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>Well, yesterday I told you about Jan Buterman, a transgendered teacher in a Canadian Catholic school district who was fired because he was transgendered [see post HERE]. Well, today there is great news about transgendered political candidate Brittany Novotny.
She is the first trans person to be elected president of the Young Democrats in any state. Not California. Not New York. Oklahoma.
Great news for the woman who took on armed-and-batshit-crazy homophobe Sally Kern in the Oklahoma District 84 Assembly race. Back then, Brittany Novotny didn’t want her transgender identity become the focus of her campaign, and in a district that is extremely Republican–hence Sally Kern’s ability to be elected even though she is a rabid dog of hate–Brittany Novotny pulled in 35% of the district’s votes.
And now she continues to work hard for Oklahoma, the Democratic party, and, even without it being her focus, the transgendered community.
Scott Walker, Republican Governor of Wisconsin, and Bootlicker of the Koch Brothers, figured he could do whatever he wanted to do in Wisconsin, and repercussions be damned.
His battle with labor unions turned what might have been a routine state Supreme Court race into a nationally watched precursor of what lies ahead for Teabaggers and Republicans if they continue witht their Party of No, and Our Way Or The Highway, brand of politics.
You see, for this routine election, almost 1.5 million people turned out–which is 68% higher than the 20% that most officials predicted. And though JoAnne Kloppenburg, the one Scott Walker wanted to keep off the bench, declared victory over incumbent David Prosser, the race is expected to head to a recount.
Still, what this shows is that the people of Wisconsin are disgusted by their governor. There were 19 counties that went for Scott Walker in the 2010 elections, but flipped and went for Kloppenburg. Now, there were no party affiliations on the ballot, but Kloppenburg was heavily backed by Democrats and Prosser by Republicans, making it a fierce proxy battle for the two parties.
And nineteen counties Walker once had in his back pocket sent him a very clear message: Get ready to pack it in, Scotty.
Democrats are naturally thrilled by the outcome. Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said the election results represent a “watershed moment for Wisconsin and a Waterloo for Scott Walker,” and added, “It should give Republicans, who are–for the moment–in the majority, pause about how they proceed in enacting Walker’s terrible budget.”
Indeed, the people of Wisconsin have spoken and Scott Walker, who has said he won’t compromise with the Democrats must be rethinking his stance.
Or else he’s planning for his retirement.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
>They say they grow ’em big down there in Texas, and sometimes they grow ’em big’n’stupid.
Case in point: Dan Ramos, the county chairperson of the Democratic Party in San Antonio, who, during an interview, likened The Gays to “termites” and said the Stonewall Democrats were akin to Nazis.
Oh, but he did.
And then he went further–from termites and Nazis–to declare that the LGBT-rights movement is a very “sinister movement” that is out of touch with San Antonio’s values. He also blames The Gays for both undermining his authority and for the poor election results in Bexar County in 2010, saying, “They are all connected to the gay Democratic Party, the so-called Stonewall Democrats. Just like termites they managed to get some of their people in key positions.”
Ramos is crying foul because the Democratic party is divided ever since he was elected to office –I wonder why?–and he lays the blame squarely at the feet of The Gays. I guess he thought “termites” and “Nazis” were terms of endearment. Which, however, does not explain why he actively sought the political endoresment of the Stonewall Democrats.
Ramos opposes homosexuality on religious grounds and feels gay-friendly Democrats like Stonewall do not reflect the values of Bexar County voters: “I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the fucking Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a fuck who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.”
Wow. And he wonders why people oppose him.
Out there in Missoula, Montana, an ordinance was passed which banned discrimination on citizens based on sexual orientation and gender. And little Missoula stood tall, until…..
This week, when the Republican majority on the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to overturn Missoula’s 2010 ordinance.
The bill, written by Kristin Hanson, a Republican, of course, because they are the party of bigots, for the most part, now moves to the House floor for debate this week.
Debating equality. How’s that for a giant step back!
Hanson Bigot Bill would prohibit local governments–like Missoula and Bozeman–from enacting any ordinance or policy that would protect residents from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender.
See, the GOP that runs the state house in Montana wants to make sure that LGBT people are discriminated against anywhere and everywhere, because, well, that’s how the GOP rolls.
This same judicial panel also voted to table a bill written by Democrat Edie McClafferty, that would have broadened the Montana Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination statewide based on gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.
It’s quite simple.
Montana does not like the gays.
Now, I know, you’re thinking that it’s the GOP in Montana that doesn’t like The Gays. But the people of Montana voted for these wingnuts and are sitting idly by, staring at the big sky, while discrimination is tolerated.
If you’re gay.
So, if you’re gay, or, hell, gay-friendly, and you can do it, get out of Montana. And if you gay, or gay-friendly, stay away from Montana. They are plenty of places in this country, even here in freakin’ South Carolina, that welcome gay people, and protect them from discrimination.
Montana does not.