Let’s kick off this Tuesday with Jon Stewart, thoroughly deflating the dishonest and hypocritical right wing fight against same sex marriage.
The Republican presidential race is off to a smashing start, as one of the current frontrunners, creationist neurosurgeon Ben Carson, goes on CNN and says homosexuality is a choice. How does he know this? Because look at all those people who go into prison, and come out gay.
“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “Did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
If there’s one thing we know about Republicans, it’s that they have the utmost respect for the Constitution. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, is a strict constitutionalist who “believes firmly in the United States Constitution.”
Right. That’s why he now wants to change it, so that states can forever deny the right to marriage for gay people.
He’s a “strict constitutionalist,” unless it helps one of the groups he demonizes.
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage bans to be lifted in five states, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called Monday for amending the U.S. Constitution to prevent either the federal government or the U.S. Supreme Court from overturning a state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Cruz announced his plans in a statement Monday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Cruz called the court’s decision to let those rulings stand “tragic and indefensible” and expressed concern that it would lead to the overturning of same-sex marriage bans in every state.
The religious right continues losing their reactionary culture war, as a federal appeals court strikes down Virginia’s ban on marriage equality.
And this ruling will also affect conservative bans on same-sex marriage in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, so it’s a significant defeat for the forces of atavism.
“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” the divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit in Richmond concluded.
The 4th Circuit opinion also will affect marriage laws in other states within its jurisdiction, including West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Only Maryland has legalized same-sex marriage.
Never let it be said that young Earth creationist neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t know how to compromise. Just yesterday, he explained on a Newsmax TV show his idea for a grand compromise on gay marriage, and it’s amazingly simple: gay people should not be allowed to get married.
This man is a compromisin’ fool. Get him into the White House right away!
A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The ruling, handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesday, followed oral arguments on May 5.
Earlier Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) filed a preemptive motion asking for an immediate stay if Dale did rule against the gay marriage ban.
Mayor Jim Watson received hundreds of retweets and favourites on Twitter when he announced on the social network Thursday that the Pride flag would fly at City Hall until the end of the Olympics.
But at least one person was not pleased with the move, telling the mayor: “This is a stupid waste of time. You’ve lost my vote.”
Watson’s response also went viral.
@Awesomely11 if you have that point of view, I really don't want your vote.
Rainbow flags are flying across the country during the Winter Games in Sochi in response to a Russian law that makes it illegal to spread “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.
The flag is also flying in Toronto. Or course, mayor Ford is apoplectic at the decision.
Great Moments in GOP Rebranding: RNC’s Dave Agema Says He Doesn’t Hate Gays, but They’re Destroying America
Right Wing Watch has video of Republican National Committee official Dave Agema on conservative talk radio, helpfully explaining that he has absolutely nothing against gays, you know, personally. He just thinks they’re destroying the world. Even Switzerland.
The former Michigan state legislator said on The Renegade River Show that gay rights weaken the family “and when you start destroying the family unit in a nation, the nation starts to crumble from within.”
“Look at the Greek empire, look at the Roman empire,” Agema continued. “Basically, I am trying to protect America.”
He also maintained that schools are “teaching the homosexual lifestyle, how to be a homosexual in some sort of class that they’re teaching that we’re paying for,” and argued that gay marriage had major repercussions in Denmark, Netherlands and Switzerland (a country that has not legalized gay marriage).
I never thought I’d see this happen in Utah.
Thursday’s federal court ruling that overturned Utah’s ban on marriage equality sent the Republican Party into RED ALERT mode, as you might imagine, and they filed an EMERGENCY motion for a temporary stay the next day. Today that emergency request was denied.
This is what panicky losers look like. And it’s not going to get better for them, because the days when powerful, unscrupulous reactionaries could demonize and exploit entire classes of human beings are going away, slowly but surely.
Immediately following the ruling, same-sex couples fled to the county clerk’s office to receive marriage licenses. But Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) denounced the decision, threatening to take action to appeal the ruling.
“I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah,” Herbert said of the Thursday ruling. “I am working with my legal counsel and the acting attorney general to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”
The 10th Circuit Appeals Court denied the governor’s emergency request “without prejudice.”
“Because the motion before us does not meet the requirements of the Federal or local appellate rules governing a request for a stay, we deny the motion,” the court held.
(If you can’t see the MP4 video, click below.)