The Dignity and Wisdom of Julian Bond on Religious Liberty and Inclusion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 12:48 pm

This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious: discrimination is wrong. As we await the rulings on the same-sex marriage cases before SCOTUS — Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage known as Prop 8, and United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Julian Bond’s op-ed is a reminder of how absurd, hypocritical and weak the anti-equality side is. It clings to a particular religious point of view to justify institutionalized discrimination. We’ve been there before, and they have short memories.

 

FDL Movie Night: “Call Me Kuchu”

By: Monday June 10, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, Call Me Kuchu, follows a pivotal time in the lives of Uganda’s LGBT population. Our guests tonight, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, were given unprecedented access to LGBT activists, the kuchu community in Uganda, their families, supporters, and detractors as they made this moving, inspiring film.

Washington State GOP Wants to Protect (Some) Homophobia from Anti-Discrimination Lawsuits

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 9:00 am

A dozen Republican members of the Washington state legislature are so outraged that a florist would be forced to sell flowers to gays or lesbians that they have put forward a bill to protect homophobic business owners from anti-discrimination lawsuits. Actually, that’s not quite right — the homophobic beliefs have to be “sincerely held” in order to protect the owner from a lawsuit.

Let’s take a moment and imagine just how a lawyer would probe those allegedly sincerely held beliefs . . .

And we note for the record that the mere fact that someone is sincere in their hatred of someone else doesn’t make it right, and certainly doesn’t make it worth protecting.

Family Research Council Exploits Matthew Shepard’s Murder to Justify Discrimination

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 7:00 pm

I’ve read many reasons why same-sex couples shouldn’t be married from religious right groups and all of them are either distortion-filled or just plain nasty. But the following from the Family Research Council’s Robert Morrison goes beyond the boundaries of good taste. He exploits the murder of Matthew Shepard to somehow connect marriage equality to the problem of absent fathers.

New Study Shows That Blacks Are 3x as Likely to Get the Death Penalty in Texas (Harris County) – Duane Buck Case Is Proof

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 10:00 am

Can your race be used against you when it comes to punishment? For minorities in Harris County, Texas, the answer is yes. The proof? A new study by University of Maryland Professor Raymond Paternoster. His research reveals that among the 504 capital cases he sampled in the county between 1992 and 1999, prosecutors were more than 3X as likely to seek death against black defendants than white defendants.

President Obama: Marriage Equality Bans Don’t ‘Stand Up to Constitutional Muster’

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Finally he’s moving the goal posts up to Loving v. Virginia, right where it belongs as Supreme Court decisions dance around the issue of full equality of gays and lesbians to marry.

Catholic Bishops Now Oppose Violence Against Women Act

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00 am

Once upon a time, the USCCB produced a pastoral statement on domestic violence that opened with this sentence: “As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified.” Among other things, the statement takes on those who would misuse scripture to justify domestic violence, and calls on the church to keep in mind three things: the safety of the victim (and any children in the home), accountability for the perpetrator, and either restoring the relationship or mourning its loss.

Once upon a time, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops supported the Violence Against Women Act. This is not that time. Not any more . . .

Victory for Occupy Philly as Wells Fargo Protesters Acquitted

By: Wednesday March 6, 2013 5:57 am

12 Occupy Philadelphia protesters who staged a sit in at a Wells Fargo bank in Center City Philadelphia were acquitted of charges of conspiracy and defiant trespass for a 2011 protest during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

No surprise: Boy Scouts of America punts – no vote on its ban on gay members

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:10 pm

I have to say that I was not surprised at this news at all. The media maelstrom about this topic rendered the decision by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board so hot — the here-come-the-pedophiles/America-values-are-being-destroyed camp versus the camp reflecting the increasing acceptance of LGBTs in contemporary American culture — left the Boy Scouts with a no-win situation, if you’re going strictly by PR. So they punted.

NC: Bigoted restaurant owner slips condemning letter to lesbian couple — after they’ve dined and paid

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 5:00 pm

I love the new homophobia. In the vein of Chik-Fil-a, bigoted establishments welcome gay dollars, but want to condemn at the same time. In New Bern, NC on December 4, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail walked into The Stingray Café, sat down and had their meal, and had this handed to them by the restaurant’s owner, Ed McGovern — after they had paid and were leaving.

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