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Shame On You North Carolina

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Equal rights for the LGBT community took a major hit yesterday. In North Carolina, same sex marriage, as well as legal benefits for same sex partners, was banned with the passage of Amendment One. The amendment, which declares that marriage is only to be recognized as a union between one man and one woman, was pushed through by some major players of the religious right, including NOM, which contributed nearly $500,000 to get the amendment passed. In spite of several please from many state wide christian leaders from the African American community, the amendment passed by a wide margin.

I have to say that not only am I surprised that such a prejudicial law was passed; I also feel shame. Even though 30 other states have such laws, it seemed as if the country was making huge strides toward LGBT equality. In fact, in the most recent polls taken, 47% of Americans asked are in favor of same sex marriage, which is the highest rate of approval so far. Many christian ministers have spoken out for LGBT equality, and recently many high ranking members of the Obama administration, including Joe Biden, have outright stated that they are in favor of same sex marriage as well. What the hell happened in North Carolina?

NOM, the National Organization for Marriage is what happened. This group of right wing, homophobic religious zealots has been sticking their bible thumping noses into both national and state legislatures for years. As I mentioned earlier, NOM swooped into the state, and poured nearly half a million dollars into making biblical law a secular law. They put political pressure on state legislators to create the amendment, then they proceeded to blitzkreig the public with an immense campaign of homophobic misinformation that was sure to make the most expert of propagandists proud. Hell, they even trotted out the 93 year old minister Billy Graham, who took out a full page ad in several North Carolina newspapers, in order to put his hateful rhetoric back into the public eye. Because of NOM, equal rights in the LGBT community never stood a chance in the Tar Heel state. Religious zealotry won over basic human rights, and that disgust’s me.

So what does this mean? For starters, the Obama administration needs to put forward a clearly defined policy concerning LGBT rights. Although it has made perhaps the biggest advancements toward equal rights in this arena, their policy toward same sex marriage is still vague. Sure, DADT is gone, and the Department of Justice has been instructed not to defend DOMA in court; there is no doubt that the administration is sympathetic to the cause. However, a major blow could be struck if DOMA were to be eliminated, it can be done. Several circuit courts have declared it unconstitutional; it needs to be challenged in the Supreme Court. If it can be stricken, then maybe legislation could possible be introduced to protect same sex marriage on a national level, state statutes be damned. It’s a hard, long fight, but it can be done, and Obama must lead the way. Otherwise, prejudiced hate groups like NOM just may continue to get their way.

The LGBT movement may have taken a big hit yesterday, but it was by no means a death blow. Grass roots support grows bigger by the day, and the voice for equality just grows louder. Not even NOM with their bibles and money can stop it. Love is universal, and knows not of sex or gender. You would think even the hardest core christian would recognize and accept that: Isn’t love what your god is all about?

Apparently not in North Carolina: For now.

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Pastor Sean Harris Wants To Beat The Gay Away From Our Children

Sean Harris, the Senior pastor of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is getting hard core about what to do with those pesky, gender bending children these days: Corporal punishment. While giving a fire and brimstone type endorsement of proposed Amendment 1, the Amendment that would outlaw civil unions and domestic partnerships in the Tarheel state, Harris went off on a tangent about boys and girls who do not conform to patriarchal gender roles. Check out this transcript, in all of its hateful goodness:

“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.

Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign [sic] her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'”

Harris later back pedaled, and claimed that he was joking; does that transcript seem like joking to you? No? Me Neither.

This is exactly the kind of venom filled rhetoric that promotes domestic violence in the home, bullying in the school, and hate crimes in society, and for what? To force a child who may be wired a little differently, to conform to what society and religion dictates as proper? I call bullshit!

I could go on a rant about a child’s sexual orientation and how homosexuality or at the very least, the crossing of gender lines is completely natural. I could also stand on my tinfoil covered soap box, and preach about acceptance, love, and understanding of each others differences. The fact of the matter is that most rational people understand all that. The fact that Amendment 1 is likely to crash and burn is a testimony to that fact.

It’s the hateful homophobes like Sean Harris who do not understand that sexuality is naturally in a perpetual shade of grey. The decision to hate the difference in sexuality is the choice, not the difference in sexuality itself. Hopefully, the Sean Harris’s of the world will one day come to understand this.

Until that day comes, most of us will continue to use our voices and our votes to beat the pray away.

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North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers | ThinkProgress

Does anybody else find it ironic that rabid “pro-lifers” want to kill every abortion provider in the country? Yeesh.

North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers | ThinkProgress.

BTW Rep Larry Pittman, because you are a nut job Tea Bagging right wing extremist who favors public hangings of abortion providers, you win this installment of the Obama Ear Scratch of The Week.

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