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Starbucks Will ‘Pay’ For Gay Marriage Support: NOM Pledge

Starbucks Will ‘Pay’ For Gay Marriage Support: NOM Pledge.

Article on Huffington Post – NOM is at it again.

“It takes money to go up against someone like Starbucks. I mean, we’ve got 50,000 people who’ve said, ‘We’re no longer going to purchase Starbucks products,’ but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Has it had some effect? I think so, but it’s nowhere near enough. An example has to be made of some of these companies if we’re going to get this sort of tidal wave of support for same-sex marriage to stop.”

Have they ever stopped to wonder that maybe since there is a ‘tidal wave of support’ for marriage equality that maybe they are the ones wrong for trying to force their views onto other people?

I know it is hard to accept that the world is changing and that everyone should be treated equally under the law, but it must be done. People must realize that marriage is NOT a religious institution. It is a legal and binding contract in the eyes of the government between two consenting adults.  This is why people can get married in the county court house, because it is a government issue, not a religious one.

You don’t see Atheists running down to the nearest Baptist church to get married, they get a Justice of the Peace to officiate their ceremony. I have said this crap before, so I digress.

Bigotry and hatred spouted in the name of religion. This is what is wrong with this country.

 

Chick-fil-A agrees to stop funding anti-gay groups, Chicago alderman says | The Lookout – Yahoo! News

Chick-fil-A agrees to stop funding anti-gay groups, Chicago alderman says | The Lookout – Yahoo! News.

I have said this before and I feel that I must say it again. As a lesbian, I personally don’t give a rat’s ass what Chick-fil-A or any other business does with it’s money. The point is it is THEIR MONEY, they can do with it what they choose, they can give it to whomever they choose, we as a people have no right to dictate that. They are a for profit business and can spend their profit as they see fit.

Now, being a lesbian, I don’t have to agree with what they do with their money, I don’t have to like it either. This is my right as a free human being in this country. I also have the right to with hold my money from their business. If I don’t like what they do, I won’t support them, my choice. You also have that right as does every other red blooded American out there.

But enough is enough people, let it go. Do I believe that Chick-fil-A has magically changed it’s spots, I believe that is what they want people to think and they may honestly try, but who are we to try and change their values and beliefs. It is not our right to do so, it is a free country. We don’t have to like it, we don’t have to agree with it, but we do have to respect it. Respect is a two way street, we want acceptance and to be respected, but in order to get that we have to give it.

Just my two cents…

LGBTQ News…

Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda

Newly released diplomatic cables have confirmed that the wife of the President of Uganda, Janet Musceveni, is behind the AHB. For those of you who are unfamiliar with AHB it stands for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the ‘kill the gays’ bill. Current legislation in Uganda criminalizes ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’. While it does not specifically call out homosexuality, that is what it is being used for. The AHB takes this current legislation to a whole new realm of insanity. It will not only allow the criminal punishment of homosexuality by imprisonment and death, it will also allow for the arrest and prosecution of anyone who does not report someone they know to be homosexual.

Anti-gay sentiment has significantly increased since the introduction of the AHB. The LGBT community has been the target of attacks and even murder, which includes the death of gay activist David Kato back in January of this year. Many reports blame his death and the introduction of the AHB on American Christian Evangelicals that visit Uganda and hold workshops preaching that ‘the gay movement is an evil institution intended to defeat marriage based society’. So, not only must the religious right of the United States spread their hatred and fear here in our own country they must do it in other countries more homophobic than our own.

Bullying in Schools

This has got to stop. I read an article today that centers around a school district in Minnesota which is right in the heart of Michelle Bachman’s district. You all know how I feel about this woman and her beliefs, but it has gone too far. The Minnesota Family Council and other christian conservative groups are not allowing the bullying to be stopped. This distract has had 8 suicides in the last 2 years and four of those are said to have been questioning their sexuality. District policy dictates that the staff shall remain neutral on issues of homosexuality. Leaving staff to ignore, diminish, or even dismiss, or even blame the victim in some cases of abusive behavior.

One student who has not commented on his sexuality, was verbally abused daily because he is perceived as gay by other students. He was even urinated on by another student. When he was threatened in the locker room while changing for gym, school officials made him change in a principal’s office rather than stop the ones who were torturing the poor kid.

This is beyond despicable, while parents associated with the family council weren’t available for comment an interesting quote was taken from their website. Their Web site says that depression among gay teenagers is often the fault of gay rights advocates who create hopelessness: “When a child has been deliberately misinformed about the causes of homosexuality and told that homosexual acts are normal and natural, all hope for recovery is taken away.”

This really chaps my hide to no end. I had planned to blog about some other news, but after these two items I am so beyond disgusted, I don’t have anything else to say. Well I do, but it would not be wise or very pleasant to read. Please feel free to share this information, while homophobia and stupidity are not going away anytime soon, I still believe that education is one of our greatest tools.

Like I said last week, fighting for marriage equality is all well and good, but the LGBTQ community has bigger problems and if you don’t see that by reading about these two articles, than we really do have a problem. You have to look past your own backyard.

Freedom vs Equality

I don’t know if that is the right title for this blog, hell I don’t even know if what I am about to say will make sense. I know what I am thinking, I just hope that I can relay it in a way that it is clear and understandable.

As most of you know, I am a lesbian, at least that is the label that I claim and how I live my life. I do not attempt to hide who or what I am, I live my life openly and I really don’t care if you approve of my lifestyle or not. Who I love or how I love them is really none of your business, however our society seems to think otherwise. That is kind of the point I want to make. I am not an activist, while I do voice my opinions on LGBT issues, I am not out fighting any battles.

Here in the US we are currently fighting for marriage equality, which is a noble battle, and a right I feel that we should have. I want to be able to marry my partner and to adopt her daughter as my own, but is it really that important? Most of you are probably saying yes, it is, but I am going to disagree. Our getting married is not the end all be all of the world. We still live together, we have the freedom to be together in public. While it may not be easy and we still have to put up with hate, our lives are not otherwise restricted.

Think about it for a minute, we could live in a country where it is illegal and punishable by death to be openly queer. There are still countries that allow ‘curative rape’ of lesbians, where families will allow their daughters to be gang raped by men in order to cure them of something that can’t be cured. This sickens me to no end and I do not comprehend how people can treat their fellow human beings like this.

As a country we have a long way to go, but we have made great strides in the last thirty years. Yes there is still hate and bigotry, but there always will be. We as a community do not have equal rights under the law, but we at least have the freedom to live our lives. True it may not be without fear, but at least we know that we have protection under the law from certain atrocities. Think about that and remember it is not a ‘gay’ rights issue, it’s a human rights issue.

For the straight people who read my blog, it’s not about wanting special rights, it’s about a group of citizens that want and deserve to have the same rights that you have, nothing more, nothing less.

For my LGBT family and friends, you need to remember that it could be worse. So, the next time you want to bitch about your freedom and equality, stop and think about how lucky you actually are, especially if you are one that can not hide who you are. Change will come, but it will come at it’s own time. In the mean time, enjoy the freedom you do have.

Really?

“We hold full confidence in the power of the Gospel and of the reign of Christ within the life of the believer. We know that something as deeply entrenched as a pattern of sexual attraction is not easily changed, but we know that with Christ all things are possible.”

via Evangelical Leader Touts Gospel, Not Therapy, as Way to ‘Reorient’ Gays, Christian News.

Okay this is for all my gay and lesbian Christian friends, have you been cured because you believe in Christ and follow the teachings of the gospel? Since you have been saved and accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, have you lost your homosexual desires and been cured of this abomination?

“The normalization of homosexuality simply cannot be accepted by anyone committed to biblical Christianity. To Deny that sin is sin is to deny our need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians cannot accept any teaching that minimizes sin, for it is the knowledge of our sin that points us to our need for atonement, salvation, and the forgiveness of that sin through the cross of Jesus Christ.”

If you follow the gospel, then everyone is a sinner every day. There are abominations all through the bible that are no longer followed. Things that you could be put to death for, things that I along with most Christians do every single day. I had bacon with my breakfast this morning, that is an abomination. I am also wearing a polyester/cotton blend shirt today, that is also an abomination, my boss shaved this morning, that too is an abomination. Per the gospel we should be put to death.

A sin is a sin, regardless of what sin it is. You have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, good for you, but you still have bacon and eggs every day for breakfast. My friend has accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, but he is still gay. What is the difference, why should he have to change or be cured because of what his sin is? Does your pastor or priest tell you in order to go to Heaven you must stop eating bacon, do they kick you out of church on Sunday morning if you wear a blended item of clothing? No they don’t, because those are portions of the gospel that they *choose* to ignore.

Alright, I am agitated, and I feel that I am rambling and not making much sense. So, I am going to shut up for now…

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