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Equal Rights are Republican Battle Cries

August 06, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Headline, Thought of the Gay

Nathan Deal Georgia Governor CampaignThe day after Judge Walker released his decision in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the constitution, right-wingers around the country began screaming about the will of the people and majority rule (apparently forgetting that their own messiah, George W. Bush, was elected by the Supreme Court of the United States, not the majority of the people).  Republicans, who have traditionally used anti-gay tactics to win elections, muscled it up.  In fact, my own Representative, Lamar Smith (R-TX) had this to say:

When Congress returns from recess, I plan to introduce a resolution condemning today’s decision and urging an immediate appeal. The voters of California are not the only ones who lost today. This decision defies the voice of all citizens who have sought to define marriage in their states as the union between one man and one woman. Judge Walker’s actions should be opposed and the decision should be swiftly overturned.

Obviously Lamar Smith’s statement is nothing more than political positioning, smoke and mirrors and 9/11 style fear mongering to wage war on the latest threat to America’s safety, gay marriage.  (Why is it everything with Republicans is so doomsday prophetic anyway?)

Unfortunately, the positioning doesn’t stop there.  In Georgia’s gubernatorial race Nathan Dean has attacked his rival, fellow republican Karen Handel in a “Last Straw” campaign advertisement.  Dean claims Handel supported giving state money to Georgia’s YouthPride, an organization which he claims “promotes homosexuality among teenagers as  young as 13.”

YouthPride does promote youth who are homosexual by providing them with: “a safe, comfortable space where youth can conduct support and discussion groups, plan youth-led workshops, utilize library and computer resources, attend social gatherings, or explore educational and career opportunities.”  Such an organization dedicated to youth outside of the LGBT community would be heralded as providing a unique opportunity for youth to grow into productive adults, not as a group dedicated to promoting youth sex.  But that is the stigma that comes with identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.  One cannot simply be trying to help youth who identify as LGBT better themselves without “promoting homosexuality.”  Dean should be told that the youth show up as LGBT, they aren’t converted.

Here’s what one Georgia voter had to say about the ad and the work of YouthPride:

As a straight, Christian woman, I am extremely proud of YouthPride’s work, but even prouder of the organization’s youth. If Nathan Deal wanted to make a difference for Georgia young people rather than win an election, he would encourage people to visit the organization’s website and make a donation, so that YouthPride can keep providing this vital service to Atlanta’s young people for the next 15 years and beyond.

In response to the advertisement, Karen Handel does not defend the organization, rather instead, she declares that she had no knowledge of the decision to provide the money and wouldn’t have even handled such a decision.

Friends, it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride to November as the Republican candidates continue to cater to right wing fringe voters in an effort to win.  We will be under constant attack because the belief that LGBT people should be denied rights is one of the last issues that Republicans can hold onto that is agreed to by the majority of voters.  Gays and Gay Marriage will swing voters right in November.  While there may be many “moderate” Republican voices in our society, there seem to be fewer and fewer moderate Republicans in office.  One need look no further than the Texas Republican Party Platform for 2010 to see that the group has become an extremist organization dedicate to reducing the Constitution and equal protection as applicable only to heterosexual, English speaking, Christian Americans.

2010 – The Year of the Lesbian Parent.

June 14, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Discrimination, Featured

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Rep.-WA)Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (Rep-WA) voted no on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, also more formally known as the Patrick Amendment to H.R. 5136, which would repeal the discriminatory policy banning openly gay service members from defending freedom and equality.  In fact, Rep. McMorris-Rodgers has only supported 3% of progressive actions, but has supported, either through voting or co-sponsorship, 61% of legislation which is considered “regressive” – or rather that which, “erodes freedom, knowledge and security.”   Here are a few examples of her regressive legislation support:

  • Amendment 35 to H.R. 2647 was proposed to counter the current push to cover-up American military and interrogation activities. Amendment 35 would require military interrogations to be videotaped, with an exception provided at times when there may not be time to set up a camera.  Cathy McMorris-Rodger’s voted against this measure.
  • H.R. 11, also known as The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a bill that simply says that workers cannot be expected to file suit for compensation for wage discrimination before they actually find out that they have been discriminated against.  Cathy McMorris-Rodger’s voted against this measure.
  • H.R. 2608, was introduced after the government of Washington, DC voted to approve same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. H.R. 2608 seeks to overturn the local decision of DC government by imposing a congressional prohibition on same-sex marriage in Washington, DC. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers co-sponsored this discriminatory legislation.

Here’s an expression I’m sure you’ve heard, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.”  Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has now sponsored a bill, which on its surface appears acceptable, simple and certainly non-controversial.  But when you read the text of the bill, you find a phrase that can be very disturbing, particularly to same-sex couples with children.

H. Con. Res. 285 was introduced to recognize the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and to support the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the Year of the Father.  Sounds fairly benign, right?  But what are the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the Year of the Father?  From the text of the bill, we find this statement:

Whereas it is well documented that children involved with loving fathers are significantly more likely to have healthy self-esteems, exhibit empathy and prosocial behavior, avoid high risk behaviors, have reduced antisocial behavior and delinquency in boys, have better peer relationships, and have higher occupational mobility relative to parents…

Anyone else see the problem? Isn’t it also well documented that Lesbian mothers are better at raising children to be more self-confident, do better academically and are even LESS likely to have behavioral problems?  In fact, here’s what TIME reported on the research:

The authors found that children raised by lesbian mothers — whether the mother was partnered or single — scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior. These findings were expected, the authors said; however, they were surprised to discover that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression. ‘We simply expected to find no difference in psychological adjustment between adolescents reared in lesbian families and the normative sample of age-matched controls,’ says [researcher Nanette] Gartrell. ‘I was surprised to find that on some measures we found higher levels of [psychological] competency and lower levels of behavioral problems. It wasn’t something I anticipated.’ In addition, children in same-sex-parent families whose mothers ended up separating, did as well as children in lesbian families in which the moms stayed together.

So, here’s to 2010 – the Year of the Lesbian Parent.