Sen. Manchin picks odd way to (D-istinguish) himself
What's it like to play solitaire while sitting on the wrong side of an arc? Ask Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV):
The lone Democrat in the U.S. Senate to oppose same-sex marriage is sticking to his views despite efforts among members of Congress in his party to convince the Supreme Court to find a constitutional right to marriage rights for gay couples.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) signaled Monday he won’t sign a friend-of-the-court brief being prepared by congressional Democrats in favor of same-sex marriage. That brief, which Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is organizing on the Senate side, is due Friday.
KEEP READING: Manchin won’t back Dem effort in support of marriage [Wash Blade]
He didn't vote for Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal either. At this point, I have to believe that he really just doesn't support us.
Which is his right. It's just not right. Or left.
Photo: Before city council votes on nondiscrimination, Charlotte anti-LGBT activists frame us as 'Homo-Nazis'
Check out the sign that was prominently displayed behind the official speakers at tonight's ridiculous "Don't Do It Charlotte" rally:
But yeah, go ahead and tell us again how this is all about "religious freedom" and how you're the victims, kiddos. We "homo-nazis" love a good fairy tale almost as much as we love fair accommodations.
AG Holder: 'Marriage equality is an idea whose time has come.'
Before he leaves his office, Attorney General Eric Holder is once again doing right by equality. He spells out the plan in a new USA Today Op-Ed; go read in full:
Over the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. As the court considers that momentous question, the Department of Justice will make clear that our answer is an unequivocal "yes."
This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of "equal protection of the laws." It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination.
KEEP READING: Eric Holder: Taking the side of equality [USA Today]
Viciously anti-gay activist Scott Lively to help us show SCOTUS what animus looks like; thanks, doll!
Scott Lively's activism/rhetoric in both the states and (especially) abroad is so vehement that he is literally standing trial for crimes against humanity. Yet for some reason (i.e. hubris. It's hubris) Lively thinks he and his mindset will be a good thing for his movement as it readies the most important battle in its history. Here's the aggressively obtuse press release:
Vigil for Marriage at the Supreme Court and All Federal Courts
Contact: Dr. Scott Lively, 413-250-0984, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Open Letter to America:
This is a call-to-action to all Christian believers, pastors, leaders, talk show hosts, media figures, activists, street evangelists and prayer warriors.
Let us band together in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 to promote and conduct a continual prayer vigil and stand-out for marriage at SCOTUS (or any Federal Courthouse for those who can't get there) from now until the ruling comes out, probably in June.
This is a general call to all believers to go to SCOTUS alone or in groups to pray and hold signs. Churches and other organizations can choose dates or times to rally their own troops if they like and/or hold press conferences etc., but let's all just put out the word to whatever circle of influence we have and let the Holy Spirit stir hearts.
I am asking every Christian and pro-family radio talk host to promote this vigil, and perhaps do a broadcast from the site. Large organizations could provide logistical support to help people coordinate with groups scheduled to be there at a certain time but until then I will do my best to help at email@example.com
I am on my way to DC to kick this off spiritually (just me and my wife) with a stand-out from 11am-1pm on Monday the 9th and invite you'all to come or to send others to join us in prayer.
I will do the same in front of my own local federal courthouse in Springfield MA over the next few weeks and months at times to be announced.
In the meantime, don't wait for somebody else to organize your vigil, just go!
This is our last stand for marriage as a free society. If SCOTUS declares "gay marriage" a constitutional right by judicial fiat there will be nothing left for us to do but resist.
Only God can save us from the calamity and disgrace of defiling His institution of marriage in our official national policy.
Let us take the authority we have in Him, and the freedom we have as Americans, to join together to surround the federal judges with such a hedge of prayer that they will be forced to bow their knee to the one who created marriage as the foundation of all human civilization -- one man and one woman.
Pastor Scott Lively
Vigil for Marriage at the Supreme Court and All Federal Courts [Christian NewsWire]
(h/t: Scott Hutcheson)
"Holy crap, what a godsend!" replies the documentary film crew that will cover the case. "We were worried we would have to actually work a little bit to find the really bad sights and sounds.
No word on who else might show up to this, an apparent attempt to persuade even Clarence Thomas to side with equality. Though I hear Westboro Baptist fears it might be too anti-gay for them.
Audio: NOM prez equates his anti-gay fight with defeating slavery, conquering 'evils that were occurring in the Roman empire'
Brian Brown, president of National Organization For Marriage, wants his fellow Christians to fight against civil marriage equality. You know, just like past Christians fought against things like slavery:
At other parts of this same interview, Brian proves his fight goes well beyond marriage when he attacks the transgender movement and claims that marriage equality lies about what it means to be a human being. Listen to the full thing here.
While you're doing that, I'm going to go back through my archives and pinpoint the exact month when Brian decided NOM should become an organization that helps our side rather than his. I think it was sometime during their first ridiculous bus tour.
SCOTUS deals another blow to NOM; more to surely come!
The National Organization For Marriage and its allies have lost yet another attempt to conceal donors, this one in the highest court in the land:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from same-sex marriage opponents in California who want to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret.
KEEP READING: SCOTUS Rejects CA Dispute Over Disclosing Donors To Anti-Gay Marriage Initiatives [AP via TPM]
It's almost as if courts are telling NOM that they are not, in fact, above the law. Who knew (*other than everyone who doesn't work for NOM)?
Federal judge strikes Nebraska's discriminatory marriage ban
Looks like we are a week away from our thirty-eighth state moving over to history's right and inevitable side:
Today, March 2, federal Judge Joseph F. Bataillon in Nebraska ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down the state's ban on marriage between same-sex couples -- a decision that will take effect on March 9, 2015 at 8:00am.
FULL: Federal judge in Nebraska rules in favor of the freedom to marry [Freedom To Marry]
Cue the anti-gay movement's reliably anti-intellectual responses, wherein they'll once again attack a judge for doing his job rather than fault their side's lawyers for a shocking inability to make anything resembling a credible case.
CA Republicans of 2015 do thing that will make CA Republicans of 2025 say, 'Yeah. Okay. so?'
The California Republican Party is choosing to officially recognize the gay GOPers at Log Cabin Republicans:
The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38-year-old organization that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received the formal imprimatur on a 861-293 vote at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento.
Gay group wins formal recognition from state Republican Party [LA Times]
A small step, and one that the Democrats took sometime in the '80s. But for a far-right that already feels alienated (and for good reason), it's a development worth noting.