Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Here's the second gay reference, the first is more subtle:If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could...
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"If you look across the data sets you see that homosexuals have a host of mental problems, disproportionate physical problems, they don't live as long, and they are disproportionately involved in drug abuse and criminality. That would seem to indicate that that is a lifestyle that may reasonably be considered mentally disturbed – [a] disorder. Yet, it isn't. It is surprising that such a wildly defective study, and one that actually proved the exact opposite of what it claimed to have proved has survived so long." - Discredited psychologist Paul Cameron, speaking to the Christian Post.
Cameron is referring to a 1957 study that was cited when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1973. Cameron's claim that gay men only live to age 42 is still frequently quoted by anti-gay hate groups, even though he came up with that figure by averaging the ages of men he found in AIDS obituaries in the 1980s. Which is like saying that the average child with a brain tumor dies at age eight, therefore all children have a life expectancy of eight years. Earlier this year Cameron called for imprisoning gay people in a statement that also accused President Obama of being secretly gay himself.
"Last night in Charlotte, the Democratic Party made history as the first national party to offer a platform endorsing marriage equality for all Americans. The move followed, of course, President Obama's personal endorsement of same-sex marriage in May. Both were important moments for me, here as a delegate for New York, and many others at the convention who have fought for full equality for gays and lesbians over many years. It was a completely different scene in Tampa last week.
"When Ann Romney spoke about her own 'real marriage' at the Republican National Convention, I wondered if this admittedly likable woman auditioning for a role as first lady would someday try to stand in the way of my marriage. I thought: can Mitt Romney stop gay marriage? Does he even want to? [snip]
"I asked Evan Wolfson, President of the group Freedom to Marry and the founder of the marriage equality movement nationally, whether he though Mitt Romney could stop marriage equality or if he thought Romney even cared. 'He has staked out a position, whether sincerely or otherwise, to the right of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush'” said Wolfson. 'We have no reason to think he's not serious.'
So while I welcome my pro-equality friends in the GOP to the cause—they see the future—I'm happier in Charlotte than I would have been in Tampa. And I hope that the country sticks with the president it's got." - Former Clinton White House advisor Richard Socarides, writing for the Daily Beast.
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Labels: Barack Obama, Charlotte, Democrats, DNC, LGBT History, LGBT rights, Mitt Romney, Quote Of The Day, Richard Socarides
Whether we are paying careful attention to wholesome states when they arise, reflecting on gratitude, or feeling the delight of living with integrity (which the Buddha called 'the bliss of blamelessness'), we can access joy by shifting the focus of our awareness to what uplifts the heart.
- James Baraz, "Lighten Up!"