Ian Reisner should have just apologized. Instead, he asks us to believe he was ignorant and naive about Ted Cruz's anti-gay positions. That is just not believable.
George W. Bush warns peace w/Iran could ruin his legacy of dumb, pointless wars that conservatives refuse to pay for http://t.co/lfm0e2XwlP— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) April 27, 2015
Until now, I could at least give George W. Bush credit for keeping his mouth decently shut about his successor. That is now over. Like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and others from his administration, he appears to have learned nothing from his destabilizing and financially ruinous military adventures.
Once again, President Obama outshone the professional comedian. My favorite line:
I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man. He's not just a great vice president, he is a great friend. We've gotten so close, in some places in Indiana they won't serve us pizza anymore.
Amazing. (H/T @radleybalko)
Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer is receiving glowing notices. Let's use this moment to fight the anti-trans panic that fuels discriminatory legislation.
Human beings are complicated. Pronouns are complicated. Deal with it, people. #BruceJennerABC— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner comes out as a transgender woman. The reaction I have seen on Twitter has been extremely positive. Garry Shandling's response is typical.
I think what Jenner is doing is as strong and courageous as winning the decathlon. Where's the confusion?— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) April 25, 2015
Does this mean that the Vatican only accepts the credentials of foreign ambassadors who are observant Roman Catholics? I very much doubt it. For shame, @Pontifex.
Congrats to our African colleagues who won this legal victory. Our friend Pepe Julian Onziema of Uganda reacts below.
Mike Huckabee lies:
If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law. It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal. God help us all.
No. The First Amendment to the Unites States Constitution protects any religious organization's right to grant or withhold its sacraments according to its own faith doctrines. At issue before SCOTUS in Obergefell v. Hodges and the other cases due for oral arguments on April 28 is civil marriage, not religious marriage. Stop lying, Huck. It's a sin, you know.
The latest ad from the Human Rights Campaign.
Another beautiful sign of the culture shift in favor of our families, and the role of business in the shift.
On the surface, two different stories. But the excuses some make for tolerating hatemongers make it easier for bullies to assault gay youth while adults who should know better look on and shrug. If we would protect our youth, we must repudiate those who demonize a core part of who they are.
As Loretta Lynch prepares to be sworn in as Attorney General, Walter Olson at Overlawyered objects to her defense of civil asset forfeiture. I agree with Walter on this.
From last Sunday in Old Town Alexandria, my speech for Virginia State Delegate candidate Mark Levine. [Note: I spoke for myself, not for GLAA, which is nonpartisan.]
(Hat tip: John Becker)
I am glad this measure got some Republican votes. That the rest of that caucus could not be minimally humane is very disturbing but sadly not surprising. When you say there is no difference between the political parties, and when you don't bother voting, or abandon an imperfect Democrat in favor of a third-party candidate you know cannot win, you should not be surprised when you get legislative results like this.
Today's FRC Marriage Fast Message: Pray That The Jewish Justices Remember That Homosexuals Are To Be Executed:... http://t.co/0Jy1DiUy5L— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) April 22, 2015
This exemplifies a point that Mike Signorile made last evening at his book chat at Politics and Prose: It is time to make it clear to the media that it is no more acceptable to bring on religious bigots like Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg of FRC to present "the other side" than it is to bring on white supremacists. They are entitled to their free speech, but they are not entitled to be given a media platform.
I ran into a bunch of other activists in Politics and Prose this evening at Michelangelo Signorile's book chat for his new book It's Not Over: Mike Rogers, Joe Sudbay, John Becker, Dana Beyer, Ian Thompson, and Kathleen Perrin (of Equality Case Files). I recommend the book, which I read on Kindle.
Here are a couple of pieces on the lead plaintiff in the lead marriage equality case being argued before SCOTUS on April 28.
The lead plaintiff in the lead case — Jim Obergefell — will be a household name. I spent the day w him in January: http://t.co/OXBczz145d— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 21, 2015
Thanks to the ACLU for this. Walter Olson at Cato has written a good deal on the outrage that is Civil Asset Forfeiture. Here is a sample.
WaPo reports that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called a committee vote for Tuesday (4/21) to mark up a resolution of disapproval against the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. GLAA's Craig Howell posted the following comment as a correction:
Contrary to this report, nothing in the Human Rights Amendment Act requires religious colleges and universities to officially recognize or fund LGBT student organizations. They would have to provide equal facilities to such groups. A court decision laid down this common-sense principle in the 1980s, only to have it capriciously overturned when Congress adopted the notorious Armstrong Amendment. Georgetown University has led the way to show how Catholic educational institutions can support their LGBT students without compromising either secular anti-discrimination laws or their own religious principle. Unfortunately, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Catholic University and their nuttyfundamentalist allies on the Hill are more interested in playing the victim card and scapegoating the LGBT community than in promoting workable accommodations.
Roll Call reports.
Conservatives say Scotus decision legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions. http://t.co/MxdRgpDqf3— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) April 21, 2015
Another crackpot making stuff up. This anti-gay lawyer, who lost the Utah marriage case, admits to Dana Milbank that he has no proof: "It is still too new to do a rigorous causation analysis using statistical methods." In short: fraud!
In today's Blade, Mattachine Society of Washington President Charles Francis, marking today's 50th anniversary of the first gay picket outside the White House, describes the continuing struggle to unearth the history of anti-gay persecution:
[I]t is amazing after 50 years how much we still do not know about what was actually happening to these pioneers and the untold thousands of other gay men and lesbians whose careers and lives were destroyed by federal persecution. For example, most of the personal papers of the U.S. Civil Service Commission Chairman John W. Macy—the leader of the government’s gay ban at what is now the Office of Personnel Management — today remain unavailable to researchers at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin....
Working with our pro bono legal counsel McDermott, Will & Emery, The Mattachine Society of Washington has learned that John Macy’s personal papers are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. He donated them to the National Archives prior to the passage of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 that governs the official records of presidents created or received after 1981. In this way, John Macy to this day has been able to tie up his personal papers with restrictions supposedly to protect the privacy of individuals....
These boxes include the 1965/1966 period when Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, Paul Kuntzler, Lilli Vincenz, Kay Lahusen, Jack Nichols and others stood outside the White House fence demanding a meeting. Working with the National Archives, whose archivists understand the importance of the sealed boxes of gay and lesbian history, let’s open up the Macy papers as the best way to honor the men and women who took their case to the American people on a sidewalk with pickets, April 17, 1965. Frank would love it.
Also in today's Blade on the 50th anniversary of the first gay WH protests: