And Other Random Thoughts About Gay Civil Rights and ENDA, Politics, The War On Women, Republicans In Congress, And Pope Francis And Religion
Congratulations to the gay couples in Minnesota and Rhode Island who were married yesterday, and can legally wed effective August 1st, 2013!
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) must be the top legislative priority for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans across the country. Congress has been ignoring this issue for over two decades, and LGBT Americans should not have to fear being fired from a job because of who they are. It’s an issue that's more important than marriage equality, and it’s the most important LGBT federal civil rights legislation introduced in the 113th Congress. The legislation passed 15-7 in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Please urge your Senator to vote YES!
I applaud Bruce D. Hanes, the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphan’s Court in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, for bucking the establishment and issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Bravo Bruce!
Republicans continue to wage a war on women, and their bodies and reproductive organs. Why do women (and men) vote for these hateful straight white men, who sponsor and pass this legislation, in order to control women’s health and reproductive organs? I don’t get it.
These same ignorant white men who are subversively trying to exert control over women’s health, refuse to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Go figure!
Women make up over 51% of our society, and only 20% of the US Senate (20 Senators) are women, and 18% of the US House of Representatives (78 Congresswomen) are women. Women should be deciding what’s best for women and their health, not men.
I support a Constitutional Amendment mandating that the US Senate have a male and female Senator representing each state. I also think that a male and female should represent each district in the House. It’s time to demand equality and end sexism now.
Remember that there are 3 large patriarchal religions that demands obedience from their devotees, and do not value women, and keep denigrating and demeaning gay people and their committed relationships. Because scripture does not support their conservative and extremist views, they all have incorporated sexism and homophobia in their doctrines of faith. It’s impossible to overlook the fact that they don’t regard every citizen of the world as individuals created in God’s image, as scripture requires. The 3 religions are Roman Catholic, Southern Baptists, and the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air in many respects, and I applaud his devotion to the poor and disadvantaged. His comments about gay priests are a welcome change from the opinions and thoughts of the self-loathing gay Pope Benedict XVI. Despite Pope Francis’ nice words and affable demeanor, we must remember that his rhetoric doesn’t erase the sins and sexism and homophobia in Catholic dogma, that continues to haunt the church today.
I wonder if anyone else agrees that state “stand your ground” laws are nothing but a license to get away with murder.
I think that any individual who murders another human being, especially outside of one’s home, should be in prison.
Any crime committed with a gun or firearm should receive an extra penalty.
Anyone who perpetrates violence with a firearm or gun, and threatens or shoots at or hits a law enforcement officer who is on duty, should receive an extra penalty that is doubled.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), are all Republican tea-baggers who are anti-gay, and anti-women, who voted against the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, voted against Hurricane Sandy Relief, and are advocating that the government be shut down, in an effort to ignore established law (the Affordable Care Act) and terrorize our fragile economy.
The three Musketeers in the House of Representatives, Republican extremist tea-baggers all, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), continue to be criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for their racist anti-immigrant views, while their buddy Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) continues to be investigated by the Federal Elections Commission and the House Ethics Committee.
The press obsession with New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is getting ridiculous, and he loves the attention. I wish the press would get back to reporting about the issues, and the electable candidates that matter (Christine Quinn).
Straight talk indeed.
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