Brandon Morgan, the Marine whose homecoming embrace is all the rage on Facebook:
"To everyone who has responded in a positive way. My partner and I want to say thank you. Dalan, the giant in the photo, can't believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. We didn't do this to get famous,or something like that we did this cause after 3 deployments and four years knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt. As for the haters, let em hate...to quote Kat Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate. We are the happiest we have ever been and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in uniform...it was a homecoming, if the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn't care...then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don't just accept requests so if your request was because of this post message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi."
You know, if this one picture, of these two men embracing after a long separation, keeps just one gay kid from thinking about a rope or a gun then this is all worth it.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it can also save lives.
Rob Schwarzwalder, Family Research Council senior vice president, on Starbucks' pro-marriage equality stance:
"The effort to redefine marriage to include same-sex partners is a radical social innovation, one fraught with dangerous implications for individuals, families, and culture. Claiming to be post-political and then allowing one’s chief corporate spokesperson to say that same-sex 'marriage' is 'is core to who we are and what we value as a company' are assertions that don’t quite add up. So, for now, at least, I will buy my overpriced flavored coffees elsewhere. I dislike boycotts for a number of reasons, but am undertaking a personal one at present. Being for marriage, as understood in the Judeo-Christian context and Western tradition, is much more to 'the core of who I am' than a Starbucks iced mocha ever will be."
So, Robbie, you'll have to lay off your Vanilla Frappuccino fix because Starbucks is for equality?
Switch to Kool-Aid.
Rudy Giuliani, on the GOP presidential campaign, Rick Santorum, and their focus on social issues:
"I think the gay rights issue is a more current (example). I think beyond all the religious and social part of it, it makes the party look like it isn't a modern party. It doesn't understand the modern world."
Um, this from the man who promised to officiate at the marriage of his two gay friends and then changed his mind.
This from the man who cheated on first wife with soon-to-be second wife but doesn't think gays and lesbians will honor the sanctity of marriage.
This from the man who isn't running for president so he doesn't have to toe the party line.
This from the man who is, and has been, and will be, an asshat.
Cindy McCain, blaming the media for making the GOP seem anti-gay:
"I think the media portrays that. I think being a Republican, being part of the party for — as many years as I have and knowing the Republicans the way I do that is not the case and that’s not the bulk of Republicans that believe in that, at all. The vocal ones, maybe the ones that are on the far right side of the issue, but I — certainly in the state of Arizona – we are open-minded Republicans and believe in equality for all."
Arizona? Open-minded? Your husband?
Cindy, thanks for your pro-equality stance, but enough with this Kool-Aid swilling, pro-LGBT rights GOP. It doesn't exist except for tiny little pockets around the country.
The GOP does not want equality in any way, shape or form.
Quit yer pandering.
Karen Santorum, on how God wants Frothy to be President:
"I personally think this is God's will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there's a lot more happening than what we're seeing. Personally I mean I think Rick's a great guy, and he's really smart and everything. But I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see. It's completely a spiritual thing. This is God's will."
This from the pro-life woman who lived in sin for years with an abortion doctor.
Batshit crazy has a brand new name, and it's Karen Santorum.
Rick Santorum, on separation of church and state:
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960.”
Um, Ricky, you delusional fuck? If you don't believe in separation of church and state then ask your mighty Catholic Church to pay taxes. And then ask the government to step in more and more and tell churches what to do.
Separation of church and state protects our government from the undue influence of any religion, and it protects any church from the undue influence of government.
Oh, and you're an asshat.
Jon Stewart, on Rick Santorum's attacks on higher education, and his urge to "throw up" over JFK's speech about separation of church and state:
“Rick, I'm sorry that hearing that JFK speech on religion makes you throw up. But if it makes you feel any better, if JFK were alive today, knowing you were running for President would make him sh*t his pants."
Maureen Dowd, on the GOP:
"In the old days, the Republican ego had control of the party’s id. The id, sometimes described as a galloping horse or crying baby, 'the dark, inaccessible part of our personality ... chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations,' as Freud called it, was whipped up obliquely by candidates. Nixon had his Southern strategy of using race as a wedge, Bush Senior and Lee Atwater used the Willie Horton attack, and W. and Karl Rove conjured the gay marriage bogyman. Once elected, those presidents curbed the id with the ego, common sense and reason. But now the G.O.P.’s id is unbridled. The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling. Moderates, women, gays, Hispanics and blacks — even the president — are being hunted in this most dangerous game."
Seriously, she couldn't paint a clearer picture of the GOP and how they are turning into the Party of No, and the Party of Hate, and the Party of Running Every Single Aspect of the Lives of People they Don't Like.
Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics, on those One Million [or more like 40,000] Moms and their impending boycott:
"We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/One Million Moms feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people."
It's funny, scary, and all kinds of crazy that these "Moms" are raging over a gay couple in a comic.
You don't like gay comic book folks, read.something.else.
Or, at the very least, learn to read.