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James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to equality of rights before the law, social tolerance and civil liberties. He has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal (Europe), Reason, and The Johannesburg Star. He is the author of Zimbabwe: Death of a Dream, as well as the novel City Limits and is currently working on a new book, The State Against Gays. He edits the Equality and Marriage site, and the Storey Institute blog.

Entries by James Peron

Judge Destroys Lives to Punish Sin

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:04 AM

What happened to Zach Anderson shouldn't happen to anyone. The 19-year-old used a dating app to met a young woman. They had sex. She said she was 17, but actually was 14.

Zach was arrested, convicted, sentenced, jailed and is now a registered sex offender for the...

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Two Men Killed Matthew Shepard: Millions Helped

(37) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Matthew Shepard Is a Friend of Mine is a disturbing documentary; disturbing because it reminds us of a painful incident. A young man who looked more like a boy, barely over 5 feet tall, weighing in around 100 pounds, was viciously beaten to death. The attackers took him and tied...

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Polygamy Is Not the Next 'Gay Marriage'

(347) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Periodically I see an article about "The question X can't answer." X is usually a group they dislike, so it may be "The question gays can't answer" or, "The question that liberals can't answer," ad infinitum.

It is usually followed by a stupid question, often false, which smuggles in...

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No, Gay Marriage Wasn't a Conservative Win

(14) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Conservative Michael Gerson damns the Supreme Court as an "unrepresentative clique of lawyers," while also trying to pretend gay people want to marry because conservatives convinced them sexual liberation was wrong.

According to Gerson, the gay community fought for marriage because

public intellectuals such as Jonathan Rauch...
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Southern Baptist Compares Marriage Equality to Nazi Persecution

(255) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:36 PM

The head of the Southern Baptists, Ronnie (really!) Floyd says, "The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority on same-sex marriage nor is the culture itself. "

This would be the same denomination that demanded John Kennedy come and swear he would run the...

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Hating Caitlyn: Brendan O'Neill's Latest Rant

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 11:22 PM

Hating on the gays is no longer enough for Brendan O'Neill, the Marxist anti-gay, professional contrarian. (He is the former editor of the very misnamed Living Marxism, a publication now as dead as Marx and his ideas.)

O'Neill is broadening his hate from the gay community in general to include...

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The Seismic Shift in Irish Values, and One Reason It Happened

(254) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 9:32 PM

The landslide victory for marriage equality in Ireland caught some conservatives off guard. What happened to the staunchly conservative, almost fanatical Catholicism of the Irish people?

Paul Valleley, a professor of public ethics at the University of Chester, offered some important suggestions. He lists two major reasons. One is...

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LGBT Community Is a Poorer Place Today

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 2:55 PM

The LGBT community is a poorer place today with the loss of William B. Kelley of Chicago. Bill, as his many friends knew him, was a friend and comrade in the battle for full equality of rights before the law. He is survived by his partner of 36 years, Chen...

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The Gay Conspiracy to Destroy Christianity -- Really!

(516) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:55 AM

The ancient, bland doyen of the religious Right, Phyllis Schlafly -- a conspiracist, fanatical Catholic, anti-feminist, anti-gay mother of a gay son -- has been wheeled out yet again to pontificate about "Cakegate," that sad attempt by daft conservatives to turn cakes into the last battle of the...

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Rights for Me, But Not for Thee: How the Religious Right Thinks

(57) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 11:38 AM

The conservative Sutherland Institute has published a screed whining about "progressive liberals" who claim "to fight hate, cherish tolerance and promote equality." What did these "progressive liberals" do that has Sutherland upset? They criticized someone who signed the absurd legal brief to the Supreme Court claiming gay marriage...

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"Every Child Deserves a Mom and Dad" and Other Nonsense

(20) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Ireland is about to vote on marriage equality and opponents are getting desperate. Polls show a wide margin in favor of same-sex marriage, so religious groups are pulling out the slogan: "Every child has the right to a mother and a father."

This slogan reminds me of the joke comment,...

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The Night I Was Ready to Riot

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:01 AM

The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community.

Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week. Cops would storm in and close the place, arresting patrons on...

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Do Gay Marriages Increase Abortion Rates?

(11) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:23 PM

As a social and economic libertarian, I have little respect for the Heritage Foundation, for the same reason I don't respect any doctrinaire group playing fast and loose with facts. That is what I believe to be the root of fundamentalism -- the desire to force facts to fit theory,...

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Cake Wars the Sequel

(81) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 6:34 PM

There seems to be a widespread ignorance of the two different issues being debated in the so-called "cake wars."

If one is looking for ignorance, then Breitbart is a good place to start. Thomas Williams, a theologian, writes there:

In a bizarre new twist on the religious...
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There Is Nothing Libertarian About Conservatives

(84) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:15 AM

I'm no fan of the conservative Heritage Foundation. I think conservatives are the biggest threat to individual rights in the country today. I think they need a good thrashing at the polls to evict the Religious Right fleas and ticks from the conservative movement. Perhaps, if they do, they will...

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No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

(198) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:38 AM

Ben Carson is not a household name. He's popular in far-right circles and unlikely to break out of them. He is also rather hateful and made one of the more absurd comments in the new "cake wars," which are meant to show how fundamentalists are victimized.

Carson

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Sen. Paul and His Blinkered Vision

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 7:46 AM

Randal Paul is on an anti-immigration bandwagon in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

Paul said:

"You've got to secure your country. And that means maybe that every Muslim immigrant that wishes to come to France shouldn't have an open door to come. It's also my...
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FDA Continues Blood Libel of Gay Men

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 7:57 PM

The new FDA rules on blood donations by gay men continue to perpetuate falsehoods. Euronews may call it "a major victory for gay civil rights" but it is NO such thing. Previously, any gay man who ever had sex with another man, no matter how "safe"...

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Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Religious extremist Bryan Fischer is like the professional anti-Semite whose entire existence is built around hating someone and then appealing to other haters in order to pay his salary. Fischer just hates gays instead -- though I often find anti-gay bigotry is often coupled with racism and anti-Semitism, with more...

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Gay Hero of Sydney Hostage Crisis Died a Second Class Citizen

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Often in times of crisis we find unlikely heroes; individuals who go well beyond the call of duty. Often these people are gay.

In ages past, this fact would be ignored, or not spoken about. It could even be a burden. Oliver Sipple was a Marine who saw combat...

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