KC Bishop Resigns Under Fire, and SF Archbishop is Nervous

By: Saturday April 25, 2015 10:00 am

Friends from San Francisco sent me links last week to stories about a group of prominent Roman Catholic laypeople who took out an ad to call for Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. I laughed, not because I think Cordileone should stay, but because (a) Francis is picking his battles right now, and trying to remove Cordileone like this might derail some of his larger projects, and (b) if Francis was going to lean on a bishop to resign, there are at least two others where the case against them continuing in office is much, much stronger.

On Tuesday, one of those bishops resigned, and I stopped laughing.

So did Archbishop Cordileone . . .


150 Years After Appomattox, the GOP Revises Their Views

By: Saturday April 11, 2015 10:00 am

The more things change, the more things change.

Consider the remarks of a certain Republican president from 1865, and how the Republican candidates for president in 2016 might rewrite those words today. They certainly wouldn’t sign on to them as Lincoln wrote them.

Planning the Holiest, Godliest, Bestest Wedding Ever

By: Saturday April 4, 2015 10:00 am

If you are a Truly Holy and Godly young woman, trying to plan a Holy and Godly wedding, Indiana’s original Religious Freedom Restoration Act seemed like a gift from God. Now, with it being somewhat rolled back, trying to plan a truly Holy and Godly wedding got more difficult. To demonstrate just how difficult, let me introduce you to Chelsea, and the story of her wedding . . .

Kansas Wants to Fund Discrimination, Missouri Ready to Follow

By: Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00 am

For years, California has had the reputation of being the incubator of policies that eventually become national, from environmental concerns to social concerns to economic concerns. But in the flyover land of Kansas, Sam Brownback is the leader of an ultra-conservative Republican party, purged of its merely-conservative elements. They control the legislature in Topeka, and are bent on taking that mantle of national trendsetter from California. Across the border in Missouri, the GOP-dominated legislature is turning the state motto on its head, by looking west and saying “show me which far-right policies to enact next,” rather than saying “show me the proof that they work.”

Tax cuts have always been high on the list of priorities for the Kansas GOP, and while they wait for those to magically work (don’t hold your breath, say the economists), they’re turning to laws to promote state-sanctioned and state-funded discrimination.

South Dakota District Court Takes 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to School over Marriage Equality

By: Saturday January 17, 2015 10:19 am

It’s not often that a federal district court takes on an appellate court of a different circuit, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this week in South Dakota over state bans on marriage equality. Judge Karen E. Schreier of the South Dakota District Court ruled in Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard that South Dakota’s ban was unconstitutional, and in so doing, her opinion deftly took down the logic of the ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned a similar opinion in favor of marriage equality in DeBoer v Snyder coming out of Michigan.

It’s truly a thing of beauty.

History in the Making in Missouri, But Not in Michigan

By: Saturday November 8, 2014 12:37 pm

Marriage equality continues its historic roll forward, with the Western District of Missouri being the latest federal court to weigh in on the issue. It came on the heels of a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding discrimination, however. Between the Missouri ruling and the dissent at the 6th Circuit, the majority opinion looks incredibly weak.

It is, as a local retired judge put it while conducting the first marriage of a same-sex couple, history in the making. And it’s about time.

Brownback Turns Harder to the Right, as if That Were Possible

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 9:15 am

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court not to take up the various appeals courts’ rulings on marriage equality cases has forced Sam Brownback into a corner. He’s in a big fight for reelection, with moderate Republicans bailing on the ultra-conservative GOP in Kansas. He faced a choice between two electoral strategies: (1) tone down the rightwing rhetoric, and reach out to the disaffected GOP moderates, or (2) write off the moderate vote and focus on ginning up the far right to boost their turnout numbers in November.

Brownback has gone with #2. Hard. And it’s not a pretty sight . . .

Meet the new holdouts…same as the old holdouts

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 1:30 am

One could say it is strange or funny that the same states holding out against marriage equality are the ones that generally hold the country back in general.

Missouri Joins the Move Toward Marriage Equality

By: Saturday October 4, 2014 9:20 am

Missouri took a big step toward full marriage equality yesterday, as Judge J. Dale Youngs in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County (Kansas City) ruled on the state’s ban on recognizing out-of-state marriages between two men or two women.

This was a case in which both sides stipulated to the facts (yes, these couples have marriage licenses issued properly by other jurisdictions, and yes, they have standing to sue) and the only argument was about the interpretations of law that governed these facts.

Marriage Equality Opponents Won’t Get Momentum With Louisiana Victory

By: Friday September 5, 2014 8:50 am

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s anti-marriage equality law, thereby breaking the lgbt community’s streak of successes in the courts when it comes to marriage equality cases after the SCOTUS’s Windor ruling.

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