Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on Uganda's Kill the Gays legislation:
“My brothers and sisters, you stood with people who were oppressed because of their skin color. If you are going to be true to the Lord you worship, you are also going to be there for the people who are being oppressed for something they can do nothing about: their sexual orientation."
When people say that oppression of The Gays is not at all like oppression of African Americans, I believe I’ll just point them toward this quote.
Marco Rubio, on his faith that homosexuality is a sin, but how he isn't passing judgment:
"Well, I can tell you what faith teaches and faith teaches that it is. And that’s what the Bible teaches and that’s what faith teaches. But it also teaches that there are a bunch of other sins that are no less. For example, it teaches that lying is a sin. It teaches that disrespecting your parents is a sin. It teaches that stealing is a sin. It teaches that coveting your neighbor and what your neighbor has is a sin. So there isn’t a person in this room that isn’t guilty of sin. So, I don’t go around pointing fingers in that regard. I’m responsible for my salvation and I’m responsible for my family’s, and for inculcating in my family what our faith teaches, and they’ll become adults and decide how they want to apply that in life. As a policy maker, I could just tell you that I’m informed by my faith. And my faith informs me in who I am as a person — but not as a way to pass judgment on people."
Too bad his deeds don’t match those words—words he’s using to try and get himself a shot at the White House in 2016.
Marco Rubio's is "passing judgment" by his opposition to allowing same-sex couples in Florida to adopt children. He is "passing judgment” by his opposition to the repeal of DADT; he is “passing judgment” when he says it’s just fine for someone to fire an employee simply for being gay.
Plus, and this is big, he was “passing judgment” when he recorded a robocall for the National Organization for Marriage [NOM] last month.
Maureen Dowd, on the decline of the GOP:
"Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count."
And now they’re scrambling, trying to change their image.
Well, it’ll take longer than four years for people to forget what the GOP said about women and the poor and the immigrant and The Gay.
Mary Matalin, the cousin of one of my closest friends, and a Republican political strategist who once defended "traditional" marriage, falling back on being anti-equality:
"There are important constitutional, biological, theological, ontological questions relative to homosexual marriage. That’s an epidemic in crisis proportions. I find this important dancing on the head of a pin argument, but in real life, looking down
So, now the right will go after unwed mothers.
Sorry Laura, but your cousin has lost her mind.
Why does the GOP need a target? Why don’t they offer solutions to situations—like that of unwed mothers—instead of making them feel as though they’re evil, and responsible for all the ills of this country?
Tony Perkins, FRC Hound of Hell, on boycotting UPS for its denouncing of the Boy Scouts homophobic policies:
"In this busy shipping season, UPS will have at least one less customer to worry about: FRC. After 11 years as our official carrier, FRC is suspending its contract with UPS for openly discriminating against the Boy Scouts of America. FRC tried to resolve the matter behind the scenes, even contacting Chairman and CEO Scott Davis with a letter of protest -- to which UPS promptly replied. Unfortunately, the company only reiterated its position that until the BSA puts a greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts, they are not entitled to the same equality UPS claims to endorse. Apparently, the company isn't interested in true diversity but in strong-arming anyone who disagrees with their extreme agenda -- including a century-old youth development program, whose only crime is instilling character into millions of American boys. As for their longstanding policy on homosexuality, the Boy Scouts are doing what every parent would want them to: putting children's safety first."
Spend your money on FedEx, Tony. Or the USPS. But realize that whatever money you don’t spend on UPS is probably a pittance compared to their former monetary support of a hate group like the BSA.
Kasim Reed, Democratic Atlanta Mayor, announcing his support for marriage equality:
“Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality. It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. "By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution."
I can understand that it takes time to change minds, but minds are changing every day, and pretty soon the only minds that won’t be changed are the ones that are closed, have always been closed, and always will be closed.
Christine Quinn, NYC City Council Speaker, on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comparison of murder and homosexuality:
"The Justice should apologize...It's offensive. Sexual orientation is who we are as people. It's how we're created if we're LGBT. And to compare that even in a way you want to say was some philosophical exercise to a heinous horrible crime of murder. It's just wrong. He can say it's a slip of the tongue. Just apologize. But don't compare me to a murderer because I'm a lesbian. Just don't do it. It's wrong. [You] should treat other human beings even if you disagree with them, even if you dislike who they are, in a respectful way. The justice was disrespectful to me and my family. And that doesn't further my understanding him better, or him understanding me better."
And worse, is having a bigot on the US Supreme Court.
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator and closeted homosexual, um, ALLEGEDLY, on the right of gay people to marry:
“Can — can I suggest this? Slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. Go watch “Lincoln,” a great movie. The people decided. The question for us is who should decide these things? Should it be a handful of judges or should it be the people themselves? And I come out on the side of the people themselves. Different people will look at it differently. But slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. If you want to propose a Constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage and it passes, that’s the law of the land.”
Oh Lindsay, you self-loathing types infuriate me.
We didn’t let White Americans vote on the rights of Black Americans, so we shouldn’t let Straight America vote on the rights of LGBT America.
I do, however, like the idea of people voting your gay ass out of office. The sooner the better.