Yesterday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that a bakery in Gresham, Oregon must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. You can read the ruling for yourself right here. Some salient facts:
Gresham, Oregon is a city of more than 100,000 people (a fifth of […]
Prominent religious fundamentalists in America…
Stephen Bennett Harold Camping Graham Dow John Hagee Yehuda Levin John Piper Pat Robertson
… have repeatedly insisted that God uses the weather as an instrument of punishing judgment when gay and lesbian people in a community step out of hiding and engage in the sort of acts public […]
New York same-sex marriages began this Monday, July 25, a day after local clerks in New York State started issuing same-sex marriage licenses. How did God punish New York? With weather, of course. Christian conservatives have declared over and over that God will punish societies that endorse gay and lesbian relationships with nasty weather disasters.
The Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School issued an invitation to comic Dawn Whitwell to participate in its new anti-bullying program, but revoked the invitation yesterday, after it found out that Whitwell is a lesbian. […]
If you’re looking to improve your social environment, come out.
I’m not just talking about revealing your sexual orientation, although clearly that applies. If you’re a member of a religious minority, let it be known. If you have an unusual political stance, share it. The results can not only free up your interpersonal relationships, but […]
Of all the names in the hundreds of races for congressional seats this year, my favorite is Merlin Froyd, Republican candidate running against Howard Berman in California district 28. It’s such an evocative name, isn’t it? When I say “Merlin Froyd,” I think of a nervous acolyte being seized about the collar by a wizard […]
President Barack Obama’s feckless indifference to keeping his promises shows the weakness of relying upon just one person in power to make policy change happen. In the spring of 2009, Obama moved to halt repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that violates equal protection and federalist clauses of the Constitution by setting […]
As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest […]
When anti-gay forces organize to stop gay and lesbian Americans from getting married to one another, they give their groups names like “the National Organization for Marriage” and talk about the “destruction of marriage.” They say that if you let same-sex marriages happen, it will lead to a moral “deinstitutionalization” of marriage that will in […]
American Christian conservatives have a bizarre fantasy driving their zeal to ban the building of mosques in America, a fantasy that involves a group making up only 0.6% of the adult U.S. population somehow stacking the Supreme Court, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress with so many Muslim politicians that the government will be able […]