"I don’t see how any African-American with any inkling of history can say that you don’t have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," says Irvin. "When we start talking about equality and everybody being treated equally, I don’t want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn’t deserve equality.”
Equality is equality.
And anyone who has ever felt the sting of injustice, of being treated differently because of who you are, should stand up and fight for the rights of those who are being held down.
Nice to see another athlete, and a Black man, speak up about equality for all.
Sally Kern, on making homosexuality illegal:
"For years, gay activity, gay behavior was outlawed...I would rather it be back in the closet the way it used to be. The reasons they had law against it was because of the consequences that gay activity has...The way it used to be, people did it and it was secret it was in their bedroom and the rest of the world didn't know about it. Today they're pushing it. It's in your face...The more you put deviant sexual behavior in front of children, the more they engage in it."
You know what behavior needs to be put in a closet, Sal?
Hatred. Bigotry. Using God as a weapon.
Gay people aren't pushing what we do in the bedroom, which, like what you do in the bedroom--excuse my I vomit a little in my mouth--is no ones business.
And you can't make people gay, Sally, no matter how much you try and tell people that. You can't make people gay, and you can't make them ex-gay.
Ask your son.
Sally Kern [again!] writing a letter of support to New York bigot and homophobe, Ruben Diaz:
“Sen. Diaz, you are in my prayers. Three years ago I was the target of the homosexuals because of statements I made regarding the dangers of the homosexual agenda. So I know what you are going through. Continue to stand strong on God’s Word. What the homosexuals mean for evil toward you, God will use for His glory, your good, and the benefit of others. God bless you and your family.”
She was a "target" because she called gay people a bigger threat than terrorists, and if you want to compare us to terrorists, or murderers, or pedophiles, we will target you for your bigotry and ignorance and homophobia and downright stupidity.
Now, be gone, Sally, before someone drops a house on you.
Laura Fortusky, town clerk of Barker, New York, announcing her resignation rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses:
"The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures. Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God. Deuteronomy 10:12 says, 'What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.’ I would be compromising my moral conscience if I participated in the licensing procedure. Therefore, I will be resigning as of July 21. I wanted you to know my position as I understand the marriage law goes into effect on July 24."
Sweetie, when God writes your paycheck you can do God's bidding.
When New York pays you, you do what the laws of New York state.
Or pound the pavement looking for work.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in a letter sent to town and city clerks in her jurisdiction:
"Recently, a local clerk in upstate New York made headlines when she said she would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Marriage Equality Act provides that an application for a marriage license cannot be denied on the grounds that the applicant parties are of the same sex and the law affords no discretion to public officials charged with granting marriage licenses. Therefore, any such refusal may be subject to criminal prosecution. The religious exemptions in the Marriage Equality Act are inapplicable to town and city clerks serving in their license-granting roles, and a public official’s intentional refusal to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples may constitute Official Misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor defined in section 195.00 of the New York State Penal Law."
Perfect example of Separation Of Church and Sate.
This clerk can believe whatever she wants, worship however she wants,m but she cannot inflict her personal views on anyone else, and the expect the state of New York top pay her for it.
Hopefully, Jesus will find her a new job, or hold her hand in the unemployment line.
A spokesman for California governor, Jerry Brown, on the idea of separating California into two states:
"It's a supremely ridiculous waste of everybody's time. If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there's a place called Arizona.''
It's funny......cuz it's true.
I remember back when I was a little California kid, that this "splitting" of California was being talked about.
Back then San Francisco would have been part of Southern California because back then it was all about the small towns of the north wanting to be separate from the big cities.
Now it's about Conservatives and Liberals.
Didn't work then, won't work now.
GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson, on that Iowa anti-gay pledge:
"While the Family Leader pledge covers just about every other so-called virtue they can think of, the one that is conspicuously missing is tolerance. In one concise document, they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions, and everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting. The Republican Party cannot afford to have a Presidential candidate who condones intolerance, bigotry and the denial of liberty to the citizens of this country. If we nominate such a candidate, we will never capture the White House in 2012. If candidates who sign this pledge somehow think they are scoring some points with some core constituency of the Republican Party, they are doing so at the peril of writing off the vast majority of Americans who want no part of this."
Johnson is so right here.
As this ultra-conservative faction of the GOP continues to demean everyone who isn't white, Christian, male and Republican, they will distance themselves from the rest of society, until they are no more than an incessant, irritating chatter in the background that most people will choose to ignore.
Michael Reagan, the former president's oldest son, on California's pending law requiring that notable LGBT historical figures be included in state textbooks:
"It will prove instructive to see how the state's lawmakers go about the job of implementing this absurd legislation. Will they, for example, rule that textbooks must describe what the state classifies as acceptable behavior? Or exactly how? Should the state require textbooks used in its schools to provide play-by-play descriptions of the behavior they sanction? Just where does this stop? Should not the 'contributions' of convicted thieves be celebrated? Or those of serial killers? Or embezzlers? The matter of the content of school textbooks has long been a controversial subject, but until now it has never reached the point where specific parts of the population are singled out for preferential treatment, especially when the segment of the population is distinguished solely by their sexual preferences."
First off, you douchebag, it's not a 'preference' it's an orientation.
It works like this: I'd prefer you shut your illiterate yap. My sexual orientation is gay.
Now, how is it absurd to teach anyone about the contributions that the gay community has made to the world in every single facet of life, from politics and art, to sports?
And please explain how you compare gay men and women to serial killers, you moronic fuck.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, on terminating state foster care contracts with Catholic Charities because of their refusal to accept civil union law:
“They made a choice. They have a law in Illinois. It’s the civil unions law. I signed it into law. We’re not going back. Any organization that decides that because of the civil unions law that they won’t participate voluntarily in a program, that’s their choice.”
Bravo, Governor Quinn, for not goosestepping with the Catholic Church and their bigotry.
Bravo, for putting the needs of children, and the rights of all men and women of Illinois, above the bigotry of the Catholic Church.