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Anti-LGBT Activist Shades Idea Of A Gay President, Twitter Claps Back With 12:1 Ratio

Virulently anti-LGBT activist Bryan Fischer tried to shade Senator Cory Booker - and the gays - all in one tweet, and it didn’t go well.

In tweeting about Booker’s recently announced bid to become the 2020 Democratic candidate for president, Fischer tweaked the title of an article from Politico which pondered if America “is ready for a single president?”

For clarity, we’ll just acknowledge the fact that America has already elected two presidents who took office as bachelors, Grover Cleveland and Jame Buchanan. 

Fischer wrote, “The better question: is America ready for a homosexual president? If Cory Booker turns out to be gay, he is disqualified. Cannot have a man who engages in sexually deviant behavior in the White House.”

First of all, America already has Donald “Grab’em by the p*ssy” Trump in the Oval Office, so Fischer is a little late for throwing the term ‘sexually deviant behavior’ around.

Second, Cory Booker has publicly stated he is not gay, and whether he is or isn't is none of our business.

In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, he shared that he has ‘a boo.’ Several media outlets, like People Magazine, have reported that he’s seeing actress Rosario Dawson.

Third, the Democrats have an openly gay candidate running for president, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. 

And finally, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that disqualifies someone LGBT from being president.

To be eligible to become president one must be at least 35 years of age, a resident within the United States for 14 years, and a natural born Citizen.

Nothing in the Constitution states gays are ‘disqualified’ from the presidency.

Fischer works for the American Family Association, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He’s used the organization’s website and radio network to attack the LGBT community for years.

A short list of his outrageous and extremist views about LGBTs include blaming gay men for the Holocaust, calling for criminalizing homosexuality, and that LGBT people are the biggest perpetrators of hate crimes.

In any case, the Twitterverse did not hesitate to clap back at the 67-year-old hater.

Many made a point to mention James Buchanan, while others reacted to his being ‘ratioed’ with the number of comments to his tweet (over 9,000) far outweighing his ‘Likes’ (only 771 at this writing).

Here’s just a sample of the shade thrown Fischer’s way:

Cory Booker Announces Presidential Run

Joining the likes of Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey senator Cory Booker announced that he will be running for president in 2020, according to CNN.

The Democratic senator has been described as charismatic and as being a great orator and before gaining his position as Senator, he served as the mayor of Newark, New Jersey for eight years. He announced his presidential run in a video early this morning in which he comments on victory can be achieved through collective action, not by individual interests.

He says "The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it."

Booker is not the only senator who is running for president in 2020, but at 49 he is the youngest candidate. Booker is considered a social liberal and supports women's rights, LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, is a proponent of single-payer healthcare, and co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prevent discrimination in employment on the basis if sexual orientation and gender identity. 

I heard Senator Booker speak at Maplewood Pride the day after the horrible Pulse Nightclub Massacre in 2016. He spread the message of unity, saying that in the wake of the tragedy, everyone, whether gay or straight, must stand up for what is right and actively oppose injustice. 

 

 


h/t: CNN, NJ.com

NJ Sen. Cory Booker Asked Again About Being A Bachelor

During a recent sit-down with the Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was asked, once again, about the fact that his status as a bachelor who has never married leads to rumors that he is secretly gay.

So tired.

Booker addressed the issue head-on telling the Inquirer, “I’m heterosexual.”

Rather than a denial that would sound defensive, Booker followed-up with the perfect statement: “Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country.”

Part of the curiosity lies in the fact that the U.S. has only elected two presidents who were bachelors - James Buchanan in 1857 and Grover Cleveland in 1886. 

Cleveland would go on to marry Frances Folsom two years into his term. Buchanan remained a bachelor but asked his niece to serve as hostess of the White House.

In his interview with the Inquirer, Booker noted that societal expectations regarding presidents and their families have evolved over the years.

“Clearly the norms of family relationships have been changed dramatically as you’ve seen people across this country being elected to offices with all different kinds of family situations, including the president who has had three spouses,” Booker said. 

“So I think a lot of that conventional thought on that doesn’t apply.”

In this day and age, you’d think folks would have moved on from having to ask if a politician is gay just because he’s single.

This writer has been a fan of Booker for years going back to his time as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.

Throughout his political career, he has shown himself to be tough, fair AND an ally to the LGBTQ community.

For seven years, as mayor, he refused to officiate weddings until the right of marriage was available to all New Jerseyans.

And so, on October 21, 2013, when marriage equality finally came to the Garden State, he was there at the stroke of midnight in city hall officiating nine same-sex weddings.

When he asked the traditional “speak now or forever hold your peace,” a troll yelled “It is unlawful in the eyes of God!”

Without missing a beat, Booker continued the ceremony saying, “Not hearing any substantive and worthy objections, I now will proceed with the vows.”

We will know within the next several months what Booker’s plans are regarding 2020. 

But, as he told the Inquirer, “I’m going to run on who I am whether that’s running for reelection (to the U.S. Senate) or running for president.”

“I’ve always trusted the voters enough to evaluate me on the content of my character, quality of my ideas, and my ability to do the job,” he added.

And that’s as it should be.

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Instinct or its contributors.

(h/t Philadelphia Inquirer - photo: WikiMedia)

Senator Cory Booker Came for Mike Pompeo After He Said Being "Gay is a Perversion"

Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo found himself in the hot seat this week during a confirmation session. Pompeo has been nominated to replace Rex Tillerson, but comes with a very stern anti-LGBTQ agenda that people will not dismiss.

Tillerson had continued the work for the LGBTQ community done during the Obama administration, but with Pompeo, it is likely that much will be undone to roadblock progress.

Here are some items which prove Pompeo’s anti-LGBTQ agendas:

  • Opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and has
  • Consulted with the Family Research Council which supports Uganda’s efforts to punish and execute LGBTQ individuals.
  • Considered the landmark Obergefell decision to be an abuse of power.
  • Co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, which would have issued a ‘license to discriminate’ against LGBT people based on religion

During the confirmation session on Thursday, Democratic Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, addressed Pompeo’s anti-LGBTQ ways by referring to one of Pompeo’s previous speeches where he called being gay a ‘perversion’.

Pompeo fumbled with a response and ultimately circled around the question when Booker continued insisting over and over again that Pompeo answer the question he was asking.

Booker implored:

Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion, yes or no? Yes or no, sir, do you believe gay sex is a perversion? It’s what you said here in one of your speeches. Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?

Pompeo responds at one point:

Senator, when I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that.

 

 

The Human Rights Campaign, Global Forum on MSM & HIV, National LGBTQ Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality among many others, signed a joint letter in which they detail how “Mr. Pompeo has a troubling history of statements and policy positions that have alienated marginalized communities, which raises serious doubts about his ability to represent all in America and promote human rights for all individuals abroad.”

Shortly after Booker posted a lengthy, yet powerful statement that expresses his compassion for the LGBTQ community and other marginalized communities. In his statement he shares how he doesn’t believe anyone can lead the people if they don’t love the people.

Booker also states:

Our country must stand against such evil. And at home we must set a standard for love, honor and the respect of all.

 

 

h/t: civilrights.org, Cory Booker Facebook