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Court bars enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell'

A federal appeals court ordered a halt today to the armed forces’ discharge of openly gay service members, citing the Obama administration’s disavowal of laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had intervened in November to allow the government to continue enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, despite a federal judge’s decision that the law was unconstitutional. Today, however, a three-judge panel of the court lifted the stay, saying, “The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed.”

The court noted that Congress has voted to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” as soon as President Obama and the Pentagon certify that the change will not interfere with military readiness or recruiting. The administration has said most troops should be trained for the new policy change by mid-summer, although it had told the court the law should probably stay in effect for the rest of the year.

The panel also cited Obama’s decision in February to withdraw support from another federal law denying benefits to married same-sex couples, and his newly announced view that laws discriminating against gays and lesbians should be declared unconstitutional unless they serve some compelling government need.

So effective today, the military must stop discharging service members under this policy - which was still happening. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is appealing, arguing the decision should be made by Congress. Not thrilled about that, but happy the courts intervened to at least stop people from being discharged under a policy that’s being phased out. 

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Summer Marriage Equality Tour

Tour Objective: Last year, I helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour with the National Organization for Marriage. Over the course of 30 days, we traveled more than 10,000 miles to spread a discriminatory message I once believed in to oppose same-sex marriage.

Ironically, it was that very summer tour that led me to change my mind and come to support marriage equality. This new tour will serve as a testimony to that change and will seek to spread two messages.

Firstly, that marriage equality is not an ideological issue. Too many see support for gay rights as strictly a liberal issue. That’s a mistake. Supporting the constitutional rights of all citizens is a conservative issue, too.

Secondly, the tour will seek to demonstrate to conservative legislators across the country that more and more people are coming to support marriage equality. Eventually, that truth will start reflecting changes among conservatives, too. If I, an opinionated conservative can change my mind, it won’t be long before many other conservatives do, too. Not to mention independents.

Signal boost! Folks, if you can donate to this, please do. This is Louis Marinelli, former organizer for NOM. He’s attempting, as a conservative, to do a summer of equality tour that’s similar to the NOM tour of 2010.

Read about Louis Marinelli’s personal journey here.

Tour dates here.

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We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.

Dr. Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann’s husband, on GLBTQ people in America. He runs a Christian counseling center in Minnesota that offers conversion therapy. This is the man who would be “First Dude” should she win the presidency.


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At a book signing in Minneapolis, recently declared the hippest and gayest city in America, I greeted 2012 GOP presidential contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with a shower of rainbow glitter.

"Feel the Rainbow!" I shouted. Gingrich was conducting the book signing as part of The Minnesota Family Council & Institute Annual Dinner 2011 celebration. The MFC has been an instrumental mover of a marriage inequality amendment that would enshrine discrimination in Minnesota’s state constitution.

I have literally watched this for several minutes and have not stopped giggling… 

Well done, sir.

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At that point, between what I had witnessed on the marriage tour and RJ’s post about marriage equality, I really came to understand that gays and lesbians were just real people who wanted to live real lives and be treated equally as opposed to, for example, wanting to destroy American culture. No, they didn’t want to destroy American culture, they wanted to openly [participate] in it. I was well on my way to becoming a supporter of civil marriage equality[…]

Once you understand the great difference between civil marriage and holy marriage, there is not one valid reason to forbid the former from same-sex couples, and all that is left to protect is the latter.

Indeed Christians and Catholics alike are well within their right to demand that holy matrimony, a sacrament and service performed by the Church and recognized by the Church, remains between a man and a woman as their faith would dictate. However, that has nothing to do with civil marriage, performed and recognized by the State in accordance with state law.

My name is Louis J. Marinelli, a conservative-Republican and I now support full civil marriage equality. The constitution calls for nothing less.
Louis J. Marinelli, former NOM operative and former BFF of Maggie Gallagher. Marinelli’s statement shows that the most virulent anti-gay person can have a spark of insight and further that to become supportive of marriage equality. 


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Today, the Wyoming Senate killed HB 74, a bill to invalidate same-sex marriages from other states. This is the most conservative legislature in over 90 years, and with 26 Republicans and 4 Democrats, this bill failed on a 14-16 vote.

This song goes out to the senators and representatives who voted to quash this monstrosity:

Rep. Barbuto, Rep. Berger, Rep. Blake, Rep. Bonner, Rep. Brown, Rep. Byrd, Rep. Childers, Rep. Connolly, Rep. Craft, Rep. Esquibel, Rep. Freeman, Rep. Gingery, Rep. Goggles, Rep. Greene, Rep. Illoway, Rep. Kasperik, Rep. McOmie, Rep. Moniz, Rep. Nicholas, Rep. Patton, Rep. Petroff, Rep. Roscoe, Rep. Steward, Rep. Throne, Rep. Vranish, Rep. Wallis, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, Rep. Dave Zwonitzer, Sen. Burns, Sen. Case, Sen. Christensen, Sen. Coe, Sen. Driskill, Sen. Emerich, Sen. Esquibel, Sen. Hastert, Sen. Hines, Sen. Landen, Sen. Martin, Sen. Nicholas, Sen. Rothfuss, Sen. Schiffer, Sen. Scott, Sen. Von Flatern

Also for the tireless activists at UW QAN, GetEqual WY, WyWatch Watchers, Wyoming GLBT News, attendees of Cognitive Dissonance (my radio show) who spoke out on-air, and people all over Wyoming who asked Wyoming state congresspeople to fo the right thing.

We still have a long way to go for marriage equality. But for the first time, and with a legislative makeup of 76 Republicans and 14 Democrats, we saw a civil union bill brought to committee with narrow defeat. We saw the state version of ENDA get to the house floor. So there’s hope.

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Democrats poised to introduce legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws.

Feinstein’s announcement comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement last week that at least one part of DOMA will not be able to pass constitutional muster in federal court, and that the Justice Department will not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in the Second Circuit.

Fuck yeah.

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I believe that we’re in denial about potential problems as we see more and more homosexual couples raising families. Essentially, these are experiments to see how well children will fare in such same-sex households. It will be years before we know whether or not our little guinea pigs turn out to be good at marriage and parenthood.

Mike Huckabee, regarding marriage equality and the DOMA. Fuck you, Mike Huckabee. Seriously. Comparing GLBTQ people to guinea pigs is ridiculously offensive.

Here’s the APA on marriage equality: Adopted children thrive in same-sex households

No, Mike Huckabee. You’re the one in denial.


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Wyoming is a funny friend. If you get invited to supper at Wyoming’s house, you probably shouldn’t bring your same-sex spouse or your gay brother-in-law, or, perhaps, even yourself — but if you’d like to bring a firearm, that would be fine. Or at least that’s what I can discern from the legislative news this week, during which Wyoming lawmakers vigorously voted against same-sex marriage while also supporting the carrying of concealed weapons without permits. Apparently, Wyoming would rather have a shotgun go off during dessert than talk about anything too personal.

I realize, of course, that much of this legislation stems from collective fear and misunderstanding dating from the days on the high plains when rogue bands of gay couples terrorized frontier towns, opening independent bookstores and making snappy remarks about other settlers’ haircuts — no, wait, that’s not what happened. I don’t know why Wyoming continues to be so anxious about gay people and their families — who do they think invented fringed chaps and square-dancing, anyway?

Mary Kettl, "The Things We Conceal and Carry"

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Can our kids live with that?

 If we truly believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality then of course we would not want our children to be gay or lesbian. I get that! But why in God’s name, if we are so sure that this is God’s opinion on the matter, do we continue to condone so many other facets of scripture that carry the same supposed punishment? Cursing your parents, marrying someone who is not a virgin, a betrothed woman who does not cry out while being raped, children who refuse to obey their parents (what if their parents want them to do something illegal or submit to incest and rape?), these are all punishable by death according to the Bible (read out of context). Look at this list and tell me, you think all of these are still valid? How many reading this think homosexuality is a sin “because the Bible says so” and yet got married and was not a virgin at the time?

The Bible condones slavery, but we know better now, don’t we? The Bible understood mental illness as demon possession, but we know better, don’t we? Anyone who wants to use a Bible as a weapon to suppress and deny the gay and lesbian population, must by extension still support slavery and inequality for women.

Written by Rev. Dee Lundberg of Casper. She’s great, and I commend her for this.

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