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    1) The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline 2) Chick-fil-A meets reality, consumer ratings have plummeted by 41% (before the lineup yesterday) 3)
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      1) The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline
      2) Chick-fil-A meets reality, consumer ratings have plummeted by 41% (before the lineup yesterday)
      3) Chick-fil-A Dustup Shows Freedom For Fundies is a One-Way Street
      4) The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week July 23 - July 28
      5) Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple
      6) The Collapse of the Climate Change Contrarians


      1)
      http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001523.html Gender Issues
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      http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0761909.html

      The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline
      This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from 1924 to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; the first civil unions; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York; and more.



      1924
      The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country's earliest known gay rights organization.
      1948
      Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, revealing to the public that homosexuality is far more widespread than was commonly believed.
      1951
      The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization, is formed by Harry Hay, considered by many to be the founder of the gay rights movement.
      1955
      The first lesbian-rights organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis, was established in San Francisco in 1955.
      1956
      The Daughters of Bilitis, a pioneering national lesbian organization, is founded.
      1962
      Illinois becomes the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private.
      1966
      The world's first the transgender organization, the National Transsexual Counseling Unit, was established in San Francisco.
      1969
      The Stonewall riots transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. Patrons of a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid on June 27, sparking three days of riots.
      1973
      The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.


      Harvey Milk runs for city supervisor in San Francisco. He runs on a socially liberal platform and opposes government involvement in personal sexual matters. Milk comes in 10th out of 32 candidates, earning 16,900 votes, winning the Castro District and other liberal neighborhoods. He receives a lot of media attention for his passionate speeches, brave political stance, and media skills.
      1976
      San Francisco Mayor George Moscone appoints Harvey Milk to the Board of Permit Appeals, making Milk the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States. Milk decides to run for the California State Assembly and Moscone is forced to fire him from the Board of Permit Appeals after just five weeks. Milk loses the State Assembly race by fewer than 4,000 votes. Believing the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club will never support him politically, Milk co-founds the San Francisco Gay Democratic Club after his election loss.
      1977
      Activists in Miami, Florida pass a civil rights ordinance making sexual orientation discrimination illegal in Dade County. Save Our Children, a campaign by a Christian fundamentalist group and headed by singer Anita Bryant, is launched in response to the ordinance. In the largest special election of any in Dade County history, 70% vote to overturn the ordinance. It is a crushing defeat for gay activists.
      1978
      On January 8, Harvey Milk makes national news when he is sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Running against 16 other candidates, he wins the election by 30 percent. Milk begins his term by sponsoring a civil rights bill that outlaws sexual orientation discrimination. Only one supervisor votes against it and Mayor Moscone signs it into law.


      John Briggs drops out of the California governor's race, but receives support for Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, a proposal to fire any teacher or school employee who publicly supports gay rights. Harvey Milk campaigns against the bill and attends every event hosted by Briggs. In the summer, attendance greatly increases at Gay Pride marches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, partly in response to Briggs. President Jimmy Carter, former Governor Ronald Reagan, and Governor Jerry Brown speak out against the proposition. On November 7, voters reject the proposition by more than a million votes.


      On November 27, Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated by Dan White, another San Francisco city supervisor, who had recently resigned and wanted his job back, but was being passed over because he wasn't the best fit for the liberal leaning Board of Supervisors and the ethnic diversity in White's district. San Francisco pays tribute to Harvey Milk by naming several locations after him, included Harvey Milk Plaza at the intersection of Market and Castro streets. The San Francisco Gay Democratic Club changes its name to the Harvey Milk Memorial Gay Democratic Club.
      1979
      About 75,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C., in October. It was the largest political gathering in support of LGBT rights to date.
      1980
      At the 1980 Democratic National Convention held at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Democrats took a stance supporting gay rights, adding the following to their plank: "All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation."
      1982
      Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
      1984
      The city of Berkeley, California, becomes the first city to offer its employees domestic-partnership benefits.
      1993
      The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is instituted for the U.S. military, permitting gays to serve in the military but banning homosexual activity. President Clinton's original intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in the military was met with stiff opposition; this compromise, which has led to the discharge of thousands of men and women in the armed forces, was the result.
      1996
      In Romer v. Evans, the Supreme Court strikes down Colorado's Amendment 2, which denied gays and lesbians protections against discrimination, calling them "special rights." According to Justice Anthony Kennedy, "We find nothing special in the protections Amendment 2 withholds. These protections . . . constitute ordinary civil life in a free society."
      2000
      Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these "couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses." It stops short of referring to same-sex unions as marriage, which the state defines as heterosexual.
      2003
      The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct."
      In November, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that barring gays and lesbians from marrying violates the state constitution. The Massachusetts Chief Justice concluded that to "deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage" to gay couples was unconstitutional because it denied "the dignity and equality of all individuals" and made them "second-class citizens." Strong opposition followed the ruling.
      2004
      On May 17, same-sex marriages become legal in Massachusetts.
      2005
      Civil unions become legal in Connecticut in October.
      2006
      Civil unions become legal in New Jersey in December.
      2007
      In November, the House of Representatives approves a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.
      2008
      In February, a New York State appeals court unanimously votes that valid same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized by employers in New York, granting same-sex couples the same rights as other couples.


      In February, the state of Oregon passes a law that allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners allowing them some spousal rights of married couples.


      On May 15, the California Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. By November 3rd, more than 18,000 same-sex couples have married. On November 4, California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage called Proposition 8. The attorney general of California, Jerry Brown, asked the state's Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The ban throws into question the validity of the more than 18,000 marriages already performed, but Attorney General Brown reiterated in a news release that he believed the same-sex marriages performed in California before November 4 should remain valid, and the California Supreme Court, which upheld the ban in May 2009, agreed, allowing those couples married under the old law to remain that way.


      November 4, voters in California, Arizona, and Florida approved the passage of measures that ban same-sex marriage. Arkansas passed a measure intended to bar gay men and lesbians from adopting children.


      On October 10, the Supreme Court of Connecticut rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This makes Connecticut the second state, after Massachusetts, to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples. The court rules that the state cannot deny gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry under Connecticut's constitution, and that the state's civil union law does not provide same-sex couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.


      On November 12, same-sex marriages begin to be officially performed in Connecticut.
      2009
      On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejects the state law banning same-sex marriage. Twenty-one days later, county recorders are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


      On April 7, the Vermont Legislature votes to override Gov. Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry, legalizing same-sex marriage. It is the first state to legalize gay marriage through the legislature; the courts of the other states in which the marriage is legal-Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa-gave approval.


      On May 6, the governor of Maine legalized same-sex marriage in that state in Maine; however, citizens voted to overturn that law when they went to the polls in November, and Maine became the 31st state to ban the practice.


      On June 3, New Hampshire governor John Lynch signs legislation allowing same-sex marriage. The law stipulates that religious organizations and their employees will not be required to participate in the ceremonies. New Hampshire is the sixth state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.


      On June 17, President Obama signs a referendum allowing the same-sex partners of federal employees to receive benefits. They will not be allowed full health coverage, however. This is Obama's first major initiative in his campaign promise to improve gay rights.
      On August 12, President Obama posthumously awards Harvey Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

      2010
      March 3, Congress approves a law signed in December 2009 that legalizes same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia.


      August 4, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in California, violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. "Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment," Vaughn wrote in his opinion. "Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents."


      December 18, the U.S. Senate voted 65 to 31 in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era military policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Eight Republicans sided with the Democrats to strike down the ban. The ban will not be lifted officially until President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agree that the military is ready to enact the change and that it won't affect military readiness. On Dec. 18, President Obama officially repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
      2011
      June 24, New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage. New York is now the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. The vote comes on the eve of the city's annual Gay Pride Parade and gives new momentum to the national gay-rights movement. The marriage bill is approved with a 33 to 29 vote. Cheering supporters greet Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he arrives on the Senate floor to sign the measure at 11:55pm, just moments after the vote. After making same-sax marriage one of his top priorities, Cuomo emerges as a true champion of gay rights.
      2012
      February 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled 2-1 that Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in state, is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In the ruling, the court said, the law "operates with no apparent purpose but to impose on gays and lesbians, through the public law, a majority's private disapproval of them and their relationships."

      February 13, Washington state became the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

      March 1, Maryland passes legislation to legalize gay marriage, becoming the eighth state to do so.

      May 9, President Barack Obama endorses same-sex marriage. "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he said. He made the statement days after Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan both came out in support of gay marriage.

      NOTE: Internationally, Denmark became the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships in 1989. Within two years, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and France followed suit. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country legalizing same-sex marriages; Belgium followed in 2003, and Spain in 2005. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, numerous other provinces followed suit in 2004, and on June 29, 2005, the Canadian parliament passed a bill legalizing gay marriage throughout the country. On April 1, 2009, Sweden legalized same-sex marriage. Countries that offer a legal status, sometimes known as registered partnership that confers most or all spousal rights to same-sex couples: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, and Norway. Countries that offer a legal status, sometimes known as unregistered cohabitation, that confers certain spousal rights to same-sex couples (and, in some of these countries, unmarried opposite-sex couples): Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland.

      Read more: The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline - Infoplease.com

      http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0761909.html#ixzz221vIBHRo


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      2)
      Written before the Wednesday 01 August 2012 Chick-fil-A lineup of baptist bigots around the block. --->

      http://www.examiner.com/article/chick-fil-a-meets-reality-consumer-ratings-have-plummeted-by-41
      Chick-fil-A meets reality, consumer ratings have plummeted by 41%
      July 31, 2012
      By: Lou Colagiovanni

      The statements of Chick-fil-A's COO, Dan Cathy, proclaiming that his company supported anti-gay causes created a social controversy. That in return has caused the company's consumer brand health to rapidly decline. Plainly stated, the company is losing money because of consumer disapproval. Many consider the company's troubles to be capitalism in action.

      Major restaurant chains are measured against each other in terms of value, reputation, satisfaction, impression, and of course quality. Only adults over 18 years old are taken as a response.

      View slideshow: Anti Chick-fil-A protests
      It seems that Chick-fil-A was, pre-Cathy's statements, ranked among the top 5 restaurant chains, according to yougov.com, at a national overall ranking of 65. The average score for a major restaurant chain is only 46. At last recording Chick-fil-A was sitting at 39.

      This can be rationalized by the gallery of images from protests that have taken place all around America, and the chart you can find to your immediate left which shows the chain's drastic free fall.
      Each region of the country awards its own score, as certain regions respond differently. After Cathy's remarks on the Baptist Press, in the Northeast where they were most favored they saw their rating drop from a 76 all the way down to 35. A 41 point plummet.

      The company saw a brief positive response in the Midwest when the companies perception raised from a score of 45 to 70 in a span of just 48 hours. However, the trend quickly dissipated and declined back to its original levels.

      Cathy's official Twitter page says that he considers himself to work in customer service.

      Suggested by the author:
      a.. Colorado cake shop refuses to bake a gay couple's wedding cake, sparks outrage
      b.. Mitt Romney used to impersonate police officers for fun
      c.. Mitt Romney was driving during an accident in the 60s that killed a passenger
      d.. Fox News claims pollution is good for the environment
      e.. Fox News admits on air to lying about President Obama
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      see also
      http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-26/god-and-gay-marriage-what-chick-fil-a-could-learn-from-marriott
      God and Gay Marriage: What Chick-fil-A Could Learn From Marriott
      By Diane Brady on July 26, 2012

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      My opinion ---
      The Chick-fil-A kiss-in tomorrow (Friday) is not a good idea.

      see also http://www.glaad.org/news/chick-fil-anti-gay-controversy-gay-employees-speak-out

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      3)
      http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/07/27537/
      Chick-fil-A Dustup Shows Freedom For Fundies is a One-Way Street
      Posted July 30th, 2012 by Wayne Besen
      In his latest screed, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat implored those who are opposed to Chick-fil-A's anti-gay views to, "Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that's good and decent, and that you're going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will."

      Well, let's toss the idea right back at Douthat. "Say what you really think: that you and other fundamentalist Christians are superior and that allowing people with whom you disagree to have equal rights and opportunities threatens all that's good and decent, and that you're going to continue in the un-American business of using the levers of power to bend us to your will."

      Fundamentalist Christian authors George Grant and Gary North best summarized this view in their infamous book, Changing of the Guard:

      "But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after.

      This is precisely what fundamentalists have been doing for as long as they could get away with it. When it was permissible, they would bully non-Christian students into reciting their sectarian prayers in public schools.

      How about race?

      "If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God's word and had desired to do the Lord's will, I am quite confident that the 1954 [Brown v. Board of Education] decision would never have been made," Rev. Jerry Falwell once wrote. "The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn the line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line."

      For much of American history, secular Americans were forced to abide by repressive Blue Laws, which dictated when people could drink alcohol or sell goods and services. For example, until April 2011, one could not buy alcohol in Georgia on Sundays because the states' former governor, Sonny Perdue, was a right wing teetotaler. Even now, instead of individuals having the right to decide when they drink in Georgia, it is voted on in each county.

      Given this historically despotic behavior by religious majorities, isn't it rather hypocritical for fundamentalists to now claim that their religious freedom is threatened because Boston mayor Tom Menino is against having Chick-Fil-A open up in Boston?

      "You can't have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population," the mayor said, with his comments echoed by the mayors of Chicago and Washington, DC.

      The histrionic fundies are now pretending to be martyrs. However, I'd love to have them answer a simple question: If Gov. Perdue can use his beliefs to tell people they can't have a cold beer on a hot summer day in Georgia, than why can't Mayor Menino use his equally heartfelt beliefs to tell people that they can't have a greasy chicken sandwich in Boston?

      The answer is that fundies believe that religious freedom is a one-way street. For example, they can gang up on secular and religious minorities and vote for a dry county and that is "liberty." But if voters ever decide to vote for a city free of fundie fowl, it suddenly becomes a perfidious act of religious persecution. You either adhere to their values, or they scream "victim!"

      The same principles apply for marriage equality. There are religious denominations and clergy who would perform same-sex unions. However, they aren't allowed because fundies think that their beliefs supersede both secular law and the religious freedom of others.

      Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, is an example of this double standard. While he trumpets his own personal religious liberty, he funds the Family Research Council (FRC), a group that has no compunction about limiting freedom.

      "The oft-repeated mantra 'you can't legislate morality'-the contention that moral arguments have no place in formulating public policy-is absurd," FRC writes in a brochure opposing same-sex marriage. "It is the duty of legislators to evaluate the right legislation needed to correct some wrong or injustice, or promote some positive or good result."

      Isn't that exactly what Mayor Menino is doing - using his sense of morality to correct an injustice?

      Contrary to their insincere shrieks, there is no crisis of religious liberty for fundamentalist Christians. The problem is that they have been drunk on their own power for so long that they equate the exercise of religion with forcing others to live by their restrictive rules. Because they can no longer dominate, dictate, and discriminate without push-back, they are whining that they are somehow suppressed.

      The truth is, Chick-fil-A should be able to open wherever it wants in the same way that I should be able to marry in any state that I want. However, as long as fundies insist on a puritanical pecking order where the "moral" majority rules, they have no basis in which to complain when they can't have their fundie fowl in Boston. The fundies must decide if they want dominion or democracy, but it is doubtful that both ideas can co-exist in the free society they claim to cherish.

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      4)
      www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/28/the-best-lgbt-moments-july-23_n_1713704.html
      The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week July 23 - July 28
      Posted: 07/28/2012 11:27 am Updated: 07/28/2012 11:40 am



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      a gentle reminder, we're not the only ones facing southern baptist culture ---
      a gentle reminder that some white people are above everyone else (who was standing in line around the block?)


      5)
      http://news.yahoo.com/mississppi-church-refuses-marry-black-couple-205218322--abc-news-topstories.html
      Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple
      By ALON HARISH | ABC News - Saturday 28 July 2012

      [ picture at URL ]

      They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed. But one day before Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue -- because they were black.
      There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.

      Rather than risk his job, Weatherford, who is white, said he decided to marry the pair at a black church down the road.

      "My 9-year-old was going to the church with us. How would you say to your 9-year-old daughter, 'We cannot get married here because, guess what sweetie, we're black,'" Charles Wilson told ABC's affiliate WAPT-TV.

      Outrage over the wedding's forced relocation swept the Jackson suburb of about 5,000 into a media firestorm.

      The vast majority of Crystal Springs residents, blacks and whites alike, were "blown away" by the church's decision, said Theresa Norwood, 48, who was born in Crystal Springs and has lived there her entire life.

      Norwood said she believes Weatherford should have married the Wilsons regardless of the risk to his job.

      "That church was their home," she said. "What would Jesus have done? He would have married them, without a doubt, because it's the right thing to do. We're all God's children."

      While the Wilsons were not members of the church, they often attended services there, and Te'Andrea's uncle is an employee of the church, and her father is a member. Charles Wilson told WAPT that the couple had planned to join as members after their wedding, which was held July 20.

      Weatherford told WLBT-TV in Jackson that he would have liked to marry the couple as planned, but he decided to perform the ceremony elsewhere as a compromise to ensure that the Wilsons could be married while "addressing a need within our congregation."

      Norwood, who is black, said her nephew came to worship at First Baptist Church while he was temporarily living with her, having been evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The church "made him feel at home," she said, but now she wonders whether he would return there when he visits Crystal Springs.

      The church is now holding internal meetings to figure out how it should respond to future requests by black couples to be married there, Weatherford told WLBT-TV.

      For her part, though, Norwood, who is dating a white man, said that if she and her boyfriend decide to get married, they will likely look for a different venue.

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      6)
      http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/12731-the-collapse-of-the-climate-change-contrarians
      The Collapse of the Climate Change Contrarians
      By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

      01 August 12

      It is not proper to speak of "climate skeptics," since all scientists (including we social scientists) are skeptical of all data and theories every day, all the time, and are willing to change our position if enough information and analysis emerges to challenge the old paradigms. But beyond just skeptics, there are always in any debate "contrarians," people who challenge a theory with little more on their side than radical doubt and deep suspicion, and who unsystematically latch on to every little thing that the theory hasn't yet accounted for, or which seems to challenge it. Skeptics can be convinced by solid data and argument; contrarians are either harder to convince, or impossible to convince. Some contrarians, as with the billionaire Koch brothers who fund propaganda against climate science, are committed to their position because it is central to their business model.

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