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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

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

(198) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:38 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.

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Sen. Paul and His Blinkered Vision

(8) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 8:46 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 | 8:57 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 | 8:28 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

(487) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:32 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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Classic Television Wasn't Always Classy

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:02 AM

In recent weeks, I've almost exclusively been watching television shows from the early '60s. Often suffering culture shock while doing so.

I have to say the incessant smoking often seems highly inappropriate -- let alone stupid. Seeing a father smoking while talking to his young son, smoke blowing around the...

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Nathaniel Branden 1930-2014

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 6:31 PM

One of the most fascinating, and perhaps controversial figures, of modern America, Nathaniel Branden, died this morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. Dr. Branden was 84. He was known as a close associate of Ayn Rand's and the father of the modern self-esteem movement. He is preceded in...

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Is a Church Being Forced to Perform a Gay Wedding?

(136) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:18 AM

I suspect there is a lot of misinformation about the so-called Hitching Post Wedding Chapel case. Here is how fundamentalist anti-gay crusaders at "Alliance Defending (sic) Freedom" present things:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop...

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Marriage Equality, a Road to Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:04 AM

One point I try to get across to uninformed individuals -- uninformed about the purpose and nature of marriage -- is that the law -- both common law and statutory law -- makes assumptions about family. You are born into a family and that family has inheritance rights, rights to...

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Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:32 AM

What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?"

Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.

They are using it in terms of Joan Rivers and what doctors...

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Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies

(20) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Conservatives, attempting to shore up a sinking ship, claim their ideology is inherently libertarian, instead of the obvious choice: authoritarian.

In spite of such juvenile attempts the differences are obvious to objective observers. One of the most outspoken voices of the theocratic right is Bryan Fischer of the American Family...

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Marriage Equality and the Factually Challenged

(39) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Anti-gay campaigner John Eastman, Chair of the hateful National Organization for (sic) Marriage, says: "We keep making the argument of the importance of marriage, that it takes a man and a woman to make a child and that the state can't continue to redefine that if civilization's policy...

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The Lament of the Conservative Left

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 3:23 AM

David Selbourne, in the left-of-center New Statesmen, writes:

With socialism at the end of its historical evolution, the "left" now lacks a coherent sense of what progress is. It has only a ragbag of causes and issues, rational and irrational, urgent and idle: a politics of personal...
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Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 11:35 PM

To paraphrase Abba, "Coming out is never easy, I know."

For someone such as Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, it was a question he was hounded about since he was 14 and represented Australia in the World Championship.

Thorpe has now said he is a gay man and was...

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Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

(34) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society.

I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before. After the failure of Prohibition and their Pyrrhic victory in...

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Gary Oldman Doesn't Get Free Speech

(188) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:53 AM

Gary Oldman made something of an ass of himself. In an obscenity-laced interview with Playboy he whined about Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson being victims of "political correctness."

Oldman started by misrepresenting the facts in both cases:

Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he's pissed off...

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Why Hate Defeats Itself

(57) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Someone just sent a scan of a picture of me from an old college yearbook; I was just a kid really. I looked more like I was 14-years-old than 20. I was a recent graduate of a fundamentalist Christian high school, run by the man who pushed Jerry Falwell to...

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Where Is the Gay Marriage Disaster?

(22) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 2:41 AM

It's been 10 years since same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts. So, precisely what are the results of this deregulation? Anti-gay activists predicted disaster for "the family," but were always quite vague about how.

Of course, they may claim that 10 years is not enough time to gage the...

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Marriage Equality, the Ex-Marine and Ayn Rand

(143) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:33 PM

Ex-marine Roger Huffstetler discovered two friends were gay. One was a bunkmate from Afghanistan; the other a childhood friend. He started to wonder what kind of friend he was and went to them. Both assured him he had never said or done anything that was hurtful. Roger thought...

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Courtesy Is Not Political Correctness

(32) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:14 PM

John Stossel is no intellectual. Even when right, he tends toward simplistic answers lacking nuance and he's too quick to pander to conservatives. Now, simplistic seems to work for Fox News fans, and he has to keep the show moving, which means there is rarely any substantive discussion. But it...

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