GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Civil rights ordinance that would’ve protected LGBT fails in Charlotte.

Last night the city of Charlotte was an ideological battleground.  NOM and many other anti-gay groups bused in hundreds of people to oppose a civil rights ordinance being voted on that would provide protections for LGBT citizens.  Behold, some of the winners from last night: The guy insisting the government consult the church is hilarious. [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: California lawyer submits initiative which proposes killing all gay citizens.

A California lawyer believes god wants him (and the rest of us) to murder gay people – people who aren’t harming anybody, but who just find one set of genitals more aesthetically pleasing than others.  Instead of thinking “Wow, god is a villain” he instead concluded that sure, murder is a justifiable reaction to two [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Scott Lively calls for prayer vigil before SCOTUS until same-sex marriage ruling.

For those who don’t know Scott Lively, he’s a very colorful chap who really, really, really doesn’t like gay people.  Like, to the tune of supporting laws that would see LGBT people killed in other countries.  He also claims to know the anti-Christ will arrive in September if LGBT people are allowed to marry.  He’s [Read More...]

BREAKING: Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is history.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon (federal judge, so Roy Moore is unimpressed) has ruled that Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.  I’m reading his ruling now and boy, does it have some lovely bits.  Like this: Nebraska’s “Defense of Marriage” Constitutional Amendment, Section 29, is an unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: South Carolina school trying to ban homosexuality after two gay athletes come out.

After two players on their volleyball team came out as gay, Erskine College is attempting to ban homosexuality.  Because that’s going to work about as well as banning pre-marital sex. The school’s “Statement on Human Sexuality,” issued late last week, said “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Arkansas’ other LGBT discrimination bill barely stopped.

So Arkansas’ bill that would prohibit towns from establishing civil rights ordinances that protect LGBT people is now law.  As he promised, Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed it to become law without his signature (at least he can see the writing on the wall with gay rights, but he’s still spineless). Ed Brayton sums it up [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Scott Lively warns we can expect the anti-Christ if we let gay people marry.

Scott Lively has ascertained the date we can expect the anti-Christ to take over: September 23rd of this year if the United States lets gay people marry.  Just listen to his impartial, modest, and totally legitimate rationale: After weeks or months of global chaos, when the nations are sufficiently broken and the peoples of the [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Some Alabama probate judges still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis was sued for refusing to abide by the federal court ruling eliminating Alabama’s gay marriage ban.  After a hearing in front of Callie Granade, the same federal judge who struck down the ban, Davis got the message and immediately started issuing licenses to same-sex couples. However, even though Granade [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Washington judge rules against florist who denied service to gay couple.

Lots of us remember the Dover trial over creationism in the classroom.  Creationists, including the Discovery Institute, talked a big game.  I remember getting countless emails from creationists assuring me that the pro-science side was legally screwed (and that I just needed to read the links they provided for proof).  Then, when it came time [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Texas Supreme Court issues order prohibiting judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

In response to the ruling in Travis County, the Texas Supreme Court has just issued an order prohibiting county clerks and judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses: The Texas Supreme Court stepped in this afternoon and blocked all state judges and county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The emergency action comes following [Read More...]