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Showing posts with label LGBT rights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LGBT rights. Show all posts

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Religion, Bigotry, Fairness and Conservatism

In June of this year, the Robert's Court ruled against a previous legal judgment that denied the LGBT community marital rights.

American bigots have found cause celeb-re in an individual's defying the Robert's Court ruling with religion as their war moniker and bigotry as their closeted paradigm. Some on the Right are even talking about re-writing the US Constitution to fit their social paradigm. A paradigm which is overwhelmingly white male, Jurassic Era in ideology, defies science, and relegates women to household objects.

We apologize in advance for the lined video as it embodies the essence of one GOP 2016 potential candidate who is oblivious outside the realm of sanity. However, the video truly embodies y statement on women as "household objects."

I posit the same mindset is inherent across the full scope of American conservatism......and it is a dangerous mindset.

Let's move to the latest and most glaring example of conservative hypocrisy with religion as a war flag. First a quick visit with the king of hypocrisy and Chameleon-ism, Rand Paul, and yet another pre-SCOTUS ruling inchoate rambling regarding his "libertarian" paradigm. Now, let's review a brief on the Robert's June 2015 Court ruling. 


Obergefell v. Hodges

Linked with:
Docket No.Op. BelowArgumentOpinionVoteAuthorTerm
14-5566th Cir.Apr 28, 2015
Jun 26, 20155-4KennedyOT 2014

Holding: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.

Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on June 26, 2015. Chief Justice Roberts filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Scalia joined. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.

And, in the Great State of Kentucky we have outright defiance of the law of the land.  Can you recall a time when conservatives were so anti-Robert's Court rulings?  They (to the person) relished gutting Civil Rights legislation regarding voting rights and the state of Alabama. They embraced the Court as it ruled in favor of Citizen's United and secret funding and sponsorship of elections.  And, they remain quiet as the Courts handed cops stop and search rights which will undoubtedly weigh in favor of disparate stops of blacks and Latinos. Then comes gay marriage rights and you have social hypocrites defying the Courts ruling in the name of religion.

When we speak of hypocrisy we seriously mean "hypocrisy." 
Dan Savage on Kim Davis: "This is about someone hypocritically cashing in, and she is a hypocrite.”
Posted by Mediaite on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The Kentucky clerk has released a statement regarding her position on refusing to issue marriage license to LGBT couples. The statement is completely ridiculous and indicative of exactly the mindset the United States should be placing in coffins for deep burial.

Lex18 Dot Com

Her lawyer speaks.
“She’s acknowledged that she’s made mistakes, “ Staver said. He explained that the turning point in her life came four-and-a-half years ago when her mother-in-law died. To fulfill her dying wish, Davis went to church and found her Christian faith.
The opening of the statement seems to have been written by a professional, but regardless of author the statement is irrelevant  to put it mildly.
"I have worked in the Rowan County Clerk's office for 27 years as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be elected as the Clerk in November 2014, and took office in January 2015. I love my job and the people of Rowan County. I have never lived any place other than Rowan County. Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on track to generate a surplus for the county of $1.5 million.
Relevance please?  Leave it to a conservative bigot and her lawyers to place a history of remember before the rights of a segment of the population. 
In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.
What we have here is probably heartfelt words from the county clerk, but I doubt there is one word in her job description which provides sanctuary in a state of bigotry not backed-up by directly related Scripture. The job description should by federal law include essential and nonessential (job) duties with separate lists of physical and skills requirements. The description, without doubt, does not include accommodation for religious beliefs. Also, note the common church vernacular of pray for forgiveness and you will receive it, Really?
I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people's religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned - that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience."
Did you notice the essence of the statement: "I" and "me?" If the "I" and "Me' are the essence of the issue, the clerk could simply walk-off the job, thus enacting a resignation. Of course, 27 years is an extensive background and employment career that wold be hard from which to walk away, but it seems 23 of those years were devoted what seems an all inclusive life of "I" and "Me" regarding social/sexual interaction. How does the last four years of her life qualify as final authority, outside of the law, in denying civil rights to people regardless of demographics. It is a dangerous position that can and will be applied to others areas of US bigotry and racism.

If you think for one second ultra-conservative bigots will not reach to apply the same denials to interracial couples, you are either a conservative to the core or you till feel this nation is an exceptional nation. In either case, you are misguided and factually an enabler of the Kim Davis's personal war of bigotry and deprivation.

We will close this piece with a link to a a very well developed piece in Liberal America from Tiffany Willis, founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and an "unapologetic" member of the Christian Left.

Update: The Daily Kos also published a piece that adds to a the Kim Davis story.
This is good to hear.By Daily Kos user Village VetPosted by Daily Kos on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Update:  Kentucky Clerk ordered to jail. It will take conservative America thirty minutes to secure her release for jail.

Posted by name deleted on Thursday, September 3, 2015


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The GOP Campaign Is Heating Up: Skirts Are Showing

When GOP politicians go about spewing venom regarding segments of the population considered outside of their 92% demographic. Yes, use of "92% demographic" was a convenient euphemism for total intolerance beyond the parities predominantly white male (aged) and married women population. It seems all GOP candidates with an exception for the non declared Carly Fiorina have spoken in various degrees against the LGBT community, same sex marriage and of late literal denial of access to public services (from private business owners).

Rachel Maddow ran a segment last night that reminds of the significance of a "political skirt " that cannot be tucked-away. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have declared their candidacy along with Ted Cruz. Both Paul and Rubio have staked position against the LGBT community that is now posing a GOP Primary problems. The primary campaign will force all GOP candidates to dance on one side of the social issues, with full knowledge they will be forced to "modify" their positions. If Paul wins the GOP nomination we will be faced with hours of Paul performing his now common, "In note sure, I'm not certain" or his all too frequent, "I did not say that."  

The candidates will tow the primary-line despite polling contrary to their position. 

Freedom to Marry 

Polling Highlights

Supermajority Support: The highest percentage ever of Americans – a 63%supermajority - back the freedom to marry as a constitutional right for gay couples, according to a 2015 CNN/ORC poll. This is up 14 percentage points from 2010, with significant increases by both Republicans and Democrats.
Non-Marriage States: Even in states without marriage for same-sex couples, a majority support the freedom to marry. A December 2013 poll from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research found that 51% of voters living in non-marriage states (at the time, 34 states) support marriage for same-sex couples. Support for marriage is strong in every region of the country - 59% in Central states, 53% in Western states, and opinion is split evenly in the South, with 46% in favor and 46% opposed.  
A Constitutional Question: A 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll found that by a 2-to-1 margin (64-33%) Americans believe that this question should be decided based on the U.S. Constitution, not left to families to struggle over case-by-case, battle by battle.
Evangelical Millenials: Pollster and Former Romney Director of Data Science, Alex Lundry, found that 64% of self-identifying Evangelical millenials support same-sex marriage. 
Catholics: A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted February 23-27, 2013 shows 62% of American Catholics are in favor of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.
African Americans: A national Gallup poll conducted November 26-29, 2012 found 53% of African Americans thought marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized officially and should have the same rights as straight married couples.
Hispanics: A Quinnipiac Polling Institute poll conducted February 27-March 4, 2013 showed 63% of Hispanic voters support same-sex marriage.
Republicans: A 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that support for the freedom to marry crosses party lines, with 40% of Republicans saying they support marriage for same-sex couples, with 23% strongly supportive. Among self-described moderates, support is at 64%, with just 27% opposed. A 2014 New York Times/CBS News poll found that 56% of Republicans under the age of 45 and a 2014 Pew Research poll found that 61% of Republicans under 30 support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Despite the reality of it all, we will find serious "Etch-A-Sketching" on the issue. Let's watch as Rachel Maddow delivers a cogent and totally relevant segment regrading the most nascent of declared candidates and their squirming regarding same sex marriage.  As I listen to Rand Paul, I could not help, but wonder if he will ever seek a psychological remedy for his penchant to ramble through answers while making-up the comments as he speaks. 

Yes, Paul is an out of his element Chameleon who offers up same sex marriage "contracts." Rubio? He is simply lost in his devotion to US conservatism while feigning a younger political perspective and social outlook and paradigm. Yet, he harbors and preaches the same tired Paleozoic Era doctrine of his high-end baby boomer cohorts, money backers and conservative supporters.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

LGBT Rights Organizations Open Letter In Support Of Saturday's March

Re-blog from Commondreams Dot Org. We are re-blogging the following commitment Open Letter for this Saturday's 50th Anniversary (commemoration) March on Washington DC.  Our excitement is just about boiling over.  Actually, we find evidence the Open Letter was published as early as mid-July.  In any case, when progressive, liberal, civil right and human rights organizations band together no amount of authoritarianism from the Right can win out.

LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

WASHINGTON - August 19 - A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter:
An Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Over the past year, our community has celebrated tremendous wins in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and justice.
We have collectively cheered the first ever Senate committee markup of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Social Security Administration’s modernization of its gender marker policy, and U.S. Supreme Court wins on marriage equality in the Windsor and Perry rulings. But we remain frustrated that ENDA is still not the law of the land and we’re angered and deeply disappointed with the Court’s decision to turn back critical parts of the historic Voting Rights Act in Shelby.
We must channel this frustration and disappointment into action to tackle employment discrimination, voter suppression tactics, immigration reform and racial profiling, to name only a few.
This month we have an opportunity to bring the combined energy from our victories to a major gathering that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. History was made that day 50 years ago when thousands came to Washington, D.C. to lift up their voices in support of civil rights, employment protection and an end to racial segregation in our nation’s schools. On August 24, 2013, we will rededicate ourselves to that dream of equality and justice.
It has been over 40 years since Stonewall and the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. As national, state and local LGBTQ organizations, we know that while there have been many advancements over the last four decades since Stonewall and the five decades since the 1963 March, there is still much more work to be done. We are proud to commemorate the 1963 March and, once again, come together and collectively take action to “Realize the Dream.”
At a time when the nation still does not have clear federal laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we still need to step up and be visible. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to find and keep a job in a safe work environment with a living wage regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We also believe that all members of our community, whether they are seniors, middle-aged or youth, deserve to be safe from violence, harassment, exploitation and racial profiling when they are at home, school, work, or in any other public places. As LGBTQ people, we believe that quality health care should be accessible, affordable and culturally competent. We believe that the 11 million undocumented immigrants, including at least 267,000 undocumented LGBT people living in this country, should have a real pathway to citizenship and people from all backgrounds should be able to stay with their families. We believe these are issues that cut across all lines of gender, race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, ability and immigration status. It’s time to join forces and demonstrate our collective power.
Take Action
Working together, this rally and mobilization is an opportunity to lift up the voices of LGBT people as part of a broad progressive agenda for social and economic justice. Please join us on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 8 AM – 3 PM in Washington, D.C. at the DC War Memorial at 900 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20245. (The Memorial is located across Independence Ave. from the Martin Luther King Memorial), as we come together in support of freedom and justice!
In Solidarity,
Get Equal
Human Rights Campaign
National Black Justice Coalition
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Believe Out Loud
Bethel Christian Church, DC
Bisexual Resource Center
Center for Black Equity
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Equality Federation
Family Equality Council
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Work
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
Harvey Milk Foundation
Immigration Equality
Lambda Legal
Leadership Team of NASPA GLBT Knowledge Community
Marriage Equality USA
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
The Trevor Project
Trans Advocacy Network
Trans People of Color Coalition
Transgender Law Center
Unid@s, The National Latin@ LGBT Human rights Organization
To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activistsorganizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Preacher, The Doctor, The Lesson!

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” John Steinbeck

The Preacher teaches a lesson.  He teaches a lesson in a community where such lessons are often not well received.  The twist at the end of his talk is a classic use of our history, positive manipulation of our foibles  and exposure of our biases.  


I wonder if the message really soaked-in to the point of full effectiveness.  There are those in our society who care nothing about the nation's progress from segregation,  deprivation of rights (for women also), and our history of Jim Crow Laws. Alas, there are many who long for those times as is evidence in the regressive actions of our from many in our nation.