Monday, March 16, 2015

'Gay father explains why he will boycott #BoycottDolceGabbana for his child' & other Monday midday news briefs

Dolce & Gabbana Respond To Backlash Over Their Remarks About Gay Families - I don't know Dolce & Gabbana from frick and frac, but long term readers of this blog know that when someone starts picking on gay families and their children, it's time for me to snatch off the earrings and the good shoes. 

Yes, I will absolutely #BoycottDolceGabbana. For my kid. - And yet there are some who are either talking about how "intolerant" gays are, whining about free speech, or saying we should ignore the mess. They don't seem to understand that Dolce & Gabanna touched a nerve which goes beyond the gay community. It's a primitive and justifiable idea for a parent to see read when their children are attacked. Jeremy Hooper puts it in better terms.  

Why LGBT Women Face A Uniquely High Risk Of Poverty - This is NOT good.

 I’m Proud To Be a Transgender Catholic - Religion and the lgbt orientation should NEVER be seen as polar opposites

 Pat Robertson: Treat Gay Son Like A Drug Addict - Pat Robertson needs Jesus. The end.

'Religious liberty' supporters don't want to own their bigotry

For all of their talk about religious liberty and wanting the right not to serve lgbt customers, some folks don't want to own their bigotry:

An attempt to pass a law in Oklahoma that would allow businesses to refuse certain services to LGBT people has stalled, and it could be partly due to an amendment introduced by an opponent to the bill.
Earlier this year, Republican state Rep. Chuck Strohm introduced his ‘Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act’ (HB1371). If passed, this would allow businesses to deny services to customers if they felt that such services were ‘against the person’s religious beliefs’. The bill was aiming to allow businesses such as cake makers and florists the freedom to decline providing services for same-sex weddings.

Describing herself as ‘adamantly opposed’ to the proposed legislation is Emily Virgin  a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. This week, Virgin introduced an amendment to the bill. In brief, the amendment stated that if you were planning on refusing to serve LGBT people on religious grounds, then you must display a public notice to this effect. ‘Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites,’ said the amendment. ‘The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.’ On her Facebook page, Virgin explained the reasoning behind the amendment. ‘This would save same-sex couples the trouble and embarrassment of going into that business just to be turned away.’

 . . .  ‘If you want to discriminate under this law if it passes, then you’re legally allowed to do that, but you need to own it. You need to fess up to it,’ Rep. Virgin told Yesterday, it was announced that the bill has stalled. House leadership did not take up the proposal for discussion. For it to return to the House, it would need to be added to another bill, but Virgin has indicated that if that happens, she would act again. 

I personally like the idea. If you don't want to serve potential lgbt customers, there should be a way for us to know it beforehand so as to not waste our time. The irony is that for all of their talk about the willingness to lose their businesses for their moral beliefs, my guess is that a lot of these businesses would object for the specific reason that they would lose business.

Discrimination of any kind is a bad practice not only to lgbts but also heterosexuals and announcing that you would engage in the act wouldn't make you a hero in the eyes of many in the public.

But it would awaken their righteous indignation.