Daily Archives: February 24, 2007

As Celeste Holm said in All About Eve “If this doesn’t beat all walking, running and standing gall.”:

“The lawyer for a former Baptist church leader who had spoken out against homosexuality said Thursday the minister has a constitutional right to solicit sex from an undercover policeman.
The Rev. Lonnie W. Latham had supported a resolution calling on gays and lesbians to reject their “sinful, destructive lifestyle” before his Jan. 3, 2006, arrest outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City.”

Yes, as like the Beastie Boys say, “You’ve gotta fight for your right to party” — particularly if you’re a Baptist. But a constiutional right? Is there a Blow-Job Clause I’m unaware of?

“Authorities say he asked the undercover policeman to come up to his hotel for oral sex.
His attorney, Mack Martin, filed a motion to have the misdemeanor lewdness charge thrown out, saying the Supreme Court ruled in the 2003 decision Lawrence v. Texas that it was not illegal for consenting adults to engage in private homosexual acts.
“Now, my client’s being prosecuted basically for having offered to engage in such an act, which basically makes it a crime to ask someone to do something that’s legal,” Martin said.
Both sides agree there was no offer of money, but prosecutor Scott Rowland said there is a “legitimate governmental interest” in regulating offers of acts of lewdness.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has filed a brief claiming that Latham’s arrest also violated his right to free speech.”

So a closet queen who in the past didn everything in his power to stop Lawrence vs. Texas now wants its protection. It’s beyond parody.

“Before his arrest, Latham had spoken against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist resolution that called upon gays and lesbians to reject their lifestyle.”

But now I’ll bet he wants to go to The Saint at Large

“He has since resigned as pastor of the South Tulsa Baptist Church and stepped down from the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, where he was one of four members from Oklahoma.”

“where the wind come sweeping down the plains”

“On Thursday Latham declined to talk to reporters at the non-jury trial.
Judge Roma M. McElwee said she would rule on the motion and issue a verdict in about two weeks. If convicted of the misdemeanor, Latham faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.”

I’m reminded of that great scene in Notes on a Scandal where Cate Blanchett cries to Judi Dench “I could get two years!” — for a dalliance with an underage student — and Dame Judi cheerfully replies “They’ll fly by!”

So Lonnie, a year’s nothing at all. As for $2,500 fine — it’s pocket change. After all you’re a clergyman. Or at least you were.

The Glimmer Twins put it best, I think:

“Button your lip baby
Button your coat
Lets go out dancing
Go for the throat
Lets bury the hatchet
Wipe out the past
Make love together
Stay on the path

Youre not the only one
With mixed emotions
Youre not the only ship
Adrift on this ocean

This coming and going
Is driving me nuts
This to-ing and fro-ing
Is hurting my guts
So get off the fence
Its creasing your butt
Life is a party
Lets get out and strut

Youre not the only one
Thats feeling lonesome
Youre not the only one
With mixed emotions

Youre not the only one
Youre not the only one
Youre not the only one
Youre not the only one

Lets grab the world
By the scruff of the neck
And drink it down deeply
Lets love it to death
So button your lip
And button your coat
Lets go out dancing
Lets rock n roll

Youre not the only one
With mixed emotions
Youre not the only ship
Adrift on this ocean
Youre not the only one
Thats feeling lonesome
Youre not the only one
With mixed emotions”

And while we’re on the subject…”

“Anti-gay bias has flared up in Hollywood and pro basketball recently, and soon the topic will be thrust dramatically into a new forum — a reshaped Congress likely to pass the first major federal gay-rights bills.
Wary conservative leaders, as well as gay-rights advocates, share a belief that at least two measures will win approval this year: a hate-crimes bill that would cover offenses motivated by anti-gay bias, and a measure that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Also on the table — although with more doubtful prospects — will be a measure to be introduced Wednesday seeking repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military.
All three measures surfaced in previous sessions of Congress, at times winning significant bipartisan backing but always falling short of final passage. This year, with Democrats now in control and many Republicans likely to join in support, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are widely expected to prevail.”

Well whodathunkit? 38 years after Stonewall it seems the dreams of the most resolutely middle-class of the bretheren are about to come true. A shame so many of them have passed on to That Great Morning Party in the Sky.

“With liberals in control, there’s a good possibility they’ll both pass,” said Matt Barber, a policy director with the conservative group Concerned Women for America. “They’re both dangerous to freedom of conscience, to religious liberties, to free speech.”

Hmm. Shouldn’t that be “Concerned Transgenders For America”, Matt ?

“If approved by Congress, the bills would head to the White House. Activists on both the left and right are unsure whether President Bush would sign or veto them.”

No shit, Sherlock!

For gay-rights leaders — whose efforts to legalize same-sex marriage have been rebuffed by many states — the congressional votes are keenly anticipated after years of lobbying.
“This is a major step in our struggle,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “I know there’s a lot of despair on the other side.”

There’s a lot of despair on THIS side with creeps like Solomonese running orgs like the HRC.

“The workplace bill — titled the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA — is the subject of behind-the-scenes negotiations. The bill that emerges is expected to expand on earlier versions to cover not only sexual orientation but also gender identity, thus extending protections to transgender employees. Churches and small businesses would be exempt.
For many Americans, ENDA’s provisions would be familiar. More than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies, as do 17 states and many local governments.”

The Fortune 500 loves its gays more than Kathy Griffin.

“And publicly, there is increasingly little tolerance for overt anti-gay bias. The National Basketball Association swiftly repudiated retired all-star Tim Hardaway after he spoke this month of hating gays, while TV actor Isaiah Washington apologized and sought counseling after using a gay slur in reference to a fellow actor on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Can I get a Standing O for T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey?

“Advocacy groups also say there have been huge strides in regard to protections for transgender people — with nine states, scores of major corporations and more than 70 colleges and universities now banning discrimination based on gender identity.
California’s ban, in effect since 2003, has not triggered a flood of litigation, but it has prompted employers to proactively improve their policies for dealing with transgender employees, said Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
In past years, some congressional supporters of gay rights warned that ENDA’s prospects would be crippled by including protections for gender identity. This year may be different.
Rep. Barney Frank , D-Mass., said the version he is helping draft will indeed cover transgender employees, while offering some allowances to employers so they can enforce dress codes and minimize controversies over bathroom use.
“With the proper amendments, I think we can get it,” said Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress.”

Love That Barney!

Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, contended that gay-rights groups exaggerated the extent of anti-gay bias as part of a broader push to achieve their political goals.
“I’m sure there’s probably a case here and there,” Perkins said. “But I’ve seen more discrimination of people of religious faith than I’ve seen of gay people in the work force.”

Cry Me a River. (The Joe Cocker version of course. )

“ENDA was first introduced in the 1994, and came within one vote of Senate passage in 1996, while the hate-crimes bill has passed in the House and Senate in separate years only to falter before final passage at the behest of GOP conservatives.
The hate-crimes measure would expand existing federal provisions to include acts of violence against gays and lesbians. Opponents contend it would be an ominous first step toward criminalizing criticism of homosexuality.
“It’s taking us to the point where anyone who opposes the sexual behavior of homosexuals will be silenced,” Perkins said. “

Good.

“According to the FBI, about 14 percent of the 7,163 hate crimes reported in 2005 targeted gays or lesbians — a slightly lower percentage than the two prior years. Some activists, such as Riki Wilchins of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, say there has been an increase of workplace complaints filed by male employees, gay and straight, contending they were harassed by fellow male workers who perceived them as effeminate.”

Here’s the Wiki on all this.

“Assuming ENDA and the hate-crimes bill win approval, but not by veto-proof margins, Bush would face a politically sensitive decision of how to respond.
“Does he want to use one of his first vetoes to deny basic job protection to people?” asked Dave Noble, public policy director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Mat Staver of the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel worried that Bush would not veto the bills, perhaps as a gesture of respect for Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Cheney.”

Did you get soda up your nose on reading that one too?

“However, Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America held out hope that Bush would block the measures. “Hopefully,” Barber said, “the president will show that the veto pen is mightier than the politically correct sword.”

I’d stay away from those phallic symbols if I were you, dear.

Frank O’Hara (as usual) put it best:

So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
our mouths shut? as if we’d been pierced by a glance!

The song of an old cow is not more full of judgment
than the vapors which escape one’s soul when one is sick;

so I pull the shadows around me like a puff
and crinkle my eyes as if at the most exquisite moment

of a very long opera, and then we are off!
without reproach and without hope that our delicate feet

will touch the earth again, let alone “very soon.”
It is the law of my own voice I shall investigate.

I start like ice, my finger to my ear, my ear
to my heart, that proud cur at the garbage can

in the rain. It’s wonderful to admire oneself
with complete candor, tallying up the merits of each

of the latrines. 14th Street is drunken and credulous,
53 rd tries to tremble but is too at rest. The good

love a park and the inept a railway station,
and there are the divine ones who drag themselves up

and down the lengthening shadow of an Abyssinian head
in the dust, trailing their long elegant heels of hot air

crying to confuse the brave “It’s a summer day,
and I want to be wanted more than anything else in the world.”

And the title of that poem?

“Homosexuality.”