Huffington Post Gay Voices – No, You Can’t Go Back to Chick-fil-A

No, You Can’t Go Back to Chick-fil-A
Posted: 01/29/2013 1:26 pm
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In a HuffPost blog post published yesterday, Jan. 28, Campus Pride executive director Shane Windmeyer issued a cease and desist on behalf of Chick-fil-A.

Following several meetings with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy and an invitation to be his personal guest at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Shane issued the all-clear. This is not the first time he has attempted to allay the LGBT community’s fears about Chick-fil-A. In September 2012 he formally suspended his organization’s boycott of the company, which seemed to some as though the entire LGBT community was doing the same.

After a HuffPost Live segment in which ThinkProgress LGBT’s Zack Ford and I discussed these topics with Shane, I thought it necessary to follow up. One of the important revelations in Shane’s piece is that he’s been allowed access to top-secret internal Chick-fil-A documents and has seen tax forms proving that Chick-fil-A is no longer giving to the “most divisive” anti-gay groups, such as Focus on the Family and Exodus International, both of which have been linked to Uganda’s infamous “kill the gays” bill. That’s hard to comment on, because Cathy only showed the forms to Shane.

Nevertheless, there are enormous questions that arise, and it’s important that we ask them before chomping into a greasy, fatty, homophobic sandwich. Some were voiced during the HuffPost Live segment but were never answered, and others are now being asked around the Web.

Why would Dan Cathy attempt to clear his name and his organization’s reputation by sharing these internal documents with the executive director of Campus Pride rather than with a reporter? There could be several reasons for this. If the story were leaked to the mainstream media and turned out to be true, some of Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay customers could get really angry. Alternatively, perhaps Cathy specifically sought Shane’s stamp of approval so that Shane would become a Chick-fil-A advocate on all those college campuses that are seeking to open new Chick-fil-A franchises. Either way, Chick-fil-A is still contributing to anti-gay groups.

And why would Dan Cathy choose to pursue only Shane Windmeyer and Campus Pride instead of larger, further-reaching LGBT organizations, such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force or the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)? Is it that Cathy thought Shane seemed like a nice guy, or is it that winning over Shane could open up lucrative opportunities on college campuses?

Finally, Shane’s piece, though ultimately about his budding friendship with Cathy, has led to claims in the media that Chick-fil-A has ceased funding anti-gay groups. Although Shane blames the media for overlooking the fine print (notice that he wrote that Chick-fil-A had stopped contributing to just the “most divisive” anti-gay groups), he has nevertheless managed to provide cover for a virulently anti-gay company and its virulently anti-gay president.

I hate conspiracy theories, truly I do, but there seems to be something going on that isn’t kosher — and I’m not talking about the soggy pickle in a Chick-fil-A sandwich. I like Shane, and I think Campus Pride does incredibly important work, but I would hate to see Shane’s and his organization’s reputations at all sullied by lifting up those who steadfastly stand in opposition to equality. Dan Cathy very well may have found a friend in the LGBT community (many homophobes have stated, “Some of my best friends are gay!”), but the harm that Chick-fil-A’s contributions to anti-gay groups have done cannot be overlooked simply because the company’s president invited a gay guy to a football game.

Watch Shane Windmeyer, Zack Ford and I discuss this story on HuffPost Live:

Queerty -“Gomer Pyle” Actor Jim Nabors Marries Longtime Boyfriend

“Gomer Pyle” Actor Jim Nabors Marries Longtime Boyfriend

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

Depending on how old you are, you’re either stunned by the news Jim Nabors has come out, or you’re asking who Jim Nabors is.
Well, back in the 1960s he appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, and then his own sitcom, Gomer Pyle, USMC. In an exclusive with Hawaii News Now, the jovial actor revealed he married his companion of nearly 40 years, Stan Cadwallader, earlier this month.
Though Nabors has long called Hawaii home, the couple went to Washington State, where it’s legal.
“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”
Nabors acknowledged that as two men in a relationship, “it’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple,” but says he’s not jumping int othe marriage-equality debate. “I’m not a debater—everybody has their own opinion about this,”he said. “I’m not an activist so I’ve never gotten involved in any of this.”
You don’t have to be an activist to write a check to Equality Hawaii, Jim. Ah, what the heck—congrats to the happy couple!

BY: DAN AVERY
ON: JAN 30, 2013

Advocate.com – Scalia: You Don’t Know My Stance on Marriage Equality

Scalia: You Don’t Know My Stance on Marriage Equality
Conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia claims he has never publicly asserted his personal feelings on gay rights.
BY MICHELLE GARCIA JANUARY 29 2013 2:10 PM ET
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Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has typically been clear when it comes to his legal interpretations of the constitutionality of gay rights. But now the conservative justice claims that he has never expressed his personal views on gay marriage or gun control in public or in his rulings.

At an event at Southern Methodist University, Scalia said a crucial part of his post as Supreme Court justice is reaching decisions, even if they contradict one’s personal beliefs.

“The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge,” he said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

When SMU professor Bryan A. Garner asserted that he and Scalia differed on certain issues, such as gun control and marriage equality, Scalia countered that Garner’s assertion may not necessarily be true.

“I haven’t expressed my views on either of those,” he said. “You’re a bleeding heart.”

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on two marriage equality cases this spring.

In the past, Scalia has said sodomy, the death penalty, and abortion are “easy” to rule on. He has also repeatedly said that the U.S. Constitution is “dead, dead, dead,” so gay rights aren’t protected by the document, since homosexuality was not addressed when the Constitution was drafted in the 18th century.

Los Angeles Times – Gay rights bill clears a hurdle in Wyoming

Gay rights bill clears a hurdle in Wyoming
The legislation, which would allow same-sex couples most of the legal rights of heterosexual couples, is approved by a subcommittee in the conservative state’s House.

Democrat Cathy Connolly, left, is the first openly gay state representative in Wyoming. She sponsored a gay rights bill that cleared a subcommittee and will be considered by the full House. (Miranda Grubbs / Wyoming Tribune Eagle / January 11, 2013)

 

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2013, 10:53 p.m.
In an action hailed by gay rights activists as a turning point in a solidly conservative state, a bill that would allow same-sex couples most of the legal rights of heterosexual couples cleared a Wyoming subcommittee by a 7-2 vote and is headed to consideration in the full House.

The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie, is the first openly gay representative in Wyoming. She is one of only eight Democrats in the 60-member House.

“We passed the first step, but it’s a big step,” Connolly said in an interview. “In the past, this bill has met failure, even at the subcommittee level.”

The bill replaces the word “spouse” in state statutes with the phrase “domestic partner.” Connolly testified before the committee Monday that the word “spouse” is used more than 300 times in Wyoming law and that the change would assist same-sex couples in a range of situations, including spousal support, disposing of a deceased partner’s property and other family decisions.

The same committee on Monday rejected by a 5-4 vote a bill that would have permitted same-sex marriage. But the one-vote margin also encouraged gay rights advocates.

“That offers hope for the future,” said Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, named for the 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in 1998.

Advocates estimate that 3% of Wyoming’s population of just under 560,000 are gay or lesbian.

Opponents objected to both bills on religious grounds.

Republican Rep. Lynn Hutchings, a black woman serving her first term in the state House, called on gays and lesbians to “please stop carpet-bagging on our civil rights movement.”

But R. McGreggor Cawley, a political scientist at the University of Wyoming, said the dominant political identity in the state is libertarianism, which is beginning to favor gay rights legislation.

“Most people here want the government to stay out of their private lives and not ban this union or that,” he said. “So I think the social conservatives are going to lose this battle. You look at these bills and you see something taking shape. If you’re looking for social change, look at the edges, not at the heart.”

Connolly said Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, and she hopes for similar thinking in the future.

Nine states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage, and another nine allow some form of civil union or domestic partnership for gays.

john.glionna@latimes.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.