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The below was posted at PamsHouseblend, and I thought I should post it here too!

This looks like an amazing documentary chronicling the first time a civil right was put on the ballot, to be decided by mob rule — Proposition 8 — and the millions pumped into the fight by the Mormons in the name of faith. Here’s the first trailer for 8-The Mormon Proposition

Producer Steven Greenstreet, who sent me the trailer link (it just went live) says it has just been submitted to Sundance other festivals. He was a journalist in 2008, and did a lot of coverage of Prop 8. When he left his news agency, he began working with the crew that made this documentary.

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WTF – I Am Obsessed!

With this song.

All hail our leader Madonna!

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Near 200,000 marched on Washington last week and another 3,000 crammed into the Washington Convention Center to hear President Obama speak. But we are only effective in both places if our words meet our actions. Cheering, slogans, black ties and shiny shoes do not make a movement.

Our first test as a revitalized community is upon us. In early November voters will flock to the polls in the states of Maine and Washington and vote on our freedom. Hard to believe in America that other citizens can deny Americans freedom by the ballot box. However, that is the reality and we must rise to fight and protect our rights in both of those states.

What can you do?

-If every marcher in Washington, D.C. this past weekend just gave $15 to Washington and $15 to Maine, that would come to over $3,000,000 for each state. Let me repeat, for your total of $30 we can raise over three million dollars for each state.
-If you live in the Northeast or Northwest or have vacation time, get to either of those two states and volunteer for a week or a weekend.
-In some states like Florida, they are setting up phone banks to call Maine voters from their home area. Show up and start making those calls.
-Most importantly don’t make good people beg for your help or wait for an engraved invitation to participate in this epic struggle. Show some initiative, send your two two donations and even raise more from your family and friends.

Where do you donate?

For Maine: https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5841/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2566
For Washington: https://www.upwardstech.net/approvereferendum71

The races in both states are neck and neck. You can’t afford to wait and see what the latest polls show. People are already voting now and we need your dollars and efforts NOW. Don’t make the same mistake we made in California. Give now, give often and fight hard!

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You see people, this is where your donations go!

To make awesome ads like the below!

Have YOU donated yet?

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This is just awful.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan dismissed a lawsuit yesterday, essentially finding that the Jackson Memorial Hospital was within its rights to leave a dying woman alone while denying her present and immediate family to visit her, be updated on her condition, or even to provide the hospital with medically necessary information.

Named in the now-dismissed suit were Jackson social worker Garnett Frederick and attending physicians Alois Zauner and Carlos Alberto Cruz, who made the decision not to allow Janice Langbehn, Lisa Pond’s partner, to have standard family access to information, even after receiving durable Power of Attorney and a Living Will naming Janice as legal guardian with authority to make end-of-life decisions.

Lisa Marie Pond 1967 - 2007

Lisa Marie Pond 1967 - 2007

Jennifer Piedra, spokesperson for Jackson Memorial, released this statement after Judge Jordan said they could continue to turn [lesbian and gay] people away from their dying family members:

We have always believed and known that the staff at Jackson treats everyone equally, and that their main concern is the well-being of the patients in their care. At Jackson Health System, we believe in a culture of inclusion. For more than 90 years, the institution has taken great pride in serving everyone who enters its doors, regardless of race, creed, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. We also employ a very diverse workforce, one that mirrors the community we serve.

Jackson will continue to work with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to ensure that everyone knows they are welcome at all of our facilities, where they will receive the highest quality of medical care.

Yes, that sounds perfectly reasonable. If only there were a way to judge their words against their actions. Oh wait, there is, and guess what! They’re completely and plainly full of it! In March, Janice told the story of Lisa’s final hours:

On February 18, 2007, Lisa Pond, my partner of nearly 18 years and 3 of our 4 adopted children: Danielle, David and Katie were on board the Rfamily cruise preparing to set sail. Before leaving port, Lisa suddenly collapsed while watching the children play basketball. The kids were banging on the stateroom door saying, “Mommy was hurt!” I opened the door, and took one look at Lisa and knew the situation was very serious. As a medical social worker for many years, I have seen people in critical condition. I knew that my life partner was gravely ill. As the ship was about to leave, we had no choice but to seek medical help in an unfamiliar city. After local medics arrived, we hurried off the ship to the closest hospital in Miami, Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

As Lisa was put into the ambulance I had no idea when she signed “I love you” to the kids and I it would be the last time I would see her beautiful blue eyes. We arrived at the trauma center minutes before her ambulance. I tried to follow her gurney into the trauma area and was stopped by the trauma team and told to go to the waiting room. The kids and I did as we were told.

We arrived shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, around 4pm, a social worker came out and introduced himself as Garnett Frederick and said, “you are in an anti-gay city and state. And without a health care proxy you will not see Lisa nor know of her condition”. He then turned to leave; I stopped him and asked for his fax number because I said “we had legal Durable Powers of Attorney” and would get him the documents. Within a short time of meeting this social worker, I contacted friends in Lacey, WA, our hometown, who went to our house and faxed the legal documents required for me to make medical decisions for Lisa.

I never imagined as I paced that tiny waiting room that I would not see Lisa’s bright blue eyes again or hold her warm, loving hands. Feeling helpless as I continued to wait, I attempted to sneak back into the trauma bay but all the doors to the trauma area had key codes, preventing me from entering. Sitting alone with our luggage, our children and my thoughts, I watched numbly as other families were invited back into the trauma center to visit with loved ones. I was still waiting to hear what was happening with Lisa, realizing as the time passed that I was not being allowed to see her and if the social worker’s words were any indication it was because we were gay.

Anger, despair and disbelief wracked my brain as I tried to figure out a way to find out what was going on with Lisa. I finally thought to call our family doctor back in Olympia (on a Sunday afternoon at home) to see if she could find out what was happening. While on the phone with our doctor in Olympia, a surgeon appeared. The surgeon told me that Lisa, who was just 39 years old, had suffered massive bleeding in her brain from an aneurysm.

A short while later, two more surgeons appeared and explained the massive bleed in Lisa’s brain gave her little chance to survive and if she did it would be in a persistent vegetative state. Lisa had made me promise to her over and over in our 18 years together to never allow this to happen to her. I let the surgeons know Lisa wishes, which were also spelled out in her Living Wills and Advance Directive. I was then promised by the doctors that I would be brought to see Lisa as “soon as she was cleaned up”. At that point all life saving measures ceased and I asked that she be prepared for organ donation.

Yet, the children and I continued to wait and wait. A Hospital Chaplain appeared and asked if I wanted to pray and I looked at her dumbfounded as if I hadn’t already been doing that for over four hours. I immediately asked for a Catholic Priest to perform Lisa’s Last rites. A short time later, a Catholic priest escorted me back to recite the Last Rites and it was my first time in nearly 5hrs of seeing Lisa. After seeing her I knew the children needed to see her immediately and be able to say their goodbyes and begin the grieving process. Yet the priest escorted me back out to the waiting room. Where I was faced with the young faces of our beautiful children to explain “other mommy” was going to heaven.

I continued to assert myself over the ensuing hours again that we needed to be with Lisa. I even showed the Admitting clerk the children’s birth certificates with both Lisa and my name on them… and said if you won’t let me back, let her children be with her. I was told they were “too young”. I thought how old do you need to be to say goodbye to your mother?

In nearly eight hours, Lisa lay at Ryder Trauma Center moving toward brain death – completely alone and I continue to this day to feel like a failure for not being there to hold her hand to tell her how much we loved her, to comfort her and to sign in her hand “I love you”. All my pleas fell on deaf ears.

Lisa’s sister arrived driving straight from Jacksonville as soon as I knew Lisa would not survive. She announced who she was and I was at her side staring at the same person who had been denying me access all those hours. It was only then that I was told Lisa had been moved almost an hour earlier to ICU… and the hospital just kept the children and I waiting in the same waiting room, where Lisa was not even at.

On Monday February 19, 2007 at 10:45am, Lisa was officially declared Brain Dead. It was then that individuals from the Organ Donation Agency became involved (who I must point out are completely separate professionals from Jackson Memorial Hospital) that I finally was validated as Lisa’s spouse. They asked me which organs she wanted donated.

Explain to me again how a straight couple would have been split like this even for five minutes, let alone hours. Explain to me how three children would have been kept from their straight mother’s side, how a dying straight person would be treated in such an cruel, vicious, I-don’t-have-enough-words way.

Tell me again why the word “marriage” doesn’t matter. Tell me again that we should just be patient and not rock the boat.

Better yet, tell it to Lisa Pond’s partner and children.

Yesterday a judge shrugged his shoulders and left LGBT victims unprotected. When will Americans demand better? Will Americans demand better?

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Well well well,

Those lovely people over at Farm NOM, are under the distinct impression that…

Gays can teach the ghey!

Lets check out this wonderful piece of crap below shall we?

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have enough time on my hands to teach little children which brand of lube is longer lasting than the other, or that Madonna will always be better than Mariah, and that Maggie Gallagher (president of Farm NOM) just loves getting down and dirty with farm animals (I finally got that damn chicken to confess, go me!!!).

Now Mirta, you want to know what I would do or say if my hypothetical child who I had brainwashed into being ghey from child birth suddenly decided to go straight?

I would shoot the fucker!!! Seriously, I spend fucking years…and yeaaarrsss teaching him/her/it, how to be ghey and then they throw it in my face like that? How dare they!!!

But alas, Mirta, the above would never happen, for one simple reason..

You cannot teach someone how to be gay.

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Good morning my dears!!!

And good morning Sandy Lee, I have to say yesterday Sandy, you became quite the star on here, but I can assure you it was not for good reasons, because lets face it, you do come across as a some bitter bitch who’s not seen any action in the while.

But enough about that whore, lets get on with business shall we?

About 5 mins ago I was checking out the sheep (NOM members), I do this because I am extremely worried about their mental well-being, I think they are completely fucking crazy.

Now heres a bit of background, we all know that NOM members think we get those 1200 federal rights when we enter into a gay marriage or civil unions,  but us educated people know that’s not possible because of that nasty law called DOMA, David Friedland suggests if gay people want those damn petty federal laws we should just marry someone of the opposite sex.

Wait, that MAKES SENSE! It’s THAT simple!

However, David…actually I don’t like that name much, lets call you Bambi…

Bambi, there are 2 issues I have with this, and I’m going to make an assumption that other people will too,

1) You want gay people to marry someone of the opposite sex just to get those 1200 + federal rights, not only is that just plain wrong and nasty, that is also…FRAUD!!!

Thats right y’all, not only does Bambi not want us getting married, he also wants us in jail!

2) Marrying someone you do NOT love, have no intention of spending the rest of your life with, never mind sleeping with, would be a fake marriage, which would do nothing to PROTECT the SANCTITY of Marriage which you are so passionate about.

So my fellow readers, here we have another example of how stupid NOM members really are, do I think I’ll find more throughout the course of the day…

You can bet your sodomizing ass I will!

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