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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

Not Queer, Just Gay. No, Thanks.

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 1:54 PM

This may be my last contribution to what I will always call "Gay Voices." I am no fan of the decision by office staff to label us all "Queer" in the name of inclusion.

I'm in favor of a more inclusionary name. Using a term many of us find insulting...

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Australia Demeans Married Gay Couple

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 9:36 AM

I recognize Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, inherited a dog's breakfast from the odious Tony Abbott, his predecessor. But, at some point, Turnbull has to stand up for the libertarian principles he espouses -- damn the conservatives in his government who want to stand in the way.

The mess in...

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Sledgehammers and Rights: The Double Standards of the Religious Right

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 8:23 PM

When a gay person is fired for being gay, we hear from conservatives that "it's freedom of association." However, when a fundamentalist Christian is fired with cause, for misusing their workplace as a pulpit for anti-gay hate, the same conservatives drop the "freedom of association" argument and pick-up the sledgehammer...

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Political Agendas Exploit Crime Fears

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Conservative pundit Heather MacDonald is on a one-woman crusade to prove a war on cops that doesn't exist, while grossly exaggerating crime upticks in a handful of cities as a new crime wave.

She wrote: "The blog FiveThirtyEight looked at homicide data from most of the nation's 60...

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It Is About Freedom, Brother

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Often it is the face-to-face interaction that makes real the seriousness of a political issue, or even an issue that has been needlessly politicized.

A Canadian friend, Peter Jaworski, wrote about his experience of taking a Lyft ride to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Jaworski, originally from Poland,...

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Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Conservative writer Ross Douthat discussed the fascism of Donald Trump in his column at the New York Times and concedes that much of Trump's persona and issues fit the "seven hallmarks of fascism identified by the Italian polymath Umberto Eco."

He wrote Trump's:

...bravado and performative...
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Was the First Gay Rights Movement Run By Nazis?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 11:15 PM

Scott Lively, an infamous fundamentalist bigot, is one of those obsessed with hating gays. He has gone so far as to twist history in an attempt to prove, in long, tedious manuscripts, that Nazism was a homosexual movement and that gays were responsible for the Holocaust.

Of course,...

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Kim Davis, Pope Francis and Papalphilia!

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:16 AM

David Horsey, of the Los Angeles Times, suffers from a serious case of Papalphilia, an unnatural obsession and attraction to the Pope. Horsey said Pope Francis is a much better voice for Christianity than Kim Davis--not that he was setting the bar very high in this contest.

Horsey...

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Why One HIV Drug Costs 5,000 Percent More Overnight

(63) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:39 AM

One story that has everyone outraged is that of Turing Pharmaceuticals, run by a scoundrel -- by all accounts -- named Martin Shkreli. He took the price of the 62-year-old drug Daraprim, used to treat toxoplasmosis in HIV patients, and raised it to $750 a tablet. How is he getting...

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The Man Who Coined the Term "Homosexual"

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:52 PM

The man who invented homosexuality was a libertarian. (I use the term in the classical sense, not the Rand Paul conservatarian sense.)

Before I explain, here is some history.

The first active campaign for extending equal rights before the law to homosexuals took place in the mid- to late-1800s...

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Stupidity, Not Religion, Put Kim Davis in Jail

(1699) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 8:51 AM

Kim Davis is in jail. That seems to be what both she and her attorneys wanted.

Ms. Davis may be an elected Democrat, but she is first and foremost a Bible-thumper. She is convinced her job is Guardian of Morals according to the teachings of her fundamentalist sect.

Under Kentucky...

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The Phony Martyrdom of Kim Davis

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:51 PM

Religious fanatic and serial bad dresser, Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Rowan County, is absolutely determined to build a cross and climb onto it so the Religious Right can pretend to have a martyr. No doubt the hate group advising her, Liberty Counsel, told her bigots around the country...

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Judge Destroys Lives to Punish Sin

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:04 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

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:05 PM

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'

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:58 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 11:30 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

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:36 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

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:22 AM

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 10:32 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

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