Friday, September 3, 2010

Good News in CA Marriage Equality Battle

     A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban.
     The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group's request to force the officials to defend voter-approved Proposition 8.

Montana Tea Party President Jokes about Matthew Shepherd's Murder, Inspires Terror

     Those in the Tea Party and on the Right generally fight hate crimes legislation.  Despite their efforts, Congress passed the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  President Obama signed it into law in October.   

     Because he was black, James Byrd, Jr. was tied to truck by white supremacists and dragged until his arm and head were ripped off.    Because he was gay, Matthew Shepherd was pistol-whipped, tortured, and then hung upon a rural Wyoming fence (Where did his murders get the idea to hang him on something?) where he remained for eighteen hours.  He was discovered in a coma and died days later.  

     Here is the disgusting face of the hatred that is pumping through the heart of the nearly monochromatic Christian Tea Party:

     Tim Ravndal, the President of Montana's Big Sky Tea Party Association, expressed his views that marriage should be between a man and a woman in a Facebook posting. The post was in response to an ACLU lawsuit in Montana brought by seven gay couples who want to get married.
     Then Ravndal expressed support for a commenter who (in apparent reference to the Matthew Shepard murder) said, "I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions."
     Answered Ravndal: "Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?" 
     This may be their free speech, but to every LGBT person in the nation, these threatening words are not free speech, they are terrorist acts.  

     Ravndal and others in the Tea Party make these statements, not because they can, but because they want to remind those of us who are gay, transgender, black, Muslim, or immigrant, that historically, they have power on their side.  They are the masters and we their bitches.  They would hang us, if not on their walls, then on their rural fence posts.  They would drag us from vehicles.

     This is the hateful face of the Tea Party's "real America."
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