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    FRB Richmond's Gay Pride (Rainbow Flag Flew With U.S. Flag)

    FRB Richmond's Gay Pride

    Rainbow Flag Goes Up; Letters Flow In (June 2011)
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    RICHMOND, Va. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond ran a rainbow flag up its flagpole last week and has been hearing about it ever since.

    From conservative groups who are outraged. From gay rights groups who are pleased. And from state lawmakers on both sides who just cannot seem to stop talking about it.

    The bank unfurled the flag on June 1, at the request of a group of gay and lesbian employees in honor of gay pride month.

    One day later, Bob Marshall, a Republican in the House of Delegates and an outspoken opponent on gay rights issues, was moved to write a letter to the bank’s president, saying that the flag was inappropriate for a quasi-governmental entity.

    Gay and lesbian “behavior,” he wrote, “undermines the American economy, shortens lives, adds significantly to illness, increases health costs, promotes venereal diseases,” among other things.

    That prompted a series of outraged rejoinders from gay rights advocates, including Adam Ebbin, a gay lawmaker from Northern Virginia who said that despite Mr. Marshall’s views, things had “gotten better for L.G.B.T. Virginians.”

    In many ways, the controversy mirrors the changing demographics of this fast-growing state, whose traditions and habits are mixing with an influx of immigrants and young professionals in the northern part of the state.
    Credit Richmond Times-Dispatch, via Associated Press

    Jim Strader, a spokesman for the bank, said the bank had fielded hundreds of phone calls and as many e-mails about the flag. The flag, he said, symbolizes “values of being open and inclusive,” and shows that the bank is “a place that doesn’t discriminate.”

    That is important in Virginia, said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, because House Republicans have twice blocked a bill that would protect state employees from discrimination by sexual orientation.

    Rainbows, which festoon entire neighborhoods in some cities during gay pride month, are hard to spot in Richmond, and Mr. Parrish said the flag outside the bank was “noticeable.”

    “This is not Greenwich Village or Hell’s Kitchen,” he said.

    One of the most popular arguments by the flag’s opponents was that the bank is a government institution and so should not be displaying a flag that promotes a cause. And now that they are, the argument goes, they have an obligation to other causes.

    “We hope there would be an even hand played when a Christian requests the Christian flag in September during Christian Heritage month,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation, a conservative advocacy group.

    Mr. Strader’s response is that the bank is in fact privately owned, as are all regional Federal Reserves, and that it considers requests by employees — this was the first one — but not the general public.

    Mr. Marshall, 67, has been vocal on gay issues. He told The Washington Post last year that he was concerned gay troops would spread venereal disease. He was also a sponsor of Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.

    Mr. Strader said the bank “anticipates” that it will respond to Mr. Marshall’s letter. Meanwhile, Mr. Marshall has written an opinion article that he said is scheduled to run on Sunday in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    “I am sure this flag and or Fed story will not end here,” he said.

    Last edited by allodial; 03-14-16 at 10:17 PM.
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    I notice how old this article is. Before I comment I would like to know if the flag came down? Has it been up in the subsequent years?

    Things like that.

    P.S. Meanwhile I will contribute a peculiar amendment from the Colorado Constitution.
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    It seems that the flag only flew for a month or so during June, 2011 at the request of "PRISM" (an employee resource of the bank) as to "show the Bank's commitment to diversity and inclusion". (ource) That particular flag has been according to sources donated to the Valentine Richmond History Center (source).

    NO PROTECTED STATUS BASED ON HOMOSEXUAL, LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL ORIENTATION. Neither the State of Colorado, through any of its branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, political subdivisions, municipalities or school districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices, or relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis of or entitle any person or class of persons to have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination.
    Very interesting and appropriate IMHO. How one uses or fails to use one's genitalia or bodily orifices should not give rise to a 'special protected status'. Homosexuals have persecuted straights bitterly (child molestation, date-rape drugs, war-related sodomy etc.), not the other way around and now that they have been giving a wider berth they are simply doing the same things they always did in secret.

    Consider, in State of New Zealand, "gays" and "lesbians" have the option of what is called a "partnership", even for immigration and residence purposes. However, there is no "gay marriage" there. Using one's genitalia in a certain way does not 'convert' someone into a new species.

    Despite all the lies and propaganda the very truth is even as far back as in 1998 that the State of California gave just as much credence to gay couples as straight couples per 'common law marraige' and palimony.

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    That means that 'gay cohabitation' gets more recognition by U.S. States than organic, lawful Christian marriage sans State licensure. According to the book scanned (Gay and Lesbian Rights by Brette McWhorter Sember), gay common law marriage was recognized by California in 1988.

    States that do recognize common law marriage include the following: Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia (if created prior to 1997), Idaho (if created before 1996), Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only), Ohio (if created prior to 10/1991), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (if created before 9/2003), Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Same-sex relationships or marriages are never recognized as common law. (Source - Legalzoom)
    That isn't quite true if from evidence 'common law marriage' of 'gay' couples were recognized on the same or similar level as non-gay marriages in California in 1998. Basically, when convenient, they quote statute as if the court cases don't exist or they quote court cases as if statutes don't exist. In 1988, the California courts gave gay partnership the same standard for alimony as a straight common law or statutory marriage. That was over 20 years ago.

    So it seems even more so that the "Gay Agenda" is just an extension of Marxist-Leninist Destructivism and it uses lies and deception to achieve objectives (just like Marxist-Leninism): Strategies of the Homosexual Movement: "The Overhauling of Straight America".
    Last edited by allodial; 03-15-16 at 12:04 AM.
    All rights reserved. Without prejudice. No liability assumed. No value assured.

    "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
    "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2
    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Thess. 5:21.

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