Yesterday, the Oklahoma City Council added sexual orientation to the city’s employment nondiscrimination policy. That means gay people can now go to work without the fear of being fired, harassed or treated differently because they are (gasp!) gay.
The Oklahoma City Council voted 7-2 on Tuesday to add sexual orientation to the city’s employment nondiscrimination policy after a debate that lasted more than half of the council meeting.
Gay and bisexual Oklahoma City employees and job applicants now have explicit protection against discrimination in city offices. They already had de facto protection before the vote, city officials said.
The measure was sponsored by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid. Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly cast the dissenting votes.
This is pretty cool. The capital city of Oklahoma is one of the last places on earth that you’d expect to be proactive and decide to protect the rights of the LGBT community. We’d like to thank Councilman Ed Shadid and the rest of the logical (and practical) people on the city council for moving Oklahoma City forward with this measure.
Unfortunately, though, when the government decides to do the right thing and protect the rights of the minority, it brings the paranoid, close-minded, self-righteous, religious Kernhead bigots from society out of the woodwork. This sucks on many levels. For one, it reminds you that there are still a bunch of fucked up people in this world who mask their intolerance and bigotry behind the guise of religion, make-believe science and morals. Two, it overshadows any progress being made.
Need proof? Meet Tom Vineyard:
Back in June of this year, we told everyone about the cheesy engagement website of Christina Fallin and Matt Bacon. We published the happy couple’s hipster vomit-inducing photos, priced some of the items on their registry and shared how they met (he was fascinated by her Chanel scarf). We closed the post with the following paragraph:
In all seriousness, we wish the couple the best of luck in this new chapter in their life. We hope they have a long, happy and healthy marriage. We also hope they form a husband and wife indie rock band. We’re always looking for new material.
Dear God, they actually went out and did it! We’ve learned via Oklahoma Rock that Oklahoma’s royal hipster douche couple actually took our advice and created an indie rock duo. They name of it is the lactose intolerant “Milk on Milk.”
Here’s the first music video for their song “Vulture.”
No, the girl pictured above is not a Fremen cyborg from the planet Arrakis. It is actually Krista Branch.
Krista is the girl who sings the so-overly-patriotic-it’s-funny song I Am America. The tune became popular last year when it turned into a Fox News – Tea Party rallying cry, but has since gone big time after it was featured in Herman Cain’s smokin’ new campaign ad.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that I learned today (via Oklahoma Rock) that Krista is from Bixby, Oklahoma. I figured that gives me an excuse to post Steven Colbert’s thoughts on both the Herman Cain ad and Krista’s song. Some of it is pretty hilarious.
State Senator Josh Brecheen (pictured above and to the left) is a right-wing tea bagger politician from Southeastern Oklahoma. Last year, the Durant Daily Democrat gave him a column where he could spout-off misinformed views on evils of evolution and public art and defend the owners of cruel puppy mills.
Well, Mr. Brecheen is back at it again. This time he’s tackling the subject of the Wall Street protests, and in a particular, how they remind him of the 1960′s American Gypsy counter-culture that destroyed the great work of liberal Republican president Dwight Eisenhower.
Wait a second. The “American Gypsy” counter culture of the 1960s? You didn’t hear about that one when you watched that VH1 pop culture documentary on the 1960s. Josh “I probably masturbate to pictures of Rick Perry in cowboy boots” Brecheen explains what the American Gypsy culture is, but before doing so, he has to spend 250 words writing a bigoted stereotypical history of the Eastern European Gypsy culture.
My favorite large local newspaper that’s owned by a wealthy out of state conservative tycoon is The Oklahoman. One reason I like it so much is for breaking news stories, like this one where Governor Mary Fallin pledged her support to the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
Gov. Mary Fallin was introduced as “one of us” Sunday at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association’s fall conference at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City. Fallin responded by pledging her support for the oil and natural gas industry, which she said is leading Oklahoma into a renaissance period of development and innovation.
The Republican governor said the industry has fueled double-digit revenue growth for the state, despite being beset by challenges on the federal level. Fallin said she will continue working to create the best business climate for the oil industry in Oklahoma.
“American-made energy is such an important part of our future,” she said.
Wow, I can’t believe Mary Fallin would take this kind of political risk. Pledging support of the one and only industry in our state that provides the most money and jobs? She’s brave, I’ll give her that. What’s next Governor, are you going to tell us that “children are our future”? Or perhaps you can call someone a “tax-and-spend liberal,” even though the Government’s only job is to tax and spend.
Anyway, since Mary Fallin is an Oklahoma Governor, here are a few other things I bet she supports:
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