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KTAR News: “The majority of Christianity believes that behavior is wrong,” said Eric Stanley, the Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “With an ordinance like this, they would be coerced by the government to accept that type of behavior and to celebrate it.”
ADF Media: The city of Glendale, Arizona Tuesday temporarily averted repeating the mistakes of Houston, Texas by postponing passing a controversial ordinance that could have serious ramifications on religious freedom within the city. The Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represented pastors opposed to Houston’s ordinance is a Glendale resident and, in a letter to the council, encouraged the city not to repeat Houston’s error, which led to legal action and a media firestorm in October.
Breitbart: It is not just relatively unknown groups that have raised HRC’s ire. HRC has targeted Ben Bull of the $45 million a year non-profit law firm Alliance Defending Freedom for saying, “Throughout the world, the moniker of ‘human rights’ has long been a cloak for a number of so-called rights that cannot be justified in any other way. From free education, to free healthcare, to various aspects of the homosexual agenda and beyond, human rights have been frequently a rallying cry for people intent on imposing their worldview on others.”
The Daily Signal: Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life. But for Bobby Lopez, an unusual figure in the marriage debate, it was a day overshadowed by fear.
Deseret News: World magazine noted the HRC effort and the surprise at some of the group’s targets. “It’s really surprising that HRC would put out something that’s beneath the standards they have set,” Gregg Scott, Alliance Defending Freedom’s vice president of media communications, told the magazine. “HRC has traditionally remained a professional, responsible, ‘calm purveyor’ of its” views.
World Magazine: “It’s really surprising that HRC would put out something that’s beneath the standards they have set,” said Gregg Scott, Alliance Defending Freedom’s vice president of media communications. He said HRC has traditionally remained a professional, responsible, “calm purveyor” of its position, even while opposing ADF.
Newsbusters: Among those on the list were Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively, Christian radio host and Townhall columnist Michael Brown, Liberty University Law School dean and talk radio host Mat Staver, Christian conservative blogger Matt Barber, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse, Benjamin Bull of the conservative Christian law group, the Alliance Defending Freedom and Jordan Sekulow of another conservative Christian litigation group, American Center for Law and Justice among many other smaller Christian and conservative groups and professors. – See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kristine-marsh/2014/09/22/gay-group-list-extremist-christians-leads-death-threats#sthash.eUpwPEdV.dpuf
Charisma News: As for the larger organizations, like the ADF (the Alliance Defending Freedom) and ACLJ (the American Center for Law and Justice), with budgets in the 10′s of millions of dollars, the quotes associated with them can in no way be construed as a “vicious brand of bigotry.” (For example, the ADF’s Benjamin Bull is excoriated for stating that “HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN A RALLYING CRY FOR PEOPLE INTENT ON IMPOSING THEIR WORLDVIEW ON OTHERS”; their emphasis).
Slate: More evidence that the demand to redefine marriage, to turn the concept of family completely upside down, is a movement of the elites, not the “99%.”
WND: This week, I have been attacked for writing about the NFL’s first homosexual kiss, but this was not something I was looking for either. Instead, while trying to spend a relaxing night watching sports, this was the biggest news of the day, shouted from the rooftops, so to say, with the (in)famous kiss plastered on the front pages of websites everywhere.
BuzzFeed: “Now that the legal bill behind that legal effort has been revealed to be more than $6 million, some are asking questions about the steep fee for the lawyers in the Prop 8 case — especially as a slate of new marriage cases advance through the courts and lawyers jockey for position to argue the one that they expect will ultimately deliver marriage equality to all 50 states. . . . AFER’s endeavor had a price tag of nearly $13 million, per AFER’s executive director, Adam Umhoefer — more than half of which went to Olson’s and Boies’ firms.”
Albuquerque Business First: “Lawyers for the parties involved couldn’t be immediately reached for comment; however, in a statement on its website, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Elane Photography and its owners, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, said the issues in the case are also involved in other cases making their way to the Supreme Court.”
CNN Political Ticker: “Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night. Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.”
R. R. Reno at First Things: “In sum: in America today the rich have the money and the social capital. They’ve got all the good jobs and the stable marriages that allow them to pass on those advantages to their children. This inequality is so extreme, that even the poor people who get and stay married are getting ground down. Sixty-five percent of rich white Americans self-report that they have happy marriages. Slightly more than 30 percent of poor Americans say the same. Again, that reflects a stark divergence as compared to earlier decades—another growing inequality.”
Arkansas News: “The superintendent of the Sheridan School District on Tuesday defended the decision of school officials to ban publication in Sheridan High School’s yearbook of a profile of a gay student that would have included his coming-out story. . . . The Human Rights Campaign has sent letters to Gov. Mike Beebe and state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell asking them to get involved and see that the Ellis’ profile is published.”
Politico: “‘My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century. That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century,’ she said in remarks at a Human Rights Campaign conference, according to a video on the group’s website.”
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage: “The ‘State Marriage Defense Act of 2014,’ HR 3829, requires the federal government to respect state laws on marriage. The Act requires the federal government to look to the laws of the state where citizens reside to determine the definition of ‘marriage.’ It states that the term ‘marriage’ shall ‘not include any relationship which that State, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage, and the term “spouse” shall not include an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that State, territory, or possession.’”
FoxNews: Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the federal government will recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in Utah, despite an earlier announcement this week from the state’s governor saying the state would not.
Religion Clause Blog: Human Rights Campaign yesterday wrote the attorneys general in the 18 states that recognize same-sex marriages, asking them to recognize these marriages for any couples that travel through or relocate in their states. (Full text of letter.) (Press release.) The letter asks the AGs to issue advisory opinions declaring that they will do so.
NC Register: Her lawyer, Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom, questioned the ruling: “Should the government force a videographer who is an animal-rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy? Of course not; and neither should the government force this photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience.”
Buzz Feed: The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday it is contributing $100,000 to the Russia Freedom Fund, an initiative created to support of the LGBT movement’s fight against discrimination and anti-LGBT laws in the country.
Washington Examiner: It’s settled, then: Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior, and Americans will only enjoy true religious freedom when their so-called “religious liberty” claims are defeated.
AP: Moments after the Senate passed a historic measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, activists turned their attention toward President Barack Obama and a long-sought executive order that would have the same effect, though on a much smaller scale.
CNSNews: In a sign of the times, the anti-bias legislation has traditional proponents such as the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian advocacy group, plus the backing of a relatively new group, the American Unity Fund. That organization has the financial support of big-name Republican donors — hedge fund billionaires Paul Singer, Cliff Asness, Dan Loeb and Seth Klarman — and former GOP lawmakers Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Tom Reynolds of New York.
NBC: By a unanimous vote, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nation’s first openly gay federal circuit judge. The vote was 98-0 to approve Todd Hughes, previously a Department of Justice lawyer, to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Columbus Dispatch: But there is a schism in the gay and transgender community about when the Ohio campaign should begin: next year, 2016 or beyond?
Columbus Dispatch: The push to overturn Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban picked up speed today with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters Ohio education campaign. But a difference of opinion remains about when the election campaign aimed at overturning Ohio’s marriage ban should begin: next year, 2016 or beyond?
Washington Post: The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23, according to gay rights groups.
AP: . . . NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said a broader coalition is needed to fight the civil rights battles of the 21st century. “Last century we needed lawyers; this century we need big, broad coalitions,” he said.
World Magazine: But Rob Schwarzwalder, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, believes that LGBT-friendly companies miss a bigger picture in light of current profit: “Companies that actively and openly affirm homosexuality as a valid choice of life and behavior are failing to recognize the toll that homosexual unions will take on society if they become fully legitimated. They are, in my view, looking for social acceptance and quick profit ahead of principle.”
Washington Post: A coalition of civil rights groups is launching a $2 million campaign aimed at mobilizing support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has languished on Capitol Hill for nearly two decades. The coalition, called Americans for Workplace Opportunity . . .
Huffington Post: With a Senate committee set to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Wednesday, supporters are focusing these final hours on convincing a few additional Republicans to join Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and the 12 committee Democrats, giving the measure a strong bipartisan backing.
Human Rights Campaign: Today the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary began hearing public testimony on the Equal Access bill, which, if passed, would add gender identity and expression protections to the existing public accommodations section of the state’s nondiscrimination laws.
CNSNews: Providing such donor information is a felony, John C. Eastman, chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage, told CNSNews.com.
Wall Street Journal (via Google) (May 28th): Opposing such local efforts are groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious legal-rights group in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kellie Fiedorek, a lawyer for the group, contends the ordinances are discriminatory because they may force people who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds to have business dealings with gays. “They are making people make a choice of violating their conscience, or go to jail or face a lawsuit,” said Ms. Fiedorek, who is based in Washington, D.C.
Raw Story: Two LGBT rights groups, the Human Rights Campaign and OutServe-SLDN, have launched a campaign to get Laurie removed as the headline speaker for the Pentagon’s Day of Prayer event on May 2. In a press release, the HRC noted that Laurie had a history of disparaging LGBT people and their relationships.
Chicago Tribune: Kirk’s decision brings to 50 the number of U.S. senators who support gay marriage, including 46 Democrats, two independents and two Republicans, according to Charlie Joughin, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights group that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
WTKR.com: The Human Rights Campaign Facebook page asked people to wear red and to make their Facebook profiles red to show support for marriage equality . . . “Our most fundamental right in this country is the right to vote and the right to participate in the political process,” said Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian advocacy group.
CBS: Blankfein was the first leader in corporate America to take a public stand supporting same-sex marriage in a commercial recorded early last year for the Human Rights Campaign. He calls it an important issue because he sees how it relates to recruiting and retaining people at the firm.
Matthew Staver at Orlando Sentinel: A national uproar apparently caused the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America to postpone until May a vote on whether to allow homosexual Scouts and Scoutmasters among their ranks.
BuzzFeed: Originally formed to repeal DOMA in Congress, LGBT rights organizations are building a coalition to fight for “securing the freedom to marry nationwide.”
WorldNetDaily: The Boy Scouts of America’s apparent decision to reverse a century-old policy to bar homosexuals from its ranks coincides with a sudden drop in major corporate funding that began last summer after a gay-rights blogger for the Huffington Post published a collaborative report that named the donors and chastised them for violating their own policy of not discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. At the same time, two prominent board members – including an adviser to the Obama White House – were carrying out a vow to change the policy from within.
AP: Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees.
The Atlantic: For Gay Catholics, an Alternative to the Collection Plate Still, the reality is this: Every time Catholics tithe at a local parish, they are not only helping to keep the lights on for Mass and to make sure …
Sharon Groves of HRC at the Washington Post: ncorporating faith into equality campaigns is still, at a nascent stage. We need to learn how to better collaborate with the richly diverse religious communities that are part of the fabric of faith in America but that often get left out when campaigns focus on the moveable middle. We need a better understanding of geographical differences that affect communities of faith.
Chad Griffin and Lynn Schusterman at the Washington Post: And yet, too often we turn a blind eye on faith communities that are neglecting these values. The dissonance is acutely felt among our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends, family members and colleagues, who are overwhelmingly less engaged in their faith communities than their heterosexual counterparts because they are unsure of where they are welcome. It is in our power and our interest to work together to change this norm. LGBT equality is the major civil rights issue of our time.
WorldNetDaily: he HRC ranks U.S. companies according to their support and non-support for “gay,” lesbian, bisexual and transgender causes. The scale is from zero to 100, with those closest to zero being firms that are not supportive of homosexual policies, and those nearest 100 being very “gay”-friendly . . . Here is the latest list of companies scoring 100 percent on the index . . .”
AP: Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.
Minn. Public Radio: Groups on both sides of the marriage amendment debate are getting a last minute infusion of cash from groups outside of Minnesota.
Pioneer Press (AP): The Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced the drive Thursday. They are looking for volunteers willing to spend a full week in one of the four states, or just a weekend.
LifeSiteNews: Twenty-three organizations supporting gay rights have condemned a shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters Wednesday morning, saying that although the motive of the attack hasn’t been clearly established, the leaders “utterly reject and condemn” such violence.
Morning Sentinel: The Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington, D.C., said the $1 million will be divided equally among same-sex marriage advocacy groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. That means Mainers United for Marriage will receive $250,000.
LA Times: A new survey by the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign found that just 34% of House and Senate members support same-sex marriage while 44% oppose and 23% have unknown or unclear positions.
The New Civil Rights Movement: When asked if the Republican Party specifically needs to do a better job of accepting opinions on gay marriage and other cultural issues that do not align with party orthodoxy, Cantor said “absolutely.”
Washington Post: An increasing number of U.S. hospitals have adopted policies that explicitly ban discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, according to a report to be released Tuesday.
LA Times: Both President Obama’s campaign and gay activists reject the idea that his endorsement of same-sex marriage was tied to fundraising. But there’s no doubt that the community’s influence has broadened.
CNN’s Responses to Obama’s marriage announcement includes this: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: “Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union …
Fox News: Both the gay advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign and the Huffington Post posted the documents — the National Organization for Marriage has claimed it appears someone in the IRS fed the documents to the Human Rights Campaign.
MetroWeekly: Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) plans to introduce an amendment on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act in a mark-up of the bill before the House Armed Services Committee that is aimed at creating “a conscience protection clause” for military chaplains in the wake of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” . . . Among the advocates included in the planning for the amendments being offered and from whom Johnson was seeking input were Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness; Brian Duggan, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Marriage; Austin Nimocks and Daniel Blomberg, lawyers with the Alliance Defense Fund . . .
National Organization for Marriage Demands Criminal Investigation: Stolen Tax Return Came From the IRS
NOM: “The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents who also happen to be co-chairing President Obama’s reelection committee.”
One News Now: A lesbian couple from Pennsylvania legally “married” in Canada and then settled in Illinois. Then one partner — Sarah Farley — died of cancer, leaving her retirement fund to her parents. However, the surviving lesbian — Jennifer Tobits — then sued, claiming a legal right to the fund, even though same-gender “marriage” is not legal in either Pennsylvania or Illinois.
Human Rights Campaign Blog: ADF President Alan Sears has declared this upcoming Sunday “National Pray for Marriage Day.”
Blankfein to Speak Out for Same-Sex Marriage – NYTimes.com (includes video): Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief of Goldman Sachs who has become a lightning rod for Wall Street critics, might seem an unlikely advocate for same-sex marriage. But his credentials — a public figure in a conservative industry — could make him a powerful voice for that cause.
NYTimes.com: Gay rights advocates from Wall Street to Hollywood poured donations into the coffers of four little-known Republican state senators after the lawmakers provided the decisive votes for same-sex marriage in New York last June, according to new campaign finance filings released on Tuesday.
LaTimes.com: The corporate world — especially at law firms and big banks –- is a much better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees than it was a decade ago, according to a new report from LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
News from The Associated Press: The Human Rights Campaign said in a report to be published Thursday that 207 of the 636 businesses it surveyed for its annual Corporate Equality Index either are already providing transgender- inclusive employee health benefits . . .
ADF Attorney Gary McCaleb at The American Thinker: Foley & Lardner, LLP is a large and successful law firm. Focused on serving business clients, it has more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices throughout the United States and across the globe. And although a firm that large is necessarily diverse, we recently found that diversity is not enough when the Human Rights Campaign is looking over your shoulder.
SeattlePI.com: Calling itself Washington United for Marriage, the coalition is also comprised of Equal Rights Washington, Human Rights Campaign, Legal Voice, and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. It includes unions and such major faith groups as the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
NYTimes.com: In its infancy the H.R.C. effort, called Americans for Marriage Equality, has showcased three prominent black Americans in a row. That’s no accident.
The Washington Post: Venerable talk show host Larry King, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, ice cream icons Ben and Jerry and presidential daughter Barbara Bush all stepped forward in New York, making attention-grabbing appearances in a long-running ad campaign.
Politics in Minnesota: Supporters of marriage ban amendment hope to continue an unbroken string of victories nationwide
New York Daily News: The Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner – which features a keynote address by President Obama – will honor Bloomberg Saturday night, officials announced Thursday.
Left wing and homosexual organizations ask Obama to stifle religious freedom in ‘Faith-Based’ initiative
Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined a coalition of religious, education, civil rights and health organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern over his approach to hiring bias in the “faith-based” initiative.
Times Union: Time Warner Cable gave advocates of same-sex marriage $70,846 of free airtime this spring, lobbying records show.