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Utah! You’re fantastic. The AP is reporting same-sex couples have already gotten hitched in Salt Lake City. More on today’s decision here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/federal-judge-strikes-down-utah-same-sex-marriage-ban
One of the best parts about today’s ruling is that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby cited Justice Antonin Scalia’s fire-breathing dissent regarding DOMA in his overturning the ban. Why? Because Scalia breathlessly warned that the SCOTUS decision in the Windsor case would open the floodgates to doing away with state bans. Like Utah’s.
Hey Scalia. You like apples? HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?

Utah! You’re fantastic. The AP is reporting same-sex couples have already gotten hitched in Salt Lake City. More on today’s decision here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/federal-judge-strikes-down-utah-same-sex-marriage-ban

One of the best parts about today’s ruling is that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby cited Justice Antonin Scalia’s fire-breathing dissent regarding DOMA in his overturning the ban. Why? Because Scalia breathlessly warned that the SCOTUS decision in the Windsor case would open the floodgates to doing away with state bans. Like Utah’s.

Hey Scalia. You like apples? HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?

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Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.

Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”

I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.

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Today’s SCOTUS ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act IS historic, don’t get me wrong.

And Scalia’s dissent IS full of quotable bitter lemons.

However, as allies for queer and trans* communities, and people of color, our work is not done. There’s the recently-overturned crucial aspects to the Voting Rights Act. And DOMA doesn’t address inequalities faced every day by queer and trans* people.

So yes, let’s celebrate, but let’s not forget queer youth fighting for a place to stay, trans* people fighting to keep their jobs, or people of color fighting to keep their right to vote.

The Pledge of Allegiance still ends, in my opinion, with: “…and liberty and justice for SOME.” So as we celebrate DOMA today, remember, there’s much more work to be done tomorrow.

Cheers,
Meg

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You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride…

Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married. If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.

Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party, according to Saturday’s Marietta Daily Journal. First off, what’s to stop straight people from doing this? And there’s more straight couples versus gay couples, so by Sue’s incredibly faulty logic, straight couples are the likely fraudsters. And I’ve been straight-married twice — where’s my free stuff?

Second, I have numerous LGBTQ friends who’ve said that their “equipment” works just fine for a sexual relationship thankyouverymuch. I swear, people like Sue spend more time thinking about the mechanics of gay sex than actual gay people do.

Rebranding: You’re doing it wrong.

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Todd Starnes: And yet, there seems to be this opinion on the other side that says, you know what, you and I don’t deserve the same rights. You know, it’s as if we’re second-class citizens now because we support the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage, or perhaps we are pro-life, and that means we’re somehow second-class citizens who don’t deserve to be in the public marketplace of ideas.

Sandy Rios: Absolutely. In fact, it’ll be worse than that. You know there’s going to be punishment. There will be tremendous punishment. If gay marriage is embraced by the country, if the Supreme Court goes south this week in its hearings, we are in for – of course, we’re not going to hear about it until June – but we are in for persecution like we have never seen it.

Starnes: Well, it’s already started.

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes and American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios displaying a jaw-dropping lack of awareness when discussing marriage equality.

I nearly choked on my goddamn coffee when I heard this fuckery come out of their mouths. Let’s just hit the basic point: EVERY bill passed for marriage equality has a religious exemption. Period.

And clergy have every right to refuse to marry anyone. Don’t believe me? Go to a Catholic priest, demand he marry you and your significant other on the spot, and mention that neither of you is Catholic, but he just HAS to do it. Hint: He won’t.

P.S. — If you want to uphold “traditional, Biblical” definitions of marriage and think it’s one man and one woman, you clearly didn’t read that book closely.

I just can’t with some people…

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The ill-conceived, misbegotten, politically-inspired H.R. 3396 [Defense of Marriage Act] should not be enacted into law. And if it is, the President should veto it.

It is not the role of the State to uphold the tenets of any religion nor to base its laws on a particular religious belief. The proper province of the State is legislation, not salvation. The State is not the church and does not accept its orders from God.

America is not a theocracy, and it is not the State’s business if a person marries a member of the same sex. In short, Caesar has no responsibility for souls.

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, (D-Omaha) in a prepared statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on H.R. 3396, May 16, 1996. H.R. 3396 would later become the Defense of Marriage Act.

I’ve posted this once before, but it’s especially relevant this week as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

And Nebraska’s Sen. Ernie Chambers is the goddamn man.

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Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman published an op-ed today in The American Conservative urging the Republican Party and conservatives to embrace marriage equality, stating:

Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.

Judging by the comments and reactions on Twitter, Huntsman touched a nerve by calling out conservatives. So one question, then…

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Oh, I think they mad.

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Any decent newspaper with a backbone cannot have decisions on whether to cover a story based on whether the story will make people angry. The job of a community newspaper is not pretending something didn’t take place or ignoring it because it will upset people. […]

Many of the calls I received had the caller stating something to the effect, “I don’t need my children to read this.” Ugh. We have stories about child molesters, murders and all kinds of vicious, barbaric acts of evil committed by heinous criminals on our front page and yet we never receive a call from anyone saying, “I don’t need my child reading this.” Never. Ever. However, a story about two women exchanging marriage vows and we get swamped with people worried about their children. […]

You have a right to believe whatever you want. We weren’t trying to change your mind about that. We were simply reporting the story to the best of our ability. We are also happy to report the other side, too. We have run numerous letters that have attacked gay marriage in the LL-C since that story ran. However, I can’t help but be saddened by the hate-filled, viciousness of many of the comments directed toward our staff.

Jim Cegielski, owner of the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper in Mississippi, defending his newspaper’s decision to cover the wedding of Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven in Laurel, Miss.

Bravo!

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Jeers to [Rep. Lynn] Hutchings who, in addition to tsk-tsking gay marriage advocates, also perpetuated dangerously backward stereotypes about gays including that AIDS is primarily a gay disease. We’re sure that comes as great comfort to the more than 12,000 people who contracted HIV through heterosexual contact in 2010 (the last year CDC figures are available).

And while we’re at it, jeers to the testimony about gay marriage which disintegrated into a conversation about the properties of the human colon. One proponent argued the colon wasn’t built for sex. That may be true, yet the colon wasn’t built for most canned chili, but you don’t see us arguing for a law banning it.
The Casper Star-Tribune editorial board, Feb. 2, 2013, on the disgusting, off-topic testimony against domestic partnerships and marriage equality.

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An oldie, but goodie — it’s the poster I designed two years ago for this fight.
But remember this: In 2011, Domestic Partnerships never even moved from committee. It died for lack of a second to be heard.
This poster was used in demonstrating against the anti-gay bills, which didn’t even get filed this year because there was no one who would sponsor them.
We still have the Non-discrimination bill that will come before the senate.
This is the closest and farthest we’ve ever come. We know for sure who our friends and opposition are, and we’ll be back.
I promise.

An oldie, but goodie — it’s the poster I designed two years ago for this fight.

But remember this: In 2011, Domestic Partnerships never even moved from committee. It died for lack of a second to be heard.

This poster was used in demonstrating against the anti-gay bills, which didn’t even get filed this year because there was no one who would sponsor them.

We still have the Non-discrimination bill that will come before the senate.

This is the closest and farthest we’ve ever come. We know for sure who our friends and opposition are, and we’ll be back.

I promise.

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To all you ranchers out there, I bring you Leviticus 19:19: ‘Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.’

So, ranchers, maybe you didn’t know that cross-breeding your herd for hybrid vigor was an abomination to the Lord. Planting oats as a nurse crop for your alfalfa in your fields is also an abomination. Wearing a good Pendleton wool vest with a silk lining is an abomination. These are all spoken about in the Old Testament in exactly the same way, in exactly the same section.

Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Campbell, speaking out against “cherry-picking the Bible” to legislate while defending HB 168, Domestic Partnerships, in the Wyoming House today. Listen to her full speech.

The bill failed on a roll call vote 25-34, with 1 excused, and will be postponed indefinitely.

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