Anti-gay ads


This morning I was made aware that anti-gay ads from the California Yes on Prop 8 campaign were appearing on my blog. I’ve now taken the steps to block ads from the anti-gay marriage amendment campaigns in both California and Arizona. It doesn’t seem as though Florida’s campaign is advertising.

If you see any anti-gay ads on this site, please email me at matt ‘at’ interstateq ‘dot’ com ASAP and they will be filtered out.

It is my usual policy not to filter all the ads with which I might personally disagree, such as ads from the McCain-Palin campaign. However, I will not tolerate advertising that is overtly anti-gay. In order to keep anti-gay advertising off the website, I need your help when and if you see them.

Thank you all so much!

Matt Comer


Real feelings, hard issues

Going on a year-and-a-half, perhaps 2 years now, I’ve had an on-going dialogue with a conservative Christian leader based in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Sometimes heated but always thick with very complex theological issues, our conversations — either in person or via the internet — consistently revolve around sexual orientation, faith and Scripture.

My lengthy response from our latest exchange below.

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I usually don’t do this, but this is an issue near and dear to my heart. Cross-posted from the day-job blog (InsideSource.Q-Notes.com)

A recent GOP mailer gay-baited State Sen. Kay Hagan and accused her of supporting gay marriage and allowing gay leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Obviously, the North Carolina Republican Party hasn’t done its best research. While Hagan has had a moderately gay-friendly voting record in her tenure in the N.C. Senate, she’s no outspoken advocate for the LGBT community.

Several times in her campaign Hagan’s side-stepped answering honestly and definitively on LGBT issues.

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Kids of gay parents ask too

Citizenlink.org, the website of the anti-gay Focus on the Family’s political action group, posted a press release Friday from California’s Yes on 8 campaign.

Through the entire thing, the Yes on 8 folks and Focus on the Family ignore every reality in our nation, politically, legally, socially. They conveniently paint a common experience among adopted children as one that only occurs in kids with gay parents. The political spinning is great, really it is. It’s also shameful.

Oh, and utilizing the family situation of a world-wide famous Hollywood couple. Yeah, Yes on 8 needs some attention.

The Right screams and rants when the political left uses children to a political advantage, yet the Right has no problem whatsoever doing it themselves.

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A Republican Governor for North Carolina?

The Durham Herald-Sun has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, who currently serves as the 13-year mayor of Charlotte.

Some of their reasoning (article here, registration required and full article at McCrory’s campaign site):

McCrory is an anomaly, a Republican in Charlotte who has been getting re-elected for 13 years. To pull that off, and to continue to work with City Council, McCrory has to be able to work across partisan lines, a trait he will need in Raleigh in working with a Democratic-leaning General Assembly. […snip…]

One of McCrory’s strengths for voters in Durham and the Triangle is his familiarity with urban issues. He knows about the problems cities like Durham face, including crime, poverty and transportation. He understands the needs of local justice systems, which is important for us in Durham. He got a light rail system built in Charlotte, a feat the Triangle has yet to achieve, but will need to address soon. A sympathetic ear in the statehouse would be a plus.

We also like McCrory’s pledge to overhaul DOT. That will be a difficult, but long overdue, job.

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Gay marriage fight = Armageddon

Radical Right leader Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries has said the fight over California marriage equality and Proposition 8 is Armageddon:

“If sexual freedom is the ultimate liberty, then you have to rewrite the Bill of Rights,” Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries, says on a Yes on Proposition 8 video produced by the American Family Association for distribution to pastors and Christian activists. “This vote on whether we stop the gay marriage juggernaut in California is the Armageddon. We lose this — we’re going to lose in a lot of other ways, including freedom of religion.”

Colson, who will speak at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics with Dr. James Dobson in Charlotte on Nov. 7-8, should not be ignored. His language, a throw-back to violence and rhetorical militancy, should not be taken lightly.

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Note: This post is a part of the world-wide Blog Action Day on poverty. In this post, I’ll delve into what a lack of marriage equality means to low-income LGBT, same-sex couples. Please visit www.blogactionday.org for more information and more posts on this exciting day to build awareness and education on this important global issue.

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Acceptance v. Tolerance

From a beautiful commentary (h/t DQN):

When people say they are tolerating you, it’s probably an indication they don’t like you very much, but they’re forced to deal with you for one reason or another.

So when during the vice presidential debate earlier this month Republican candidate Sarah Palin said she would be tolerant of gays and lesbians, I knew what she meant.

“If there’s any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, their relationships that they deem — uh, best for themselves — you know, I am tolerant,” is what she said.

What she meant was that if you are gay, you are an undesirable in this country.

Read the rest at NJ.com


PFOX and a meritless suit

Updated 6:00 p.m. EST, 10/14/2008

The first thing I thought… “They’re kidding right?”

Evidently, twisting the Grace and Love of God in order to inflict pain and shame on gay and lesbian youth isn’t the only think ex-gay advocates like Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) is good at. It seems they’ve also got a knack for twisting the law.

In a press release titled, “Human Rights Office Sued for Refusing to Protect Former Homosexuals,” PFOX claims that the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights fails “to protect former homosexuals under its sexual orientation anti-discrimination law.”

Said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs, “The ex-gay community is the most bullied and maligned group in America, yet they are not protected by sexual orientation non-discrimination laws.”

Far be it from to know just how a group of “former homosexuals,” whom the majority of the powerful religious right fully embrace and support, can be called “the most bullied and maligned group in America.”

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Bolthouse boycott ends

From The LA Times:

The food fight is over.

Nearly a month ago, opponents of Proposition 8 — which would amend the state Constitution to ban gay marriage — started a “soft boycott” of Bolthouse Farms, among the largest producers of fresh-cut carrots in the world and the maker of juices and smoothies sold in foodie haunts and upscale markets.

Company patriarch William Bolthouse Jr. had donated $100,000 to help get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, and Californians Against Hate wanted gay and lesbian shoppers and their friends to know it. The group figured it was truth in labeling.

Demonstrations at the “rock ‘n’ roll” Ralphs on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and Whole Foods markets in New York City and Washington, D.C., ensued. The gay blogosphere lit up, indignant.

But on Wednesday, the company and the advocacy group made peace, and the prickly pear cactus lemonade can flow again.

Read the rest at LATimes.com