Posts Tagged ‘washington’

Oh NOM, you’re not having a very good year are you dahlings?

You’ve lost multiple court cases, and heres another one to add to your collection.

Via: Joe.My.God

The Washington DC Court of Appeals ruled 5-4 this morning to reject a bid to put marriage equality to a public vote.  The Human Rights Campaign reports via press release:

“The court’s ruling today is a significant victory for justice, the rule of law and the protection of all D.C. residents against discrimination,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “It’s time for the National Organization for Marriage to realize equality is here to stay no matter how much money they want to throw at turning back the clock.” In its decision, the Court of Appeals, D.C.’s highest court, decided 5-4 that the Council properly exercised its authority under the D.C. Charter in establishing the requirement that a proposed initiative may not authorize, or have the effect of authorizing, discrimination prohibited by the D.C. Human Rights Act.

The Court ruled unanimously that the proposed initiative would in fact impermissibly permit discrimination against gays and lesbians in the District. “The D.C. Council made a wise decision decades ago that no initiative should be permitted to strip away any individual’s civil rights. The Court unanimously found that the proposed anti-marriage initiative would have the effect of causing discrimination, and in doing so, stood up for the entire D.C. community,” said Solmonese.

The HRC notes that while Maryland-based Bishop Harry Jackson (above) is the person most connected with the bid to overturn gay marriage in DC, the driving forces behind the now-failed initiative were the Alliance Defense Fund and NOM. Another win for the good guys today and a big FAIL buzzer for Bishop Harry!

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Their message is still crystal clear, legalize gay marriage and we’ll kill off homeless, on the plus side, if they did that…they would probably lose their state and federal funding;)

%75 of their funds come from the PUBLIC, those tax payers must be pissed at what the Catholics are wanting to do.

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Well that’s what happens when someone doesn’t eat or receive health care right?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn’t change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

“If the city requires this, we can’t do it,” Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. “The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that’s really a problem.”

Several D.C. Council members said the Catholic Church is trying to erode the city’s long-standing laws protecting gay men and lesbians from discrimination.

The clash escalates the dispute over the same-sex marriage proposal between the council and the archdiocese, which has generally stayed out of city politics.

Catholic Charities, the church’s social services arm, is one of dozens of nonprofit organizations that partner with the District. It serves 68,000 people in the city, including the one-third of Washington’s homeless people who go to city-owned shelters managed by the church. City leaders said the church is not the dominant provider of any particular social service, but the church pointed out that it supplements funding for city programs with $10 million from its own coffers.

“All of those services will be adversely impacted if the exemption language remains so narrow,” Jane G. Belford, chancellor of the Washington Archdiocese, wrote to the council this week.

The church’s influence seems limited. In separate interviews Wednesday, council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) referred to the church as “somewhat childish.” Another council member, David A. Catania (I-At Large), said he would rather end the city’s relationship with the church than give in to its demands.”They don’t represent, in my mind, an indispensable component of our social services infrastructure,” said Catania, the sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill and the chairman of the Health Committee.

The standoff appears to be among the harshest between a government and a faith-based group over the rights of same-sex couples. Advocates for same-sex couples said they could not immediately think of other places where a same-sex marriage law had set off a break with a major faith-based provider of social services.

The council is expected to pass the same-sex marriage bill next month, but the measure continues to face strong opposition from a number of groups that are pushing for a referendum on the issue.

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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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Yesterday thousands of people took to the streets of our countrys capital with one clear message..

“We want equality and we want it NOW!”

We should thank every single one of those marchers (and the organizers too!) because for those who could not attend the march, they were marching for us, they were marching for our rights and I for one am proud of every single one of them, and so should you.

Amongst some of the speakers were Lady GaGa, Judy Shepard, Actress Cynthia Nixon and also Lt. Dan Choi, check out their speeches below!

Now, WTFBlog could not attend the March, but we were quick to send out many emails to people going saying something on the lines of this:

“We are so jealous of you attending the march, but take some pictures and send them to us, because if you don’t, we’ll cry!” ;-p

And send they did!

One of the organizations marching was Immigration Equality, an organization that not many people not about, and you should, here is their mission statement:

Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians and those who are threatened by persecution or the discriminatory impact of the law.

Go check out their website, go sign the petitions, find out what you can do, let your friends know about it!

IE were at the march, and here are some pictures, which our good friend Esther sent (we heart you Esther!)! One picture that is simply stunning is the picture of the sun, this picture was taken minutes before the march, look closely and just above the sun, you will see a RAINBOW, a fucking RAINBOW, just before, how awesome is that!?

Please also see:

WTF – Join The “National Organization For Marriage Should be BANNED From Facebook” Group!

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For anti-LGBT folks who use the book of Leviticus as a justification for their opposition to same-sex marriage, you better be prepared to tackle all of the rules and regulations set forth in the third book of the Old Testament.  That’s the word from a new Web site parodying folks like the Westboro Baptist Church and the National Organization for Marriage, who like to trot out select Bible verses to champion their anti-LGBT cause, but do so selectively without biting off the whole thing.

The site, God Hates Shrimp – godhatesshrimp.com – points out that if Old Testament rules are going to apply to same-sex marriage, then they better apply to things like shellfish and clothing, too.

Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of God’s law unto the heathens and the sodomites. We call upon all Christians to join the crusade against Long John Silver’s and Red Lobster. Yea, even Popeye’s shall be cleansed. The name of Bubba shall be anathema. We must stop the unbelievers from destroying the sanctity of our restaurants.

If it sounds silly, it’s because it is.  But it certainly doesn’t stop the right-wing from using Old Testament Biblical verses as a means of bashing gays.

Site founders Joe Decker and Ryland Sanders write that “[t]he point we’re trying to make is that by using the Old Testament (specifically the book of Leviticus) as a basis for protesting gay marriage, you run into a couple of problems.”

The first of those problems is that in the New Testament, Jesus established a ‘New Covenant’ that invalidated many of the old Mosaic laws spelled out in Leviticus.  Secondly, according to Decker and Sanders, if anti-LGBT folks still want to quote from Leviticus, they better be prepared to boycott shellfish, mussels, and fabrics made of blended fibers.

And frankly, we can’t imagine people like Fred Phelps doing much of that.

Check out the site.  Witty, funny, a bit controversial, but definitely strong on message.  After all, as the site says, ‘When Jesus died for your sins, he wore a crown of thorns, not a lobster bib.’

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Because lets face it, we now have proof that just about anyone can get one, for very little work, remember Obama was nominated when he had only been in office 10 WEEKS!

So, the question is, how do you get one?And more importantly how should WTFBLOG go about getting one!

Broadly speaking, there are three ways to get it:

1. Be a famous humanitarian. This is the obvious approach. It is also the hardest. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Albert Schweitzer, who built hospitals in Africa; to Norman Borlaug, who developed high-yield strains of wheat; to Muhammed Yunus, who devised a new method of giving loans to low-income entrepreneurs; and to the Dalai Lama, who…actually, I’m not sure what the Dalai Lama does, but evidently it impresses a lot of people.

Does your achievement need to be related to peace? It can—as with, say, Linus Pauling, who capped off an impressive scientific career with a crusade against above-ground nuclear testing. But the peace angle isn’t necessary. It isn’t even strictly necessary that your accomplishments be as impressive in practice as they are in your intentions. (You’ll note that Gore has not actually stopped global warming.) The best way to get credit in Oslo is to conduct your humanitarian pursuits while working with some vast global agency. Indeed, if you don’t think you have the chops to, say, revolutionize Third World agriculture, you can always get a Peace Prize the next way:

2. Start an international organization. Or, if you can swing it, be an international organization. Over the years, the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, the UN’s International Labor Organization, and the Red Cross. Gore himself will share his prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

3. Kill a lot of people, then stop. In 1973, the Nobel Peace Prize was shared by Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho. Kissinger’s CV included the “secret” bombing of Cambodia and the “Christmas” bombing of North Vietnam; just a month before his prize was announced, he was complicit in the coup that installed a brutal dictatorship in Chile. So why did he win? Because he and Tho had reached a truce to end the Vietnam War. Tho wasn’t a particularly peaceful man either, but at least he had the common courtesy to refuse the award.

More recently, the prize went to Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat, a man whose career to that point had been spent arranging terrorist assaults on civilians. He shared the award with Israel’s Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin; the three of them, like Kissinger and Tho, had negotiated an end to a war. In this case the peace agreement didn’t hold, and both the state of Israel and various Palestinian groups went on to produce many more corpses. So don’t worry if you develop a taste for blood during the initial stage of your Peace Prize campaign: You’re free to resume killing once Mr. Nobel’s money is safely in your hands.

That someone could be you!

Now….WTFBlog is not known for humanitarian work, well..we do a lot for gay rights, but I don’t think that’s going to cut it. Killing lots of people and then stopping, oh Miley, Britiney, Sarah Palin, Bush, we could start and then stop but WTFBlog would not look pretty in an orange jump suit, it would clash with its adorable pink hair.

Which only leaves one thing…

Start an international organization!!!

Say hello to THE GLIST Organization!

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