Saturday, February 11, 2017

NEWS: Another LGBT Center Vandalized, Natural Marriage Defense Act, Refugees Fleeing to Canada, Bakers Refused to Make Hate Cake, Trump Whines About His New Job

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Los Angeles LGBT Center Is Vandalized with Anti-LGBT Slurs
When employees and volunteers of the Los Angeles LGBT Center arrived for work this morning they found anti-LGBT slurs spray-painted across the entire side of one wall of a Center facility in Hollywood. The slurs painted on The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, near Santa Monica Blvd. and Highland Ave., included “Fuck trannies” and “Fuck all yall.” Although this is not the first time the Center has been vandalized, it is the worst case of vandalism targeting a Center facility in recent history. “It happened sometime between 9 and 10 pm last night,” said Jackie DeFede, Director of Facilities at the Center. “We had a security officer on duty, but he was patrolling other areas of the building. Fortunately, we have cameras that should have recorded the perpetrators.” DeFede will be filing a police report and sharing video footage with the investigators. By 11:30 am Center staff had painted over the slurs.

RELATED Milwaukee LGBT Center Has Been Vandalized Three Times!

'Natural Marriage Defense Act' Introduced in Tennessee
The debate over same sex marriage is back. State Representative Mark Pody and Senator Mae Beavers have filed the Natural Marriage Defense Act, which defines marriage as between one woman and one man despite what outside courts decide. At a town hall last night Pody refused to answer any questions regarding the bill and was approached by Middle Tennessee resident Andrea Hewitt following the meeting. “I feel demoralized,” Hewitt said. “I’m a gay Tennessean who pays money to taxes, I vote and I’m a very responsible citizen. So why are you filing bills to harm me and my family?” The bill specifically states that the state of Tennessee will only recognize marriage between one man and one woman, and requires state agencies to ignore the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that outlawed discrimination against same-sex couples in marriage law. The bill claims that the Supreme Court is not the final voice on state matters, and points to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the US Constitution for support.

Judge Sides With Bakery That Refused to Make Cake with Anti-Gay Slogan
A mother-and-daughter bakery did NOT discriminate against a potential customer when the owners REFUSED to make a cake with an anti-gay slogan, an administrative law judge decided this week. Administrative Law Judge J. Bruce Culpepper's recommended order in favor of Cut the Cake comes nearly two years after the Central Florida bakery was targeted by Arizona evangelist Joshua Feuerstein for refusing to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message. In the administrative challenge, potential customer Robert Mannarino accused Cut the Cake --- co-owned by Sharon Haller and her daughter, Cyndol Knarr --- of religious discrimination when the women refused to make a cake with the words "Homosexuality is an abomination unto the Lord."

Donald Trump Is Finding It Hard Work Being President
Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy. In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.

Refugees Are Fleeing From Trump's America, Crossing Border Into Canada
Emergency workers helped at least 27 refugees who crossed the border Saturday morning. Refugees entering from the U.S. are walking through open farmers' fields to pass through the border into Manitoba near the town of Emerson.