Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Last Days of Marriage Equality in Iowa?

     It appears that marriage equality in Iowa is going to die, and possibly very soon. Governor Chet Culver, Democrat, is trailing by double digits in the polls to former Governor Terry Branstad.  

     They also disagreed on whether voters should be able to vote on amending the state constitution to ban gay marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court last year struck down a state law defining marriage as between one man one woman.
     "It has not had an effect on the state of Iowa other than allowing people to make their own decision," Culver said. "We should not write discrimination into the Iowa Constitution."
     Branstad said, "I believe the people have a right to vote on an issue of this magnitude."
     Yes, Branstad.  Let the people vote.  Let's also have them vote on who can divorce, which gods can be validly worshiped, who can adopt, who should be allowed to vote in elections, what language people should speak and, while we're at it, who can be allowed to give birth.

     Ugh.

     Will Iowa become the third state in which same-sex couples have equal rights and then have them taken away?  Oh, America, land of the bullying majority.

      Postscript:  Have you received your ticket to the Iowa Catholic Conference's gay (no homo) victory party?  

No Target, No Walmart: Where's a Gay to Shop?


     Now Walmart is selling an anti-gay children's book.  Where's a gay to discount shop?

     A children’s book written by the wife of anti-gay Standard of Liberty president Stephen Graham is being carried by over 100 Walmart stores. Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today’s Stampeding Sexuality by Janice Barrett Graham was written to “help shed the clear light of truth on today’s dark and tangled ideas about male and female, proper gender roles, the law of chastity, and the God-given sexual appetite,” according to Janice Graham in the book’s introduction.

Mormon Update: Boyd Packer's Homophobic Speech Redacted & Protest in Salt Lake

     Here are a few quick updates on the reaction to the LDS Boyd K. Packer's very homophobic and unscientific speech at the 180th General Conference last Sunday:
     The LDS has edited the speech changing Packer's description of homosexuality as a "temptation" to a "tendency" and cutting his question asking why his Mormon god would create people with an "impure" and "unnatural" "pre-set" homosexuality.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports upon these changes here.  This is one response: 
     “It leaves it out there like this is a temptation, like this is something one can choose,” said Watts, a Provo father of six grown children, including a gay son and a lesbian daughter. “They’re trying to edit it and soften it and make it better, but it’s not going to work. [The speech has] gone viral. Everyone knows what he said.”  Packer and the church should have gone further in their subsequent statements, Watts argued. “It would be nice to have the church apologize and say they’re editing it because they’ve recognized that it’s caused a tremendous amount of hurt and discomfort,” he said. “I know many leaders of our church know that homosexuality is experienced honestly and involuntarily and is not amenable to significant change. I’m disappointed they don’t speak out.”

Heinous Hate Crime in the Bronx: the Bullying Never Ends

     In the Bronx, a gang of nine homophobic young men abducted two teenage boys and a thirty-year-old man, beat and tortured them for hours, because the gang suspected their victims of being gay.  

     He was told there was a party at a brick house on Osborne Place, a quiet block set on a steep hill in the Bronx. He showed up last Sunday night as instructed, with plenty of cans of malt liquor. What he walked into was not a party at all, but a night of torture — he was sodomized, burned and whipped.
     All punishment, the police said Friday, for being gay.
     There were nine attackers, ranging from 16 to 23 years old and calling themselves the Latin King Goonies, the police said. Before setting upon their 30-year-old victim, they had snatched up two teenage boys whom they beat, the police said — until the boys — one of whom was sodomized with a plunger — admitted to having had sex with the man.
     The attackers forced the man to strip to his underwear and tied him to a chair, the police said. One of the teenage victims was still there, and the “Goonies” ordered him to attack the man. The teenager hit him in the face and burned him with a cigarette on his nipple and penis as the others jeered and shouted gay slurs, the police said. Then the attackers whipped the man with a chain and sodomized him with a small baseball bat.