Equality activists refuse to roll over after President Obama rejected an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity and vowed today to keep pushing him on the non-discrimination issue
From the Washington Post:
Gay rights activists vowed Thursday to amp up political pressure on the White House over President Obama’s refusal to sign a non-discrimination executive order, with some decrying the decision as a maneuver to delay action until safely past the November election.
One prominent liberal donor said he would spend $100,000 to fund a “We can’t Wait” campaign targeting Obama, a direct takeoff of the president’s own slogan describing his efforts to seek administrative actions as an end-run around what he has termed an obstructionist Congress. The money will be used to fly victims of workplace discrimination at federal contracting firms to Washington to confront Obama and his aides and gin up public attention.
CBS News has a bit more on the burgeoning movement:
Jonathan Lewis, the son of major Democratic donor Peter Lewis, said in a statement that the president can't blame Congress for this "broken promise."
"He has not been able to provide a single valid reason for why he is now refusing to sign the executive order protecting LGBT workers," said Lewis. "It has become increasingly clear that this decision is based on cowardice rather than principled leadership."
Sympathetic donors are not being asked not to contribute to the president's reelection campaign, but instead to donate at least as much to the non-discrimination effort.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that the President wants to focus on creating a national Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The folks over at Epic Level Entertainment and director Josh Staman teamed up to create this video, "It Gets Bigger," a PSA telling young men around the world that, well, it will get bigger.
"It Gets Bigger" is obviously a loving a take on Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign. And Savage must have liked it, because he posted the video over at Slog.
At the video's YouTube page, Staman and company point readers to Epic Level's Kickstarter account. Maybe if you like what you see you'll kick a few bucks their way? Take a nice, hard look at "It Gets Bigger" AFTER THE JUMP and judge for yourself. Personally, I can't believe this didn't already exist. But I'm glad it does now.
"HYPOCRITE:" RNC takes on President Obama.
ODD COUPLE: Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson perform "Sweet Dreams."
PLANKTON: Fish explain what it's all about.
"DON'T STOP..." Classic Journey song as sung via movie clips.
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Football players at a San Antonio high school lent their popularity and friendship to a bullied peer.
Good education: "A New York group has won approval to organize what would be the only Parent Teacher Association unit in the country currently dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths."
Colin Egglesfield is oft shirtless on The Client List. Any why wouldn't he be?
A GOProud activist doubts the veracity of Hilary Rosen's Ann Romney apology, because "radical left-wing lesbians are just too stubborn to admit when they're wrong." I doubt the veracity of that statement.
Sorry if this is too much Titanic coverage, but Daniel Mendelsohn has an interesting article about why we care so much about the ocean disaster in this week's New Yorker: "[The Only Way to Cross] winningly portrays the wireless boys of a hundred years ago as the computer geeks of their day, from their extreme youth to their strikingly familiar lingo. “WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH U?,” came one response to the Titanic’s distress call."
What kind of car is President Obama?
Here is the cover for Adam Lambert's new single, "Never Close Our Eyes."
Ready to read some post-Harry Potter JK Rowling? Here are some details on her forthcoming book, The Casual Vacancy: "The 480-page book, which is described as 'blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising', is about a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford."
President Obama on Kanye West: "He is a jackass. But he's talented."
This is totally true: "The United States would be a very different place if everyone cared this much about misogyny when there wasn't a presidential election in which appearing to care about misogyny could score a political point."
The plaintiffs in McLaughlin v. United States, a suit demanding the government extend benefits to the spouses of gay soldiers, are asking the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to weigh in on the case on April 20, 8 days earlier than the previous deadline.
Transport for London announced late Thursday that a contract for an "ex-gay" group's bus ads reading "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!" has been scrapped
The Avengers premiered in Los Angeles last night. Those not lucky enough to attend will have to wait until May 4th.
First Lady Michelle Obama came out in defense of Ann Romney today.
Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel will tie the knot in Italy this summer. Maybe once that's over with he'll make another album?
Bikini waxes are for some reason increasingly popular among men.
Equality activism from across the religious rainbow for marriage rights in North Carolina: "Groundswell, a social action initiative of Auburn Seminary, will launch the Groundswell of Courage campaign, a multifaith, national, grassroots campaign that supports full LGBTQ equality and dignity this Saturday, April 14th, 2012, in North Carolina, just 24 days before North Carolina's May 8 ballot initiative that would change the state constitution and ban same-sex marriage and legal recognition for North Carolina's LGBTQ couples."
The U.S. Justice Department today issued its first hate crime indictment for an incident involving sexual orientation. From the DOJ: "The indictment charges the men with committing a hate crime in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal jurisdiction to include certain assaults motivated by someone’s sexual orientation."
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen today apologized for saying on Anderson Cooper 360 that Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt, was not a good source of economic policy because has "never worked a day in her life."
Here's what Rosen said in her statement of contrition.
Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles …
As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay-at-home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.
The remark sparked an immediate firestorm, inspired Mrs. Romney to join Twitter and has the Democratic National Committee doing all it can to distance itself from Rosen.
Don't worry, though, Rosen; some other mini-scandal will come along and this will become a thing of the past. Or maybe people will just realize it was an off-the-cuff remark that doesn't deserve this level of outrage.
LGBT activist and quixotic Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger sent out an email today wondering where, oh where National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher's husband has gone.
I've included the text from an email he sent on the subject today, AFTER THE JUMP, as well as some video of Karger and Gallagher on Thomas Roberts' MSNBC show.
Is Maggie Gallagher Divorced?
Moved to Washington 3 years Ago Without Mystery Husband
I was on Thomas Roberts’ show MSNBC Live with the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher. We were on MSNBC so she could try and defend the treasure trove of “Confidential” NOM documents that had just been uncovered as a result of the 2009 investigation that I got launched against NOM in Maine.
Maggie and I were in separate studios although we met afterwards for this photo and a chance to visit. I asked Maggie if she was still living in New York, and she told me that she moved to Washington, DC nearly three years ago. What about her husband Roman Srivastav? She allegedly married this East Indian man 19 years ago after living as an unwed mother for 11 years. No one has ever seen Maggie with Raman. Wonder if they really did get married? If so, maybe so he could get a green card?
Maggie the *Bigocrite
(Big-o-crite \ˈbig-ə-ˌkrit\ – a person who is both a bigot and a hypocrite.)
For the past 15 years Maggie has written books, columns and talked to anyone who would listen about the necessity of kids having a mother and a father (even though she didn’t follow her own advice for over a decade).
In 2008 Maggie took it up a notch and started the National Organization for Marriage with $3 million dollars to qualify and pass California’s Proposition 8 to take marriage away from millions of Californians. NOM has been labeled a “Hate Group.”
Where’s Your Wedding Ring, Maggie??
According to WikiAnswers only 9.3% of American women don’t wear a wedding ring, a pretty small number. Certainly this national champion of marriage whose twitter name is @MaggieMarriage would wear a wedding ring if she was really married.
Tell the Truth, Maggie
I first became suspicious when you spoke in Rhode Island two years ago at NOM’s "Celebrate Marriage & Family Day." If ever there was a day to appear with your husband that was it.
I even scoured Google images, not one photo of you and Raman. NOM’s Brian Brown is all over Google. There are lots of photos of Brian with his wife and family.
I smell a rat, Maggie. You are the author of a book is titled “The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially (on Amazon for only $1.00).” Makes sense to me. But why are you so hell-bent on making sure that those of us who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender can’t marry?
Put up, or Shut up
Let’s see your marriage license, Maggie. Better yet, let’s see your husband!