Tuesday, May 2
by Sue on Tue 02 May 2006 06:51 PM EDT
Words I thought might never cross my lips ... Hurrah for Ohio!
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that public employees can be disciplined for discrimination even if they are following religious beliefs. This is a big victory for gay rights advocates because it gives teeth to workplace non-discrimination policies.
The case involves a Baptist prison chaplain, William Akridge, who refused to allow homosexual prisoners serve as leaders at his non-denominational events.
Akridge was disciplined for discriminating and sued, claiming his right to discriminate was constitutionally protected because it was Christian-based.
The court thought otherwise, noting:
Hurrah for Ohio!
Speaking as an openly gay woman, I can testify that it is very troubling at work when I encounter the attitude that gay-hate must be tolerated as an outgrowth of Christian beliefs. And I encounter that attitude much more frequently than I ever imagined.
Thus, I am heartened to learn that the courts are upholding non-discrimination protections in the workplace. Especially in lands of anti-gay marriage constitutional amendments.
Hurrah for Ohio!
(cross-posted on Big Gay Picture)
(hat tip to GayNews@yahoogroups.com)
Monday, May 1
by Sue on Mon 01 May 2006 12:52 PM EDT
Here's a sad fact: Russian Orthdox Catholics are working in unity with
skinheads to oppose gay rights.
police had to hold back a crowd of bottle-tossing skinheads and Bible-
clutching church folks who were protesting a gay event at a local club.
Not to be outdone by the Christian-Skinhead connection, Russian Muslims are
threatening to kill gays if they proceed with plans to celebrate Pride.
PrideFest is scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Moscow. If the city bans the
event, organizers plan to take the matter to the European Court of Human
Sounds like a crowd where Fred Phelps would feel right at home.