Tag Archives: gay rights

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Ted Cruz Thinks Gay Rights Has Something to Do with Sex

Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the Texas Tribune, when asked about gay rights.

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Huckabee: More Sanctions Placed on Indiana than Iran

There’s been more pressure this week to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran. The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them.

— Mike Huckabee, in an interview with Michael Smerconish.

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And We Bet Some of His Best Friends Are Black, Too

I’ve had many friends who are homosexual.

— Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, interviewed by Bloomberg, adding that he would never attend a gay wedding.

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Lawmaker Equates Right to Fire Gays to Right to Smoke

You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business. It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?

— Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), comparing the right to fire gay workers with the right to smoke cigarettes on private property, ThinkProgress reports.

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Texas GOP Platform Seeks to Codify Anti-Gay Attitudes

We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle, No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.

Excerpt from the Texas Republican Party’s draft platform for the 2014 elections.

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Support for Same-Sex Marriage Reaches New High

55%

Of Americans support legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a new poll from Gallup. In 1996, 68 percent of Americans were against legalization of gay marriage. Among young adults age 18-29 support for gay marriage has risen to 78 percent.

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Idaho GOP Wants to Abolish Anti-Discrimination Laws

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, chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, commenting on Idaho Republican Party leaders calling on state lawmakers to invalidate local ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Spokesman-Review reports.

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Banned Video Explains What Love Without Limits Really Means

The video rejected in The Ruth Institute’s “Reel Love Challenge.” The contest asked for college students or young adults age 18 to 30 to answer the question, “What makes lifelong love possible?” Apparently it has to be man-lady lifelong love only.

This video was first accepted, but after someone at the “Institute” actually watched it, it was thrown out. The Ruth So-Called Institute is a project of the National Institute for Marriage Education Fund, which is just another Focus on the Family spin-off that claims these bizarre “core values:”

  • Respect for the contributions of men to the family Marriage as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman
  • Lifelong spousal cooperation as a solution to women’s aspirations for career and family
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I urge all faith leaders and politicians to stop persecuting people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day people live in fear because of who they love. We are talking about our family members, our flesh and blood, our humanity. LGBT people are in our villages, towns, cities, countries — and our whole world…those of us who have freedom must speak out for those whose freedom is under attack. We can and must make a difference.

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu, writing in Essence magazine about his impending retirement from professional life but not from fighting injustice.

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Conservative Olson: All Rights Aren’t Up for a Vote

Olson was probably only allowed to speak without being shouted down because of his conservative creds. After all, he was the man who won Bush v. Gore and was rewarded with the job of Solicitor General under George W. Bush. The entire exchange is great, but the part where he asks Chris Wallace whether we should also put FOX News’ right to free speech up to the voters is brilliant.