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POTUS believes in fifty-state equality, happy with way it's playing out  »  Good As You
In an interview with Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker, President Obama cited the recent Supreme Court decision to not grant cert to any same-sex marriage cases as the best SCOTUS decision in his tenure: I asked him to name the best Supreme Court decision of his tenure. When the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, in 2012? When it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a year later? Neither, it turned out. “In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up ...
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Posted:  10/20 8:51pm
Flip Benham (yes, their dad) reportedly protesting outside NC weddings  »  Good As You
Considering he's a longtime foe of all things LGBT rights and no stranger to street protests, don't take this as indicative of much of anything. But it is still worth noting the people who are determined to show America just how vicious anti-gay activism can still be: With gay marriage now legal in North Carolina, it was only a matter of time before Flip Benham of Operation Save America started crashing wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. The North Carolina-based pastor, who is the father of Religious Right activists David and Jason Benham, reportedly disrupted several weddings at the Mecklenburg County and ...
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Posted:  10/20 7:13pm
TV's Duggar family continues anti-LGBT activism  »  Good As You
Over the years, the Duggars from TLC's hit reality TV show 19 Kids And Counting have become increasingly political. In addition to eldest son Josh joining the extremely anti-LGBT Family Research Council and dedicating his time to efforts to stop marriage equality, mother Michelle has recorded robocalls advocating against LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws and the whole family has shown up at rallies that are focused at least in part toward discrimination. Here's the latest, happening today: [SOURCE: Joe.My.God] And of course the next time they are on Good Morning America, Extra, or any of those entertainment shows that love to play ...
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Posted:  10/20 7:03pm
But your subjective view of 'real' marriage is factually irrelevant, Ryan  »  Good As You
In response to my post about an Idaho wedding business that changed its website in what seems to be a revisionist attempt to cover the fact that it used to perform civil weddings and weddings outside of their faith, the Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson writes the following: [Ryan's twitter] His opinion about our marriages, as offensive as it may be, is completely irrelevant to the facts. The fact is that this business was fully willing to move forward with civil weddings that they themselves may not have supported, but now they are not. They have always operated as ...
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Posted:  10/20 8:08pm
Caught ya: Far-right's latest marriage 'victim' edited website to make more solid legal case  »  Good As You
Back in May, I wrote about a place called The Hitching Post, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, business that marries couples for profit. At the time, I opined about how the ordained minister who owns the business has every right to not perform same-sex marriages, if he so chooses. However, if he is going to make that choice, then he is going to lose that right to run a for-profit, "all comers welcome" business that says it marries opposite-sex couples in civil ceremonies, regardless of faith. And in May, when that business owner, Donald Knapp, first started going ...
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Posted:  10/20 5:57am
Read: Wyoming to become our 32nd marriage equality state  »  Good As You
In a temporarily stayed ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl has ruled against Wyoming's discriminatory marriage ban. Once the stay is lifted (on Oct 23rd, if not before), this will make Wyoming the 32nd marriage equality state: 2:14-cv-00200 #44 Wyoming Injunction & Temporary Stay by Equality Case Files Only eighteen (!) to go. ...
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Posted:  10/18 12:48am
NOM's latest desperation: Relying on hearsay James O'Keefe video to smear Democrat for 'secretly' not opposing equality  »  Good As You
James O'Keefe, the controversial conservative filmmaker whose big thing is to secretly film progressives in what are often lazily twisted versions of incomplete truths, released a latest video wherein a leader with the Arkansas Young Democrats' gay caucus intimated that Sen. Mark Pryor, one of the only Democratic Senators who still publicly opposes marriage equality, is actually less against it than he says he is. Here's the truly lame video: Now, even on its face, this is a pretty ridiculous "revelation." For one, it's no secret that national Democrats are very supportive of marriage equality, so it's not like his ...
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Posted:  10/17 7:15pm
Shun-employment: NC state employee quits job to avoid happy gay couples  »  Good As You
Priorities, folks: WENTWORTH — A Rockingham County magistrate submitted his resignation Thursday, saying he couldn’t marry same-sex couples because it violates his religious beliefs. Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins and said he couldn’t fulfill his oath of office after same-sex marriage became legal in North Carolina. His resignation is effective Oct. 31. FULL: Rockingham magistrate resigns over same-sex marriage [Winston-Salem Journal] It's unclear where he will go next. But I'd assume he'll look for jobs that involve casting stones. ...
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Posted:  10/17 6:53pm
What fake victimization sounds like in Arizona  »  Good As You
Cathi Herrod, Arizona's longtime voice of discrimination for LGBT people, weighs in on today's decision bringing marriage equality to her state: PHOENIX – “I am heartbroken for a country and a state that has had the redefinition of marriage forced upon them by an out of control federal judiciary. In what amounts to the de-facto Roe v Wade of marriage, voters throughout the nation have watched their voices be silenced, and their votes voided. Now, Arizona’s marriage amendment and our voters are the latest victims. While the United States Supreme Court may still take up the issue of marriage ...
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Posted:  10/17 8:37pm
Federal judge strikes Arizona's discriminatory marriage ban; marriages should begin today!  »  Good As You
US District Judge John W. Sedwick has just ruled that marriage equality can begin in Arizona If this sticks, then that brings us up to thirty-one states and counting. And just as social conservatives have long predicted, the rapid developments have prompted Americans to take to the streets in angry mobs, dragons are now terrorizing major cities, and straight parents are leaving their babies on the roadsides to instead be raised by wolves. ...
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Posted:  10/17 7:22pm
NOM wasted a lot of money on IRS "scandal," aint getting it back  »  Good As You
The National Organization For Marriage today suffered what should be its final and most crushing blow in its years long, wholly concocted attempt to create an IRS "scandal." The same court where NOM lost its case earlier this year, receiving only $50,000 from the government for an inadvertent leaking of its unredacted Schedule B form in 2012, has now determined that NOM does not deserve even one penny of reimbursement for the ludicrous legal fees that the anti-gay organization was seeking. David Cary Hart reports: United States Circuit Court Judge James Cacheris has denied reimbursement of legal fees ...
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Posted:  10/17 6:17am
State employees must actually perform duties state pays them to perform; shocking, I know  »  Good As You
This is the kind of thing that the anti-gay far-right will surely turn into another "poor, pitiful us" routine: North Carolina magistrates have been directed to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. A memo to state magistrates Wednesday said they would be violating their oaths of office if they refuse to marry gay or lesbian couples Gay marriage developments: North Carolina mandate [AP] (h/t: Joe) But those who try to portray this as some sort of unfair burden are people who see themselves as above the law. As entitled. As having ...
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Posted:  10/16 7:12pm
Frank Turek pushes same anti-reality rhetoric that led his movement to loss  »  Good As You
Frank Turek is a longtime voice of anti-gay hostility and an early adopter of the anti-equality movement's now-definitive "victim" meme. So it's no surprise that he, a North Carolina resident, is all kinds of angry at the recent actions that brought marriage equality to his state and others. But while he's free to be angry and to shout said anger from the rooftops, Mr. Turek does need to at least deal with reality. Like, for example, when he writes this: [Marriage is] the one institution best capable of creating and then raising children by encouraging their mothers and ...
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Posted:  10/16 3:45pm
'Christian' is not suitable stand-in for 'discriminatory business owner'  »  Good As You
This is the a headline running at the American Family Association's "news" site: [AFA's One News Now] The subject is the supposed "right" of public accommodations to flout fairly enacted nondiscrimination laws when they don't feel like serving a same-sex couple. The opinion piece posing as a news article runs down those same handful of cases that the far-right keeps trying to turn into some sort of national scourge. Well covered territory on this site, and I won't be covering it again here. But I do want to talk about the hubristic way that organizations like the American Family Association think ...
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Posted:  10/16 2:49am
Tony Perkins knows a shifting Catholic church is bad for his career  »  Good As You
The Vatican is starting to admit that gays and lesbians have "gifts to offer." And that's more bad news for the exceedingly anti-gay head of an organization that has made marriage inequality its cause célèbre: [Tony Perkins] Oh please. Marriage equality might have been a "powder keg" a decade ago. Nowadays, when a deep red state like Utah or Oklahoma get the rights, the only peeps of discontent you hear come from people like Tony himself. Even local conservatives who campaigned on discrimination are ready to move on. And a Catholic church wants to become more ...
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Posted:  10/15 7:48pm
Photo: Why can't those pesky judges just let America's most anti-gay special interest group subjugate taxpayers' rights?  »  Good As You
The Family Research Council is being victimized, ya'll: [FRC] Those dang judges and their legal training. But a few things about this: (1) By "voted for marriage," FRC means voted for civil discrimination of the kind that turned state constitutions into weapons against certain kinds of taxpayers. I understand why they say "for marriage" rather than "for inequality" because the know the ignobility attached to their latter. But their verbal tricks do nothing to change reality. History books will not be fooled. (2) Tens of millions of Americans have also voted against FRC's agenda. If FRC wants to do this route, then ...
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Posted:  10/15 7:07pm
NOM goes after gender neutral bathroom because—that somehow applies to marriage?!  »  Good As You
As a dad of an infant who is often in search of a changing table, only to find that the business chose to only put this item in women's restrooms, I can see the many reasons why a gender neutral restroom is a smart and reasonable thing. It's not only about trans men and trans women. It's also not some weird and wacky thing. It's also not at all about marriage. Yet the organization that is supposedly focused only on the marriage policy question is for some reason taking this on as its new fight: [NOM] First off, we're talking about ...
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Posted:  10/15 7:24pm
Vander Plaats: Churches are going to wake up and somehow roll back court-tested civil marriage rights  »  Good As You
Marriage equality keeps coming to more states, and even the staunchest conservatives seem too bored too care. The vast majority of the public is either ecstatic, okay with, or at least ready to move on from the same-sex marriage debate. At least that's what I'm seeing. According to Bob Vander Plaats, the Iowa anti-gay activist who has been trying (and FAILING) to undo marriage equality in his home state of Iowa for over five years now, insists that everything's about to change, and that the churches are going to somehow manage to usurp courts: Although federal courts have been ...
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Posted:  10/14 8:05pm
AP reports on pro-discrimination movement's next phase (spoiler alert: they still think they can discriminate)  »  Good As You
Now that any political observer with even a smidgen of objectivity knows that the anti-equality movement has lost the marriage fight, the beleaguered organizations that tried and failed to discriminate against us in civil policy are scrambling for any way they can still hold on to some measure of disregard for us and our unions. And as the Associated Press reports, the next phase is going to be more pushes for more license-to-discriminate bills in more state legislatures. particularly in red states that now have marriage equality: "Some of the states are so red — think South Carolina — that the ...
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Posted:  10/14 8:37pm