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  • Quote Unquote: A Broken Goddamned Nose

    Dan Savage on the distinction between politicians who are actually anti-gay and those who just pretend to be anti-gay for the sake of their constituents


    "Whether someone punches you in the nose because they really hate you or they punch you in the nose because they want to impress people who hate you, you still have a broken goddamned nose."


    This nose-punching thing makes a certain amount of sense, but, quite frankly, I just don't see it as a big issue. We should really be focusing more on marriage equality other more pertinent civil rights issues. That's just my two cents, though.

    Tags: Dan Savage, Homophobia, LGBT, Quote Unquote
  • Quote Unquote: A Bad Investment

    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel on one of the decision to block the opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the city's 1st ward


    "They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty."


    If there's one thing that Chicago is known for, historically speaking, it's tolerance for minorities.

    Tags: Chick-fil-A, Christianity, Food, Homophobia, LGBT, Rahm Emanuel, Religion
  • Mike Huckabee Comes to Heroic Defense of Fried Chicken, Homophobia

    Anybody who's been following the culture wars of late knows that some of the most brutal and bloody battles are being fought along the gay rights front. For too long, a long-suffering minority group has been beaten down and bullied by the more powerful and unsympathetic masses.

    Finally, we are seeing a hero emerge to rally the oppressed, raise their spirits and charge into the thick of the carnage to fight alongside God-fearing Christian companies like Chick Fil-A to defend their rights as Americans to be bigoted and discriminatory in the name of their religion

    "I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, let by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story.

    "Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO. It's a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left."

    "Vitriolic assaults!" "Vicious hate speech!" "Intolerant bigotry from the left!" When will it end?

    Why can't great American companies like Chick Fil-A be left alone to filter money into organizations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council — good Bible-minded groups that are actively working to curtail the rights of certain U.S. citizens — without having other groups and companies exercising their own rights to point out such donations and encourage people to not contribute their own money to it?

    I just feel so overcome with the Spirit knowing that a public figure of Mike Huckabee's caliber has come to their defense. And, hey, if he manages to get a little complimentary fried chicken out of the deal, where's the harm in that?

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Chick-fil-A, Christianity, Corporations, Family Research Council, Focus On the Family, Food, Homophobia, LGBT, Mike Huckabee, Religion
  • Quote Unquote: Monolithic Americans

    Rep. Eric Cantor urges his fellow Republicans, and Americans in general, to take personal responsibility and take a stand against religious bigotry and homophobia


    "There can’t be some kind of monolithic opinion handed down from the government or a political party. I don't think we're monolithic beings."


    As much as I agree with the sentiment, I don't like how he needed to throw a shot in there at John Kerry.

    Maybe I'm reading too much into that, but I'm pretty sure Kerry's part Easter Island statue on his maternal grandfather's side.

    Tags: Eric Cantor, Homophobia, House of Representatives, Islam, Quote Unquote, Racism
  • Virginia Lawmaker Explains Why Outspoken Gays Can't Be Judges

    Tracy Thorne-Begland is a respected Richmond prosecutor, a former Navy fighter pilot and according to a bipartisan group of Virginia delegates, an eminently qualified candidate for service on the judicial bench. He's also gay, which was why his nomination  fell 18 votes short of the 51 needed in the Virginia House of Delegates. As Bob Marshall, a Republican delegate in Virginia, noted, "I don't even think it's proper to put his name forward because of his behavior."

    But wait! Opponents of the Thorne-Begland nomination claim their intransigence stems from something other than homophobia. This morning, Marshall went on CNN to provide context for his position…

    Marshall says, "Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right. It's not the same as the Civil Rights movement… In late 2011, [Thorne-Begland] was critical of the Don't Ask Don't Tell, he criticized our Attorney General simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So he's gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don't want advocates as judges."

    Damnit, Del. Marshall, that's not providing context. That's providing the very same prejudiced context you evoked before, while making the sentence slightly longer.

    Marshall argues that Thorne-Begland violated his oath by coming out against Don't Ask Don't Tell, resulting in a waste of $1 million that was dedicated to training him as a fighter pilot. But it's social conservatives like Marshall who insisted that DADT be maintained! You can't, for example, implement a policy of segregated lunch counters and then claim the high moral ground over those "lawbreakers" who protest the stricture.

    Really, Marshall is just saying that Virginia Is for (hypocritical, probably bad) Lovers.

    Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Tags: Homophobia, Judiciary, LGBT, Military, Virginia