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Some bright news on the gay rights front (and Freepi fun)

It’s nice to have some positive news to report…

* Maine’s House of Representatives killed a proposed constitutional amendment late Tuesday night to ban same-sex marriage. The 88 – 56 vote fell far short of the two-thirds majority it needed and is seen as a crushing defeat for supporters of the amendment. Although the Senate has yet to vote on the issue, the House vote effectively kills the measure. “I would say this is the end of it for this year,” said Betsy Smith of Equality Maine. Rep. Brian Duprey, R-Hampden, the sponsor of the ban, agreed, saying he did not necessarily expect a two-thirds win but he had hoped to get more than 56 votes.

* Oregon Gay Unions Bill Advances. A Senate panel passed a bill to create civil unions Tuesday, the latest step in the Legislature’s battle over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to have legally recognized relationships. The bill to extend the benefits and rights of marriage to gay couples passed on a partisan 3-2 vote, with Democrats in favor. It will now head to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass, setting up a tug-of-war with the Republican-controlled House, which is currently considering its own bill. That legislation would provide a more limited set of reciprocal rights to any two people over 18, including relatives…Sen. Charles Starr, R-Hillsboro, argued that the bill goes against the will of the voters, who passed a ban on gay marriage last year. “(This bill) is simply ‘gay marriage’ by another name,” Starr said.

* Judge Orders Gay Flag To Fly From St. Augustine Bridge. The Rainbow flag was hung from St. Augustine’s famed Bridge of Lions Wednesday morning ending a three-year battle between gay Pride organizers and the city. The final skirmish in the dispute came late Tuesday when a judge ordered the city to allow the St. Augustine Pride Committee to display the flag. The Committee and Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights group, filed suit Monday accusing the city of discrimination. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. said that the Pride group’s First Amendment rights had been violated when the city refused to allow the flag to be hung from the bridge, a focal point in St. Augustine. Adams ordered the city to fly the flag by 9 a.m. this morning and to keep the flag up for for six days.

This last item set the Freepers off. Let’s wade into the ignorant, knuckle-dragging filth…

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

“OK all you members of the Sons of Confederate Soldiers and other affiliated groups in this area. Time to get your flags on the bridge.”

“My guess is the judge is a Clinton appointee….???”

“Your right. I went to his website. It says that he was appointed to the Federal bench in December of 1993.”

“The brave Spaniards who founded the first Christian community in the new world spin in their graves, as does the brilliant theologian for whom that community was named.”

“This is a ruling that needs to be defied.”

“That this happened in FloriDUH should not surprise you in the least. No offense intended to the good FReepers that reside in that state.”

“so now we will have the Christian flags? Will we see 49 flags that have a circled red cross out circle over the upside down pink triangle? If anyone is a history buff, the Greek Orthodox Mission of the first settlers of the city is an interesting thing to see. “

“Well then, I think that I will go down there, pay my $295, and demand my equal right to fly forty-nine Confederate battle flags for six days and see how he reacts to that.”

“Why can’t the gay pride folks fly their rainbow flags elsewhere, rather than the Bridge of Lions? This is “in-your-face.””

“anyone what to be the flags will not be there for long [WTF is he saying?]”

“If there were any free speech advocates down there, they, too, would fly rainbow flags, but theirs would have added a big red circle with a diagonal bar. It is a perfect opportunity to shove this issue down the throats of the left-wing, neocommunists. If the faggots have the right to self-expression, so should normal people.”

“And who said activist judges do not need to be REMOVED FROM THE BENCH ???”

“I will gladly chip in to see that happen. This has to be one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard a judge do yet, even for Florida! I swear this is no longer my country.”

“Is this complete, total, insane judicial fascism or what? I am very thankful I don’t live there, I would be sorely tempted to practice civil disobedience in the form of RIPPING DOWN the ****ing flags. When is the madness going to subside? When will enough people wake up to the truth that there are certain moral absolutes which are always true, always have been, and always will be? The prohibition against same sex sodomy is timeless and changeless. And the fact that governement officials are forcing and cramming this unhealthy and immoral behavior down everyones’ gullets has got to stop. “

“By what vaporous precedent did this idiot of a federal judge make this ruling? Time for a little justified vandalism in St. Augustine!”

“Well, to be fair, before gays moved into the Dupont Circle area, it used to be a really bad neighborhood.”

“It has also been reported that the span will be renamed the “Bridge of Loins” for the duration of the display.”

“well, in-your-face is exactly how they like it. It’s not something that people should be discreet about anymore. Frankly, I don’t want to know WHAT those people do in their six lives but boy they sure have no qualms about making sure everyone knows what goes on in their bedrooms. It’s disgusting that it’s gone to this level, really, but I should say I’m not surprised given the direction this country is heading it. I, for one, say GO FOR IT to all those who want to fly their stars-n-bars. After this, I don’t think anyone has a leg to stand on when it comes to “offending” others.”

“Well, at least we know that homosexuals won’t petition to fly their stupid rainbow flag on the Pearly Gates. I would love to see them try it, though.”

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