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December 22, 2012
People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.
Pope Benedict XVI •  Denouncing same-sex marriage in his annual Christmas speech today. Benedict has long been viewed, dating back to his ascension to the papacy, as a staunch traditionalist on the Catholic Church’s longtime social positions, and his views on homosexuality have proven no exception: “When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.” source 
20:30 // 1 year ago
December 9, 2012
You vacillate, ambivalent about the role you wish to perform – the disciple of David or Nero. With such a contradiction between your statements and actions, on what basis can you expect anyone – Christians in particular – to trust or respect you?
Joseph Devine, the Bishop of Motherwell • Ripping British Prime Minister David Cameron for his supportive stance on gay marriage, and calling Cameron “out of his depth” for his stance on the issue — as well as his lack of support on moves by Christians approaching the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand their right to wear the cross. “So far as the Roman Catholic Church … is concerned, you are out of your depth. We will take no finger-prodding lectures from anyone or any group devoid of moral competence,” Devine said. That last statement is odd: Devine is significantly more out of his depth than Cameron is.
11:59 // 1 year ago
December 8, 2012
12:30 // 1 year ago
December 7, 2012
breakingnews:

BREAKING: US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage casesThe US Supreme Court has agreed to take up two gay marriage cases in their first serious look at the issue.The court today granted review of the Defense of Marriage act, a federal law which says marriage can exist only between a man and a woman, and Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, NBC News reports.More updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Gay marriage advocates cheer during a rally outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco moments before hearing that judges had struck down Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, on Feb. 7, 2012. (Beck Diefenbach / Reuters file)

"Now that the Supreme Court is wading into the battle, the justices could decide the more basic issue of whether any state can ban same-sex marriage under the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the law.” This could be big, guys.

breakingnews:

BREAKING: US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up two gay marriage cases in their first serious look at the issue.

The court today granted review of the Defense of Marriage act, a federal law which says marriage can exist only between a man and a woman, and Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, NBC News reports.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Gay marriage advocates cheer during a rally outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco moments before hearing that judges had struck down Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, on Feb. 7, 2012. (Beck Diefenbach / Reuters file)

"Now that the Supreme Court is wading into the battle, the justices could decide the more basic issue of whether any state can ban same-sex marriage under the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the law.” This could be big, guys.

(via bobbycaputo)

15:33 // 1 year ago
October 2, 2012
It’s that he can’t accept how society would view me and the status that it would incur. Marriage is still a form of social status. I do understand him. I understand why he’s doing this.
Hong Kong resident Gigi Chao • Discussing her reaction to her father, real estate magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, setting a $65 million bounty for any man who can woo her and ask for her hand in marriage. One problem — she’s already married. To a woman. Her father hasn’t accepted the marriage, however, hence the bounty. “At first I was entertained by it, and then that entertainment turned into the realization and conviction that I am a really lucky girl to have such a loving daddy, because it’s really sweet of him to do something like this as an expression of his fatherly love,” she explained. “But I don’t appreciate getting 1,500 e-mails.”
9:27 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
Pro-gay marriage ads using straight people to push message: This may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it’s not. “The moderate tough guys we need to flip to win a couple of these races are still the ones who say that gays are gross,” explains fundraising consultant Andy Szekeres (who, by the way, is gay). “Pushing people to an uncomfortable place, it’s something you can’t do in a TV ad.”

Pro-gay marriage ads using straight people to push message: This may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it’s not. “The moderate tough guys we need to flip to win a couple of these races are still the ones who say that gays are gross,” explains fundraising consultant Andy Szekeres (who, by the way, is gay). “Pushing people to an uncomfortable place, it’s something you can’t do in a TV ad.”

8:36 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012
nbcnews:

Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups
(Photo: Cody Duty / AP)
Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to a statement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. 
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had blocked the fast-food chain from opening stores in Chicago because of its anti-gay views, likewise announced he would now let Chick-fil-A open up new outlets after he received a letter this morning from the company stating that they would cease donating to the groups.  
Read the complete story.

Yet to be seen: Will this actually end the boycott? Or will pro-LGBT chicken fans continue to deny the chain their business?

nbcnews:

Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups

(Photo: Cody Duty / AP)

Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to a statement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. 

Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had blocked the fast-food chain from opening stores in Chicago because of its anti-gay views, likewise announced he would now let Chick-fil-A open up new outlets after he received a letter this morning from the company stating that they would cease donating to the groups.  

Read the complete story.

Yet to be seen: Will this actually end the boycott? Or will pro-LGBT chicken fans continue to deny the chain their business?

(via nbcnews)

0:10 // 1 year ago
September 7, 2012
washingtonpoststyle:

Democratic Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote a letter (at left via Yahoo!) condemning Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s public support of same-sex marriage.
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded to Burns’s letter with one of his own. It begins: “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government…”
Read the rest via Deadspin.

Read this amazing response at the link. Kluwe has a way with words. Sample: "I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for ‘beautiful oppressionism’)."

washingtonpoststyle:

Democratic Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote a letter (at left via Yahoo!) condemning Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s public support of same-sex marriage.

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded to Burns’s letter with one of his own. It begins: I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government…”

Read the rest via Deadspin.

Read this amazing response at the link. Kluwe has a way with words. Sample: "I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for ‘beautiful oppressionism’)."

16:07 // 1 year ago
September 6, 2012
Governor Romney says he’s against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us; that’s what makes a family. Mr. Romney, my family is just as real as yours.
Zach Wahls, speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Wahls, a young man from Iowa with two mothers, spoke to the Iowa state legislature in early 2011 on behalf of marriage equality and the video of his speech went viral. (via pantslessprogressive)

Wahls has a future in politics if he wants it. 
19:07 // 1 year ago
August 26, 2012
15:34 // 1 year ago