The Not-So-Secret Plan to End Gay Marriage

I’m sorry. The original story called it a secret plan, but if they wrote about it for millions to read, it’s secret no more.

Two notorious TV hosts have a secret plan to end equal marriage, and apparently it’s hiding inside their closet.

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham became famous among evangelicals in 2014 when their house-flipping TV reality show was cancelled over their anti-gay activism.

The pair, hosts of HGTV series Flip It Forward, were axed after TV execs were made aware that they had long records of religious anti-LGBT activism.

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MS is Most Anti-LGBT State

I live in a state which shares a border with Mississippi. After reading this, I find myself not caring that the state is often left out of the narrative of hurricane coverage. With all this hate why should we remember they exist? Maybe I should feel some measure of happiness that they didn’t entirely exclude heterosexual people in their machinations.

This week, one of the nation’s most sweeping religious exemption laws, which allows for widespread discrimination based on “sincerely held religious beliefs of moral convictions,” went into effect in Mississippi. The law permits religious organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, unmarried couples, and people having sex outside of marriage—including single parents and heterosexual couples—in housing and employment. HB 1523 also authorizes government officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

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Homophobic Farmer Banned from Sales

I love how homophobes are so hypocritical. It’s okay for this dude to express his First Amendment Rights of Free Speech, but it’s no okay for him to be punished for infringing on someone else’s civil rights.

A farmer from Michigan is suing the city of East Lansing, Michigan after he was banned from selling produce in a farmer’s market because of a homophobic Facebook post.

Stephen Tennes is a farmer on the outskirts of East Lansing and also rents his land out for weddings.

His farm quickly became a popular location for the joyous celebrations, but in December the farmer announced that he would only permit heterosexual marriages on his premises.
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Hateful RSVP to Gay Wedding

You know, if you’re gonna spew hate, at least have the balls to put your name to it and OWN your hate.

After about nine years together, Keith and Chad were ready to tie the knot near their Canton, Ohio home. They’d planned everything and worked to make their dream come true. They’d painted their own decorations, created handmade gifts, and even built their own cake stand. Yet just 30 days before their special day, they received an “RSVP” from one of their invited guests that was almost too cruel to believe.

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Xtian Filmmakers File Suit Against MN Anti-Discrimination Law

No one has yet put this couple in the position of having to accept or reject the filming of any weddings, yet they feel the need to sue the state of Minnesota because they’re afraid they might be asked to film a gay wedding. Never mind that they don’t even advertise wedding filming of ANY kind on their website. Still, apparently the mere thought makes them quake in their Christian boots. I’m sure if they keep advertising their hate loud enough, though, smart LGBT folks will steer very widely around them. Maybe they’ll survive on that hate, maybe they won’t.

A heterosexual Christian couple is suing the state of Minnesota because they’re scared they will have to film a gay wedding… even though no one has asked them to.

Carl and Angel Larsen run St Cloud video production company Telescope Media Group, and claim that their production company carries out filming work to bring “glory to God”.

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New Regime Leadership: Jeff Sessions

I think I’m going to start a new series which I hope you all will contribute to as we fall into lives under a new regime. I admit I don’t go searching for news. I mainly post what I come across on Facebook or the handful of news sites I look at. So if you know of others that might fall under this New Regime Leadership series, please please share.

The man President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his attorney general pick is a vocal opponent on issues like same-sex marriage and federal hate-crimes legislation, raising concerns among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community,

“It is deeply disturbing that Jeff Sessions, who has such clear animus against so many Americans — including the LGBTQ community, women and people of color — could be charged with running the very system of justice designed to protect them,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, said in a statement.

“When Donald Trump was elected, he promised to be president for all Americans, and it is hugely concerning and telling that he would choose a man so consistently opposed to equality as one of his first — and most important — cabinet appointees,” Griffin added.

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Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao For Saying Gay People ‘Are Worse Than Animals’

Personally, I think people who hit each other for “fun” is pretty barbaric and animalistic. I don’t claim to know every word of the bible, but I’m pretty sure Jesus never compared people to animals on any level.

Nike has dropped Manny Pacquiao after the boxer, who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate and has been very public about his opposition to same-sex marriage in the past, said that gay people are “worse than animals.”

“Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?” Pacquiao said on a Filipino television station this week. “If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”

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Anti-Gay Bakers Finally Pay Their Fine

It must be nice to ignore the law and do whatever the hell you want. I hope they lose their business, but I know they won’t because the Conservatives will keep them afloat.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, have finally paid the fine they owe for violating Oregon state law by refusing to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. After refusing to pay for over six months — and refusing to even obtain a bond or irrevocable letter of credit — the Kleins turned over a check for $136,927.07, which includes interest on the $135,000 they owe.

This sum of money was likely easily available to the Kleins. The Oregonian estimates that online donation efforts have raised the couple at least $515,000, and money continues to come in. This estimate likely also doesn’t account for any donations sent directly to them in the mail. Still, conservatives attempted to spin the story as devastating the couple’s finances.

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A Transgender Man Was Married By The Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses To Perform Same-Sex Marriage

I understand what this couple is trying to do, but this ignorant woman should no longer work for any government in any capacity – even the lowliest of jobs – still refuses to issue licenses to ALL couples, gay OR straight and yet this one slipped by and she allowed it. Someone in Kentucky needs to start a petitiion to remove her from office. She’s never going to budge so We the People need to budge her right out of office.

The Kentucky county clerk who has petitioned the Supreme Court to be exempted from performing same-sex marriages due to her religious beliefs signed a marriage certificate for a transgender man and his pansexual wife earlier this year.

Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis ordered her staff to stop issuing any marriage licenses in the wake of June’s historic Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality because she objects to having her name appear on the documents for religious reasons.

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Same-Sex Couples Still Cannot Marry In Small Pockets Of The U.S.

I imagine there are many in addition to the one hitting headlines out of Kentucky. If you cannot follow the law, quit your job. We complain when common criminals are not following the law, but it’s okay for people who work for the government to refuse to follow the law.

This week, an employee at the Casey County Clerk’s Office in Kentucky said on the phone that officials are not issuing marriage licenses to anyone — not to same-sex couples or different-sex couples. Nobody at the office would explain the reasoning for the decision, she said, and hung up the phone. BuzzFeed News called back to ask why and get her name, but she hung up again.

A few miles south at the Clinton County Clerk’s Office, an employee hung up when asked if the county was issuing marriage licenses since the Supreme Court’s June ruling for marriage equality. Another call back, another hang up.

Farther east in the Bluegrass State, however, the elected clerk of Rowan County is perfectly clear about her reasoning and practices.

Kim Davis is doing battle with four couples and Gov. Steve Beshear in federal court, arguing in court documents this month that she has a religious objection to her name appearing on the marriage licenses of same-sex couples. So instead, Davis barred all six of her deputies at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office from issuing marriage licenses to anybody — even though at least one deputy clerk was willing.

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