James Holmes

The Back of the Bus Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed By James Holmes | April 19, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: American hate groups, Anthony Ray Jenkins, David Jason Jenkins, Dick Clark, ENDA executive order, ex-gay, hate crimes against LGBT people, nuns, President Obama, Rachel Maddow, Rosa Parks, Vatican, Walmart

Heya folks. I'm taking over for Bil today, so prepare to be informed. Obama-Bus.jpg

The White House tweeted this pic yesterday of President Obama seated in the famed Rosa Parks bus where she refused to give up her seat in 1955. This comes less than a week after the president refused to sign the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Executive Order. This would have mirrored Executive Order 11246 singed in 1965 by President Johnson that provided employment protections ensuring equal opportunity based on race, color, religion and national origin. ENDA would extend this to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Irony? You vote - Alanis Morissette ruined my ability to define that years ago.

Here is what else you need to know:

  • America's oldest teenager, Dick Clark, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. While reports say he died from a massive heart attack, I personally think Ryan Seacrest had something to do with it.
  • Two Kentucky men were indicted on Friday in what will be the first test for the federal hate-crimes statute expanded in 2009 to include crimes motivated by anti-gay bias. David Jason Jenkins, 37, and Anthony Ray Jenkins 20, cousins, kidnapped and severely beat a gay man, Kevin Pennington, 28 in April 2010 while shouting anti-gay epithets. The defendants claim it was a drug deal gone bad, but according to a federal affidavit, there is a jailhouse recording of one of the attackers telling his ex-wife that he target the man because he was gay.

  • Speaking of Kentucky and hate crimes, a new report links the number of Wal Marts to the number of hate groups in an area. While the author suggests multiple reasons for this correlation, I know my home town needed just one Wal Mart for it to die and go to hell.

  • Last night Rachel Maddow did an excellent piece on the failures of the ex-gay movement. I highly recommend a watch.

  • The Vatican thinks America's nuns are too pro-gay.

  • A new Pew Research poll out today shows that gay marriage has dropped to the bottom of the list of issues voters are caring about. I doubt that stops the right from trying.

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