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Disney to pull Boy Scouts funding by 2015 over policy banning gay leaders

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This is a cross-post thanks to our wonderful friend Anomaly from FreakOutNation - on Twitter as @anomaly100.

The Walt Disney Company has fabulously given notice to the Boy Scouts of America, stating that it will pull all funding to the group beginning in 2015 due to a BSA membership policy that bans gay leaders, the entertainment company announced on Friday.

My Fox 8 reports, “Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local BSA councils. However, through its VoluntEARS program, Disney allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice.”

Those employees who take part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be allowed to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, according to the organization.

However, the new policy will not affect Walt Disney employees who volunteer with the Scouts.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement, “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids. America’s youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”

Via My Fox 8:

According to Disney’s charitable giving guidelines, groups become ineligible to receive Disney funding if they “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation.”

Disney would not divulge its formula for converting volunteer hours to dollars, but a chart on Disney’s corporate website shows that in 2010, employees raised $4.8 million via 548,000 volunteer hours, which works out to $8.79 an hour.

Disney’s decision carries a lot of weight. I wonder how many Republican congressman will volunteer to raise funds for the organization.

H/T: Equal rights guy @ComgenKDT who you can follow on Twitter here. 

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Sunday Links

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Monday Links

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Monday Links from the Political Carnival

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Gay Dads Get Hateful Birthday RSVP For Their Daughter

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Laffy Note: This turned out to be a hoax by some DJs. Here's the scoop via Joe My God.

So you're two proud gay dads and can't wait to throw your daughter the best birthday party imaginable. You send out invitations and you expect, out of respect for your daughter, you'll get mostly positive responses. That's not really too much to expect.
Let me repeat, two GAY dads.

So above is the RSVP response they got from the mother of an invitee via HuffPo:

Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your "lifestyle." I'm sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [number erased]

Ignorance does really start at home, but it's not started by the young. It's started by the old. It's the parents, not the innocent kids. Now there's so much wrong with that short response, but really, is this 2014 or the dark ages? What does Tommy's mother think is going to happen to her son if he attends? Is he going to be molested? Is he going to be sold into slavery? Is he going to be "indoctrinated?"

Obviously this mom thinks any or all of those will happen. What's her giveaway -- She highlights "lifestyle" as if it's a choice for these two men. They evidently missed out on getting into Marcus Bachmann's (Rep. Michele's husband) program of conversion therapy.

How awful to be brought up in a heterosexual household by ignorant adults rather than being the child of two same-sex, loving people who want to teach their child that there's more to life than news, weather, sports -- oh, and bigotry.

I wonder if the rack where they hang their house and car keys has the reminder, "Hate, don't leave home without it."

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Gay Defenders Are Wrong This Time

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Vigilantism is wrong. It doesn't matter what the cause or stand they are acting upon, the commission of any activity driven by revenge or hate cannot be tolerated.

Usually we hear stories of retribution or mob thinking and it's sadly over a cause or belief that means something to us. A group of bullies or toughs take on a weaker opponent. It's most often racially charged, religiously motivated, politically infused, hate driven mob mentality that launches these actions. This story is the same, but a bit different. It's coming from an angle that you usually don't hear about. It's defenders of an underdog. They took it on themselves to become aggressors, and justly, they have to be called out on it.

Sticking up for someone's rights is admirable but only when it doesn't cross the line into lawlessness. The details come from Raw Story.

Four underage teens — three boys and one girl — in Portland, Oregon were arrested on kidnapping and assault charges after they allegedly lured a bully into a shed and tortured him for calling a classmate “gay.”

According to the arrest report, the ring-leader was a 14-year-old boy who was upset that the victim had called another student “gay” on Facebook. The other attackers were similarly perturbed, and believed that their actions would be “an act of revenge.”

KATU TV, in Oregon, has this story and the gruesome details:

Sadly, had these assailants acted in a rational sense, reporting it to authorities, there probably wouldn't have been any action taken. It would most likely have been dismissed as kids just goofing on other kids. But we'll never know. These four attackers committed horrific crimes. No matter their intentions nor the motivations, this was wrong.

Too often the shoe is on the other foot -- just look at Russia and their anti-gay stance. Under the guise of Russian law, civil rights and human rights are being trampled. LGBT citizens are being beaten, humiliated and worse, even killed. But as evil and wrong as that is, so is the flip side of this argument. As a pro LGBT supporter, it's isolated incidents like this that can give ammunition to the very large, anti-gay movement. I hope this isn't a flash point in Oregon, or anywhere else, that ignites into something much bigger and more hateful.

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Republican Candidate for Illinois Governor 'Not Being Gay' with 'that man'

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From the alternate world of Republican 'wide stance' reality...a cross post from our wonderful friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation.

Photo: nbcchicago.com

Photo: nbcchicago.com

Republican candidate for Gov: I was not being gay with that man. We were double-bunking to save money

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, an unmarried 58-year-old and Republican candidate for governor, regularly stayed overnight in hotels and a Chicago apartment with his executive assistant, The Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. But he can explain all of that.

Image: Chicago Tribune

Image: Chicago Tribune

Rutherford told the Tribune that he has shared a room with his executive assistant, Joshua Lanning, scores of times since taking office in 2011, to save money for his campaign fund. And we totally believe him.

Image; Gawker

Image: Gawker

Here  is Rutherfod saving money on the beach and not being gay with Lanning. 

Rutherford said, “We double-bunk in the campaign. We always double-bunk when we can. Totally as a cost-saving measure.”

Being a good fiscal Conservative, Rutherford shared a room with Lanning at at least 50 times between 2011 and mid-2012. During that same time, the two also shared hotel rooms at least a half-dozen times while traveling on state business, including overnights in Chicago, Bloomingdale and Danville, and billed the state, according to records.

Speaking of 2011, Ed Michalowski, claimed in federal court that Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him beginning in 2011.

Rutherford was sued in federal court on Monday by Michalowski, a former top manager in the office who accused the treasurer of repeatedly sexually harassing him and pressuring him to do campaign work at taxpayer expense. The ex-employee is seeking damages, including for medical issues he said were caused by the alleged harassment.

Rutherford tried to explain the expenses and accommodations to the Tribune saying, ”A constitutional officer travels overseas and has a staff member that accompanies them is not something that I think is inappropriate.”

He added, “There’s nothing wrong with being friends with employees. I consider myself friends with many in the office.”

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Dallas Sportcaster On Michael Sam's 'Coming Out' as Gay

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Photo: CNN

Photo: CNN

I don't follow college or professional sports but some stories need to be told beyond the sports world. Dale Hansen's comment in the video below needs to be heard. He had the audacity to shine the light on the hypocrisy of the NFL about its draft picks. Hint: you can commit heinous crimes but don't dare be open about your sexuality.

Congratulations, Michael Sam, on finding the courage to tell the world who you are and thanks, Dale Hansen, for telling us the truth about how he will be seen when it comes to draft picks.

The video is from Channel 8, WFAA, ABC affiliate in Dallas, TX.

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