A group of Shelby County TEP activists gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Memphis to call upon President Obama to sign an executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination in federal employment.
First sitting president to publicly announce his support for marriage for same-sex couples.
Believes LGBT Americans should be treated fairly and equally.
Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so that gay and lesbian service members no longer have to lie about who they are to serve the country their country.
Endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act, a proposed bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and require the federal government to recognize gay marriages.
Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding the U.S. hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Extended hospital visitation and medical decision-making rights to LGBT couples.
So the self-proclaimed "Churches of Christ," thought attacking "homosexuals" was so important they had to spend thousands of dollars to put several full page ads in the Commercial Appeal promoting their ant-gay bigotry. I was once a Church of Christ "preacher." I realized I was gay while I was a freshman Bible major at Harding Unviversity. In time I realzied that the "Churches of Christ," were much like the Scribes and Pharisees Jesus spent most of his ministry attacking.
Like the Pharisees, the Churches of Christ think following a literal interpretation of scriptures, written by men, is the path to heaven. Like the Pharisees, the Churches of Christ use the Old Testament Levitical code to condemn others (homosexuals, etc.) while they do not follow the Levitical code themselves. They also misuse the storty of Sodom and Gomorrah to condemn gays, when the sin of Sodom was not homosexuality, it was mass rape, inhospitality and violence towards strangers.
When they turn to the New Testament, the Churches of Christ do much the same thing the Pharisees did with the Levitical Code, they take scriptures out of context to support their prejudices. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, and neither he nor any of the early discriples, including Paul, had any concept of a "gay" person. Paul condemned specific acts of pederasty (that is what the original Greek words refer to) and temple prostitution practiced among some of the "heathen" religions, not to attack gays and lesbians, which he had no knowledge about.
Of course, the Churches of Christ also think the Apostle Paul was speaking the literal words of God when he said women should be silent in the church and not have any authority over men, thus they don't allow women to be ministers or even lead prayer. They even think it is a sin to use musical instruments in worship, and condemn other churches who do not follow their narrow literal interpretation of the Bible. The "Churches of Christ" represent Christianity as well as the Taliban represents Islam.
I suggest any gay or lesbian person in the Church of Christ should leave immediately. There are some real Christian churches who follow the real Gospel of Christ, and not the legalistic Pharisees in the Church of Christ. Or better yet, look beyond Bible-based religions, which nearly all oppose equality for gays and women, and embrace secular humanism and reason like I did.
And if the Churches of Christ really want to be disciples of Christ, they should have spent all that money on feeding the poor and hungry in Memphis.
Not only did the DNC approve marriage equality in their platform, there are LGBT delegates from EVERY state at the convention. (Marriage equality was also included in several convention speeches, including the first lady Michelle Obama's, on the first night of the convention.
Clergy Defending Rights for All, an interfaith group comprised of roughly thirty clergy members from the Greater Memphis area, announced itself to the community at a press conference on Thursday, calling upon congregations everywhere to join them in support of marriage equality. Thursday's press conference was intentionally planned to coincide with a fundraiser for the Memphis-based Coalition of African American Pastors — a group whose founder, Rev. William Owens, has been prominently featured in the national media for his condemnation of President Barack Obama following the president's declaration of support for same-sex marriage last May.
Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are trying to take advantage of the shooting at their office in D.C. by blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center for giving "license" for the shooting because of their designating FRC an anti-gay hate group.
LGBT organizations roundly condemned the shooting, but SPLC defends it's designation of FRC as a hate group, and rightly so. FRC promotes fear, hate and hostility toward LGBT people.
"The SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people — not, as some claim, because it opposes same-sex marriage. The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence.
As the SPLC made clear at the time and in hundreds of subsequent statements and press interviews, we criticize the FRC for claiming, in Perkins’ words, that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem” — an utter falsehood, as every relevant scientific authority has stated. An FRC official has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.
Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people. The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people."
TRUTH WINS OUT Responds to FRC: “...yesterday’s senseless act of violence does not exonerate the Family Research Council and other anti-gay hate groups from the decades they’ve spent slandering, demonizing, and actively lying about the LGBT community,” added John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications. “The Southern Poverty Law Center – a venerable civil rights organization that monitors and documents extremism across the country – rightfully labeled the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group because of its extensive history of spreading malicious, hateful falsehoods about gay people. FRC is not a hate group because of its public policy views, as Mr. Perkins has alleged. It is a hate group because it earned that designation.”
This Imposter won the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. He doesn't think I should have the same civil rights he has because I'm gay. He doesn't think my partner and I should have the same legal rights he and other straight people have.
I'm a 48 year old gay, humanist, democratic socialist activist in Memphis, Tennessee. I've been fighting for economic and social justice, LGBT equality, separation of church and state my whole adult life.
In 2004 and 2006, I ran a write-in campaign against Harold Ford Jr., who betrayed the Tennessee LGBT community and progressives, and ran for Congress as a right-wing Democrat, opposing LGBT civil rights and siding with Republicans on many issues.
I have no illusion of winning this election. Neither does the Tennessee Democratic Party, which could not find and support a viable candidate to oppose Republican Bob Corker, and allowed an unknown anti-gay right-wing nut to "win" the primary.
The TNDP has urged everyone to write-in a "candidate of your choice," I offer my name if you want to stand up to the right-wing Tea Party Agenda of Bob Corker and the Republican Party, and if you want your write-in vote to be counted.