Saturday, February 18, 2017

The War of the Roses

Here in the other Washington, we've been waiting for our state Supreme Court to decide on the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for the 2013 wedding of Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed because of her religious objections to same-sex marriage.

This week the verdict came down:  The florist needs to wake up and smell the flowers.

The court ruled, and unanimously, that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination law.  The justices pooh-poohed her claim that she caused no harm because other area florists were willing to provide flowers.

Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud wrote, "We emphatically reject this argument. We agree with Ingersoll and Freed that 'this case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases were about access to sandwiches.'"

Mighty things are built upon peonies and salami.

McCloud wrote, "As every other court to address the question has concluded, public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services. Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens in the commercial marketplace."

Because she still wants to be a barrier, Stutzman plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But she's also hoping President Trump makes good on a campaign promise and issues an executive order protecting religious freedom.

Religious freedom.  Discrimination.  A rose by any other name smells just as stinky.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Here's Hoping

Yesterday in a post on the American Family Association website renowned homophobe Bryan Fischer called gay conservatives "a cancer" who might destroy conservatism.

And you thought gay conservatives were useless.

This Week's Quote

The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country—and we haven't seen them since.

Gore Vidal

Source:  Politico

Sunday, February 12, 2017

McCarthy and McKinnon Do It Up

Last night on "Saturday Night Live" Melissa McCarthy took a second spin as Sean Spicer.  Also, Kate McKinnon became Jeff Sessions.  So if it's true, as Politico reported, that Spicer and Sessions' boss thinks being played by women makes men look weak, then the prez must be fuming that the White House just got twice as anemic.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Merit Badges All Around

In 2013 the Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on gay youth, and two years later ended its ban on gay scout leaders.  A couple of weeks ago the Scouts lifted its ban on transgender kids.

Boy Scouts were once known for helping old ladies across the street.  Now they've finally helped themselves get to the other side, cheered on by, among others, old ladies.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

This Week's Quote

Q: What's Donald Trump's favorite nation?
A: Discrimination


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spicy Melissa

I'm posting on General Gayety this clip of Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer from last night's "Saturday Night Live" because I consider it a brilliant drag performance.  But even if I couldn't figure out an LGBT connection to justify posting this, I still would--it's that good.