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Equality news round-up: Harvey Milk Day news, and more

Bullying Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston

– A new NBC/WSJ poll suggests that President Obama’s announcement that he supports marriage equality will likely have no effect on his re-election prospects. 62% of adults say his support of marriage equality doesn’t matter to them. 54% would ‘support’ a law making marriage equality legal in their state, but only 24% would ‘actively support’ it.

– Yesterday Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in the death of Tyler Clementi, and the sentence got mixed reactions from gay advocates and legal observers.

– A student in Ohio may wear his “Jesus is not a homophobe” t-shirt, a court has ruled.

– The DOJ has finalized its rule to prevent sexual abuse in federal prisons. The rule addresses LGBT prisoners as well.

– Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday. He would have been 82 years old. LA Weekly has more including excerpts from a speech Milk gave:

“Gay brothers and sisters, what are you going to do about it? You must come out. Come out… to your parents… I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out… to your relatives. I know that is hard and will upset them but think of how they will upset you in the voting booth. Come out to your friends… if they indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade, [Florida] to Eugene, [Oregon]. If Briggs wins he will not stop. They never do. Like all mad people, they are forced to go on, to prove they were right! There will be no safe ‘closet’ for any gay person. So break out of yours today — tear the damn thing down once and for all!”

The Washington Post has more as well.

– The North Carolina pastor who said he wants gay men and lesbians put behind an electrified fence and leave them to die out is facing nationwide backlash as well as local protests.

– Brian Brown of NOM wants to debate Dan Savage, so Savage said the debate will have to be at his dinner table:

Where? My dining room table. Place? Seattle, Washington. Here’s the deal. We can fill a room with my screaming partisans and your screaming partisans and we’ll both play to our respective peanut galleries and I think both of us have a little bit of grandstander in souls and we will work that and I think that will create more heat than light. And so what I’d like to do is challenge you to come to my house for dinner. Bring the wife. My husband will be there. and I will hire a video crew and we will videotape sort of an after dinner debate.

The trick here is you have to knowledge my humanity by accepting my hospitality and I have to acknowledge yours by extending my hospitality to you. And I’m willing to do that.

– Here is more on the NAACP’s decision to support marriage equality and fight ballot initiatives designed to oppose it. Not everyone is happy with their resolution, of course.

– Nebraska’s governor wants to put antidiscrimination ordinances to a public vote.

9 Comments

  • 1. Reformed  |  May 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Dear pastor Worley,

    As you were figuring out your final solution for gays, were there other methods that you considered, but ultimately rejected, before settling on an electric fence. And as a follow up, could you share with us whether you drew your inspiration from any particular group, or share a particular affinity with any organization, or individual, such as Pastor Fred Phelps, or perhaps Dr. Bob Jones III who has said that "it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel's day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands."

  • 2. AnonyGrl  |  May 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Dan Savage's offer is brilliant, and just EXACTLY what we need! The only way to change minds is through education, and the only way to change hearts is through sitting down and getting to know each other. I am certain Brian wanted a huge forum where shouting crowds carried more weight than simple words. This should be a fascinating change. And Brian MUST be civil, as he is a guest in Dan's house, and Dan WILL be civil to a guest in his house. Lovely! I don't imagine any minds or hearts will be changed at Dan's house by this (well,l perhaps Brian's wife, who was an ally of ours before she married Brian), but it is a terrific idea and hopefully it will change hearts and minds when people see the video.

    Spectacularly done, Dan. I can't WAIT to see the video.

  • 3. Gregory in SLC  |  May 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Agree! I hope it happens! btw, It was fun to watch Dan Savage this past season on RuPaul's Drag race. He can be fun as well as poised…and always articulate.

    touching read for the morning:

    Commentary: There are no traditional marriages http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/23/3616769/comm

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  May 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Appreciate all our Allies!

    Cannes 2012: Brad Pitt Says 'No Date' Set for Wedding, Still Hoping for Same Sex Marriage Legality
    <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/cannes-brad-pitt-wedding-same-sex-marriage-327844
    ” target=”_blank”>http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/cannes-brad-pitt-wedding-same-sex-marriage-327844

  • 5. Seth from Maryland  |  May 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

    A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for marriage equality remaining consistent at 53 percent, with a growing number of African Americans backing the freedom to marry. Fifty-nine percent of black respondents said they want to legalize same-sex marriage and 65 percent favor President Obama’s position on the issue. For the first time, the number of Americans who “strongly” support marriage also (39 percent) outweighs the number who “strongly” oppose it (32 percent). http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/05/23/488833/p

  • 6. Sagesse  |  May 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I think they should make it a family affair. Invite BB's five (or is it six) homeschooled kids and Dan's. Barbecue, anyone? Let BB's kids see another kind of family.

  • 7. Simon  |  May 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Homophobic haters are antiChrist who do not believe or pretend to believe in Jesus Christ but do not acknowledge His 2 commandments to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself, which are the highest of all biblical laws. The antiChrist work with the devil who is the master of quoting biblical verses except those 2 top commandments of love from Christ, to disagree, to avoid using Christ name but other name even 'god', to bring all sort of biblical verses and to lie. Their purpose is to deceive people that those 2 commandments of love were not above all laws for Christians.

    The issue of homosexuality among any other issues is a test of the Christian faith on that choice of who they really believe in the end, to love (stay with Christ to follow His commandments) or to hate (succumb to temptation of verses NOT from Christ and his top commandments and to justify their hatred).

  • 8. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  May 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    […] en banc hearing, and noted that oral arguments in the case will be heard in September. I wrote a news round-up, especially calling attention to the fact that May 22 is Harvey Milk […]

  • 9. darlene nelson qqqq  |  October 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, a city supervisor who assassinated Milk. The film was released to much acclaim, earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. Ultimately, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.

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