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Equality news round-up: protests are planned in NC against anti-gay pastor, and more


By Scottie Thomaston

– This week, Dan Savage invited the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown to his home to have a dinner discussion/debate on marriage equality. Now Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council has invited Tony Perkins to her home for dinner, after he stated in a televised interview that he has never been to the home of a same-sex couple who is married.

– A new coalition of social justice organizations and clergy have launched an effort to show that NOM’s attempt to “drive a wedge” between black and gay people hasn’t worked.

– The Maine Education Association has endorsed marriage equality.

– Chile will start paying for surgery for people who are transgender.

Protests will be ongoing against the North Carolina pastor who said gay people should be locked behind an electric fence and left to die.

– Here is a run-down of major gay rights cases currently working their way through the courts.

– Jeb Bush says marriage equality is a “distraction” from the economy. It could actually help the economy.

– One News Now, the “news” arm of the hate group American Family Association, continues to promote NOM’s race baiting strategy.

– A Senate committee in Brazil has finally passed same-sex unions.


  • 1. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    good news from Chile,,, and Brazil stepping forward,,, woot woot

  • 2. Gregory in SLC  |  May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    About Chile… my husband was born and lived half his life in Chile. That is good news. We've been a bit somber this week following the trials of gay murder (watching on TVN-TV Chile)

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Prosecutors in Chile asked for murder charges Wednesday in the death of a young gay man whose attackers brutally beat him and carved swastikas into his body.

  • 3. Str8Grandmother  |  May 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Gregory, I have been following that tragic event in Chile also, it truly is tragic, so brutal.

    I was wondering, they speak Spanish in Chile, right?
    Maybe your husband can send Jaun Carlos a Message. Read below my comments about Spain.
    Anyway this is the website of the Group in Spain I contacted asking them to Protest NOM/FRC/AFTAH in Madrid tomorrow.
    Maybe if somebody Facebooks you could contact them that way.
    Here is the link to their website

    How about Facebook?

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  May 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I sent an email right after you posted the info. I'll invite Hubby to send one in Spanish too. I appreciate you alerting about this event!

  • 5. Sagesse  |  May 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm


  • 6. _BK_  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The run-down of court cases was great. Thanks!

  • 7. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So today after over a year I was finally able to legally take my husband's name.
    I had to explain a bit about DOMA to the social security office lady…she didn't think she could honor our marriage license….her supervisor agreed with me and told her she could. Five minutes later I became Mark James Brewer in the eyes of the federal government.
    WOOT WOOT!!!
    Now if they would just recognize the actual marriage………………..

  • 8. Ann_S  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Congratulations, Mark James Brewer!!

  • 9. Gregory in SLC  |  May 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    YAY!!!!!! Congrats Robert and Mark!!!!

  • 10. DaveP  |  May 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Congrats! "Mr. Mark James Brewer" has such a nice 'ring' to it! : )

  • 11. Str8Grandmother  |  May 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Not every website can cover every story. I saw an article on GoodAsYou that there is a big Family Conference in Madrid, NOM, FRC, AFTAH (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality)

    This ticked me off. It is like they are exporting American hatred around the world, just like they did in Uganda.
    Maybe we caln all take a little quick action. I went on the internet and found what I think is a big gay organization in Madrid. I called and talked to Juan Carlos. He did not knwo anything about America's biggest anti gay HATE GROUPS meeting in his city this week-end so I sent hiim an e-mail with the information and asked him to protest.
    This is the conference
    Madrid, Palacio de Congresos, mayo 25 a 27

    And here is Juan Carlo's e-mail
    [email protected]

    I used Google Translate to send him my message

    If I could ask all of you to send Juan Carlos an e-mail I bet that more e-mails will help. After all jsut getting one e-mail from one person may not make much of an impression. We still ahve time to act. Will you kindly take a moment and ask Juan Carlos via e-mail to Protest and send Videos?

  • 12. Scott Wooledge  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    That Spain's LGBT rights org had not heard of them is concerning.

    Given that we Americans are aware of their efforts to globalize and metastasize their cancerous hatred, perhaps we should give them a head's up?

    I hate to think they are convening in other countries planning sneak attacks. Many of these counties, particularly in Europe cannot probably comprehend how hateful and vicious these faux "Christian" groups really are.

  • 13. Kate  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    NOMblog has been bragging for a couple of days about Brian speaking at this conference, and the NOMbies who post continue to praise him for it. Are there any of us left who can still post on their site to contradict them? Dreadful.

  • 14. Scott Wooledge  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I did as the poster asked and sent Juan a note. If these American hate groups recieve a message they are unwelcome, it may stem their tide and alert other global LGBT rights groups to their nefarious plan to export hate will not go unchallenged.

  • 15. Str8Grandmother  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks so much Scott for sending a quick note. I hope that is encouragement to others to do likewise.

  • 16. Reformed  |  May 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I have had of and on luck with that over the years (gee this has been a long slog). Today I must have touched a nerve commenting on their article that brays about Grissanti. Comment didn't last long.

    Just asked why a change of mind or a change of heart always gets chalked up as a lie by their side. If perhaps Mr Grisanti just wasn't as bought and paid for with their out of state money as they had imagined.

    Seems as if the truth rankles them.

  • 17. countrydogs  |  May 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I will send a message now. Did you mention or give him a link to the NOM strategy document from the Maine case? There is one section that specifically mentions Europe on page 8 of the upload. (text below in case others want to copy it in their emails, and maybe forward to other countries)

    6. Behind Enemy Lines: Document the Victims in Europe

    We have learned how to make the coercive pressures on religious people and institutions an issue in the United States. We will use this knowledge to raise the profile of government attacks on the liberties of religious people and institutions in Europe, both for internal domestic consumption in Europe and to halt the movement towards gay marriage worldwide.

  • 18. Str8Grandmother  |  May 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    CountryDogs, no I actually forgot about that NOM Strategy. But remember his English was really really basic so unless it was translated I am not thinking he would get it, but it never hurts to try.
    You are Right! About that part of the NOM Strategy, I completely forgot about that. It is on Scribd Under my name StraightGrandmother or Str8Grandmother

  • 19. Bob  |  May 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

    really great work internationally you guys,,,, thanks Str8Grandmother,,, just wondering if the local LGBT groups in the U.S. could bring some pressure on this considering it is now part of foreign policy to protect right of LGBT's internationally,,, and the hatred is coming from a U.S. organization,,,,,,

  • 20. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    gay straight alliance in Ontario schools

  • 21. Sagesse  |  May 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is really great news. Most of the objections to the name came from the Catholic schools, who under the law had to allow the student associations to be formed, but forbade the use of the word 'gay' for religious reasons.

    It's just another of those "My (the Catholic school's) right to disapprove of you (the student) trumps your right to be you." It really ticks me off when this is done to young people, who are less able to defend themselves because they can't vote.

  • 22. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    here's a better clarification of the issue,,, on Catholic schools

  • 23. Sagesse  |  May 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    The Ottawa Citizen article points out a key point about the Ontario public school system: it is publicly funded through property taxes. Each homeowner designates whether their taxes go to support the 'public' schools or the Catholic schools. It is (in my opinion) unlikely that a religious freedom challenge would succeed in Canada on any basis, but it is especially unlikely when the schools are taxpayer funded.

    By way of background, education in Canada is provincially regulated, so each province handles its religious schools differently. Ontario is where I live now, and where my son went to school, but in Manitoba, where I grew up, the Catholic schools were part of the public system. Not sure what the story is in British Columbia, where Bob lives.

  • 24. Bob  |  May 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I know this is a sort of Canadian side issue,, Sagesse,, you're right every province is different,,,, here in B.C. Catholic Schools are Independent,, funded by the Church, and tuition,, the gov't gives about 5% which allows them to ensure the basics are taught,,,

    Maybe you might see some private Catholic schools in Ontario,,, make the Vatican spend it's money on education instead of hate propoganda,

    I see below the Vatican scandal, re trying to make their bank accounts transparent,,, amazing how that isn't the case right now for a religious organization with their power,,,,

  • 25. Str8Grandmother  |  May 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    This Spanish gay group is on Twitter
    pls send them a tweet and ask them to protest against the American ANTI GAY Hate Groups
    Palacio de Congresos, mayo 25 a 27

    The Name on Twitter is

    they have 3,400 followers

  • 26. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    the butler did it !!!! can't find the link,,, but read about Vatican scandal in L.A. times
    Vatican butler arrested in documents leak
    Pope Benedict XVI's private papers have shed unwanted light on power struggles and alleged corruption within the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 27. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  • 28. Bob  |  May 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    amid conflicts over how to bring the secretive institution in line with international transparency standards and days after the publication of a sensational book, “Your Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI,” in which the journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, aided by “Maria,” discloses a huge cache of private Vatican correspondence, many with allegations of mismanagement at the Vatican bank and cases of corruption and cronyism.

  • 29. Jack P  |  May 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    <img src=>Interested in the rally, anywhere i can sign up for it? <img src=>

  • 30. DaveP  |  May 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    If you are referring to the North Carolina protest mentioned in the article above, you don't need to sign up, just go there. Here's the info from the link: "The demonstration against Worley's comments is scheduled for Sunday morning at the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, North Carolina." If you are in Spain and referring to the comments above about the protest in Spain against NOM, I encourage you to follow the info on Twitter as explained a few comments up above or contact the LGBT group in Spain directly. Perhaps by emailing Juan Carlo: [email protected]
    Go get 'em!

  • 31. grod  |  May 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Rich: the regular contributor here from Maine and an educator: As I understand it, you may be the "Rich" who is a teacher of influence with the Maine Education Association in the achievement of this endorsement. If so, your tireless effort in pursuit of social justice for all Mainers is much appreciated and is an example to young people that an individual can make a real difference.

  • 32. Rich  |  May 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks grod. I am a teacher and thrilled that the MEA came out in support of marriage equality in the Maine November referendum. Our governor Paul LePage has taken the MEA to task for (to paraphrase) concentrating on an issue (marriage equality) rather than education Issues. I will address (to LePage) my belief that equality of all stripes, including marriage, is paramount in the lives of thousands of gay youth in Maine. My larger concern right now is that the Catholic Church said it would concentrate on educating it's congregants on its doctrine re: marriage this go around. The implication (actually stated quite clearly) is that the Maine Diocese would not participate in raising funds to defeat the referendum (thereby supporting NOM) . So, our largest paper, the PPH, yesterday, identified a host of Church's that, tomorrow, would have a second collection to fight he referendum. In the PPH, the Catholic Churchwas not mentioned as one of the Church's that would participate. Tonight, my sister called from SC to say that an article in their paper explicitly stated that he Catholic Church would collect funds tomorrow to support defeat.

    If I have a mission, other than supporting gay kids and their hopes/dreams for the future, it is to "dog" the Maine Diocese and it's close association with NOM, a hate group if ever there was one.

    I invite everyone to contact the Maine Diocese. Bishop Malone must come clean on his/the Church's association with NOM. Three years ago the Church contributed 500 ,000 to NOM. It has a stain on its hands which must e monitored.

    Thanks again, grod.

  • 33. AnonyGrl  |  May 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Completely off topic, but good news… I am out on the west coast, visiting friends in Portland OR, and Kathleen (our resident document guru) came up from California to visit her cousin, and we just had brunch together! She is LOVELY and fantastic and fun, and you should ALL be jealous right now!



  • 34. Ann_S  |  May 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I am definitely jealous! I'm glad you had a lovely visit!!

  • 35. DaveP  |  May 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hi ladies! That sounds great! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

  • 36. Kate  |  May 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I am SOOOOO jealous! You're both so much closer to the ranch than usual right now; come visit!!!!!

  • 37. Michael  |  May 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Welcome to Portland, Oregon! If you are looking for a place for brunch tomorrow (Monday)…..try Tasty and Sons!

  • 38. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  May 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Damn it!!
    We would have SO driven down to see you two!
    I am SO jealous of you both!

  • 39. Kathleen  |  May 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    If you're going to be jealous of anyone, it should be of me. I got to spend time with AnonyGrl!!!! She's every bit as witty and smart and fabulous as you'd imagine her to be — all the things you know her for here at P8TT — AND more beautiful than any photo can possible do justice. I hope we have lots more visits in our future.

  • 40. Kate  |  May 28, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Heck, I'm jealous of you BOTH!!!!!

  • 41. Gregory in SLC  |  May 30, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I can second that! (about anonygrl being FABULOUS!)

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