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Friday, May 21, 2004

More Comments on StupidGate

from Chuck Muth's blog:

I am a Christian who God also chose to create as gay. I am proud of who my Savior, Jesus Christ, created me to be, and no amount of denial or huffing and puffing from Republicans and the Religious Right is going to change it. The Republican Party will be the loser in the long-run. How sad for them!


Posted by: Bill - 5/21/04 7:23:58 PM
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The very thought that the Republican Party would disavow anyone because of their sexual orientation makes me sick and angry! In the battle against the socialist forces that have taken over our country, there is little room for this kind of anti-Americanism. They should be ashamed!


Posted by: Paul Feiger - 5/21/04 7:33:08 PM
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Republican = Christian? I think not. It is time the party return to honoring the constitution of this great country and stop being a church. Gays have equal rights and the Republican party should start recognizing this. They pay their taxes too. Get out of the stone age you hypocrits!

Posted by: Chris - 5/21/04 7:52:54 PM
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Roger Williams moved to Rhode Island to get away from people like Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell, at Robertson and Chairman Blount. Turned out, he was right. TK

Posted by: Tom Kopel - 5/21/04 8:02:23 PM
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I wish the Republican Party would stop concerning itself with what goes on in the bedroom between consenting adults and focus on fiscal responsibility and smaller government. Who cares if a Republican is gay? The important thing is that he/she is a Republican. Why erect barriers?

Posted by: Mindy Dallas - 5/21/04 9:18:41 PM


Also some comments that will probably show up on the Leviticus Files.

Gay Talk Show Host Christian Granham on StupidGate

Here....

A question for Log Cabin Republicans

This from the Democratic National Committee blog:

Following up to yesterday's post about the North Carolina Log Cabin Republicans being rejected by the NC GOP, I have a question for Log Cabin members everywhere: Why?

The leader of your party has proposed an amendment to the Constitution with the express purpose of banning your happiness, but that's not enough for you to leave. So my question is, why are you staying?


Stonewall Democrats is discussing this on their blog:

Ed Farthing, head of the North Carolina Log Cabin Republicans, said he appreciated the offer, but gently declined. However, Chris Barron of the national Log Cabin Republicans, was a bit more blunt. "Absolutely not," Barron told PlanetOut partners. "The Stonewall Democrats are obviously using this to make some partisan hay."

Actually, we sat on the letter this week (which you can read here) until Barron was quoted on the subject by North Carolina Public Radio. I've spent quite alot of time cutting and bailing hay. I know how to make it, but I can assure Chris that this story grew all on its own.


One visitor commented:

These Log Cabin Republicans are people who would "take a pill in a heartbeat" to become straight. They don't get it. Their party doesn't want them. Their party is full of so many hypocritical, homophobic individuals. Why they (LCR's) continue to stay in the Republican Party is beyond me. I openly welcome any reformed Republican to the Democratic Party, and their Democratic vote in November.....


This is exactly the type of patronizing nonsense that will do nothing to convince Gay conservatives to vote Democratic this election.

It's a two party system - and it will help Democrats - but not the gay community - if gays leave the Republican party.

I do not plan on voting for Bush - because he is pandering to the bigots with this FMA nonsense. However John Kerry supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Massachusetts.

Stephanie Herseth - a "progressive" democratic candidate, supports the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Yup, this is another self inflicted wound by the Stupid Party.

Chuck Muth Covers the North Carolina Stupid Party story

NC GOP KICKS LCR OUT OF THE TENT

“The North Carolina Republican Party is refusing to let the Log Cabin Republicans set up a booth at this weekend's state convention… Ed Farthing, a North Carolina Log Cabin Republican, said he purchased a table at the NC state convention on behalf of the group in early April. But N.C. GOP Chairman Ferrell Blount recently returned the money, along with what the Log Cabin Republicans called ‘a lengthy vitriolic letter’ that said the group could not have a table after all.”

- CNSNews.com, 5/20/04

SCHWARZENEGER VS. FALWELL

"Chris Barron, the national political director of the Log Cabin Republicans and a lawyer originally from Goldsboro, said he found the language (of a proposed anti-gay platform proposal) troubling and harmful to the GOP's future. 'The Republican Party in North Carolina, like the national party, is facing a stark contrast about the future of the party,' Barron said. 'It could be the party of Rudolph Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger ­ or the party of Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Chairman Blount apparently envisions a party of Gary Bauer and Jerry Falwell.'"

- Raleigh News & Observor, 5/19/04

TODAY ON THE DISCUSSION BOARD

The North Carolina Republican Party has refused to allow the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization of gay Republicans, to have a booth at this weekend’s party convention like the ones available to the Republican Women, the College Republicans and the Hispanic Republicans. Chairman Blount said the decision was based on LCR’s opposition to a federal marriage amendment and their criticism of President Bush over the issue. (Heck, if that’s the criteria, I’d be banned as well!)

Do you support this decision by the party chairman to deny the Log Cabin Republicans a booth at the Republican convention? Can someone be both gay AND a Republican in good standing? Or should the party follow Chairman Blount’s lead and simply drum them out of the GOP? Weigh in at: http://blog.chuckmuth.com/blog/


EY: Several Republican candidates for office have joined in.

Dale Everett:

The extremists of the party are the ones obsessed with sexual issues and THEY threatened the president into a divisive position. They're disloyal. The LCRs are trying to keep the party focused on the things that unite us like fighting socialism and terrorism. They could benefit by hearing us out.


Nathan Tabor:

I completely support and respect my chairman for not allowing the LCR at our state convention. The Republican Party stands for family values. There is already a party who supports the gay agenda . . . it's called the Democrat Party. I fully support men of God like Gary Bauer and Jerry Falwell.

Posted by: Nathan Tabor - 5/21/04 9:57:47 AM


There's lots of other discussion on this issue over at Chuck's blog.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Stonewall Democrats Capitalize on Latest Stupid Party Move

The complete letter sent by North Carolina Party Chair to Log Cabin Republicans is available on the Stonewall Democrats website.

The DNC Office of GLBT Outreach issues a release also.

Democratic National Committee Blog Covers the Stupid Party story

Here.....

You can add comments.

John Aravosis's blog also covers this here and here.

Meanwhile when I sent copies of my two recent blog postings to the Minnesota Legislature - courtesy of the Minnesota Family Council's blast the legislature link - I got this response:

RE: They don't call it the Stupid Party for Nothing

Please discontinue sending messages with this type of headline


Perhaps this Representative needs to tell the Republican Party to quit earning this title.

UPDATE: Aravosis just put out an alert to his email list (13,000 people).

Convenient little email list:
fblount@greenvillenc.com,
LCDaves@aol.com
jcain@kilpatrickstockton.com,
IMLShaw@aol.com,
peaslee@ncgop.org,
howell@ncgop.org,
berwyn@ncgop.org



More Stupid Party Stories

CNN has picked this up.

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee declined to wade into the squabble.

"Each of the state parties run their own conventions, so decisions about state party conventions are made by state parties," said RNC spokeswoman Christine Iverson.

"The Log Cabin Republicans and the College Republicans are not formally affiliated with the Republican National Committee. They say they're Republicans, so I assume they are, but they have always been separate and distinct groups."


The press needs to continue to call the RNC and the Bush campaign about this.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Minority Leaders Offer Advice to Governor on Commissioners

An AP story in the Pioneer Press discusses a meeting between minority leaders and top staff in the Pawlenty administration. For some reason the reporter that covered this story missed an important first. Gay Leaders were part of this meeting. Ann DeGroot and C Scott Cooper from Outfront Minnesota and Rep Karen Clark were part of this meeting.

From the story.

Pawlenty's office plans similar meetings with other constituencies as he tries to fill the openings. A spokesman said the governor didn't attend because of an approaching deadline for him to act on 80 bills passed by the Legislature.

"The input we received was valuable and will be considered carefully in the selection process," said Daniel Wolter, Pawlenty's director of communications.


It speaks well of the Governor that this meeting occured. Perhaps the 14,000 petition signatures opposing the Minnesota Hate Amendment convinced Pawlenty that keynoting a rally where "Death Penalty for Homosexuals" signs were prominent was a mistake.


They don't call it the Stupid Party for Nothing

Log Cabin Republicans Booted from North Carolina Republican Convention.

Originally posted on mn-politics-national.

I'd be interested in knowing what Party Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party's comment is on this.

From the Advocate:

The Log Cabin Republicans applied a month ago for a booth at the state GOP convention, which begins Friday. The group is holding a meeting to organize a chapter in conjunction with the convention. Last week state GOP chairman Ferrell Blount returned the group's $75 check and said the booth would not be allowed. Blount said he conferred with state party leaders about the booth.

"I reviewed what the Log Cabin national Web site was advocating and promoting, and in my opinion, it is diametrically opposed to the values of the North Carolina Republican Party," he said Tuesday. He said that the Log Cabin group not only pushes gay issues but that its national Web site criticizes President Bush, who supports a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. "As state party chairman, I support the definition of marriage as being a union sanctioned by God between a man and a woman. That is what the Republican Party talks about in its platform and will talk about this weekend," Blount said.


From Planet Out:

The National Stonewall Democrats, a group of GLBT Democrats, promptly invited the LCR members to share table space at district Democratic conventions in North Carolina this Saturday.

"The Democratic Party has a big tent, and the Stonewall Democrats have a big enough table to share space with the Log Cabin Republicans," said Kathy Heggemeier, spokeswoman for the Stonewall Democrats in Wake County, N.C.

When asked by the PlanetOut Network if the group will accept, LCR spokesman Christopher Barron said, "Absolutely not."

"I thank them for the invitation, even though the Stonewall Democrats are obviously using this to make some partisan hay, and that's unfortunate because we need to be working together," said Barron.

Barron said despite being rejected from the state party convention, LCR members remain dedicated to making change within the Republican Party, adding, "We're quite happy where we are."


Log Cabin Republicans statement:


Chairman Ferrell Blount Flip-flops and Refuses to Allow Log Cabin NC a Table at NC State Republican Convention

(Washington, DC) "Just days before the start of the North Carolina Republican State Convention, Chairman Ferrell Blount has written a letter reversing position and informing Log Cabin North Carolina that it will not be allowed a table at the state convention. Log Cabin Republicans believe that at a time when our country is at war, we ought to be bringing Republicans together, not dividing them, and certainly not excluding them from their own state convention," said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.

Log Cabin NC organizer and Executive Director-Development of Equality North Carolina, Ed Farthing purchased a table at the NC state convention on behalf of Log Cabin in early April. The state party, which had been soliciting party members to purchase tables at the convention, accepted the money and issued a table to Log Cabin. Just days before the convention, NC State GOP Chairman Ferrell Blount flip-flopped, returning the money, and sending a lengthy vitriolic letter informing Farthing that Log Cabin would not have a table at the convention.

"Chairman Blounts actions are an affront to fair-minded Republicans across the state of North Carolina. To flip-flop and refuse to allow loyal Republicans a seat at their own convention is petty and short sighted," stated Farthing.

Chairman Blounts letter informed Log Cabin that homosexuality is not normal and should not be established as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. The letter further informed Log Cabin that, [t]he North Carolina Republican Party and the Log Cabin Republicans do not seem to share the same agenda. Accordingly, Chairman Blount concluded, Your group will not have a table at our convention as this would seem counter productive to the Republican Partys agenda.

The Log Cabin Republicans website makes it clear what the organizations agenda is: We are loyal Republicans. We believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. Log Cabin represents an important part of the American family-taxpaying, hard working people who proudly believe in this nation's greatness. We also believe all Americans have the right to liberty, freedom, and equality. Log Cabin is not sure how Chairman Blount can claim to represent the Republican Party and not share this agenda.

"The Republican Party is not owned by Ferrell Blount. It is not his Republican Party. The Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, a party built on expanding the definition of liberty. The GOP is made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and interests. The Republican Party doesnt just belong to one person," said Chris Barron, Log Cabins Political Director, and a North Carolina native.

"Log Cabin Republicans urge Chairman Blount to serve all Republicans in North Carolina by uniting rather than dividing the GOP. Real issues face North Carolinians today, and our Partys Chairman should be committed to solving these problems, uniting our party, and building the North Carolina GOP. Our party should be talking about taxes, the war on terror, securing our childrens future, and protecting North Carolinas economy. With an important Governors race this fall, with a key Senate race this fall, and with the balance of power in North Carolinas legislature up for grabs, the Chairman of the North Carolina GOP should stop dividing Republicans," concluded Barron.

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Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time Washington office, and a federal political action committee

Christopher R. Barron
Political Director
Log Cabin Republicans
1607 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
202 347-5306 (0)
202 347-5224 (f)
202 297-9807 (m)


It would be nice if Log Cabin Republicans would digitize the video they did about the Log Cabin Republicans Rally for Liberty at the Texas GOP convention.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Supreme Court rules against Minneapolis developer Sabri

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a challenge by Minneapolis developer Basim Sabri, who sought to dismiss a federal indictment accusing him of trying to bribe former City Council Member Brian Herron.
The justices' 9-0 ruling....

From the Strib.....

Monday, May 17, 2004

Gay Marriages Begin in Massachusetts

Along with the predictable howls of outrage by the Leviticus Crowd.

Homosexual marriage is now legal in Massachusetts. The laws defining marriage as being only between one man and one woman in the other 49 states are expected to be struck down by an activist Federal Court Judge. There will then be no law forbidding the marriage of groups of more than two people." American Family Association

As surreal as it seems, homosexual activists have succeeded in deceiving America and legal "gay" marriage licenses will be issued beginning today in Massachusetts.

I was watching CNN as they are broadcasting live, right now, the
"festivities and ceremonies of history in the making" in Cambridge, MA where "gay" marriage licenses are being issued.

To think it was only centuries ago where our great nation began when the pilgrims first landed in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Now, Massachusetts will be the place where it tragically all ends.

"D" Day is what many are calling it -- "Destruction of Marriage Day." Yet it's so much more. America has arrogantly declared war against the God of all creation. By America flipping the middle finger at God, I'm sure it will draw a quick and appropriate heavenly response.

America better be prepared for the consequences. Our military forces may be the best in the world, but we have no idea just WHO we have declared war against. - Stephen Bennett - the ExGay Queen

"What's not known, yet, is whether our Righteous God (TM)
is going to rain down His judgement as he did on Lot.. the cities of
Sodom and Gamorrah, when those two places started rampantly engaging in
homosexuality. It wasn't a pretty picture." - Pat Robertson


And on it goes.....

Senator Michele Bachmann is planning to run for congress. Hopefully in 2006 there will be a moderate republican primary challenger to her. The last thing we need in Minnesota is a Marlyn Musgrave clone.

Check out:

http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com

I assume Bachmann is also out in DC shaking the Leviticus Crowd money tree. The FRC is featuring her at a press conference tomorrow.

Bachmannalia at the Capitol

From Nick Coleman's column Here....

"Lord, we feel some attack of Satan is taking Michele away from here," Muriel Jensen, part of a small prayer circle near the middle of the Senate staircase, was praying, her eyes closed. "Help us stand against this attack of evil and declare it null -- in Jesus' name."

"Lord, we ask you to put up heavy roadblocks that can hold back the Enemy's agenda," added Chelly Evans.

Jensen, 70, of Falcon Heights, and Evans, 58, of Maplewood, went to the Capitol on Friday with two other friends from North Heights Lutheran Church in Roseville. They were among about 100 people supporting Bachmann with prayers and demanding that the DFL-controlled Senate let Bachmann's marriage amendment go to the people for a vote in November.

Over the past two weeks, the Capitol has become a House of Prayer, with an estimated 1,000 fervent Christians standing a shift for the Lord in the center of secular government. And they really stand. They stand hours each day on the Senate stairs, praying, holding signs supporting Bachmann's amendment, cheering her every time she marches up the staircase, even standing in the Senate gallery, hands above their heads, praying that the Lord might soften the hearts of the Democrats.

All this praying has raised the Capitol temperature -- and tempers.

On Friday morning, a DFL representative, Barbara Goodwin of Columbia Heights, let slip the "G" word during a debate on the outsourcing of jobs, ending a speech with an exclamation: "For God's sake, vote!"

A religious riot almost ensued.

"I wish they would do that [use the Lord's name] while they are praying," a Republican, Tony Cornish of Good Thunder, said, objecting to Goodwin's language and drawing applause from Republicans and looks of disbelief from DFLers. "And not on the House floor, in front of the kids in the balcony! And I wish they would apologize to the Christians in here that don't believe in taking the Lord's name in vain!"


EY: Rep. Cornish wrote me to tell me the reason he was supporting the Bachmann amendment is the bible told him so.

Nick Coleman:

Then again, Christians need to confront unpleasant things, said a woman who has prayed at the Capitol a dozen times. Toni Hanson, 33, a mom from Eagan whose husband, Michael, is a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant headed to Iraq, was holding a sign saying, "Marriage is God's institution."

Hanson bristles at the claims of gay-marriage proponents that Bachmann's supporters don't like gays. She has gay neighbors whom she enjoys talking to, she says. But they have been misguided by their mainstream Lutheran church, she says.


EY: How touching...... They probably go to an ELCA Lutheran Church - which has many reconciling congregations.

Coleman's article continues:

"They've been told their lifestyle is OK, and to me, that's way more hateful than praying for them," she said. "Sometimes, the truth hurts. And their church is keeping them slaves to sin."

She planned to spend all weekend praying at the Capitol. Her 5-year-old twins, Victoria and Lauren, were with her, as well as daughter Calla, 15. (Another child, Nicolas, 8, died of leukemia in February. "He's singing in the biggest choir there is right now," she said).

What if Bachmann's amendment to ban gay marriage doesn't get out of the Senate and onto the election ballot?

"That's OK," Hanson said. "One way or the other, society's going to fall. That's what the Bible says. But my life belongs to God, and marriage is a reflection of God. So even if we just postpone the fall, it will give gays a chance to know who their Savior is and a chance to walk through the gates of Christ and be washed clean by His blood.

"So I'm here, standing up for my Lord."


EY: So Hanson actually thinks she is helping gays. It's good when these characters just speak for themselves.