This Week in Gay News: The Rile and Rankle Files

As a southern woman who is not me would say, “This week has been crazy, y’all!” FIRST of all, the groups we love to hate – and who love to hate us – are back in action, stirring up all kinds of nonsensical trouble.

NOM Targets New York Senators

NOM Targets SenatorsThe National Organization for Marriage is still totally salty about the NY Republican Senators that voted in favor of gay marriage in New York. Just after the bill passed they vowed REVENGE, much like an evil Disney character, on those that dared step outside their narrow world view and actually vote for something that will make no difference to the well-being of non-gay people’s families whatsoever. No matter! NOM was crossed, and now they are out for blood – or at least your Senate seat.

According to LGBTQNation, NOM said last Friday it’s spending $40,000 on billboards targeting four state senators with the words “You’re Next” on billboards in the districts of state Senators Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi and Shirley Huntley to hold them accountable for their vote last June to redefine marriage in New York.

The clever tagline – reminiscent of a catchphrase of a bloodthirsty killer in an early 80s action film – was apparently inspired by NOM’s claiming victory over David Weprin in the 9th Congressional District (Weprin was defeated by Republican Bob Turner in the race for Anthony “crotch-shot” Weiner’s former district). According to NOM’s website, NOM funded a major independent expenditure campaign in the Weprin race, making his vote to redefine marriage a decisive issue in his defeat in a district Democrats have held since the early 1920s.

“Just like David Weprin discovered earlier this month when he faced voters after redefining marriage, Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi, Roy McDonald and Shirley Huntley will soon discover that the people of New York will not sit idly by while the institution of marriage is redefined without voters having any say in the matter,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM.

The only problem with this conclusion is that Turner’s victory had little to nothing to do with Weprin’s stance on gay marriage, and was mostly in relation to discontent over the economy.

Via LGBTQ Nation

Republican Candidates Act Like Sheep, Let Crowd Boo Gay Soldier

During the September 22 Republican candidate debate in Orlando, Stephen Hill, a soldier stationed in Iraq, asked via video about the recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) the 1993 law that banned gay military personnel from serving openly in the military.

Hill told the candidates at the Fox News-Google debate that he had to “lie about who I was because I’m a gay soldier. I didn’t want to lose my job.” He continued:

“My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?” he asked.

After his video ended, loud boos were immediately heard from a number of people in the audience, while the candidates on stage awkwardly stood and did nothing. Oh wait, actually, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, known previously for his graceful gay comments, did answer the question.

“Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military,” he said, adding the overturn of DADT, which went into affect this week, was “playing social experimentation with our country.”

The social conservative said while he wouldn’t throw openly gay soldiers out now, the military should “move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past, which is, that sex is not an issue.”

“Leave it alone, keep it to yourself, whether you are a heterosexual or a homosexual,” Santorum said.

The crowd erupted into applause, while the rest of the candidates continued to stand and blink.

Later in the week, President Obama, and almost the entire media took the candidates to task for twiddling their thumbs when the soldier was booed. Speaking at the annudal dinner of the Human Rights Campagin on October 1st, Obama said,

“We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the president of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed.”

In his first public comments on the incident, Obama taunted his GOP rivals: “You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient.”

Now, one of the GOP candidates, Herman Cain, has admitted that he should not have stayed silent. The Georgia businessman told ABC’s “This Week” that it would have been “appropriate” for him to have defended the soldier.

“In retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations that it could have had, yes, that probably — that would have been appropriate,” Cain said, when asked if he should have asked the audience to respect the soldier.

Watch the video of the question during the debate.

Lesbian Town Clerk Refuses to Let Lesbians Get Married

Okay, okay, the Ledyard, NY Town Clerk (and cheesemaker!) who is refusing to sign same sex marriage licenses because she believes God has condemned homosexuality as a sin is technically not a lesbian. But she kinda looks like one (just sayin’).

Rose Marie Belforti doesn’t want to sign gay marriage licenses, so she’s making a deputy do it by appointment.

“New York law protects my right to hold both my job and my beliefs,” she said in an interview with the New York Times last week. “I’m not supposed to have to leave my beliefs at the door at my government job.”

Um. I think..Yeah, yeah you are. You are supposed to leave them behind if it goes against state law – or get a new job.

According to the Times, other clerks have done just that. Two clerks resigned in July rather than comply with the law.

Now Belforti is being sued by a lesbian couple who are saying her actions are discriminatory, setting the stage for a case that will address the balance between religious freedom and civil rights (and probably affect others across the country).

Via NY Times

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