As I wrote earlier, the GOP wing nuts are still bitterly angry over SCOTUS’ marriage equality ruling. The Tea Party (didn’t they used to be about taxes?) is especially throwing out shade in every media outlet it can.
From Right Wing Watch:
Milwaukee County sheriff and Tea Party hero David Clarke has a new radio show on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network, and naturally used the July 4th episode to explain how the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling was just the sort of thing that inspired the Declaration of Independence and so should inspire a new “revolution” complete with “pitchforks and torches.”
“If you call yourself an American, then you have to start a revolution in this country after what happened last week at the United States Supreme Court,” Clarke told his listeners. “If you believe in the concept of self-rule, representative democracy, limited government, then you have no choice at the very least to be part of a revolution that’s going to be necessary to get this country back.”
“Yes, pitchforks and torches,” he insisted, explaining that Washignton can’t be fixed so “you have to deconstruct it.”
Hmmm. Pitchforks and torches. Well, while this prescription sounds extreme, it isn’t too far off from what others in this back room of the Republican Party are spewing.
Mike Huckabee: America Worse Than Sodom After Gay Marriage Ruling
Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Ruling Will Spark A ‘Raging Inferno’
Tony Perkins: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Surge In Prison Population
And, the winning headline:
Swimp: Gay Men ‘In Bottomless Pants’ Are ‘Literally Trying To Collapse Our Western Civilization’
Well, that’s our digest for today.
And I am terribly sorry I haven’t posted more often. Work, commuting, and planning for Burning Man has eaten most of my free time.
More to come!
Even with the SCOTUS ruling two weeks ago that made marriage equality the law of the land, states are rushing to pass exemptions to recognizing gay marriage based on religious liberties. And, a number of county clerks have outright refused to provide marriage licenses.
The Daily Beast has a good roundup of the micro-efforts going on to block same-sex marriage:
At last count, officials in seven states have opted out of marriage recognition since the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, while those in a total of 20 probably have the right to do so. Yet given the trend lines in public approval of marriage equality—now upwards of 60 percent, with a strong demographic tilt—the backlash, itself, is likely to backfire, alienating young voters and associating the Republican Party with prejudice.
See what anti-gay efforts around marriage equality in your state or county here.
As the article says, and in the theme of a favorite cheerleading movie, “bring it on”!
Baseball player Bryce Harper gets naked and dirty for ESPN’s Body Issue…
The baseball superstar stares out at us dressed in a rugged beard, a layer of dirt, and nothing else. Who knew dirt could be sexy?
In his interview for the cover story, Harper tells ESPN that his body “feels pretty unbelievable” but is still unhappy with some things. “I wish my abs were a little bit better,” he told the magazine. “God gave me a great body, but I think my abs could be better than they are.”
He also takes swings naked. Oy vey.
Be sure to visit OUT magazine for the full behind-the-scenes video.
Via The Gaily Grind:
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to make June 26 a federal holiday, to be known as National Equality day, a day to celebrate all those who fought for the right to marry the person they love.
June 26 already has special significance for decisions that have favored gay rights in landmark Supreme Court cases.
On June 26, 2003, a divided Supreme Court decided that a Texas law making it a crime for two persons of the same sex to engage in intimate sexual conduct was unconstitutional. The decision helped strike down all remaining anti-sodomy laws in the U.S.
Said President Obama:
These folks are heroes and deserve to be recognized for their courage and sacrifice. I can’t think of anything more deserving of a national holiday than the fight for equality. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal.
I will be urging congress to honor the LGBT community with a federal holiday, until then I will issue by executive order declaring June 26th, 2016 National Equality Day.
Now, let's sit back and watch right-wing heads explode.
At the end of May, a pitbull was found with a taped muzzle in Charleston, NC. After recovery, Caitlyn (the pit bull) is now the subject of a sexy calendar featuring sexy firemen posing with the rescue.
Charleston Animal Society's Caroline Eller organized the calendar and took some of its especially memorable behind-the-scenes shots (below)
Eller says that on top of raising much-needed funds — medical care costs the Charleston Animal Society some $500,000 per year — she hopes that this calendar encourages folks to adopt their next pet.
“I'm a firm believer that an animal knows they have been rescued,” she says. “I hope these images show the true bond between a rescue and their rescuer.”
You can order the calendar here and check out the behind-the-scenes photos below.
Via Huffington Post
And there’s group member Richard Hadfield. More pics at Attitude Magazine
Here’s the performance that shot them to fame: