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  • What some are calling NOM’s/NOM-EF’s “debt” is, in all probability, not funds borrowed from any financial institution, or from wealthy donors, but rather, merely a pile of bills run up during 2012 which were still unpaid at the end of the year.

    None of NOM’s 2013 fund-raising mentioned the 2012 deficit because they hoped to have so much success in HI and IL and collect so many donations from that success that the payoff of the old debts would appear relatively insignificant, and thus need little reporting.

    That scheme backfired, though, and with 100% political losses in 2013, and puny revenues, this fact will be a glaring defect in the 2013 return due next spring.

    Stay tuned.

  • As a citizen, voter, and potential donor, I, too, asked Gabriel Gomez where he stood in LGBT issues — 4 times, in writing. No one ever replied.

    A reporter from The Rainbow Times also tried to get the same questions answered. Here’s what happened:

    http://www.therainbowtimesmass.com/2013/05/30/state-vs-federal-marriage-laws-where-does-gomez-stand/

  • Ned_Flaherty commented on the blog post Attending Gay Weddings May Turn Off God And Cause Scandal

    2013-05-05 10:48:07View | Delete

    In 1633, the Roman Catholic clergy declared Galileo a depraved heretic, and outlawed the publication or reading of all his work, all because he taught that the earth revolves around the sun (as science proved), not the sun around the earth (as Catholic clergy insisted).

    In 2013, clergy insist that recognizing same-gender civil marriage divorces a person from his/her God.

    Nope. Got to go with Galileo on this one.

  • Gabriel Gomez has already taken 2 opposite stances on the same LGBT issue.

    He claims to oppose discrimination “of any kind” but he also admitted that he favors discrimination against LGBT citizens by individual states.

    He says much about immigration in general, but stays conspicuously silent about anti-LGBT immigration laws.

    The contradictions in Gomez’ positions are already obvious, so this article is right on target.

  • Ned_Flaherty commented on the blog post How NOM Responds To Losing Three Major Votes In One Day

    2013-04-24 09:57:37View | Delete

    DON’T FORGET THESE, EITHER…

    1. On 15 April, Pennsylvania’s legislature reintroduced a civil union bill.

    2. On 23 April, Oregon launched its 2014 campaign to upgrade civil union to full marriage.

    3. On 19 April, another federal judge ruled that DOMA is “irrational” and “unconstitutional” and allowed a lesbian couple to pursue their case as a nationwide class action representing all immigrant couples. (Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives had tried to get the case dismissed, but their request was denied.)

    For frequent updates in every state, visit Marriage Equality USA at http://www.marriageequality.org/current-status-map.

  • Ned_Flaherty commented on the blog post FRC’s Peter Sprigg sets a new low for logical failure

    2013-04-04 05:30:59View | Delete

    Opponents of equality began their song about “responsible procreation” at the same time they began bragging how MOST children of mixed-gender couples are both unplanned and unwanted.

    Their lawyers have never once been able to explain how denying marriage for same-gender couples would improve marriage for mixed-gender couples.

  • “Another example of vicious liberal intolerance. What happened to the argument that approving so called “same sex marriage” wouldn’t negatively affect anyone else.”

    Same-gender marriage was always promised not to affect anybody — except bigots. It was always understood that bigots would have mental breakdowns over same-gender couples.

    The bigoted photographers claim that they just “don’t know how” to pose 2 men or 2 women, but they admit being able to pose 2 African-Americans, 2 Jews, 2 short people, interracial couples, inter-faith couples, 2 red-haired persons, and 2 heads-of-state.

    They claim it’s only 2 men or 2 women that bring their photography skills to a crashing halt.

    But a same-gender couple is posed the same way that a female school principal and a female teacher are posed, or a male coach and a male athlete are posed: 2 happy adults taking great mutual pride in a joint event.

    Therefore, the claim that they just “don’t know how” is a lie. They want to refuse service to certain customers, but the law prohibiting that was in place before same-gender marriage was even proposed, so the problem isn’t same-gender marriage; it’s bigotry.

  • So-called “wedding professional” John Zito, and the anonymous coward he’s covering for, are both unskilled idiots. Both should forfeit their licenses if they truly have no idea how to pose 2 adults at any kind of ceremony.

    They’re probably just anti-LGBT bigots who don’t want to serve same-gender couples. “We don’t know how to pose such people” is such an obvious, pathetic excuse.

  • 10 other candidates were competing for the Republican presidential nomination, so the notion that Mitt “couldn’t find anyone else” is a stupendiferous lie.

  • The Log Cabin Republicans foolishly endorsed Mitt Romney for president, even after he signed a written vow to modify the U.S. Constitution so that LGBT couples could never, ever marry.

    Now here they come again, whining about (1) being denied marriage and (2) the discrimination of the DOMA law. But it is Republicans who create such problems, and Republicans who keep them going.

    Either the LCRs are suffering complete amnesia, or else they are complete hypocrites.

  • The Log Cabin Republicans foolishly endorsed Mitt Romney for president, even after he signed a written vow to modify the U.S. Constitution so that LGBT couples could never, ever marry.

    Now here they come again, whining about (1) being denied marriage and (2) the discrimination of the DOMA law. But it is Republicans who create such problems, and Republicans who keep them intact.

    Either the LCRs are suffering complete amnesia, or else they are complete hypocrites.

  • Based on his claims dated 16 May 2012, as of today (19 May 2012), James Dobson insists that marriage has been a cultural norm on every continent on the planet for 8,000 years and 3 days.

    What ancient, worldwide event caused this? Nothing.

    No one could possibly have such knowledge, and there is no history supporting his superstition.

  • I spent most of 2011 trying to get Scott Brown to answer this one question about the impacts of DOMA (Defense-of-Marriage Act) upon his constituents:

    Senator Brown, what’s more important to you: (A) preventing DOMA-related discrimination against your own constituents who live in Massachusetts, and who travel in other states, and who use the same federal programs that every other American uses; or (B) legalizing discrimination by other states and the federal government against your own constituents?

    He always chose option B. His staff confirmed that he wants to ensure that other states and the federal government can continue discriminating against all same-gender couples in 9 states today (CT, DC, IA, MA, MD, NH, NY, VT, WA) and in all future same-gender marriage states.

    The only time that Scott Brown votes for an LGBT-positive measure is when his own vote makes no difference at all, because then he tells constituents that he “delivered” and tells his Republican animal trainers the excuse that “it would have happened anyway.” But whenever his position does matter, he works against LGBT people everywhere.

    Scott Brown refuses to sponsor or vote for bills that protect his constituents from DOMA-related discrimination. He admits that he considers equality for LGBT people as a trivial “pet project” of no political value. He claims that ending discrimination conflicts with creating jobs, and that’s why he can’t possibly do both at the same time.

    Any elected official who can’t oppose discrimination and create jobs at the same time is either un-skilled, or else dishonest (or perhaps both).

    It’s public knowledge that Scott Brown is owned and funded by Wall Street and big oil; what’s less well known is that NOM (National Organization for Marriage) works on his campaigns, because they share the same goal: continue state and federal discrimination against LGBT people everywhere via DOMA.

  • I spent most of 2011 trying to get Scott Brown to answer this one question about the impacts of DOMA (Defense-of-Marriage Act) upon his constituents:

    Senator Brown, what’s more important to you: (A) preventing DOMA-related discrimination against your own constituents who live in Massachusetts, and who travel in other states, and who use the same federal programs that every other American uses; or (B) legalizing discrimination by other states and the federal government against your own constituents?

    He always chose option B. His staff confirmed that he wants to ensure that other states and the federal government can continue discriminating against all same-gender couples in 9 states today (CT, DC, IA, MA, MD, NH, NY, VT, WA) and in all future same-gender marriage states.

    The only time that Scott Brown votes for an LGBT-positive measure is when his own vote makes no difference at all, because then he tells constituents that he “delivered” and tells his Republican animal trainers the excuse that “it would have happened anyway.” But whenever his position does matter, he works against LGBT people everywhere.

    Scott Brown refuses to sponsor or vote for bills that protect his constituents from DOMA-related discrimination. He admits that he considers equality for LGBT people as a trivial “pet project” of no political value. He claims that ending discrimination conflicts with creating jobs, and that’s why he can’t possibly do both at the same time.

    Any elected official who can’t oppose discrimination and create jobs at the same time is either un-skilled, or else dishonest (or perhaps both).

    It’s public knowledge that Scott Brown is owned and funded by Wall Street and big oil; what’s less well known is that NOM (National Organization for Marriage) works on his campaigns, because they share the same goal: continue state and federal discrimination against LGBT people everywhere via DOMA.

  • Catholic churchgoers have no idea how much of their money is secretly diverted into political campaigns to hurt LGBT people. Every week, the clergy beg for more cash to help the starving, naked, homeless, and sick, but then go get government funds to pay for all that work, and then secretly — and unlawfully — divert churchgoers’ donations into political campaigns.

    This madness will cease only when every Catholic churchgoer demands an independent, public audit showing how many church dollars are spent on labor, materials, broadcasts, postage, lawyers, lobbyists, etc. Once it’s known how many tens of millions of dollars the Catholic, Mormon, and other churches spend on such efforts, society will be appalled, and Catholic donors will halt such funding immediately.

    LGBT Catholics will be especially outraged to learn how many of their very own dollars are being used to oppress them.

  • Political lobbyists (who also work as Roman Catholic bishops in Washington state) just wrote and urged every Catholic to help them lobby state legislators to oppress LGBT people, their families, and their defenseless children.

    These lobbyist bishops claim — incorrectly — that expanding marriage rights to cover all citizens would “ignore heterosexual couples” and “undermine family life” and “discontinue the human race.”

    That is untrue. They are wrong. On all three counts.

    I live in heavily Catholic New England, where same-sex marriages have flourished for nearly a decade in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and/or New York. No heterosexuals were ever ignored, no family lives were ever undermined, and we’re having more babies than ever. The 4 most notable changes after same-sex marriages began here in 2004 are: (1) divorce rates dropped, (2) business revenues grew, (3) LGBT people became healthier, and (4) children in LGBT families are better recognized and more fully protected.

    Every nation and culture in history has had lesbian women, gay men, and LGBT couples, yet today, Earth and its inhabitants are dying from 7 billion people crowded onto one tiny planet. It is not LGBT couples who threaten the human race; it’s over-breeding by everyone else.

    The Catholic bishops argue that if LGBT people benefit from equal marriage rights, then all other couples would suffer in some mysterious way. But that’s untrue. Multiple federal court cases already proved that no LGBT marriage ever hurt any heterosexual marriage. The harm that the bishops imagine does not exist.

    By calling marriage nothing more than breeding, animal husbandry, and procreation, the bishops insult all of society (Catholics and non-Catholics), especially couples who choose not to have children, couples who can’t have children, couples who partner with surrogate parents, and couples who graciously benefit all of society by choosing to adopt.

    The bishops’ claim that they “pray for married couples and families” is false. They pray only for some couples, and only for some families. But they pray against — and prey upon — all same-sex couples and all their children, including all the families who aren’t even Catholic.

    Roman Catholic Church leaders think that oppressing LGBT people everywhere is more important than ending poverty, hunger, illness, and homelessness, yet they never disclose the tens of millions of dollars they secretly waste on anti-LGBT politics while children are dying.

    Every Catholic churchgoer should demand an independent public audit showing all dollars spent on anti-LGBT propaganda, lobbyists, campaigns, and politicians. Then they should halt such efforts by refusing to fund them ever again.

  • Sent to the columnist, editor, and publisher:

    Your Christmas carol about Chaz Bono is unfunny, juvenile, ignorant, and inhumane. If this negatively affects any of your employees, it also is unlawful, and legal action may result.

    Would you write this about your friend or relative? About someone with another kind of medical procedure? About any person who simply decides to be who they are? Indeed, would you write this about anyone else at all?

    If this column seems acceptable to you, then why not publish an companion song denigrating African-Americans? Why not print a poem stereotyping Jews? Why not insult Asians of all kinds? If you’d think twice about any of those things, then you also should have had second thoughts about this.

    While the holidays are still here, the Lowell Sun should post an apology to all readers, especially the thousands of Bay State residents you have de-humanized with your remarks. If no one at the Sun knows how to do that, there are organizations that can help you.

  • Here’s a side-by-side comparison of what all 11 presidential candidates plan for 31 million LGBT Americans: http://www.marriageequality.org/Election2012

  • Here’s what Newt and 10 others now plan for 31 million LGBT Americans: http://www.marriageequality.org/Election2012

  • Here’s what Gingrich and 10 other candidates now plan for 31 million LGBT Americans: http://www.marriageequality.org/Election2012

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