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June 29, 2013
I don’t think the ruling was appropriate. I think it was wrong. …[Justice Kennedy] basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Decrying, in his “Ask the Governor” radio appearance earlier this week, the decision by the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Christie’s stance is peculiar (not least of all because former President Bill Clinton, who Christie defended, has wholly publicly reversed on the issue) relative to his political situation, relative to his political situation — he’s the Republican governor of a state with a historically potent Democratic Party, and touted as a potential national office-seeker. With the sharp trajectory of public opinion on same-sex marriage, these are words that could come back to haunt him. For what it’s worth, his legal opinions don’t come from a place of inexperience, as Christie served as the Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008. source
19:48 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
18:00 // 1 year ago

The fate of the Texas abortion bill vote in tweets

And the bill does not pass. A dramatic end to an incredibly dramatic night, with the bill officially pronounced dead earlier in the hour. source

4:25 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2013
Never in a million years would I intentionally hurt another person. Yet, here I sit having hurt so many by failing to acknowledge the pain some affiliated with Exodus International caused, and by failing to share the whole truth about my own story. My good intentions matter very little and fail to diminish the pain and hurt others have experienced on my watch. The good that we have done at Exodus is overshadowed by all of this.
Alan Chambers, former president of Exodus International • Apologizing to the LGBT community in a new letter posted on the official Exodus International website ahead of a new Chambers family interview with Lisa Ling which will air on Thursday night. Alan Chambers has apparently decided to close Exodus International, citing his changing beliefs and recognition of the irreparable harm the group has done, and is taking quite a bit of flack over the decision. source
13:59 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2013
18:46 // 1 year ago
I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu… he’s not producing what I want in my office. If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine. But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.
Cornel Rasor, chair of the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee. In the last year and a half, six Idaho cities have passed ordinances banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Idaho Republicans aren’t happy with this, and so party officials have passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state’s Republicans to do everything they can to invalidate said ordinances. source
18:36 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2013
I am a straight scoutmaster with a wife, two children and a golden retriever so it does not impact me other than the loss to our troop of some great volunteers to the program. What we did was carry the American flag proudly at the front of the parade; and having scouts in color guards in parades is as American as apple pie.
Peter Brownstein, Salt Lake City BSA volunteer • Commenting on a reprimand that he and fellow Salt Lake City resident Neil Whitaker received from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America after participating in the Utah Pride Parade on June 2. The two men have apparently been told they could be kicked out of the BSA, for violating rules which bar leaders from using the BSA to advance political positions, if they don’t apologize to local organization officials for participating in the parade. Both men have indicated they have no plans to apologize. source
20:34 // 1 year ago
June 15, 2013
15:08 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2013
breakingnews:

Oregon county to order gender-neutral bathrooms
The Oregonian: Multnomah County in Oregon has one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county.The Oregonian reported that the move, coming through an executive order scheduled to be signed Tuesday morning by county board Chairman Jeff Cogen, is intended to eliminate stigmas for transgender county employees and visitors using county-owned restrooms. Photo: Dana Tims/The OregonianMore from the Oregonian here.

Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen, leading the way on this issue. It’s a common criticism of the acronym LGBT that the “T” often gets forgotten, or overlooked in favor of more politically convenient, mainstream issues. But not this time, in Multnomah County, Oregon.

breakingnews:

Oregon county to order gender-neutral bathrooms

The Oregonian: Multnomah County in Oregon has one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county.
The Oregonian reported that the move, coming through an executive order scheduled to be signed Tuesday morning by county board Chairman Jeff Cogen, is intended to eliminate stigmas for transgender county employees and visitors using county-owned restrooms.

Photo: Dana Tims/The Oregonian
More from the Oregonian here.

Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen, leading the way on this issue. It’s a common criticism of the acronym LGBT that the “T” often gets forgotten, or overlooked in favor of more politically convenient, mainstream issues. But not this time, in Multnomah County, Oregon.

19:25 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2013
13:22 // 1 year ago