I can think of few things that would be a more clear violation of our constitution than what is being attempted in Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, and I’m sure others will follow suit. Laws that would legalize discrimination have no place in America. Passing them only validates homophobia, intolerance, and bigotry. If Governor Jan Brewer vetoes this laws, bigots and homophobes will claim she only did so because of the “liberal media” and not realize that this kind of law is simply wrong.
Like I said, the simple act of passing this law by Arizona’s legislature has fed the fires of hate. There need to be consequences for these actions. That is why I created a petition demanding that the NFL relocate the 2015 Super Bowl. Regardless of whether or not it gets signed into law, the NFL needs to take a stand.
Museveni, in addition to signing the bill, had some seriously f*cked up things to say about gays.
Pink News reports:
He said: “I have failed to understand that you can fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man.”
“That is a really serious matter. There is something really wrong with you,” he said. “Homosexuals are actually mercenaries. They are heterosexual people but because of money they say they are homosexuals. These are prostitutes because of money,” he said, asserting that he had taken the time to get scientific advice before signing off on the law.
“No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That man can choose to love a man… is a matter of choice. After listening to the scientists, I got the facts. Can somebody be homosexual simply by nature? The answer is no.”
Describing oral sex as a “culture”, and the mouth as an “address”, he went on to say that it was “engineered for kissing”, and that the mouth was not meant for oral sex. He said: “One of the cultures that we detest is oral sex. The mouth is for picking food, not for sex. We know the address for sex. That address is not for sex,” he said. “The mouth is for eating not for sex. The mouth is engineered for kissing. It is not healthy. You can contract STDs. You push the mouth there, you can come back with worms and they enter your stomach because that is a wrong address. You can also contract Hepatitis B.”
Blaming the West for the presence of gay people in Uganda, he said “arrogant and careless Western groups” had been “coming in our schools and recruiting homosexuals into homosexuality and lesbianism“.
How do you respond to this level of ignorance, bigotry and idiocy? I’m seriously at a loss for words.
The law’s repercussions are starting to spread across the country.
The Advocate reports:
At least one gay person has been killed in Uganda since the nation’s president signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law Monday, imposing lifetime prison sentences for certain LGBT people and criminalizing anyone who supports LGBT equality or “promotes homosexuality.” Ugandan LGBT activists report that a suspected gay couple was attacked after a local tabloid published the names of 200 LGBT people labeled by the tabloid as “Uganda’s Top Homos.” One of the people was killed in the attack, while other prominent LGBT activists have gone into hiding to avoid becoming victims themselves.
Meanwhile, the arrests have begin too.
Onziema, the gay activist, told AP that he had counted up to six arrests and said that more than a dozen Ugandan homosexuals had fled the country since December over safety concerns. Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who runs a rights watchdog group called Chapter Four, predicted Tuesday that the new law would make life worse for Ugandan gays. “The enactment of the anti-homosexuality bill has only emboldened the … population in their rejection of anybody perceived to be gay or even friendly to gays,” he told AP. “These things are going to continue. They are going to get more frequent.”
The UN Chief is demanding that Uganda repeal the law.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the “crime” of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban cautioned that the law could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment against LGBT people, but offered UN support “for constructive dialogue.”
Norway is reducing its aid to Uganda.
Norway has become the first country to impose consequences on Uganda for the enacting of its extremely harsh Anti-Homosexual Bill; on the grounds that the country is violating fundamental human rights, the government of Norway has announced it will withhold aid to Uganda until further notice. Since 1986, when its current president Yoweri Museveni came to power, Uganda has been the recipient of about 400 million kroner (about $73,694,800 USD) from Norway annually; according to Norwegian news site The Local, rather than cut aid entirely, Norway will lessen the aid by 50 million kroner (about $9,211,850).
The Netherlands and Denmark are making similar moves. Towleroad.com reports:
Three countries have made moves restricting AID to Uganda after President Museveni’s signing of the anti-gay bill, Al Jazeera reports: The Netherlands froze a $9.6m subsidy to Uganda’s legal system, arguing that “if the judiciary is to enforce such laws, we do not wish to assist that process”. Denmark and Norway said they would redirect around $8.5m each in government aid towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations.
South Africa’s ruling party, on the other hand, blocked a move to condemn Uganda.
Mamba Online, a South African Blog reports as follows: The DA says that the ANC blocked its motion in Parliament on Tuesday to condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday. According to Sandy Kalyan, DA Deputy Chief Whip, ANC MPs heckled her when she raised the issue in the House, “illustrating their brazen insensitivity if not support for this shocking measure.” She said that the ANC in Parliament did not seek to propose any amendments to the motion but rejected it “in its entirety.”
Queerty notes that a simple Google search would have answered President Museveni’s questions about homosexuality, had be been serious.
According to Museveni, Ugandan scientists have told him that a person’s sexual orientation is a choice that can be affected by environment. No word on exactly who those scientists are, whether the actually believe that to be true, or if they even exist. If we had to guess, we would guess that it’s a case of experts just saying what they think powerful elected officials want to hear, whether it’s true or not. We wanted to give Museveni the benefit of the doubt. But clearly, he was not interested in what scientists really think. If he’d bothered to do a simple Google search, this is what he would have found.
Hit the link above to see the results.
It’s a terrible, terrible thing Uganda is doing to its LGBT community, and what’s just as sad is that they were encouraged, aided and abetted by US evangelicals intent on spreading their anti-gay views around the world.
USA: Right to Discriminate Bills in Trouble in Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio; Missouri, Montana Introduce New Bills
The Georgia House was supposed to hear an Arizona-style hate bill today, but it was put off until tomorrow and now that’s been canceled. The House version of the bill might be dead for the current legislative session. Critics of House Bill 1023, or The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, say it would allow private business owners to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gay customers. The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee. After two packed subcommittee meetings in recent weeks, Judiciary Chair Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, says more vetting is needed on the bill. He says it likely won’t make Monday’s Crossover Day deadline, the date in which legislation must be approved by at least one chamber to remain alive. “Can’t see it happening. It came in rather late in the session. Too many proponents and opponents,” said Willard.
In Oklahoma, another of these bills has been pulled to be retooled, and is probably dead for this session.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
An Oklahoma bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays will be rewritten and likely won’t be considered in its current form this legislative session, the measure’s House author said Tuesday. The bill (HB 2873), which is similar to one that has set off a political firestorm in Arizona and some being considered in other states, would have provided legal immunity to anyone who refuses services to gays and lesbians based on the person’s “sincerely held religious belief.”
A bill in Indiana that would have allowed state contractors to discriminate has also been pulled.
Indiana’s hate bill has been shelved, doubtlessly because of the outcry from the right and the left about Arizona’s bill. “I didn’t quite understand the firestorm it would create,” Rep. Eric Turner, the provision’s author, told the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee narrowly approved the provision on Monday, slipping it into an unrelated bill and quickly stirring controversy on social media. Within a few hours, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the measure would be sent back to Ways and Means for further discussion. By this morning, the panel quickly decided to remove it.
Another one of these popped up in Ohio, but is now on hold.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A “religious freedom” bill has been put on hold in the Ohio House of Representatives because of concerns that it’s nearly identical to legislation in Arizona that critics say would allow business owners to shun LGBT customers and anyone else they don’t like.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Ohio lawmakers Rep. Tim Derickso (front), and Rep. Bill Patmon (left) introduced their “religious freedom” bill in December. State Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat who is a co-sponsor of the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (House Bill 376) told Outlook Columbus on Wednesday that “you won’t see any more hearings or anything” until the bill is rewritten to eliminate any potential for discrimination in public accommodations.
But new bills popped up in at least two more states. Missouri is the first.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state’s anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service. Similar to Arizona’s SB 1062, the Missouri bill (SB 916) does not expressly cite sexual orientation, but could provide legal cover for individuals citing religious freedom to deny services to LGBT people.
And there’s another one planned for Minnesota.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet reports:
Opponents of same-sex marriage plan to offer a bill that would make it clear businesses owned by people who oppose such marriages are not required to service gay weddings. This is a minorversion of what have been dubbed “New Jim Crow” laws being introduced in state legislatures around the country. The bills appear to be crafted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was a partner in a forum in St. Paul last fall.
Why are so many of these bills failing? Kansas offers a clue.
The Dish reports:
PPP finds that Kansas voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed bill in the legislature that would let businesses refuse service for same sex couples. Only 29% support it, compared to 59% who are opposed. The opposition to the bill is bipartisan with Democrats (13/80) and independents (24/61) overwhelmingly against it and even Republicans (40/44) narrowly so. At the same time support for legalizing gay marriage has increased a net 8 points over the last year and now 44% of voters favor it to 48% who are opposed, compared to a 39/51 spread last February.
Silly bigots never learn.
Jack-Booted Homo-Fascist Thugs
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer called LGBT activists “Jack-Booted Homo-Fascist Thugs” – when did “jack-booted” become an all-purpose adjective for anything the right wing didn’t like?
Poor Governor Brewer is Being Bullied
Rush Limbaugh is up in arms about the bullying of Arizona’s Governor over the anti gay Right to Discriminate bill. Brewer is being lobbied. If Rush wants to see real bullying, he should see how many LGBT kids are still treated in high schools all across the country;
Matthew Shepard’s Death Was a Fraud
So says extreme anti-gay wing nut Scott Lively, who is in large part responsible for fomenting homophobia in Uganda and Russia. I’ll tell you who’s really a fraud.
Matthew Shepard’s Death Was a Fraud Redux
Rush Limbaugh is reading from the same script as Lively. When will this dinosaur finally be relegated to the dustbin of history?
Let’s Make the Gays Mentally Ill Again!
Speaking of Lively, he also wants the APA to move homosexuality back to the mental illness category. Good luck with that. Although too much exposure to Lively’s rants might just push me over the edge.
If the Soup Nazi Can Refuse Customers, Why Not Christians?
Pat Robertson has come up with a compelling argument why laws like Arizona’s proposed Right to Discriminate bill are ok. Because Soup Nazi. He misses the fact that the Soupl Nazi turned folks away based on stupidity. Which might leave Robertson out in the cold.
Here’s Newt Gingrich, via Joe.My.God:
Tonight on CNN, Newt Gingrich invited viewers to give their opinion on Arizona’s hate bill by tweeting either “sign” or “veto” using the Crossfire hashtag. After reporting that 88% of the CNN audience had tweeted “veto”, Gingrich himself did the same.
And Mitt Romney, via Towleroad.com:
Mitt Romney weighed in this afternoon on Arizona’s SB 1062, the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs. Tweeted Romney: “.@GovBrewer: veto of #SB1062 is right.”
And Fox News, via AmericaBlog:
TANTAROS: What has happened, Martha, is this has spiraled totally out of control. And so, while the First Amendment is a really strong argument, I don’t know why you would want to bring Jim Crow laws back to the forefront for homosexuals.
MACCALLUM: I mean, that’s exactly what it sounds like.
TANTAROS: If you’re a business owner, I don’t know why you’d want to turn business away. And if you’re gay, let’s say, why would you want the baker of hate baking your cake anyway? Unfortunately, it has taken a really crazy turn and gotten way out of hand. And as Juan mentioned, a number of Republicans, three of them who voted to pass this said that they would change their mind.
And Delta Airlines. Towleroad.com reports:
As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity shared by our 80,000 employees worldwide and the 165 million customers we serve every year. Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.
They’re joined by a coalition of more than 80 companies who sent a letter to the governor opposing the bill.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
We too are also focused on building a vibrant business community, which is why we are so concerned. This legislation will greatly impact our ability to not only attract top talent to move to Arizona, but will also greatly inhibit our ability to recruit businesses to relocate here. We worry about our ability to succeed in competing with other markets. This legislation is frivolous, unnecessary and fiscally perilous. Arizona business owners already have the right to refuse business to anyone. There is no need for this legislation, and we believe it is attempting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. When the Legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming. This will haunt our business community for decades to come.
Meanwhile, the Alliance Defending Freedom continues to say the bill has nothing to do with discrimination against the LGBT community.
On Top Magazine reports:
“It’s not discrimination,” Fiedorek told News Room’s Brooke Baldwin and guest legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “There’s a big difference between taking a picture and forcing, the government forcing, someone, a citizen, to violate their sincerely-held beliefs by participating and using their creative expression to photograph a wedding. We would never ask a homosexual, we would defend a homosexual’s right not to photograph an event with the Westboro Baptist’s hateful stance. We would never want them to be involved in that.”
Can you say delusional?
And what is Governor Brewer saying now?
The office of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) denied an NBC News report that she is likely to veto a controversial bill that would allow businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian customers in an email to Business Insider Tuesday. “Governor Brewer hasn’t yet made a decision,” a Brewer spokesperson said. “The Senate transmitted its bill to our office yesterday while the Governor was in DC. When she returns, she will take the time necessary to thoroughly review and evaluate the legislation before taking action.”
So what’s it going to take to convince her?
This is my first post for Purple Unions. So I thought I’d introduce myself. I’m an ally and I try to speak loudly and proudly for those who cannot speak for themselves. I believe in equality for all. Equal pay for equal work. Marriage equality. You name it. This country was founded on the ideal of equality and we cannot rest until everyone is truly equal.