GAY RIGHTS: Springfield, MO votes to repeal protections for LGBT.

My private voice students are in hell week for their production of All Shook Up.  The directors have asked me to come give what insights I can, so I’m heading over there later today.  However, a lot’s happening in the news – so get ready for short posts. Last October the City Council of Springfield, [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Josh Feuerstein’s search for anti-Christian discrimination.

Joshua Feuerstein is at it again.  This time he thought he’d be clever by marching into a bakery and asking for a cake that read “We do not support gay marriage” and announcing anti-Christian bigotry when they refused to make it: Cut the Cake bakery said it has lost business and faced harassment since last [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Why public businesses have to serve the public – all of it.

I came across this article in the Arkansas Times titled “Partners.”  These two paragraphs from it are magical: See those taxpayer-subsidized power lines running to that restaurant? See all that fresh, clean water running out of the taps? See the sewer lines running away from that restaurant, to the fragrant wastewater treatment plant at the [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Anti-gay law like Indiana’s passed in Arkansas, sent to Gov. Hutchinson who has said he’ll sign it.

The Arkansas legislature has just sent the state’s right-to-discriminate bill, virtually identical to Indiana’s, to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who has said he plans to sign it: Arkansas is a penstroke away from having a “license to discriminate” law nearly identical to Indiana’s. HB 1228, the Arkansas “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), already passed both the House and the [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Georgia running away from its own anti-gay bill after watching Indiana implode.

Georgia was working on an RFRA similar to Indiana’s (it was written with the help of the same people/organizations).  Now, after watching Indiana lose money that can only be described with the scientific term “shitloads”, they seem to have had a change of heart: Let nobody tell you that your voice doesn’t matter. Nowhere is [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Chris Cuomo interviews Ryan McCann of the Indiana Family Institute.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo did a beautiful interview with Ryan McCann of the Indiana Family Institute. Here’s the thing: McCann and his ilk cannot win by telling the truth.  If they say that this bill is to permit discrimination (which it is) they lose in public opinion and in court.  But rather than losing fairly they [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Indianapolis (Republican) mayor takes steps to fight Indiana’s new anti-gay law.

I could not be happier if more Republicans were like this: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council on Monday called on the Indiana General Assembly to either repeal the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act or add explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state law. Ballard also issued an executive order [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS, POLITICS, & SPORTS: NASCAR condemns Indiana’s RFRA.

If your law is too anti-gay for NASCAR there’s probably some real problems. [Read more...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: KY Gov: gay marriage ban is non-discriminatory because everybody’s free to marry someone of the opposite sex.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s lawyer has filed a brief with the Supreme Court saying the state’s gay marriage ban is constitutional and should stand because it’s not discriminatory: it prevents everybody from marrying somebody of the same sex: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: After blowback, Indiana governor wants legislation to “clarify” anti-gay bill.

So Indiana passed a law allowing businesses to discriminate against their LGBT customers so long as they do it for religious reasons, because apparently immoral things become just great as long as you them for religion.  The running message from defenders of this law (who are all religious and anti-gay, but I’m sure that’s a [Read More...]

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