President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations:
"No country should deny people their rights, the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere."
To the world he asks that LGBT people be respected and treated equally.
To the world.
And now, Mister President, let's bring that home, and work on making us respected and equal in our own backyard.
DADT is over. DOMA is on the ropes. Marriage equality should be the next big battle.
Clint Eastwood, on gay marriage:
"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
Simple and direct, like a Clint Eastwood performance or film.
It isn't a big deal, people.
Make Clint's day, and knock it off.
Stacy Trasancos, a scientist-turned-Catholic-homemaker, on how she can't even leave her house now because of all The Gays:
"I find myself unable to even leave the house anymore without worrying about what in tarnation we are going to encounter. We are responsible citizens. We live by the rules, we pay our taxes, we take care of our things. I'm supposed to be able to influence what goes on in my community, and as a voter I do exercise that right. But I'm outnumbered. I can't even go to normal places without having to sit silently and tolerate immorality. We all know what would happen if I asked two men or two women to stop displaying, right in front of me and my children, that they live in sodomy."
Afraid to go outside because The Gays might be there?
Honey, we're everywhere.
We deliver your mail. We work on your houses. We mow your lawns, teach your children, drive the buses, write the articles, heal the sick.
We do the same things you do, except for that whole homophobic crap that you seem to enjoy.
Brad Pitt, on gay marriage:
"What are you so afraid of? That’s my question. Gay people getting married? What is so scary about that? It’s complicated. You grow up in a religion like that and you try to pray the gay away. I feel sadness for people like that. This is where people start short-circuiting—instead of being brave and questioning their beliefs, they are afraid and feel that they have to defend them. I don’t mind a world with religion in it. There are some beautiful tenets within all religions. What I get hot about is when they start dictating how other people must live. People suffer because of it. They are spreading misery."
Organized religion is all about using fear of "them" and the unknown, to keep their followers in line.
Think for yourselves.
Get out and meet a gay couple, a gay person, and see for yourself that we aren't all that different.
Live in the light, not in the darkness of fear.
Maggie Gallagher, pitting people of faith, and people of color, against the LGBT community:
"The majority of Democrats may not break with their party over an issue like gay marriage, but the most important voters are voters newly in motion, particularly core constituents willing to break party lines over a new issue. In NY-9, Orthodox Jews (and possibly Hispanics) played that role, and they broke party lines to protest Democrats' support for gay marriage. In North Carolina, look for a newly resurgent black church, almost all Democrats, to lead the battle for protecting our marriage tradition against those who dub it hateful, bigoted and discriminatory."
Maggie, honey, I'll keep saying this as long as you keep saying "traditional" marriage:
Marriage isn't traditional. it has changed in a myriad of ways since the beginning of time, and same-sex marriage is just another part of that evolution.
Oh, wait, you probably don't believe in evolution, either.
Get a life, Maggie, and stay out of mine.
Leonard Pitts, on GOP cheering for Texas executions:
"People dress that need in rags of righteousness and ethicality, but occasionally, the disguise slips and it shows itself for what it is: the atavistic impulse of those for whom justice is synonymous with blood. If people really meant the arguments of high morality, you'd expect them to regard the death penalty with reverent sobriety. You would not expect them to cheer."
Georgia just executed Troy Davis for ALLEGEDLY killing a police officer.
How is that murder is illegal, unless it's sanctioned by the state?
How is it that anywhere in this country we are still murdering people when so many have been discovered, because of advances in DNA and evidence gathering, to be innocent of the crimes for which they were murdered.
It isn't justice, it isn't execution.
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council head, on the repeal of DADT:
"FRC will continue to monitor the consequences of this reversal of 236 years of American military policy, limit the damage and demand that the Defense Department do the same. Expect to see celebrations from homosexual groups and fawning stories in the media about how 'the sky has not fallen.' That's only because there will be no press releases from the new victims of sexual harassment or assault, the soldiers exposed to HIV tainted blood, the thousands of servicemembers who choose not to reenlist rather than forfeit their freedom of speech and religion, and the untold number of citizens who choose never to join the military. It's clear this President is more interested in appeasing sexual revolutionaries than in fighting America's enemies."
You aren't just seeing celebrations from homosexual groups, you are seeing celebrations from people who believe in equality and fight for equality.
And you're seeing celebrations from people who no longer have to serve in fear of being outed and discharged from the service simply for being gay.
Join us, won't you, Tony, in the 21st century, and quit harping on 236 years ago.
Rick Santorum, asshat and presidential-ain't-gonna-happen, still whining about Google and frothy Mix:
"I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it. If you're a responsible business, you don't let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country. To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can't handle but I suspect that's not true."
Build a bridge and get over it.
The more you talk about this, the more people will Google you and see the Frothy Mix.
You're the one promoting this, so quit blaming everyone from Dan Savage to Google.
Oh, and STFU.
Timothy Dolan, New York Catholic Archbishop, asking Obama to rethink his position on DOMA:
"Mr. President, I respectfully urge you to push the reset button on your Administration’s approach to DOMA. Our federal government should not be presuming ill intent or moral blindness on the part of the overwhelming majority of its citizens, millions of whom have gone to the polls to directly support DOMAs in their states and have thereby endorsed marriage as the union of man and woman. Nor should a policy disagreement over the meaning of marriage be treated by federal officials as a federal offense—but this will happen if the Justice Department’s latest constitutional theory prevails in court. The Administration’s failure to change course on this matter will, as the attached analysis indicates, precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions."
I respectfully urge you to rethink the church's position on protecting pedophiles.
I respectfully urge you to rethink your position on ALLEGEDLY hiding some $130 million in church funds in order to avoid paying out massive child molestation settlements.
I respectfully urge you to STFU until you can do so.