“The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a Lincoln woman, whose name has not been released, told police she was attacked over the weekend by three masked men who broke into her home and bound her with zip ties before carving homophobic slurs into her skin, dumping gasoline on her floor and lighting it with a match.
Immediately following the assault, the woman, who is in her 30s, managed to walk to a neighbor’s home to get help, friend Erin Thompson told the Omaha World-Herald. Thompson confirmed that the victim is a lesbian and also noted that three anti-gay epithets, including the word “dyke,” were carved on the woman’s arms and stomach. Other friends told local ABC news affilate KLKN-TV that anti-gay slurs were also found spray painted throughout the woman’s basement.”
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This is pretty damn awesome, lbr.
I remember the debates before the election when she addressed the buggery laws that still exist from colonial days. The outcry against her was huge and I thought she was definitely going to lose. She’s not my favorite politician, but in a country like Jamaica, what she did/said was HUGE. What she had to say about homosexuals serving on her cabinet was this:
“Our administration believes in protecting the human rights of all Jamaicans. No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Government should provide the protection, and I think that we should have a look at the buggery law….but for me, I do not support the position of the former Prime Minister because people should be appointed to positions based on their ability to manage. “
Chuck Norris jokes aside
Chuck Norris recently wrote an article for ammoland.com and he says he supports the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gays and condemns Obama for pushing a pro-gay BSA. He also says that Obama is in cahoots with the BSA Nation board member James Turley who plans to overturn the ban on gays in the BSA. After reading these two articles I found out the the BSA also bans people who don’t have any religious affiliation. Seriously, BSA? Aren’t boy scouts supposed to make kids into well rounded people? This is deplorable.
Read the articles here:
la times article: (x)
ammoland article: (x)
Unfortunately, Chuck Norris has become a joke. :/
has become? He’s always been a joke.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Tumblr this is a different poll on the same site. Come on guys we can fix this, it’s a disgrace.
The tide is turning!
Fuck me. Guess I DON’T live in a blue city in a red state. Time to make my voice heard.
I ran out of space. Here’s what I put:
Are you kidding me? When do we, as a people, have the right to police basic human rights? You tell me how it affects anyone else when two people of the same gender decide to love each other and commit to a relationship. How dare you, Sioux Falls. How dare you persecute and oppress a people.
And there. There’s my last name. Bring it.
It’s good to know that 10 other people in this town support marriage equality :) A big eff you to the one person who opposes it though.
NPR has a piece on the alleged infringement on religious liberty embodied in the Obama administration’s policies on issues like contraception and LGBT rights:[Mathew Staver, founder of the conservative law group, Liberty Counsel] says as rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people make gains, religious conservatives are having to set aside their convictions. A Christian counselor was penalized for refusing to advise gay couples. A court clerk in New York was told to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite religious reservations. A wedding photographer was sued for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding. Staver says these people aren’t trying to impose their religious views on others.
“What people of faith don’t want to do, however, is be forced to participate in something that literally cuts to the very core of their belief.”
[Rob Boston at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State] says of course religious believers want to impose their views on the world — witness the fight against same-sex marriage. But he says under the law, people can’t discriminate based on their religious beliefs, any more than a restaurant owner can cite the Bible in refusing to serve black customers. He says the solution is simple.
“If you don’t want to serve the public, don’t open a business saying you will serve the public.”
What’s happened in the past decade, [Douglas Laycock, a constitutional lawyer who argues cases on behalf of religious groups,] says, is that the culture wars have become a zero sum game. When one side wins, the other loses.
“The conservative religious groups want to take away all the liberty of the pro-choice and gay-rights people, and the pro-choice and gay-rights people want to take away all the liberty of the conservative religious groups,” he says. “Neither side seems interested in the American tradition of ‘live and let live’ and protect the liberty of both sides.”
And Laycock sees little chance of a detente, particularly in an election year.
Here’s the thing: anyone who really believes this could be a simple matter of “live and let live” is either an idiot, a liar, or both.
What are the supposedly conflicting values here? If a religious person, whose job is to provide services to the public, is forced to help a gay person or distribute birth control, they have a crisis of conscience but can otherwise go about their day.
If they can practice their purportedly deeply-held religious convictions, then what happens? A gay couple cannot get legally married. An adult cannot obtain birth control. A pregnant person cannot obtain entirely-legal emergency contraception. This is a bit more than a crisis of conscience, so don’t give me any crap about the two somehow being equivalent.
On one side, we have people trying to live their lives.
On the other side, we have people claiming the “religious liberty” to interfere with those people’s lives. They are free to believe whatever b.s. they want, but if they want to claim that their religion prohibits them from doing their jobs in ways that harm other people, maybe they are in the wrong line of work.
WA GOV. CHRIS GREGOIRE: I WILL INTRODUCE BILL TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE
“It is now time for our gay and lesbian citizens to be treated equally and that means marriage.” - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire. Story developing, update here in minutes.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times has more.
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday said she’ll put forward legislation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The proposal will be introduced during the legislative session that starts Monday. If it’s approved, Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. “It’s time, it’s the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Our gay and lesbian families face the same hurdles as heterosexual families — making ends meet, choosing what school to send their kids to, finding someone to grow old with, standing in front of friends and family and making a lifetime commitment,” Gregoire said. “For all couples, a state marriage license is very important. It gives them the right to enter into a marriage contract in which their legal interests, and those of their children if any, are protected by well-established civil law.”Washington state currently has an “everything but the name” domestic partners law that was upheld in the bitterly contested Referendum 71 battle.