The House of Representatives voted down a Republican proposal to ban the Pentagon from paying for gender-transition surgeries after 24 GOP congressmen crossed party lines to join the Democratic side.
These are the 24 Republicans who voted against the legislation that would have removed funding for transgender military members’ medical costs:
- California Rep. Paul Cook
- California Rep. Jeff Denham
- California Rep. Steve Knight
- California Rep. Darrell Issa
- Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
- Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
- Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
- Florida Rep. Brian Mast
- Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
- Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
- New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
- New York Rep. John Faso
- New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
- New York Rep. Tom Reed
- New York Rep. John Katko
- New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
- Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
- Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
- Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
- Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
- Washington Rep. David Reichert
- Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan married in Walsall, in one of the UK’s first same-sex marriages involving a Muslim partner.
- Footage showed the couple dressed in traditional Bangladeshi attire to say their vows while surrounded by loved ones at the town’s registry office.
Mr Choudhury, 24, told the Express and Star he felt like the “black sheep” of his Bangladeshi Muslim family, being bullied at school, attacked by other Muslims and banned from his local mosque.
He said he attempted to change his sexual orientation and went on religious pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh but became suicidal and attempted to kill himself before meeting Mr Rogan.
They started living together in 2015 and Mr Choudhury proposed on his husband’s birthday last year.
Mr Choudhury said: “This is about showing people I don’t care, my family doesn’t want to come on the day, they just don’t want to see it, it’s too embarrassing for them.
“They think it’s a disease and can be cured, some of my family still call it a phase.
The Muslim Council of Britain, which represents more than 500 organisations and mosques, was among the religious bodies including the Church of England opposing the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2013.
- “Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin”
- Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members: Indonesia should revoke Starbucks’ operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s Islamic ideology
- Abbas: “If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,”
Reuters | JAKARTA
A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization has called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the “religious and cultured” core of the Southeast Asian nation.
With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. But police raids on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have risen in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members, said the government should revoke Starbucks’ operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s ideology.
“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” Abbas told Reuters by phone on Saturday.
PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, which holds the license to run the Starbucks chain, is a legal entity that “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia”, an executive at its parent company said.
“We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk, said in a text message.
Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance and pluralism is already under scrutiny after Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was sentenced in May to two years in prison for blasphemy in a trial that came after mass Islamist-led rallies last year.
Asked why he had taken a stand against Starbucks, Abbas said he was informed in a chat group about a pro-LGBT comment made by the company’s senior executive, Howard Schultz.
Schultz is now chairman of Starbucks after stepping down from his previous role as chief executive.
Forbes reported that when a Starbucks shareholder complained in 2013 that the company had lost customers because of its support for gay marriage, Schultz said it embraces diversity and that “not every decision is an economic decision.”
If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Schultz was reported as saying at that time.
A video of the comment was also posted on YouTube.
Starbucks customer Annisa Meidiana, who is a Muslim, said she would not stop buying coffee there because of the call for the boycott.
“Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin,” the 22-year-old university student said outside Jakarta. “But it doesn’t matter to me. For me, being an LGBT is a human right.”
(Reporting by Nilufar Rizki and Jessica Damiana; Additional reporting by Stefanno Reinard; Writing by Eveline Danubrata; Editing by Nick Macfie)
The always rude and intolerant left!
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that she and her family were booed leaving a New York City restaurant during the city’s Pride Parade.
Haley tweeted that patrons also said “hateful things” to her family, noting that she was with her 15-year-old son Nalin.
In November 2013, Haley opposed a federal lawsuit challenging an amendment in South Carolina’s constitution that banned same-sex marriage.
“The citizens of South Carolina spoke … spoke something that I, too, believe, which is marriage should between a man and a woman,” Haley said at the time. “I’m going to stand by the people of this state, stand by the constitution, I’m going to support it and fight for it every step of the way.”
- WHEREAS, California’s attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California’s exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration;
- WHEREAS, Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses
Last week, California decided to show nationwide its LGBT tantrum by official travel ban to eight states whose LGBT laws it deems too conservative — among them Tennessee.
Here’s the official response from Tennessee legislature:
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 111
A RESOLUTION relative to state travel bans.
WHEREAS, California has passed legislation banning state-sponsored travel to Tennessee and certain other states; and
WHEREAS, the ban stems from legislation enacted by Tennessee that allows counselors to refer patients to other counselors who can better meet their goals, which the California State Legislature has judged to be morally reprehensible; and
WHEREAS, California’s attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California’s exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is puzzled why California thinks it is a good idea to prohibit its state colleges and universities from participating in athletic competition in Tennessee (March Madness comes to Memphis this year via the South Regional), Kansas, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, this type of ban, the result of legitimate disagreements about government policy, is neither persuasive nor productive for either party and will lead to economic warfare among states, as one sovereign entity attempts to tell an equally sovereign entity how to conduct its affairs by restricting travel thereto; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge the other forty-eight states to refrain from imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the American Legislative Exchange Council and that a certified copy of this resolution be sent electronically to each member of each state legislative body in the nation, so they may also consider taking action against this type of blackmail.
Interesting glimpse on the mind of an angry feminist and about her alt-right sex buddy:
- At first we were just fuck buddies but we started hanging out more and more.
- He and I were never exclusive, I found monogamy oppressive, especially with a white guy.
- Aborting his demon span was the most empowering thing I’ve ever done.
- We would all talk to him about his role in dismantling the patriarchy from within since he was a white male
- He was a rapist. He had slept with me and about six of my feminist friends as an undercover ally, had we known of his bigoted and ignorant views, we never would have shared our bodies with him
- I had invited him over to have a little fun with my ‘transhuman’ friend Rachel and he left because Rachel was ‘male.’ I said no, she identifies as a woman so SHE’S A WOMAN but there was absolutely no reasoning with him
- Back then I identified as bisexual, but now I know that I’m in fact pan-sexual.
- K and I enjoyed including other women in bed with us, especially one I started Brown, because I met so many open-minded and sex positive feminists
- White silence is violence. They don’t want equality, something is wrong with them. They are brainwashed. They have no compassion. They are our adversaries.
My EX was Secretly ALT-RIGHT
Medusa Magazine June 20, 2017June 23, 2017
LOONY! CALIFORNIA BANS TRAVEL TO EIGHT STATES OVER ‘LGBT DISCRIMINATION’ – BUT HOMOPHOBE MUSLIM COUNTRIES ARE OK!
What a loony state! California went nuts when Trump announced Muslim travel ban from several terror-linked Muslim countries. Now the left-wing state bans publicly funded travel to eight states over alleged LGBT discrimination. But California is ok with Muslims who believe it’s ok to kill gays because that’s what Islam says.
The eight states: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky , South Dakota, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee
California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people.
All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.
The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.
They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.
California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California.
“We will not spend taxpayer dollars in states that discriminate,” Becerra said.
California’s Legislature last year voted to restrict state-funded travel to states with laws that allow businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people.