Focus On The Family. National Organization For Marriage. American Family Association. Fred Phelps. Alliance Defense Fund. Catholic League. Christian Coalition. Mike Huckabee. Newt Gingrich. Maggie Gallagher.
Most of us, most gays, liberals, pro-same-sex marriage people would agree, these people, these organizations are our enemies. They are our number one targets, the most powerful groups, standing in the way of marriage equality and civil rights for all. Most of us are wrong.
In reality, what’s standing in our way is two things: apathy and complacency. Right now, we have everything on our side: A Democratic government, five, soon to be at least six states that have legalized gay marriage, with more on the way. Momentum. Individual social networks rivaling small nations. Growing public support for our cause, weakening public support of hatred and extremism. The Internet.
Yet, day after day, I talk with people who just don’t get it. The gay friend who sends me a text, “Congrats on Vermont!” I text back, “Vermont was last month. Today we won Maine.” Or, the gay friend on Twitter who asks, “Is it the right time to push for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, when there are 44 million people who need healthcare?” Or, the friend who calls me furious about the latest insult Maggie Gallagher hurls, but won’t take an hour out to show up for a gay marriage rally. Or the ones who spend time railing on Miss California on Facebook, but won’t click on the ad that asks them to send an email to their Congressman.
We are the ones standing in our way. There are over 300 million Americans in this country. That’s roughly, conservatively, 30 million gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers. Add on our parents, friends, families, that number should easily double, triple, quadruple. So, 10% of the population is LGBTQ, include friendly and supportive relatives, acquaintances, and we should easily net 25% of the population who have every reason to support us, to care, to take action. If 25% of every elected officials’ constituency contacted them, don’t you think we’d be further along? Don’t you think they would act in our favor? So many more would.
We are millions upon millions strong. Yet we don’t act. We don’t take the time to act, in our own self-interest. In the interest of those we love and care about. In the interest of what’s clearly right.
It’s time. The clock is ticking. We are stronger than Maggie Gallagher’s NOM. Stronger than Newt Gingrich. Stronger than Focus On The Family. But only if we act. Here’s how:
Click on any of these links. Type your name, your address, check a box, add your own words if you want, and tell your Congressman, your Governor, the President what you want them to do about gay marriage, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, The Hate Crimes Bill, The Defense of Marriage Act, and ENDA. Then tell your friends, your family to do the same. Do it for you. Do it for them. But do it. Now. You’ll feel really good today. You’ll feel even better tomorrow.
Other sites that support the GLBTQ community:
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‘We Are Not Going to Control the Pandemic’: Trump Top Aide Meadows Makes Damning Confession During CNN Interview
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows waved the white flag on Sunday morning, admitting the administration has all but given up on trying to “contain” the coronavirus pandemic, saying they are directing their efforts to “vaccines and therapeutics.”
With “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper pointing cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, Meadows attempted to attack CNN over their coverage of the pandemic, to which Tapper replied, “It’s coming from all sorts of places because the pandemic is out of control.”
“So here’s what we have to do,” Meadows attempted. “We’re not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation.”
“Why aren’t we going to get control of the pandemic?” Tapper pressed.
“Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu,” Meadows shot back with Tapper insisting, “But why not make efforts to contain it?”
“We are making efforts to contain it,” said Meadows at which point the CNN host interrupted with, “By running all over the country and not wearing masks? That’s what the vice president is doing.”
Saying the administration needs to focus on “therapies or vaccines or treatments,” Meadows then changed the subject to attacking presidential frontrunner Joe Biden.
MEADOWS: We're not going to control the pandemic
TAPPER: Why not?
M: Because it's a contagious virus
T: Why not make efforts to contain it?
M: What we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors to make sure people don't die pic.twitter.com/0DYgk4rB3T
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
Court Slaps Down Trump’s Attempt to Intimidate Pennsylvania Voters
At a Friday night rally, Republican President Donald Trump talked about his attempts to have “poll watchers” in the swing state of Pennsylvania, an attempt that a local court recently ruled as illegal.
“I think we’re leading everywhere,” Trump said at the rally. “We think in Pennsylvania doing great. We got to be very careful Philadelphia. They play games in Philadelphia, and they won’t let us watch the count in Philadelphia… So we’re watching Philadelphia.”
Trump then told his White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to “please watch Philadelphia … because I don’t like what I’m hearing about Philadelphia…. I don’t like what I see going on in terms of what’s gone on over the past, and probably what’s going on. Think of it. They fought like hell that we can’t watch them. Count the vote, what’s wrong with watching? why can’t we have poll watchers? And so we’re in court right now poll watches in Philadelphia. But we’re doing great in Pennsylvania, gotta watch Philadelphia.”
"Why can't we have poll watchers? And so we're in court trying to have poll watchers in Philadelphia." — Trump pic.twitter.com/E4xCSFJqEk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 24, 2020
First off, the so-called poll watchers are needless seeing as there’s zero evidence of voter fraud at polling places, so Trump’s “watchers” are little more than intimidators meant to make Democratic voters nervous.
Second off, it’s not Meadows’ job to handle poll monitoring, election monitors or lawsuits. The White House Chief of staff serves as a “liaison among members of the President’s cabinet and the White House [and is] is responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, and staff activities for the President.”
Third off, on Friday, local Judge Gary Glazer ruled that the Trump campaign’s attempt to have poll-watchers at the state polls isn’t allowed under state law. The Trump campaign had sent unauthorized poll watchers into satellite poll offices where local election officials register voters and help people fill out their mail-in ballots, but the officials kicked the watchers out.
Trump said his watcher should be allowed to monitor such offices, but a bipartisan Philadelphia City Commission said that the satellite locations don’t qualify as official polling stations and therefore don’t qualify as a place allowed by state law to have poll watchers. Judge Glazer agreed.
On September 27, Politico wrote that Trump had hired dozens of lawyers from three major law firms and recruited thousands of volunteer attorneys to contest election results in 17 key states considered vital to his re-election.
In response, Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin told the publication, “The Biden campaign has assembled the biggest voter protection program in history to ensure the election runs smoothly and to combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system, or interfere in the democratic process.”
This Democrat Is Beating His GOP Opponent, So the Right-Wing Is Lying About Him Dressing Up As Hitler
Arizona senatorial candidate Mark Kelly is currently beating his Republican challenger Martha McSally by about 5 percentage points. So a right-wing media outlet decided to try and take Kelly down by posting a photo and lying about him dressing up as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during his school days at the Merchant Marine Academy.
On Friday, the right-wing website the National File shared photographic “proof” that Kelley had dressed as Hitler, and the post quickly went viral. But Kelly’s former classmates Jennifer Boykin, Peter Lindsey, Mark Baden and Ed McDonald have all said that the image isn’t of Kelly.
Lindsey in particular said someone contacted him with the image via the professional social network LinkedIn asked “and asked if the person in the costume was Mark Kelly. I told them no, and want to say again, Mark is not in those photos. I have spoken to numerous classmates about this evening, and they concur that he is not in any of these pictures. The people spreading these lies should stop.”
“The person who reached out to Lindsey was identified by the campaign as a paid consultant for a super political action committee aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., that is spending millions of dollars to help defeat Kelly,” AZCentral.com reports.
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