Shaun Marcum, of the Milwaukee Brewers, batting against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park in Milwaukee, June 2, 2012.
I ask the questions because, on the heels of the now-transparently-all-gay-marriage-all-the-time Human Right Scampaign’s bought-and-paid-for fake history of gay marriage, we have more energy (and, of course, ample, endless supplies of money) being spent by HRC to suck all oxygen out of the civil rights room except that which has already been gulped by Gay Marriage, Inc.
The country’s leading gay rights groups and donors, after a decade focused on legalizing same-sex marriage, are embarking on a major drive to win more basic civil rights and workplace protections in Southern and Western states where the rapid progress of the movement has largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians.
“We can’t allow two distinct gay Americas to exist,” said Tim Gill, a Colorado philanthropist whose foundation is putting about $25 million into a handful of mostly conservative-leaning states over the next five years.
You mean like Wiskansin, New Hampshuh and New Yowwuk?
“Texas doesn’t recognize gay marriage, and I don’t see that changing,” said [Annise] Parker, [Houston’s] first openly gay mayor. “But people being able to work and pay taxes — it’s a much easier discussion.”
Except, apparently, in Wiskansin, New Hampshuh and New Yowwuk.
“The prevalence of the closet presents a challenge far greater than what we’ve seen in the other regions of the country,” said Chad H. Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which is opening up field offices in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas in an effort to build stronger ties to schools, religious institutions and political cultural leaders. “You risk being kicked out of your home. You risk discrimination on the job or being fired. You risk rejection at your place of religious celebration.”
I wonder if Rosa Parks, Jr. is going to make any effort to allow relevantly-qualified trans women to earn a living in any of those field offices?
I also wonder if Rosa Parks, Jr. has any clue that the laws of two of those states recognize the existence of transsexuality?
No, actually I don’t wonder about that. Even with him having been born in one of them, I know the answer – and so do all of you.
Gay rights leaders are also worried that future court victories could leave gay men and lesbians in some states mired in a legal paradox: They might be free to marry but could still lose their jobs in the 29 states where it remains legal to fire employees for their sexual orientation.
Then maybe they shouldn’t be pushing gay marriage in places that will never – ever – pass gay rights legislation?
You know, like Oklahoma?!?!?!?!?
Just a thought.
The Human Rights Campaign, which is spending $8.5 million and hiring 20 people for its Project One America effort in the South, has conducted extensive research on the day-to-day experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in its three focus states.
To make up for its past crimes, a minimum of half of those new employees should be trans women. If not, then Rosa Parks, Jr. and his Purple(-n-Yellow) Ponzi Scheme should be given the Donald Sterling treatment.
Half of the remainder should be trans men.
The remaining five – whether LGB or T or even straight – should have no connection whatsoever to D.C., Maryland, New York or Massachusetts.
Failing that (and we all know that HRC is expert in failure), at the very least not a damn one of the new employees in any of the southern states that do recognize the existence of transsexuality (and hint: its more than two!) should be non-trans. And any current employee of HRC who doesn’t know which states those are should immediately become an ex employee of HRC.
Mr. Gill, who usually shuns interviews, said he was speaking out now to try to persuade others to join the less glamorous state-level advocacy, before a presidential election begins to consume a lot of activists’ time and money.
“I want them to look at the other 29 states where nothing has happened,” Mr. Gill said. “I want them to say, ‘How can we fix this?’ ”
How about looking at Wiskansin, New Hampshuh and New Yowwuk first, eh Tim?
Here’s a thought: Maybe Adam Silver should decide who is worthy of being honored (not to mention permanently employed) within the LGB( ) world. At least he understands that words are deeds.
…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
– U.S. Constitution, Art. VI
But, we all know that christianist psychopaths don’t believe that any laws apply to them.
Three out of four Iowa Republican candidates for U.S. Senate said Friday they would block any federal judge appointee who did not have a “biblical view of justice” or follow “natural law” as handed down from God.
The discussion came up at a forum hosted by The Family Leader, an organization that lavished money on a 2010 campaign to oust the Iowa justices who ruled that marriage equality was required by Iowa’s constitution.
When asked by moderator and right-wing commentator Erick Erickson what criteria they would use in confirming federal judges, the candidates tried to one-up each other to emphasize the importance of Biblical law. Sam Clovis, who recently asserted that Obama remains in office solely because Republicans are afraid of impeaching a black president, said any judicial nominees must be able to “explain to me natural law and natural rights.” Matt Whitaker went even farther, specifying that judges must be “people of the faith” with “a biblical view of justice.” State Sen. Joni Ernst stressed that judges must have an “understanding where the Constitution came from and our laws, and they all did come from God.”
The real test should be whether these ‘candidates’ will acknowledge that Bob Vander Plaats’ hair looks like a melted glob of off-black plastic.
From Mother Jones:
On Sunday, National Review ran a blog post originally titled, “Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is a Democrat.” The post breathlessly noted a handful of contributions he made in the early 1990s to Democratic politicians, including California politician Gray Davis and Sen. Bill Bradley, who had played in the NBA. (Sterling has owned his NBA team since the early 1980s.) The headline has since been changed to “Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has Only Contributed to Democrats,” with an update reading, “his official party affiliation is not known.”
Except that it now is:
On Sunday, Michael Hiltzik, a Los Angeles Times columnist, tweeted that local voter records show Sterling to be a registered Republican “since 1998.” We followed up on that, and a search of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website for Sterling’s name, date of birth, and address confirmed that he’s registered as a Republican[.]
Mother Jones somewhat questioned the significance of Sterling’s party affiliation.
Well, I think it does matter – and not just because of the undeniable truism of ‘Not all Republicans are racists, but if you’re a racist you’re most likely a Republican.’
We’re living in an era of fake history so disgusting that even Josef Goebbels would blush.
Just before TMZ let everyone in on the Sterling tape, the world of intellectual honesty was sodomized with Alice Dreger doppelganger Jo Becker’s bought-and-paid-for-by-HRC fake history of the gay marriage movement that people too lazy to double check will, of course, sooner rather than later, believe to be legitimate (you know, just like people have seemingly stopped caring about HRC’s claims as to how many members it has – even after it was conclusively proven to have been lying through its gold teeth by claiming that anyone who has ever given it a dollar was a ‘member’?)
And we’re never more than ten minutes past the latest Republican claim that Martin Luther King was really a Republican and, as such, if he were alive today, would be in favor of Paul Ryan’s insane Ayn Rand-ish economic policies and would oppose anti-discrimination legislation.
it damn well does matter that an openly adulterous, racist billionaire who likely gets more tax breaks in one second than the average productive citizen (of any race) gets in a lifetime is a registered voting affiliate of a party that, if it had its way, would reinstitute slavery (but not just for blacks), eliminate the right to vote for anyone who doesn’t own real property and bring back legally enforceable sex law from the reign of Elizabeth I.