John Kerry, Secretary of State, on yesterday’s remarks by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh:
"The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18. All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation. We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable. Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love."
Jammeh called The Gays ‘vermin’ and said LGBT stand for ‘Leprosy, Gonorrhea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence’. He’s also said he will decapitate any homosexuals in his country.
Good on Kerry.
Terrell Thomas, cornerback for the New York Giants, thinks the world is ready for gay athletes, but the NFL isn't:
“You just look at what happened this year with the Miami Dolphins' situation. That became something we were being asked about every day in our locker room, and it wasn't even our team. And they're the kinds of questions where you have to think carefully about how you phrase things.”
Oh, so he wants to keep The Gays out of professional sports because he’s worried he’ll have to think before he speaks?
Tony Perkins, FRC wingnut, crying about the marriage equality lawsuits springing up all over America:
"SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center], which for decades has denied their pro-homosexual bias, is shooting for Alabama's marriage amendment, arguing that the law that defends man-woman unions 'demeans' homosexuals. … If there is a silver lining to the lawsuit, it's that the American people will finally see SPLC for what it is: not neutral, not a third party, and certainly not a credible source of information. Who are they, funded by extreme homosexual activists, to label people who oppose their agenda as 'hate groups?' While the media relies on SPLC as an independent mediator of great public debates, the reality is that they are."
So, wait, let me get this queer: denying marriage to The Gays doesn’t demean them, according to Tony, but allowing The Gays to marry demeans traditional marriage?
And because the SPLC stands up for the rights of The Gays they are homosexual activists?
Huh, I thought it was just about equality.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers QB, on Michael Sam and gay players:
"I think when he steps into that locker room, everyone's going to know that he's there to help us win games. And that's why you're in the NFL, to help us win games. No one cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field you're a member of in my case, the 49ers. Or the Carolina Panthers. That's your job. That's your occupation."
Snap. And that’s all that should matter: can he play? Can he help the team?
Not, hmmm, is he looking at me?
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers QB on the same topic:
"Absolutely. His job is a linebacker. Colin said it best when he said we don't worry about each other outside of football. Of course we have, 'Are you ok? Is there anything I can help you with?' But we're football players. We're in this organization for one reason and one reason only. And if you're helping us to attain success, your personal life is your personal life."
It’s funny that it’s mostly coaches and management that seem to be worried about The Gays and football.
Most players have the same attitude as Kaepernick and Newton.
Ted Cruz, on Obama and marriage equality:
"This administration is the most hostile to traditional marriage administration this country has ever seen. The administration has been using the authority of the federal government to try to force states, to force federal recognition of marriages that state law prohibits. The Obama administration came into Utah and said, ‘We’re not going to listen to what the U.S. Supreme Court said. We, the federal government, are going to recognize marriages in the state of Utah and Utah state law explicitly does not recognize as marriage’ and that was really, in my view, an abuse of power."
Oh Ted, you whiny little puissant.
No.1: What exactly is a traditional marriage, because not all opposite-sex marriages are identical?
And B) The federal government wants to recognize all marriages, same-sex and opposite-sex for the purposes of federal benefits, even in Utah, or any state where same-sex marriage is not yet legal.
They aren’t telling Utah the state must accept same-sex marriage.Quit trying to fear bait people with your lies.
Neil Francis, former Irish Rugby star and sports commentator, also weighs in on Michael Sam:
“This is a different coming-out than any other. I was in the States, and I was watching Missouri [Sam’s college team] play, before they got to the Cotton Bowl, and I noticed this guy because he was very flamboyant, and y’know, a bit of a showman, and a very good player. No question about that. And I think it was Jimi Hendrix that said, ah, y’know, talking about Janis Joplin’s death, y’know: ‘Great career move’. So, is this - what is the motivation for coming out?”
Um, maybe we come out so we can live our lives openly and honestly, wingnut.
If there wasn’t such a stigma on being gay, especially in professional sports, gay athletes wouldn’t have to come out, they’d be out.
Neil Francis, stepping in it even deeper:
“You do a survey of the hair-dressing industry and find out how many heterosexuals work in that … Professional sport, by its very nature, doesn’t promote, y’know, sort of, there are a wide range of people who are homosexual, and, that exact, the environment that they’re in isn’t something that they’re interested in … What are their interests? I mean, If you’ve ever sat down with, y’know, homosexual people, and asked them what their interests are, very often they have no interest in any kind of sport. That’s my experience from sitting down with them; I’ve done it on a regular basis.”
Um, have you noticed how many professional athletes have come out after playing, Neil?
That alone proves your argument is ridiculous.
And don’t get me started on how often you um, sit down, with the “homosexual people.” I’d be careful, lest people start thinking you’re one of us.
Francis has since apologized for his remarks saying they don't sound like him.