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07/28/2014

NOM to show rest of world its impressive ability to exacerbate loss

by Jeremy Hooper

201407282146Back in the spring of 2013, I first told you about the National Organization For Marriage's burgeoning plans to start a global version of their failed American enterprise, which they are planning to called the International Organization For Marriage. Earlier this year, I also first revealed NOM's associations with CitizenGo, a sort of anti-gay version of MoveOn.org. But while I haven't heard much about either effort since those initial reports, Buzzfeed's J. Lester Feder reveals that NOM's global plans are still very well underway:

CitizenGo was conceived of as a kind of MoveOn.org for conservatives. It was based in Spain, but it had aspirations to be a global platform and now has staff working in eight languages, with plans to add Chinese and Arabic. It has an organizer in the U.S., too, named Gregory Mertz, who works out of the Washington offices of the National Organization for Marriage
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Today, American ties seem much more about a shared vision to build a global conservative movement rather than leaning on stronger and wealthier U.S. partners for support. [Ignacio] Arsuaga, [Luca] Volontè, and La Manif Pour Tous President Ludovine de La Rochère were all in Washington on June 19 to support the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage. Their more important business, however, might have been in a closed-door summit the next day, where representatives of around 70 countries met to discuss creation of an International Organization for Marriage, according to Volontè and another participant. A follow-up meeting is planned for next year.
FULL REPORT: The Rise Of Europe’s Religious Right [Buzzfeed]

What the hell is the sales pitch? "We are the organization that came into this fight when America had one marriage equality state and not federal rights for same-sex couples. Now there are nineteen states, the nation's capital, full federal recognition, a President who was handily re-elected after he came out for marriage equality, a new pro-equality court ruling every day, and consistent polling showing an ever-growing majority of citizens who oppose the NOM agenda. But trust us—get got this!"

"Oh we totally trust you," reply all of the international LGBT rights activists who are waiting for NOM to futz up their countries' resistance movements the same way NOM's embarrassed the conservative movement here in the states.

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07/28/2014

Bryan Fischer: Marriage equality supporters are like baseball's legendarily winning team

by Jeremy Hooper

The '27 Yankees are famed for being really, really, really good. In fact, according to the sporting experts at Wikipedia, the team is remembered as one of the best in history. This team's mighty lineup is where the phrase "Murderers' Row" comes from.

Which is why I'm thrilled that one of the most antigay men in America, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, seems to think those of us who are on the right side of the marriage issue are the modern equivalents of this winning team. In reference to North Carolina's Attorney General saying he would no longer challenge Team Marriage Equality in court, Fischer writes:

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[AFA's Bryan Fischer]

Suited up. But still usually lost.

If that's the framework you want to use, B, I'll take it. It's the most honest assessment I've heard from the AFA in some time.

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On NC's Attorney General and the bipartisan hunt for a 'culture war' off ramp

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 At 6.19.41 PmNorth Carolina's Democratic Attorney General has announced that he will no longer defend his state's discriminatory marriage ban, as he believes it would be "futile" in light of today's 4th Circuit ruling in favor of equality:

AG Roy Cooper says federal decision in VA clears way for gay marriage in NC [News & Observer]

And he's right. Marriage equality is inevitable, and people who are inclined to care about justice and their legacies want to be recorded on the right side.

But the politics of it are even more interesting. Increasingly we are seeing political figures from both sides of the aisle jumping at the chance to drop their past resistance to marriage equality (or in the case of Cooper and others, their defense of bad marriage laws) at the very first chance they get. It took Gov. Christie about a half a second after his state Supreme Court opened a path to marriage equality before he announced that his hands were pretty much tied. A similar thing happened in Pennsylvania, where Gov. Corbett (R) announced that he was out of options due to multiple courts' action on behalf of equality. And then there are the Democrats who might be inclined to support (like Cooper) but who just need that one little something—a ruling, a higher ranking supporter, safe poll numbers, a Biden, etc.—so they can come on out and offer their full and unqualified support. We marriage equality activists used to have to poke and prod and get on our knees and beg; people barely need a budge these days.

The truth is that a lot of political figures, from all parties and points of view, are ready to move on from this overwrought fight, which is why you are seeing friend and foe alike look for their easy entrance/exit. For a Democrat, as soon as that one lingering obstacle is moved even somewhat, it's time to dive in head first. For a Republican who might be worried about conservatives voters, it's a search for that one moment they can look too and ask, "eh, whaddya gonna do?" But for many—and an increasing many, at that—the hunt for the next available escape chute is fully on.

Which is good. Marriage equality is wonderful, while the rest of the world is kind of a mess. Maybe the next ten years can be defined by actual social issues that we solve rather than contrived social debates that we belabor?

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Read: 4th Circuit strikes down Virginia marriage ban

by Jeremy Hooper

Since Windsor, we are twenty-nine for twenty-nine in the courts. Here's the right side of history's latest decision (vindication?):

"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. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance."

14-1167 #234 - Opinion by Equality Case Files

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GLAAD: Change is possible: Former 'ex-gay' activist Yvette Schneider 'celebrates the worthiness and equality of all people'

by Jeremy Hooper
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Change is possible: Former 'ex-gay' activist Yvette Schneider 'celebrates the worthiness and equality of all people' [GLAAD]

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Man who stands in way of Texas equality works to stunt economic windfall as well

by Jeremy Hooper

Responding to the obvious-stated report that Texas' economy would benefit if it opened the booming wedding economy to same-sex couples, the state's head of the self-appointed morality police, Jonathan Saenz, wonders the following:

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Of course the answer is no because responsible researchers prefer to cull their data from sensible study and projections based off the many states that have had marriage equality for some time now rather than the fear mongering of people who collect a paycheck off of this form of discrimination.

But that's the thing with anti-gay activists circa 2014: they act like it's still 2002. Even though we now have nineteen states with marriage equality, full federal rights and benefits, and consistent polling that shows majority support, they still use the same "sky is gonna fall" rhetoric that they used back when this conversation was fully theoretical. They haven't evolved one bit. And yet they expect their broken rhetoric bank to yield different results?

Dude, Jonathan—ridiculous fears like the one you traffic in here are a big reason why you're movement is in the state it is in now! You're side has lost, Jonathan.Get out of the way and let your caterers and florists and planners make a little more cash. You've blocked enough already.

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07/25/2014

Miami-Dade Circuit judge rules state marriage ban unconstitutional; stays ruling

by Jeremy Hooper

The voter-enacted ban "offend(s) basic human dignity." Here's a pertinent snip followed by Judge Sarah Zabel's full ruling (the second pro-equality Florida ruling in as many weeks):

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14-1661 Decision by Equality Case Files

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Video: With marriage equality, Texas could put in a pool at the Alamo

by Jeremy Hooper

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Don't stop until full equality



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