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Tennesotasconizonatah…or the WeHateGays States

Ten-ne-so-ta-scon-iz-o-na-tah: 
[ten-nuh-sew-tah-scon-iz-oh-nah-tah]
–noun
1. a mash-up of several state names–Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, and Utah, for starters; states that have been in the news recently for being anti-gay and anti-immigrant, or anti-anything that isn’t straight and white
2. The WeHateGays states. 

Painted on the house of a gay Tennessee couple.

Today, we’ll focus on the Tennessee in Tennesotasconizonatah, because they have really gone full barrel in the Anti-Gay Legislative Sweepstakes of late.

See, it seems that the Tennessee state Senate has approved, by a vote of 20-10, a law that would forbid Tennessee public school teachers and students in grades kindergarten through eight from discussing the fact that some people are gay. Now, there is good news: the bill isn’t likely to be taken up by the House before lawmakers adjourn this spring, but the sponsor, Stacey ‘Homophobic Asshat” Campfield, says he wants to push it forward in 2012 when the General Assembly comes back for the second year of the session.

Don’t Say Gay. It’s bad. Why, apparently, the Tennessee Senate thinks just saying the word ‘gay’ will make people gay. Or make them tolerant, which is awful, you know.

Opponents of the Don’t Say Gay, Goddammit Bill believe it unfairly targets the children of gay parents, or even children who identify as gay themselves, by keeping them separate and unmentioned in class.

Supporters say it is intended to give teachers clear guidance for dealing with younger children on a potentially explosive topic. See, it Tennessee, being gay is a potentially explosive topic.

Don’t Say Gay, lest you turn one of the children into a raging fag.
Don’t Say Gay, lest the heads of the homophobes explode.

Oh, Tennesotasconizonatah, look what you’re doing. But wait, there’s more.

Tennesotasconizonatah Governor, Bill Haslam, signed a new bill yesterday that overturns the city of Nashville’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

It seems that Nashville isn’t like the rest of Tennesotasconizonatah. They understand blatant homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and wanted to protect their citizens from being, oh, say, fired, or evicted or even beaten simply for being themselves.

But then the lawmakers of Tennesotasconizonatah got in on the act and decided they would simply overturn the ordinance, and the governor goosestepped along. An ordinance to ban discrimination.

Apparently that’s a bad things in places like Tennesotasconizonatah.

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to ban teaching of homosexuality


Governor Overturns Nondiscrimination Ordinance

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Wisconsin Doesn’t Like the Gays

 

Up there in Wisconsin, which is slowly turning into Wisconsizona, wingnut Governor Scott Walker believes a new law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights violates the state constitution. He has asked a judge to allow the state to stop defending it.

A law that allows people to visit their loved ones in the hospital is unconstitutional? Oh, not ‘people,’ but gay people.
Back in 2009, when Democrats controlled the Legislature, they changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partnership registries with county clerks to secure some–not all–of the rights afforded married couples.

Like being able to visit your partner in the hospital, like you’d visit any family member. But Scott Walker doesn’t think gay couples are a family. he thinks, along with the homophobic, bigoted, Wisconsin Family Action, that the registries violate a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage and any arrangement that is substantially similar.

See, gay folks and gay families and gay couples don’t deserve to be treated equally in Wisconsizona. At least while Scott Walker is governor, which, hopefully, won’t be more than one term.

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>As If We Needed MORE Proof That The GOP Isn’t Listening To The People

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Out there in Minnesota, home to anti-gay Tom Emmer, anti-gay Target Corporation, and anti-gay Michele Bachmann, among others, the GOP wingnuts who are in control of the state house, are trying to amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex gay marriage.

You know, because they’ve already repealed Health Care reform, and they’ve fixed the economy and created millions of new jobs……oh………they didn’t? They’re just working to write discrimination into law?

Trouble with that is that a majority of Minnesotans are actually opposed to amending the state Constitution. Some 55% of respondents said they oppose adding such an amendment while 39% favor a constitutional ban–a sharp reversal of poll results seven years ago.

But will the GOP listen? Of course not. See, they can’t do anything they set out to do, so they’ll try to do this, and then gloat about how they saved marriage from the Evil Homosexual Empire.

Still, even though the people have spoken, the Minnesota Senate approved the amendment this week, and the House is expected to goosestep right behind them. Of course, just because a bunch of ignorant, GOP bigots want to do this doesn’t actually mean it will happen. The proposed Discrimination Amendment would then be placed on the 2012 ballot, and the people of Minnesota would have the final say.

And, um, GOP? They’ve spoken. So, perhaps you should listen for a change.

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>You Have Two Choices: It’s Wrong, Or It’s A Sin

>Well, it seems that the Presbyterian Church wants to allow openly gay and lesbian pastors to begin serving congregations around the country, but South Carolina congregations are, naturally, pissed off about it.

At a national assembly of Presbyterians last year, they voted to change the church constitution to removed wording that required celibacy and fidelity in marriage when considering church leaders. The proposed changes needed approval by a majority of the denomination’s 173 regional presbyteries and just last week a Minnesota presbytery cast the deciding 87th vote. The new policy now goes into effect in July.

Of course, because it’s South Carolina, all five of my state’s presbyteries voted against the change. Dr. Alan Arnold of the Trinity Presbytery, which oversees the majority of Midlands congregations, says that, while churches are now permitted to ordain homosexual clergy, local congregations retain control over that process and he does not expect to see any immediate major changes here.

Which means South Carolina can keep it’s homophobia in tact.

Still, more annoying than the idea that these “Christians” are such intolerant bigots, is what our local Fox News channel–Wach Fox 57–did with the story. As news channels often do, they offered up a poll for people to vote on whether or not they agreed with the Presbyterian church welcoming gay church leaders. But they didn’t phrase the question like that. It was like this:

Wow.
 
Either way you look at it, it’s anti-gay , homophobic, bigoted intolerant nonsense. Thanks South Carolina, and Wach Fox 57, for keeping it real.
 
Real stupid.
 
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>For A Moment, Jan Brewer Had A Brain And A Heart…But Then She Gave Them Back

>There are days when I find a story, a news item, that really piques my interest, but I don’t have the time to post about it, so I save it for another day. That happened with this next story, and then the story just sort of ended, and now I’m left with bupkus.
Except…….

Once upon a time, in Arizona, Jan Brewer and her minions wanted to be able to stop you and question you if your skin wasn’t lily white, or you had an accent, or an un-American sounding name like Rodriguez or Gomez. But then the 9th Circuit Court stepped in and basically said, “Arizona, you’re racist. Knock that shiz off.”

So, what does Arizona do next, to prove they’re using their brains? Well, the state Legislature last week gave final approval to a proposal that would require President Barack Obama, and other presidential candidates who don’t look, well, let’s just say it, white, to prove they are US citizens before their names can appear on the state’s ballot.

Birther law. In Arizona. but that’s to be expected.

And I was all ready to rip Jan Brewer and her racist state a new one for pandering to Birthers and Teabaggers and all their nonsense, until the unthinkable happened. Jan Brewer got a brain. And perhaps, though this is still in doubt, a heart. She vetoed the bill.

Brewer said the Birther Bill would have created “significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona” and that she had no choice but to veto the legislation. By way of explanation, she sent a letter  to the Arizona House speaker, saying such racist–okay, she didn’t use the word racist because racists don’t think they’re racist–such legislation “could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions” about candidates’ eligibility for the presidential race. She also added: “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. This is a bridge too far.”

So, Hell apparently froze over because Jan Brewer set aside her idiocies, and her Palin-esque pandering, to do the right thing. I actually liked Jan Brewer, but then……

She obviously removed the Brain and the Heart that the Wizard had just given her, because she signed legislation giving married couples–and we know by ‘married’ she means heterosexual couples–preference over gay couples when it comes to adoption.

The new bill law would require any adoption agency, both state and private, to give primary consideration to adoptive placement with a married man and woman, with all other criteria being equal. 

Gay couple. Straight couple. Exactly alike in every way, except one, and that one difference is the gender of one party, and it will be used to deny adoption. The only other state with such legislation is Utah, and we know how Utah feels about The Gays.

This bill also discourages single-parent adoption, as preference would also be given to married, straight couples. And yet, right now, about a third of the foster children in Arizona are adopted by an unmarried person. At least until a married couple steps forward ans says they want that child.

Jan Brewer. One step forward and then two ugly steps back.

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>Just a Thought: Sticks and Stones, Kobe and Bret, Sticks and Stones

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Joshua Esskew stopped at a local convenience store to use the bathroom and maybe get a soda. instead, he was brutally attacked because he’s gay.

As he walked into the store last Saturday night in Rock Hill, South Carolina–not all that far from Smnallville-someone called him ‘faggot.’ Esskew turned and asked, “What was that you said?” and then he was hit in the head with a 40-oz beer bottle.

Bad enough, right? Stopping to get a soda, being called a fag and getting a bottle thrown at you. Bad enough, right?

Surveillance video from the store caught at least eight people, who were pumping gas or doing laundry next door to the gas station, rush into the parking lot and join in the beating of Joshua Esskew. Eight people, in all, all strangers, beat a man. But, hey, he’s gay.

‘Fucking faggot’ stepped in a ‘puddle of HIV’. Right, Kobe? Right Bret?

Okay, so maybe Kobe Bryant didn’t actually throw a punch at Esskew, and maybe he didn’t even join the fray beating the man so badly that he spent two days in the hospital, but Kobe Bryant, and anyone else who uses any kind of gay slur, bears some responsibility.

When you mutter, utter, shout, or even mouth, the words, ‘faggot’, especially when you are an idolized athlete, you are telling people it’s okay to hate. It’s okay to bash someone in the head with a bottle. It’s okay to join a fight because it’s just a gay guy.

And perhaps Bret Easton Ellis wasn’t in Rock Hill over the weekend, but his homophobic, self-loathing, anti-gay Tweets just might have helped those men throw punches at Esskew.

Kobe Bryant  and Bret Easton Ellis weren’t actually in on the fight, but Kobe’s easy use of the word ‘faggot’as a derogatory term, and Ellis’tauints about gay shows and HIV, helped  to throw the first bottle. 

And because it’s accepted by some to call people ‘faggot’as a dirty word, or make fun of people with HIV, that South Carolina remains in the dark ages. See, even though Esskew was obviously beaten because he’s gay–or at least the attackers suspected he was gay–South Carolina has no Hate Crimes laws.

It’s okay to beat gays here, I guess, and it’s okay for over-paid arrogant athletes to call us ‘faggots’ on television, and for has-been authors to Tweet homophobia. And until that stops, and isn’t laughed at, or made light of, gay people will still get beaten just for being ourselves.

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>Just A Thought: Indiana and Montana Hate The Gays

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Apparently the members of the Indiana Senate don’t read polls; you know, like the new one that came out last week that says a majority–and yes, it’s a slim majority–of Americans don’t have an issue with marriage equality.

But in Indiana the Republican controlled House and Senate set aside what seems to be the will of the people and approved a proposed amendment that would not only ban gay marriage, but also ban civil unions.

Now, while doing this, they also failed to do anything about jobs, the economy, the environment, or any of those pesky little annoyances; it was much more important for the Indiana state legislators to enact Hate.

Now, it’s not all said and done in Indiana, and when the people of the state waked up and realize their elected officials are not focusing on the issues near and dear to the hearts of the voters, these Republican asshats will be swept from office.

See, the Indiana General Assembly still needs to pass this anti-LGBT measure again in 2013 or 2014, and then it goes before the voters, and then the Indiana state constitution can be amended to add Hatred and Bigotry and Intolerance.
Isn’t it lovely?
And while current Indiana state law already prohibits gay marriages–See? It’s already illegal–amendment sponsor, Republican wingnut with too much time on his hands and not even good sense in his head, Senator Dennis Kruse says the measure would provide maximum protection for the basic family unit of society.

Cuz, you know, we Gays are out to destroy the family. It’s been our plan ever since we were invented.

And now, onto Montana, Big Sky Country, er, Big Lie Country.

The Montana House blocked an attempt this week to blast a stalled bill out of committee so that state representatives could debate whether to repeal the state law declaring gay sex to be illegal.

Yes, in Montana it’s illegal for The Gays to have sex. They are legislating what Gay folks do in their own homes. Now, to be fair, the Montana Supreme Court, in a unanimous 1997 decision, struck down the law banning gay sex as unconstitutional, but no one ever bothered to remove it from the state law books, but before the Supreme Court ruling, gays and lesbians in Montana risked being charged with felonies and if convicted, they could have faced a maximum penalty of a 10-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine.

For having consensual sex. In.Their.Own.Homes.

A leading opponent said the court didn’t strike down the law as unconstitutional.

Judiciary Chairman, Republican Congressman Ken Peterson, says the Supreme Court ruling held that same-sex adults, in private, not-for-commercial purposes, are protected by the right to privacy, not that the law was unconstitutional.



Diane Sands

 Democratic Congresswoman Diane Sands says, “It’s been almost 15 years since the Supreme Court ruling. It’s about time we removed that language from the books….It’s about the value we all place on the constitutional right to privacy and the right of members of the gay and lesbian community of Montana to not be criminals under the law Let’s bring it to the floor and debate it and take action on it.” 

It was Congresswoman Sands who proposed getting the bill out of the House Judiciary Committee, but her motion received just 51 votes in the 100-member House, not the 60 votes needed. 

Diane Sands’ motion drew support from one Republican, Congressman Steve Gibson, who said the issue is not about gay marriage or religion, but rather “about freedom, privacy, respect, personal responsibility.”

Yes, a Republican said that. And, he added, “Do you want the government in your bedroom? I don’t. I’m sure everybody in the House knows someone in their family, a friend or a person that is homosexual. Do you love them? Do you respect them? I do.”

But then, the less cool and rational Republican heads got into the fray, with one, Republican Congressman Michael Moore–No, not that one–arguing against Sands’ motion, actually citing Scripture and natural law and “eternal law”: “I would say that the protections provided in the privacy clause of the Montana Constitution, which are extensive and which we’ve been over numerous times in the House Judiciary Committee, the protections are sufficient.”

But keep the Hate Law on the books?

Let’s give Diane Sands the last word: “You know, we are members of your family and your community. We sit next to you in your pew at church and in some cases we’re your pastor, whether you know it or not. We care for your parents in nursing homes. We’re your nieces and nephews. We fill the potholes on your streets, and we even serve beside you as members of the House and the Senate. These days we serve beside you in the House and the Senate as out members of the lesbian and gay community, partly because we were not under the threat of this law.”

Oh, Montana.
Oh, Indiana.

The times are a’changing. Are you sure you want to be at the back of the line as we march toward freedom, or do you want to be remembered as the ones who stood up against intolerance and bigotry and hate?

The choice is yours.

Montana
Indiana

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