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Kim Davis Court Ordered To Issue Marriage Licenses, Refuses

Kim Davis court ordered to issue marriage licenses, refuses, continues digging legal hole:

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses or risk setting a “dangerous precedent.” As he wrote:

Our form of government will not survive unless we, as a society, agree to respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions, regardless of our personal opinions. Davis is certainly free to disagree with the court’s opinion, as many Americans likely do, but that does not excuse her from complying with it.

This morning, yet another same-sex Kentucky couple said that they had been denied a marriage license by the Rowan County Clerks’ Office.

The religious right loves its martyrs and GoFundMe campaigns. Let’s keep our eyes on this one.

Anyone think Kim needs a new hairdo?

Watch This 1991 Phil Donahue Show About Gay Marriage #marriageequality

It’s incredible how far we’ve come…

Chicken Soup Digest: Heads Are Still Exploding in Teabagistan Over Marriage Equality

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.

Enjoy…

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!

The Fight for Full Marriage Equality Continues

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”!

June 26 to Become “National Equality Day”?

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.

 

The Best Reactions To This Amazing Day #ProudToLove

DanNation:

This post and video sums up the joy we are feeling today. OK, now I’m crying.

Originally posted on Alice@97.3:

I can’t get over it!

Here are just some of the best responses and posts I’m seeing today:

This Ruth Bader Ginsberg t-shirt

This Texan octogenarian couple who are having the best day ever

This tweet

and this video:

Love Wins! <3  Jayn

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All-Star Roster of Hate Groups Place Full-Page Ad Promising to Ignore SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

A number of anti-gay leaders and clergy have signed a full-page ad in The Washington Post promising that they will not honor a Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality. With a court decision due in the next several weeks, this group is resorting to desperate measures including passing Jim Crowe type laws against LGBT equality and threatening civil war over a probable positive decision for gay rights.

Among the signers at the bottom of the ad are Mat Staver, Elaine Donnelly, the Benham brothers, Alveda King, Jim Garlow, John Hagee, E.W. Jackson, Don Wildmon, Dave Welch, Robert Jeffress, and Penny Nance.

Ironically, a new poll indicates that 65% of Americans believe that SCOTUS will rule in favor of marriage equality.

Get ready for heads to explode.

Via Joe.My.God

 

Photo of the Week: Marriage Equality for Ireland

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A couple embraces outside the count centre in Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage. Ireland voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country. (Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters)

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.