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Roy Moore: Impeach Ruth Bader Ginsburg Over Gay Marriage Case

The religious right is continuing its screaming about impeaching Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Kagan over the fact they have presided over same-sex marriage ceremonies. With the impending SCOTUS decision on gay marriage coming to us in the next couple of weeks, the wing nuts are panicking as they realize they will probably lose.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore refuses to go away. After he told his state to ignore court rulings in favor of marriage equality, he has become the darling of the right. Here, he maintains the new conservative message of ignoring SCOTUS’ decision.

From Right Wing Watch:

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Friday about his belief that states should “resist” a potential Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, saying that Congress and the states should simply defy a court decision they disagree with by stating “that there is no right to redefine marriage” in the U.S. Constitution.

“We have justices on the Supreme Court right now who have actually performed same-sex marriages, Ginsburg and Kagan,” Moore continued. “Congress should do something about this.”

He said that if Justice Ginsburg does not recuse herself from the case, then Congress should commence impeachment proceedings.

“This is undermining the rule of law in our country and ushers in an age of chaos,” Perkins added.

You can listen to the entire interview at Roy Moore: Impeach Ruth Bader Ginsburg Over Gay Marriage Case | Right Wing Watch.

Wing Nuts’ Truly Worried About SCOTUS’ Marriage Equality Decision: “Just ignore the Court”

The new stategic tactic that wing nuts are employing in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage is to ignore the court’s decision.

Because Jesus.

While not necessarily advocating blowing off the Constitution, GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is using the impending decision to fire up the evangelical base:

Joe.My.God: “Ted Cruz: I’ll ‘Always Always Always’ Fight Against ‘Mandatory Gay Marriage’

The Belerico Project: “Brian Fischer Vows to Not Follow Supreme Court Decision”

In this recent video he vows to ‘NEVER capitulate to any Nazi-esque order’ to recognize gay marriage and that “they can’t arrest us all” if we don’t follow the Supreme Court decision expected in late June.

Joe.My.God: “Texas: ‘Defy SCOTUS’ Bill Might See New Life Today in State House Vote”

Texas state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, intends to attach an amendment similar to his previous bill barring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples to a bill protecting clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages during a House floor vote on Thursday, May 21. Bell filed HB 4105, also known as “The Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act,” ahead of an anticipated summer Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality. It would have withheld pay from county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After its defeat last week, Bell told reporters he wasn’t giving up on it. Though an amendment must be considered germane to a bill, Equality Texas reports that Bell intends to attach HB 4105 to SB 2065, which passed the Senate last week on a 21-10 vote with all Republicans and one Democrat voting for it. While HB 4105 died before it could get a vote, it garnered support from the majority of the House HOP caucus.

Fortunately, an Alabama judge is telling confused county employees that they need to issue marriage certificates:

The Advocate: “Alabama Must Obey Federal Decisions on Marriage Equality”

The federal judge who twice struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage today issued another pro-equality decision, granting class action status to all same-sex couples seeking to marry in Alabama, and rebuking state officials who have tried to ignore her earlier rulings.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade, who in January found Alabama’s statutory and constitutional bans on marriage equality to violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, reaffirmed that all state agencies are bound to abide by her earlier rulings.

While Granade’s 14-page order prohibited state officials from enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, it also included a stay pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the marriage cases currently before it. That decision is expected in June, which means the Alabama ruling will not take effect until that time.

And now back to our breaking coverage of Josh Duggar’s child molestation admittance. There’s nothing more entertaining than the hypocricy this group uses as its umbrella.

Hatred at It’s Worst: God Gave You Cancer Because You are Gay #MarriageEquality #Ireland

Una Mullally, a journalist for the Irish Times, shared on Twitter one of the letters she has received (above) as a result of her advocacy for same-sex marriage. This is one of the rudest and most un-Christian-like letters I've seen.

Mullally also said that it isn't the worst one, but that some are so nasty she did not want to share them to Twitter.

Disgusting.

Ireland is set to vote on marriage equality this week. If successful, the country would be the first to enact same-sex marriage with a vote.

 

Did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Just Drop A Hint On The SCOTUS Same-sex Marriage Case?

On Sunday, one gay couple likely had a fabulous wedding as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg officiated their wedding and might’ve hinted at the great court’s upcoming decision on same sex marriage.

Via The New York Times:

Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.

The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.

But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.

No one was sure if she was emphasizing her own beliefs or giving a hint to the outcome of the case the Supreme Court is considering whether to decide if same-sex marriage is constitutional.

But the guests began applauding loudly, delighted either way. Justice Ginsburg, who has officiated at same-sex weddings in the past, also seemed delighted, either by their reaction or, perhaps, by the news that she will be played in a movie by Natalie Portman (who, in a strange casting segue, will play Jackie Kennedy Onassis in another film).

The SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage is due in the next month.

Watch: Matt Baume Covers SCOTUS Arguments For and Against Same-sex Marriage

Georgia Pastor: “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime”

Well, isn't this Christian?:

The pastor of a church in Milledgeville, Ga., recently changed the sign outside his church to read, “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime,” according to Georgia television station WGXA. The sign caused a stir in the neighborhood, but Robert Lee, the pastor of Ten Commandments Church, defended his sign and claimed he was quoting the Bible. “Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime,” Lee told WGXA. Lee told WGXA that he hoped his sign would have an impact and said he would oppose a Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. “The institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live,” he said.

I'm not going to spend time arguing the other Levitacus verses that these wing nuts ignore, nor am I going to do anything more than share with my straight friends to share the pain. Many people outside our community do not go deep into LGBT news to see such hatred – and we need to continue reinforcing that even with a probable event of SCOTUS ruling state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the fight goes on.

This is all so wrong — and tiring.

 

What If We Lose Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court?

For all intents and purposes, it sounds like today’s SCOTUS hearings were a mixed bag of Justice responses pro- and anti-gay marriage. The New York Times (via Joe.My.God) shares its take on the day:

“The justices appeared to clash over not only what is the right answer in the case but also over how to reach it. The questioning illuminated their conflicting views on history, tradition, biology, constitutional interpretation, the democratic process and the role of the courts in prodding social change. Justice Kennedy said he was concerned about changing a conception of marriage that has persisted for so many years. Later, though, he expressed qualms about excluding gay families from what he called a noble and sacred institution. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. worried about shutting down a fast-moving societal debate.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked whether groups of four people must be allowed to marry, while Justice Antonin Scalia said a ruling for same-sex marriage might require some members of the clergy to perform ceremonies that violate their religious teaching. Justice Stephen G. Breyer described marriage as a fundamental liberty. And Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan said that allowing same-sex marriage would do no harm to the marriages of opposite-sex couples.

At the start of Tuesday’s arguments, Chief Justice Roberts said he had looked up definitions of marriage and had been unable to find one written before a dozen years ago that did not define it as between a man and a woman. “If you succeed, that definition will not be operable,” the Chief Justice said. “You are not seeking to join the institution. You are seeking to change the institution.”

I know that our community has remained optimistic that SCOTUS will rule that same-sex marriage is constitutional but there is also a chance it won’t. Such a decision would lead to a whole set of new issues, questions, protests, and debates – including whether or not states would activate their previously struck down marriage bans? Would gay couples married when it was legal still be considered married?

There is no easy answer or resolution to what could happen, but our community needs to be prepared for any next steps to maintain equality (and not violence).

The Washington Post has taken a stab at predicting the new world if we backtrack to state marriage bans:

In deep-red states such as Oklahoma, Utah and Kansas, officials probably would waste no time trying to put a stop to same-sex marriages. Groups may attempt to have existing marriages invalidated or may press state officials not to allow state benefits for gay couples who have wed. Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa County, predicted an immediate push to reinstate a constitutional amendment, approved in a 2008 voter referendum, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I don’t know how much clearer the will of the people can be expressed than by a vote to that effect,” he said.

In states such as Oregon and New Jersey, where the political climate has become more favorable to gay marriage in recent years, there probably would be a scramble to enact legislation to allow same-sex marriages. But the process could be more drawn out in places such as California, whose prohibition on same-sex marriage was part of the state constitution. If that ban was reinstated as a result of a Supreme Court decision, a voter referendum would be needed to get rid of it.

Elsewhere, the battles could be more pitched. In Virginia and Pennsylvania, for instance, freshly minted Democratic governors may resist attempts to revert to old laws, potentially clashing with conservative state lawmakers. And Republican leaders in Florida and elsewhere could find themselves squeezed between their conservative bases and gay rights forces that would label them bigots.

The biggest question: What would become of the thousands of couples who got married in the 22 states during the brief period same-sex marriage was allowed? James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, pointed to several recent cases involving same-sex marriage that suggest courts generally think that “once you’re married, you’re married.” But some experts think it could take years of litigation, and perhaps another go before the Supreme Court, to clarify that.In deep-red states such as Oklahoma, Utah and Kansas, officials probably would waste no time trying to put a stop to same-sex marriages. Groups may attempt to have existing marriages invalidated or may press state officials not to allow state benefits for gay couples who have wed. Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa County, predicted an immediate push to reinstate a constitutional amendment, approved in a 2008 voter referendum, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I don’t know how much clearer the will of the people can be expressed than by a vote to that effect,” he said.

In states such as Oregon and New Jersey, where the political climate has become more favorable to gay marriage in recent years, there probably would be a scramble to enact legislation to allow same-sex marriages. But the process could be more drawn out in places such as California, whose prohibition on same-sex marriage was part of the state constitution. If that ban was reinstated as a result of a Supreme Court decision, a voter referendum would be needed to get rid of it.

Elsewhere, the battles could be more pitched. In Virginia and Pennsylvania, for instance, freshly minted Democratic governors may resist attempts to revert to old laws, potentially clashing with conservative state lawmakers. And Republican leaders in Florida and elsewhere could find themselves squeezed between their conservative bases and gay rights forces that would label them bigots.

The biggest question: What would become of the thousands of couples who got married in the 22 states during the brief period same-sex marriage was allowed? James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, pointed to several recent cases involving same-sex marriage that suggest courts generally think that “once you’re married, you’re married.” But some experts think it could take years of litigation, and perhaps another go before the Supreme Court, to clarify that.

One thing is for sure. Come June, we will know the answer.

Let’s hope for the best!

SCOTUS Begins Oral Arguments On Same-sex Marriage Tomorrow

The Williams Institute via Joe.My.God has shared these interesting points as the Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments for (and against) marriage equality tomorrow:

  • An estimated 390,000 same-sex couples are currently married in the United States. The number of married same-sex couples has tripled since 2013.
  • 77% of same-sex couples across the country are living in the 37 states and Washington, DC where they can now marry, and 72% of Americans are living in jurisdictions that allow marriage for same-sex couples.
  • There are approximately one million same-sex couples (married and unmarried) living together in the United States.
  • An estimated 122,000 same-sex couples are raising 210,000 children under age 18, of whom 58,000 are adopted or foster children.
  • Same-sex couples are nearly three times as likely as their different-sex counterparts to be raising an adopted or foster child. Married same-sex couples are five times more likely to have these children when compared to their married different-sex counterparts.
  • In Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – the states specifically at issue in the cases before the Supreme Court – 19% (nearly 11,000) of the 56,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 18,000 children under 18 years old.
  • Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

The stats about gay parenting especially strike a chord. The anti-gays are anti-abortion but if they were able to all but eliminate a woman’s choice, they would not want LGBTs to adopt these unwanted children either.

What a fucked up strategy.

 

Watch: Here Are The Anti-Gay Crackpots Who Attended NOM’s ‘March of Hate’

They were all there: Peter LaBarbera, Janet Porter, and Brian Brown who also shared that the National Organization of Marriage is becoming the International Organization of Marriage.

Watch all the lunacy at yesterday's March for Hate Marriage in the nation's capitol.

 

 

Today’s Chicken Soup Digest: The Right Is FREAKING OUT About Marriage Equality

With the United States Supreme Court slated to begin hearing cases for and against marriage equality next week, right wingers are displaying signs of desperation and derangement.

I haven’t been posting much this week as our dog went missing on Tuesday and we still haven’t located her. This is one of the worst ways to lose a pet, BTW. But, the crazy news still flows out of crackhole bigots every day. Here’s a sampling of the extreme headlines coming out of the anti-gays:

The New Civil Rights Movement: ‘Christians Must ‘Be Prepared To Rebuild From The Ruins Of The Collapse Of Civilization’ Warns NOM Co-Founder’

NOM Co-founder Maggie Gallagher takes the victim role:

“Christianity in this country is going to enter a new phase where we are a hated minority group,” she told Dobson, who has spent decades spreading hate and lies about the LGBT community. “I think we had better be psychologically and spiritually prepared for that and be prepared to rebuild from the ruins of the collapse of civilization that we’re witnessing.”

Right Wing Watch: ‘Mike Huckabee Draws Connection Between Gay Marriage And ISIS Threat’

“We’re seeing, certainly at the national level, internally this battle on marriage, but globally what we’re seeing is that there is an assault on the Christian faith in general,” Huckabee said, before warning that ISIS will soon “physically assault” Christians in America.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who hosted the call, repeated his claim that gay rights efforts in the U.S. are linked to the murder of Christians by ISIS members in the Middle East.

“If we go silent on religious freedom here at home, I think that sends a message to the terrorists and the tyrants abroad that they are free to persecute our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Perkins said.

Right Wing Watch: ‘Scott Lively: Only ‘Pitchforks And Torches’ Can Stop Gay Marriage’

Crimes against humanity defendent Scott Lively (above):

The battle today is for marriage, the core of the natural family. Every human being on this planet will be harmed if the elites are allowed to destroy it by mutation. It is no different than Monsanto destroying natural foods or seeds by mutating their DNA, or Big Pharma destroying bodies by flooding the health industry with artificial, often poisonous “remedies.” Our common paradigm in the grassroots for guiding society should be natural vs artificial across the board, including natural marriage and family: rejecting the counterfeit alternatives to the self-evident design of our ecology — and our physiology.

The natural family is the ecosystem of humanity! It must be preserved at all costs.

How? By a populist uprising! The elites need to see the angry mob — liberals and conservatives together — surging through the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft, ready to tear down Frankenstein’s castle with their bare hands if need be. For Christians it’s Jesus and the money-changers time! Making a whip of cords like He did with His own hands, and letting these arrogant puppet masters know we mean to use it (metaphorically speaking).

Because Jeebus.

LGBTQNation: ‘No, same-sex marriage will not cause 900,000 abortions

I don’t even want to excerpt this one. If it mentioned Nazis, I would.

And that’s your chicken soup of bull shit of the day. And, how is your relationship causing abortions today?