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.

Late Night: The Good News

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Consider this a public service to combat the wiles of the professional psychic vampires out there who aren’t happy unless they’re driven people to top themselves, preferably in the vamps’ presence.

Don’t Fall for Sen. Rubio’s Fake Cry for “Tolerance” in Marriage Equality Debate

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 1:05 pm

One of the most transparent tactics opponents of marriage equality will attempt is to claim that supporters of marriage equality are intolerant of their opinion.

It’s not only a transparent tactic but highly cynical. And apparently it’s the tactic that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is using.

US Catholic Bishops Are Following the Path of Bob Jones University

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 9:09 am

When it comes to Supreme Court cases involving the freedom of religion, one of the biggest cases is Bob Jones University v US from 1983. The presenting political issue was the segregationist practices of the school, but the specific legal issue before the court was the school’s tax exempt status. Congress had passed laws that cut off federal education money from any school that practiced racial discrimination, and the school tried to claim that the first amendment gave them an exemption from such laws. SCOTUS laughed loudly. You can discriminate all you want in the way you run your school, said the justices, but you can’t expect society to subsidize it.

And now, in the wake of President Obama’s executive order granting LGBTs protection from discrimination by federal contractors, the USCCB is upset because without an exemption from this on religious grounds, they will not be able to engage in the kind of “just discrimination” to which they have become accustomed. I’d love to hear what happens when their attorneys read them the relevant parts of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bob Jones v US.

Anti-Gay Video Links Marriage Equality to Slavery, Segregation

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 7:20 pm

In 2012, it was discovered that the National Organization for Marriage was planning to divide the LGBT and African-American communities on the subject of marriage equality.

Tony Perkins Thinks America Will ‘Discard’ Judges’ Rulings for Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 5:18 pm

It’s like I said before, in lieu of providing proof of their arguments in court cases (such as the recent marriage equality victories in Pennsylvania and Oregon), anti-gay organization leaders such as Family Research Council president Tony Perkins are whining about “activists judges.”

What I didn’t count on is how folks like Perkins would take the visage of dotty old men shaking their fists at the sun while talking about open rebellion against the courts:

Support for Marriage Equality Reaches New High But Republicans Still Oppose It

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 8:44 am

Support for same-sex marriage continues to steadily grow. According to Gallup, support has reached a new high with 55 percent of Americans now in favor same-sex marriage.

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