Anti-LGBT Literature Widely Distributed At Right-Wing ALEC Conference This past weekend, hundreds of conservative lawmakers and lobbyists gathered in New Orleans for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting. The four-day conference was sponsored by a who’s-who of corporations, from BP to Walmart to Altria, that pay upwards of $100,000 for the opportunity to write legislation friendly to their interests and pass it along to state lawmakers. The corporate front group is so concerned with secrecy that it instructed hotel security guards tophysically attack two ThinkProgress journalists covering the event.
LARGE PRIDE FLAG OUTSMARTS GOV. BROWNBACK’S FREE SPEECH RESTRICTIONS AT KANSAS CAPITOL Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who appeared at The Response prayer rally this weekend, tried to limit an LGBT equality rally at the Kansas State Capitol by preventing the Kansas Equality Coalition from holding any flagpoles or even tiny flags, deeming them “dangerous weapons.” (This was despite the fact that the Knights of Columbus had not only flags but swords at an anti-choice event at the capitol in January.) The group found a way to outsmart the pole restriction by bringing in the biggest flags they could find — without poles.
Bachmann Attended Anti-Gay Sermon, Watched Ex-Gay Video “God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,” [Pastor Jeff] Mullen said, reading from the book of Romans. Mullen’s sermon concluded with video testimonial from a man named Adam Hood, who claims to have been gay before experiencing a conversation with God. “I am so happy God has given me natural affection for a woman,” Hood said in the video, adding that his wife is nine months pregnant. “We need to have compassion for people that are bound by that sin,” Hood added. “And it is a sin. Call a spade a spade.” Below is the clip of ex-gay Adam Hood that was featured in the sermon the Bachmanns attended