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06/26/2015

Hillary vows to keep fighting for full LGBT equality; et tu, GOP rivals?

by Jeremy Hooper

2016:

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NOM, now truly nuts, encourages Americans to treat marriage equality ruling like Dred Scott

by Jeremy Hooper

They're out of business soon. But here's a last, crazy gasp from an organization that has harmed America:

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Updated marriage map

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Breaking: By a 5–4 ruling, SCOTUS extend marriage equality to all fifty states

by Jeremy Hooper

History. Made. Today.

More to come.

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*Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, as expected. I'll have it ASAP.

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*The opinion:

"The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."

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Historic SCOTUS ruling; Obergefell

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06/24/2015

Video: While GOP rivals cling to '÷', Hillary makes winning case for '='

by Jeremy Hooper

When Andrew and I were finally able to marry under law, six years after already pledging our life commitment in every other way, the moment choked me up more than I expected. More than anyone expected, in fact. The videographer chose to place the microphone on my lapel rather than Andrew's in part because the common assumption was that Andrew was the more likely of us to burst into tears. When the theoretical became reality, however, I was the one sobbing like a baby. It's because the whole thing—the weight of marriage, the blessing of finding such solid love, the hard fight that was still so relatively nascent at the time, the ability to obtain what so many before us were denied—coalesced in a far more powerful way than I had anticipated. Every step, glance, and syllable of the ceremony came with a resonance that felt as if it was spanning back through the ages while also speeding ahead to the future. It was bigger than me, and I was overcome by it (in a glorious way).

That's what I love about this Clinton campaign video. It really captures that power:

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06/23/2015

Perfect image for group that's shooting at the moon, hopes to leave some children dangling

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage's latest attempt at a graphic meme, in which the pro-discrimination organization takes a wholesome stock photo and slaps its exclusionary branding onto it:

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[NOM]

Eh, if you can't win the latest attempts at the ballot, practically ever win in court, help elect an anti-gay president, or obtain just about anything of substance in the majority of your years as an organization, I guess trying to pull down the moon isn't the worst idea. When you've tried everything else, disrupting the earth's balance might be what you need to do. It's what the donors expect.

I just wish NOM would stop endangering our kids. Encouraging them to hang from celestial bodies? How irresponsible, NOM! Almost as bad as telling minor children that their parents aren't real.

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FRC flat-out lies about Gen X and marriage equality; typical but no less egregious

by Jeremy Hooper

In today's edition of its "Washington Update," the extremely anti-gay Family Research Council tried to make it seem as if Generation X is aging up and out of support for marriage equality. FRC's writer (the byline belongs to Tony Perkins, but FRC now admits he doesn't write most or any of it) states the following:

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[Family Research Council]

Nice try. I mean, at this point, the hope that people grow up and become more anti-gay is the only hope onto which a pro-discrimination group like FRC can hang its hat.

Only problem for FRC and its deep desire for some ray of light? Their framing is a complete and utter lie. And big time!

The Washington Post piece in question is simply about how much millennial support has shot up over the past decade. The very same data that WaPo used also shows that Gen X has risen considerably in this same time period, from 44% to 59%:

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[Pew via WaPo]

Yes, Millennials have risen at a higher rate than any other generation, to no one's surprise (especially since this post-1980 framework allows for ten more years of younger, rollable millennials while all other groups stay statement). But Gen X didn't decline in support, as FRC claims. Instead, Gen X went from just bubbling under majority support to now holding a healthy 59% in support. They went up 15%! That fully and in every way contradicts FRC's narrative.

I mean, look, FRC, I'd be desperate too if I'd stuck my neck out in such a public, animus-driven, and history-book-memorable way in support of crude civil discrimination. But hey, let's at least try to write in a way where we can still see the ballpark of reality. To be clear, that's the same ballpark where a majority of Gen Xers are happily cheering on their little kids, whether or not those new millennium children happen to grow into adults who want to marry someone of the same-sex or the opposite-sex.

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Man who'll never be POTUS serves up rotten red meat that'll never cook in congressional dining halls

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 At 8.26.03 PmNo you won't, no you can't, and no you won't ever be:

Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President [RWW]

Translation: "I am now a professional sayer-of-things who is constantly running for my next book deal, speaking engagement, and punditry gig, with no actual eyes on ever again making or executing law. So here, let me say more things. Blargity, blargity, bloozers."

As of press time, there was no word on what Huckabee will allow the gullible folk who believe his fairy tales to do with their other two wishes.

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**RELATED: Mike Huckabee Pledges to Fight ‘Dred Scott’ Gay Marriage Ruling With Civil Disobedience [Towle]

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