This past Friday, On Top Magazine reported on an interview with Rick Santorum by Fox News's Megan Kelly. In this interview Santorum stated many of his beliefs about gay marriage, respect and his view of marriage in politics. Actually, he talked about how he deserved respect from the LGBT community for ALL of his beliefs, and then went on to describe these beliefs as policy.
Iowa LGBT Blog
Sometimes something we would like to write on ACCESSline is too subjective to be an article, but too short to be an editorial. It took us a while to figure out: that's what a BLOG is for!
And why is it that I need to respect Rick Santorum?
Another false "religious freedom" example waiting to happen in New Jersey
Gay rights are civil rights. The parallels are obvious, and we have yet another example.
Last weekend, Alix Genter, a lesbian bride in New Jersey, was refused the purchase of a bridal gown because the store owner realized Genter was going to be marrying another woman. (Same-gender marriage rights are not yet recognized in New Jersey, but the state's discrimination policies include sexual orientation; these policies apply to any businesses serving the public.) So, of course, now the folks at anti-gay hategroups like NOM and FRC and AFA will have yet another case they can claim is an attack on "religious freedom." (Sorry for the hate quotes, but what they are asking for is NOT religious freedom, but special rights—the right to discriminate against people—for conservative Christians.)
When I first saw this story on NewJerseyNewsroom I immediately found the store owner's statements amazingly offensive. Let me show you the quote and then I'll explain why I take offense (if it is not glaringly obvious to you as well):
The convoluted logic of Sideshow Bob: (religious freedom)=(1man+1woman marriage), (marriage)=(energy policy)
Oh, the convoluted logic that Sideshow Bob (Bob Vander Plaats) and the FAMiLY Pharisee Leader are displaying now.
More religious discrimination from the FAMiLY Leader and IFPC
Chuck Hurley and Danny Carroll of the PHARiSEE FAMiLY Leader are again pushing next Tuesday's marriage rally at the Iowa Capitol Building, and again are pointing out that their reason for wanting to take away my legal civil marriage rights are based entirely on their religion.
Iowa Judicial Politics 101
It slipped by me when it was originally posted, but I have to share this little YouTube gem about Iowa's judicial system.
- Sideshow Bob, again with the religious discrimination
- FAMiLY Leader again shows that THEIR religion is their only argument against equality
- Why bother having a public forum if nobody's going to listen?
- Chuck Hurley encourages giving "tokens of Christian love" to "homosexual activists"—but NOT equal rights.
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