Apparently according to several sources the American Family Association (AFA) has upset their own crowd by not using their brain when they posted a pro-gay Kellogg's advert to their Facebook wall this week.
The AFA rather did seem to garner most attention from both their anti-gay religious followers and some fighting support from the LGBTQ community, the LGBTQ supporters and allies where very clever to let the AFA haters know that love is love and gender should never be an issue when its between two consenting humans (adults).
According to CNS News, the ad reads, "At Kellogg's, we're an evolving culture that respects and accepts employees' sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression so that all employees can be authentic and fully engaged."
However, the Christian-based American Family Association recently slammed the ad on Facebook: "Guess who was a huge sponsor of the Atlanta Gay Pride march and festival last month? They even put an ad in the 'Pride Guide.'"
"Our policy toward corporate America and companies that serve the public is that we ask them to remain neutral in this battle over same-sex marriage," Ed Vitagliano, research director for AFA, told The Christian Post.
However, that wasn't the case in 2012 when AFA Internet radio host Buster Wilson expressed his support for Chick-Fil-A when its president Dan Cathy spoke out against gay marriage, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"Chick-Fil-A is an extremely successful company, just like the word of God said you’d be by the way," said Wilson. "God’s word says let not these words depart your mouth but meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in them and then shout your way, be prosperous and successful."
"That’s what God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, and we have a living example right in front of us Chick-Fil-A, prosperous and successful, because they live according to God’s word," added Wilson.
In response to the uproar over the Tony the Tiger ad, Mark King, Kellogg's Global Head of Diversity, recently told The Huffington Post, "Kellogg's is firmly committed to diversity and inclusion and puts a tremendous amount of effort toward ensuring equality through our policies, benefits and culture. We are honored to have been named a Top 50 company for Diversity by DiversityInc, and for achieving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.”
An English rugby fan has written to UK paper The Guardian in disgust at the “nasty, foul-mouthed, racist, homophobic abuse” he heard directed at openly-gay referee Nigel Owens during the All Blacks’ test against England on the weekend.
“As a lifelong rugby fan, a straight man in his 60s, I could not believe that a bunch of men half my age watching a rugby match in the 21st century could be capable of hurling such nasty, foul-mouthed, racist, homophobic abuse at an openly gay match official,” Keith Wilson, from Loversall in South Yorkshire writes about his experience at Twickenham.
“My equally disgusted son is in 30s, but next to him, hearing this vitriol, was a little boy; I felt ashamed.”
Wilson says he spoke to the men after the match, “but they were not in a fit state to engage in sensible discussion”.
He believes that if they had been at a football game, where there are strict crowd behaviour rules, they may have been thrown out.
“There was a time when you could trust rugby supporters to take alcohol into a game and behave like grownups. The time has come to treat rugby louts like football louts – no alcohol in the ground, zero tolerance to bigots,” he finishes.
Homophobic abuse of referees and players can also be common at rugby games held in New Zealand. Last year Auckland woman Hannah Spyskma blew the whistle on a group of fans at Eden Park who told her "If you don't like us using the word faggot then don't come to the footy - because it's just part of the game".
Sources GayNZ & The Guardian.
CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Aug. 6 split 2-1, with Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing the majority opinion. The ruling creates a divide among federal appeals courts, increasing the likelihood the Supreme Court will now take up the issue.
The 64-page ruling cites the need to allow "change through the customary political processes," rather than through court cases.
The ruling concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage. More Reading >>>>>
Midterm elections are rarely favorable to the President’s party and, true to history, the Democrats took a beating on Election Day. Republicans picked up enough seats to gain control of the Senate, which means that come next year, Congress could be entirely in the control of Republicans. That makes President Obama the sole firewall against a conservative onslaught. Here are five antigay issues that are bound to arise now that the GOP has full rein of Congress.
1. Endless attacks on marriage equality. At this point, there’s not a lot that Congress can realistically do about marriage equality. The Supreme Court has pretty much spoken, and states are falling in line. But the same could have been said about Obamacare, and that didn’t stop Republicans from shutting down the government for 17 days last year in the vain quest to kill the law. Realism is not the GOP’s strong suit these days, especially in the Ted Cruz wing of the party.
What will happen is a lot of symbolic gesturing that will still be damaging to the LGBT community. There will be bills to resuscitate DOMA and resolutions trumpeting support for traditional marriage. None of these will have any practical effect, but they will have a psychologically one, by de-legitimizing same-sex marriages and empowering opponents of marriage equality. To some extent, we will still have to play defense, particularly since the Supreme Court has chosen not to issue the final word yet.
2. Open war over Supreme Court nominees. And because the Supreme Court ducked the issue this year, any vacancy on the Supreme Court will immediately become an all-out war over marriage equality. Marriage equality will be as much a litmus test as reproductive rights. Republicans controlling the Senate will never allow an openly pro-marriage nominee to be seated on the bench. (Given their embrace of obstructionism to date, they may never allow an Obama nominee on the bench at all.)
The fight will be especially fierce if one of the departing justice is one of the five that struck down DOMA. That means a single vote in the opposite direction could halt the progress of marriage equality. This will become a do-or-die battle for the right, and Republicans getting ready to go into the 2016 presidential campaign will be in no position to stake out a middle-of-the-road position. The right wing has signaled it’s ready for a party civil war on this issue, and the Supreme Court nominee will be a call to arms.
3. Enshrining religious liberty in legislation. Looking to shore up the party base in advance of the presidential election, Congressional Republicans will likely turn to the refuge of the homophobic: religious liberty. In order to make the world safe for anti-marriage bakers, the GOP will look to create a right-wing version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that will specifically exempt individuals from following laws that they object to on religious grounds. That would mean not just marriage equality laws, but even nondiscrimination laws.
The Supreme Court gave Congress the green light to pursue this carve-out for homophobes in its Hobby Lobby ruling. Such a law might eventually fail a constitutional challenge, but then again, maybe not. In the meantime, the damage it would cause would be incalculable.
4. Kiss ENDA goodbye. ENDA has about as much chance of passage in a Republican-controlled Congress as Mitch McConnell has of winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. Two more years of delay doesn’t mean much to a bill that’s been kicking around for nearly two decades, but at some point the stench of failure becomes impossible to remove and the bill becomes a zombie–dead but not buried. It also means that nondiscrimination protections in the workplace will still be hit-or-miss, leaving many states where you can both get married and get fired.
5. Creating a forum for nutburgers. The loony right will always be with us, but now they will have a loudspeaker in Congress. We will be subjected to all kinds of ‘expert’ testimony from antigay activitists. It’s already happening in the House, where the head of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty recently testified before a subcommittee about the “apparent hostility” the Obama administration was showing to evangelicals in the military. Appearing before a Senate committee is great not just for legitimacy but also for fundraising, and the antigay right will clamor for every opportunity to talk about the gay threat.
Now President Obama can stop a number of these problems. He can veto bad legislation, and Republicans won’t have enough votes to override his veto. But he can’t stop the efforts to erode, derail or otherwise delay the gains we’ve made. He won’t be able to make things happen that might help us.
The problem could be short-lived. The 2016 Senate map favors the Democrats, so Republicans may hold onto the Senate for just two years. (It will be a while before they lose control of the House because Republican-controlled states have redrawn districts to ensure the maximum number of GOP seats.) In the meantime, though, the damage will have been done.
The only upside: voters won’t take kindly to restarting the culture wars. In the end, the party may end up doing as much damage to itself as it does to us. But after this election’s results, that’s pretty cold comfort.
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