The Fix: Hillary Clinton has a new rainbow-flag avatar.

I have said this many times on my block. one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had as a gay man was seeing Hillary Clinton in the 2000 New York City parade. she has been LGBT rights from the beginning and making it sound as if she’s jumping on the bandwagon now because she’s running for president is just false.

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Marco Rubio doesn’t think sexual orientation is a choice but wants states to decide marriage

I would love to hear the rationale from the good Senator explaining why the states would ne the wiser to make such an important choice in people’s life. If left to the states, african american would be not voting now. So, Senator Rubio , leave your bigotry your small head.
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Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll

This one if you scares the religious write the most. They have used this issue  to bring out the vote in the past . It will work in their primaries,  but independent voters don’t agree with them. Let’s face it the country is the split  is 30 percent republican 30 percent democrat and the most important 40 percent are the independents for those who don’t associate themselves with any party. Social issues are the Achilles heel of the Republican Party, and they know it.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/09/us-usa-religion-poll-idUSKBN0N00A720150409

Supporters Raise More Than $94,000 For Florist Who Refused To Sell Flowers For Same-Sex Wedding

hypocritical bigots seem to be able to rally around each other really well. They do have a strong community. but slowly they are going to be isolated and the ones left out in the cold. All the go fund me accounts in the world will not help people with hate in their heart.
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Thousands of dollars have been raised for a Washington florist after she was fined $1,000 for refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding.

Supporters of Barronelle Stutzman, a 70-year-old florist in Richland, Washington, have donated more than $94,000 to a GoFundMe campaign that seeks “to protect Barronelle and her livelihood.”

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Stutzman, a Christian, refused to sell flowers for the 2013 wedding of longtime customers Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, for religious reasons.

“[Robert] said he decided to get married, and before he got through I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry. I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told KEPR in 2013.

Ingersoll told the Tri-City Herald that Stutzman’s decision thoroughly shocked the couple.

“It really hurt because it was somebody I knew,” Ingersoll said. “We laid awake all night Saturday. It was eating at our souls. There was never a question she’d be the one to do our flowers. She does amazing work.”

Last month, a judge ruled that Stutzman’s refusal to sell flowers to Ingersoll and Freed violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which makes bias based on sexual orientation illegal. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus $1 for court costs and fees.

Following the ruling, Stutzman’s legal team said that the fine, together with additional penalties and fees, would “financially devastate Barronelle’s business and personal assets.”

Thanks in part to the promotional efforts of conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch, the GoFundMe campaign in support of Stutzman went viral this past week. Thus far, more than 2,300 people have donated money to the florist.

As the Seattle Times points out, this campaign bears similarities to a fundraiser launched for Memories Pizza, an Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owners said the restaurant would not cater a gay wedding in light of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The owners said they shut their doors after receiving threatening messages. A GoFundMe campaign for the pizzeria raised more than $842,000 in four days.

The right’s made-up God: How bigots invented a white supremacist Jesus

The party and the religious arm of the Republican party are marginilizing the Republican party. Even there great white hope Jeb Bush has fallen into the trap. look, Democrats and Republicans are fairly equal in coming out to vote for a presidential election, it’s the independents that sway the vote. Independents don’t like to hear that a party is trying to discriminate against a group of people. I truly believe that the Republican Party is losing a whole generation with their rhetoric.

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Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee
(Credit: AP/Reuters/Susan Walsh/Michael Conroy/Joe Skipper/Photo montage by Salon)

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/01/the_rights_made_up_god_how_bigots_invented_a_white_supremacist_jesus/

Arkansas governor cites his son while rejecting religious freedom bill. That says it all. – The Washington Post

I know that I am, & I am sure that you are besieged by requests to sign petitions. I try to to sign as many as I can although it always seemed like a gesture in futility. Well one person in Arkansas change the course of that State treatment of the LGBT community. I applaud Asia Hutchinson’s son for the courage of his convictions and the power it had over his father’s decision.
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