Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

(l-r) Don Norte, Maria Shriver, Kevin Norte, Arnold Schwarzenegger

(l-r) Don Norte, Maria Shriver, Kevin Norte, Arnold Schwarzenegger: (l-r) Don Norte, Maria Shriver, Kevin Norte, Arnold Schwarzenegger

2007 The Beginning Of The Anti Marriage Plan

MARCH 29, 2012, 10:05 AM

The Anti-Marriage Battle Plan

It’s common knowledge that politicians and political organizations devise less-than-wholesome schemes for winning over voters. But it’s one thing to know that, in the abstract, and quite another to actually read a strategy memo that’s not intended for public consumption.
In 1992, the Times reported on a document called “The Manhattan Project,” which identified a serious problem facing the Clinton campaign: Voters didn’t seem to like Bill, liked Hillary less and were dubious about their marriage. The solution was to create a new image of the candidate as an aw-shucks populist married to a gee-whiz, loving wife. The memo contained extremely specific suggestions for how to accomplish this rebranding, like having Mr. Clinton play his sax on TV and joke about smoking pot without inhaling.
This week, the Human Rights Campaign circulated a more sinister political strategy memo from the National Organization for Marriage, a right-wing, Christian-oriented group that opposes same-sex marriage.

It outlines past accomplishments, plans for the future – and for exploiting racial tensions.
The memo describes NOM’s “crucial” role in the passage of California’s Proposition 8, a voter referendum that revoked the state’s gay marriage law. And it praises Brian Brown, the NOM president, who moved his family to California in 2007 for the sole purpose of getting same-sex marriage repealed. It notes the NOM’s use of “robo-calls” to frighten residents in state after state about the threat of homosexuality, and explains how the organization established a PAC under rules “not requiring federal campaign contribution reporting.”
That’s all part of the public record; it’s just bragging. Yet the memo also contains obviously confidential information. Under the heading “Sideswiping Obama,” the memo cites a plan to “expose Obama as a social radical,” which is of course ridiculous. It’s not even clear that he supports marriage equality.
Calling the president a “radical” is, at this point, a standard part of the right-wing playbook. Slightly more ambitious is the organization’s plan to turn Americans against each other. “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks, two key Democratic constituencies,” the memo reads. “Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.”
NOM has similar designs on Hispanic voters. “Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity.”
NOM claims to promote strong moral and ethical values. Evidently the organization uses those words as loosely as it does the term “social radical.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

@AFER #DOMA would fail if OBAMA Care Fails

#DOMA would fail if OBAMA Care FAILS
The Defense Of Marriage Act is an exercise of a Federal Power that Congress does not have. Traditionally, the definition of "marriage" is left to the individual states. Only when it comes to same gender couples has the federal government stepped in. And the Federal Government only stepped in after Hawaii considered allowing same gender marriages in 1995.
Before the courts can even grapple with the application of Equal Protection the court's must first determine if Congress had the power to even pass DOMA.
Judging by Justice Kennedy's words on the Obama Care issue, and if it is the prevailing view, I see the analysis being similar and applying to other federal powers such as the definition of marriage.
The Defense of Marriage Act is similar to OBOMA Care because it Fundamentally Alters the Citizen-Government Relationship. The federal government never defined marriage except when  the issue involves lgbt peopple. As Justice Kennedy asked, "when you are changing the relation of the individual to the government in this, what we can speculate is, I think, a unique way, do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution?" 

Moreover "And here the government is saying that the Federal Government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases and that changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in the very fundamental way.”

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weho City Council Adopts Resolution Condemning Shahs of Sunset

The resolution urges Bravo Network and Ryan Seacrest Productions to cease the promotion of negative and offensive stereotypes of IThe resolution urges Bravo Network and Ryan Seacrest Productions to cease the promotion of negative and offensive stereotypes of Iranian-Americans on the show.
By Danielle Jacoby [READ IT HERE]

The West Hollywood City Council has passed a resolution condemning the new reality television show Shahs of Sunset for perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans. Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, the show airs on the Bravo Network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

West Hollywood's opposition to the TV program is consistent with past actions denouncing negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and other groups who have faced discrimination and marginalization.

The city release states: 

The city of West Hollywood is located in close proximity to the area represented in Shahs of Sunset and has many residents of Iranian descent. Many of them and others have raised concerns about the show’s perpetuation of negative Iranian-American stereotypes.
Weho Councilman John Heilman said, "Negative stereotypes disseminated about any group should raise concern as this can lead to discrimination and, in extreme cases, even violence."

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Prop 8 Attorneys Olson and Boies Team To Get Bully Rating Changed

Prop. 8 Attorneys Boies, Olson Team To Get Bully Rating Changed
By Jeremy Kinser

Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, who successfully challenged California’s ban on same-sex marriage, are now urging the MPAA to lower the R rating for the documentary Bully.

Last night while being interviewed at a special screening of the film co-hosted by Boies, Olson, actresses Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer, the two attorneys praised the film, a non-fiction chronicle of American schoolchildren being bullied by fellow students, as one that all teenagers should see. The two men even suggested that there could be legal consequences for the MPAA if they don’t reconsider the restrictive rating for the documentary.

“How ridiculous and unfair and damaging it is to have a film of this power and importance that is being censored by a rating system that has got simply no rational basis,” Boies says. “You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG-13 rating, but if they say a couple of bad words you blame them. I hope, for heaven's sake, that they find some rational basis before we have to sue them to revise the rating system."

Olson suggests that students should be permitted to see the film, which will be released March 30, so that they can understand the resulting damage caused by bullying.

“This is an irrational decision, and I've heard it defended as '[The MPAA] really can't do anything about it because if we make an exception here, they'll be all sorts of people lined up wanting to have exceptions made with respect to their movies,'” Olson says. “What a reason for not doing something. So they better shape up, or here we come.”

During the event at New York's Paley Center for Media, Streep learned that her daughter had come to the aid of bullied classmates. New York Daily Newsreports actress Regency Boies remembered the times her classmate, Gummer, came to the aid of fellow students who were being tormented.

“I saw her on more than a few occasions come to the rescue of some of our classmates that were being ridiculed when none of the rest of us were brave enough to confront them,” Boies says, adding that she knew Gummer’s actions were a product of the integrity and the kindness that Streep had instilled in her.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Don't Kiss Them They're LGBT: How America Denies Equal Protection To Social Conventions & Customs

It is Saint Patrick's Day today and does America have to be so supportive of the most anti lgbt holiday of the year?
Why does corporate america have to support the parade? It is not an irish american holiday. I see it as an anti lgbt holliday that is supported by american businesses from McDonalds to almost every bar around.
I am not talking about private celebrations or even the parade itself. But the advertising and corporate support for the message of Saitn Partick offends me. If you think I am too emotional, well my emotions are based in reality.
Equal Protection should entitled us to equal emotions, equal social conventions, and equal social norms.
Not being included in another parade is one thing but business participation including media coverage is offensve. Corporate america's sanction of this type of discrimination and harassment is morally wrong. I am not allowed to feel equal on this day. I am, by corporate america standards and social norms, supposed to accept my second tier status because it is based on religion. Well corpoirate america promotes it with the wearing of the green and to me, Saint Patrrick Days represents the day of the wearing of the shame and it is not acceptable.

The lgbt community is kept out of social norms and social customs on a routine basis. Look at Indiana. The Buruau of Motor Vehicles is now preventing a lgbt charaity for issuing vanity plates because it gave out lower numbers based on the amount of the donation. Two other charities were alo caught doing this. But it is a pretextual basis to claim breach of contract. The term was waived and not enforced for charities for a long time. After the lgbt plates were issued, there were complaints about the gay plates, and the state claimed breach of contract and also booted two others from the program just to show that it was not a sham. Well it is a sham. Others still issue plates based on the amount of the donation. But the lgbt group was charged with a breach of a term that is not enforeced because of the complaints. In order to not look that bad, the state revoked the licenes from two others too. Nevertheless, it is pretextual because one can still get plates the same way but for socially approved charities. And we are denied equal protection when it comes to social conventions and norms.

I am used to this. I am fortunate enought to have taken marriage vows. Rick Santorum wants to retroactively revoke my vows and treat them like they never occurred. That is frightening. We are entitled to equal emotions and it is disgusting how so many people behave on this issue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DAY 4 Santorum backs ban of same-sex marriage

The situational ethics involved in #prop8 triggered the federal court to apply equal protection to extralegal social conventions like words. I wish I was not in the same world as that intelliectual single digit.

Santorum backs ban of same-sex marriage