Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ben Carson To Sean Hannity: CNN Edited My Comments To Make Me Look Bad

Via Mediaite:
During a radio discussion this afternoon with Sean Hannity, Carson blamed the ordeal on CNN. “It was a 25 minute interview they chopped, and you see what part they emphasized,” he said. “I did learn something very important: For certain networks, never do a pre-taped interview. Always do it live.” In the interview, flagged and cut down into a shorter clip by conservative site The Right Scoop, Hannity agreed with Carson that pre-taped interviews allow for quotes to be taken out context or reshuffled in order to cast them in a certain light. Carson continued: “I simply have decided I’m not really going to talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum the liberal press says, ‘Let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.” The problem with Carson’s attempt to play victim here is that, during that sequence of the CNN interview, there were clearly no jump-cuts and no edits — just a straight back-and-forth about whether homosexuality is a choice.
Following that ridiculous lie, Carson issued an non-apology about the comments made on CNN:
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for commenting Wednesday that prisoners' changes after they leave jail proves being gay is a choice, but said that the science is still murky on the issue. In a statement, Carson said he "realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues." "I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended," he added. Carson referenced his medical education and his work at Johns Hopkins Hospital and asserted that the verdict is still out on whether people are born either gay or straight. "Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality," he said.
The audio Hannity clip is below. Let's see how long it takes before Carson breaks his pledge to stop talking about gay people.

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Viral Video Of The Day

Clip recap:
While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. This may be a significant reason many people in the U.S. report they feel discriminated against. Subconscious prejudice—called “implicit bias”—has profound implications for how we view and interact with others who are different from us. It can hinder a person’s ability to find a job, secure a loan, rent an apartment, or get a fair trial, perpetuating disparities in American society. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues. Rethink your bias at lovehasnolabels.com.
The clip is by the Ad Council, which produces PSAs for the federal government, non-profits, and NGOs. 1.6M views in one day. Music by openly lesbian pop star Mary Lambert.

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Liberty Counsel: All Existing Same-Sex Marriages In Alabama Are Now Void

From the AFA's OneNewsNow:
The founder of Liberty Counsel says it never was legal – and still isn't – for the state of Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the latest order from the Alabama Supreme Court brings that to a halt. "This is a game-changer in Alabama – [and] this may be a game-changer throughout the United States," the attorney states. "This is putting the state judiciary up against the federal judiciary or anyone else who wants to come up with some cockeyed view that somehow the Constitution now births some newfound notion of same-sex marriage." As for the marriage licenses already issued to homosexual couples, Staver says they are null and void. "The fact is it wasn't legal to issue the same-sex marriage licenses throughout the state of Alabama in the first place – and issuing them now is not legal," he explains. "So these are void and have no legal effect in Alabama."
SCOTUS will likely have a different opinion.

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Editorial Of The Day

From the editorial board of AL.com:
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to provide the final word on same-sex marriage in June; and we believe that Alabama's Supreme Court will find its decision does not hold legal weight. Some have suggested that Alabama's Supreme Court trumps district Federal courts. That until we have a Supreme Court ruling, we should have a temporary stay on same-sex marriages, similar to Michigan and Arkansas. However, the Supreme Court denied Alabama's request for a stay, and that should have been the final word on the matter.

History has demonstrated that, in constitutional matters, federal courts trump state courts. Granade's decision follows the path established by more than 60 federal district judges who have ruled on the same issue since the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Since the legal framework of marriage is provided by our governments, these same governments must provide for equality. We continue to believe that, in June, the Supreme Court will rightly hold that the unalienable rights of Americans include the right to marry, for all.

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Fischer: Every GOP Candidate Should Be Asked If They Agree With Ben Carson

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George Takei: Give Alabama The Finger

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FRC Applauds Alabama Supreme Court

"I applaud the Alabama Justices in their wise decision respecting the freedom of Alabama’s voters to uphold natural marriage. In a refreshing change, Alabama’s Supreme Court is using the law to determine their actions -- not a politically motivated opinion of a lower court federal judge. I again urge caution for any court, state or federal, whether a state Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court, that wants to redefine marriage. Recent polling shows sixty-one percent of Americans oppose the US Supreme Court forcing marriage redefinition on all fifty states. If Americans were truly on board with this effort to redefine marriage, governors, state attorneys general, and other elected officials wouldn't bother fighting it. Instead, the Alabama Supreme Court reflects where the American people really are on the issue – and it is respecting the freedom of the voters to uphold natural marriage." - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, via press release.

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ALABAMA: All Counties Have Stopped Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

From the Human Rights Campaign:
As of noon today, HRC Alabama was unable to confirm any Alabama counties that are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, in the wake of an order by the Alabama Supreme Court late Tuesday night. This turn around comes as the result of the confusion created by an emergency petition to the Alabama Supreme Court by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses. Before the latest development, 48 counties of Alabama’s 67 counties were following the order of a federal judge and issuing licenses to all couples as of February 18th. “Because of the Alabama Supreme Court's willingness to ignore their oath of office, all Alabama's counties appear to be in conflict with the intent of a federal court order,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. "This is only a temporary setback on the road to equality, but the message it sends to LGBT Alabamians is despicable.”

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GOP House Rep Backs Immigration Reform (For Christian Homeschoolers Only)

We last heard from Rep. Jason Chaffetz when he threatened to have the mayor of DC arrested over the legalization of marijuana. Today Chaffetz filed a bill to grant asylum to foreign homeschoolers. Via press release from Home School Legal Defense:
Amid the immigration debate in Washington, D.C., a new bill would make it possible for families who are persecuted for homeschooling to find refuge in the United States. This legislation was developed by HSLDA along with supportive members of Congress in the wake of the Romeike family's 2013 asylum case after they fled their home country of Germany under the threat of fines and imprisonment for homeschooling their children. Introduced as H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015, the bill is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee this week. "We did not want to have to leave our home in Germany in order to homeschool," Uwe Romeike explained. "But when we were harshly treated, America opened its doors to us. America has become our new home. We want to be citizens of this great country, and we are so grateful to the congressmen for writing this bill." The bill explicitly refers to homeschooling as a particular social group and specifies that a person is deemed to be eligible for asylum if he or she is persecuted for homeschooling or if the person resists anti-homeschooling laws in his country of origin.
Chaffetz also tried in vain to stop same-sex marriage in DC.

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Today's Bible Lesson

You may recall that last fall megachurch Pastor Robby Gallaty declared that it's OK to hate gay people since God wants them put to death anyway. Gallaty just blocked me merely for retweeting the above message.

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NOM Applauds Alabama Supreme Court

"We praise the justices of the Alabama Supreme Court who have ruled in overwhelming fashion that the laws of Alabama defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman must be followed by state officials. A single federal judge does not have the authority to force a state to redefine marriage and it's high time that out of control judges were put in their place. We call on other states to similarly order their state's officials to enforce state marriage laws."- Hate group leader Brian Brown, who has had very little else to applaud for a very, very long time.

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Pat Robertson: You Don't Need To Hire An Exorcist, Cast Out Demons Yourself

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Cal Thomas: The End Times Schedule Calls For SCOTUS To Approve Marriage

"I think it’s going to go 5-4 or even 6-3 in favor of same-sex marriage. All of these things are not the cause of our decadence, they’re a reflection of it, If you read the Scriptures, as I do, in both testaments all of these things are forecast in prophesies, in the book of Daniel and what Jesus and Paul said, so I'm not worried about it. I say everything is right on schedule. I’m trying to shore up my own family first and, hopefully, that will be an example to other people. If you look at not only what Jesus said, but Paul the Apostle, about what things would be like in the end times, people will be lovers of lies rather than the truth. They will elevate things that are called abomination in scripture to normality. All of the prophesies up to the final ones have come true. And that’s why I say that everything is right on schedule." - Wingnut commentator and USA Today columnist Cal Thomas, speaking to Michelangelo Signorile at CPAC.

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African-American Pastors Group To Honor Judge Roy Moore With MLK Award

Via press release:
Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would receive their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s principled stand in defense of traditional marriage.

The group was moved to honor Chief Justice Moore following his defense of Alabama’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Moore’s actions were based on the fact that the federal court does not have the power to redefine marriage in direct opposition to legal tradition and the clearly expressed will of the people. His courage and conviction persuaded CAAP that Chief Moore was the ideal honoree for the inaugural presentation of an award inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter.

“Chief Justice Moore is an example for all of us,” stated Rev. William Owens, President of CAAP. “By making a principled and persuasive stand for marriage, Chief Justice Moore has singled himself out as someone who is ready to defend our most cherished values and help lead this new civil rights movement. By his words and courageous actions, he has helped preserve marriage, the family, justice, and the spirit of democracy. This is what it means to be a ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award’ recipient. We hope that his example inspires others to take similar action to defend marriage in their own communities.”

The group announced that they plan to present the Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award to Justice Moore in a special ceremony in April.
RELATED: JMG reader Keith reminds us that CAAP is a NOM front-group.

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Headline Of The Day

Details. As always, it's important to keep in mind that these terrorists routinely accuse people of being gay in order to "justify" their murders.

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ALABAMA: Mobile County Probate Judge Stops Issuing All Marriage Licenses

Via the Associated Press:
The probate court in one of Alabama’s biggest counties says it won’t issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Mobile County’s probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday saying it is halting all marriages while it reviews the decision. The announcement doesn’t say how long that review might take. And it’s still unknown what probate judges in Alabama’s 66 other counties will do. A federal judge had previously ordered Mobile County’s probate judge to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
And here we go again.

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SLOVENIA: Haters Vow Referendum To Repeal Marriage Law, Success Unlikely

Yesterday Slovenia became the 12th European nation to legalize same-sex marriage and anti-gay groups are already plotting a public vote to repeal the new laws. Via Reuters:
Two center-right opposition parties and several civic groups fiercely opposed the changes, particularly giving same-sex couples the right to adopt children. The Civil Initiative for Family and Children's Rights, which opposes the changes, said on Wednesday it would push for a referendum on the law, which is similar to one rejected by Slovenians in a popular vote in 2012. It is unlikely to succeed because Slovenia changed its referendum legislation in 2013 and no longer allows plebiscites on human rights issues. A number of other European Union member countries have already recognized same-sex marriage, including Britain, France and Spain, although it remains a contentious issue in more socially conservative eastern states. Croatia, which like Slovenia was part of former Yugoslavia, rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum in late 2013 and bans gay couples from adopting children, although they can register their partnerships.

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Today's #HillaryScare From The GOP

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Today At The Supreme Court

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Liberty Counsel: The Alabama Supreme Court Has Restored The Rule Of Law

"The ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is historic, and is one of the most researched and well reasoned opinions on marriage to be issued by any court in the country. The legitimacy of the judiciary is undermined when a judge legislates from the bench or usurps the power reserved to the states regarding natural marriage. This decision of the Alabama Supreme Court is very well reasoned, which is quite rare from today’s courts. The decision not only affirms natural marriage but also restores the rule of law." - Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, which filed the writ of mandamus that resulted in last night's ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court.

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Ben Carson: People Turn Gay In Prison, Proving That Homosexuality Is A Choice

Via Politico:
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” The remarks were made on CNN’s “New Day” in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a “choice.” “Absolutely,” Carson replied. Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. “So did something happen while they were in there?” he said. “Ask yourself that question.” Carson made waves in 2013 when he compared gay marriage to pedophilia and bestiality in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

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Tweet Of The Day

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Lindsey Graham Jokes About Pelosi's "Surgeries" Then Fauxpologizes On Fox

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Today's Pitch From Matt Barber

Every few days Christian leader Matt Barber sends out an email blast to promote right-wing products. Today's t-shirt pitch: "A humorous Second Amendment twist on 'Smile, wait for flash' phrase commonly used when taking photos. A great way to bring a smile to people's face, or to warn criminals what's waiting for them if they mess with you. Printed on the front of a gray shirt." In recent months Barber has twice published columns from advocates of the gay death penalty.

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Tony Perkins Applauds Charlotte

"Hundreds of people packed out the small space in a heated debate over the city's special SOGI ordinance. In unprecedented numbers, more than 120 signed up to speak at the meeting before the members voted on a measure that would strip the First Amendment rights of anyone with a biblical view of sexuality. In the end, though, even carving out the most objectionable provision couldn't save the bill. Forty thousand emails, a few rallies, and several alerts later, members voted 6-5 to kill the bill -- handing the Left another crushing defeat in its bid to silence and punish conservatives for their views. At the meeting, homosexual activists insisted this was a matter of life and death for the LGBT community. The reality is, these efforts are a matter of livelihood and the death of freedom for Christians across America. Bakers, fire chiefs, policeman, lobbyists, teachers, wedding planners -- they're all being forced by the government to check their beliefs at the workplace door under measures exactly like this one. Fortunately, the American people are starting to catch on to the Left's march and demanding leaders send these SOGI ordinances where they belong: to the trash bin. Our thanks to everyone in Charlotte who stood on principle and sent a powerful message to the Left -- not in our town!" - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, via press release.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Orders Stop To Same-Sex Marriages

Via AL.com:
Weeks after a United States District Court judge in Mobile ordered a probate judge there to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the order said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty." While same-sex marriage advocates chanted "love wins" outside Alabama courthouses last month, the Alabama Supreme Court said love has little to do with legal marriage in the state. "This notion has broad public appeal and is, perhaps, the mantra most repeated in public discussions of this matter," the court wrote. "But although love may be an important factor in a lasting marriage, civil marriage has no public interest in whether the people seeking a marriage license love one another."
Chief Justice Roy Moore appears to have recused himself from the case. See the full ruling. At this writing there's been no change to the Wikipedia map.

UPDATE: The Human Rights Campaign reacts:
Today, HRC condemned a ruling by the Alabama state Supreme Court ordering a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order, which has no foundation in constitutional law, flies in the face a prevailing federal ruling by Judge Callie V.S. Granade issued weeks ago.

“The Alabama state Supreme Court does not have the authority to interfere with a federal court order,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “This order is outrageous and baffling, and no amount of legalese can hide the bare animus that forms the foundation of this extralegal ruling.”

In the bizarre, rambling 150 page opinion, the majority on the state Supreme Court steps far beyond the complaint before it, arguing, “Throughout the entirety of its history, Alabama has chosen the traditional definition of marriage. […] Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law.”
UPDATE II: The Liberty Counsel does a cartwheel:
In a statement after the ruling, lawyers from Liberty Counsel, which represented the plaintiffs, applauded the decision and blasted the federal judge who ruled in favor of same-sex marriages in Mobile. "The ruling represents a significant shift of momentum in the same-sex marriage agenda, and is a direct challenge to the orders of U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade, who in January purported to overturn Alabama's marriage laws," the firm said in a statement released Tuesday night. "The ruling of the Alabama Supreme Court offers the most forceful and clearly articulated rebuttal to date of the imaginative arguments for same-sex 'marriage' employed by federal courts."
UPDATE III: Roy Moore has posted three different news links to tonight's action on his Facebook page.

UPDATE IV: Freedom To Marry reacts:
The Alabama Supreme Court has done a disservice to itself, not to mention a massive injustice to the people of Alabama, in allowing itself to be used to temporarily obstruct the freedom to marry and the enforcement of the constitutions guarantees. This latest Roy Moore travesty will not stand. The probate judges who are caught in the middle will be looking for guidance, and I am confident that the federal courts — and soon the U.S. Supreme Court — will provide it. The sad thing is that this manipulated lawsuit — the Alabama Supreme Court led by Roy Moore did not even ask for briefing on the constitutional questions it rushed to get wrong — will be one more delay for, and insult, to the loving couples seeking to marry, albeit a temporary one.

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ADF Nutjobs: LGBT Rights Laws Are Just Reverse Discrimination Against Christians

From the Alliance Defending Freedom:
Religious freedom and Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) ordinances are on a collision course. They cannot coexist. SOGIs prohibit discrimination in the facilities or accommodations open to the public – for example, restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. Sounds pretty good, right? In practice, however, these ordinances have been used to trample over others’ religious freedom by forcing individuals and business-owners to accept and endorse messages, ideas, and events that violate their deeply-held religious convictions. American citizens shouldn’t live in fear of being punished for what they say or believe, yet that is exactly what these ordinances open the door for.

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Meet The Bears Of Sweet Paul

The foodies among you may already be familiar with Sweet Paul, which began years ago as Paul Lowe's personal cooking blog and has since grown to become a wildly popular print and online magazine. Lowe (above left, also known as "the gay Martha Stewart") does the kitchen work while the business side of the enterprise is handled by "the other Paul" - my longtime pal Paul Vitale. The fifth anniversary issue of Sweet Paul launches next week and I'm just the worst friend ever not to have mentioned them before now. And hey, they've even put out a well-received cookbook, Sweet Paul: Eat & Make. Join their 70,000 fans on Facebook.

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Today In GOP Infighting

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Slovenia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

By a vote of 51-28 the Slovene Parliament has just amended that country's Marriage & Family Relations Act to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the 12th European nation to do so. All but Iceland and Norway are members of the European Union. How do you like them apples, World Congress of Families? I'm being told by a Slovene JMG reader that the "evil hounds of hell" are already calling for a referendum to repeal today's action. A poll issued last month showed that 59% of Slovenes support same-sex marriage.

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Charlotte Haters: We're Not Nazis

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TEXAS: Let's Copy Arkansas And Ban Every City From Enforcing LGBT Rights

John Wright reports at the Texas Observer:
A Fort Bend County Republican has introduced a bill that would prohibit cities from enforcing ordinances protecting LGBT people against discrimination. State Rep. Rick Miller’s House Bill 1556 would bar cities from adopting nondiscrimination ordinances that include protected classes not contained in state law. Texas law doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. If passed, Miller’s bill would undo LGBT protections passed by numerous cities, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston and Plano. Altogether more than 7.5 million Texans are covered by such ordinances.
RELATED: Last week West Virginia GOP lawmakers also tried to copy Arkansas, but the Republican head of the state Senate has declared that there is "no way" that the bill will be heard in his chamber.

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Eric Holder On The DOJ's Marriage Brief

"This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of 'equal protection of the laws.' It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination. Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. Denying them the right to marry serves only to demean them and their children, to degrade the dignity of their families and to deny them the full, free and equal participation in American life to which every citizen is entitled.

"I am proud to have had the opportunity not only to watch this great national pivot, but to take part in it. In 2011, I recommended to President Obama that the Department of Justice no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which excluded gay and lesbian couples from federal marriage benefits. In my view, DOMA was indefensible, and the Supreme Court vindicated that position in a landmark decision in 2013. I will always be proud of the role that the Justice Department played in achieving and implementing that victory, which has driven a surge of court decisions securing marriage rights in states from coast to coast." - United States Attorney General Eric Holder, writing for USA Today.

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HRC Claims Record With "People's Brief"

According to the Human Rights Campaign, their People's Brief to the US Supreme Court has garnered over 207,000 signatures, a record for an amicus brief. HRC head Chad Griffin: "Each and every signature on this brief – more than 200,000 of them – is a piece of evidence that this country is ready for marriage equality. Through this historic document, the American people, LGBT and allies alike, are standing shoulder to shoulder to insist on fairness for all. Ultimately, this brief tells a simple truth – the Constitution cannot tolerate discrimination, and it's time for all couples to be treated equally under the law." The brief will be delivered to SCOTUS on Friday.

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HomoQuotable - Noah Michelson

"From Grindr profiles that demand 'masc only' to men like [Russell] Tovey who think their masculinity -- however manufactured, however antithetical to who they truly were when they landed on this planet -- is what makes them marketable or desirable, our obsession with what it means to be a man and what it means to fall short of that is keeping us from becoming truly liberated.

"If it weren't for my father, I wouldn't be who I am today. I could have been forced to play football in hopes that it would somehow unleash the man dozing inside of me. I could have been sent to therapy in hopes that I could be reprogrammed, repaired, made whole. I could have ended up with a belt around my neck and swinging from the light fixture in our formal dining room. But I wasn't. But I didn't. I am one of the lucky ones.

"My father died eight years ago. He never got to see the man that I've become and we never specifically talked about everything he did for me -- what he made me -- simply by loving me. Without a son of my own, it's a gift that I can only attempt to pay forward to the thousands of boys and men who come after me -- who brush past me in crowded subway cars or surround me on Facebook or might be reading this now -- by speaking up and saying I am a faggot and it didn't happen by mistake. And if you're a faggot too, I hope you know you don't need to toughen up. You never have to stop prancing. You are not a mistake." - Noah Michelson, writing for the Huffington Post.

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Another Episode Of GOP #HillaryScare

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Ben Carson Files For Presidential Bid

Tea Party darling Ben Carson has filed the Federal Elections Commission paperwork to formally announce his "potential" presidential candidacy. Here's the first money beg:
I’ve decided to explore a potential run for the office of President because I believe my values, life experience, and willingness to speak the truth and seek solutions, prepares me well to lead our nation toward more prosperity, security, and freedom for every American. As I travel around the country to listen, learn and determine whether or not this is a race I can win, your financial support during the next two months will be extremely helpful. To make a secure contribution to my exploratory committee now, please go here. I look forward to working with you, and the rest of our fellow citizens to restore the promise of America. Thank you, and God Bless America.
RELATED: Last month the National Review revealed that the National Draft Ben Carson for President Super PAC isn’t affiliated with Carson and that none of the $13M already raised has actually gone to him. Carson's campaign manager pleads: "People giving money think it’s going to Dr. Carson and it’s not. Our hands are tied. We don’t want people exploited."

UPDATE: And now there's a video.

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Matt Barber: Gay Marriage Ruling Will Be Sledgehammer To Destroy The Church

"If, God forbid, the Supreme Court somehow defines and manufactures a constitutional so-called right to sodomy-based marriage this summer, in June, if they do that then the floodgates will be open. There will be Christian persecution widespread across the United States and the so-called gay marriage agenda will be the sledgehammer used to crush the church and to crush religious liberty and the crush individual Christians, their finances, to ruin them. That's what this agenda was always about and that's what we will see if the Supreme Court goes the wrong way in June." - Matt Barber, speaking on the Liberty Counsel's radio program. In recent months Barber has twice published columns from advocates of executing all LGBT Americans.

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Protesters Demonstrate Outside Capitol As Netanyahu Addresses Congress

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Nebraska Archbishop Has The Marriage Sadz, Asks Catholics To Fast & Pray

"The consequences of Judge Bataillon’s decision are real: his injunction undermines the democratically expressed will of the people, and it undermines the role of the family in our basic social order. Marriage is the civil institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers, not just the public recognition of a committed relationship for the fulfillment of adults. Every child has the right to know, and as far as possible, be united with his or her mother and father. Governments ought to promote marriage between a man and a woman in order to ensure that children born from their union will realize that right. Supporting the rights of children has never been more clearly important. But rather than support the rights of children, Judge Bataillon has imposed on the people of Nebraska a new, adult-centric view of marriage. It is appropriate that Judge Bataillon issued a stay of his decision, allowing for immediate legal recourse. We ask all Catholics and people of good will to continue to fast and pray that God’s plan for marriage and family life will be affirmed." - Archbishop of Omaha George Lucas (seriously), via press release.

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Bill Donohue Has Written A Book: Why Catholics Are Happy & Atheists Aren't

From the press materials:
The controversial president of The Catholic League shows how the Church may be the best guide for achieving long-term health and happiness. Religious Americans are by far the healthiest and happiest of any segment of the population—this is true across religions according to recent Gallup polls. Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, goes a step further to show that Catholicism will not only make you healthy and happy, but it will ultimately lead you to heaven too. In his latest book, The Catholic Advantage, Donohue turns his attention to the ways Catholicism is experienced by believers. He explores a simplified and practical way of looking at the faith, demonstrating how Catholic living enhances our well-being. With exciting new research and time-honored wisdom, Donohue shows how the application of beliefs, bonds and boundaries lead to a bountiful life, while the atheism, narcissism, and hedonism of secular intellectuals and celebrity culture paves the path to misery.
The full title: The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful.  Here's why Donohue is personally happy:

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UNITED NATIONS: Russia Tries To Block Marriage Benefits For LGBT Staffers

Foreign Policy reports:
Last June, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a far-reaching administrative ruling that offered marital benefits for the first time to all of the United Nations’ lesbian and gay employees, as well as to other U.N. workers who had entered legally recognized domestic partnerships. On Monday, March 2, Russia gave the plan a resounding nyet.

Speaking Monday morning at a meeting of the U.N.’s main budget committee, a Russian diplomat demanded that Ban reverse his decision on the matter, saying the U.N. chief’s action violated a U.N. General Assembly resolution that left it to U.N. employees’ governments to determine whether are eligible for spousal benefits. Moscow has been weighing whether to force a vote in the budget committee, known as the Fifth Committee, to halt funding such benefits, a vote that it likely could win. Unlike the U.N. Security Council, the United States and other big powers don’t have the power to veto votes in the Fifth Committee. While its decisions are generally made by consensus, states can call for a vote.

“We will insist that the secretary-general urgently revoke the administrative bulletin” expanding benefits to same-sex couples, the Russian diplomat told the committee. Russia’s critics characterized the gambit as a cynical political maneuver aimed at checking the authority of a U.N. leader who has clashed with Moscow over its policies from Syria to Ukraine. Russia has transformed what is by all accounts a low-priority administrative dispute into a high-profile power struggle with the U.N. leader.
Russia's move is being opposed by the United States and the European Union. (Tipped by JMG reader Zhera)

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Email Flap For Hillary Clinton

Via Politico:
Thousands of emails Hillary Clinton generated as secretary of state were not archived as official government records because she used a private email account to conduct State Department business, the State Department acknowledged Monday. Aides to the former secretary of state turned over 55,000 pages of emails from her personal account to the State Department in December at its request, a department official said. Clinton’s use of the personal account for work-related emails and the State Department’s effort to gain control over the information were first reported by The New York Times. Clinton did not use a State Department email account, the paper reported. “Last year, the Department sent a letter to representatives of former secretaries of state requesting they submit any records in their possession for proper preservation. In response to our request, Secretary Clinton provided the Department with emails spanning her time at the Department,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
According to the Times, the email revelation came about due to the US House investigation into Benghazi. Security appears to be the major concern:
How many emails were in Mrs. Clinton’s account is not clear, and neither is the process her advisers used to determine which ones related to her work at the State Department before turning them over. “It’s a shame it didn’t take place automatically when she was secretary of state as it should have,” said Thomas S. Blanton, the director of the National Security Archive, a group based at George Washington University that advocates government transparency. “Someone in the State Department deserves credit for taking the initiative to ask for the records back. Most of the time it takes the threat of litigation and embarrassment.” Mr. Blanton said high-level officials should operate as President Obama does, emailing from a secure government account, with every record preserved for historical purposes. “Personal emails are not secure,” he said. “Senior officials should not be using them.” Penalties for not complying with federal record-keeping requirements are rare, because the National Archives has few enforcement abilities.How many emails were in Mrs. Clinton’s account is not clear, and neither is the process her advisers used to determine which ones related to her work at the State Department before turning them over.

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CHINA: "Homowives" Advocate For The Rights Of Their Gay Husbands

Millions of Chinese gay men are believed to be in opposite sex marriages and some of their "homowives," as they are known in China, have begun to advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage in a campaign to stop these loveless unions. Quartz reports:
“Homowives” and their supporters are getting more vocal about their own situations, and the need for China to become more accepting of homosexuality. Zhang Ziwei, a 27-year-old corporate secretary from Nanchang, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province, who dated a gay man three years ago, now manages a QQ chat group on the topic with more than one hundred members. She is translating two books—My Husband Is Gay and When Your Spouse Comes Out, written by Carol Grever, an American woman who married a gay man—into Chinese. After she finishes, she plans to send them to other women in her situation, because there are no such books in China.

One woman who was formerly married to a gay man, who calls herself “Little Delan,” dressed in a bridal gown to seek marriage at the Qixi Festival, China’s Valentines’ Day, in August, 2014 on the the streets of Quanzhou, the largest city in southeastern Fujian Province. She told Chinese media that, besides finding the right man, she wanted to raise awareness about homowives, and the need for China to offer homosexuals equal rights and legalize gay marriage. Among the thousands who attended Hong Kong’s annual gay rights parade in November, Aunt Moon and the three women she was with became a peculiar scene with their different identities and pursuits from the gay marchers. During the march, they held up placards that read: “My husband is gay. I am in pain.”
Fascinating story. Hit the link for more.

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Martin O'Malley: No Senate Run In 2016

Via the Associated Press:
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a statement Tuesday, O'Malley praised Mikulski's service and says he expects that "very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates," and adds: "I will not be one of them." Mikulski announced plans to retire on Monday, giving O'Malley a second option if he wanted to skip what looks to be a longshot bid against Clinton. Little known outside his home state, O'Malley has yet to gain much traction in a hypothetical matchup against Clinton, who has a network of super PACs already working on her behalf and much of the party's establishment eagerly waiting for her to announce her candidacy.
Tea Party supporters are already floating Ben Carson as a possible replacement for Mikulski. Carson is registered to vote in Florida but owns a home in Maryland, a state which has not sent a Republican to the Senate since 1980.

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Nebraska US House Rep Cheers Marriage

"Discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation has no place in this country. Courts across the country are demanding equal treatment under the law, and today, Nebraska took a major stand against inequality in this country. This decision does not ask individuals to abandon their principles on the issue, but rather, to accept that this country is overwhelmingly diverse, and we must embrace those who might not hold our same beliefs. The many differences of individuals are what make this a great nation, and today’s decision recognizes that same-sex couples deserve equal rights under the law. I applaud this decision and commit to continue working for equality for all Nebraskans in the future." - Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE), via press release. Now in his first US House term, in 2013 Ashford ran for mayor of Omaha as an independent.

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Like Father, Like Son

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TRAILER: True Story

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Tony Perkins: Jeb Bush Seems "Geniunely Interested" In Being More Anti-Gay

"In a refreshing change from past years, Republican hopefuls tried to verify their conservative credentials on the full-portfolio of issues. Leaders like Governor Scott Walker, who's been criticized for shunning social issues, put on a full-court press for non-negotiables like life. The shift was so palpable that reporters tried to explain it. The New York Times called it a short-term strategy. Others wondered if it was the genuine conversion that the Governor (who won second place in the straw poll) says it is. 'My views have changed,' Walker explained. Others, like Governor Jeb Bush, who I had the opportunity to meet privately with at CPAC, have some work to do persuading social conservatives on issues like marriage and Common Core. That said, the former Florida leader was very willing to listen -- especially on issues like religious liberty and same-sex 'marriage.' Although social issues may not be his first priority, I sensed he was genuinely interested in learning how to effectively work those themes into his overall messaging." - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, via email.

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Bloomberg: Fifty Grades Of CPAC

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Monday, March 02, 2015

CHARLOTTE: City Council Rejects LGBT Rights Bill In 6-5 Vote Even After Stripping Transgender Restroom Protections

On the slim upside, we saw some real heroes tonight - both at the speakers' podium and in City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield.

UPDATE: The Charlotte Observer reports:
After its most contentious meeting in years, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial bill they have considered in years, an amended nondiscrimination ordinance that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories. The bill failed 6 to 5, with both supporters and opponents of the original bill voting against it. Council members voted to remove the section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. That issue drew the most vigorous opposition from dozens of speakers. “All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women,” said council member Ed Driggs, a Republican. “It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them.”
RELATED: In the clip below the Charlotte Observer recaps some of tonight's most virulently anti-gay speakers including Pastor Flip Benham. Also featured in the clip is Richard Pope, the douchecanoe who began the day by brandishing the below sign outside of the building.

UPDATE II: The Charlotte Observer has posted a second clip featuring excerpts from supporters of the ordinance.

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CHARLOTTE: Pastor Flip Benham Screams "Pervert" After Trans Teen Uses Restroom

This happened tonight during the LGBT rights debate. Matt Comer reports at Q Notes:
qnotes has received two reports of confrontations of transgender people using the government center’s bathrooms, including one confrontation in which anti-LGBT street preacher Flip Benham, once convicted of stalking a local abortion doctor, confronted a 17-year-old transgender girl. Olivia, 17, told qnotes she went to use the women’s restroom on the second floor of the government center. Inside, everything was fine and she heard no complaints from the adult women in the restroom. But when she came out, Olivia says a man confronted her, called her a “young man” and said she shouldn’t have been in the women’s restroom.

Olivia also said that Benham joined in the confrontation. Benham’s fellow activist, Ante Pavkovic, apparently recorded the incident, but Benham refused to show qnotes the video, saying he’ll send it to Shawn Hannity at Fox News. “I don’t want a pervert like yourself trying to misrepresent what happened in there when that young boy went into that bathroom with the young girls,” Benham said. The teenager said she responded angrily, calling Benham an “asshole,” but her mother, Darlena, said she felt Benham was the aggressor. She stepped between them. As they walked away, Benham allegedly said the teenager should be arrested. Benham called the teenager a “punk” and a “pervert” and claimed there were children in the restroom.
Hit the link and read the full report.

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LIVE VIDEO: Charlotte City Council Debates LGBT Rights Ordinance

Watch it here. The vote is expected to be very close and the chamber is standing-room only with supporters from both sides well represented.

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