Before we get to who said what, and what I have to say about what they said and to whom they said and ... oy ... now my head hurts ... let's let this news settle in:
In Kentucky a federal judge has overturned the ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
Then, in Indiana, a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage stopped.
And finally, in Virginia a federal judge has struck down the state law banning same-sex marriage.
Not a bad week for The Gay and The Gay Friendlies, eh?
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, on Fox News' The Real Story, after host Gretchen Carlson asked her "faith panel" to weigh in on the Duck Dynasty family's new church curriculum:
"They've done tremendous damage to religion. We have to stop making religion in America about bashing gays. They have to just forswear that stupid comment about comparing homosexuality to bestiality. See, the problem in America is that we overlook all the heterosexual guys who are raping women 1 in 5 on the campus [...] Bashing gays is not religion. What is religion is family dinners and combating the divorce rate. "
Chris Kluwe, on the IOC at the anti-gay Sochi Games:
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC), chief benefactor of these big money sponsors, has determined that any athlete speaking out in “accredited areas” against the human rights violations occurring in Russia right now will be found in violation of the Olympic Charter, banned from the games, and stripped of any medals. Corporate sponsorships, the pot of gold at the end of the Olympic rainbow, will disappear. A lifetime spent preparing, training, hour after agonizing hour, will have been for naught if an athlete dares to make a political statement at the wrong time about political events happening in a politicized Olympics; politicized in no small part by the IOC refusing to uphold their own charter when it applies to themselves. How can the IOC get away with this blatant disregard of their own rules? Easy. The IOC has what Olympic athletes want. Money. Power. Fame."
Once again, it's pure simple speech from Kluwe.
But the IOC is more concerned about image and dollars than athletes and human rights.
Michelle Obama, on Justin Bieber:
“I would pull him close. I don’t know if it would be advice as much as action. I would be very present in his life right now. And I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what’s going on in his head, to figure out who’s in his life and who’s not, you know.”
Pull him close, spank his behind, and send him to Canada without his supper.
Todd Starnes went apesh*t over Kinky Boots in the Macy's Parade, the gay wedding in the Rose Bowl and now Michael Sam's coming out:
"I should’ve learned my lesson after the Rose Bowl Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. ... It’s all about advancing a cultural agenda — no matter the cost. ... We are no longer allowed to have fun and enjoy sports or entertainment programs. How sad."
Um, you can still have fun and enjoy sports and parades and Broadway, but be prepared to realize that some of the participants are gay.
And get over it.
Hemant Mehta at Patheos on Todd Starnes' sadness:
"I guess he wants an NFL where only straight players get to tackle each other and slap each other on the ass and an Olympics where only straight athletes get to participate in the two-man luge."
But, and this is just a hunch, i think Starnes might enjoy a locker-room ass slap and slipping into a luge with another man.
Phil Roe, Tennessee congressman and Republican, on what the GOP needs to do to get elected:
"I would suggest, when we nominate people, we give them a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths so they don't say stupid things. Maybe we can win an election."
You could do all that, or you could just vote Democrat.
Jon Stewart, on Michael Sam coming out and the NFL reaction to it as being a 'distraction':
"Okay I get that. No pro team wants the type of controversy that having a gay player is going to cause. If he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder, or had been accused of sexual assault, or screamed the N-word at a concert, or killed a bunch of dogs and buried them in his f***ing backyard. You know, NFL material."
Yeah, all that kind of behavior is never a distraction, but being a gay?
Stop the presses!
MK Nobilette, on being chosen one of the Top 30 on American Idol, and becoming the first openly gay contestant in the show's 13 year history:
“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me,” said [20-year-old MK] Nobilette while waiting to hear her Hollywood Week fate before the judges. “But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”
As she said things have really changed, Harry Connick Jr said, 'thank goodness.'
To be fair, she is not the first gay contestant on the show, but she's the first to admit to being gay on camera.