David in Houston
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Mar 3, 2014 David in Houston commented on A Baker Refused to Make Your Wedding Cake?.
I want the sign to say, "Christian business owner: As such, we will not provide services for same-sex wedding venues." and I want them to display the rainbow flag with one of those black circles with a diagonal-slash through it. If you want to discriminate against gay customers, own it. Otherwise, keep your bigotry (and your CHOSEN religious beliefs) to yourself.
Apr 10, 2013 David in Houston commented on State Sues Florist Who Refused Service to a Gay Wedding.
Gay man here. Sorry, but I have to agree with 68 and 85. Turning these religious fanatics into Christian martyrs (for the anti-gay side) is not the way to win over the middle. The gay community IS going to have to meet half-way on this issue. If religious people don't want to be involved in any facet of same-sex marriages, so be it. I think the best tactic is to publicly expose them through the media (Yelp, Facebook, etc.), and label them as anti-gay. Then the public can decide whether or not they wish to do business with them. The reality is, would a gay couple *REALLY* want to do business with a florist that is being forced by law to provide them with services against their will; and why would the couple want to financially support such an anti-gay business in the first place? (Answer those questions honestly, please.) I know that's the last thing I'd want to do. There's no way in hell I'd give money to an anti-gay religious fanatic that doesn't want my business in the first place. Why would I even want to waste my time dealing with this bigoted asshole, when there are plenty of gay-friendly florists available? Forcing this woman to provide flowers for an event that she finds offensive would only taint the wedding. How can you possibly have a joyous occasion when someone had to be coerced by a force of law to be part of it? No one wins in this situation... so just move on. Isn't it possible to be the "better person", label them a bigot, feel sorry for them because of their ignorance, and move on?

I also think these religious zealots should make it known to the public at large that they *do* discriminate based on their religious beliefs. If they wish to do so, they should have to label themselves accordingly: with religious symbols on their storefront, website, business materials. Had this gay man known that the owner was anti-gay, I doubt he would have done business with her all those previous times. I do take issue with the fact that the owner had no problem taking money from a gay man, as long as it didn't involve marriage. There is something extremely hypocritical in doing that. That being said, gay people can't speak of expecting tolerance from the other side, when we are unable to do the same.
Nov 8, 2012 David in Houston commented on We Couldn't Have Done It Without Them.
I'd also like to thank them and all the corporations in Washington that verbally and financially supported marriage equality.

I hope that if I were straight that I'd also be an LGBT ally.
Jun 26, 2012 David in Houston commented on On Booze, Meth, Suicide... and GOProud.
Sadly, you're just wasting your time. You can't reason with people that don't use reason. Their entire ideology is: money=highest priority, my own civil rights=who gives a shit, I've got my money.
May 30, 2012 David in Houston commented on Brian Brown Accepts My Invitation to Dinner.
Dan, you need to get Brian Brown to admit that non-religious straight couples are legally permitted to marry in our country. If he acknowledges that, then what basis does he have in using his chosen religious beliefs to deny same-sex couples the same exact right to a non-religious civil marriage at city hall. If marriage is solely a religious institution then why isn't Brian trying to ban marriages of non-religious straight couples?

He also needs to acknowledge that the state issues marriage licenses, not the church; and that religious ceremonies are not required in order to get married. Basically, you need to get him to admit that there IS such a thing a secular civil marriage, and that when he continues selling the public on the idea that marriage equality is a threat to churches, he is intentionally lying.
May 4, 2012 David in Houston commented on NOM's Brian Brown Challenges Dan Savage to a Bible Debate!.
Dan would f-ing destroy that homophobic douche bag. I would buy tickets to see this on pay-per-view.
Apr 29, 2012 David in Houston commented on On "Bullshit" and "Pansy-Assed".
The walkout was planned from the very beginning, in a pathetic attempt to show that gays are the real bullies. They failed epically. If these students' beliefs are so fragile that they fear being challenged on them, then perhaps they don't really have very strong beliefs to begin with. I would have referred to them as cowards instead of pansy-assed. Everything you said was 100% factual. If they don't agree with your message, they should be able to refute everything you've said. Instead they did the childish thing and symbolically stuck their fingers in their ears, in the hopes that they can still pretend that their beliefs are pure and just. The only ones they're fooling are themselves.

Great job, Dan. Keep up the good fight.
Feb 25, 2012 David in Houston commented on Loaded Words.
#7: Redefining something means it's been changed somehow. The implication being that opposite-sex marriage will be harmed if gay couples can marry. That is a lie that needs to be exposed. The expansion of civil rights does not alter the rights of those that already have them. When women were given the right to vote, it didn't 'redefine' voting for men. When blacks were no longer considered 3/5's of a person, it didn't alter the status of white people.
Feb 25, 2012 David in Houston commented on Loaded Words.
I'm curious if McKenna believes that the Supreme Court "redefined" marriage 60 years ago when they forced interracial marriage on the entire country?

...and why is it, that it's ONLY redefining his marriage if gay couples can marry in his own state? I'm guessing his marriage wasn't redefined when 10 countries and 7 states permitted gays to marry. But his marriage WON'T be the same IF AND ONLY IF gays can marry in Washington. Funny how that works out. Depending on the plot of land you happen to be living on, your marriage could fall apart at any moment if two people you don't even know happen to get married. Shocking, but true! Translation: This guy is a homophobic a-hole.
Jan 4, 2012 David in Houston commented on When Do We Get to Meet Elizabeth Santorum's Imaginary Gay Friends?.
Sorry, "instead" should have been "moment". When I get angry, the words tend to get jumbled. I get angry a lot ;-)