Jim Daly, head of Focus On The Family, on Lady Gaga and "Born This Way":
"First, by Stefani Germanotta’s [Gaga's real name] own admission, she’s built her entire persona and celebrity on a platform that’s anything but typical. She is playing a part, a role, and not living as she would outside the bright lights. Put another way, Lady Gaga was clearly not born this way.
Second, and more importantly, the message found within the lyrics of Born This Way is in stark contrast to the message of the Gospel. All of us are born into sin, the Bible tells us, with desires and resulting actions that separate us from God and put us at odds with His blueprint for our lives. But the Good News is we’re not hopelessly trapped in our sin and failure. Despite the fact that we were 'born this way,' each of us can be set free – from homosexuality, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage, or pornography, or greed, or gossip, or any other human shortcoming – to be the men and women God intended us to be."
May I call you Jim?
Fucktard seems a little familiar.
Gay people don't need to be "set free" from homosexuality. The world needs to be set free from bigots like you who twists the Bible, and the "word" of God--because let's face it, it's really the word of mortal men speaking for god--into something akin to hate.
If you really truly believed in everything written in the Bible, you'd be living an entirely different life.
And you know it, but you cast the first stone like you have no sins.
Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, on having Maryland Catholics pray and fast to prevent marriage equality:
“The institution of marriage can only belong to the union of one man and one woman because nature – not social prejudice – has given this relationship the unique capacity to bring children into the world. It is for this reason that religion and governments alike have bestowed special recognition upon this relationship for thousands of years. We commend those political leaders who have had the courage to stand by their convictions by voting to uphold our society’s most fundamental institution…The value of marriage must not be abandoned for the sake of partisan politics or political gain. It is not too late for the members of the House of Delegates to hear from God’s people and to vote in accordance with their true conscience to uphold marriage.”
May I call you Archie?
See, Archie, children are not brought into this world solely as the result of marriage. Lost of kids are born into single family homes. Lost of children are born via medical procedures that allow women to get pregnant. Lots of children are born via surrogate and given to loving parents, of all genders and couplings.
And now, as for your devaluing marriage remark.
Because you can't. Any gay marriage does not devalue the institution, it strengthens it.
And if you put down your bigotry and intolerance for one second, you'd see that.
Former Louisiana Governor, and presidential hopeful, Buddy Roemer, on legalizing same-sex marriage:
“I’m a traditionalist in marriage. Here’s as far as I can go: I’m comfortable with the states having this discussion. And I’m all for -- in my extended family, not my wife or kids, but beyond -- cousins, that sort of thing -- we have a gay member. We honor him. He’s a great guy. He moved to California so he would be in a community where he would be more comfortable. And I love living in a country where gays are honored and esteemed, but traditional lives can continue as well.”
He loves living in a country where gays are honored and esteemed?
Where the fuck does he live?
And he's okay with The Gays as long as it's not his wife or kids, but some, you know, some cousin, or great-aunt. And if they're gay, well, he honors them by having them move away from his family, to a place where he might feel more comfortable.
Yeah, Buddy, I imagine your cousin felt more comfortable in a community thousands of miles away from you and yours.
Musician Henry Rollins, on John Boehner's desire to defend DOMA:
"Of course same sex marriage is constitutional! The right to be yourself, to pursue life, liberty, and property, is protected several ways over several amendments. John Boehner should know this. If only he read the Constitution as often as some of us do, he wouldn’t have bothered to lower himself to this time-wasting, pathetic attempt to invigorate his base of supporters. Damn, congressman, we’re trying to get up the road here. Either lay out a plan for job creation for all of us to see or get out of the way. You are the Speaker of the House. Scratching around in the ancient dirt of repellent prejudice instead of tackling the real issues is amateur hour. You have a plan? Now’s the time."
What's to say that Henry didn't say so eloquently?
The GOP swept into office in the most historic election EVER and vowed to fix the economy and create jobs and repeal Health Care Reform, yet all they've done is give tax breaks to the rich, vote symbolically to repeal health care, and now this.
No fixed economy?
What's that you say? The GOP lied?
LaToya Jackson, a contestant on Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice,' endorsing the Hair:
"I truly believe that he would be a great running candidate if he did [run for president], and I would certainly vote for him. I think he would make an excellent president. I think he speaks the truth, I also feel that he knows a lot about the economy and the way [it's] heading. [The] world in general is basically involved around business with the oil crisis and things of that nature, that's basically controlling the world at this point and this moment. He knows so much about that. I think he's loved by a lot of people in America. I think he stands a chance, but then again, you have the other side who says, 'Well how much does he really know?'"
And I'm sure this particular endorsement is just what The Donald needed to make up his mind.
A great running candidate? WTF is that?
He knows so much about business that's controlling the world "at this point and this moment"?
Which is it, LaToya? At this point or this moment?
And which is it? Does he know it all, or how much does he know?
Tea Party-backed GOP Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida, on Boehner and DOMA:
"I want to thank Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership for taking action to defend this critical law that was enacted by a bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is unfortunate that President Obama decided to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. While much of the debate in Washington is focused on creating jobs and growing our economy, we should not sit by while this administration makes profound and regrettable decisions based more upon the politics of the day than the words of our Founding Fathers. This law protects one of our most sacred institutions and because of the House’s actions today, it will be defended."
Yes, let's debate creating jobs and growing our economy, while we work on defending DOMA.
Obama is still enforcing DOMA, he said he will simply no longer defend the constitutionality of it.
For the love of RuPaul, don't these people, and by people, i mean Teabaggers, and by Teabaggers, I mean wingnuts, even read?
He admits we need to focus on jobs and such, but, well, let's do this first.
REM lead singer Michael Stipe, on exactly how gay he is:
"On a sliding scale of sexuality I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women. I had sex with, and enjoyed sex with, women until I met someone that I fell in love with, and who is now my boyfriend. I wasn’t troubled or confused, but I just felt there wasn’t a place for me. I hate and refuse to apply the term bisexual to myself. It doesn’t seem appropriate. It feels like just another label."
Honey? You're gay.
You had sex with women out of confusion, and didn't feel loved until you met your boyfriend.
That's so gay.
And it's okay.
Actor Jonathan Lovitz, on being excused from jury duty because he's gay:
"Just had an intense day at jury duty. During voir dire we were asked who would not be impartial. I raised my hand and said, 'Since I can't get married or adopt a child in the state of New York, I can't possibly be an impartial judge of a citizen when I am considered a second class one in the eyes of this justice system.' You wouldn't believe how people in the room reacted."
The good news is that being gay really does have its privileges!
The bad news is that now everyone will want to be gay.
On a serious note, however, Lovitz--and he's not that Jon Lovitz--has a point.
Treat us as though we don't matter and how are we supposed to think and feel and react? Our life experience is that we are less than so how can we judge those who are, in their minds at least, our betters?
Jim Langevin, Democratic congressman of Rhode Island, announcing his change of heart on the issue of marriage equality:
"As the debate about same-sex marriage continues in Rhode Island and in Washington, I have taken time to reflect carefully on my own position. Based on my own experiences and my firm belief that all Americans should be treated equally under the law, I am now convinced that affording full marriage equality rights to same-sex couples is the only fair and responsible approach for both Rhode Island and the nation. If our nation expects to provide equal protection to all, then our civic institutions must reflect that noble goal."
Minds can change.
People can think with common sense.
You cannot legislate inequality.
Or, at least, you shouldn't.
John Boehner, on defending DOMA:
“I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is regrettable that the Obama Administration has opened this divisive issue at a time when Americans want their leaders to focus on jobs and the challenges facing our economy. The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts -- not by the president unilaterally -- and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution.”
Oh, John, don't cry.
It isn't "regrettable" that Obama has chosen not to defend an unjust law.
It's regrettable that you are not doing, not planning on doing, and haven't done, one single thing that you promised when you were sweeping into power.
Well, except for giving a tax break to all those really rich people.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, of Missouri, demanding that President Obama and the DOJ enforce DOMA:
“President Obama’s decision to order his Justice Department to stop defending DOMA is not a surprise but it is disappointing. Once we start going down the road of selectively enforcing our laws we are headed for chaos. President Obama took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States and he is breaking his word to the American people. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was enacted through large majority votes in both the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Clinton. President Obama is subverting the will of the representatives of the people. The good citizens of the 4th Congressional District are expected to follow the law and President Obama should not put himself above the law."
See what she does there?
She goes from saying he won't defend DOMA and then switches to saying he won';t enforce it.
She's taking a page from Wingnut Queen Michelle Bachmann's book: say it often enough and it's true.
Well, Vicki, you moronic dingbat, it isn't true.
Obama actually said he would continue to enforce DOMA, he just won't defend it's inequalities.
Seriously, speak the truth, and quit goosestepping along with Herr Boehner.
Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Catholic High Henchman, on Obama and DOMA:
"The Administration’s current position is not only a grave threat to marriage, but to religious liberty and the integrity of our democracy as well. Our nation and government have the duty to recognize and protect marriage, not tamper with and redefine it, nor to caricature the deeply held beliefs of so many citizens as 'discrimination.' On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I express my deep disappointment over the Administration’s recent decision. I have written of these concerns to the President in separate correspondence, and I pray that he and the Department of Justice may yet make the right choice to carry out their constitutional responsibility, defending the irreplaceable institution of marriage, and in so doing protect the future generations of our children."
I love how he talks about protecting children, while he's a member of an organization with a huge pedophile population.
While he, himself, hid $130 million dollars so it could not be used as part of a settlement in pedophile priest cases.
Keep goosestepping along, working to protect the church and its money.
God will have a special place for you at the end of your life.