Bryan Fischer Can Dish It Out, But He Can’t Take It

Bryan Fischer, American Family Association, The New Yorker, Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer was on “UP with Chris Hayes” yesterday talking about her latest article in The New Yorker The Voter Fraud Myth.

Watching her with Hayes, took me back to last May when Mayer, having read the piece I co-authored last year for the Southern Poverty Law Center about Bryan Fischer, called me for some insight and additional information on what I knew about Fischer’s activities when he was in Idaho. Continue reading

Boy Scouts Protect Pedophiles, as Congress Offers Special Rights to BSA


Long before the release of the so-called “Perversion Files” that document how the Boy Scouts of America systematically shielded pedophiles within its ranks, the U.S. Congress created a law mandating that the federal government support BSA regardless of its open policy of discrimination against gays.

On December 30, 2005, President George W. Bush signed in to law the “Support Our Scouts Act of 2005” buried in the 153 page Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2006. (H.R. 2863 pg 49).

“Support Our Scouts” includes a mandate for the federal government to support the BSA: Continue reading

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

October 18, 2012

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

New York, NY – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, making it the second federal appeals court to find DOMA unconstitutional. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit made a similar ruling in May of this year. Enacted by Congress in 1996, DOMA nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law. Continue reading

AFER: Proposition 8 Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing En Banc Filed by Anti-Marriage Proponents of Prop. 8

San Francisco, CA – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request from anti-marriage forces to reconsider its landmark ruling in Perry v. Brown that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Proposition 8 stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. Continue reading

This Is Why I Do The Work I Do

Despite the growing trend that embraces equality for all people there are still those with deep-seated bigotry who continue to bar us from our constitutional rights as human beings and Americans. For some, like Charles Worley, simply denying our basic civil rights is not nearly enough and actually advocate against our very right to exist. I for one, take that very personally and is one major reason why I do the work I do. Continue reading

Who’s Really Smearing Who? VanderSloot is No Victim

Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca, Obama, Mitt Romney, Idaho Statesman, Sean Cockerham, It's Elementary, Peter Zuckerman, Post-Register

The Idaho Statesman dedicated a large portion of its front page feeding the allegation by Frank VanderSloot that he is a victim of an alleged smear campaign backed by President Obama.

The May 18 article, “Idaho businessman VanderSloot says Obama is smearing him,” by Sean Cockerham lacked balance and simply aided VanderSloot in whitewashing his indisputable public anti-gay record. Continue reading

VanderSloot has Etch-a-Sketch Moment!

Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca, Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, Idaho Falls, Romney, 2012

Melaleuca CEO and Romney finance co-chair, Frank VanderSloot phoned in a new chapter of his billionaire victim story to Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show last Friday claiming he is has a target strapped to his back.

VanderSloot’s latest attempt to salvage his Mr. Nice Guy brand after weeks of national news coverage about his anti-gay record and attempts to silence bloggers and journalist, was to launch a golly gee gosh some of my best friends are gay poor me media strategy.

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