Todd Starnes, a FOX News contributor graced the world with his views on same-sex marriage (I don’t recall asking him though). From Right Wing Watch:
In an interview last month on the Daystar program “Joni,” Fox News commentator Todd Starnes agreed with the suggestion that marriage equality will legalize man-dog marriage.
Discussing the case of a Colorado bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple (and which ironically baked a cake for a “dog wedding”), Starnes agreed with cohost Rachel Lamb’s assertion that man-dog marriage is on its way, saying, “when you redefine marriage, that means anything goes.”
It’s that time again folks! Let’s play clear up some misconceptions and harmful lies being spread by right wing conservatives (that’s a full time job on it’s own, which I’d be happy to do, if I was getting paid)
Point the First: Marriage Equality is about opening up the institution of marriage to all consenting adults. Please note those last two words-consenting and adults. Not between adults and children-children cannot consent. Not between adults and animals-no one is arguing to allow marriage between humans and animals, and even if they were, again, no consent. Right wingers have a difficult time understanding consent.
Point the second: If you run a public business in the United States, you cannot discriminate against your customers. That means that a cake baker that runs a public business cannot discriminate against a lesbian couple. That would violate the anti-discrimination laws. I know many fundamentalist religious nitwits think that their “sincerely held religious beliefs” are a get out of jail free card to discriminate against LGBT people, but really, it isn’t. If you run a private business and you want to be a bigoted, discriminatory asswipe,
fineby me it’s lawful, even if I think it is immoral and unethical. If you’re a public business, no way, no how.
Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences on gays
An extreme anti-gay bill was recently passed in Gambia:
Gambia has passed a bill that imposes life sentences for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ in what is already one of the most homophobic countries in Africa.
Officials told AP on Monday that the bill was passed last month and gives life sentences to ‘serial offenders,’ people with HIV and those suspected of having sex with someone who is under 18, disabled or drugged.
Suspects who are parents or guardians of the other person or ‘in authority over’ him or her are also targeted by the bill.
Gambia already punishes gay sex by up to 14 years in jail under a law that was extended to women in 2005.
Remind me again, this is the 21st century, no? This is yet another example of a country pushing its archaic, regressive, anti-equality views on its entire population, with no regard to the human rights of its citizens.
Gay US college student gets note on first week of semester: ‘Faggots don’t belong here’
A gay student at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California, US returned to his room in the first week of semester to find a note pinned to his door.
However, this was not a welcome note, in fact quite the opposite. Scrawled in green pen were the words: ‘Faggots don’t belong at APU. GET OUT.’
The individual who received the note has not been revealed, but the image of the note which was pinned to his door has gone viral on Twitter.
This ought to be counted as terrorism. Whoever wrote that note clearly wanted to scare the student away, and I can easily understand how fearful that might make him (or other LGBT students for that matter).