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Like most local news outlets, Visalia California’s local newspaper, the Visalia Times Delta, has a Facebook account. They post blurbs about various stories in the paper through Facebook’s “share” feature. Today an article about a local high school wrestler caught some folks off guard.
Oops. Facebook’s automatic “crop and copy” feature surprised a few folks. Continue reading →
On Friday, March 21, Federal Court Judge Bernard Friedman handed down a ruling which declared Michigan’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional. Starting Saturday morning, several counties opened their clerks offices to issue licenses to same sex couples. By that evening, the 6th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals had issued a stay, ending the practice. In the intervening hours, about 300 same gender couples had been married.
With the stay issued, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has ordered state agencies not to recognize the licenses issued Saturday. The only thing to be read into this action? The GOP will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Continue reading →
Early April 2013 a story on social media started immediately “going viral”. 72,000 people shared a story called, “PARENTS PUT 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER UP FOR ADOPTION AFTER LEARNING SHE IS GAY”. Almost as suddenly as the story had taken off, it halted. Blushing page administrators started removing it quickly as details, such as the family living in “Southern Carolina” pointed to a growing understanding. The story was fake. It was, in fact, a satire from the site Deacon Tyson Bowers III.
The story was not far fetched. Writer and LGBT youth advocate Cathy Kristofferson states, “Youth who come out to their parents are rejected by those parents at a rate of 50%, with 26% immediately thrown out of the house to become instantly homeless and many following soon after as a result of the physical and verbal abuse … Empowered by the gains in equality and acceptance with the…
Fred Phelps, former pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas has died. Phelps was 84, and was under hospice care at the time of his death. Phelps was best known for taking church members, mostly family, to various events, including funerals of military personnel killed in Iran and Afghanistan, to picket against homosexuality.
Don Quixote thought the windmills dotting the Spanish countryside were monsters, and as soon as he saw them, he planned to attack. His perceptions were at odds with reality, and we shouldn’t be surprised that no monsters were actually destroyed.
We now have the curious situation where a California Assemblywoman (not surprisingly, a Republican) has introduced legislation, AB 2237, that would mirror Arizona’s recently vetoed “religious freedom” bill. SB 1062, which I’ve called the “Hate the Gays in God’s Name” bill, passed the Republican controlled Arizona House of Representatives and the Senate recently. It was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer after an increasing cascade of negative publicity brought down on her office the wrath of both the left (to be expected) and the business community.