Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Couple Renege On Divorcing On Passage Of Marriage Equality

I’ve posted in the past about a married couple of haters in Australia who “threatened” to divorce should marriage equality come to the land “down under.”

Back in June 2015, Nick and Sarah Jensen of Canberra swore to divorce in protest if the government legalized same-sex marriage.

It will come as no surprise the threat was an empty one as Parliament has resoundingly approved marriage equality.

From The Daily Mail:

And after Parliament finally passed the law to cheers on Thursday afternoon, Mr Jensen announced his position in a statement to Daily Mail Australia. “My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the State,” he wrote.

“The legislation currently makes it untenable for us to do this under the law. The point we were highlighting and that still stands however is the fact that a redefinition of marriage changes the agreement under which we were originally married. We will be making no further comment.”

Here’s Nick Jansen’s statement from 2015:

“My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a divorce. The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly. And certainly, it’s not one that many will readily understand. And that’s because it’s not a traditional divorce. Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.” 

(h/t JoeMyGod) 

North Carolina: Anti-LGBT “Pledge” Falls Flat

The haters in North Carolina say they have no animus towards the LGBT community.

Right?

Except, that is, when they want to force legislators to sign a “pledge” that no pro-LGBT protections will ever happen as long as the lawmakers are in office.

The folks over at anti-LGBT NC Family Policy Council began to circulate the above pledge designed to keep HB2, the new hate law in the state, in place.

But notice that third bullet point – “That I will not vote for any bill that would add the terms “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to HB2 or any other statute or state policy.”

So, in reality, it’s not JUST about “protecting children” from bathroom predators. It’s about keeping the gays from having equal rights.

NC Capitol has the details on how the haters in NC backpedaled out of this mess:

John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, sent the pledge to all members of the House and the Senate. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, he had emailed lawmakers, saying the pledge was circulated “inadvertently” and should be ignored.

“We had considered providing a means, prior to the convening of the 2016 Legislative Session, by which we could continue to encourage North Carolina lawmakers to stay strong in your leadership defending the privacy and safety of all North Carolinians, and clarifying that there is no patchwork of confusing local laws in the state that are harmful to commerce, labor, and trade,” Rustin said in the email. “However, we decided not to move forward with this pledge and respectfully ask that you disregard yesterday’s e-mail.”

State House Rep. Darren Jackson made sure the “pledge” was seen by the public:

Houston: Haters Vote Down LGBT Protections Ordinance HERO

In a heartbreaking loss, Houston voters succumbed to dramatic anti-LGBT ads to vote down the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, known as HERO.

Prop. 1, known as Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, would have barred discrimination on the basis of race, age, military status, disability and 11 other categories in a variety of areas. (Religious organizations and institutions would be exempt from the requirements.)

It was HERO’s protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, however, that attracted the most attention and made the ballot measure the center of the LGBT community’s efforts this election.

The Houston City Council narrowly approved the equal rights ordinance last year, but after a petition drive by anti-gay activists, the Texas Supreme Court ordered the city in July to either repeal it or put it on the November ballot — giving each side just a few months to make their case.

Conservative activists — who were heavily outspent by LGBT advocates — dubbed Prop. 1 the “bathroom ordinance” and adopted the slogan “No men in women’s bathrooms,” playing up fears that passage could lead to male sexual predators dressing up as women and entering women’s restrooms.

This factually dishonest message proved to be incredibly effective: Many Houston voters seemed to think the measure was solely about access to restrooms and were unaware of the broader nondiscrimination protections in the measure.

Over 200 American cities have similar LGBT protections in place.

Anti-Gay Street Preachers Descend On New Orleans To Disrupt Southern Decadence

File this under the category of “Christian kindness” – Anti-gay preacher Ruben Israel and his klan showed up in New Orleans last weekend to irritate, interrupt and disrupt the annual Southern Decadence event.

Clip recap:

“This Mini Documentary was filmed in New Orleans La. at the Southern Decadence Homo Fest.

“The LGBT Community is a Depraved and Perverted Community that Must be Resisted and Destroyed

“Ruben Israel exposes the true condition of the LGBT community.”

Among the assorted taunts shouted at the SD attendees, “You are evil.” “You are sin.” “You hate God.” “You sold your country for the Devil.” “You sold your country for entertainment.”

And, well, you get the picture.

Now, where are all these folks during Mardi Gras when the party is five times bigger?

Oh, yeah. That’s a heterosexual kinda thing. Mardi Gras gets a pass.

(h/t JMG)

Facebook Troll Serves Up Snark To Haters Over Target’s New “Gender Neutral” Policy

Ok, this is really hysterical.

You can imagine how – just sometimes – folks on the end of customer service would love to really speak their minds to over the top, outraged customers.

Check this out from Adweek:

That dynamic played out in particularly rogue fashion on Target’s Facebook page this week. As the retailer received a steady stream of nasty comments from people upset about its move toward gender-neutral in-store labeling, Facebook user Mike Melgaard posed as Target with a fake Facebook account—Ask ForHelp, with a bull’s-eye profile pic—and began excoriating the haters with comically sarcastic replies.

He got away with it for about 16 hours, too, commenting on about 50 posts before the fake account was shut down.

I’ve posted two of Melgaard’s responses here. Head over to Adweek for many more. Some funny stuff 🙂

(h/t JMG)

Straight Vlogger Joe Santagato Takes On Marriage Equality Haters

Straight YouTuber Joe Santagato took on the marriage equality haters this week on his vlog.

“It’s not like you’re invited to the wedding. You’re not even going to know it happened. You’re not going to be there. So why do you care?” Santagato asks. “That’s the part I don’t get because people who are so against it go out of their way to be against it. They use their vacation days to take off of work so they can stand on the side of some fucking highway with a sign that says, ‘God hates fags.’ Like that’s going to do anything.”

Santagato also addressed the Texas pastor – Rick Scarborough – who had threatened to set himself on fire to stop marriage equality before retracting his statement after the SCOTUS ruling explaining he didn’t mean it literally.

Says Santagato, “You sound like a 5-year-old. No one is going to give a shit. Light yourself on fire. Have a ball.”

Watch the full episode below.

Matt Baume Highlights Some Of The Worst Reactions To Marriage Equality

Matt Baume gets to the root of those who are so up in arms about LGBTs recently getting full marriage rights in the US.

(Well, “full” if you ignore what’s happening in Louisiana and Texas right now…)

Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended.

But wait – some anti-gay politicians keep warning we’re just moments away from the collapse of civilization.

Here are some of the dumbest — and most dangerous — things they’re saying.

Satire: “Not Alone”

Spot on satire video on the current crop of folks whining and wailing about their “religious freedoms” being offended by the passage of marriage equality.

“You cannot have a society of hatred, or a society of bigotry, unless, I mean, you know, you’re me and my friends”

Here’s the original video (from Catholic Vote) as described by AdWeek:

The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days.

It even plays like a coming-out video for Catholics who are afraid to take the “brave” step of voicing their objection to equality.

That’s a pretty audacious tactic—disingenuous and disrespectful, to say the least.

Headline Of The Day: “What’s Wrong With Discrimination?”

Jesse Lee Ferguson, writing for World Net Daily, says discrimination is a God-given right.

Here’s just an excerpt:

“America was much better off when its businesses routinely posted signs that read, ‘We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,’ and meant it. After all, they ‘built it,’ and freedom – like the freedom of association – was universally understood to be a natural, God-given right.

“But now, in our more ‘enlightened’ age, freedom has been squashed in favor of special rights for protected groups, and ‘hell to pay’ for unprotected groups.

“LGBT groups have been effective in linking their immoral cause to the noble civil rights movement. In reality, gays never wanted equality. They wanted society to accept their sinful lifestyle, or else. LGBT groups – to be blunt – act like fascists.

“What’s so bad about discrimination anyway? Discrimination has always been a hallmark of freedom. The ability to discriminate is given to us by God so that we can make right choices.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)