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The Republican candidate for governor, Carl P. Paladino, told a gathering in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable, and criticized his opponent, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade earlier this year.

Addressing Orthodox Jewish leaders, Mr. Paladino described his opposition to same-sex marriage.

“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t,” he said, reading from a prepared address, according to a video of the event. Read more... )
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I apologize for using the NY Times, if you are reading this FROM THE FUTURE, the NY Daily also covered this story here. The LGBT community has been unimpressed with the Democrats' response (or lack thereof) to LGBT issues but when this is the sort of treatment they can expect from the opposition....

The Huffington Post suggests that this is the end of Paladino's campaign. I hope they are right.

[personal profile] treesahquiche I'm going to SUGGEST you don't TAG politician: Carl Paladino in hopes that his political career is over.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of the more unlikely showdowns for the fall elections is taking shape here in this staunchly conservative state, where same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned and the Legislature frequently takes on issues like abortion.

Brittany Novotny, a Democrat and Oklahoma's first known transgender candidate, is running for a seat in the State House against Sally Kern, the Republican incumbent who gained national attention in 2008 for saying that "the homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation" and that homosexuality was a bigger threat than terrorism.

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Well, I guess it's nice that both candidates are veering away from ad hominem and sticking to real issues. Um. I hope their supporters will do the same.
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WASHINGTON — Answering the G.I. Rights Hotline for the last 11 years, J. E. McNeil has counseled thousands of soldiers who want to become conscientious objectors and get out of the service.

But when the House of Representatives voted May 27 to allow the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, paving the way for gay men and lesbians in the military to be open about their sexual orientation, Ms. McNeil got a hot-line call that raised a new issue: the caller said he considered homosexuality an abomination and wanted to be a conscientious objector because he could not serve in the military alongside gay soldiers.

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It's really hilarious seeing all these bigots in the army getting their knickers in a twist over serving with people who might think they clean up pretty nicely in their dress blues. It's also nice to see how these men's "gay panic" is being so publicized while 60% of women serving in the armed forces are raped or otherwise sexually assaulted during their service and mostly everyone forgets about them. Disciplinary action for a man who's raped a woman in the army is almost nonexistent.
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'What Would You Do If a Gay or Lesbian Were In Your Shower?' and Other Pentagon Survey Questions

"If Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed and you are assigned to bathroom facilities with an open bay shower that someone you believe to be a gay or lesbian Service member also used, which are you most likely to do? Mark 1."

So asks the Pentagon survey of 400,000 non-deployed active troops regarding the pending repeal of the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

The choices:

"Take no action;

"Use the shower at a different time than the Service member I thought to be gay or lesbian;

"Discuss how we expect each other to behave and conduct ourselves;

"Talk to a chaplain, mentor, or leader about how to handle the situation;

"Talk to a leader to see if I had other options;

"Something else;

"Don't know."

The advocacy group Servicemembers United has obtained a copy of the Pentagon survey, which can be read HERE. And its members don't like it.

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As long as no one minds if I steal their towel every now and then (I always forget mine! It is highly inconvenient!) I don't care who or what they are, and will not mind their presence whilst I am going about my daily ablutions and scrubbing ritual.

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