6/21/12: The harmful agenda behind 'LGBT Pride' parades

SAVECALIFORNIA.COM NEWS RELEASE

June 21, 2012 -- For Immediate Release

The Harmful Agenda Behind 'LGBT Pride' Parades
Perverse parades advocate intolerant laws punishing people who disagree

Sacramento, California -- The homosexual-bisexual-transsexual parades occurring in cities in California and around the nation are harmful to both children and adults, says a veteran children and families organization.

"'LGBT Pride' means roping children into unhealthy and unnatural homosexual-bisexual-transsexual lifestyles, and eliminating the God-given, constitutional rights of everyone who disagrees," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. "You can't support so-called 'gay rights' and at the same time support free speech, religious freedom, or freedom of association, because these concocted 'gay rights' are trampling people's true constitutional rights."

In California, the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender" agenda is firmly entrenched in state statutes and court rulings. As a result, so-called "LGBT rights" trump other people's constitutional rights:

1. GONE -- Religious freedom, conscience rights: Under threat of a $150,000 penalty, business owners and property owners cannot decline to hire or rent to homosexuals, bisexuals, or transsexuals despite an owner's religious or moral conscience: Homosexuality and bisexuality -- AB 1001 and AB 1670 (1999); cross-dressing and "sex changes" -- AB 196 (2003), AB 887 (2011)

2. GONE -- Parents' rights: A raft of "LGBT" laws in K-12 government schools has largely eliminated the requirement of parental permission for teaching children these sexual subjects. See the several "LGBT" laws that override parental consent

3. GONE -- Physicians' rights: You can't be a doctor in California and for religious/moral reasons, refuse artificial insemination to a lesbian: "Doctors' faith must yield to gays' rights, court says"

4. GONE -- Right of association: Owners of businesses and clubs are prohibited from exercising their First Amendment right of association regarding homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality: AB 2900 (2004), AB 1400 (2005), Bernardo Heights Country Club (2005)  

Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly (association) are enshrined in the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. The fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children has been repeatedly affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Yet "LGBT" statutory laws in California have been allowed to trump constitutional freedom of religion and freedom of association, as well as infringe upon fundamental parental rights. In contrast, homosexual-bisexual-transsexual "rights" are in neither the state constitution nor federal constitution. In addition, these sexual behaviors do not qualify for "civil rights" status, which is categorically limited to characteristics that are immutable -- not changeable, as homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality have demonstrated themselves to be.

"In California, religious rights, moral rights, parental rights, business owner rights, property owner rights, physicians' rights, and the right of association are being trampled by the intolerant 'LGBT' agenda," Thomasson said. "And despite their lust for dominion and their incessant attacks on other persons' constitutional rights, the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual activists deceive themselves and others by claiming to be 'victims' of peaceful people who have a conscience on these sexual behaviors. But who's trampling whom? American rights or so-called 'gay rights' -- you can't have both, because the latter eliminates the former."

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SaveCalifornia.com is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization standing strong for moral virtues for the common good. We represent children and families in the areas of marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.