Friday, February 23, 2007

Federal Judge Dismisses Anti-Gay Suit Over School Lesson Involving Same-Sex Couples

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the US District Court said that under the Constitution, public schools are "entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy. Diversity is a hallmark of our nation.''

Update: Read the full Boston Globe story here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Brian Camenker Disrupts Gay and Lesbian Youth Commission Meeting

Our favorite homophobe / shutterbug was at it again on Monday. It looked for a while like Brain Camenker of MassResistance had forgotten about the LGBT community and was focusing all of his energy on attacking Mitt Romney. Alas, he was in full force at the first meeting of the new independent commission on gay and lesbian youth.

According to the State House News service:
Moments after the meeting at state Department of Public Health headquarters began, a conservative activist began taking pictures of commission members. Several commission members immediately objected. Talking over one another, they said it was disruptive and wondered whether legal releases were needed.
Brian Camenker argued, "If you don't want your picture taken, don't join a public body".

While the commission cha
irs agreed, members said later they plan to look into the legality of the picture-taking, since students serve as members, along with many adults who are on the commission.

Brain Camenker loves taking photos of people he disagrees with. He then posts the photos on his website along with his own witty remarks.

The picture on the left is of him trying to take a photo of me at Romney's anti-gay rally. Another picture of me was also posted on his website last year with this caption:
Chris, a 23-year-old "team leader" for MassEquality (note walkie-talkie) was quite friendly, and seemed about the most "normal" of everyone we ran into. We wish he weren't involved in such a destructive cause.

As you may know, the legislature created the new independent commission on gay and lesbian youth after Romney threatened to disband the original Governor's commission created by Governor Weld in 1992. For the short time that Brian Camenker had the ear of Governor Romney, he gave him much misinformation about the commission. It was then that Romney decided to disband the commission.

After the Monday night meeting of the new independent gay and lesbian youth commission, citing his push to abolish the governor's commission, Camenker told the News Service, "I'm the reason this whole group was formed."

Back in July, Camenker lobbied hard for the legislature to sustain Romney's veto of the new independent commission. It was a crushing loss for him when the final vote was taken. The House of Representatives voted to override the governor's veto by one vote. I had also spent the days prior to the vote in the State House lobbying legislators. It was a crushing defeat for Camenker and the other homophobes. I guess he is still upset about the loss.