Boy Scouts Gay Ban, Furtive Kisses, Family Besmirch Council, VAWA, and Willard Mitt Romney Says “I Don’t”
1. The band Train, who are originally from San Francisco, was booked to perform with Carly Rae Jepsen at the Boy Scout jamboree in West Virginia this July. They announced via their blog that they will not perform at the jamboree, unless the ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders, is lifted. Eagle Scout Derek Nance had started a petition at change.org, asking the musicians to reconsider the booking.
According to Rolling Stone:
"When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America, we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization," they wrote. "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."The change.org petition has been modified, and is urging Jepsen to denounce the anti-gay scouting policy, and follow Train’s lead.
2. A gay couple in Roseville, California, a suburb of Sacramento, claim that they were asked to leave a mall by a security guard, after they were observed kissing.
According to Foxnews.com:
21-year-old Daniel Chesmore and 24-year-old Jose Guzman tell Fox40 they were approached by a security guard while holding hands and kissing a few times at a mall in Roseville. They began recording the encounter once the guard approached them.
“If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period.” the voice on the recording says. “I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple...about this."
The mall tells Fox40 that anyone who violates the mall's code of conduct will be asked to leave, but the station says it found nothing in the code of conduct that prohibits public displays of affection.3. Hate group head Tony Perkins, the leader of the Family Besmirch Research Council, has charged that anti-discrimination policies in public school settings, will result in “teenage boys invading girls’ locker rooms.”
At the Rawstory.com, David Edwards writes:
In his Washington Watch Daily Radio Commentary, Perkins said that recent Massachusetts Department of Education guidelines protecting transgender students meant “rolling out the welcome mat to cross-dressing students by banning everything from gender-based sports teams to sex-specific bathrooms.”
“And anyone who doesn’t like it had better keep quiet–or else,” he quipped. “If a student so much as refers to a peer by their biological sex, it’s ‘grounds for discipline.’”
Perkins said it was “no wonder” some parents refused to let their children go to public school
“Maybe, you’ve fallen for the lie that same-sex ‘marriage’ won’t affect you,” the anti-LGBT activist opined. “Well, it may take teenage boys invading girls’ locker rooms to prove it.”4. Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because the broader scope of the legislation, with expanded protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBT community, offered protections for too many people.
Think Progress writers Annie-Rose Strasser and Josh Israel report:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday openly admitted that she opposed the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence.
In an appearance on MSNBC, Blackburn pointed out that the latest iteration of the law protects “different groups” and thus dilutes funding for straight, non-Native American women with the proper documentation:
When you start to make this about other things it becomes an “against violence act” and not a targeted focus act… I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups. What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up.5. Willard Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and defeated presidential candidate, says that he still does not support marriage equality.
Chris Johnson writes in the Washington Blade:
In a four-minute segment of a previously unaired interview, the former Massachusetts governor told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that his position on same-sex marriage hasn’t evolved since the election.
“I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a women, and that’s because I believe the ideal setting for raising a child is where there’s a mother and a father in the home,” Romney said. “Other people have differing views and I respect that, whether that’s in my party or in the Democratic Party. But these are very personal matters. My hope is that when we discuss things of this nature, we show respect for people who have differing views.”
Romney not only opposed same-sex marriage as ran against President Obama, but campaigned on a Federal Marriage Amendment that would have banned it throughout the country and pledged to resume the executive branch’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
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