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Preserve Marriage Washington, the intolerant homophobes who led the effort to take away equality for gay and lesbian Washington couples, issued a written concession that was as full of shit as anything they have done or said this entire campaign. Seriously. It’s a big, flaming bag of dog crap left on our front porches to remind us that they are never, ever going to STFU. Let’s break it DOWN:

  • While we are disappointed, we are not defeated.” Um, yes you fucking are. When you lose, you are, by definition, defeated.
  • We will continue to educate citizens and policymakers on the timeless truth that real marriage is the union of one man and one woman.” Um, no it’s fucking not. When the people vote to approve marriage equality, then marriage is actually between two consenting adults, regardless of gender.
  • Polling showed that 80% of unchurched voters approved of Ref. 74.” Antitheism is the wave of the future, bitches.
  • We ran a strong campaign that we can be proud of–a campaign based on honesty and integrity.” Sure, if by honest and integrity you mean lies and distortions. What a proud legacy!
  • Our opponents … will try to portray this election as a turning point, but it’s not a turning point to win on your home turf.” Huh? WTF are you talking about? We handed you your first losses. That, bitches, is a turning point. And of course we won on our home turf–Washington voters aren’t allowed to vote on ballot measures in other states. Where the fuck were we going to win if not on our home turf? You make no sense.
  • Washingtonians know … that children need both a mother and a father.” Tell that to Washingtonians who head single-parent households, to the mothers of my children, and to all of the other Washingtonians who know children who are being raised by folks other than both their mother and father. You know what children need? Food, shelter, love and affection, a sense of belonging, esteem. A mother and father, while nice, are not requirements. See Maslow’s Hierarchy.

The people have spoken, and they have rejected your lies, your distortions, your divisiveness, your bullshit. This wave of equality will spread across this country, mark my words. I’ll be right here to make sure it happens.

Yay, gays. Love won.

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My head is foggy with exhaustion, and I admit that I am having some difficulty wrapping my head around the last 12 hours since the first election results started rolling in from Washington. I’m frantically flipping through the news channels, obsessively checking the Internets, compulsively scrolling through my text messages and my email, listening to my voice mail with a gaping mouth. But the truth is inescapable:

You. Are. WELCOME!

I have a message for the people, the organizations, the institutions that have historically, continuously, chronically done everything possible to deny my rights:  I know you aren’t done with your evil agenda, and even today, you refuse to learn last night’s lesson.  Neither the fuck am I, and I will continue to school you until you either learn or give up trying. Unlike you, however, I have the wind of change in my sails.

In America, we still have HUGE gaps in LGBT equality that must be closed. In 3/5ths of this country, we can be fired from our jobs. We do not have federal protections for our relationships, our jobs, our health, our safety. Even where laws exist to protect us, they are often not enforced. Cultural and societal stigma is still the norm. Hate-based violence of every magnitude continues to play part of our collective reality. Gay and trans youth continue to take their own lives.

We have a long way to go. But the journey took a new path last night. Our entire narrative changed. I have to re-write my own script–and by that I mean the one I use when I am the real me and not the script I use when mouthing off under my nom de plume, HorseKnuckle. When I do it, I can promise you that it will no longer ask for permission or make apologies or handle homophobes with kid-gloves in order to gain favor. I am done with niceties. I am through with loyal disagreement. I am finished with respectful dialogue with people whose brand of respect includes bigotry, intolerance, condescension, patronization, illogic, superiority, and lies.

I am done, and we have the political capital and popular support to move forward in a new, sweeping way. Congrats to all of us.

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So much shit happened today that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to blog about tonight. And then, like a freight train full of rendered cattle ramming headlong through the middle of my boudoir, the National Organization for [straight] Marriage posted a huge festering pile of shit on its blog. And the earth opened and the hellfires rose up and tickled me on my perky little ass and I screamed, “yes. Yes. YES! Sweet heat, burn the words from my mind through my fingers and all over my blog, like man-seed on my belly after a fun Friday night.”

Fasten your seatbelts.

Now, we’ve previously established that you sluts do not read anything to which I link. So, while I will provide a link to the festering pile of shit, please know that I have taken it upon myself to don a haz-mat suit to read the entirety of the mess. For you. That is how much I love you. Let’s break it DOWN!

First, the title of the post is “The Miracle Continues.” What miracle, you ask? No, Jesus did not come back to earth. No, Mary did not appear in a bag of fucking Cheetos. No, my fantastic man-tits were not gifts from the Pope. The “miracle” is that, according to NOM, its ads are working. You know the ads: The ones full of lies, mistruths, scare tactics, Canadians (yes, citizens of another country) who have been fired for anti-gay comments in violation of CANADIAN law (and did I mention Canada is a separate, sovereign country where the rules and laws are different/better than in the U.S. on this issue?), business owners who have been denied their GOD FUCKING GIVEN rights to discriminate against homosexuals, and kindergartners who have been taught in public schools across the universe to give blow jobs.

STFU

Lies are MIRACULOUS!

Since the lies began airing roughly the middle of October, the dumbest of dumb voters have decided that the literally unfathomable is in fact true. And I’m not just talking about the existence of God. People actually believe that school children who can’t even fucking read are going to be taught directly from The Joy of Gay Sex in every public school in the U.S.

Second, and you better sit your perky ass in a chair, NOM has come out of the closet as a race baiter (even though we all knew it was thanks to the internal memos that the Human Rights Campaign was able to obtain).  I am just going to snip the relevant portion for you, because I cannot do this shit justice with a summary:

White v Black

White liberals are holding black folk down. No, they are. WHAT?

Do you see that? NOM is openly trying to drive wedges between minority groups, even though at the time the memos were revealed, Brian Brown (NOM’s Grand Poobah) responded, “We proudly bring together people of different races.” I would feel like an asshole for not pointing out that NOM’s leadership (at least those that it is willing to disclose) is made up entirely of entitled white people, mostly men.

Third, something about how traditional marriage voters are going to show up en masse and elect Romney and the polls are tight and how Obama is a gay-loving, marriage hating, liberal and how some gay-haters will still vote for Obama but that’s ok because NOM is extra inclusive and loves everyone. No, I’m not making any of that up, I’m just too fucking annoyed to explain further.

Fourth, one other person whom I have never heard of but apparently speaks Russian and Hebrew (again, not making this up) is speaking out against marriage equality. Dennis Prager. Oh, yeah. And Billy Graham, well-known for BEING AS CLOSE TO DEATH AS ANY PERSON ON THE PLANET. Tick tock, Oldy Moldy and your intolerant ilk. Tick fucking tock.

And finally . . . mercifully . . . the blog post ends with a video featuring that insipid pixie of a woman, Kelly Yanta, who is to journalism what black is to white.  I would embed the video, but the cunts and WordPress want me to pay for additional space or something. Plus, I don’t want you to throw up your last meal without affirmatively clicking on a link and assuming the risk knowingly and voluntarily.

As you can see, the miracle does indeed continue. For example, that these people continue to have a voice in American politics and culture is a fucking miracle. That these people have some how convinced racial minorities that liberals are out to get them is a fucking miracle. That some Americans continue to give these villains their ear and pay even a thread of attention to their ads and their lies is a Christmas fucking miracle.

2012 will be the year that all that changes. Nov. 6, 2012, by my estimation.

 

 

 

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One of Seattle’s local stations, KOMO TV, published an AP article today entitled “What’s missing from pro-gay marriage TV ads? Gays.”  In short (because you people won’t read, as I constantly lament), the article correctly observes that, in the most recent advertising in states where marriage equality is on the ballot this year (Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, and Maine), the advertising features . . .

Wait for it

. . .

NON-GAYS!  Shocking, I know.

Or is it?  I mean, this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about this phenom. In fact, I will quote myself from an earlier post on this very issue, which is narcissistic, I know, but I am FUCKING RIGHT ON THE MONEY, bitches:

[W]hen it comes to making headway in the fight for equality, the most powerful stories are proving to be the stories told by our straight allies, both the stories they weave about themselves and their own thoughts on equality and marriage equality, but also the stories they tell about us.   They are amazingly eloquent. And, they have no dog in the fight. For a straight couple, who can get married without impediment, to stand up and say, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, it isn’t American for us to be able to marry when some of our friends, family, and colleagues cannot,” I mean, how do you argue with that?

Even though the last sentence of that quote is a grammar school teacher’s worst freaking nightmare, the point is inarguable:  When people see non-gay people standing up for equality, speaking out for equality, voting for equality, they are compelled to think of equality in a new light.

That is not, however, the only reason that the advertising around marriage equality this year is so straight. Why are gays and lesbians not featured more prominently in pro-equality advertising this year? I’ll tell you why:

  • Our opponents quite simply do not believe us and do not find us credible.
  • Our opponents think we are nothing more than self-interested nit-wits who lack all objectivity about our own status as a minority in this country.
  • Our opponents think we are provocateurs, concerned only with the “sex” in sexual orientation.
  • Our opponents continue to define our orientation and gender expression as a “lifestyle,” like yachting or fitness or thuggery.
  • Despite our accomplishments, our intelligence, our education, our life experience, our opponents paint us as people who do not know or understand ourselves or our legal or social predicament and who are, at our very essence, nothing more than straight-people-gone-astray.
  • Our opponents insist, too often disingenuously, that our cry for equality is an attempt to destroy religion, freedom of speech, and the foundations of modern civilization.
  • Our opponents continue to try to silence us by dismissing us as if we are petulant children and marginalizing us by spreading lies, saying hurtful things, invoking their gods and morality, and even perpetrating violence against us.

LGBT people have talked until we are electric blue in the face, resulting in losses at the ballot box 32 of 32 times. The strategy has not returned dividends, and we are fucking tired of waging this battle alone. It is time for the people who know and love us to stand up and tell their own stories about who we are. Thankfully, so many of them are doing it and doing it well. To them, we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude and invitations to our extravagantly beautiful gay weddings.

Now, vote to Approve Ref. 74.  Not just because I have asked you to recognize the legal rights that I have been long denied but because good people who have no dog in this fight are asking you, begging you, to do it.

[Side Bar: Apparently, some gays are up-in-arms about the conspicuous lack of gay and lesbian people in political advertising thus far, but they are gays who do not understand or do not care about the nuances of today’s politics. I will not waste my time debating those gays who think that commercials filled to the brim with gays are going to appeal to anyone but more gays and our existing straight allies. It’s pointless.]

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I know, haters gonna hate.  But since today is the day we celebrate the birth of our nation, I thought I would remind you of a particular little nugget from the document in which our forefathers declared our independence from the Crown:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

In a world where people are squabbling over who should be more equal to whom, who should have more rights than whom, and who should be able to impose their own personal view of how shit oughta be on every other poor mother fucker in this country, I think it is important to understand from whence we came.  This country was founded on the principle that everyone is created equal and that every single person has rights by virtue of simply BEING ALIVE, including the right to pursue our own happiness.

So, Happy Independence Day.  Now, stop fucking with my happiness; get out of my face, my house, and my bedroom; and go worry about your own happiness instead of doing your best to keep other people from realizing their own, unalienable rights.  You know who you are.

 

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The fine liars at the National Organization for [against] Marriage, through their mouthpiece, Preserve Marriage [for only a few in] Washington (“PMW”) issued a crap-tastic waste of space yesterday called The Threat to Marriage both on its blog and as a PDF.   I downloaded it so that I can give it to my grandchildren one day as a relic of just how far people were willing to go to prevent others from the full benefits and responsibilities of citizenry.  I also downloaded it because it represents the best of the best arguments these nutjobs have against marriage equality.  And it ain’t much.  Shall we chew it up, digest it, and crap it out just like the shit it really is?  Ok, let’s!!  [N.B.:  I am using the summary headings that PMW used in its blog version.]

Marriage Would Be Redefined for Everyone

Absolutely, 100% inaccurate.  Marriage is not being redefined.  Legal marriage has been and will continue to be a civil agreement between two consenting adults of appropriate age and ability to contract.

Genderless Marriage the Only Legally Recognized Definition

Genderless?  You mean, only Eunuchs can get married?  I don’t see a single provision in the new law that requires men to hack off their wedding tackle or women to have their lady garden sprayed with Round-up.  You will be comforted to know that you may retain your private parts AND still marry the person of your choice under the new law.  I can certainly assure you that my marriage will not be genderless.  Homogeneous, but not genderless.

Not a “Live and Let Live” Issue

Huh?  I really have no idea what in the Sam Hill they are trying to say.  Under this particular heading, they say that marriage equality “implicates a host of issues” and will result in “a sea of change in American law” as well as an “immense volume of litigation against individuals, small businesses and religious organizations.”  Do you know what these vague yet menacing  threats are called (besides outright lies)?

Boo!

BOO!

Yep!  Boogeymen.  What’s a boogeyman?  It is an amorphous imaginary being used by adults to frighten children into compliant behaviour.  Only we aren’t children.

Racists and Bigots?

NOM/PMW’s bullshit in this “point” goes something like this:  Those who do not agree will be treated just like racists and bigots, and will be punished for their beliefs.  Actually, that is exactly how their argument goes, and you can even put quotes around it.  Now, I personally believe that they are bigots–not sure where the racism comes from except their guilty conscience–but it is a complete pail of cow dung to say that the law will treat them as bigots and racists.  Here is their short list of people who are going to be mistreated because they hate gays and gay marriage:

  • Religious Groups:  Wrong.  Here is language taken right from the law.

No regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization is required to solemnize or recognize any marriage.

No religious organization is required to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.

A religious organization shall be immune from any civil claim or cause of action, including [Washington’s anti-discrimination law] based on its refusal to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.

  • Nonprofit Groups:  The marriage equality legislation does nothing to impose additional requirements or burdens on nonprofit organizations.  They, like other organizations and businesses, must comply with the law, including the anti-discrimination laws of the State of Washington, just as they always have.  The marriage equality law does not impose any additional requirements upon them whatsoever.
  • Schools:  Religious schools are immune to the same extent as religious organizations.  In addition, nothing in the law–not one stinking word–requires secular schools  to teach “gay marriage.”
  • Wedding Professionals:  Again, Washington’s anti-discrimination provisions already prevent discrimination and discriminatory practices, and nothing in the marriage equality bill imposes additional obligations or burdens on them.  Furthermore, take it from me, darlings:  No gay or lesbian couple in the entire state is going to ruin one of the biggest and best days of their lives by hiring some ignorant asshole who hates gay people and gay marriage to plan a wedding.  No fucking way.  I should also point out that, for the most part, WEDDING PROFESSIONALS ARE GAY!  I mean, did you see Father of the Bride?

    Martin Short

    We have the corner on the Wedding Professional market anyway, duh!

  • Licensed Professionals:  ONE MORE TIME:  Washington’s anti-discrimination provisions already prevent discrimination and discriminatory practices, and nothing in the marriage equality bill imposes additional obligations or burdens on them.  In addition, most licensed professionals have codes of conduct and/or ethical standards with which they must comply, and those codes and standards do not permit decisions based on sexual orientation.  Furthermore, like wedding professionals, this issue is a red herring because LGBT people are not going to want to hire or work with douchebags.
  • Regular People:  Not one word of the new law requires you to like me, attend my wedding, or even send me a god damn gift or congratulatory wish.  You can continue to hate me, just like I can continue to think you are a dim-witted jackhole.

The Needs of Children Take Second Place to the Desires of Adults

The point here, apparently, is that marriage equality “says to children that mothers and fathers don’t matter (especially fathers).”  Would you be blown away if I tell you that the marriage equality law does not prevent anyone from breeding or raising children and is silent as to who can and cannot do so?   Would you be shocked if I told you that marriage equality is not designed to distract straight people from mating by offering them an alternative “lifestyle?”  Would you be floored to know that I–a card-carrying American male homosexual–already can have children without marrying anyone, let alone the child’s mother, and that preventing same-sex couples from marrying results in NO net gain or loss of child-making and -rearing people?  Would you pee down your legs if I told you that same-sex couples actually have children–biological, adopted, fostered, etc.–and same-sex marriage helps to provide stable, loving environments for those children to learn and grow and thrive?

All.  Fucking.  True.  Well, slap my ass and call me Sally.

The Deconstruction of Marriage

Now, are you sitting down for the stupidest thing you’ll probably read all week?  NOM/PMW argues that the law says that “husbands can be women and wives can be men.”  Not that I have any problem with using words in ways they weren’t intended–I mean, do you remember the days when “cool” referred to temperature and not to how neat or clever something is–but NOM/PMW are trying to convince you that the legislature is fucking with you.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The provision is a very common provision in legislative drafting and statutory interpretation.  It is simply designed to indicate that statutes and laws should be understood and interpreted without regard to sex when pronouns like he, she, it, man, woman, girl, boy, husband, wife, etc., appear in them.  Such a provision is designed to protect the law from appearing to discriminate against GENDER, not to constitute de jure sex reassignment as NOM/PMW would have you believe.

So, there you have it.  NOM/PMW’s talking points boiled down and exposed for the lies and distractions that they are.  Spread the word.  And vote to APPROVE REFERENDUM 74 IN NOVEMBER!

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Look, I’ve been on vacation.  I’m tan and beautiful, but I’m still an angry asshole who hates liars and douchebags.  And that brings us to my first post in more than a month.

Today, I was alerted to this lovely story about an out, gay Mormon who has married a woman and fathered 3 children.  His name is Josh Weed, and he and his family live just outside of Seattle.  For work, this guy is a MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST!  No shit.

For those of you low on reading, let me summarize the post that Josh Weed wrote for his blog:  He is gay.  He is married to a woman.  They have brought three innocent children into this world because they have a “robust sex life,” even though he is not at all attracted to women.  Instead, his dick gets hard for men, although he implies that he has never actually had sex with a man or been in a gay relationship.  Most importantly, the guy’s blog post has been picked up by opponents of same-sex marriage, including the National Organization for Marriage, and he is going to be made the right-wing’s posterchild for “traditional marriage” in Washington’s Referendum 74 fight, I’m sure.

I responded to the article published at LifeSiteNews.com in the comments, which I’m sure will be deleted in the near future because gay-haters are not big on the whole “marketplace of ideas” concept.  Thanks to the power of the Internet, however, I have the ability to post it here, on my very own mess of a blog.

Take it from a gay man who lived this fiction for 10 years: This is a relationship destined to fail. In its wake will, at the very best, be a man who eventually comes out of the closet, a woman who feels she wasn’t enough to keep him, and children who simply do not understand what happened and feel they may have something to do with the demise of their parents’ relationship. How healthy is that?

It shocks and offends me that the people and organizations (e.g., the National Organization for Marriage and “traditional marriage” advocates) who would deny loving, committed gay and lesbian couples the right to full marriage equality eagerly support Josh Weed’s marriage. Talk about redefining marriage! Pay attention: There is NOTHING TRADITIONAL about an openly gay man marrying a woman and fathering children in a relationship that–at its core–is a fraud.

When are we all going to come to a place of honesty, where opponents of same-sex marriage admit that their opposition has nothing to do with marriage or children? If the opposition was really about marriage and children, then people who oppose same-sex marriage would be working tirelessly to make divorce difficult or impossible and having children out of wedlock illegal. That, of course, would be against their own self-interests, and so you see little action in those regards.

You want the honest truth? The reason advocates of same-sex marriage do not want same-sex couples to marry is because they think there is something wrong with LGBT people and they view us as second class citizens. They seek to deny us full equality as a form of punishment, as if we are petulant children. There can be no other explanation.

And don’t start with the arguments based on religion. Across this country, men and women of the cloth in every denomination have come out in favor of same-sex marriage. We live in a country blessed with the principle of freedom of religion, and unless you want someone else’s view of the Bible or spirituality to be imposed on you, you shouldn’t try to force your views on others.

Finally, If you are willing to stand by and support the Weed’s exceptionally non-traditional marriage and all of the misery that it and similar marriages will bring to those involved, then you cannot possibly and with a straight face (pun intended) oppose gay marriage. You’ve lost all footing in this debate (not that you had much of a footing), and I intend to use the Weed’s “relationship” and your support of it against you every opportunity I get.

This “debate” is over. Marriage equality is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of the individual states of this Republic. Same-sex marriage will be a reality for every gay and lesbian citizen very soon, so prepare yourselves now.

So, Josh and same-sex marriage opponents, bring it.  If this is your idea of a traditional marriage, then you are in big trouble.  No one believes for one minute that this is a traditional or healthy marriage, especially here in Washington.  We think you people are at best fools, but more likely, we think you are outright liars who are getting paid to act like your marriage is somehow normal.   And in your heart of hearts, Mr. and Mrs. Weed, you know that you are perpetrating a lie not only to yourselves, but to each other and to everyone that you are trying to convince.  Shame on you.

 

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