Friday, December 12, 2014

4 Stories This Week of Discrimination Against Gay People from Legislators, Baptists, Anti-gay groups

Wow, What is the deal with all the hatred, prejudice and discrimination against gay people this week?   There are 4 stories about Legislators (yes, republicans), Baptists, and anti-gay groups who have done really nasty things against gay people. Seems like they're all on a rampage to promote hatred, intolerance and even to remove protections in the workplace.  Read these articles:

1)   ‘Ex-gay’ group posts billboard in Richmond claiming ‘Nobody is born gay (which is bull-S@$*T)
A billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Virginia has sparked outrage and is creating much discussion over the long debated issue of whether homosexuality is a choice or genetic. According to a report by local NBC affiliate WWBT, the billboard posted by an ex-gay organization claims that “nobody is born gay” and also claims that they have helped people “overcome” being gay.
 http://www.examiner.com/article/ex-gay-group-posts-billboard-richmond-claiming-nobody-is-born-gay?CID=examiner_alerts_article 

2) Voters In Fayetteville, Arkansas, Repeal LGBT Protections
Fayetteville, Arkansas' city council recently passed (by a significant majority) a local ordinance protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination in public accommodation, employment, and housing. Last night it was successfully REPEALED by voters thanks to the efforts of BAPTIST PREACHERS rallied by Josh Duggar - a member of the infamous baby-breeder factory Duggar family. I just don't understand the origin of this kind of hatred.
THE VOTER REPEALhttp://www.towleroad.com/2014/12/voters-in-fayetteville-arkansas-repeal-civil-rights-ordinance-but-mayor-says-it-wont-be-the-last-rou.html

 (The ORIGINAL protections law was passed  with a city council vote of 6 to 2: http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2014/08/19/fayetteville-council-votes-6-2-for-civil-rights-ordinance-that-protects-gay-transgender-people

3) U.S.  House Republicans ask Labor Department to reverse new LGBT protections
Republican Reps. John Kline of Minnesota and Tim Walberg of Michigan have sent a letter to the Department of Labor asking it to withdraw a rule aimed at protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. The letter requests a 60-day period to allow for public comment on the rule. 
http://www.metroweekly.com/2014/12/labor-department-asked-to-withdraw-new-lgbt-workplace-protections/

3) Michigan House Republicans just passed a religious "license to discriminate" bill, which would allow anyone to refuse service to anyone and claim their "religious beliefs" require them to discriminate.
The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a religious freedom bill that might potentially allow emergency medical personnel to exercise religious objections to treating gay patients. AND: 
    For example, under the Religious Freedom law, a pharmacist could refuse to fill a doctor's prescription for birth control, or HIV medication. An emergency room physician or EMT could refuse service to a gay person in need of immediate treatment. A school teacher could refuse to mentor the children of a same-sex couple, and a DMV clerk could refuse to give a driver's license to a person who is divorced. 
  HISTORY: 
On 4 December 2014, the Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 5958, also known as the “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (or RFRA). That bill (which has not yet become law, as it still needs to be passed by the Michigan Senate and signed by the governor) seeks to "limit governmental action that substantially burdens a person's exercise of religion," which includes "an act or refusal to act, that is substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief."
 http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_michigan_house_passes_religious_license_to_discriminate_bill
 
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/michiganmedical.asp#ekRsJVgS3gmUMtrU.99 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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