Trans Activist Agnes Torres Murdered in Puebla
Friends and supporters gathered to mourn and pay tribute to Agnes this evening in Puebla, the state’s capital city. Earlier today, the hashtag #AgnesTorres was a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands posting messages of support for Agnes, her family, and the LGBT community.
Former colleagues of Agnes Torres are demanding a thorough investigation and calling for a special department within Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission dedicated to cases of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and transsexuals.
¡Justicia Para Agnes Torres!
Former Metropolitan Police officer Brian Paddick has hit back at Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s comments on homosexuality.
The London Mayoral candidate has asserted that there is “no intellectual argument” against same-sex marriages.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, accused the Government of arrogance ahead of a consultation on the issue this month.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he claimed that plans for gay marriage were a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”
He added: “The Government has suggested that same-sex marriage wouldn’t be compulsory and churches could choose to opt out. This is staggeringly arrogant.
“No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage.”
But Paddick – who is gay – has hit back.
“Same-sex marriage should simply be a universally accepted human right for everyone,” he said.
“If we really believe in equality, there is no sound intellectual argument against gay marriage. There may be religious objections, as there are religious objections to equality for women, but that does not mean we should be ruled by them.”
Meanwhile, the UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust has also slammed O’Brian’s condemnation.
George Broadhead, the PTT’s secretary and veteran gay activist, said: “Given the Roman Catholic Church’s well-known views and policy on gay sexual relationships and rights, including Civil Partnership, not to mention Cardinal O’Brian’s previous homophobic outbursts, his latest are totally predictable. His contention that gay marriage would shame the UK in the eyes of the world is also bizarre.
“Has the cardinal not heard that gay marriage has already been legalised in no fewer than ten countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands? I am not aware that any of these countries have suffered shame or any sort of pariah status as a result. This just shows how out of touch with reality the Roman Catholic Church has become.”
A 14-year-old girl named “Sarah” asked lawmakers in Maryland on Tuesday to vote against marriage equality for her birthday. Testifying before Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Sarah said it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” “I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender,” the girl explained. “Even though some kids feel like it’s fine, they have no idea of what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don’t want any more kids to get confused about what’s right and OK.” “People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice,” Sarah continued. “People say they were just born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change.” “So, please vote no on gay marriage.” The New Civil Rights Movement’s David Badash pointed to Sarah’s home schooling as possible source of her opposition to equal rights for gay men and lesbians. “This is the kind of ludicrous stupidity that comes when children are home schooled,” he wrote. “[B]y and large, home schooled kids are subject to an education of their parents’ making and that means they can be brainwashed like this 14-year-old.” “While we’re at it, how is it even possible that this 14-year old was allowed to testify? Who arranged this? What value does her testimony have, since she wasn’t raised by a same-sex couple?” Bash added. “Perhaps they’ll have a 13-year-old weigh in on the healthcare debate next?” The Maryland Senate is expected to eventually approve the marriage equality bill. But things do not look as hopeful in the House of Delegates, where lawmakers rejected a similar bill last year.
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I’m not ok with this.
wait what letter is this
Well, who’d have thought it…