Does killing all gay people eradicate AIDS? Can you be told to go elsewhere for your cake because you’re gay and want to get married? Should we all just move Down Under and get married there? Apparently the holiday season is bringing a lot of joy along with a heap of crazy, and if you aren’t in the know you might just suffer from being dumb at brunch. But not to worry!
Here are the week’s 5 news stories that’ll keep you looking well-informed at brunch:
This was a big week when it comes to #MarriageEquality news. If you looked too quick you may have read it as “Australia gay marriage a reality” (and you wouldn’t be wrong, because they did on Dec. 7), but on Dec. 5 it was Austria that joined the ranks of countries allowing gay couples to marry.
Austria’s highest court ruled in favor of equality, which is a step above the legal partnerships previously allowed. “Today, the differentiation between marriage and legally registered partnerships can no longer be upheld without discriminating against same-sex couples,” the court said. “For the separation into two legal institutions implies that homosexual individuals are not equal to heterosexuals.”
And in a one-two punch to anti-LGBTQ bias, Australia made good on taking same-sex marriage over the finish line, following its postal plebiscite in which citizens resoundingly made it clear (61.6% to 38.4%) that #LoveWins. Maybe it’s time to start that LGBTQ Destination Weddings company?
2. The Bigotry Is Baked Right In
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Dec. 5 in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case could have long-lasting implications on the LGBTQ community if the court rules in favor of the baker who says his First Amendment right of expression should protect him from making a same-sex couple’s wedding cake.
Arguments posed the question of whether a business owner could post a sign expressing a refusal to bake gay wedding cakes. If you didn’t see the stomach-turning Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s press briefing at the White House, be warned: she actually said she feels President Trump is OK with the sign-hanging if this case gets ruled for the baker. This is a slippery slope that could lead to federally sanctioned discriminatory practices in public accommodations. And don’t forget that in a majority of states you can still be fired or denied housing for being LGBTQ.
Not so sweet, if you ask us.
Full disclosure: We effing love P!nk. So when we found out she and hottie husband Carey Hart are raising their child Willow as gender-neutral, we fell a little more in love.
P!nk said their household is “label-less,” and that when Willow said “I’m going to marry an African woman,” her response was simply, “Great!” A superstar singer and superstar mom. Now we just need tickets to her upcoming 2018 concert.
4. Beat It, Kim
You all know Kim Davis. She’s the Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky who denied a very legal marriage license to a gay male couple in 2015 on the basis of religious liberty. She quickly became a pariah to our community and “the Lord’s shepherd” to those who hailed her as so strong to stand up against, well, treating people equally.
As a county clerk it is her duty to provide marriage licenses, and since she refused, she was actually jailed. (Duh. Do your job!) But wait. Twist!
In response to her defiance, David Ermold (pictured above right with Davis), one of the two men denied the license by Davis, is running to unseat her as the county clerk! This is going to get good. But we must support his win, because his win is #LoveWins in so many ways. Support him here.
5. Our Whackjob of the Week: Pastor Steven Anderson
In a complete WTF moment, “Pastor” Steven Anderson of Arizona (yes, Arizona in the US of A) actually called for the death of all gay people by Christmas Day to rid the world of AIDS. Because, you know, only gay people have AIDS (insert long eye roll here).
If you think you can’t make this crap up, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this Biblical rationalizing for murdering our community. This is ‘religion as a sickness’ rather than faith. Quoting Leviticus 20:13 is so tired and worthless, but this “pastor” said, “It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
No wonder people are fleeing organized religion in droves. We’ve seen how it can influence hate at the hands of complete maniacs like this guy.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Instagram @JeffZandPaulK.
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