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Row after Federal Reserve flies gay pride rainbow flag in Virginia

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  1. There are still Western democracies in which homosexuality is illegal? Amazing – until you realise which one.

    1. The US never ceases to amaze me, there are many great people there but the wierdos at the extreme are as batty as any in the world.

    2. martyn notman 5 Jun 2011, 6:17pm

      the sooner the Canadians Invade the better for everyone all round…

      1. LOL… what a sense of humor

      2. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 5:39am

        Like that’s going to happen! We don’t want them or their territory. We’re happy to welcome their refugees from insanity, bigotry and unrelenting hatred, however. Canada has been taking American political refugees and providing them asylum, in the fight for freedom since the days of the “underground railway” (anti-slavery support network) and before. Why stop now? I myself was a fugitive from the US draft during the Viet Nam war and was welcomed into Canada and to dual US/Canadian citizenship. I was a contientious objector but my local board violated their own laws and turned me down for that status even though my legitimacy and elgibilty for that status was well documented and proven.

    3. The author is mistaken-being a homosexual is not illegal anywhere in the united states-hasnt been illegal ever actually.
      Sodomy, a practice done between some homsoexual males, was illegal for some time, but rarely prosecuted. Now that the SC court has stricken this law, sodomy isnt illegal anywhere in the united states (federal law always trumps state law). Funny that millions of straight couples practice sodomy (sodmy, by the way, also includes oral sex).
      LOVE that the flag flies and there aint nothing the bigoted religious folk can do about it!!

      1. concerned resident of E3 5 Jun 2011, 9:23pm

        it wasn’t the author who was mistaken – read the article, it was Virginia state Delegate Robert G Marshall who was under that misapprehension

      2. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 8:13am

        Most consider any anti-Gay laws laws unconstitutional and unenforceable.
        However, some states still attempt to enforce their laws like Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.
        They openly choose to discriminate that I have to wonder what good President Obama and his crew can do abroad regarding Gay and Human Rights when he clearly has issues in his own backyard.

        1. Please provide the evidence of such…

      3. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 5:44am

        You are incorrect that “federal law always trumps state law”. It really depends on what the federal law vs what the state laws say as well as the issue of what powers are reserved for the federal government. All other powers, not allocated to the federal government, by the constitution, are reserved by default for the states. This is the whole basis for the continuing issue between federal and state jurisdiction. The whole concept of “state’s rights” is still a very fluid and often unresolved jurisdictional dispute.

    4. Virginia isn’t the U.S. My state repealed its sodomy law and established an equal age of consent (16) back in the 70s.

      1. it is in the US… just to let you know… in fact it was one of the many founding states

        1. @Pepa

          Chrism didnt say Virginia isnt in the US, he said Virginia isnt the US – and is quite correct in that point

    5. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 8:09am

      It is shameful that Any states im America still have such devisive laws and attitudes.
      It hardly makes for any Land of the Free when so many are opressed into hiding themselves.

  2. I had no idea that Virginia was still that backward and bigoted. Although what do you expect from the state where slavery began, as well as the genocide of the native american people.

    1. just to let you know, that was Massachusetts, it was the first state to be officially recognized and wad the first state to use slavery, after that it was georgia, then Mississippi and all through the south and north.

  3. It’s a great gesture in the face of such anti-gay hostility.

    1. by one man?
      It is not hostility, the federal reserve wants the gays to be on their side, because they have looted our country over 1.5 quadrillion dollars, devalued our dollar, forced poor people out in the street, no this is not something a person with real human sympathy would be proud of.

      1. By one man … I think you misunderstand Pavlos’ comment, Pepa

        The Federal Reserve is bigger than one man – bigger than you ego too, Pepa.

        This act is a fabulous gesture that demonstrates hostility and bigotry will never win over right minded, respectable and honest people.

  4. Rich (original) 5 Jun 2011, 7:22pm

    Bastard bankers!….

    1. You back again? Haven’t you got the message through your thick skull yet? We don’t want you here, get lost. We will keep reporting you until you are banned from this site no matter what you post up, get the message?

      1. Rich says he hates us because it provides him with a thin excuse for visiting gay websites and interacting with other gays. He knows there is nothing for him in the sad, self-hating, empty and dreary world of fundamentalism he inhabits, so he must keep coming back here. It’s tragic really.

        1. Very sad …

  5. Gosh I’ll soon know more about American LGBT news than British ones..

    1. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 8:15am

      Does seem to be a lot going on in the US, not all bad, some better stories but sadly most are disgraceful.
      It seems humanity never learns.

    2. You are always welcome to tell PN to stop doing stories on America… since many of you brits hated it when Americans comment on here but yet you are so cool in reporting and commenting on our country.

    3. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 5:50am

      Not a bad thing, to know what is going on with regard to gay/lesbian issues in other countries. I’m a former American (actually US/Canadian dual citizen) and I am here because I want to see how our battle (the gays and lesbians of the world) is going in England as well as any other countries. Our rights movement is for everyone in every country and we need to support our brothers and sisters in their struggles through out the world. That should be obvious, I would think..

  6. Dan Filson 5 Jun 2011, 7:30pm

    Virginia can always go it alone and form a separate Confederacy. If it does, bring on Appomatox! They benefit from having a Federal institution within their borders, they should live with the consequences. Fort Knox (if this is what the story is about – I cannot open the link) can always move its stuff elsewhere

    1. I’m unsure what you’re saying here. But one thing is mistaken: Fort Knox is in Kentucky. On the site is the repository for US gold bullion, run by the US Treasury, and it has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve.

    2. The banks, the corporations and your Messiah Obama will not support it, they have already trained the military to engage the citizens just in case. Our own military hates us.

      1. Pepa
        You come out with the most idiotic garbage. What do I find everytime I try and read an article on this site? You saying something stupid!

        1. Read the new Defense Authorization Act of 2012, it states right there that the police will be militarized and that Obama will now have the powers to use the military against the citizens during civil unrest, not only that but it will pro-long the wars in Libya Iraq and Afghanistan indefinitely.
          Do your homework. I don’t just say things to sound stupid. Only the stupid decide to remain ignorant.

          1. “Only the stupid decide to remain ignorant.”

            Or:- Only the ones without a tin-foil hat decide to remain ignorant.

      2. I thought I had seen the ehights of your paranoia, Pepa – now you step up to an entirely new level …

        Are the voices in your head still telling you these things?

  7. “Virginia, where homosexuality is still technically illegal”? Interesting. I didn’t know Virginia was allowed to defy the Supreme Court: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas

    1. Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2011, 1:31am

      @Ted …
      ….homosexuality is NOT illegal anywhere in the United States. Federal Law trumps state Law, so any State that thinks they are above Federal law is in for a surprise.
      This is again the bigoted religious right thinking they are above the Law.

      1. Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2011, 1:46am

        @story…
        ….whoever wrote the paragraph that says “Although Mr Marshall is correct in stating that homosexuality is illegal in Virginia, a 2003 US Supreme Court ruling found that anti-sodomy laws prohibiting private sexual acts between gay couples were unconstitutional. Virginia has not prosecuted anyone for sodomy since the ruling.” is entirely wrong and needs to brush up on American Law, in particular the relationship between the States and Federal law. Federal Law Always trumps the States.
        Who ever said Sodomy was a Gay thing. It is a practice of all human beings and is not an exclusive reserve of homosexuals. In fact quite a lot of homosexuals never practice it and to say otherwise is homophobic.

        1. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 5:55am

          All powers not specifically given to the Federal government are reserved for the states.
          You are incorrect that “federal law always trumps state law”. It really depends on what the federal law vs what the state laws say as well as the issue of what powers are reserved for the federal government. All other powers, not allocated to the federal government, by the constitution, are reserved by default for the states. This is the whole basis for the continuing issue between federal and state jurisdiction. The whole concept of “state’s rights” is still a very fluid and often unresolved jurisdictional dispute.

  8. Virginia didn’t outlaw homosexuality, exactly – they banned ‘sodomy’ for everyone, including heterosexuals. That’s why it was such a godsend for comedians around the country when the state came out with its tourist slogan, ‘Virginia is for lovers’. (heh)

    The hard right hates the Fed almost as much as they hate the gays – the loopy state rep quoted in the story has also pushed for Virginia to create its own currency – so the Fed flying pride flags pushes more than the usual number of wingnut buttons. I haven’t seen the local yokels down there this worked up since they discovered that the C.I.A. had been hosting pride events for their gay employees.

    1. “The hard right hates the Fed almost as much as they hate the gays – ” This is precisely what the corporatists and wall street goons want you to think, that being against their private piggy bank is “homophobic” and “racist” as well.
      The federals reserve is one of the most inhumane institutions that has caused most of humanity’s misery (stealing from the poor and giving it to the rich)… the gays have always supported looting the poor, in fact many of them hate the poor.

      1. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 6:11am

        “the gays have always supported looting the poor, in fact many of them hate the poor.” – Talk about generalizations! Do you really even know anything about the US gay/lesbian rights movement?

        Gay Rights in the US was not started or championed by log cabin Republicans or wealthy gays and lesbians. It was started by the Daughters of Belitis and the Mattachine Society in the 1950′s. It was brought to a head and ratched up into the area of civil disobedience by the revolt of the queens of Stonewall who rioted for four days starting June 28, 1969, because the corrupt homophobic cops of NY Cilty, who regularly raided their bars, chose the night of Judy Garland’s funeral to bust the Stonewall bar (once again) and those glorious, brave, and adacious queens weren’t going to take it any longer! They weren’t the rich, priveledged, and upper classes. But they are the ones we have to thank for helping to launch the gay/lesbian rights revolution that has spread through out the world.

        1. Do your homework, the HRC has been given half a billion dollars, and it is on record that the other gay rights groups have collected nearly double that amount. Meanwhile you have AIDS hospices that are being shut down and gay teens who live in the streets who are then turned into prostitutes by gay pimps and gay rich guys who use them.

  9. Clark Lane 5 Jun 2011, 11:29pm

    Hey Brits … we beat your ass first, then saved it twice …don’t be dissing America. However, if you want the embarrassment of a president we have, you can take him immediately…see if he can insult you anymore than he did recently.

    1. Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2011, 1:54am

      @Clark Lane….
      ….what exactly has your comment to do with this thread. However if America deserves the tag “backward ignornant homophobics” deal with it and feel shame that the supposedly most advanced country on the planet is still so ignorant and homophobic.
      Your comment is claptrap and makes no sense other than to indicate that besides being homophobic you are also a racist pig. Obama is probably one of the best presidents your ignorant homophobic country has ever had. By the way i’m not British so what epithet are you going to hurl at me i wonder.??.

    2. @ CLark Lane: the stupidity of some Americans is above reproach because of a territorial war fought over 200 years ago? Is that supposed to be an example of American reasoning?

    3. Can you seriously think that McCain/Palin was a better choice? They would have driven the economy off a cliff into another Great Depression. And if if the old white haired dude died that would have left us with President Palin. A fift-grader is smarter than her. Did you see her latest boner in Boston? She didn’t know anything about the ride of Paul Revere. Totally screwed up. And she supposedly represents the Tea Party that’s soooo proud of the Founding Fathers…. not!

    4. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 8:20am

      “we beat your ass first, then saved it twice …don’t be dissing America.
      Thats a joke!!
      Land of the Free – What a fracking joke!!

    5. Increase the meds love and breath into a brown bag until the panic attack goes away. Then try to remember that being a red neck isn’t clever or attractive.

      1. Perhaps this person takes the Hollywood ‘how America won the war’ movies just a bit too seriously.

    6. I think it is about time that the brits give us back our soldiers and stop asking us for military support. We should have let the germans take them over in WWII (in fact their inbred murderous royal family is in fact german).

      1. Well, what a surprise. And where the paranoia falters, the racism takes over. What a marvellous example of humanity you are, Pepa. Brava!

      2. @Pepa

        Your knowledge of history is about as accurate as Sarah Palins geography

    7. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 6:17am

      The fine democratic traditions and principles that the US’s noble experiment endorsed (but often didn’t live up to) is no excuse for dissing British or any other citizens in such a jingoistic and bigoted manner. Clark, have you ever heard of the book, “The Ugly American”? People like you were the inspiration for that novel. I’m an American and a Canadian, but you are an embarassment.

  10. In 1956 the Federal Reserve adopted “in God we trust” which was printed on all dollar bills. So now if they decide to fly the Rainbow flag with Pride… is this also an indication that they have more trust in god than their politicians? The US Dollar could do with a make over any way it is so bland how about a pink dollar bill in support of Pride after all “in god we trust” wouldn’t that rattle a church group cages!

    1. It was congress that ordered that all money have such a slogan.

      1. Hopefully they won’t change it any time soon… or it might read “Don’t ask don’t tell”

  11. Screw them! Their law was found top be unconstitutional many years ago and yet they still have it on the books? Makes them look silly if you ask me. And it also exposes them as the HATERS that they are.

  12. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 8:03am

    Wow yet more hatred from America because of people showing acceptance.
    Still these bigots wish to keep us second class citizens or sub human.
    They don’t get their own bitter irony of Evil thats for sure.
    I’m pleased the Federal Reserve has made a stand for acceptance.
    Shame on each and every bigot.
    I think it’s time we demanded paying less or no tax if they can’t treat us equal.
    I bet it will suddenly be handed all on a plate when so many others lie to stop also paying tax.

    1. Still these bigots wish to keep us second class citizens or sub human.
      I thought you gay sex activists didn’t believe that… in fact you ridiculed me when I pointed it out… now it is clear. You gay sex liberals do believe that gays are in fact second class citizens and sub-human.

      1. David Myers 7 Jun 2011, 6:20am

        Pepa (see my comments about the book “The Ugly American”) they apply to you too. You’re a troll – admit it.

        1. Yes, yes, yes. Call me a troll. If it makes you feel good inside and all powerful, do it. But that is not going to make what I say go away. Nor it will not change the fact that many gay sex activists put us down as sub human and as a second class citizen because of our sexuality. Quite frankly you have to be a moron to believe such garbage.

          1. “Yes, yes, yes. Call me a troll. If it makes you feel good inside and all powerful, do it.”

            But you are a troll. A repugnant one too. Shoe fits, and all that….

          2. @Pepa

            You are a troll

            That doesnt make me feel good

            I makes me feel sorry for you

            It make me feel repulsed by you

            It makes me sorrowful that you humiliate yourself so much on here

      2. What you actually mean, by your OWN definition of “gay sex activist”, pepa:

        “I thought you gay paedophiles didn’t believe that… in fact you ridiculed me when I pointed it out… now it is clear. You gay paedophiles liberals do believe that gays are in fact second class citizens and sub-human.”

        See how insane that sounds. See how homophobic you are. Yet you preposterously state that we think ourselves are “second class citizens and sub-human”???? When you call gay people paedophiles, its YOU are the sub-human, pepa…. a distasteful and repugnant one at that.

        You are in seriously need of a good doctor, and a good teacher.

        (no doubt a boo-hoo is coming about how you are insulted by our disdain for you after you call every gay man here a paedophile, I await with some relish to see your hissy fit, its amusing)

        1. I’m not protecting pedophiles like other gay sex activists have done in the past. Nor do I advocate for the children to have sex with gay adults like some on here have said in the past.

          1. “Nor do I advocate for the children to have sex with gay adults like some on here have said in the past.”

            Yes you do. You’re obsessed with it. 80% of your comments are about having sex with children.

          2. The fact is pepa that you are protecting paedophiles … you keep mentioning abuse of children that you are aware of but you only gossip about it on here and refuse to report it to the appropriate authorities – that means if you are right that these children are being molested – you are as bad as the molesters because you (with the knowledge) are protecting them

    2. @Jock S Trap

      You know the people we sent out as settlers to the new world were people we didnt really want in Blighty … so is it any wonder that they have some views that are bigoted and extreme … *tongue in cheek*

      Their view of history is inaccurate

      Fortunately there are those in the US (no doubt people who chose to settle there some years later lol) who understand civil liberties, freedom and responsibility rather than spouting on about ignorant freedom of speech like the zionist extreme tea party activists such as Pepa

  13. ryansouth 7 Jun 2011, 6:56pm

    Well-written and relevant article.

    Did anyone see the funny article about the gay pride protest???

    http://milkthebull.com/2011/06/07/gay-pride-protestors-break-into-full-blown-orgy/

  14. ChristinaM 14 Jun 2011, 9:00pm

    Good job, Federal Reserve Bank! Show your support, the LGBT community appreciates it deeply!

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