite-sex couples.

At the start of Tuesday’s arguments, Chief Justice Roberts said he had looked up definitions of marriage and had been unable to find one written before a dozen years ago that did not define it as between a man and a woman. “If you succeed, that definition will not be operable,” the Chief Justice said. “You are not seeking to join the institution. You are seeking to change the institution.”

I know that our community has remained optimistic that SCOTUS will rule that same-sex marriage is constitutional but there is also a chance it won’t. Such a decision would lead to a whole set of new issues, questions, protests, and debates – including whether or not states would activate their previously struck down marriage bans? Would gay couples married when it was legal still be considered married?

There is no easy answer or resolution to what could happen, but our community needs to be prepared for any next steps to maintain equality (and not violence).

The Washington Post has taken a stab at predicting the new world if we backtrack to state marriage bans:

In deep-red states such as Oklahoma, Utah and Kansas, officials probably would waste no time trying to put a stop to same-sex marriages. Groups may attempt to have existing marriages invalidated or may press state officials not to allow state benefits for gay couples who have wed. Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa County, predicted an immediate push to reinstate a constitutional amendment, approved in a 2008 voter referendum, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I don’t know how much clearer the will of the people can be expressed than by a vote to that effect,” he said.

In states such as Oregon and New Jersey, where the political climate has become more favorable to gay marriage in recent years, there probably would be a scramble to enact legislation to allow same-sex marriages. But the process could be more drawn out in places such as California, whose prohibition on same-sex marriage was part of the state constitution. If that ban was reinstated as a result of a Supreme Court decision, a voter referendum would be needed to get rid of it.

Elsewhere, the battles could be more pitched. In Virginia and Pennsylvania, for instance, freshly minted Democratic governors may resist attempts to revert to old laws, potentially clashing with conservative state lawmakers. And Republican leaders in Florida and elsewhere could find themselves squeezed between their conservative bases and gay rights forces that would label them bigots.

The biggest question: What would become of the thousands of couples who got married in the 22 states during the brief period same-sex marriage was allowed? James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, pointed to several recent cases involving same-sex marriage that suggest courts generally think that “once you’re married, you’re married.” But some experts think it could take years of litigation, and perhaps another go before the Supreme Court, to clarify that.In deep-red states such as Oklahoma, Utah and Kansas, officials probably would waste no time trying to put a stop to same-sex marriages. Groups may attempt to have existing marriages invalidated or may press state officials not to allow state benefits for gay couples who have wed. Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa County, predicted an immediate push to reinstate a constitutional amendment, approved in a 2008 voter referendum, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I don’t know how much clearer the will of the people can be expressed than by a vote to that effect,” he said.

In states such as Oregon and New Jersey, where the political climate has become more favorable to gay marriage in recent years, there probably would be a scramble to enact legislation to allow same-sex marriages. But the process could be more drawn out in places such as California, whose prohibition on same-sex marriage was part of the state constitution. If that ban was reinstated as a result of a Supreme Court decision, a voter referendum would be needed to get rid of it.

Elsewhere, the battles could be more pitched. In Virginia and Pennsylvania, for instance, freshly minted Democratic governors may resist attempts to revert to old laws, potentially clashing with conservative state lawmakers. And Republican leaders in Florida and elsewhere could find themselves squeezed between their conservative bases and gay rights forces that would label them bigots.

The biggest question: What would become of the thousands of couples who got married in the 22 states during the brief period same-sex marriage was allowed? James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, pointed to several recent cases involving same-sex marriage that suggest courts generally think that “once you’re married, you’re married.” But some experts think it could take years of litigation, and perhaps another go before the Supreme Court, to clarify that.

One thing is for sure. Come June, we will know the answer.

Let’s hope for the best!

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