Who’s #BoycottIndiana This Afternoon

I thought we could probably do a single daily update on the high profile people and organizations that are now boycotting Indiana, but it seems to be snowballing pretty fast. I don’t want to take the time to make this an exhaustive, cumulative list, but you can go back in the posts to see the previous participants.

(Haden is the USC Atheletic Director, so that’s a really big deal)

These companies wrote a joint letter to Pence et al:

  • Angie’s List, Inc.
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Emmis Communications Corporation
  • Indiana University Health
  • Roche Diagnostics Corporation
  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud

NASCAR (!)

Marriott

PayPal Founder Max Levchin

Levi Strauss and longtime competitor The Gap (!)

Twitter (the company)

NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees have cancelled their conference in Indiana

The State of New York is calling for a ban for official travel

This Is The Way It’s Done #BoycottIndiana

The Indy Star front page today:

“We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history. And much is at stake.

“Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

“All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.

“The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created.

“Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage.”

You can read the rest of the editorial here.

Keith Olberman weighs in:

Washington State is now joining the boycott:

[Gov. Inslee] “I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.

Portland Or. joins the chorus:

And famous author Stephan King gives a punch:

Because We Love A Good Apology

Not all GOPers are racist. But if you are a racist, you're probably a GOPer.

Not all GOPers are racist. But if you are a racist, you’re probably a GOPer.

Hey guys, remember that time last week when we learned that the KKK was going to ride to Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore’s defense? Well, it seems that the Klan kinda-sorta wants to apologize to Alabama’s Chief Bigot and Homophobe:

The UDWK has read many posts in the media put out mostly by Homosexual reporters and Atheists that claim Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is a member of the KKK, and activly sought and gained our support. To answer in short, these are lies and typical of that crowd. We simply agree with anyone, who stands against Tyranny, stands for the word of God, and believes in the American Constitution as it was originally written.

We regret any problems our post may have caused the Chief Justice or his Family. Roy Moore is not a Klansman, but he is a man, who believes in God. This Country is sick of the spineless people who put out such lies. We need more Justices who do not see the Constitution as a living breathing document to be shreded and Amended at will. Below is our original call to action post.

The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny. The Feds have no authority over individual States marriage laws. The fudgepackers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!

Alabama has a Constitutional amendment, that clearly says marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.

But much as they have since the 2nd war for independence was lost in 1865, the Federal Government by way of it’s foreign masters seems set to push this abomination, on the God fearing people of Alabama. Will they send Jack Booted thugs to enforce it? Remains to be seen, but a simple study of history will show they once burned, destroyed and looted the state of Alabama. Georgia was burned almost to the ground, and in our state, Meridian Mississippi was destroyed by blue bellied sledgehammers in one day.

We call upon all Klansman and White Southern Nationalist to help in the massive protest’s coming, Not by wearing your colors, but by joining in with the Christian community’s protests that are surly coming against tyranical Federal judges. We have made the decision that we don’t want to distract attention away from the issue, as anytime the Klan rides, we are made the issue by the zionist controlled media. Members are encouraged to lend a hand, make signs, recruit etc., but leave any insignia, colors, shirts etc at the house. We want to infiltrate these protests and make sure they are kept running in military fashion and not bullied by the outside agitators.

Let today be the day, that the outside forces that have ruled this nation since the end of the War of Northern Aggression be given notice, “The God fearing White man will no longer stand for your immorality, your Illegal unjust judges and laws. Your attempts to turn us into a third world cesspool must be defeated. Unlike the 1950’s and 60’s we see you clearly for the enemy you are. Until we drive the spear of God and truth through your lying cold black hearts, the Klan will leave the light on for you.”

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For obvious reasons I’m not linking to the original, United Dixie White Knight’s website, but that is the entire post, no editing, no emphasis added. So, if you think that Y’all Qaeda really loves the sinner while hating the sin, keep in mind the company they keep.

The 3-Martini Stupid

“What Judge Moore and these probate judges are doing [by not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples] is in the finest tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. They are waging the civil rights battle of this decade, using nonviolent protest to do it”

News That Will Drive You To Drink: Clarence Thomas Edition

So why should you fill up the I.V. bags (not bread bags) with booze for this tweet? Take it away Jeremy Hooper:

Robert George is the cofounder (along with Maggie Gallagher) of the National Organization For Marriage and one of the authors of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Ryan T. Anderson is a Heritage Foundation staffer and a top voice against marriage equality.

But you know, no one will ask Ol’ Clarence to recuse himself from the upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage unlike the chorus of Y’all Qaeda who are screaming for the women of the SCOTUS to recuse themselves because they know gay people.

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

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It’s from Texas (of course) and it doesn’t involve Screwie Louie (whoddathunkit?!):

Four Republican lawmakers from the Plano area plan to introduce legislation that would bar cities and counties from adopting ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people, the Observer has learned. The proposed legislation also threatens to nullify existing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in cities that are home to roughly 7.5 million Texans—or more than one-quarter of the state’s population.

The bill comes in response to the Plano City Council’s passage last month of an equal rights ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

And what is their reasoning, you ask, and by reasoning you mean fig leaf:

“It should be a uniform standard statewide, and cities can’t just arbitrarily create new classes that criminalize a whole segment of the majority of the population,” Welch said. “It’s just self-evident that they’re going to try to do it city by city. We’re dealing with a broad public policy that creates criminal punishments. That’s a pretty serious issue, and when it’s based on a special agenda by a small, tiny fragment of the population … that’s a legitimate need and reason for the state Legislature to act.”

Who is this “they” of whom you speak? Sounds like “they” have an agenda?… But less you think this is aimed solely at the ‘mos, well, think again:

“Nobody supports discrimination and nobody supports discriminating against anybody in the GLBT community,” Welch told the Observer. “What we’re against is laws that are passed that essentially give them privileged-class status and threaten with criminal penalties business owners and individuals and ultimately churches and pastors for practicing historic beliefs that have been part of this country since it’s founding, and that’s something that’s a direct threat against our First Amendment, and that’s what this is all about.”

That is indeed what this is all about: your need to discriminate is the lone-star reason to go down this road, boys, and it is aimed very specifically at a specific minority. Also/too, so much for local control of which Wingnuttia sings the praises so often. Let’s watch this one closely in a future Claim Chowder: will Texas hatred of gay people push them to take away local autonomy of cities and counties?

Some Florida Stupid For Bedtime?

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Local counties to end courthouse weddings to avoid marrying gays

Couples who wanted to skip the pomp and circumstance of a wedding and get married at the Duval, Clay or Baker county courthouses will no longer have that option in the new year.

These counties’ decision to end the long-standing tradition of courthouse wedding ceremonies is due, at least in part, to the continued debate over same-sex marriage in Florida against the backdrop of conservative Christianity. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could rule any day and make gay marriage legal across the state.

If same-sex marriage is allowed, Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell, Clay Clerk Tara Green and Baker Clerk Stacie Harvey will have no choice but to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But to avoid performing ceremonies for them, these clerks have decided to end all courthouse weddings.

But you know, Xristians love the sinner.

Some Stupid With Your Coffee?

Hey, San Antonio! S’up?

A resolution that will be presented at the January 8 meeting of the executive committee of the Bexar County Republican Party urges the “repeal of our local governments’ pro-homosexual policies.”

The resolution, which was circulated to local GOP precinct chairs, denounces the passage of the nondiscrimination ordinance that was approved by the City Council in September of last year, saying that it uses taxpayer dollars to :

  • Allow men to freely use the women’s restroom, locker rooms and changing facilities
  • Gag any city board or commission member from speaking against homosexual behavior or be subjected to the removal from the group
  • Subject businesses run by people of faith to criminal penalties and expensive lawsuits if they refuse to provide services that conflict with religious beliefs relating to homosexual behavior.

The resolution also seeks to roll back domestic partner benefits to city and county employees because they give “special rights to homosexuals” and because the benefits dishonor traditional marriage.

Some more fallout from the November elections, you know, when Y’all Qaeda said that the Culture Wars were dead, and Libtards stayed home.

WTF Is The Matter With Kansas Now?

The return of the “We Don’t Serve Your Kind Law.

Kansas again is looking at codifying the right to discriminate into law, presumably to protect Christians running secular business on main street from having to serve icky gay people. The new twist this time is that is going to include Public Employees, so you know, if the Fire Fighters who thinks the sodomite’s house should burn down, will let it burn, or if the Paramedics don’t want to touch the gay, well, they don’t have to. The Librarian wouldn’t have to check out books, and I suppose teachers could refuse students.

Kansas Governor Brownback continues to defy a Federal Judge’s order to recognize same-sex marriages in Kansas, so Vegas odds are really good that he would sign this bill if it should pass.

The ENDA the line

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This is why we cannot have nice things:

A Republican-controlled panel in the U.S. House late Wednesday rebuffed a last-ditch effort to pass a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as part of major defense legislation before Congress adjourns this year.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) introduced the amendment on behalf of Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who’s gay and chief sponsor of ENDA, during House Rules Committee consideration of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill. Polis is a member of the Rules Committee, but was absent when the amendment came up for a vote.

The panel, which is heavily stacked in favor of Republicans, rejected the amendment 7-3 without discussion by a party-line vote. Had the Rules Committee accepted the amendment, it would have made ENDA part of the defense spending measure before it headed to a vote on the full House floor.

So, yeah, gay people can continue to be fired for existing! ‘Meruka!