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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

LGBT Community Is a Poorer Place Today

(1) 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!

(520) 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

(56) 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

(5) 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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Classic Television Wasn't Always Classy

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:02 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

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:31 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 | 9:18 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 | 8:04 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 | 2:32 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 | 9:35 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 | 8:15 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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